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HBO Premieres First Olive Kitteridge Trailer

9 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Here’s a spare, evocative first look at HBO’s forthcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge, based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, directed by The Kids Are Alright’s Lisa Cholodenko and starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray. Get ready for a lot of long, silent walks amid fall foliage, and presumably some other stuff, because that doesn’t seem like enough to fill a whole miniseries. It’s supposed to be great, though! »

- Anna Silman

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HBO Miniseries Olive Kitteridge gets teaser trailer and a premiere date

9 September 2014 9:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The HBO miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s novel, Olive Kitteridge, premiered recently at Venice Film Festival, where Frances McDormand was honored with a Visionary award.  The four part series stars Frances McDormand as the titular character and features an outstanding cast of Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ann Dowd. The series is brought to screen by The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko and tells the story of a cold abrasive Math teacher and her mild mannered husband as they live together in a sleepy coastal town in Maine.

The teaser trailer does not reveal too much about the actual plot of the miniseries but looks very promising with a gloomy yet hopeful tone featuring music performed by singer Martha Wainwright. Watch the teaser trailer below.

The first two parts of the miniseries will premiere on November 2nd 2014 to be followed the next night with the closing two installments, »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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Teaser Trailer: HBO’s Olive Kitteridge Miniseries Starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins

9 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

HBO has released a trailer for Lisa Cholodenko‘s Olive Kitteridge miniseries starring Frances McDormand (Fargo) and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor). The Kids Are All Right filmmaker helms this four-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, about “the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid […]

The post Teaser Trailer: HBO’s Olive Kitteridge Miniseries Starring Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins appeared first on /Film. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Frances McDormand goes quiet in a trailer for HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge'

9 September 2014 10:02 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The teaser for HBO’s upcoming miniseries Olive Kitteridge only allows for a glimpse of Frances McDormand’s take on the title character in the adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. But it’s certainly a tantalizing one, giving audiences a sense of how director Lisa Cholodenko interpreted Strout’s fictional setting of Crosby, Maine. And it’s all set to a haunting cover of Olivia Newton-John’s “Magic” by Martha Wainwright, who is in the series.

Strout’s novel consists of 13 interconnected short stories. However, the miniseries consists of just four parts. But that’s actually not a huge drawback, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Watch: First Trailer For HBO Miniseries 'Olive Kitteridge' With Frances McDormand & Bill Murray

9 September 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

HBO’s mini-series fever continues after the grand success of “True Detective” with “Olive Kitteridge”, based on the best-selling novel by Elizabeth Strout and starring an impressive line-up that includes Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray, whose continued presence soon after the Toronto International Film Festival's Bill Murray Day is more than welcome. The mini-series spans the 25-year relationship between a middle school teacher named Olive (McDormand) and her husband Henry (Jenkins) who live in the small town of Crosby, Maine. In true HBO fashion, the first teaser for the show gives very little information about its content and lets the images speak for themselves. But if you're keen to know more, the series premiered at Venice a week or so ago, where our correspondent Jessica Kiang raved about it  —you can read that review right here. The show is written by Jane Anderson (“How to Make an American Quilt »

- Oktay Ege Kozak

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Pigeon wins Golden Lion in Venice

6 September 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Venice awards go to Roy Andersson dark comedy, Andrei Konchalovsky drama, Hungry Hearts.Scroll down for full list of winners

Roy Andersson’s lauded absurdist comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has scooped the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival.

Silver Lion for Best Director went to Andrei Konchalovsky for The Postman’s White Nights while Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence took home the Grand Jury Prize.

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor went to Adam Driver for Hungry Hearts, while Best Actress went to Alba Rohrwacher for the same film.

Romain Paul took the Best Young Actor Award for Le Dernier Coup De Marteau while Best Screenplay went to Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafavi for Tales (Ghesseha).

The Special Jury Prize went to Sivas by Kaan Mujdeci and the Lion of the Future Award for Debut Film went to Court by Chaitanya Tamhane (India) along with a »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Frances McDormand Back with Coen Brothers with 'Hail Caesar' Role

5 September 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Besides delivering her most well-known performance in Fargo for Joel & Ethan Coen, actress Frances McDormand also has the honor of being married to the former of the sibling filmmaking duo. McDormand has popped up in other Coen films like Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and The Man Who Wasn't There, and now she's getting back in front of the camera with them again with their newest comedy Hail Caesar. The film has George Clooney on board  to lead the film as Eddie Mannix, who works for the movie studios of Hollywood as a fixer, protecting the reputations of their biggest stars from becoming tarnished. The Daily Beast learned from McDormand herself that she has a role in the film, but it's not clear who she'll play. In addition, Variety has word that Beautiful Creatures and Blue Jasmine star Alden Ehrenreich has landed a role as well. The two join quite »

- Ethan Anderton

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Venice Review: HBO Miniseries ‘Olive Kitteridge’ Starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins And Bill Murray

3 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So that’s that then — the best film at the Venice Film Festival in terms of providing a great central female role (which have been in shocking short supply, at least in the selection we’ve seen so far) is not a film at all. It’s the subtle, sublime Lisa Cholodenko-directed 4-hour HBO miniseries “Olive Kitteridge,” and the performance in question come from Frances McDormand, who achieves such a perfect, uncompromised synthesis with the title character that it’s difficult to imagine anyone else ever answering to the name. Quite apart from the show itself, which is sensitively directed by Cholodenko, cleverly written by Jane Anderson, beautifully shot by Dp Frederick Elmes and immaculately performed across its large ensemble, especially the incredible Richard Jenkins, the meta narrative of seeing one of our greatest working actresses unite with such an unusual and worthwhile role is immensely satisfying all by itself. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Review: Frances McDormand's new mini-series 'Olive Kitteridge' is a perfect storm of talent

2 September 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice - My goodness, but "Olive Kitteridge" makes creating great TV look as simple as following a recipe. Let's say you want to create a truly wonderful miniseries. A good place to start would be picking great source material that nevertheless comes without too much cultural baggage or a mouthy fandom. An excellent and recent Pulitzer winning novel by Elizabeth Strout would seem to fit the bill. You want great performances? Easy, let's employ some great leads. Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray and Zoe Kazan should do for starters. Oh, you want great support too? Fine, simply round out the cast with the likes of Peter Mullan, John Gallagher Jr. and Brady Corbet. Of course you'll need a director. Apparently Lisa Cholodenko of "The Kids Are All Right" fame is free. Perfect. Jeffrey M. Werner, the editor Cholodenko worked with on that self same film, is available too. And for your cinematographer, »

- Catherine Bray

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Lisa Cholodenko & Frances McDormand's 'Olive Kitteridge' Impresses in Venice

1 September 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The biggest positive surprise at Venice is probably Lisa Cholodenko’s HBO miniseries, “Olive Kitteridge.” Starring those national treasures Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins as the title character and her pharmicist husband, Henry, the four-part series travels through their lives over some 25 years. In today’s press conference, McDormand said that she’d been playing supportive roles to male characters for her entire career and “it feels like I’ve been working for 35 years to set up this part.” And it does feel like she was meant to play this small-town Maine teacher who, as McDormand says, “not everyone likes but no one can ignore.”  This is to put it mildly: Olive Kitteridge is brusque, sharp, acerbic, unforgiving, ungenerous, rude, mean, and downright unhappy much of the time – most of all with those close to her – Henry and their son, Christopher (John Gallagher, Jr). She’s also brilliantly funny, and »

- Tom Christie

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Venice: Frances McDormand Receives Visionary Award

1 September 2014 8:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The world's oldest film festival paid tribute to actress Frances McDormand on Monday. The Oscar-winning star of Fargo received the Venice Film Festival's Persol Tribute to Visionary honor at a gala ceremony attended by McDormand and her husband, and frequent collaborator, director Joel Coen. Also in attendance were Richard Jenkins, McDormand's co-star in the new four-part HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and the series' director, Lisa Cholodenko. Venice festival director Alberto Barbera noted it was exactly 30 years ago that McDormand made her feature-film debut in Coen's Blood Simple. Barbera praised the actress for her portrayal of

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- Scott Roxborough

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Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

1 September 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice Film Review: ‘Olive Kitteridge’

1 September 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

She’s “Ollie” to her husband and “Mrs. K” to the students in her middle-school mathematics class, and her daughter-in-law insists on calling her “Mom.” But audiences will forever know this unforgettable, irascible woman as “Olive Kitteridge,” thanks to the remarkably complex portrayal Frances McDormand delivers over the course of a four-hour HBO miniseries she optioned and developed herself, bringing aboard her “Laurel Canyon” helmer, Lisa Cholodenko, to direct. Even more so than 2011’s “Mildred Pierce,” .

Elizabeth Strout wrote “Olive Kitteridge” not as a traditional novel, but rather as a collection of 13 short stories — a portrait of small-town Crosby, Maine, with its minor crises and major hypocrisies, interlinked by the presence (sometimes peripheral) of Olive’s character. Such a format makes it all but impossible to reduce the Pulitzer-winning book’s nonlinear quarter-century span to an efficient two-hour narrative. Besides, the feature format is better suited to heroes with clearly »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch: First 3 Clips From HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' With Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins & Bill Murray

31 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Prestige drama at film festivals is no longer just the domain of movies. Television is now becoming a regular part of fest programming (Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake" at Sundance and Bruno Dumont's "P'tit Quinquin" at Cannes Directors' Fortnight are recent examples) and this week at Venice, HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" will get a glitzy premiere. And you can now catch a glimpse of the forthcoming miniseries with three new clips. Based on the book by Elizabeth Strout, directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, Zoe Kazan, John Gallagher Jr., Martha Wainwright, Rosemarie Dewitt, Peter Mullan and Brady Corbet, with a score by Carter Burwell (yes, those are some damn good credits), the show is a sprawling tale of life in a small town. Here's the official synopsis:  Olive Kitteridge tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'The Boxtrolls' delights with a witty script and superb stop motion animation

30 August 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice - If you liked "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!," the "Wallace & Gromit" films, anything by Monty Python or just funny, witty movies in general, make sure you catch Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls." Based on the book "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, I can't remember the last time I saw a family animation so visually rich, tightly scripted and charmingly performed which was also built on a sound and progressive message. It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like "Frozen," but I think it is as enjoyable. The set up has the magical feel of a traditional fairytale blended with the weirder sensibility of a revisionist fable along the lines of "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes." In a city where fancy cheeses are prized by the upper classes as the epitome of fine living, the middle classes live in fear of The Boxtrolls, »

- Catherine Bray

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TVLine Items: Modern Family Adds Anders, Office Vet to B99 and More

29 August 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Andrea Anders is moving into the neighborhood on Modern Family.

The Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine actress will recur on Season 6 as the matriarch of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan, EW.com reports.

Related Fall TV 2014: Your Handy Calendar to 99+ Season and Series Premieres

As previously reported, Steve Zahn (Treme, Mind Games) will play her husband, Ronnie.

Modern Family returns Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Brooklyn Nine-Nine has tapped The Office‘s Ed Helms to appear in a Season 2 episode as an agent »

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‘Fargo’ Season Two Will Continue to Focus on Strong Women

28 August 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Ethan and Joel Coen’s film Fargo centered on a sheriff’s deputy played perfectly by Frances McDormand, and the spin-off TV series from Noah Hawley also featured a great female role: Deputy Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman. Tolman won’t return for the second season, for reasons we’ll explain below. But that doesn’t mean that the […]

The post ‘Fargo’ Season Two Will Continue to Focus on Strong Women appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

21 August 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »

- Catherine Bray

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John Lithgow on Pixar's reworked The Good Dinosaur

18 August 2014 10:42 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur has been "dismantled" and "completely reimagined", confirms John Lithgow...

If all had gone to plan, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur would already have been released, and we'd be counting down to the DVD and Blu-ray release right about now. Instead, Pixar delayed the film from May 2014 to November 2015, with director Bob Peterson leaving the project. Peter Sohn, his co-director, is still on board, but is reportedly working with Pixar's 'Brain Trust' of directorial talent to reshape the film.

And it sounds like the film has been heavily reshaped. One of the voice artists on the movie is John Lithgow, and he's been chatting to Collider about his latest movie, Love Is Strange. As part of that conversation, he dropped some information about what's been going on with The Good Dinosaur.

"I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur", Lithgow said. "They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, »

- simonbrew

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Pixar's 'Good Dinosaur' Has Been Completely Reimagined

18 August 2014 7:43 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's almost amazing there won't be a Pixar movie for the Academy to favor over better animated films during this year's awards season, which leaves room for studios such as Laika to land what may be their first Best Animated Feature win. However, next year the animated power house will be back with not one but two new films, the first being Inside Out in June along with The Good Dinosaur, and in a new interview with Collider, John Lithgow, who voices one of the characters in Good Dinosaur, has revealed that since director Bob Peterson was removed from the project and it was delayed from 2014 to November 25, 2015, it has undergone some serious changes. "I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur," Lithgow said. "They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I'm gonna record again on it within the next month. »

- Brad Brevet

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