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Why Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri should win the 2018 best picture Oscar

Martin McDonagh’s blackly comic drama dares to be messy and difficult, wrongfooting its audience while remaining staggeringly entertaining

In keeping with writer and director Martin McDonagh’s taste for fastidiously literal film titles (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is about exactly that. The opening sequence lingers longingly on the three decrepit billboards; soon they will be rented by Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) in order to draw attention to the floundering police investigation into the murder of her daughter Angela. Her decision is the breakneck, blackly comic plot’s starter pistol, igniting a reaction in her fellow townspeople that ranges from mild disapproval to incandescent fury.

Three Billboards is staggeringly entertaining – its script performs a series of hairpin turns with a mastery that leaves you agog. McDonagh has long coaxed comedy from the friction between the idiotic, the unthinkably painful and the banal. But in this scorching,
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Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax

Film News Roundup: Kristen Bell to Narrate ‘Pandas’ Documentary for Imax
In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Bell will narrate “Pandas,” David Rubin joins Global Road, and two documentaries are set for release.

Documentary Release

Imax Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures have selected Kristen Bell to narrate the documentary adventure “Pandas,” a global story about reintroducing captive-born pandas to the wild.

The film will be released in select Imax theatres starting April 6. David Douglas and Drew Fellman, the filmmakers behind “Born to be Wild” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” directed the film, which Fellman wrote and produced, with Douglas as director of photography.

Donald Kushner and Steve Ransohoff also produced the film, with Li Xiao Dong, David Haring, and Elie Samaha executive producing and Neal Allen serving as line producer.

Bell said, “‘Pandas’ not only spotlights the important work being done to protect these beloved and ridiculously cute animals, but it provides us with inspiration and hope and showcases the great things we can achieve when we
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David Rubin Named President, Physical Production At Global Road Entertainment

Global Road Entertainment (Gre) has just named David Rubin as President of Physical Production reporting to Lynn Harris, President of Worldwide Production. Rubin will oversee all physical production elements of the Company's greenlit film projects through completion. Rubin joins Gre from CBS Films where he served as Executive VP of Physical Production since 2008 helping to launch the division and oversaw movie productions including Last Vegas, The Duff, Seven Psychopaths
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2018 BAFTA Awards backstage: Sam Rockwell reflects on Best Supporting Actor win for ‘Three Billboards’

2018 BAFTA Awards backstage: Sam Rockwell reflects on Best Supporting Actor win for ‘Three Billboards’
Sam Rockwell is looking more like a lock for the Oscar after picking up yet another Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (Feb. 18) for his searing portrayal of a racist cop in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” He has already laid claim to the SAG, Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards. With his film winning five awards in all at these precursor prizes, the actor was in a buoyant mood backstage for our interview.

He heaped praise on co-star (and Best Actress winner) Frances McDormand and writer/director Martin McDonagh, who won for his original script. McDonagh also picked up prizes for producing this character study, which became only the second in BAFTA history to win both Best Picture and Best British Film (after “The King’s Speech”).

See 2018 BAFTA Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ wins 5 including Best Picture, ‘The Shape of Water’ takes 3

Rockwell and McDonagh had previously
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Woody Harrelson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Zombieland,’ ‘The Hunger Games’

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Woody Harrelson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Zombieland,’ ‘The Hunger Games’
Woody Harrelson received his third Oscar nomination for his work in the 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” starring Frances McDormand. The highly acclaimed performance continues a 30-year career that has brought the actor acclaim for both his comedic and dramatic work.

Harrelson started his career on the Broadway stage as an understudy in the hit Neil Simon play “Biloxi Blues.” Just months after that play opened Harrelson would become a household name when he started playing the role of Woody Boyd in the fourth season of the highly successful sitcom “Cheers.” Harrelson faced a daunting assignment when he joined the show since he was replacing the popular Nicholas Colasanto who played Coach on the first three seasons but sadly passed away during the show’s run. Harrelson clicked with the cast and audience and went on to receive five Emmy nominations for “Cheers” and won the 1989 Best Comedy Supporting
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Woody Harrelson movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Woody Harrelson movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Woody Harrelson received his third Oscar nomination for his work in the 2017 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” The highly acclaimed performance continues a 30-year career that has brought the actor acclaim for both his comedic and dramatic work.

Harrelson started his career on the Broadway stage as an understudy in the hit Neil Simon play “Biloxi Blues.” Just months after that play opened Harrelson would become a household name when he started playing the role of Woody Boyd in the fourth season of the highly successful sitcom “Cheers.” Harrelson faced a daunting assignment when he joined the show since he was replacing the popular Nicholas Colasanto who played Coach on the first three seasons but sadly passed away during the show’s run. Harrelson clicked with the cast and audience and went on to receive five Emmy nominations for “Cheers” and won the 1989 Best Comedy Supporting Actor award for
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In Praise of Sam Rockwell

Tom Jolliffe looks at the career of the vastly underrated Sam Rockwell

So after doing a piece on the fantastic Frances McDormand, sticking with the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri connection, it seemed apt to do a piece on an actor who has always slipped just below the radar. Sam Rockwell is always great and he’s had his share of roles in critically acclaimed films. Not that Oscar recognition is the foremost watermark on an actors CV, but the fact that even a nomination at this point in his career has eluded him is more than a little harsh.

He’s had a prolific career with some great films (and not so great). Even in some of the less stellar efforts always feature a solid turn from Rockwell. Similarly, he’s had significant parts, maybe fourth/fifth billed in a film. It’s hard to get an Oscar nomination
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'Coco' storms UK box office on £5.1m debut

Disney Pixar feature in strong debut.

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Coco

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Coco (Disney) £3.34m £5.2m 1 2 Darkest Hour (Universal) £3.27m £10.16m 2 3 The Post £2.15m £2.15m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.1m £16.83m 4 5 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £1.8m £32.4m 5

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Disney

A competitive weekend at the UK box office saw Disney Pixar’s latest animation Coco land in first place. The film started its run with a Fri-Sun total of £3.34m, adding to £1.88m in previews for a non-final official debut of £5.2m.

That’s a middle-of-the-pack opening for a Pixar release, landing it between Brave, which opened to £5.27m in 2012, and the original Toy Story, which debuted with £4.59m in 1996. Those films ended on £22.16m and £22.49m respectively, so that’s a reasonable benchmark for Coco to aim for.

In terms of more recent Pixar releases, Coco is ahead of
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'Coco' storms UK box office with £5.1m debut

Disney Pixar feature makes strong opening.

Source: Disney

Coco

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Coco (Disney) £3.34m £5.2m 1 2 Darkest Hour (Universal) £3.27m £10.16m 2 3 The Post £2.15m £2.15m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.1m £16.83m 4 5 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £1.8m £32.4m 5

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.39

Disney

A competitive weekend at the UK box office saw Disney Pixar’s latest animation Coco land in first place. The film started its run with a Fri-Sun total of £3.34m, adding to £1.88m in previews for a non-final official debut of £5.2m.

That’s a middle-of-the-pack opening for a Pixar release, landing it between Brave, which opened to £5.27m in 2012, and the original Toy Story, which debuted with £4.59m in 1996. Those films ended on £22.16m and £22.49m respectively, so that’s a reasonable benchmark for Coco to aim for.

In terms of more recent Pixar releases, Coco is ahead of
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Big Winner At 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as well as the Actor statuettes for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. A last stand erupts in Martin McDonagh’s trip into small town America in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, as a mother is pushed to the edge by her daughter’s unsolved murder. The film is the third from Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright, screenwriter and director known for the hit thriller In Bruges, with its Oscar® nominated and BAFTA winning Screenplay, and the crime comedy Seven Psychopaths.

The 24th Annual SAG Awards was hosted by Kristen Bell and aired on TNT/TBS. It was the actors’ party in the actors’ house, when many of film and television’s brightest stars mingled with friends and colleagues while recognizing outstanding achievements by their peers.
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'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut

'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of top five.

Source: Universal Pictures

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £4.04m £4.04m 1 2 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £2.5m £29.9m 4 3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) £2.16m £2.35m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.14m £13.53m 3 5 Coco (Disney) £1.88m £1.88m P*

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.38. *P = previews.

Universal

Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour opened to a strong £4.04m from its 607 locations this weekend. Universal’s awards contender posted a hefty screen average of £6,656.

The debut is comfortably director Joe Wright’s best UK opening, far ahead of Pan (2015) on £2.74m and Pride & Prejudice (2005) on £2.53m. Pride & Prejudice remains his best total on £14.57m, ahead of Atonement (2007) on £12.4m, and Darkest Hour will be looking to surpass those figures, particularly as the film continues to attract awards buzz. Gary Oldman starrer
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From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar
There’s more than a few good men lining up for Supporting Actor recognition at this year’s Oscars, and they all won’t make the cut. Here’s a roundup of who’s likely to land a nomination slot, as well as a few worthy dark-horse contenders.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson

From Venice to Toronto to the Hollywood Foreign Press, “Three Billboards from Ebbing, Missouri” has been wowing audiences and critics. Actually, if the Screen Actors Guild is any indication, the Ozark-set dramedy may score three acting Oscar contenders — Golden Globe winners Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, as well as Woody Harrelson. It’s a rare sign of strength.

The veteran character actors starred together in McDonagh’s raucous comedy “Seven Psychopaths.” This time out, uncharacteristically, two-time Oscar nominee Harrelson (“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger”) is the straight man of the piece as empathetic cancer-ridden Sheriff Willoughby,
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From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar
There’s more than a few good men lining up for Supporting Actor recognition at this year’s Oscars, and they all won’t make the cut. Here’s a roundup of who’s likely to land a nomination slot, as well as a few worthy dark-horse contenders.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson

From Venice to Toronto to the Hollywood Foreign Press, “Three Billboards from Ebbing, Missouri” has been wowing audiences and critics. Actually, if the Screen Actors Guild is any indication, the Ozark-set dramedy may score three acting Oscar contenders — Golden Globe winners Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, as well as Woody Harrelson. It’s a rare sign of strength.

The veteran character actors starred together in McDonagh’s raucous comedy “Seven Psychopaths.” This time out, uncharacteristically, two-time Oscar nominee Harrelson (“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger”) is the straight man of the piece as empathetic cancer-ridden Sheriff Willoughby,
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review

Meet one of the front-runners for this year's big awards: it's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...

Writer-director Martin McDonagh has admitted himself that his second film, Seven Psychopaths, was a step down from his superb movie debut, In Bruges. He’s also confessed that he very much bore that it mind when putting the long-gestating Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri together. It arrives now in the UK with award nominations and gongs already being thrust at it.

It’s hard to argue with that, too.

The setup sees the astonishing Frances McDormand’s Mildred, in a desperate situation. Her daughter was lost months earlier to a violent sexual attack, and despite the best efforts of the local police chief, Woody Harrelson’s Chief Willoughby, there’s been no progress in finding her killer. Thus, she takes matters into her own hands. She pays to hire three derelict billboards on the drive into town,
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Playback: Martin McDonagh on ‘Three Billboards’ and an Attraction to Dark Humor

Playback: Martin McDonagh on ‘Three Billboards’ and an Attraction to Dark Humor
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Martin McDonagh is riding a wave this week after his film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” cleaned up at the Golden Globes (four awards including best picture) and snapped up an impressive nine BAFTA nominations. It’s become one of the most popular films of the Oscar season, and it’s one right in line with McDonagh’s breed of dark humor, which he flexed on previous features “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths,” as well as his Oscar-winning short film “Six Shooter,” not to mention his work for the stage.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“I was kind of a punk rock kid,” McDonagh says when trying to trace his attraction to dark comedy. “I guess most
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Exclusive: Director Martin McDonagh on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the Golden Globes this week, and we had the pleasure of meeting the man who thought the whole thing up, speaking to writer/director Martin McDonagh when in London during the capital’s annual film festival.

McDonagh, whose previous films are In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, tells us what inspired this unique, original story, and how he went about securing an unfathomable redemption tale for one of the film’s leading roles.

He also goes to explain why Sam Rockwell listened to Abba in the movie, and what attracts him to working with the same actors on numerous occasions. Talking of which he tells us that he’s trying to get Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson back together, and that he also has an idea to bring Christopher Walken and Rockwell together on screen.

We also ask
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Martin McDonagh interview: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Brendon Connelly Jan 11, 2018

In Bruges director Martin McDonagh chats to us about his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...

After securely establishing his credentials in the theatre, Martin McDonagh became an insta-cult film director with the unforgettable, much-loved In Bruges. He's only now just releasing his third feature film in almost a decade, but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri delivers generously on McDonagh's immediate promise as a writer for screen as well as stage.

We spoke on the telephone last year, about this film, about what McDonagh plans to do next, and also about the lessons McDonagh learned from Seven Psychopaths.

One of the things that interested me most about this film is what it says about language. The first weapon we see wielded is words, then there's a lot of discussion of what we 'can' and 'can't' say, and the characters definitely use language in a weaponised way.
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Sam Rockwell Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell claimed the second statuette at tonight’s Golden Globes Awards: Best Supporting Actor. “Every actors know to say great words is a blessing, and these are such beautiful words,” he said in his playful speech, acknowledging the film’s writer-director, Martin McDonagh, whom he previously worked with in “Seven Psychopaths.” “You’re such an actor-friendly director. Thanks for not being a dick.” Rockwell also called co-star Frances McDormand both “a badass” and “a force of nature,” also conceding that he might need to some Imodium to get through his acceptance.

Read More: 2018 Golden Globes: Film Stars Hit the Red Carpet, Including Meryl Streep and Daniel Kaluuya

This is Rockwell’s first Globe win and nomination, earned for playing police officer Jason Dixon. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is nominated for five additional honors this evening: Best Original Score (Carter Burwell), Best Screenplay (McDonagh), Best Actress — Drama (McDormand), Best
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Review

Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry-Jones, Abbie Cornish | Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh

A series of sombre, foggy opening shots seems to denote a different Martin McDonagh, formerly best-known for the foul-mouthed black comedy In Bruges and the Tarantino-like Seven Psychopaths. But once the characters open their mouths – once bereaved Mildred (Frances McDormand) lists the curse words not permitted on the three billboards she intends to rent out – it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a quiet, contemplative study on the nature of grief.

Mildred lives on the outskirts of the titular town: a small outpost with none of the rural romanticism we associate with the American South (it looks more like a Welsh mining town). Mildred’s daughter, we learn, was raped and murdered, and the culprits were never caught. So she sets up the billboards – which ask why justice was never
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Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell On Building ‘Three Billboards’ – The Contenders Video

Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell On Building ‘Three Billboards’ – The Contenders Video
To date, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has struck a chord during awards season, earning five Golden Globe nominations including Best Drama and five SAG Awards including best ensemble, the org’s top prize. While McDonagh delivered a zany comedy five years ago in the crime-action title Seven Psychopaths, he zeroes in on a serious drama involving a grieving single mother’s anger against an arguably corrupt police department which has failed to…
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