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

1 hour ago | 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

3 hours ago | 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’

3 hours ago | 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’

3 hours ago | 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 (and yes, and 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 »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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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.

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

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Venice to honour Frances McDormand

14 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.

Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).

The prolific actress is best known for her collaborations with the Coen Brothers in films including Fargo, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and her first ever film role, Blood Simple.

McDormand will receive the honour on Sept 1 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the out of competition screening of Olive Kitteridge directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

The four-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout co-stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr. and Zoe Kazan.

The Playtone / As Is production will debut on HBO in the Us in November and is executive produced by McDormand alongide Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and [link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Venice Celebrates Frances McDormand With Visionary Talent Award

14 August 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Actress Frances McDormand will be honored with the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. McDormand will receive the award on September 1, following by a screening of Olive Kitteridge, a project that McDormand initiated by optioning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. The four-part HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko also stars Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins. McDormand executive produced alongside Jane Anderson, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks. “Thanks to her long-standing experience in theatre, film and TV, dedicated to the search for truth, the career of Frances McDormand is

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- Ariston Anderson

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New Images from Peter Bogdanovich’s She’S Funny That Way, The Humbling Starring Al Pacino, and HBO’s Olive Kitteridge

11 August 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice.  Briefly: She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots. The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman. Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation »

- Adam Chitwood

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Review: God’s Pocket

10 August 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of God's Pocket, directed by John Slattery and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan and John Turturro. It’s about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Like Heath Ledger films after he was gone, Hoffman films will continue to trickle out, and we will greedily and mournfully await and consume, like the last air pocket in a slowing sinking ship, or watching that last West African Black Rhino’s troubled pregnancy; we didn’t know how precious they were until they became profoundly finite. This was a fine and sturdy Philip Seymour Hoffman role, but the film is not a landmark of his career, like Synecdoche, New York or Magnolia or Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Not his fault. »

- Dr. Garth Twa

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God’s Pocket movie review: rot in the city

8 August 2014 1:19 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The cast is amazing: John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, Eddie Marsan, Richard Jenkins, and — in one of his final performances — Philip Seymour Hoffman. *sniff* The film looks beautiful… by which I mean its evocation of the (fictional) 1970s working-class Philadelphia neighborhood known as God’s Pocket is grim, dirty, ugly, miserable, and depressing, as if actor turned first-time director John Slattery shot the entire movie through the grime-encrusted windshield of a big old Detroit gas guzzler. Pity the story meanders all over the place, loses sight of the motivations for some of its sad-sack characters, and doesn’t decide until about »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The HeyUGuys Interview: John Slattery on God’s Pocket and Working with Philip Seymour Hoffman

7 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Renowned, most predominantly, as playing Roger Sterling on the popular Us drama series Mad Men, actor John Slattery is now trying his hand at directing a movie, as he presents God’s Pocket, starring fellow Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Slattery discusses with us how he went about achieving such a gritty, bleak atmosphere in his debut production, and whether it was always his intention to eventually direct a feature film. He also speaks about working with such an esteemed cast (which also consists of Richard Jenkins and John Turturro), while paying tribute to Hoffman, who, as expected, turns in a quite incredible performance in this unforgiving drama.

God’s Pocket is released on August 8th. 

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- Stefan Pape

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God's Pocket review: Philip Seymour Hoffman in stolid black comedy

7 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: John Slattery; Screenwriter Alex Metcalf, John Slattery; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Caleb Landry Jones, Jack O'Connell; Running time: 88 mins; Certificate: 15

Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket – which marks one of his final roles – never engages seriously with the reality of death. The sight of Hoffman's downtrodden Mickey lugging his stepson's corpse from the morgue, making an ill-fated attempt to prop it upright along the way, embodies both the film's notion of morbid black humour and its somewhat lacking execution.

Making his feature directing debut after cutting his teeth on several episodes of Mad Men, John Slattery smartly casts his co-star Christina Hendricks as grieving mother Jeanie, whose arc becomes the emotional touchstone in the otherwise dispassionate proceedings. She's the only one in her tight-knit blue-collar community shedding a tear »

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Film Review: 'God's Pocket'

6 August 2014 3:21 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆The feature debut from Mad Men's John Slattery (who plays the wonderfully urbane Roger Sterling in the hit AMC show), God's Pocket (2013) may not share the same air of sophistication as the stylish ad industry ratings winner, but this sleazy tale of small town Joes and two-bit hustlers is easily pulled through by its impressive ensemble cast. For his first film, Slattery calls on the talents of Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks, the sorely missed Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his penultimate role), the always excellent Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, alongside a host of other familiar faces. Though missteps are made, Slattery strikes an effective balance between black comedy and noirish morbidity.

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God's Pocket

5 August 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

In one of his last roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a petty crook whose life in the tough Philadelphia 'hood of God's Pocket takes a series of downturns when his no-good stepson is killed in a workplace 'accident'. Suspecting foul play, the boy's mother (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth. Unfortunately, the local hack who catches the case (Richard Jenkins) is more interested in her body than her story, and her husband has enough on his hands just trying to lay the body to rest. »

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Interview: Richard Jenkins Talks Indie Drama '4 Minute Mile,' Making 'Step Brothers' And Writing Steven Spielberg

4 August 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Richard Jenkins needs no introduction—if you believe he does, you simply haven’t been paying attention to the movies over the past four decades. The Oscar-nominated actor has deservedly earned the reputation of being one of the best character actors in the business, who can move from blockbuster roles to indies, from drama to comedy, with ease, skill and craft. His career has seen him work with the likes of the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Matt Reeves, Andrew Dominik, Tom McCarthy and many more, all the while maintaining an ambition to play interesting characters, in distinct movies. The actor’s latest effort, in “4 Minute Mile,” may not boast auteur credentials, but it’s another opportunity for Jenkins to sink into the kind of part best played by him. He portrays a down-and-out track coach, who takes on training a troubled kid with tremendous potential. Together they form an unlikely bond, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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God’s Pocket Review

4 August 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There’s a moment in John Slattery’s feature film debut God’s Pocket, where a disgruntled barman calls last orders, and switches the lights on to indicate his wish for everybody to go home. The brightness is unforgiving, shining a light on this swamp of gaunt, decrepit punters, who, much like the viewer, have to adjust their eyes to the harsh glow, wishing for it be dark again. In a sense, this one moment is emblematic of the entire film, as we cast a light over a society, who don’t want to be seen, perfectly content with a life spent in the shadows.

Our entry point into this world – and one of the many people drowning their sorrows in the aforementioned sequence – is Mickey Scarpato, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. When his ignorant, unhinged step-son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in an incident at work, when a »

- Stefan Pape

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God’s Pocket Review

4 August 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Slattery

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Caleb Landry Jones, Domenick Lombardozzi, Eddie Marsan

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 88 minutes

Synopsis: In a small community known as God’s Pocket, a young racist (Jones) is murdered by a man he’s been targeting. The murder is covered up, but the boy’s mother (Hendricks) suspects something while the stepfather (Hoffman) tries to pay for and organise the funeral arrangements.

God’S Pocket is notable for being the directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery, as well as being the last lead performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. No surprise then that the film is surrounding by an air of expectation which in many respects is unfair. The film obviously never intended to have such a notable presence, and so assumptions may impact the enjoyment of this wonderfully dark and twisted tale.

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- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Christina Hendricks: 'My agency dropped me when I first agreed to play Joan in Mad Men'

3 August 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Eight years later, Hendricks is recognised by millions. Here she talks about being bullied at school, working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and her new film role as a grieving mother

God's Pocket star Richard Jenkins: 'This just wasn't a kissable face'

Ryan Gilbey on God's Pocket: carrying corpse humour to the grave

Christina Hendricks hated her high school. When she was 13, her parents moved from the small town of Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fairfax in Virginia because of her father's job with the United States Forest Service. Hendricks felt "uprooted" and resentful. Then she had to start at a new school: Fairfax High.

She stood out from the beginning. In Twin Falls she had been part of a children's theatre group. She wore Birkenstocks and "hippy dresses". She was surprised when she saw the other girls her age in Fairfax "carrying purses [handbags]. I was like, 'Ooh, purses!' To me, »

- Elizabeth Day

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4 Minute Mile Review

1 August 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Running is a very hard sport to depict onscreen. Without a rousing score by Vangelis or the horns of “Gonna Fly Now” blasting through the speakers, it is very hard for any filmmaker or actor to show off a character’s speed or endurance in a memorable way. Leg power does not often translate to emotional power on the screen, which is one of the many problems facing 4 Minute Mile, a sports drama that barely goes the distance to be either inspirational or inspired.

Our plucky underdog is Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz), a track-and-field senior in Seattle who has a drug-dealing brother (Cam Gigandet), an absent mother (Kim Basinger, also mostly absent from the film) and a dead father. Besides these autobiographical details, there is not much to Drew. He likes to run and he hopes his speed can catapult him out of a life being a mule for his »

- Jordan Adler

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