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10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)

10 Movie Stars You May Not Realize Did Westerns, From Brad Pitt to Jake Gyllenhaal (Photos)
It’s been over half a century since gun-slinging, hi-de-ho westerns dominated the box office, when names like John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Clint Eastwood rolled off the tongue. In 2018, tumbleweeds slowly crawling across a deserted street are few and far between. Don’t get it twisted, though, westerns are no where near extinct. Some of your favorite stars have been recently seen polishing their revolvers in hot pursuit of money, power and revenge, including in this weekend’s “Ballad of Buster Scuggs” and next month’s “The Sisters Brothers.”

In honor of the 21st century takes on a classic genre, TheWrap takes a look at 10 stars you may be surprised dawned the proverbial ten-gallon hat.

Brad Pitt

In between Pitt’s performances in “Interview with a Vampire” and “Seven” was 1994’s western drama “Legends of the Fall.” The film saw Pitt play a World War I soldier who returns
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Film News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Writer Boards Michelle Willliams Drama ‘This Is Jane’

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Film News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Writer Boards Michelle Willliams Drama ‘This Is Jane’
In today’s film news roundup, the “Toy Story 4” writer signs for abortion movie “This Is Jane,” Viggo Mortensen-Masershala Ali’s “Green Book” is honored in Denver and the WGA West names its feature access honorees.

Writing Deal

Amazon Studios is moving ahead with its Michelle Williams underground abortion movie “This Is Jane,” and has signed “Toy Story 4” screenwriter Stephany Folsom to write the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Williams came on board to star in May. “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce is helming “This Is Jane,” which is backed by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.

The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who
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Skip Lievsay (‘Roma’ sound mixer) on Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘insane approach to making movies’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Skip Lievsay (‘Roma’ sound mixer) on Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘insane approach to making movies’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Since sound re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay had worked on Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Gravity” (2013) and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” (2001), he was already attuned to the director’s “insane, crazy approach to making movies.” So even though “Roma” was a smaller-scale film than the Oscar-winning sci-fi epic they last collaborated on, Lievsay knew he still had his work cut out for him. “You just know that there’s always going to be a deeply emotional main movie, with a lot of other stuff happening in the background,” he explains. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Why Alfonso Cuaron wasn’t emotionally ready to make ‘Roma’ until now [Watch]

Cuaron based this film on his own memories of growing up in Mexico in the 1970s, focusing the story on a maid (Yalitza Aparicio) working for a middle-class family. “We didn’t know going in what was going to happen,” Lievsay reveals. “He told
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Get to Know the Coen Brothers’ Newest Batch of Misanthropic Adventurers

‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’: Get to Know the Coen Brothers’ Newest Batch of Misanthropic Adventurers
Over the course of their three-and-a-half decade career, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have created some of cinema’s most iconic and indelible characters, from Barton Fink to Marge Gunderson to Anton Chigurh to, of course, The Dude.

Now, with their new Netflix Western anthology “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” the Coen Brothers bring us six tall tales from the American Frontier and populate them with one unforgettable character after another. “Buster” is a rich, dark, often violent series of rollicking adventures in a genre the Coens are no stranger to, having gone west before with “True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men.”

Here’s a dossier on some of the outlaws, wanderers and vagabonds you’ll be meeting when “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” moseys onto Netflix November 16.

Name: Buster Scruggs

Most Resembles: Tim Blake Nelson

Chapter: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Description: Don’t let his white
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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage

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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man’ Vie for Prize at EnergaCamerimage
The EnergaCamerimage fest’s main lineup, its competition for best cinematographer, covers a vast range of styles, and honors several fresh visual stylists along with many legends in the field.

As festival director Marek Zydowicz puts it, this year’s selection “was particularly tough because of the variety of visual means used to enhance the stories being told. I am still amazed of the number of possibilities modern equipment give to cinematographers to complete their vision without going to any compromise.”

With entries shot in monochrome and others “sparkling with color,” he says, “we have films presenting different points of view, cultures, ways of living.”

Those screening represent films gleaned from “quite a long, long list of films” by veteran cinematographers, “and the lesser known but truly beautiful artists of light and camera who astonished me with their visions.”

In addition, the fest’s traditional audience, consisting of a high
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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’

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‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ reviews: The Coen Brothers’ Netflix anthology is ‘funny,’ ‘mournful’ and ‘jauntily morbid’
Joel and Ethan Coen have tackled the Western genre before with “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000) and “True Grit” (2010), but their new Netflix anthology film, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is a marked departure from those, if only in its structure. It tells six disconnected stories that range from upbeat to tragic, to both all at once. How are critics responding to this latest offbeat genre piece, which started streaming on Friday, November 9?

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 80 based on 25 reviews, all of them classified as positive, though a few of them more ambivalent than others. And the film has a Rotten Tomatoes freshness rating of 95% based on 55 reviews (only 3 classified as “rotten”). Taken together, those scores indicate a lot of love for this collection of short stories, and very little outright dislike.

Individual reviews are describing the film as “another piece of Coen
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs | Review

Six of the West: Coen Bros. Release Minor, Uneven Collection of Frontier Short Stories

In thinking about the anthology form in cinema, Joel and Ethan Coen would probably be as good as any in tackling an entire set of tales by their own selves. They have the range and the talent to make even fleeting moments come alive, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs shows that time and time again. And yet there are inherent limitations in assembling unrelated stories on top of one another, meaning that the latest piece of Western extravaganza from the True Grit and No Country for Old Men filmmakers isn’t consistently left standing at the end of these quick-fire duels.…
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Universal Releases "The Big Lebowski" 20th Anniversary Special Edition

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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
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‘A Star Is Born’ Doesn’t Need to Break Box-Office Records to Be an Oscar Frontrunner

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‘A Star Is Born’ Doesn’t Need to Break Box-Office Records to Be an Oscar Frontrunner
In less than three weeks of release, “A Star Is Born” will gross $134 million domestic, making it one of the best-grossing movie musicals in recent years (no matter how Warner Bros. wants to categorize it with the Golden Globes). Now, $200 million appears to be in reach. Of course, there’s plenty of variables in play: How much will it drop? Can it sustain prime theaters through Thanksgiving, or Christmas? Will it stick around long enough to benefit from award citations and nominations?

Questions, questions. Here’s some answers, starting with: “A Star Is Born” won’t be noted as a record-breaking success. But it’s a genuine Oscar frontrunner.

A Star Is Born

How much will “A Star Is Born” make?

Based on the performance of similar films released in October with an eye toward awards, the film’s trajectory suggests something between $190 million-$215 million domestic. That’s pretty great: For Warner Bros.
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Coen Brothers, Marilyn Monroe, Caitlin Cronenberg, and More

Fall is a fine time to submerge oneself under an afghan with a good book, and there are many new treats centered on cinema. From a Hollywood super agent’s tell-all to a comprehensive look at the Coen brothers, there’s plenty here to enjoy in between diving into leaf piles and clutching a pumpkin latte. The autumn cliches are now complete, so let’s move on.

The Endings: Photographic Stories of Love, Loss, Heartbreak, and Beginning Again by Caitlin Cronenberg and Jessica Ennis (Chronicle Books)

One of the most thrilling photographers on the planet is Caitlin Cronenberg, the marvelous shooter of Drake’s Views From the Six album cover (the memorable shot featured the Canadian artist perched atop Toronto’s Cn Tower), among other gems. Cronenberg’s latest project, a collaboration with art director Jessica Ennis titled The Endings, is her most stunning achievement to date. A series of
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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant

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The Coen Brothers’ Movies Have Been Ranked Using Emoji, and It’s Brilliant
Ranking the Coen Brothers’ movies is nothing new, but using emoji to do it is. Actor Paul Rust has done just that on Twitter, and it’s a testament to both the cinematic siblings’ singular body of work and Rust’s emoji-choosing abilities that it’s surprisingly easy to decipher his choices. When #1 is signified by a pregnant woman and a female cop, for instance, it’s clear he’s chosen “Fargo” as his top choice; a bowling ball and pins can only mean that “The Big Lebowski” has come in at #5.

Here are all of his choices:

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17. The Ladykillers

— Paul Rust (@paulrust) October 20, 2018

And here they are decoded (#9 wasn’t so easy to figure out):

Fargo” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” “Barton Fink” “No Country for Old Men” “The Big Lebowski” “Blood Simple” “Raising Arizona” “The Hudsucker Proxy” “Hail, Caesar!” “A Serious Man” “Burn After Reading
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Hailee Steinfeld in Talks to Star in Netflix Film Idol

Tony Sokol Oct 19, 2018

Matt Reeves will unleash the diva in Hailee Steinfeld in Netflix's upcoming feature Idol.

Hell nos and headphones are paying for the new kid. Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in and produce Idol, a musical drama for Netflix. The feature film will be produced by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves's 6th & Idaho production company, according to Variety.

Netflix beat out Universal and Paramount for the project. Reeves will not direct the film. He is currently developing The Batman film at Warner Bros. Pictures, and the science fiction series Recursion for Netflix.

The screenplay was written by Matt King. Federal, Republic Records' film division, already has a deal to release the original soundtrack. Steinfeld, who hit the charts with singles like “Love Myself” and “Starving,” may also be involved in the music.

Steinfeld sang "I wanna be like most
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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Netflix Music Drama ‘Idol’

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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Netflix Music Drama ‘Idol’
Hailee Steinfeld is producing and starring in Netflix’s music drama “Idol,” with Matt Reeves in talks to produce through his 6th & Idaho company, sources told Variety.

Netflix had no comment. The streaming service has acquired rights to the Matt King script for “Idol,” centered around a girl who becomes an assistant for a popular singer and then tries to become her.

Should the deal close, the producers would include Reeves, Adam Kassan, and Rafi Crohn of 6th & Idaho through their first-look Netflix feature deal. Steinfeld and her mother Cheri Steinfeld will be producing alongside Federal Films, the motion picture division of Hailee Steinfeld’s recording label Republic Records.

Steinfeld broke out in 2010’s “True Grit,” for which she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar. She also starred in “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Pitch Perfect 3,” and “The Edge of Seventeen.” Steinfeld can next be seen in Paramount
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Netflix In Advanced Talks To Make ‘Idol’ With Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho; Hailee Steinfeld Starring & Producing

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Netflix In Advanced Talks To Make ‘Idol’ With Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho; Hailee Steinfeld Starring & Producing
Exclusive: We’re hearing that Netflix and Matt Reeves’ company 6th & Idaho are in advanced talks to make the music-themed feature film Idol, on which Hailee Steinfeld is attached to star and produce. The deal has not closed yet, but we understand it is imminent. We’re hearing the news from several sources.

Netflix beat out Paramount and Universal for the Matt King-penned story, which is described as Devil Wears Prada meets All About Eve set in the high-stakes world of pop music. The story revolves around a girl who becomes an assistant for an iconic-type singer and then tries to become her, as in morph into her.

Federal Films, the motion picture division of Republic Records, which Steinfeld records under, will release the original motion picture soundtrack. The True Grit Oscar nominee is expected to be heavily involved in the music.

6th and Idaho Prods’ Reeves, Adam Kassan
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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

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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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