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Viola Davis to star in Steve McQueen’s new film Widows

1 hour ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Viola Davis has signed on to appear in Widows, the next project from director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), which has been scripted by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and is based upon the British TV series created by Lynda La Plante.

Widows follows four women who team up to complete a robbery after their husbands are killed on the job. According to Variety, Jennifer Lawrence was also approached for one of the female leads, but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts.

The film is being produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech, and also teamed with McQueen on his 2011 film Shame. Film4 is co-financing the project along with New Regency.

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- Gary Collinson

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8 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Comics Alliance Joss Whedon on which Avenger would make the best Us President

Vulture Tom Ford celebrates Jake Gyllenhaal's lack of manscaping

THR Viola Davis to star in Steve McQueen's Widows, a female heist picture 

Acidemic offers tips for hunting for buried genre treasures (in this case vampire films) on Amazon Prime

Bloody Disgusting the "Godfather of Gore" Gordon Lewis has passed away at 87. He's the cult filmmaker Juno and her new pal Jason Bateman obsessed over together

Huffington Post Danielle Brooks and Gabby Sidibe love their plus size bodies for Lane Bryant. Cute commercial

Watch This an interview with John Butler who made Handsome Devil which will hopefully get a release soon. Fair warning: the type is ridiculously small. What is this, Tumblr?

Coming Soon Dr Strange gets wobbly cosmic blurs motion posters

Us Weekly continuing the garbage fire theme of 2016 in which both people and Love keep dying, »

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Viola Davis Joins Steve McQueen Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

11 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Today is a great day to be Viola Davis. Well, actually, every day is probably a great day to be Viola Davis, because she gets to wake up each morning as one of the most reliably excellent actors currently working. But today especially, everything’s coming up Davis. This morning Paramount Pictures debuted the first trailer for […]

The post Viola Davis Joins Steve McQueen Heist Thriller ‘Widows’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Newswire: Viola Davis to star in Steve McQueen’s female-led heist thriller

14 hours ago | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Taking part in a big heist is a risky endeavor, especially if you’re not working with a guy like George Clooney who has figured out every possible twist and turn ahead of time. According to Variety, Steve McQueen’s next project is going to be about a heist that goes wrong, and unlike all of those Ocean’s 11 movies, this heist ends with everybody getting killed. Thankfully, that’s just the beginning, as the movie itself is about the widows of the original heist crew getting together to finish the job.

Appropriately titled Widows, the movie is based on a British miniseries from the ’80s and it’s being written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Variety also says that How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will play one of the titular widows, though the rest of the crew apparently hasn’t been cast yet ...

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Viola Davis to star in Steve McQueen's heist thriller Widows

14 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 12 Years a Slave film-maker is making an adaptation of the popular 1983 British miniseries about four robbers’ widows who band together for a big score

Viola Davis has paired up with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen for the film-maker’s forthcoming heist thriller Widows.

Based on the 1983 British miniseries of the same name, from Prime Suspect’s Lynda La Plante, the adaptation will boast a screenplay from Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, who is co-writing the film with McQueen.

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Viola Davis Books Lead in Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller, ‘Widows’ (Adaptation of British TV Series)

15 hours ago | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

A project first announced in 2014, Steve McQueen re-teamed with his “12 Years a Slave” producer and financier New Regency, for a big screen adaptation of the British TV series “Widows,” which aired in 1983, and told the story the widows… Continue Reading → »

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Viola Davis to Star in Steve McQueen Heist ‘Widows’

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Viola Davis will headline Oscar winner Steve McQueen‘s heist thriller “Widows,” TheWrap has learned. McQueen penned the script with “Gone Girl” author-screenwriter Gillian Flynn based on the 1980s British television mini-series “Widows,” which was written by BAFTA award-winning writer Lynda La Plante (“Prime Suspect”). The New Regency project follows four widows who come together to finish a heist after their husbands are killed while trying to pull it off. Also Read: 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn to Co-Write Steve McQueen's 'Widows' The film adaptation will be set in the modern day in an American city. »

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Viola Davis Set to Steal the Show in Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

15 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Variety is reporting that Viola Davis is set to star in “Widows,” a heist thriller from “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen and “Gone Girl” author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn. The Oscar nominee will star as one of four widows who attempt to complete the heist that their husbands died trying to pull off.

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Since directing the Best Picture–winning “12 Years a Slave,” McQueen has been at work on “Codes of Conduct,” an HBO miniseries. According to the Variety report, Jennifer Lawrence was in talks to co-star in “Widows” but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Davis, who currently stars on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” has received Academy Award nominations for “The Help” and “Doubt” and was most recently seen in “Suicide Squad.” Her next film is director/co-star Denzel Washington’s adaptation of “Fences, »

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Viola Davis Joins Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’

16 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Viola Davis has been cast in New Regency's Widows, the heist thriller being directed by 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen. This is the pic that was co-penned by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn based on the British miniseries. The plot centers on the aftermath of four armed robbers killed during a failed heist, and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves. Davis, who stars on ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, is next up… »

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Viola Davis Joins Steve McQueen’s Heist Film ‘Widows’

16 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

During HBO‘s executive and programming shakeup earlier this year, one of the projects that sadly got scrapped was “Hunger” and “12 Years A Slave” director Steve McQueen‘s “Codes Of Conduct.” The six-episode limited series would’ve starred newcomer Devon Turrell, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall, however the powers at be at the network decided not to move forward with it.

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Viola Davis to Lead Steve McQueen’s Heist Thriller ‘Widows’

16 hours ago | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If you’ve emotionally recovered from Viola Davis‘ appearance in this morning’s debut trailer for Fences, we now have some major news for you. Following up his Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen has been developing an adaptation of the crime drama Widows, based on the British television series. After we brought word that shooting would kick off this fall, the first casting has arriving.

Variety reports that Davis is the first actress to board the film, which comes from a script by McQueen and Gone Girl‘s Gillian Flynn. The story centers on four widows who come together to finish a robbery after their crooked husbands are killed on the job. The other three leads call for one black woman, one white woman, and one Latina woman, but they have yet to be cast. However, Jennifer Lawrence was “approached” to take a part, but she had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. »

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Difficult Chapter, Tough Choices for Oscar Voters

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Another film awards season dawns. But before the early festivals in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto could even define the day, storm clouds had already gathered.

The controversy surrounding Fox Searchlight’s Sundance acquisition “The Birth of a Nation” — with director and star Nate Parker falling under heavy scrutiny in the wake of resurfaced rape allegations from a 1999 incident at Penn State University — has been a consistent point of discussion and deliberation for weeks. Everyone who covers this beat was immediately asked how the allegations might affect the film’s awards hopes. It’s a query at which one can only cringe.

A woman is dead. Who cares about a Hollywood bauble in the face of that?

But Oscar optics are noteworthy. Many outside the business view the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a monolith that makes singular decisions, not as a body whose nominations result from the views of a wide-ranging collective. »

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Viola Davis to Star in Steve McQueen Heist Thriller ‘Widows’ (Exclusive)

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viola Davis will star in Steve McQueen’s upcoming heist thriller “Widows” for New Regency.

Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn is on board to pen the script with McQueen.

Based on the 2002 British miniseries about a caper gone wrong, the story follows four armed robbers who get killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving their widows to finish the job.

The film will be produced by McQueen, and Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, who teamed with McQueen on “Shame” and also produced the best picture Oscar winner “The Kings Speech.” Film 4 is co-financing with New Regency.

The movie marks McQueen’s first feature since winning the best picture Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave.” McQueen has since been working on the HBO limited series “Codes of Conduct,” also penned by Flynn.

HBO recently shelved “Codes of Conduct,” allowing McQueen to focus all his energy on “Widows. »

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‘Fences’ Trailer: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Are Powerhouses In August Wilson Adaptation

20 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fences” has released its first trailer. Denzel Washington’s adaptation of the play by August Wilson — the actor’s third time behind the camera, following 2002’s “Antwone Fisher” and 2007’s “The Great Debaters” — follows a former baseball player from the Negro leagues in 1950s Pittsburgh. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: Denzel Washington’s ‘Fences’ Lands Oscar-Friendly December Dates

Washington and Viola Davis, both of whom won Tony Awards for their performances in the play’s 2010 revival, reprise their roles as Troy and Rose Maxson, respectively. “Fences” was first produced to great acclaim in 1983; the delay in bringing it to screen is owed in part to Wilson’s hope that a black filmmaker would direct the adaptation. Washington first expressed interest a few years ago, and clearly things worked out.

Paramount Pictures will release “Fences” on Christmas Day.

 

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R.I.P. #OscarsSoWhite: Why 2017 Will Be The Most Diverse Awards Season In Decades

26 September 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Late September is usually far too early for definitive Academy Award predictions, but on this one I’m solid: This year’s film slate will inevitably yield an Oscars Less White.

Some small credit can go to the Academy, which pushed the diversity needle just a tad by adding twice as many new voters as last year (683, almost half of whom were women or people of color).

However, the most significant reason we’re unlikely to see a repeat of last year — when every single one of the 20 acting nominations went to white thespians — is the movies. Last year, films like “Beasts of No Nation,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Concussion,” and “Creed” boasted diverse ensembles before and behind the screen, but they were less-than-Academy-friendly. In 2016, there are at least 8 films that present as strong awards candidates with diverse talent, and they are a far more formidable selection.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan to Lead Paul Dano’s Directorial Debut ‘Wildlife’

23 September 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In the span of just a decade, Paul Dano has worked with the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, Ang Lee, Kelly Reichardt, Steve McQueen, Denis Villeneuve, Bong Joon-ho, Rian Johnson, and more. Presumably learning a thing or two from this batch of talented directors, he’s now set to make his debut behind the camera with Wildlife.

The script, penned by Zoe Kazan and Dano himself, is adapted from the 1990 coming-of-age novel by Richard Ford, following a boy who watches his parents marriage unravel after a move and his mom falls in love with another man. Variety now reports that he’s found his leads, as Dano’s Prisoners and forthcoming Okja co-star Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to the drama alongside Carey Mulligan.

While the boy hasn’t been cast yet, presumably Gyllenhaal and Mulligan will play the parents. “In Richard’s book I saw myself and many others. »

- Leonard Pearce

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Restored Version of ‘Daughters of the Dust’, ‘Destined’, ‘Two Trains Running’ Among Films to Screen at 52nd Chicago International Film Fest

22 September 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

After announcing two weeks ago that Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” will be showcased, along with a tribute to director Steve McQueen, this week, the upcoming 52nd annual Chicago International Film Festival has now revealed its complete film schedule, including films that will be screened as… Continue Reading → »

- Sergio Mims

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How Taylor Swift's Younger Brother Austin Got 'Hooked' on Acting in College

21 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

His blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the I.T. trailer caused a stir on the Internet earlier this summer, but Austin Swift is just getting started. The younger brother of superstar Taylor Swift has always been a movie buff and has been busy pursuing an acting career since he graduated from Notre Dame last year. "I was studying mainly film theory in college, but during one of my classes, a teaching assistant said they were having trouble casting this one role in the play they were putting up. I went and read for it and ended up getting the part, but I had »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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How Taylor Swift's Younger Brother Austin Got 'Hooked' on Acting in College

21 September 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

His blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in the I.T. trailer caused a stir on the Internet earlier this summer, but Austin Swift is just getting started. The younger brother of superstar Taylor Swift has always been a movie buff and has been busy pursuing an acting career since he graduated from Notre Dame last year. "I was studying mainly film theory in college, but during one of my classes, a teaching assistant said they were having trouble casting this one role in the play they were putting up. I went and read for it and ended up getting the part, but I had »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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‘The Lovers And The Despot’ Review: Kim Jong-Il Stars In A Fascinating Doc That Should Have Been A Drama

21 September 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hollywood is full of unscrupulous, power-mad producers, but none of them could ever hold a candle to Kim Jong-il. Fondly remembered as a sociopathic dictator, the former “Dear Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” was also a notorious cinephile who — even before his father bequeathed him supreme control of the country — actively tried to weaponize motion pictures in order to fortify ideology at home and bolster North Korea’s reputation abroad. He even wrote a book about film theory called “On the Art of the Cinema,” a revolutionary text which offers almost as much insight into movies as “The Art of the Deal” does into business.

Needless to say, when Kim required something to enhance the local industry, people tended to do whatever was necessary in order to make it happen; after all, “You’ll never eat in this town again” is a particularly dire threat in »

- David Ehrlich

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