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Emma Stone honed dance skills to play tennis great Billie Jean King

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Stone, who could now see herself up for another Oscar nomination 12 months after winning her first, is brilliant as King although some of her best scenes were the always excellent British actress Andrea Riseborough as her lover Marilyn Barnett.

So rather than serving up a sprawling account of King's life, the husband-and-wife team behind Oscar-winning indie charmer "Little Miss Sunshine" made a decision to focus on a time of great public and private significance for the legendary athlete in "Battle of the Sexes", which opens Friday. "That way I can change things".

King's life is coming together just as that of the "colorful and controversial" Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrel) is falling apart.

By then, "Battle of the Sexes" has shown enough game, dramatically and historically, to make this trip down memory lane worth taking. But on the whole, she thought everyone involved did right by the story.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES opens in theaters on September 29.

We're glad to hear Stone has her anxiety under control and are grateful that she's working to help normalize the conversation around mental health. And they have some trouble in the climax, what with tennis being so boring to watch if you're not a fan (hi). Maybe - but the guys in the Astrodome audience weren't wearing "I'm a male chauvinist pig" T-shirts because the head of the ITLF said it. It's really great artistry with my shoes and then this is anxiety here, ' the 28-year-old Oscar victor explained of the sketch labeled 'I'm bigger than my anxiety!' It's a problem the filmmakers seem acutely aware of; we don't see even a portion of any actual tennis play until almost an hour in. "But when you get on stage you feel fine".

"[Acting] helped me so much, improv helped me so much", she told Colbert. "She was going through so much in her life, which is what the movie is about, so much angst, but she'd walk out on that tennis court, and it was gone". The fact that [Riggs] lost, that made it worse. But it's also a reminder that when they're seeking out screenwriters to tell women's stories, they might ought to consider occasionally hiring a woman to do it.

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