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‘Ozark’ Star Laura Linney on Pushing Jason Bateman to Flesh Out Her Role: ‘She Was Basically Just a Wife’

‘Ozark’ Star Laura Linney on Pushing Jason Bateman to Flesh Out Her Role: ‘She Was Basically Just a Wife’
A version of this interview with Laura Linney first appeared in The Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

In the Netflix series “Ozark,” Laura Linney plays one tough mother — the wife of a Chicago financial adviser (Jason Bateman) who makes a single bad decision that leads him and his family down an increasingly dark and dubious path of Mexican drug cartel money laundering, murder and betrayal in the Ozarks. Linney stands by her man, and her family, at all costs.

The Juilliard-trained, three-time Oscar nominee spoke to TheWrap during a brief break from rehearsing Rona Munro’s “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” which will mark her debut on the London stage.

It’s the complexity of Wendy and Marty Byrde — decent people who have done indecent things and now must do anything to save themselves and their children — that makes them so strong and fully formed.

But let
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Liam Neeson movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Kinsey,’ ‘Silence’

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Liam Neeson movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best, including ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Kinsey,’ ‘Silence’
Liam Neeson’s recent film release “The Commuter” opened this month to a somewhat strong box office but has not fared as well with reactions, receiving only a 58% approval rating from critics and a 49% approval rating from audiences. While this latest film will probably not be remembered as one of Neeson’s best, the actor has an esteemed film resume that he has cultivated in his nearly 40-year career.

Born in Northern Ireland, the actor started in the Irish theater before embarking on a film career. He had a small role in the stylish 1981 King Arthur film called “Excalibur” which quickly provided him roles in other films and on television. Neeson struggled a bit in his early days to find substantial roles and was often cast based on his good looks and imposing physical appearance. Gradually he began to establish himself as a serious actor worthy of deeper roles.

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Bill Condon on ‘Dreamgirls’ Extended Edition, a Theatrical Release, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ and More

Filmmaker Bill Condon has had a versatile career. He broke out big with his 1998 drama Gods and Monsters, for which he won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and he went on to direct the unique biopic Kinsey, but Condon is a passionate musical fan at heart, and his 2006 adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls proved he could handle a big budget, big stars, and big musical numbers. While he has since gone on to find success directing movies like The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Part 2 as well as this year's box office smash Beauty …
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‘Who We Are Now’ Review: Julianne Nicholson Proves Once Again She’s One of the Greatest Actresses Alive — Tiff

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‘Who We Are Now’ Review: Julianne Nicholson Proves Once Again She’s One of the Greatest Actresses Alive — Tiff
If there were any justice in this sick, sad world, history would remember 2017 as the year that people woke the hell up and stopped taking Julianne Nicholson for granted. There isn’t, and it won’t, but that shouldn’t stop us from giving America’s most under-appreciated screen actress the credit she’s been owed since the last century. Raw and intractably real in a number of small indies that you’ve probably never seen (“Tully,” “Flannel Pajamas”), just as good in a handful of larger films that you probably have (“Kinsey,” “August: Osage County”), and even better in three new movies that you’ll be able to see in the next few months (including “I, Tonya” and “Novitiate”), the elfin Massachusetts native may spend the brunt of her time working “Law & Order” gigs on TV, but she has an authenticity that bigger stars can’t buy and a
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Liam Neeson retires from action films by Jennie Kermode - 2017-09-12 18:47:53

Liam Neeson faces off against a pack of wolves in The Grey

Speaking at the Toronto International Film Festival today, Liam Neeson announced his retirement from action films. Acknowledging that fans consider him to have special skills in that area, he argued "Guys, I'm sixty fucking five. Audiences are eventually going to go come on!"

Getting into action was an accident in the first place, he said. He has always relished serious roles such as those afforded to him by Schindler's List, Kinsey and, more recently, Martin Scorsese's Silence. despite the fact that studios are still "throwing money" at him to do action films, it's the serious roles that he'd like to concentrate on at this stage in his career.

Neeson is in Toronto to promote Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, in which he plays the title character - the mysterious source in the
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Bill Condon in Early Talks to Direct 'Bride of Frankenstein' Remake

Bill Condon in Early Talks to Direct 'Bride of Frankenstein' Remake
Universal’s remake of The Bride of Frankenstein is targeting Bill Condon for the director’s chair.

Condon, who is behind Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, is in early talks to helm the movie, which is part of Universal’s planned cinematic universe based on classic monsters of yore, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. (The first entry, The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, opens June 9.)

David Koepp wrote the most recent draft of the project, which is intended to be an Angelina Jolie vehicle. Securing Condon, considered a prestigious filmmaker thanks to movies such as the musical Dreamgirls, Kinsey and...
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‘American Crime’ Season 3: Watch John Ridley, Lili Taylor, & Timothy Hutton on the Show’s ‘Emotional Authenticity’ (Exclusive)

‘American Crime’ Season 3: Watch John Ridley, Lili Taylor, & Timothy Hutton on the Show’s ‘Emotional Authenticity’ (Exclusive)
One of the greatest things about peak television is that heavy-hitting actors like Lili Taylor (“Six feet Under”), Timothy Hutton (“Kinsey”) of “American Crime” are getting a platform to tell raw and authentic stories on primetime. That “American Crime,” the anthology series from “12 Years A Slave” screenwriter John Ridley, can build its drama around racial injustice and abuse of power on network television is another testament to what peak TV has done to embolden broadcasters.

Read More: ‘American Crime’ Review: Season 3 Demands We Reconsider ABC’s Unrelenting Anthology Series

In an exclusive featurette, Taylor and Hutton dive deeper into what makes “American Crime” so engaging. “There’s real honesty in ‘American Crime,’ a real authenticity,” said Taylor, who plays Clair Coates, a former business woman who hires a Haitian nanny named Gabrielle to teach her child French. “I think that John [Ridley] is really good at exploring people’s feelings and emotions.
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7 Filmmaking Tips from Bill Condon

How to make movies that win awards and break box office records.

Forget Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Bill Condon’s career really began with Gods and Monsters, for which he won the adapted screenplay Oscar. He would go on to receive another writing nomination, for Chicago, and over the past 15 years he’s directed award-worthy performances, some of them surprises, he’s drawn non-Twilight fans into that franchise, and he just released what’s looking to be the most successful musical of all time.

Obviously, after the massive opening weekend Condon had with Beauty and the Beast, he’s a filmmaker worth looking up to. He hasn’t always delivered hits or Academy favorites, but the director of such movies as Dreamgirls, Mr. Holmes, Kinsey, The Fifth Estate, and both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is a distinct talent in Hollywood, one who regularly makes a kind of pop prestige picture, or
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The Weekend Warrior 3/17/17: Beauty And The Beast, The Belko Experiment

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. And if you're into box office and how movies might do, come play some of the box office games at EZ1 Productions including their new Pick 5 game!

This Past Weekend:

As expected, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island won the weekend, and honestly, the Weekend Warrior’s original prediction of $61.6 million was pretty darn close to the movie’s opening weekend which ended up at $61 million. (Unfortunately, I chickened out on Thursday because my prediction was so much higher than all others and lowered it to $58 million, which was Still closer to than every other prediction last weekend.) Also, as expected (at least by me), Hugh Jackman’s Logan took a 2nd weekend tumble as has been the case with most X-Men movies,
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Bill Condon interview: Beauty And The Beast, Twilight, fandom

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Beauty & The Beast director Bill Condon on the film, Twilight, fandom, F/X 2 and Die Hard...

Very mild spoilers for Beauty & The Beast. Big spoilers for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Brave man, Bill Condon. The director who has given us films as diverse as Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh, Dreamgirls, Gods And Monsters, two Twilight movies and Kinsey has turned his attention to the live action take on Disney’s 1991 classic, Beauty And The Beast. During his stop off in London to promote the movie, he spared us some time for a chat. Here’s how it went…

I’m your toughest crowd, I suspect. I always wondered what it’d be like if someone ever remade my favourite film and I had to interview them.

What’s you’re favourite film?

Er, the 1991 version of Beauty And The Beast.

Oooohhhhh. Well tell me the things you miss from the original film.
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review: Disney’s Animated Classic Gets A Needless Makeover

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review: Disney’s Animated Classic Gets A Needless Makeover
Disney wants us to know that Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a vital live-action remake of its own 1991 animated classic. Alan Menken and Tim Rice wrote three new songs for the film, and in interviews, Condon promised the first “exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

They succeeded on one point: The film’s most Broadway-like thrills come from the Menken-Rice tune written as the Beast’s soliloquy. As for that gay moment, it’s tough to know which one he meant. There are a few winks and nods, the most apparent being a gag at the end where Wardrobe dresses three intruders in women’s clothes. In what could have been another tired cross-dressing gag (two men run away in disgust), a third stares directly into camera, beaming. Condon also might have been referring to another blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, when Monsieur LeFou (Josh Gad), right-hand man to Belle’s suitor Gaston,
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LeFou Embraces Le Fey: Disney Goes Gay In ‘Beauty And The Beast’

LeFou Embraces Le Fey: Disney Goes Gay In ‘Beauty And The Beast’
Fill in the blank: “No one’s ___ is incredibly thick like Gaston’s.”

The word you’re looking for is “neck.” The line occurs in a song called “Gaston,” the second big number in Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast,” the beloved animated musical from 1991, with music by Alan Menken. The highly anticipated live action remake will star Emma Watson (of “Harry Potter” fame) as book-toting princess Belle, and Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) as The Beast.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Emma Watson Says Belle and Beast’s Relationship Isn’t Abusive

The song belongs to a character named LeFou, played here by Josh Gad (“Frozen”), who acts as macho man Gaston’s sidekick and hype man. LeFou continues: “You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley/ And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on.” As LeFou continues to sing Gaston’s praises, he
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Berlinale: Le Pacte to Sell, Distribute Kidnap Thriller ‘Monos’

Berlinale: Le Pacte to Sell, Distribute Kidnap Thriller ‘Monos’
Jean Labadie’s Paris-based Le Pacte is handling worldwide sales rights outside producer countries to “Monos,” the second fiction feature from Alejandro Landes (“Porfirio”).

Introducing the drama-thriller at Berlin, Le Pacte will also distribute “Monos” in France. Le Pacte is also one of its six producers, which includes Colombia’s La Franja, Nicolas Avruj and Diego Lerman’s Campo Cine in Argentina, Uruguay’s Mutante Cine, the Netherlands’ Lemming Film, and Germany’s Pandora, the latter two longtime co-producers of Latin America movies.

Mutante Cine’s veteran Fernando Epstein is producing with Landes.

Shot in Spanish and English, “Monos” stars Julianne Nicholson (“Black Mass,” “Kinsey”), Moisés Arias, Julian Giraldo, and Sofía Buenaventura. “Monos” was written by Landes and Argentina’s Alexis Dos Santos. Pic begins on a Colombian mountaintop, which looks like a hedonistic summer camp. But it actually houses child soldiers who must make sure that Doctora, a kidnapped American woman,
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ New Extended Trailer Shows More of Dan Stevens’ Beast in Action

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ New Extended Trailer Shows More of Dan Stevens’ Beast in Action
In 1991, Disney released an animated adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale “The Beauty and the Beast,” a critical and commercial success upon release, and is considered one of Disney’s greatest animated films. Now, 26 years later, Disney will release a live-action remake of the 1991 film starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) as Belle and Dan Stevens (“High Maintenance”) as the Beast. In the film, Belle is taken prison by a Beast in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom, and despite her fears, soon learns to befriend the castle’s enchanted staff and find the true heart and soul of the Beast. Watch an extended trailer for the film below, featuring new scenes of the Beast in action.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Images: Emma Watson and Dan Stevens Enchant in Iconic Ballroom Scene

The film is directed by Bill Condon,
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Lee Daniels Rejoins Jay Z-Produced Richard Pryor Film

Lee Daniels Rejoins Jay Z-Produced Richard Pryor Film
Lee Daniels will return as director of the upcoming Jay Z-produced Richard Pryor biopic, Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?. Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein announced the news at a press conference Thursday.

Jay Z and Weinstein were on hand to discuss their upcoming Spike TV docuseries about Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was imprisoned on Rikers Island for three years without conviction and later took his own life after his release. Later in the press conference, Weinstein touched on Is It Something I Said?, which Daniels left in May.
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Tom Hanks Gets a Fake Biopic Trailer with the Real Sully

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Tom Hanks Gets a Fake Biopic Trailer with the Real Sully
The true story adaptation Sully hits theaters this weekend, with two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks playing Captain Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who averted disaster in 2009 by landing his plane on the Hudson River in what became known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." Both Tom Hanks and the real Sully appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but the host had a surprise for the actor. Sully and Jimmy Kimmel debuted a fake trailer for the Tom Hanks "biopic" simply entitled Hanks, starring Chesley Sullenberger as the beloved actor.

This four-minute video from Jimmy Kimmel Live goes back to Tom Hanks early acting days, with a producer claiming that Tom Hanks isn't a "movie star name." The video itself even features a surprise appearance from Peter Scolari, Tom Hanks' co-star on the hit 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which helped launch his career. The video also showcases some of the actor's "epic struggles,
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New Sully Featurette shows the "Dream team" at play

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New Sully Featurette shows the "Dream team" at play New Sully Featurette shows the "Dream team" at play Scott Goodyer9/1/2016 12:54:00 Pm

Warner bros has just released a new Sully featurette featuring Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood and the real life hero Captain Chesley Sullenberger himself talking about the movie.

The movie follows that faithful day when Captain Sully was forced to land his disabled Us Airways plane into the frigid hudson river after striking a flock of geese.

Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Kinsey) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

Watch the video below and check out Sully when it hits Cineplex theatres September 9th on IMAX!

For more Sully information including showtimes - click here!
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Sully IMAX Trailer Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Eastwood and Hanks

Sully IMAX Trailer Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Eastwood and Hanks
Last month, Warner Bros. debuted the first trailer for their highly-anticipated biopic Sully, which brings two big screen icons, Tom Hanks and director Clint Eastwood, together for the first time. To get fans ready for this incredible true story, Warner Bros. has released a new IMAX trailer, which begins with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Clint Eastwood and the biopic's real-life subject, Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger. While most people know about Sully's heroics, most may not know how this pilot's life was turned upside down by this ordeal.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
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IMAX Trailer Clint Eastwood's Sully Biopic is Here!

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the IMAX trailer for Clint Eastwood's upcoming film Sully, starring Oscar winner Tom Hanks (“Bridge of Spies,” “Forrest Gump”) as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

The film also stars Aaron Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, The Dark Knight) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (The Savages, Kinsey, Showtime’s The Big C) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

Clint Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book "Highest
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Tom Hanks Faces an Investigation in IMAX Trailer For Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully’

After coming off what is far and away the biggest success of his career at the box-office, American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood is taking on another biopic of sorts with Sully. The drama follows the true story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who glided his plane along the Hudson River, saving the life of all those aboard in an event often referred to as the Miracle on the Hudson. Ahead of a release in a few weeks, an IMAX trailer has now landed.

Tom Hanks stars as Sullenberger, with a cast rounded off by Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Huntington, and Laura Linney. Shot by long-time collaborating Dp Tom Stern, who has lensed all of Eastwood’s recent efforts, this time they’ve used IMAX cameras for nearly entire shoot. One can now see the results on your relatively tiny computer screen with the new trailer or you can hold off
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