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Oscar Chart Updates: Actor & Supp Actor

22 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

All sorts of things could yet throw the Best Supporting and Best Lead Actor races into confusion. In a  somewhat uncommon development the former is much more crowded than the latter. The shallow pool of viable Lead Actors is very good news for candidates like Timothée Chalamet (someone Oscar might normally resist due to his age) and Jake Gyllenhaal (someone Oscar has resisted for reasons inexplicable to us).

What do you make of the Supporting Actor race in particular? They way it looks now it could be made up almost entirely of character actors with worthy careers who have never won an Oscar and that's a very exciting thing. More exciting if you happen to be a fan of either Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, or Willem Dafoe. I doubt that all four of them will make it all the way to the shortlist but the buzz is currently in their favor. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Locarno Blog. In Praise of Actors

19 September 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published.

Real stars perhaps only exist when the image industry is booming—Serge Daney  Le salaire du zappeur (literally The Zapper’s Reward; in French a pun on the original title of Clouzot’s classic thriller The Wages of Fear] was published in 1988, when television had already passed its zenith and entered into decline. Reading it today is like going back to a lost civilization: it’s about a period which perhaps went by too quickly and of which I now find it hard to uncover any trace, except in my own memories as a barely adolescent viewer. The television »

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42nd Toronto Int’l Film Festival Paints Early Picture of Oscars

19 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival closed Sept. 17, after screening 339 films in 11 days, with all in attendance looking towards the storied Grolsch People’s Choice Award for Oscar implications. The Grolsch People’s Choice Award is notorious for its relationship to the Best Picture Oscar, with eight out of the last 10 Audience Award winners receiving an Oscar nomination for best picture, and three of those films—“12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire,”—going on to win the film industry’s greatest honor. This year’s winner, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” directed by Martin McDonagh, is hoping to ride its momentum to an Oscar nomination. The film stars Frances McDormand as the mother of a murder victim who uses three billboards in her Missouri town to confront the police’s inability to solve the crime. Rounding out the cast are Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, »

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‘Woman Walks Ahead’ Review: Jessica Chastain Stars in a Paint-By-Numbers Biopic — Tiff

18 September 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Is a film still considered a “white savior” story if its white protagonist never actually saves anything? In the case of Susanna White’s “Woman Walks Ahead,” it’s certainly not for lack of trying. A listless but lustrously shot biopic about the 19th century New York widow who traveled to North Dakota, painted the Sioux chief Sitting Bull, and then served as an advocate for his tribe as they fought the United States government’s attempts to expropriate their land, the movie almost credits Catherine Weldon as being solely responsible for the Native American resistance to the Dawes Act. Moreover, it also forgives her role in the massacre that followed. On their own, those issues are more frustrating than fatal. As a self-contained story, however, the film suffers enormously from its slippery grasp of history, all of its narrative thrust slipping through the cracks between fact and fiction.

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- David Ehrlich

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won

18 September 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox

The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city. »

- Sydney Levine

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri takes prize in Toronto by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-18 10:25:21

18 September 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Michael McDonagh's film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has taken home the audience award at Toronto Film Festival.

The film - which had its premiere in Venice - stars Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, who takes on the police over the unsolved murder of her daughter. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes.

Describing McDormand's performance, our reviewer wrote: '"McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand."

The runner-up was ice-skating biopic I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, which tells the story of the figure skater who received a lifetime ban for an attack on fellow athlete Nancy Kerrigan.

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- Amber Wilkinson

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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #13

17 September 2017 2:49 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dear Danny,We blinked, and ten days passed. How swiftly time goes by when in festival mode, just floating on films and friends. It’s not until I’m on the way home, writing my final dispatch in between airport terminals, that I realize how tremendously exhausted I am. A good time, then, to be reflecting on Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, quite the strong cup of black coffee. As a non-fan of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012), I was pleasantly surprised by the grim comic force of Martin McDonagh’s morality tale, a Southern Gothic hamlet pushed through the filter of British Catholic guilt. The eponymous placards are positioned on a dilapidated road and painted red with a confrontational query, part of the crusade waged by the grieving Mildred (Frances McDormand) against the local lawmakers who’ve failed to locate the man behind her daughter’s rape and murder. »

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins Toronto Film Festival Audience Award

17 September 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the audience award on Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival, putting it in prime position to compete at the Academy Awards.

Directed by Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards” stars Frances McDormand as a woman who takes a stand against the police, using the titular three billboards after her daughter is murdered and months later no arrests have been made. The rest of the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell (who, along with McDormand, is already receiving awards season buzz), John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage.

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Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

In his review for Variety, film critic Owen Gleiberman wrote that McDormand is “at her quirky humane best as a grieving small-town mom who goes to extremes,” and called the movie a “meditation on loss, rage, and the war dance between the sexes.”

Apart from “Three Billboards,” the first runner-up at the awards was Craig Gillespie’s Tonya Harding biopic »

- Seth Kelley

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Wins Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival

17 September 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Martin McDonagh’s black comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missiori,” starring Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, has won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced at an awards ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony came on the final day of the 42nd annual festival, which began on Sept. 7. Runners-up for the top award were Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya” and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name.” Also Read: Toronto Film Festival Thanked Native Tribes for Use of 'Their Land' at Every Gala Screening This Year The People’s Choice Documentary Award went »

- Steve Pond

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

15 September 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an »

- Anne Thompson

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

15 September 2017 9:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Set For Hamptons Film Festival

12 September 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, they have announced additions to their program that includes a lineup of awards season-worthy titles. Making its East Coast premiere will be Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. The film recently won the Venice Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay. Also added to the slate is the Simon… »

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Venice Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ is a Riotous Black Comedy

11 September 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As cumbersome titles go, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is right up there with the Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of The Whatevers of this world. Coming from Martin McDonagh–a London bred writer-director of Irish extraction–there are perhaps even notes of pretension in its derivative Americana. Of course, whoever said that books are not to be read by their covers should have perhaps said something about titles, too. Indeed, McDonagh’s latest work is simply exceptional; a film so rich with narrative fluidity, profane laughs, standout performances and complex character studies that its tremendous emotional hits–often arriving when you least expect them–might just leave you agog.

Just consider the moment when Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) and Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) have their first real showdown, in a backroom of the local Ebbing police department. Mildred has been brought in by Willoughby on a misdemeanor but »

- Rory O'Connor

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Woman Walks Ahead’

11 September 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Premiering at the Toronto film festival just 10 days after “Hostiles” debuted at Telluride, “Woman Walks Ahead” has the opposite problem. Both are impeccably directed, gorgeously photographed Westerns, set within a couple years of one another during the waning days of the U.S. military campaign to slaughter and subdue the Native Americans. “Hostiles” treats the Natives as its title implies, as something fearfully different from ourselves, whereas “Woman Walks Ahead” takes a more patronizing approach, focusing on Indian rights advocate Caroline Weldon — although as white savior stories go, it’s still progress to find one that lives up to such a feminist title as this.

In recent years, Hollywood has started to re-engage with some of the darker chapters of American history, from slavery to genocide, while generally lagging where gender equality is concerned. With “Woman Walks Ahead,” director Susanna White adds her own firm voice to the dialogue — boldly embodied by Jessica Chastain — and together, director »

- Peter Debruge

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Martin McDonagh on His Venice Award Winner 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

11 September 2017 3:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was one of the best reviewed films in Venice this year and already has critics buzzing about it as a top awards-season contender.

McDonagh was honored with the best screenplay prize in Venice, with reviews lauding the playwright for his sharp dialogue and storytelling. On the Lido, the film elicited numerous outbursts of applause after monologues from stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

McDormand plays a grieving mother whose daughter was brutally raped and murdered. She decides to call out the police chief, played by Harrelson, on »

- Ariston Anderson

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Tiff 2017: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’ Review: Dir. Martin McDonagh (2017)

11 September 2017 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri review: Martin McDonagh completes a near perfect trilogy of movies with this crime-comedy-drama led by a superb Frances McDormand.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri review by Paul Heath, September 2017.

Martin McDonagh brings his third feature to the screen. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri follows the impressive double-whammy of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, the likes of Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell returning from his second movie – both of whom seem to be having an absolute blast from start to finish.

Make no mistake though, this is very much a film belonging to Frances McDormand. She plays the character of Mildred Hayes, a single mother of two who decides to take things into her own hands after her daughter was brutally raped and murdered seven months previous. With the police investigation seemingly having dried up, Hayes purchases the use of the three billboards of the title, »

- Paul Heath

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One Final Trailer for Superb 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

7 September 2017 3:38 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"I've got nothing to arrest you for..." "Not yet you ain't." Fox Searchlight has debuted a second trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the latest dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, of the films In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths previously. The story is about a mother in a town in Missouri who puts up three billboards questioning the local police as to why they haven't solved her daughter's rape and murder. Frances McDormand stars as the woman at the center of it all, and the exceptional ensemble cast includes Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Kathryn Newton, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, and Lucas Hedges. This film played to rave reviews at Venice where it just premiered, as a very dark and biting drama with some outstanding performances from the entire cast. I just saw it at the festival and it's good, but I didn't laugh as much as I expected. »

- Alex Billington

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Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri gets a new trailer

7 September 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming dark comedy drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the film stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Zeljko Ivanek, Caleb Landry Jones, Clarke Peters, and Samara Weaving; watch it below…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comedic drama from Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award® nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Angelina! J.Law! George Clooney! The Stars and Buzziest Movies Heading to the Toronto Film Festival

7 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The A-listers will be in Toronto — along with hundreds of celebrities — for the annual film festival, kicking off the long road to the Oscars.

It’s that time of year again when the land of poutine, ice hockey, and Justin Trudeau becomes Hollywood North for 10 days. Starting tomorrow, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal and hundreds of celebrities will flock to Toronto for the city’s 42nd annual international film festival, September 7-17.

Fresh off of glamorous turns in Venice, Clooney, Damon and Lawrence will be bringing these upcoming films to Canada: Suburbicon, »

- Mary Green

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Christian Bale Gains Weight and Dyes His Eyebrows Blonde for Upcoming Dick Cheney Biopic

6 September 2017 5:29 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Christian Bale is once again undergoing a dramatic weight transformation — this time for a role as none other than former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Oscar-winner, 43, debuted the chubbier look this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival, where he was in town to premier his upcoming movie Hostiles.

Bale, who also had his eyebrows dyed blonde to more closely resemble the polarizing politician, is starring as Cheney in the upcoming biopic Backseat. The film also stars Amy Adams as Lynne CheneySam Rockwell as former President George W. BushSteve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Pullman as Nelson Rockefeller. »

- Mike Miller

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