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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ could look good to Oscar voters
Joel and Ethan Coen have done well with the Western genre at the Oscars. They won Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture for “No Country for Old Men” (Javier Bardem also took home Best Supporting Actor), while their “True Grit” remake earned 10 Oscar nominations, including Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay for the Coen brothers again.

They are back in contention with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” an anthology that tells six different tales. Here’s the official synopsis of this Annapurna picture: Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Predict the Oscar nominations now; change them until January 22

The first two segments, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” featuring Tim Blake Nelson as the titular character, and “Near Algodones” featuring James Franco,
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Freya Tingley plays an Army veteran in Us indie thriller ‘Year of the Detectives’

Freya Tingley in ‘The Sonata.’

Freya Tingley will play the lead in first-time Us director Ali Presley Paras’ mystery-thriller Year of the Detectives, which starts shooting in Los Angeles this month.

The Aussie actor describes her character Nic O’Connell, a recently discharged Army veteran, as “like a grenade with the pin pulled: she’s tomboyish, tough and not afraid of a fight.”

O’Connell jointly inherits her grandfather’s private detective agency in the heart of Chinatown. She must set aside her differences with her co-inheritor (True Grit’s Paul Rae) to solve the mystery of her grandparents’ deaths as bodies pile up.

Chris Johnson wrote the script and the producer is Silversmith Pictures’ Joe Smith. A longtime assistant cameraman, Paras has directed several shorts including Quad, which is available on Hulu as part of the Fun Size Horror anthology.

“I’m pretty well versed in classic films so
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Movie Review – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 2018.

Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits, Harry Melling, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Chelcie Ross, and Jonjo O’Neill.

Synopsis:

Six stories make up Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology epic, taking in everything from singing cowboys, gold in them there hills, a wagon train, and even a hint of Wild West Horror.

The Coen Brothers return to the dusty plains of America, a landscape that served them well with True Grit, to weave this six shooter tale of American morality, which unsurprisingly is inconsistent, but because it’s filtered through their own inimitable lens, always remains a fascinating watch.

It doesn’t help when you swing open the saloon doors with your strongest section. Using that classic genre trope of a book being opened, our first chapter is ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 2018.

Directed by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen.

Starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits, Harry Melling, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Bill Heck, Grainger Hines, Chelcie Ross, and Jonjo O’Neill.

Synopsis:

A collection of six Western-style shorts set out on the frontier, taking in stories of a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a travelling impresario, a gold prospector, a young woman on the Oregon Trail and a stagecoach journey.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs sees the Coen brothers teaming up with Netflix, and it’s sure to be a hit. Returning to Western territory, last successfully mined by them for 2010’s stellar True Grit re-make, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is some of their finest work. Eschewing the standard narrative format, Joel and Ethan Coen have instead written six shorts, told one after the other, all revolving around a different frontier experience – be it a robbery,
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‘Hemlock Grove’ Actress Freya Tingley To Star In U.S. Thriller ‘Year Of The Detectives’

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‘Hemlock Grove’ Actress Freya Tingley To Star In U.S. Thriller ‘Year Of The Detectives’
Exclusive: Freya Tingley (Hemlock Grove) and Paul Rae (True Grit) will star in U.S. indie thriller Year Of The Detectives, which goes into production this month in La.

Tingley will play Nic O’Connell who dually inherits her grandfathers’ long-running private detective agency in the heart of Chinatown. She and her co-inheritor must put aside their differences to solve the final mystery of their grandparents’ deaths. Rae plays the detective who reluctantly joins their effort as the bodies pile up. Dralla Aierken and Jim Meskimen also star.

The low-budget pic is the first for producer Joe Smith of Silversmith Pictures and debut for director Ali Presley Paras whose shorts have included Quad, also produced by Smith, which is available on Hulu as part of the Fun Size Horror anthology. Script is from Chris Johnson.

Tingley will next be seen in feature The Sonata opposite Rutger Hauer and Simon Akbarian.
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Hailee Steinfeld To Host & Perform At MTV EMAs

Hailee Steinfeld To Host & Perform At MTV EMAs
Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is set to take the stage as host and performer at the MTV Europe Music Awards — aka MTV EMAs. The ceremony will air live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre in Spain on November 4 at 7 Pm Et/Pt.

The Bumblebee actress made the announcement via a Facebook Live video. “The EMAs are a show where anything can happen,” said Steinfeld. “I can’t wait to host a night filled with incredible artists, performances, some surprises of my own – let’s do this, Bilbao!”

Having appeared in Pitch Perfect 2 and 3, Steinfeld has one foot in music and another in film. She’s not a stranger to the EMAs as she won the 2017 award for “Best Push Artist” and is nominated this year for “Best Pop” alongside Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, and Shawn Mendes.

On the music side of things, Steinfeld’s debut single
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2018 BFI London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz

2018 BFI London Film Festival: Top 10 films with loudest Oscar buzz
The 2018 BFI London Film Festival opens on Wednesday with a film firmly in the Oscar race – Steve McQueen‘s “Widows.” Over the course of the next 11 days, another nine films with awards buzz will screen for industry insiders and the general public. Here’s a full rundown of the top 10 films at the Lff with Oscar hopes.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Directors: Joel & Ethan Coen

Starring: James Franco, David Krumholtz, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan

Follows the story of two trail bosses on the Oregon Trail and a woman on the wagon train who needs the help of one of them and who might be a marriage prospect for the other.

Never discount the Coens. They may not have featured properly at the Oscars since their remake of “True Grit” in 2011 – although they were nominated for their screenplay for “Bridge of Spies” in 2016. This western
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition 4K Gift Set

Get ready for a laugh in the cult-classic comedy that has captured everyone’s hearts when The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition debuts for the first time ever on 4K Ultra Combo Pack that also includes Blu-ray and Digital via the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on October 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can relive the hilariously freewheeling plot of one of the most beloved films of all-time with the twisted crime-comedy starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is the perfect gift for any fan and the exclusive set includes a collectible bag, bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth and sweater packaging offering an experience like no other to look back on the cultural phenomenon of The Dude in the “#1 cult film of all time” (The Boston Globe).

Now you can own
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Coen Brothers & Stars Discuss ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Westerns, Oxen Wranglers & More [Nyff]

The Coen Brothers have shown interest in the Western genre for years, dating back to their Western set-early films “Blood Simple” and “Raising Arizona” to their later more direct takes on the genre, their Oscar-winning Cormac McCarthy adaptation “No Country for Old Men” and their John Wayne remake “True Grit.” As they sat down at the New York Film Festival to discuss their latest, they revealed that they had been writing the episodes comprising “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” on and off for years.

Continue reading Coen Brothers & Stars Discuss ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ Westerns, Oxen Wranglers & More [Nyff] at The Playlist.
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The Big Lebowski Gets 4K 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Release

Get ready for a laugh in the cult-classic comedy that has captured everyone's hearts when The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition debuts for the first time ever on 4K Ultra Combo Pack that also includes Blu-ray&#8482 and Digital via the digital movie app "Movies Anywhere" on October 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can relive the hilariously freewheeling plot of one of the most beloved films of all-time with the twisted crime-comedy starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is the perfect gift for any fan and the exclusive set includes a collectible bag, bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth and sweater packaging offering an experience like no other to look back on the cultural phenomenon of The Dude in the "#1 cult film of all time" (The Boston Globe).

With unforgettable scenes and outrageous humor,
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Campfire stories by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bill Heck, Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen with 56th New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Leave it to Joel and Ethan Coen to assemble a cast that includes Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan (who co-wrote Paul Dano's Wildlife a highlight of the festival), Tyne Daly, Tom Waits, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Bill Heck, and Brendan Gleeson for their latest feature The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs which is screening in the Main Slate of the 56th New York Film Festival.

Ethan Coen with Joel Coen: "We had an oxen wrangler, because we wanted the oxen to do something specific in a take." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Coen brothers worked again with longtime collaborators. This is the 16th time with composer Carter Burwell, who started out with Blood Simple, then Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, and The Hudsucker Proxy,
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Jeff Bridges Jokes the 'Ladies Were Knocked Out' by Chris Hemsworth's Abs in Their New Film

Jeff Bridges Jokes the 'Ladies Were Knocked Out' by Chris Hemsworth's Abs in Their New Film
Jeff Bridges was amused when it came to the effect that Chris Hemsworth‘s killer body had on the ladies of their new film.

Bridges, 68, tells People Hemsworth, 35, stunned their female costars on the set of Bad Times at the El Royale, after costar Dakota Johnson told Vogue Australia Hemsworth was “such a distraction.”

“Oh my God, the ladies were knocked out. His body knocked them out,” Bridges says while promoting his new film Living in the Future’s Past.

Bridges’ celebrated career has included films ranging from the serious (True Grit) to the comical (The Big Lebowski). Of the latter,
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Bumblebee: Transforming a Franchise

Kayti Burt Oct 4, 2018

Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson on the Transformers franchise's new beginning.

When Bumblebee comes out this December, it will mark many firsts for the Transformers franchise: It will be the first Transformers film to not be directed by Michael Bay. (Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight will be behind the camera.) It will be the franchise’s first prequel. And it will be the first film in the series to be written by a woman.

“I think it's a bit of a myth that action is for boys,” Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson tells Den of Geek. As a half-Asian Brit growing up watching action movies, Hodson rarely saw main characters who looked like her in the genre’s sea of white, male protagonists in their 30s and 40s.

“I always wanted to see me be the hero,” Hodson says. “I wanted to see me kick ass.
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'Bumblebee' Trailer: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena Go to War for New Transformers Film

It's a car! It's a bug! No — it's a Transformer.

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for Bumblebee, the latest Transformers installment, which takes the franchise back to the 1980s. The film stars True Grit breakout Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, a young woman whose recent car purchase — a yellow Beetle — happens to double as a Transformer bot named Bumblebee.

Though Charlie is shocked to discover her new ride's alter ego, the preview sees the unlikely pair developing a friendly bond and a vow to protect each other.

“Is there anyone that ...
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Emmys 2018: The Good, The Bad & The Proposal

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Emmys 2018: The Good, The Bad & The Proposal
This year’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, presided over by Saturday Night Live‘s ‘Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che, set out to celebrate the most diverse list of nominees in Emmy history, opening with the production number “We Solved It”:

We solved it

We got with the times

There’s room for all our voices

but mostly Shonda Rhimes’.

Some of the ceremony’s participants did not get that memo, and went memorably off-point:

Best Marriage Proposal

Glenn Weiss, winning the Emmy for Best Director of a Variety Special for his work on the Oscars, upstaged the diversity celebration when he thanked his girlfriend for her support, adding, “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.” As Emmy-goers erupted, the camera swung to Jan Svendsen, who blew her cue, saying “yes” though, as Weiss stage-directed her,
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Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’

Robert Redford would make Oscar history with win for ‘The Old Man and the Gun’
Robert Redford has recently announced that his appearance in the upcoming film “The Old Man and the Gun” will mark his retirement from acting. Since then, this Hollywood icon has been rising up the ranks on our Oscars prediction chart for Best Actor. Should he take home the Academy Award next February, Redford would, at age 82, become the oldest-ever winner of that race.

His new movie is based on the true story of an elderly ex-con who robs a number of banks and becomes a folk hero. The role makes a fitting bookend to a career that was launched into the stratosphere by “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” fifty years ago. This new film by David Lowery boasts an exceptional supporting cast including Oscar winners Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Keith Carradine as well as Emmy champ Elisabeth Moss and screen veteran Danny Glover.

Redford lost his only bid
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Emmy speeches 2018: The evening’s best (and worst) acceptance speeches included Glenn Weiss, Alex Borstein …

Emmy speeches 2018: The evening’s best (and worst) acceptance speeches included Glenn Weiss, Alex Borstein …
The 2018 Emmy Awards honored a plethora of the season’s best television programs. And the ceremony itself did not disappoint when it came to memorable acceptance speeches. Some were poignant and inspiring, while others went for gut-busting laughs. There were also, however, the occasional speeches that didn’t quite hit the mark. With the ceremony now behind us, let’s take a look back at a handful of the best and worst acceptance speeches from the 2018 Emmys. And check out the complete list of winners here.

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards The Best:

Movie/Mini Actress: Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)

King was visibly shocked, as were presenters Leslie Jones and RuPaul, when she pulled off one of the evening’s biggest upsets for her portrayal of grieving mother Latrice Butler on “Seven Seconds,” a series which, despite critical acclaim, was cancelled by Netflix after one season.
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Amazon’s ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Dominates Comedy Field at Emmys

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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” got off to a marvelous start Monday at the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

The Amazon series dominated the comedy categories, which were stacked at the top of the show. Rachel Brosnahan won the award for best actress in a comedy series, following up on her win in the same category at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year. “Maisel,” Brosnahan said, is “about a woman finding her voice anew.” She then struck a political note, adding, “One of the ways that we can find our voices is to vote,” urging viewers to register.

Brosnahan’s win followed back-to-back victories for series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, for best writing in a comedy series, then for best directing in a comedy series. When she picked up the latter award, Sherman-Palladino was still clutching her writing Emmy. Alex Borstein won for best comedy supporting actress, the first win of the night for “Maisel.
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The Coen Brothers Head Out West With ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Trailer

With True Grit, The Coen Brothers proved that the Western genre was an absolute fit, and Western tinged flicks like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and No Country For Old Men cements that very fact. With The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, however, the filmmakers traverse new territory in the streaming world, as this flick will make [...]

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Trailer: Coen Brothers Bring Their Venice-Winning Western to Netflix

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Trailer: Coen Brothers Bring Their Venice-Winning Western to Netflix
Joel and Ethan Coen have had tremendous success in the western genre over the last several years. Their 2007 neo-western “No Country for Old Men” won them the Oscars for best picture, best director, and best adapted screenplay, while the more traditional “True Grit” earned an impressive 10 Oscar nominations in 2011, including best picture. The brothers are returning to the genre, albeit with an anthology twist, for the upcoming “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Originally announced a limited television series, “Buster Scruggs” was revealed to be a feature film when it was confirmed as an official competition entry for the 2018 Venice Film Festival. The Western tells six different stories and features an ensemble cast that includes “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” star Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Liam Neeson, and Tom Waits.

Unlike the Coen brothers’ other Western films, “Buster Scruggs” is not shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins. The filmmakers
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