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Interview: Betty Buckley Talks Working with M. Night Shyamalan for Split and Reflects on Carrie (1976)

18 April 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

As a man with multiple personalities (23, to be exact), James McAvoy is enthralling to watch in in M. Night Shyamalan's Split, but just as intriguing is his psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher, played by the great Betty Buckley, who plays a nail-biting mental chess match with her multi-dimensional patient in some of the film's most fascinating scenes.

With Split now out on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Buckley (whom many may know as Abby Bradford from Eight is Enough) about working with Shyamalan on both Split and The Happening, playing Miss Collins in Brian De Palma's Carrie (1976) and Margaret White in the ’80s Broadway musical adaptation of Stephen King's seminal novel, her new album Story Songs, and more.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me today and congratulations on Split. I loved the film, »

- Derek Anderson

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Who Are the Best Director-Actor Duos Working in Movies Today? — Critics Survey

13 March 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “Personal Shopper,” which finds Olivier Assayas re-teaming with his “Clouds of Sils Maria” star Kristen Stewart, who is the best director / actor duo in the movies today?

Mark Harris (@markharrisnyc), Vulture and Film Comment

Every time Matthew Broderick shows up in a movie directed by Kenneth Lonergan, I smile. It might seem an odd choice given that Lonergan has directed just three movies (“You Can Count on Me,” “Margaret,” and “Manchester by the Sea”) in 17 years, and also given that Broderick has played only supporting roles in those films. But Lonergan understands Broderick so well — his haplessness, his beleaguered, flawed decency, »

- David Ehrlich

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Matt Damon vs. Ben Affleck: Film Critics Are Forced to Pick a Favorite — IndieWire Critics Survey

21 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

From “School Ties” to “Live By Night” and this weekend’s “The Great Wall,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have each — for better and worse — left a considerable and ever-increasing footprint in the cultural landscape. But while the world is wide enough for both of them, our hearts are not. And so, we forced our panel of critics to choose: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?

There can be only one.

Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance with Rolling Stone, Vulture, Vox

This is a toughie. In terms of looks, both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s faces remind me of between forty and fifty of my least-favorite classmates during »

- David Ehrlich

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Brad Pitt Leveraged His Name and Shingle for ‘Moonlight’

16 February 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Of the nine films nominated for best picture, fully one-third would not exist were it not for an A-list movie star leveraging personal clout to get the movie made in a system that simply doesn’t take those kinds of risks these days.

Fences” is by far the most conventional example: Paramount had acquired the rights to August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 1987 for Eddie Murphy to star, though it took three decades — and Denzel Washington’s involvement — to get it made.

Matt Damon willed “Manchester by the Sea” into existence. The project originated when Damon commissioned a script from playwright Kenneth Lonergan (coming off a trying experience on “Margaret,” in which Damon played a small role). Though he had originally entertained the idea of starring in “Manchester” himself, Damon ultimately decided to give the lead role to longtime amigo Ben Affleck’s kid brother, Casey.

But of the three projects, »

- Peter Debruge

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Why Manchester By the Sea should win the best picture Oscar

16 February 2017 4:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kenneth Lonergan’s haunting family drama stands out from the pack thanks to its subtlety, complexity and bravery in tackling the big issues

Manchester By the Sea, it must be said, is a tough sell. Its premise – man returns home to look after his dead brother’s son – doesn’t exactly scream good times. Its poster, full of muted blues and haunted expressions, further cements that suggestion. It’s written and directed by a man, Kenneth Lonergan, whose last film, Margaret, was a sprawling and hugely divisive work that wallowed in development hell for half a decade and then flopped badly when it eventually limped into cinemas. Even the many rave reviews afforded to the film sound like backhanded compliments, containing adjectives likely to make most cinemagoers run a mile: heartbreaking, raw, devastating.

And, in truth, Manchester By the Sea does conform to those descriptions. It is achingly raw and heartbreaking, »

- Gwilym Mumford

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‘Manchester By the Sea’: Why Kenneth Lonergan’s Script Is A Screenwriting Master Class

15 February 2017 5:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Manchester By the Sea” writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was a playwright first. He’s often lauded for his dialogue, rich character development, and the performances he gets from actors. Taken as whole, these descriptions could be interpreted as being a kind way of saying that his film is insufficiently cinematic.

That would miss the point. Like his previous films, “You Can Count on Me” and “Margaret,” his script for “Manchester By the Sea” draws a great deal of its power by taking advantage of the way movie audiences absorb story.

Building the Mask

At the beginning of “Manchester,” we watch Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), an apartment building handyman, react to his tenants — the indecisive man with a plumbing problem, the woman crushing on him as he unclogs her toilet bowl, a confrontational woman bizarrely accusing him of wanting to watch her take a shower. He’s comically expressionless as he goes about his work. »

- Chris O'Falt

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Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC

15 February 2017 12:46 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A British literature classic is getting an update, thanks to Starz and the BBC.

Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter, Conviction) will headline a miniseries adaptation of Howards End, based on the E.M. Forster novel, to be co-produced by Starz and BBC One. Set in circa-1900 England, Howards End explores the social and class divisions of the time through three families; Atwell will star as well-read idealist Margaret Schlegel.

RelatedBenedict Cumberbatch to Ep, Star in BBC One Drama About Loss of a Child

Joining Atwell in the cast are Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street), who’ll play Henry Wilcox, and Tracey Ullman, »

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Oscar-Nominated Directors Do What They Know

14 February 2017 9:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether finding a corollary between artistic duress and a family tragedy or drawing on nostalgia to inform a sci-fi aesthetic, this year’s Oscar-nominated directors discovered ways to personalize their films.

For Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”), a reading of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” conjured plenty of self-recognition. Jenkins grew up in the same Liberty City Miami neighborhood as McCraney, and like the playwright, his mother struggled with addiction.

Jenkins’ mother has yet to see “Moonlight,” however. “I have a hard time watching the film, so I imagine she’ll have as much of a hard time,” he says. “What I always say to her is she lived through these things. There’s no reason for her to experience them again. But she reads everything Naomie [Harris] says about playing her, and she approved of her approach.”

Denis Villeneuve (along with cinematographer Bradford Young) also mined personal »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Kenneth Lonergan: How the ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Filmmaker Honed His Skills as a Writer-Director

14 February 2017 8:20 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This post is presented in partnership with Amazon Studios’ and Roadside Attractions’ “Manchester By The Sea,” directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan and starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.]

On the surface, it might seem surprising that one of the most recognized films of this awards season would come from a filmmaker who hadn’t shot a movie in 10 years. For anyone familiar with Kenneth Lonergan’s track record as a screenwriter, director and playwright, however, the accolades that “Manchester by the Sea” has been racking up are very much par for the course.

Long before the film earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Lonergan had established himself in the theater world as an award-winning playwright. He was first recognized in 1982 at the age of 18 by the Young Playwrights Festival, for his play “The Rennings Children,” which centers on a sister who advocates for her brother’s release from a mental hospital.

Many of the themes in Lonergan’s plays are reexamined in his feature films, starting with his debut “You Can Count on Me, »

- Indiewire Staff

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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Damien Chazelle and Kenneth Lonergan are Neck and Neck in Original Screenplay Oscar Race — Here’s Why

10 February 2017 9:37 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When the Academy moved Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” to the Adapted Screenplay category, the Oscar race for Original Screenplay became a battle between two writer-directors. While Damien Chzelle’s reboot of the Hollywood musical is a strong contender throughout its 14 nominations, and Oscar voters will tick plenty of “La La Land” boxes on their ballots, it’s still rare for an original musical to land a screenplay win. (Alan Jay Lerner’s “An American in Paris” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” are exceptions.)

That’s why lauded playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan could win this race.

Here’s how Original Screenplay is shaking out:

Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)

The Oscar could go to the comeback writer-director for his tragic New England family drama.

Lonergan initially struggled with “Margaret” star Matt Damon and John Krasinski’s story idea about a man with a tragic history who must face »

- Anne Thompson

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director race

9 February 2017 6:45 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Director raceAdriana Floridia2/9/2017 9:45:00 Am

The Best Director race is very diverse and exciting this year.

It's also very close. With La La Land's Damien Chazelle and Moonlight's Barry Jenkins up against each other, it could easily go either way. At this rate it looks like a neck and neck race between these two contenders, as both films are the favourite to win the Best Picture Oscar. The other three men in the category, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonergan, Arrival's Denis Villeneuve and Hacksaw Ridge's Mel Gibson are all worthy contenders as well. It's also rather impressive that four out five of these directors are first time nominees. 

We're breaking down the Best Director race below!

Damien ChazelleLa La Land »

- Adriana Floridia

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'Daphne': Film Review | Rotterdam 2017

8 February 2017 2:56 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Looking for Mr. Goodbar meets Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret on the streets of 21st century London in Peter Mackie Burns' disarming debut Daphne, the intimate character study of a 31-year-old singleton who goes off the rails after witnessing a random act of violence. First and foremost, it's a cracking little showcase for rising British actress Emily Beecham, who's seldom offscreen for long as the tale's lively, complex, intriguing quasi-heroine.

A low-key but promising first feature from Mackie Burns, winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear in 2005 for his short Milk, it is essentially an expansion of his 11-minute Happy Birthday to Me (2013), »

- Neil Young

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The top 10 Oscar nominated movies you must see in theatres

26 January 2017 12:13 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The top 10 Oscar nominated movies you must see in theatresThe top 10 Oscar nominated movies you must see in theatresAdriana Floridia1/26/2017 3:13:00 Pm

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, it's time to start catching up with what the Academy considers the year's best films. In case you haven't yet seen all of these buzzed-about movies, now's your chance to play armchair voter! While the Academy can be unpredictable and awards prognosticating can be difficult, it's still fun to speculate; and it's easier to bet on what you think will win when you've seen the nominated films and have a personal opinion on the race. 

Luckily, many of these movies are still playing in theatres, and we've made a list of the top 10 movies you absolutely need to see to win that Oscar pool.  And also, simply to have an amazing time at the movies. Seeing any of these ten films would guarantee it! »

- Adriana Floridia

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'The Leftovers' Final Season Gets Premiere Date -- Watch the Teaser Trailer!

24 January 2017 4:15 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"The end is near" for The Leftovers.

Over a year after season two's finale, the apocalyptic drama's third and final season has been given a premiere date, HBO announced on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Why Justin Theroux Won't Take Any Credit for 'The Leftovers'

Star Justin Theroux was the first to tease the show's return on Instagram.

"The end is near. And we know the date. »

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Oscars: ‘La La Land’ Ties All-Time Record With 14 Nominations

24 January 2017 5:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La La Land,” a musical tribute to Los Angeles, dominated the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, picking up 14 nods to tie the record set by “Titanic” and “All About Eve.” The honey-coated celebration of all things Hollywood was nominated for best picture and best director for 32-year old wunderkind Damien Chazelle. Both of its lead actors, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, were recognized for their work as big city dreamers in love.

La La Land’s” main competition in the major categories came from “Arrival,” an alien invasion thriller, and “Moonlight,” a low-boil drama looking at a gay man during the crack epidemic in Florida. Both films landed a total of eight Oscar nominations.

Three films were tied for third with six nods apiece: “Hacksaw Ridge,” a bloody World War II drama, “Lion,” a true story about a man who uses Google to find his long-lost family in India, and “Manchester by the Sea, »

- Brent Lang

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Sundance 2017. Correspondences #1

22 January 2017 12:40 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Person to PersonDear Lawrence,Sometime during our excursion from Vancouver to Park City you asked about a movie I’ve been planning in my head for over a year. Though neither of us are filmmakers by trade or by nature, we both have an innate desire to create, to harness life experience and transform it into something universal: into art. But as critics, we’ve become accustomed to deciphering meaning rather than creating it, better at explaining with words than evoking with images, inspired to discuss others’ stories but not tell our own. But instead of making a movie, my life had become one. Our trip began on Wednesday with a two hour inspection at the border where we were ultimately turned away. The next day was gonzo, shifting tones at a breakneck speed, jerking us around from crushing disappointment to hope, from frustration to elation. If Wednesday seemed like »

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Rebecca Hall Airs a Story in Exclusive Clip From Antonio Campos’ ‘Christine’

17 January 2017 7:06 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the best performances of the last year can be found in the latest film from Afterschool and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos, the character study Christine. His first feature based on a true story, it follows the final weeks of the life of Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall), a Florida-based news reporter who committed suicide live on air in the summer of 1974. With the film now available on VOD, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip, which features Hall’s character on-air about a local zoning crisis.

I said in my review, “Hall, in one of her best performances, embodies Christine with searing intensity, staring blankly while her co-workers offer simple questions and in one remarkable scene, puzzling a woman offering many different solutions to help her situation. Her initially nervous energy eventually evolves into verbal explosions at her mother (J. Smith-Cameron) and Michael, placing the blame on »

- Jordan Raup

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Win a Manchester By The Sea prize bundle

13 January 2017 2:49 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To celebrate the release of the critically acclaimed and award winning film Manchester By The Sea in cinemas now starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, we have three prize bundles to giveaway including a selection of Blu-rays plus a Manchester By The Sea poster and soundtrack.

In the critically acclaimed feature film from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me, Margaret), Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose sparse existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.

Nominated for six BAFTA Awards including Best Film, »

- Competitions

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Kenneth Lonergan and Lucas Hedges talk ‘Manchester By The Sea’

12 January 2017 1:27 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Manchester by the Sea is writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s first film in five years – since the universally critically acclaimed Margaret – and he’s getting used to people asking him why it took him so long.

“It’s a lot of work, and it takes a lot of time to do, and a lot of time to plan. I’m also a playwright, so in the time between Margaret and this film, I wrote three plays and directed two of them. I do other kinds of work as well.”

Manchester by the Sea began when his friend Matt Damon asked Lonergan if he would consider writing the screenplay. They had worked together in 2002 in a West End production of Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth.

Matt Damon and John Krasinski came to Lonergan with the core idea of the character of Lee. Lee went through a terrible tragedy, left home, »

- Paul Heath

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