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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 […]

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- 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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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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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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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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