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“Things Happen that are Too Big for You…”: Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan on the Director’s Cut of his Masterpiece, Margaret

Margaret may be one of the best movies you’ve never seen. It’s the second film from writer/director Kenneth Lonergan, whose first, You Can Count On Me, won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2000, and third, Manchester by the Sea garnered two Academy Awards for Lead Actor and Original Screenplay. But Margaret suffered a different journey, shooting in 2005 and being released much later in 2011 for a very limited run — and a cut 36 minutes shorter than the one Lonergan preferred. As part of its series, “The Way I See It: Directors’ Cuts,” the Quad in New […]
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DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed

DGA Feature Film Nominations Revealed
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonaugh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) for its top feature film award.

The DGA also nominated Peele on Thursday for its first-time director award along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), William Oldroyd (“Lady Macbeth”), Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”) and Aaron Sorkin (“Molly’s Game”).

It was the fourth DGA nomination for Nolan, who had previously been nominated for “Inception,” “Memento” and “The Dark Knight.”

Gerwig is the eighth woman to have received a DGA feature film nomination, joining Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Randa Haines (“Children of a Lesser God”), Barbra Streisand (“The Prince of Tides”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Kathryn Bigelow, who’s been nominated twice. Bigelow won the award for 2009’s “The Hurt Locker” and was nominated for “Zero Dark Thirty
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Rushes. Jay-z by Duvernay & the Safdies, World Poll, Tweeting "Notting Hill"

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.Recommended VIEWINGJay-z's great taste in directors continues with the Safdie brothers, who both lent a deft hand for the "Marcy Me" video, which feels like a thematic addendum to their own film Good Time.Ava Duvernay (Selma) also directed this star-studded epic music video for Jay-z's "Family Feud".Who doesn't love pulp movie maestro Samuel Fuller? In the event of their active retrospective of his work, the Cinémathèque française provides this ecstatic montage of a few of his finest films.Recommended READINGPerhaps you missed Sarah Nicole Prickett's incisive recaps of Twin Peaks: The Return for Artforum? If that's the case, you can catch up here. Prickett has shared her final take on Episode 18 and the series overall, and it was well worth the wait. From Alejandro G. Iñárritu to Jia Zhangke—the January/February
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‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Before she directed “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig brought a unique rhythm and cadence to the characters she played. The pinnacle of this came in “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America,” scripts she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, in which her characters’ graceful awkwardness and effortless rapid-fire line deliveries established her as one of her generation’s most exciting leading ladies. “Lady Bird,” Gerwig’s first solo directing credit, embodies so much of that Gerwig rhythm and feel — but with the actress behind the camera.

When Gerwig was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, she traced this back to her love of playwrights and not the Diy, improv-heavy microbudget productions that first introduced her to indie film fans.

“As a writer my writing was grounded in writing plays and admiring playwrights and in theater the playwright is king, you don’t change those words – you don’t change Kenneth Lonergan’s words,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Director’s Cuts, ‘Breaking the Waves,’ Max Ophüls, Studio Ghibli & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

A great retrospective of director’s cuts has started up, the weekend’s highlight being Kenneth Lonergan presenting Margaret.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

There’s plenty of melodrama left: Carax, Mizoguchi, von Trier, Pasolini and more close out the series.

Metrograph

The Paul Thomas Anderson series winds down as the Max Ophüls retrospective ramps up.
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Year in Review: Backstage’s 2017 Cover Stars

We started off with Lily Tomlin, ended with Vicky Krieps, and were graced by Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, Laverne Cox, and Viola Davis in between. Check out these artists and the incredible visionaries who donned the 44 covers of Backstage in 2017. Lily TomlinTomlin kicked off the year by appearing on the first cover of 2017 with her legendary self. She discussed her SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and her unending work ethic. “Even as a kid, I wanted to work,” she said. “I babysat when I was 10 years old. I had a big babysitting service; I lived in an old apartment house, and back in those days, working-class people didn’t pay too much mind to who was looking after their children. I spoke with authority, and I looked like the kind of kid that [parents] probably could rely on.” Read the full story here. Viola Davis and Denzel WashingtonDavis and Washington took some
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Fyc: Lucas Hedges in "Lady Bird"

By Spencer Coile 

Lucas Hedges arrived last year with his performance in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea. His portrayal of Patrick Chandler, a 16 year-old dealing with the loss of his father, was quickly lauded and showered with awards attention -- including a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. He was only 20 at the time!

Now, Hedges is having another banner year with notable SAG nominated ensemble work in Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. While both films are prime Oscar consideration across the board, Hedges' work is being severely overlooked -- particularly his performance as Danny O'Neill in Lady Bird... 
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Oscars 2018: How the ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Scores Dodged Disqualification

In the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ announcement of 141 films qualified for Best Original Score, the biggest news stemmed from an absence: No controversy. “I, Tonya” and “The Greatest Showman” scores were deemed ineligible based on their predominant use of songs, while “Call Me By Your Name” and “Detroit” didn’t even submit, presumedly knowing they wouldn’t qualify. Those omissions merit a shrug, unlike the outrage that followed last year’s disqualification of Johann Johannsson’s “Arrival” and Lesley Barber’s “Manchester By the Sea” scores.

This year, people were closely watching what happened to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and legend Hans Zimmer. Each has a history of running afoul of qualification rules, and each has one of the most celebrated scores of 2017, “Phantom Thread” and “Dunkirk.”

In the case of Greenwood, devoted fans still haven’t gotten over the disqualification of his brilliant 35-minute original score
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The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution

More of the best culture of 2017

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason – even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan’s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal?

So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted
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Howards End: Starz Releases Series Premiere Date and Trailer for British Drama

There's a beginning to every end. Starz has announced Kenneth Lonergan's Howards End TV show adaptation will debut in April of 2018. The premium cable service has also released a new trailer for the miniseries, which is based on the E.M. Forster 1910 novel of the same name. In UK, the series premiered on BBC One, on November 12, 2017. A Starz period drama, Howard's End stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Alex Lawther, Tracey Ullman, Matthew Macfadyen, Julia Ormond, Joe Bannister, Jonah Hauer-King, Bessie Carter, Joseph Quinn, and Rosalind Eleazar. In 1992, the story was adapted as a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, James Wilby, Samuel West, Jemma Redgrave, and Prunella Scales. Read More…
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‘Howard’s End’ Trailer Reveals Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen in Starz’s Miniseries

My co-workers saved this trailer for me to write up because they knew how on-brand it is for me. Let me count the ways: In Edwardian (check) London (check), two unconventional sisters (check) follow romance (check) and get embroiled in a secret (check) that could undo their happiness. Plus there are horses and beautiful English homes and witty conversations and an amazing cast. I mean who needs to be convinced of this? Howard's End is Kenneth Lonergan's (Manchester by the Sea) adaptation of E.M. Forester's celebrated novel, and stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew …
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Hayley Atwell Searches For Love In Kenneth Lonergan Adaptation

If you’re a serious Anglophile, chances are you’ve already worked your way through all four episodes of “Howards End,” which aired on this fall on BBC One. But if you’re like us, you’re still struggling with a mountain of Things To Watch, and you’re more than happy to have the breathing room and wait for this series to land stateside.

Based on E.M. Forster‘s novel, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,” “Manchester By The Sea“), and directed by BAFTA winner Hettie Macdonald (“White Girl,” “Fortitude“), the story follows two sisters as they search for love and meaning while navigating an ever-changing world.

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Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere

Howards End Trailer: Hayley Atwell Unearths a Secret in Starz Miniseries — Plus: Find Out When It'll Premiere
Even though Agent Carter’s no longer on the case, Hayley Atwell is still getting to the bottom of things.

Take the newly released trailer for Starz’s adaptation of Howards End, E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel about three families in turn-of-the-century England. Marvel’s Agent Carter alum Atwell plays Margaret Schlegel, an intelligent and independent sort who lives with her sister Helen (played by The Catch‘s Philippa Coulthard) and brother Tibby (Black Mirror‘s Alex Lawther) and who — among other intrigues — becomes involved in drama surrounding the widowed Henry Wilcox (Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen).

PhotosHowards End First
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‘Howards End’: Trailer, Premiere Set For Starz Limited Series

One big house, many big secrets and a premiere month. This new trailer for Starz’ Howards End limited series, adapted by Kenneth Lonergan from the E.M Forster masterpiece, promises it all. Starz announced today that the four hour-long episodes will air in the U.S. in April 2018. Howards End recently aired on BBC One in the UK. Famously adapted for the screen by James Ivory in 1992, Howards End makes its TV adaptation debut with Longergan’s take. The limited series is…
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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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Happy 50th Mark Ruffalo !

by Eric Blume

Today marks the 50th birthday of one of our very best actors, three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo. Ruffalo burst onto the scene in 2000 with a remarkable lead performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me. His complex, layered work had critics fairly sprouting comparisons to Brando, and his gorgeous duet with Laura Linney still feels like the standard-bearer for on-screen sibling chemistry. It’s astonishing to think Ruffalo missed out on an Oscar nomination that year, considering his performance is unquestionably better than several of the eventual nominees -- was it category confusion or lack of name-recognition? Oscar has remained historically slow to coronate good looking young actors, and that recognition remained on hold for him for over another decade...
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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch

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‘Happy End’ Trailer: Isabelle Huppert and Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Semi-Sequel Probably Isn’t Too Happy — Watch
Sony Pictures Classics has released the trailer for “Happy End,” Michael Haneke’s semi-sequel to “Amour.” Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant reprise their roles in the film, whose title is almost certainly ironic — Haneke’s movies, like “Funny Games” and “The White Ribbon,” are among the most severe in the world. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Happy End’ Review: In This Quasi-Sequel to ‘Amour,’ Michael Haneke is a Master of Bourgeois Despair

Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of AFI Fest: “The Laurent family has issues. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant), the aging patriarch of the wealthy Callais clan, is more interested in exiting this world than enjoying it. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has a repellent adult son to deal with, and Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz) is having a graphic online affair. The match to this tinderbox of dysfunction is adolescent Eve, who moves in after her mother’s apparent suicide attempt, and in
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch

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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan Follows ‘Manchester by the Sea’ With a New Take on the Celebrated Novel — Watch
BBC has released a new trailer for “Howards End,” an upcoming miniseries adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel that was previously made into a Merchant-Ivory film. Kenneth Lonergan wrote this new take on the book, which stars Hayley Atwell. Watch the trailer below.

Read More:‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

Here’s the synopsis, which is appropriately wordy: “Margaret Schlegel (Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

“Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work and at home with his partner Jacky (Rosalind Eleazar). In the absence of their late parents,
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‘Howards End’ Trailer: Kenneth Lonergan’s TV Adaptation Starring Hayley Atwell

Following the awards season run for “Manchester By The Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan decided to take a detour from the big screen, and head to television where he’s written a mini-series adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howard’s End.” The book has already been adapted in the beloved 1992 Merchant/Ivory jam, but a series allows audiences to go a bit deeper with the characters.

If you’re not up on your literature, the story focuses on two sisters (Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard), the former of whom is wooed by an older widower (Matthew MacFayden), the latter of whom attempts to help a young bank clerk (Joseph Quinn).

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