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David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back

David Lowery Says He Wrote A Script Similar to Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ Steven Soderbergh Fires Back
Update (December 4): Steven Soderbergh has deleted a tweet in which he told Lowery that “Godless” creator Scott Frank had written a draft of the series in 2003.

Earlier: David Lowery has a message for screenwriters: When you have a really good idea your passionate about, don’t put it on the back burner and assume you’ll be able to get to it when you get to it. The “A Ghost Story” director recently shared a story on his Road Dog Production blog entitled “Occupational Hazard.” The post details a script idea Lowery started writing two and half years ago that is oddly similar to Scott Frank’s Netflix series “Godless.”

According to Lowery, the idea started with a dream he had in which Amanda Seyfried “made her way stoically across a misty field
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‘Godless’ Cast and Crew Answer Burning Questions, From Gunfights to Ghosts

‘Godless’ Cast and Crew Answer Burning Questions, From Gunfights to Ghosts
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Netflix limited series “Godless.”]

Scott Frank first conceived of “Godless” because he loved the Western genre. In an interview with IndieWire, he said, “It’s the romance of living in that time, everything from the horses to the guns. There’s a very romantic notion, the kind of surviving through all of that and living out there in those days. A lot of people look back on that and wish we were sort of there again, in many ways.”

“It’s not just the negative aspects, like the violence and sort of the being caught out in the elements. All of that are certainly part of it, but it’s also just the quiet, giant, empty spaces that we don’t have anymore, or we certainly don’t experience every day anymore.”

On Netflix’s limited Western series “Godless,” a sharp-shooter named Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) flees from the gang of outlaws he
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‘Godless’: Mary Agnes’ Romance Wasn’t as Uncommon as You Might Think

‘Godless’: Mary Agnes’ Romance Wasn’t as Uncommon as You Might Think
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Netflix limited series “Godless.”]

Godless” may be a limited series drenched in blood from multiple massacres and shootouts, but creator Scott Frank had a more romantic intention when he began.

“When I first started thinking I wanted to write a love story, all I knew back in 2002 when I was starting this, is that I wanted to write a Western,” Frank said in an interview with IndieWire. “I had no idea what the story would be, I had no idea who the characters would be. Dialogue is really important to me, and I wasn’t sure if I could ever capture the voice, and I didn’t want it to be full of, ‘I reckon.’”

Frank turned to associate producer Mimi Munson for inspiration. She gave him a list of top Western novels to read to capture the voice and also researched real-life events.

“She started talking to me about towns in the Southwest,
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Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked, From Worst to Best

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Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked, From Worst to Best
Comparing installments of an anthology like “Black Mirror” is an inherently tricky prospect. Most of the entries have a certain “We’re all doomed” streak that runs through them, but whether hopeful or defeatist, there’s something distinctly different animating each of these episodes.

Arranging them in quality doesn’t necessarily make for the ideal viewing order either. Want to bit of uplift with your futurism? Bent on basking in the futility of trying to avoid a planet without dangerous automated attacks against nature? The rhythms of this series rise and fall more on their themes than the wallop each of these stories delivers.

But if you’re a die-hard fan or just wading into Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones’ murky sci-fi waters, a new season is on the horizon, so we’re adding our rankings to the mix.

Read More:‘Black Mirror’: Why Charlie Brooker Wrote ‘San Junipero
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‘Godless’ Spoilers Review: Let’s Talk About Jeff Daniels, the Women of La Belle, and That Glorious Gonzo Gunfight

‘Godless’ Spoilers Review: Let’s Talk About Jeff Daniels, the Women of La Belle, and That Glorious Gonzo Gunfight
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the Netflix limited series, “Godless.” For a spoiler-free review, please click here.]

All in all, “Godless” is a relatively straightforward western — and proud of it. Scott Frank’s limited series wears its emotions on its dirty, tattered sleeve, and the nearly feature-length finale wraps things up in a way that’s satisfying in the specifics more so than any big surprises.

Genre staples are met almost as though they’re being checked off a list. There’s a betrayal. There’s a massacre outside of town. There’s a massive shootout in town. There’s a quickdraw duel between good and evil. There are deaths. There are goodbyes. There’s hope.

In comforting fashion, Frank’s western abides by the formulas and format of the classics and draws to mind the great miniseries of yesteryear (namely, “Lonesome Dove”). But what elevates “Godless” beyond imitation are its subtle yet strong modern touches.

Read More:‘Godless’ Review: Merritt Wever Gets a Gun in Netflix
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[Updated] The Summer Box Office: Which Movies Made Money & Which Movies Flopped? We Break It Down!

Update: This post has been updated to contain numbers from the weekend ending August 13, 2017.

This summer has been a big one for Hollywood. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve seen around 19 big films hit theaters. And these weren’t just normal low or mid-budget releases. No, these were big, $150 million-plus budget releases. Every single weekend, it seemed, contained a big film. Heck, I’d say this triage of big blockbusters began well before summer did, with films like Kong: Skull Island hitting in March.

But how has this summer fared? With so many big movies hitting, how many were audiences actually able to go out and see, and is it enough films that studios will continue churning these bad boys out in massive quantities for the foreseeable future? We were curious about this ourselves, and set out to see how the box office fared over the past few months.
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Iron Fist: What We Want To See In Season 2

Note: This piece was originally published on May 30, 2017, but in light of The Defenders hitting Netflix this Friday, we thought it had some thoughts worth reiterating.

Marvel and Netflix have created something truly special with their four superhero shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They've established a unique, ongoing, and shared universe that not only respects each character's source material, but also builds upon and expands their lore. Fans have clearly responded, as many media outlets report that these are some of the most-popular shows on Netflix.

Daredevil is heading into its third season, while Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are each preparing for their second, but what about the fate of Iron Fist? According to SuperBroMovies, Danny Rand himself, actor Finn Jones, will soon issue a Season 2 announcement. While that's certainly welcome news for the whole Marvel/Netflix enterprise, it's probably safe to say that Iron Fist
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Chloe Grace Moretz, Josh Gad and Jack O’Connell sign up for Truman Capote film Party of the Century

Author: Zehra Phelan

Chloe Grace Moretz, Josh Gad, and Britain’s own Jack O’Connell have all signed on the dotted line to star in Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s romantic story Party of the Century which is focused on Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball.

Party of the Century is an unexpected love story between O’Connell’s working-class elevator operator and Moretz’s Hollywood ingénue, both of whom score coveted invites to Capote’s (who will be played by Gad) soiree.

Truman Capote was not only known for his literary brilliance, the man also held the most lavish of social affairs in his heyday, this one story of his turbulent life was initially revealed via Deborah Davis’s book Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote in which the synopsis read;

In 1966, everyone who was anyone wanted an invitation to Truman Capote
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Exclusive interview with Sean Ellis, director of Anthropoid

Anthropoid, the true story of the mission to assassinate Hitler’s third in command, Reinhard Heydrich, arrives in cinemas this week [read our review here]. Freda Cooper talked to its director, Sean Ellis, about the film and how it sheds light on a lesser known corner of World War II history.

On the 27th of May 1942, a small group of resistance fighters carried out an assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, head of the security services in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. His subsequent death eight days later and the merciless reprisals are now a matter of history, but outside the Czech Republic, it’s still a comparatively unknown story. Which was one of the reasons writer/director Sean Ellis wanted it for his second film, after the award winning Metro Manila.

The film takes its name from the mission’s code name, Operation Anthropoid, and launches this Friday simultaneously in the UK and Ireland – an acknowledgement of
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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’

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Lee Pace on ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 3: ‘We’re in the big leagues now’
Halt and Catch Fire, AMC’s smart, slick series about the fledgling computer industry of the 1980s, is California dreamin’. Joe, Cameron, Gordon, and Donna have all left Texas’ Silicon Prairie for Silicon Valley. “It gets out of the garage very quickly and we’re in the big leagues now,” series star Lee Pace tells HitFix of Halt’s new season debuting later this month. Halt and Catch Fire (which takes its name from an early computer command) started off with salesman/visionary Joe MacMillan’s race to compete with Ibm’s personal computer. Season 2 shifted its focus to online gaming. Now Halt and Catch Fire is going into its third season, which is longer than either of Pace’s previous television shows lasted. His team-ups with Bryan Fuller, Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, were canceled before their time, in the former case cutting short Pace’s endearing, Emmy-nominated role as the pie-maker Ned.
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The top 25 films of Jeff Daniels

Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016

From Dumb & Dumber and The Martian, through to Arachnophobia and Steve Jobs - we salute the screen work of Jeff Daniels...

They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.

25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)

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Giveaway – Win The Blind Side on DVD

We’re giving you the chance to relive the extraordinary true story of “The Blind Side” this Mother’s Day! Enter now to be in with a chance of winning the DVD.

Golden Globe nominee Sandra Bullock, Oscar winner Kathy Bates and country singing star Tim McGraw headline this deeply moving adaptation of the Michael Lewis bestseller about a young man whose size and prowess playing American-style football help him attain an education in school and in life.

Quinton Aaron portrays the oversized teenager transformed from a homeless street kid to a star athlete through the kindness and charity of a dynamic woman (Bullock – Infamous) who offers him a stable home, a caring family and the opportunity to follow his dreams. Tim McGraw takes the role of the husband who discovers the boy’s talent, and Kathy Bates (Misery) plays the young man’s strict tutor in this riveting, heartfelt
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Remembering Harper Lee on Screen, From ‘Mockingbird’ to ‘Capote’

Remembering Harper Lee on Screen, From ‘Mockingbird’ to ‘Capote’
Nearly a decade ago the movies gave us two different, equally well-etched portraits of Nelle Harper Lee, played by Catherine Keener in “Capote” (2006) and by Sandra Bullock in “Infamous” (2007). In both films Lee emerges a picture of sturdy, soft-spoken grace as she accompanies her childhood friend Truman Capote to Kansas, where he is researching his future true-crime masterwork, “In Cold Blood.”

Her role in the process proves far more important than either she or the fluttery, self-absorbed Capote lets on: She is there to grease the wheels of his investigation, to inoculate the locals against their prejudices toward this East Coast outsider, and to nudge open doors that might otherwise be slammed in his face. By standing alongside Truman (and, when necessary, putting him in his place), she builds a bridge between him and the townsfolk — and also, crucially, between him and the audience. Her quiet, homespun goodness vouches for
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Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Dead at 89

Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Dead at 89
Harper Lee, the Alabama-born novelist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller To Kill a Mockingbird has been a mainstay of American educational reading lists since its publication in 1960, died in her Monroeville home on Friday. She was 89. By several accounts, Lee had been in failing health for some time, and while there were those who questioned her state of mind in her final years, Wayne Flynt, an Alabama author-historian and friend of Lee's for more than a decade, recently told The New York Times: "I don't think that anybody that says she's demented has been to see her in the last 10 years.
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Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author, Dies at 89

Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Author, Dies at 89
Harper Lee, author of the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” one of the greatest literary successes of the last century and the basis for a classic 1962 film of the same name, has died, the city clerk’s office in her hometown of Monroeville confirmed. She was 89.

To Kill a Mockingbird” (1960), the story of Atticus Finch, a lawyer in an Alabama town in the 1930s who defends a black man accused of killing a white man, and his daughter Scout Finch, won the Pulitzer Prize and has sold 30 million copies and been translated into 40 languages. It has never been out of print since its initial publication.

Claudia Durst Johnson’s critical study “To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries” quotes a study that found that “To Kill a Mockingbird” “has been consistently one of the ten most frequently required books in secondary schools since its publication in 1960” — this despite the numerous efforts,
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Becoming Mike Nichols’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Becoming Mike Nichols’
From the revealingly sustained closing shot of “The Graduate” to the rich structural sprawl of “Angels in America,” Mike Nichols was a filmmaker who often knew the virtues of taking his time — so for a documentary on his work to clock in at just 72 minutes doesn’t seem fitting in any sense. Not that Douglas McGrath’s “Becoming Mike Nichols” attempts a precis of its subject’s whole, many-leveled career in such a drastically short running time. “Becoming” is the operative word, as Nichols — in an onstage interview shot months before his death in 2014 — talks through only his formative work in the 1960s, with his Oscar win for his soph feature “The Graduate” bringing proceedings to an abrupt close. If the material feels inadequate for a freestanding doc, that’s no fault of Nichols, who’s on playful, perspicacious form; at the very least, McGrath’s film reps a useful
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Joy movie review: a mess to be mopped up

Even the miscasting of Jennifer Lawrence takes a backseat to the forced quirkiness, which David O. Russell cannot get his cast on the same page with. I’m “biast” (pro): love Jennifer Lawrence

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Oh no. Does David O. Russell have his first dud on his hands? I know lots of people aren’t thrilled with his 2004 film I Heart Huckabees (I like it), but for the first time since he realized that Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper belong onscreen together — theirs is a chemistry that will be the stuff of Hollywood legend, I have no doubt — the result is something that never quite gels. Russell isn’t wrong about Lawrence and Cooper: it’s only when they are paired up here that the movie comes alive. But they’re not paired up onscreen anywhere
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Interview: Douglas McGrath of ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’

Chicago – While a musical stage play is known for its songs rather than dialogue or story, all has to be created. And the playwright for the opening-in-Chicago “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” is veteran actor, director and scribe Douglas McGrath. ‘Beautiful’ opens December 1st, 2015, at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

Beautiful” is a so-called jukebox musical with a twist. It takes the tunes of singer/songwriter Carole King, but integrates them within the story of Ms. King, who rose from a teenage song creator to a pop artist in her own right (“Tapestry” was her million seller album). The poignancy, in both the good and not-so-good times, are all told in the musical, which was crafted by Douglas McGrath.

Scene From ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,’ book by Douglas McGrath

Photo credit: Broadway in Chicago

McGrath is a hybrid, having written screenplays, acted in films and directed. He began his
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Review: Richard Brooks' "In Cold Blood" (1967); Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

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“A Study Of Darkness

By Raymond Benson

One of the more controversial motion pictures to emerge out of what film historians call “New Hollywood” was In Cold Blood, which was released to theaters “for mature audiences only.” The New Hollywood movement began around 1966, when the Production Code finally started to collapse (and before the movie ratings were instituted) and studios commenced allowing auteur filmmakers to do whatever the hell they wanted. The year 1967 was especially a groundbreaking one with the release of such “adult” fare as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, and In Cold Blood.

In Cold Blood is based on the “non-fiction novel” by Truman Capote about the true crime of 1959 in which an innocent family of four in Kansas were murdered by two ex-cons who believed there was $10,000 hidden in a safe in the house (there wasn’t). Capote spent several years writing the book,
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Toby Jones: Do you think I play losers? They're just people'

Nobody plays flawed heroes like actor Toby Jones, from Capote to Hitchcock to Captain Mainwaring. But they’re winners in his eyes, he tells Simon Hattenstone

It wasn’t meant to be like this. Toby Jones was the little fella destined for a life in clowning, or fringe theatre, or radio drama. Maybe even the occasional walk-on part in an art house movie. Take his first couple of film roles in the early 1990s: “the valet” in an adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and “man at tea bar” in Mike Leigh’s Naked. That was Toby Jones. Or, even better, the scene-stealer in the Richard Curtis comedy Notting Hill – the man who stalked Julia Roberts. You don’t remember that? Well, that would be because it was cut out of the movie. But, hey ho, that was his destiny. Jones did what he always did: made the best of it,
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