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Don't Bogart Those Billboards

If I could, I would rent three billboards and they would read:

Billboard One: This movie is frustrating

Billboard Two: Because its story is badly flawed

Billboard Three: But the performances are great

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri goes rogue after the first act/first third of the movie.

The screenplay evidently attracted some spectacular actors led by Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and my guess is that the script by Martin McDonagh -- who is a terrific playwright -- was much different than what eventually made it to the screen. That's the only way I can imagine that such great actors would sign on to this Indie film. In my fantasy, the film as originally intended didn't test well and sat on a shelf until it was radically re-cut and then released. [Note: I have no idea whether this happened, it is my fantasy.]

The plot, such as it is, revolves around McDormand seeking justice for her daughter who was raped and murdered.
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‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs

‘The Big Sick’ Star Holly Hunter Readies for Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Holly Hunter with the Career Achievement Award at its annual Film Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lynn Redgrave.

Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano’ as well as other films including ‘Broadcast News,’ ‘The Firm,’ ‘The Incredibles’ and more,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in an official statement. “In her recent film ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend. It is our great honor
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Too Old To Die Young’: Everything You Need to Know About the Amazon TV Show

Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s newly announced crime series has been kept extremely under wraps — until recently. Refn has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos and videos on his personal Twitter account since before production officially started. He’s announced the high-profile talent making up most of the cast, hyping fans and critics for another wild crime drama to take the small screen. As the genre heightens in popularity for TV audiences, the “Drive” director’s pairing with Amazon derives eager speculation as to what this grisly new drama will look like.

The series has been greenlit with a 10-episode straight-to-series order residing at Amazon. “Too Old To Die Young” takes place in the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles, exploring various characters’ “existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the city of angels.” With shooting having just begun, start getting acquainted with the details surrounding this star-studded series.

Shooting Will
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Too Old To Die Young’: Everything You Need to Know About the Amazon TV Show

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s newly announced crime series has been kept extremely under wraps — until recently. Refn has been sharing behind-the-scenes photos and videos on his personal Twitter account since before production officially started. He’s announced the high-profile talent making up most of the cast, hyping fans and critics for another wild crime drama to take the small screen. As the genre heightens in popularity for TV audiences, the “Drive” director’s pairing with Amazon derives eager speculation as to what this grisly new drama will look like.

The series has been greenlit with a 10-episode straight-to-series order residing at Amazon. “Too Old To Die Young” takes place in the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles, exploring various characters’ “existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais in the city of angels.” With shooting having just begun, start getting acquainted with the details surrounding this star-studded series.

Shooting Will
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5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriAdriana Floridia11/29/2017 11:46:00 Am

The winner of this year's People's Choice Award at Tiff, and a timely tale in the age of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a must-see this year.

The film stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, the mother of a teenage girl who was brutally raped and murdered seven months ago. Furious that the local police department seems to have forgotten about the case, which was never solved, Mildred rents three billboards on a rural road calling out the Sheriff for not doing enough for her daughter's case. This causes a stir in their small town, and re-opens the case.

Here are our five reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:

Martin McDonagh knows dark comedy

From the director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths,
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William Baldwin joins the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young

Actor William Baldwin has joined the cast of Too Old To Die Young – the upcoming Amazon series by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Refn is always an interesting director to watch, not exactly a fan of the mainstream, the Danish filmmaker enjoys presenting unsettling imagery and surreal plots for his films.

And it looks like his next TV endeavour won’t be any different, with Amazon’s Too Old To Die Young exploring the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following various killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai in the City of Angels.

William Baldwin has now joined the cast, linking up with the likes of Miles Teller, Jena Malone, and John Hawkes.

Refn updated the cast via his Instagram, posting a photo of the actors’ photographs with him holding Baldwin’s image while wearing his trademark white shirt and sunglasses.

Refn is set to direct the entire series and Baldwin’s character,
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo over two decades ago in Three Billboards Outside Ebbibg, Missouri which, despite its cumbersome title, is one of the best films of 2017. She plays Mildred Hayes, a middle-aged divorcee who, out of grief and frustration, rents three dilapidated billboards outside the sleepy burg of Ebbing, Missouri (look it up – it’s one town over from Blaine) and has them decked with incriminating messages; “Raped While Dying”,“And Still No Arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” Mildred is basically declaring war on Ebbing’s Police Chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), but the locals are incensed at her, mostly because the Chief is not only widely beloved, but he’s also dying of pancreatic cancer. Mildred doesn’t care what her neighbors think or of Willoughby’s fine character and impending death. She’s just angry because several months have passed and not enough
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UK trailer and posters for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A new UK trailer and three character posters have arrived online for the acclaimed dark comedy drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the films stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, and Lucas Hedges; take a look below…

See Also: Read our review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri here

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,
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Deadwood: Revival Movie Could Start Filming in 2018

HBO may be headed back to South Dakota sooner than expected. TVLine reports the Deadwood reunion movie may begin filming next year.As reported earlier, creator David Milch has already finished the script for the Western drama's follow-up film. The original series, which ended in 2006 after three seasons, starred Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, W. Earl Brown, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, and John Hawkes.Read More…
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Kerry Condon, Amanda Warren, Zeljko Ivanek, Clarke Peters, and Sandy Martin.

Synopsis:

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Mark Twain once wrote that “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”, which is true and a lesson the residents of the titular town of Ebbing, Missouri will come to realize. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t like the typical murder mystery where once a case is forced back into the eyes of the public and law enforcement, overlooked clues from
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Frances McDormand’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Scores Strong Opening Weekend

Frances McDormand’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Scores Strong Opening Weekend
Frances McDormand’s drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has launched with the second best limited opening of 2017, garnering $320,000 on four screens for an impressive $80,000 per screen average.

The Fox Searchlight title opened a week after A24’s debut of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe, which scored $364,437 on four screens for the top limited opening of the year.

Fox Searchlight said “Three Billboards” played to capacity crowds all weekend with many sellouts. The film, which has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience approval rating of 97%, played at the Arclight Hollywood and Landmark in Los Angeles and the AMC Loews Lincoln Square and the Regal Union Square in New York.

“Three Billboards” is directed by Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”) from his own script. McDormand plays the mother of a daughter who was raped and murdered in a case that local law enforcement has been unable to solve.

The film was
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‘Three Billboards’ Opens Big While ‘Lady Bird’ Keeps Flying at Indie Box Office

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‘Three Billboards’ Opens Big While ‘Lady Bird’ Keeps Flying at Indie Box Office
It was another big week for the indie box office, as Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” opened to $320,000 from its four-screen opening in Los Angeles and New York. That gives Martin McDonagh’s black dramedy the third highest per screen average of 2017 with $80,000, joining A24’s “Lady Bird” and Amazon/Lionsgate’s “The Big Sick” in the top 3. The film stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Lucas Hedges, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes, and with a 95 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, it is expected to be an Oscar contender. It will expand to 12 cities next week and.
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Watch the new trailer for thriller Small Town Crime

Ahead of its arrival on DirecTV next month, a new trailer has been released for the upcoming thriller Small Town Crime. Written and directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms, the film stars John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Octavia Spencer, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Caity Lotz, and Robert Forster; watch it below…

Ex-cop Mike Kendall (John Hawkes) discovers the body of a young woman and, in an act of self- redemption, becomes hell bent on finding the killer. While his uncouth and quirky detective style helps break open the case, his dogged determination unwittingly puts his sister (Octavia Spencer) and best friend (Anthony Anderson) in danger. Additional cast members include Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott and Dale Dickey.

Small Town Crime is set to arrive on DirecTV on December 21st and for a theatrical release on January 19th.
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Official Trailer for Indie Film 'Small Town Crime' Starring John Hawkes

"We do this - there is no half way." Lionsgate has unveiled the first trailer for an indie dark comedy titled Small Town Crime, which played at the SXSW and London Film Festivals. The "small town" crime film stars John Hawkes as an alcoholic ex-cop who finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. Sounds fun, no? The ensemble cast includes Octavia Spencer, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster, Clifton Collins, Jr., Michael Vartan, James Lafferty, Daniel Sunjata, Caity Lotz, Jeremy Ratchford, Don Harvey, Stefanie Scott, and Dale Dickey. This looks pretty much exactly as it sounds, but at least it's nice to see Hawkes in another lead role. Here's the first trailer (+ posters) for Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms's Small Town Crime,
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Martin McDonagh on Spontaneity, Humanity, and Why ‘Three Billboards’ Needed Frances McDormand

Irish-British writer/director Martin McDonagh has gained cult followings both in the theater world, for plays like The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Cripple of Inishmaan, and among cinephiles, thanks to the Academy-Award-winning short Six Shooter and In Bruges. His work on both stage and screen stands out for its grounded approach to absurd situations, as well as his nuanced treatment of deeply flawed characters.

McDonagh’s newest film is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, featuring Frances McDormand as a woman who goes to war against her small town’s police department over her daughter’s unsolved murder. We sat down with him to speak about the film and his idiosyncratic writing process.

The Film Stage: Your scripts don’t follow the usual conventions of Save the Cat screenwriting. Do you follow a story as it goes along? Do you plan certain things out beforehand?

Martin McDonagh: No.
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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is one of the very best films of 2017

Very few films are perfect. That’s a rare beast in the cinematic world. So, I want to be perfectly clear when I say that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is perfect. It truly is. The movie stands tall among almost every single other 2017 release. As terrific as the Trailers have been, they in no way prepare you for the staggering heights of this work. Opening in theaters this week, it could very well become a strong hit for Fox Searchlight. Beyond that, the flick is undoubtedly going to be an Academy Award favorite when nominations are announced. That goes without saying at this point. Voters will go hard for this one. This movie is a black comedy of sorts. It has been many month since Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) found out that her daughter was raped and murdered. The police, led by Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) have no leads,
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri In St. Louis

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens in St. Louis on Wednesday November 22nd. Wamg has your free passes to see the film first!

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, painting 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.

Fox Searchlight Pictures and Film 4 present, a Blueprint Pictures production, a Martin McDonagh film, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell,
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Afm Facetime: Christopher Lemole, ‘Mudbound’ Producer at Armory Films

Afm Facetime: Christopher Lemole, ‘Mudbound’ Producer at Armory Films
Christopher Lemole, who began his career at UTA, founded Armory Films in 2013 with partner Tim Zajaros. Since then, the Los Angeles-based film finance and production company, which creates, develops, produces and finances high concept and commercially viable content, has amassed an impressive slate of feature films spanning numerous genres and styles, including the 2013 cult classic “Zombeavers” and “Cabin Fever: Reboot,” which they produced with Cassian Elwes and Eli Roth. Armory Films’ current slate includes Dee Rees’ new feature “Mudbound,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Netflix will release it Nov. 17.

Mudbound” is making a lot of noise right now. What was the appeal of it for you?

For me, it’s just one of those rare films that is a very powerful and emotional story, but that also has a lot of lessons that you can take away from it. It speaks to a lot of issues, including race, class, women’s issues,
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Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda

Film News Roundup: Paramount Buys ‘Book Club,’ Starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
In today’s film news roundup, Paramount buys the Diane Keaton-Jane Fonda comedy “The Book Club,” Gravitas picks up “Public Schooled,” and Saban strikes a Canadian output deal.

Afm Deals

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations for the rights to the comedy “The Book Club,” starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.

The deal covers North American, U.K., and French rights for the June Pictures project. Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss, Alicia Silverstone, Tommy Dewey, Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., and Wallace Shawn are also starring

Bill Holderman is directing from a script co-wrote with Erin Simms about four friends in their 60s who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” in their monthly book club and have their lives forever changed. Holderman, Simms, Andrew Duncan, and Alex Saks are producing the project.

“The Book Club” is financed by June Pictures and Endeavor Content. Bloom is selling
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Afm: Saban Inks Output Deal With Mongrel Media

Mongrel Media is set to release Saban Films’ 2018 North American slate in Canada following a new partnership announced Friday.

The deal includes Roland Joffe’s The Forgiven, starring Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana, Alexandros AvranasTrue Crimes, starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg; and Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms;’ Small Town Crime, starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer.

“We have developed a close partnership with Mongrel over the past couple years, having released 14 films with Andrew Frank and the rest of the team, and delivering strong numbers across the board,” said Saban’s Bill Bromiley. “We look forward to continuing...
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