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'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the "Rage of a Guy With a Napoleonic Complex"

'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the
For director Martin McDonagh, Sam Rockwell has played a curious hotel clerk (2010's Broadway play A Behanding in Spokane) and a dog kidnapper (2012's Seven Psychopaths), but it's with their third collaboration, Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, that the actor really digs his teeth in to portray Jason Dixon, a hotheaded, racist cop from a fictional Midwestern town who goes up against Frances McDormand's character, a mom trying to find justice for her murdered daughter. Rockwell, 49, spoke with THR about the film (which won best screenplay in Venice and the top audience prize at the Toronto Film...
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'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the "Rage of a Guy With a Napoleonic Complex"

'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the
For director Martin McDonagh, Sam Rockwell has played a curious hotel clerk (2010's Broadway play A Behanding in Spokane) and a dog kidnapper (2012's Seven Psychopaths), but it's with their third collaboration, Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, that the actor really digs his teeth in to portray Jason Dixon, a hotheaded, racist cop from a fictional Midwestern town who goes up against Frances McDormand's character, a mom trying to find justice for her murdered daughter. Rockwell, 49, spoke with THR about the film (which won best screenplay in Venice and the top audience prize at the Toronto Film...
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‘Three Billboards’ Cinematographer Ben Davis on Camera Placement, Single Takes, and Authentically Capturing America

Our rave review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri notes that cinematographer Ben Davis “captures the action and outbursts of violence with assured zip and clarity.” Though true, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Martin McDonagh’s third feature — his second with Davis behind the camera, following 2012’s Seven Psychopaths — is among the most beautiful released this year, photographed with a knowledge of its small-town environment (North Carolina rather than Missouri, but let’s not hold that against the film) that renders seemingly quotidian settings a scarred landscape of pain and anger.

Speaking one-on-one with Davis will make clear that Billboards‘ fine palette is no happy accident, instead being the result of intense consideration for environment, emotion, color, space, and, especially in the case of a show-stopping single take — one that hardly asks for us to stand and applaud, even as we’re wondering how it could be pulled off — movement.
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Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
Martin McDonagh can't recall exactly where he was when he first saw the signs. The 47-year-old award-winning playwright and filmmaker thinks it might have been Florida. Maybe it was Georgia. Or possibly Alabama or even Mississippi; the bus he was on hit all of them on its route, so he can't be 100-percent sure. Back in the late Nineties and the mid-aughts, McDonagh always liked to take cars or trains or buses when he had to get from one place to the next in the U.S., if time allowed; having grown up in London,
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Kerry Condon, Amanda Warren, Zeljko Ivanek, Clarke Peters, and Sandy Martin.

Synopsis:

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Mark Twain once wrote that “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”, which is true and a lesson the residents of the titular town of Ebbing, Missouri will come to realize. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t like the typical murder mystery where once a case is forced back into the eyes of the public and law enforcement, overlooked clues from
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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash

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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash
For the second straight weekend, a strongly reviewed new film with a central female character broke through the clutter of this mixed fall season to great success. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) joined “Lady Bird” (A24) as the best starts among the many top titles vying for attention, and both did so by a wide margin above other films. “Lady Bird” added other top cities and proved its first week was no fluke, showing results unequaled since “La La Land” last year.

The grosses in both cases are early results, but the films look in prime position for both greater success and maximum attention just as the awards jockeying is reaching high gear. And given that both are female-centered, and not historical figure-based like so many other titles, makes them even more vital at the moment.

Opening

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Venice,
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Review: Strong Cast Powers Dark And Striking Story With Bite

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Review: Strong Cast Powers Dark And Striking Story With Bite
You might not know what to expect from writer-director Martin McDonagh’s films, but you know they will come at you from unexpected, often very dark places. That he manages to mix this all with black comedy and pungent social commentary furthers the appeal of whatever this talented playwright and filmmaker serves up, and that includes his previous two films, In Bruges (for which he got a writing Oscar nomination) and the slightly overcooked Seven Psychopaths. It also…
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Sam Rockwell Talks ‘Three Billboards’ And Playing George Bush In ‘Backseat’ [Interview]

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Sam Rockwell‘s time may finally have come. The 49-year-old actor has long been on the list of acclaimed talents who have been continuously passed over for an Oscar nomination. In fact, Rockwell’s been so snubbed that indie film legend didn’t even earn an Independent Spirit Award nomination until 2012 (and, mind you, didn’t win). His one Spirit nod was for Martin McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths” and now the British and Irish filmmaker may have given Rockwell the role that will finally lead to an Academy Award breakthrough.

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Stream 2 Tracks From Carter Burwell’s Score For ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ [Exclusive]

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This fall, you’ve likely been hearing plenty of music from Oscar-nominated composer Carter Burwell. He’s put his magic touch already on “Goodbye Christopher Robin” and “Wonderstruck,” and this month, he shows his talent and range once again with the score for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The new film by Martin McDonagh (“Seven Psychopaths,” “In Bruges“) follows Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), who makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police, after months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case.

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With Sexual Assault Rattling the Industry, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is an Angry Feminist Response

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With Sexual Assault Rattling the Industry, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is an Angry Feminist Response
When playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh first conceived of his dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” in which Frances McDormand plays a woman seeking justice for the rape and murder of her teen daughter, he had no idea the movie would come out in an environment rattled by tales of sexual assault by powerful men. Now, McDormand’s expletive-spewing avenger epitomizes the angry feminist reckoning leading up to its release. “I think it’s a great film to be put out in this climate,” the 47-year-old British-Irish director said over coffee in New York. “But it’s not about just rage and pain. It moves on to a more hopeful, human place.”

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The topicality was pure coincidence, but McDonagh will take it. In the weeks following the “Three Billboards” premiere
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From ‘Big Sick’ to ‘Downsizing,’ Studios and Indies Stake Claim for Globes Comedy Gold

From ‘Big Sick’ to ‘Downsizing,’ Studios and Indies Stake Claim for Globes Comedy Gold
From popular Sundance pickups to prestige awards bait, this year’s Golden Globes race for comedy/musical picture promises a solid balance of indie gems and studio offerings — and less category shopping.

Almost every major studio is in the mix with a serious contender. Two of them are musicals (three if you want to get technical). Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” could be the biggest box office story in the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s nominations. Though critics were lukewarm, the film made a truckload of cash off an intellectual property that, let’s face it, was ripe for a live-action remake. Fox’s contribution, meanwhile, will be “The Greatest Showman,” inspired by the life of P.T. Barnum. But a nomination for star Hugh Jackman might be easier to come by than one for best picture; the film is being positioned more as a holiday family movie than a serious awards play.

Keep an eye
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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Give Frances McDormand the Oscar Now

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Give Frances McDormand the Oscar Now
Duck, you suckers – this darkly comic bonfire of a movie shoots off dangerous sparks that can burn and leave marks. A livewire Frances McDormand will blow you away as Mildred Hayes, a divorced woman who's mad as hell at the police in her town of Ebbing, Missouri. So mad, in fact, that she rents three billboards at $5000 per month to embarrass the local cops who haven't found the killer who raped and incinerated her teen daughter seven months before – since, according to Mildred, cops are "too busy torturing black folks.
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Exclusive New Images from ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

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We at Collider are happy to debut a batch of exclusive new images from Fox Searchlight’s upcoming darkly comedic drama Three Billboards Outisde Ebbing, Missouri. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), the film stars Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as a woman who, after months pass without movement towards finding her daughter’s killer, commissions three billboard signs leading into her small town that single out the town’s chief of police William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). The film racked up rave reviews on the fall film festival circuit and won the Audience Award at the Toronto …
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Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush

Playback: Sam Rockwell on ‘Three Billboards’ and Tackling George W. Bush
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Sam Rockwell has been on the brink of serious awards attention for a while now. He came close to Oscar recognition with his tour-de-force performance in Duncan Jones’ “Moon,” but his work as a racist Missouri law enforcement officer in Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is perhaps his best work to date, carved with complexity and grace. It might finally be hi ticket to the dance.

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Rockwell has worked from a McDonagh script three times now, having previously starred in the director’s “Seven Psychopaths” and his play “A Behanding in Spokane.” He relishes the collaboration, particularly for McDonagh’s capabilities on the page.

“[The characters are] very detailed and defined,” Rockwell says. “The
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Geostorm movie review: weather bomb

MaryAnn’s quick take… Almost hilariously terrible: absurd plot machinations, dubious politics, not a single character to care about. And it doesn’t even give good disaster porn. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction fan

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of what Hollywood often does with sci fi

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

Who was it who said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it”? Well, we showed that guy! After the catastrophic weather year of 2019 (which apparently made 2017 look like a pleasantly warm and breezy day), we — that is, humanity — “fought back” against, I guess, ourselves and the climate disasters we brought upon our planet, by launching a network of weather-control satellites covering the entire globe, and operated from a newly supercool International Space Station, which has a big wheel and gravity and factories to make more satellites,
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Capsule Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Mark Twain once wrote that “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”, which is true and a lesson the residents of the titular town of Ebbing, Missouri will come to realize. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t like the typical murder mystery where once a case is forced back into the eyes of the public and law enforcement, overlooked clues from previous investigations began to surface as everyone begins muttering to each other “how did we miss this” or such nonsense. Then again, anyone expecting routine procedure in a Martin McDonagh film (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) isn’t familiar with his madcap tonal structures that often flip-flops between gruesomely violent shenanigans and outrageous black comedy, sometimes masterfully utilizing both in the same scene.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is Martin McDonagh
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Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at “Hollywood Film Awards”

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards” dick clark productions announced today that previous “Hollywood Film Awards” recipient, Sam Rockwell, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Emmy Award-winning actress, Allison Janney, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography,
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Tiff 2017. Correspondences #13

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Dear Danny,We blinked, and ten days passed. How swiftly time goes by when in festival mode, just floating on films and friends. It’s not until I’m on the way home, writing my final dispatch in between airport terminals, that I realize how tremendously exhausted I am. A good time, then, to be reflecting on Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, quite the strong cup of black coffee. As a non-fan of In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012), I was pleasantly surprised by the grim comic force of Martin McDonagh’s morality tale, a Southern Gothic hamlet pushed through the filter of British Catholic guilt. The eponymous placards are positioned on a dilapidated road and painted red with a confrontational query, part of the crusade waged by the grieving Mildred (Frances McDormand) against the local lawmakers who’ve failed to locate the man behind her daughter’s rape and murder.
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Harry Dean Stanton, Alien and Twin Peaks Star, Dies at 91

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Harry Dean Stanton, Alien and Twin Peaks Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, who has almost 200 acting credits to his name, with films like Alien and TV shows like Twin Peaks, passed away at the age of 91 yesterday. It hasn't been announced if there will be a public memorial service or if the remembrance will be a private affair.

Variety reports that the actor passed away from natural causes earlier today in Los Angeles. One of the actor's final films, Lucky, where he plays an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, will be released via Magnolia Pictures on September 29. He also has another film in post-production entitled Frank and Ava, where he stars alongside Eric Roberts and Lukas Haas. No release date has been handed out at this time.

Harry Dean Stanton was born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky to Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and a tobacco farmer, and Ersol, a cook. Harry first followed in his mother's footsteps,
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Harry Dean Stanton, 'Repo Man' and 'Twin Peaks' Actor, Dead at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, 'Repo Man' and 'Twin Peaks' Actor, Dead at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the legendary character actor and offbeat leading man who starred in Repo Man, Paris, Texas, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and Big Love in a career that spanned over seven decades, has died at the age of 91.

Stanton died of natural causes in Los Angeles, Variety reports, with TMZ adding that the actor died peacefully Friday afternoon at the city's Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Director David Lynch, who cast Stanton in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story and the recent Twin Peaks: The Return,
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