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Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival

Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival
Steve McQueen’s contemporary Chicago thriller “Widows”, starring Viola Davis, will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The international premiere will take place on Wednesday October 10 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, after its stateside fall film festival debut, likely Telluride or New York.

Adapted by McQueen and novelist-screenwriter Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) from Lynda La Plante’s 80s UK television thriller, “Widows” is about a group of women who share a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands. The film costars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jacki Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

“This is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker,” stated BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle, “probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

From Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films in association with Film4, “Widows
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Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival

Steve McQueen Thriller ‘Widows’ Opens London Film Festival
Steve McQueen’s contemporary Chicago thriller “Widows”, starring Viola Davis, will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival. The international premiere will take place on Wednesday October 10 at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, after its stateside fall film festival debut.

Adapted by McQueen and novelist-screenwriter Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) from Lynda La Plante’s 80s UK television thriller, “Widows” is about a group of women who share a debt left behind by their dead criminal husbands. The film costars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Jacki Weaver with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

“This is scintillatingly rich storytelling from a magnificent filmmaker,” said BFI London Film Festival Artistic Director Tricia Tuttle in an official statement, “probing issues around race, class and gender, while always delivering immense style and crackingly sharp thrills.”

From Twentieth Century Fox, Regency Enterprises and See-Saw Films in association with Film4, “Widows” is
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Hear Florence and the Machine Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’

Hear Florence and the Machine Cover Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Silver Springs’
Florence and the Machine pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a crucial influence, with a stripped-down cover of “Silver Springs” that was recorded during a special radio session for The Spectrum at the SiriusXM Studios.

Singer Florence Welch commands the track with her fluttering vibrato, occasionally adopting a light twang as she channels Stevie Nicks. The arrangement opens with subtle piano and acoustic guitar, building with layered backing vocals and a faint tambourine.

Welch spoke about Nicks as a creative inspiration in a 2010 interview with Huffington Post. ““I’m pretty obsessed with Stevie Nicks,
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Hulu schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July 2018

Hulu has confirmed that several of its original series will be debuting new episodes on the streaming service in July, including the first season of the highly anticipated Stephen King thriller “Castle Rock” as well as season 2 of the costume drama “Harlots” and season 4 of the comedy “Casual.”

And there will also be new to Hulu seasons of some of your favorites from other networks, including season 2 of “The Strain,” season 4 of “The Vikings” and season 8 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Likewise, there will be plenty of movies making their first Hulu appearances including the first five films in the “Star Trek” franchise and the Oscar-winning “Rosemary’s Baby.”

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in July

Available July 1: TV

Alaska: The Last Frontier: Complete Season 4 (Discovery)

Deadliest Catch: Complete Season 11 (Discovery)

Deadly Women: Complete Season 6 (ID)

Dual Survival: Complete Season 5 (Discovery)

Elementary: Complete Season
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Florence and the Machine (‘High as Hope’) reviews: Is it the ‘most rewarding’ album yet from the English band?

Florence and the Machine (‘High as Hope’) reviews: Is it the ‘most rewarding’ album yet from the English band?
The English rock band Florence and the Machine has returned with their fourth studio album, “High as Hope,” which was released on June 29. What do the critics have to say about by the latest from the group led by the full-throated Florence Welch? And will it win them their first Grammy?

The reception has been generally positive. It has a MetaCritic score of 72 based on 7 reviews. That’s only a few ticks below their previous efforts: their 2009 debut “Lungs” scored 79, followed by “Ceremonials” (2011) with 75 and “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (2015) with 77.

Many reviewers are truly high on “Hope,” describing it as “the realization of a singular talent” and “the most rewarding” album yet from the band thanks to Welch’s “magnificent emoting” and “intimate lyrics.” But a few other critics are more ambivalent, saying that “transcendent moments are “few and far between” and that Welch should tone down
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Viola Davis leads a heist in first trailer for Steve McQueen's Widows

  • JoBlo
Director Steve McQueen has delivered some incredibly powerful, humanist movies over his career, including Hunger, Shame and the classic 12 Years A Slave. With his new movie Widows, he’s still delivering on the introspective drama that showcases the triumph of the human spirit – only this time with more guns and a few explosions. The first trailer for the heist thriller is here and puts stars Viola... Read More...
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First Trailer for Steve McQueen's Heist Thriller 'Widows' Set in Chicago

"In this city, you reap what you sow." 20th Century Fox has released the first official trailer for the new film by highly acclaimed director Steve McQueen titled Widows. Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. McQueen co-wrote the script for this with "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, and put together an incredibly impressive ensemble cast here. Widows stars Elizabeth Debicki, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo as the four primary women, along with Garret Dillahunt, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Jacki Weaver, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Lukas Haas. This looks incredible already, way more major than McQueen's past work, way more thrilling. But we
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‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages

‘Widows’ First Trailer: Steve McQueen and Viola Davis Pull Off a Heist for the Ages
Steve McQueen is known for tackling challenging subject matter in his movies, be it the Irish hunger strike (“Hunger”), sex addiction (“Shame”), or American slavery (“12 Years A Slave”), but he’s lightening things up somewhat for his fourth feature, “Widows.” Based on the first trailer below, the heist thriller looks like it has the potential to be McQueen’s biggest commercial hit to date.

Widows,” co-written by McQueen and “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn, stars Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo as four women who decide to finish the heist that killed their four husbands. McQueen has assembled an impressive ensemble cast for the film, including Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Carrie Coon, Daniel Kaluuya, and Andre Holland.

While “Widows” will no doubt get a box office boost from its cast, especially with Davis front and center, the film is also notable for being McQueen’s first
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The Voice Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner of Season 14?

The Voice Finale Recap: Was the Right Singer Named the Winner of Season 14?
Going into Tuesday’s Season 14 finale of The Voice, the question seemed to be less “Who’s going to win?” and more “Was Kyla Jade or Brynn Cartelli going to win?” (Which was still more suspenseful than the ending of Season 13, since a victory by Team Blake’s Chloe Kohanski had been a foregone conclusion well ahead of the finish line.) Before Monday’s performances, I’d been pretty sure that Team Blake’s Kyla was a lock to take the title. She had the pipes, the charisma, the momentum. But then her original song had the same effect on me as Tylenol Pm,
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Good Deed Launches Genre Label Cranked Up Films (Exclusive)

Good Deed Entertainment is launching a new genre-focused label dubbed Cranked Up Films, Variety has learned.

“Don’t Leave Home,” a horror film about an American artist who becomes obsessed with an urban legend, will be the label’s first release. It will debut in late 2018.

Cranked Up Films will specialize in high-concept horror, science fiction titles that are more firmly grounded in reality, and speculative fiction, which typically contains supernatural or futuristic elements. The announcement comes on the heels of Good Deed’s Oscar nomination for the animated hit “Loving Vincent.”

Written and directed by Michael Tully (“Septien”), “Don’t Leave Home” follows its protagonist as his investigation into the origin of the myth leads him to the eerie estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland. The picture was acquired in partnership with Shudder, AMC Network’s genre streaming platform. The film stars Anna Margaret Hollyman (“Sleeping with Other People
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Cannes 2018: Ursula Meier named Caméra d'Or jury president

Cannes 2018: Ursula Meier named Caméra d'Or jury president
Last year’s winner was Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe.

Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier has been named president of the Caméra d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (May 8-19).

Meier and the jury will award a prize to a director’s first work from the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.

Her work includes Home (2008), Sister (2012), which won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, and Shock Waves - Diary of My Mind (2018). In 2014 she took part in Bridges of Sarajevo, a collective work by 13 European filmmakers presented at Cannes in the Official Selection.

The jury will present
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Roxane Gay Offers to Write ‘Batgirl’ Movie After Joss Whedon’s Departure

Author Roxane Gay has thrown her hat into the ring of potential writers for the upcoming “Batgirl” movie, and DC Comics appears to be interested.

After Joss Whedon stepped down as the film’s writer and director on Thursday, Gay tweeted saying, “Hey [DC Comics] I can write your ‘Batgirl’ movie, no prob.”

Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018

The tweet quickly garnered attention, leading Michele Wells, a Warner Bros. vice president who also works on DC films, to respond to Gay’s message.

“If you’re serious… contact me,” Wells wrote, providing her email address. Gay responded saying, “Yes I am serious. I will email you.”

Yes I am serious. I will email you.

— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018

Whedon, who has worked on comic book films like “The Avengers” and “Justice League,” cited story issues for his reasoning behind leaving “Batgirl.”

“‘Batgirl’ is such an exciting project, and Warners
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’

Michael Fassbender: After a Year of Flops, Here’s How He Can Recover from ‘The Snowman’
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors and those who hope to get there. In this edition, we take on Michael Fassbender.

Bottom Line: Fassbender is an asset in any ensemble, from the “X-Men” franchise to “Inglourious Basterds.” Those franchises inflate his bankability in foreign territories, and he’s had two Oscar nominations, but he lacks marquee value. He was the biggest star in well-reviewed $97-million sequel “Alien: Covenant” (Metacritic: 65), which scored just $240 million worldwide, down dramatically from the $430 million earned by its predecessor, “Prometheus.” Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin didn’t even know who Fassbender was when his name came up to play the lead in hot project “Steve Jobs” (Metacritic: 82); and sure enough, even with a full-tilt Oscar push that brought him his first Best Actor nomination, the $30-million movie tanked with just $34 million worldwide. Fassbender tends to be cast as troubled antiheroes (Magneto, Macbeth,
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Fresh, diverse and earthy: 2017’s great debuts from UK film directors

The end of the London Film Festival highlights the growing success of a new wave of UK film-makers, including Michael Pearce and Rungano Nyoni

Ever since the late Colin Welland collected his screenwriting Oscar for Chariots of Fire in 1982 and declared with a most un-British triumphalism that “The British are coming!”, such public displays of confidence in the country’s film industry have been uncommon, even frowned upon. Perhaps it is time to amend Welland’s cry this year and state the obvious: the British are here. In 2017, there have been more distinctive homegrown debut features funded, made and released, displaying a greater diversity of theme and focus, than in any other year in recent memory.

Previously it has been possible to identify small, localised pockets of new talent: think of 2006, when both Andrea Arnold (Red Road) and Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton) made their debuts, or 2008, which brought
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Review: ‘Scum’ is an Unflinching Powerhouse of Brute Force

Though released nearly four decades ago, the impact of British director Alan Clarke’s stripped-down, visually matter-of-fact-yet-enrapturing “prison” drama Scum can still be felt in ripples throughout modern cinema, from the dirt-caked musings of the excellent Starred Up, to the philosophical discussion posed between a beaten Bobby Sands and stubborn priest in Steve McQueen’s Hunger. Shrouded in controversy upon its release, Scum has sat for years under the sort of “banned film” title that lends to a certain morbid fascination, which itself overlooks potential (or inherent) cinematic value. But Scum lives up to its title to this day, its manic energy balanced with an assured and naked openness that creates a searing level of realism and, as such, savagery.

Scum is set in a juvenile-offender institution that is more akin to youthful hell than a chance at redemption for its sordid inmates, who struggle, fall, and brawl in the
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Sorry, Ridley Scott: The ‘Alien’ Franchise Is No ‘Star Wars’

Sorry, Ridley Scott: The ‘Alien’ Franchise Is No ‘Star Wars’
With “Alien: Covenant,” Ridley Scott had an ambitious new hope.

“I see a really huge franchise here — honestly, as big as ‘Star Wars.’” the director told BBC 4’s Francine Stock in an interview that aired in May, just before the film was released overseas. “I’m trying to open it up. This is not an innocent plan,” he said.

Which must have made this weekend’s numbers a bit of a gut explosion … er … punch. Off a $97 million production budget (not including marketing costs) “Alien: Covenant” opened in first place at the domestic box office with $36 million, just barely beating out the third frame of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” It’s leading worldwide as well with $66.3 million this weekend, and $117.8 million total when counting last weekend’s international opening (one frame before it was released in the states).

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Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Slides Past ‘Guardians 2’ to Win Weekend With $36 Million

Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Slides Past ‘Guardians 2’ to Win Weekend With $36 Million
As this weekend approached, the question lingered if “Alien: Covenant” would be able to unseat “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” from the top spot at the domestic box office.

Now, we have an answer. As of Sunday morning, “Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of just over $36 million from 3,761 locations. That’s just above Disney’s “Guardians” sequel which is raking in an additional $35.3 million from 4,347 spots. The super sequel is seeing only a 46% drop from last weekend. The movie’s domestic earnings are now more than $300 million.

The sixth installment in the Alien franchise (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator films) was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. It holds a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is in line with 2012’s “Prometheus.” Although it came in already
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Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ to Burst Into No. 1 Spot Over ‘Guardians 2’

Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ to Burst Into No. 1 Spot Over ‘Guardians 2’
Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” should handily win the North American box office this weekend with about $42 million at 3,670 locations, early estimates showed Friday.

That’s more than enough to deny a third straight box office title to Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which is heading for about $32 million at 4,347 sites. The tentpole sequel’s taking in about half of its gross from last weekend and should push “Guardians 2” to nearly $300 million by the end of this weekend — trailing only Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” among 2017 titles.

The launch of Warner Bros.-MGM’s teen romance “Everything, Everything” was performing somewhat above modest estimates with a projection of about $13 million at 2,850 sites. Fox’s debut of family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” appeared to be in line with expectations with about $10 million at 3,157 venues. Fox’s second weekend of Amy Schumer-
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Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Hatches $4.2 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Hatches $4.2 Million on Thursday Night
Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” scared up $4.2 million domestically in Thursday night preview screenings.

The “Alien: Covenant” preview number is similar to Warner Bros.’ “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which opened on the same weekend in 2015 with $3.7 million on Thursday night on its way to a $45.4 million weekend. “Alien” held screenings at about 3,000 in North America.

Recent estimates have projected Fox’s R-rated horror-thriller to launch in the $40 million to $45 million range at 3,760 sites. That’s probably enough to deny Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” a third consecutive victory as it heads for a weekend in the $35 million range. The Marvel-Disney sequel, still playing at 4,347 locations, has already taken in more that $265 million domestically in its first two weeks. It’s the second-biggest domestic grosser of 2017 and is nearing $650 million worldwide.

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