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‘Sharp Objects’: How Director Jean-Marc Vallée Freed His Cast to Unleash Their Best Performances

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‘Sharp Objects’: How Director Jean-Marc Vallée Freed His Cast to Unleash Their Best Performances
When asked what it’s like to work with Jean-Marc Vallée as a director, people frequently bring up one word: freedom. He even used it himself to describe his process on “Sharp Objects”: “It’s all about creating this space of freedom and using this space,” Vallée told IndieWire.

HBO’s summer drama obsession, about a woman (Amy Adams) who returns to her hometown to report on the mysterious deaths of two girls, owes a lot to Vallée’s distinctive approach. When it comes to creating a set that encourages collaboration, “Jean-Marc is masterful at that,” co-star Patricia Clarkson said. “He creates this very conducive set to actors. He’s driven by character, which is for me, the greatest place to begin with the writing and the characters. The actions and the tone and the tambour of the set is about getting the actors to do the best work
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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Cable & Streaming TV Shows (S-z)

Here's the status of TV shows like Saints & Sinners, Santa Clarita Diet, Schitt's Creek, School of Rock, Scream, Search Party, Second City, Secure and Hold, See, Sense8, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sex Education, Seven Seconds, Shadowhunters, Shameless, The Shannara Chronicles, Sharp Objects, She’s Gotta Have It, Shogun, Shooter, Shut Eye, Silicon Valley, The Sinner, Siren, Six, Six Days of the Condor, Slasher, Smilf, Snatch, Sneaky Pete, Snowfall, Snowpiercer, The Son, South Park, South Side, The Spanish Princess, The Split, Spotless, Stan Against Evil, Star Falls, Stargirl, Still the King, Stitchers, The Strain, Stranger Things, Strike Back, Stuck in the Middle, Succession, Suits, SuperMansion, Super Monsters, Superstition, Survivor's Remorse, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Swamp Thing, Swedish Dicks, Sweetbitter, Taboo, Tacoma Fd, Tales from the Loop, Tarantula, Teachers, Teen Wolf, Tell Me Your Secrets, The Terror, That’s So Raven, There's ... Johnny, Those Who Can't, Thunderbirds Are Go,
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Blumhouse’s First Scripted Podcast Will Recreate the Inside of Trump’s White House

After tackling film and TV, Blumhouse has its sights set on a new medium. And while this new venture is based on a true story, it won’t be quite the kind of horror some fans might be used to. On Wednesday, the company announced a new podcast, “The Oval Office Tapes,” which will put words to the inner workings of the current White House.

Filmmaker Rj Cutler created the series, which is slated to begin in September for a weekly, 10-episode run. In addition to producing the seminal 1993 campaign doc “The War Room,” Cutler won an Emmy for the Fox/PBS docuseries “American High” and directed the 2014 film “If I Stay” with Chloe Grace Moretz. Writer and political reporter Scott Conroy will serve as showrunner.

Each episode of the series will dramatize the week’s political headlines from the perspective of prominent figures within the Trump Administration. No casting has been announced yet,
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‘Widows’ Trailer: Viola Davis and Her Unlikely Band of Lady Robbers Are Doing It for Themselves

‘Widows’ Trailer: Viola Davis and Her Unlikely Band of Lady Robbers Are Doing It for Themselves
The term “murderer’s row” is tossed around a touch too much when it comes to discussing star-studded cinematic offerings, and yet this new look at Steve McQueen’s thriller “Widows” all but begs for its use. Directed by McQueen and adapted from the British TV series of the same name by both McQueen and “Gone Girl” and “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn, the film hinges on a tragedy that befalls not just Viola Davis, but also Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, and Elizabeth Debicki.

As the eponymous widows, Davis’ Veronica and her unlikely band of lady friends decide to finish the heist that killed their four husbands, but it’s not just money or revenge that are driving their plan, it’s also just plain old survival, because they’ve got a lot of enemies. Some of those enemies — like a chilling Brian Tyree Henry and a seemingly unruffled Colin Farrell
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New ‘Widows’ Trailer and Images Show Off Major Bde

The zeitgeist might be over Big Dick Energy, but it's hard to find a more pure display of it than in this trailer for Widows. Directed by Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), who also co-wrote the script with Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects), Widows follows the story of a group of women who are left bearing the brunt of a debt amassed by their now-deceased husbands after a heist gone wrong. So what do they do? Kick ass and take names, of course. The movie boasts are truly fantastic cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia …
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Tues Top 10: Oscar's All Time Favorite Supporting Actresses

Let's discuss Oscar hiearchies. This one is ultra specific and could be argued that it doesn't exist since actors can be nominated in leading categories, too. But we love ultra niche rankings and trivial Oscar Trivia, and you do too! So who are Oscar's 10 favorite supporting actresses of all time? We'll work the ranking like so: Supporting nominations count most, and wins act like half a nomination to help determine rank. The tiebreaker is the spread of time of nominations which can denote either long term fandom on the Academy's part or more shortlived enthusiasms. If a final tiebreaker is still required (and it is in the case of the second place ranking on this list), that's the only time activity in the Leading Actress category is factored in. Ready?

The Ten Most Oscar-Lauded Supporting Women

Runner Up: 

Amy Adams (4 nominations across a 7 year period)

Her leading miss for Arrival
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Interview: Sydney Sweeney on Along Came The Devil and Under The Silver Lake

As you may have heard, Sydney Sweeney is having a breakout year. The young actress had already amassed a substantial social media following before her breakout roles as Eden in The Handmaid’s Tale and Alice in HBO’s Sharp Objects and, now, she’s officially blowing up. The roles she has chosen are extremely challenging and have […]

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Eliza Scanlen on ‘Sharp Objects,’ Amma’s Personalities, and Joining ‘Little Women’

From author Gillian Flynn, showrunner Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée, HBO’s eight-episode limited drama series Sharp Objects follows what happens when Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two pre-teen girls. Trying to understand the crimes puts her in the direct path of her own past and forces her into the line of fire of her disapproving mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her impetuous 15-year-old half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen). While at the HBO portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Collider got the …
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HBO TV Show Ratings (updated 8/14/18)

While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.

Scripted HBO shows listed: Animals, Ballers, Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, The Comeback, Crashing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Deuce, Divorce, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Here and Now, High Maintenance, Insecure, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, Mosaic, The Newsroom, The Night Of, Room 104, Sharp Objects Silicon Valley, Succession, Togetherness, Tracey Ullman's Show, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Vinyl, Vice Principals, Westworld, and The Young Pope.

Last update: Most recent ratings added for Ballers, Insecure, and Sharp Objects.

There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV
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‘Sharp Objects’: The Shiny “Cherry” With A Dark, Hard Pit

‘Sharp Objects’: The Shiny “Cherry” With A Dark, Hard Pit
This week’s Sharp Objects is all about the ways that we take our pain out on ourselves instead of others. Camille turns all of her anguish, grief, rage and guilt inwards, while the women in her life – Adora, Amma, even Jackie – use it as a weapon on those that surround them. “You took […]

The post ‘Sharp Objects’: The Shiny “Cherry” With A Dark, Hard Pit appeared first on /Film.
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Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 6 Review: Cherry

It's not safe here for you. 

That's what Camille was told by the figment of her imagination that came to her in the form of her deceased sister Marian at the close of Sharp Objects Season 1 Episode 6. 

While it's fair to assume that a lot of what Camille is going through is linked to the scars from the past she's trying to conceal, I think her best bet would be to get the heck out of Wind Gap and take Amma with her. 

Amma reeling Camille in and taking at a teenage house party was very awkward, but it put Camille in a mindset in which she got to have fun with her sister. 

I'm not condoning the drug taking by any means, but "Cherry" gave us more insight into this fraught relationship, and it was needed. Camille has issues with letting people into her life because of the past,
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‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Episode 6 Repeats the Killer Clue One More Time — You Need to be ‘Looking at the Women’

‘Sharp Objects’ Review: Episode 6 Repeats the Killer Clue One More Time — You Need to be ‘Looking at the Women’
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Sharp Objects” Episode 6, “Cherry.”]

With only two episodes left in the series, the “Sharp Objects” investigative trio of Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), Richard “Kansas City” Willis (Chris Messina), and Chief Bill Vickery (Matt Craven) hasn’t produced more than one or two bonafide suspects — and that’s just fine. It’s better, even, than the alternative. While last year’s sizzling HBO limited series bounced between potential killers as giddily as Reese Witherspoon dropped expletives, this year’s premium offering isn’t about the mystery; it’s about the women.

Or maybe, it’s about both.

Episode 6, “Cherry,” dwells on issues of identity and control. Camille listened to her former fellow cheerleaders talk about women being “made” to have children and unlocking a “part of your heart” that’s only accessible after giving birth. She heard her sister, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), explain how it’s easy to get boys to
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'Sharp Objects' Breakout Eliza Scanlen Explains Why Her Character Is So Scary

'Sharp Objects' Breakout Eliza Scanlen Explains Why Her Character Is So Scary
Throughout the first six episodes of Sharp Objects, it's become increasingly clear that Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) is not the only complicated woman in her family. Her kid half-sister, Amma (Eliza Scanlen), has been acting out more and more as their overprotective mother, Adora (Patricia Clarkson), tries to shield her from the outside world — and from experiencing life beyond her purview, even in the sleepy small town of Wind Gap, Miss.

At the end of episode five, Amma ran away from the town's Founder's Day celebration (held at her mother's house, naturally) while on drugs,...
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‘Sharp Objects': Chris Messina on Jean-Marc Vallée’s Unique Directing Style & Playing an Outsider

From author Gillian Flynn, showrunner Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée, HBO’s eight-episode limited drama series Sharp Objects follows what happens when Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two pre-teen girls. Trying to understand the crimes puts her in the direct path of her own past and forces her into the line of fire of her disapproving mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her impetuous 15-year-old half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen). While at the HBO portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Collider got the …
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How ‘Sharp Objects’ Landed Led Zeppelin to Soundtrack the HBO Series

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How ‘Sharp Objects’ Landed Led Zeppelin to Soundtrack the HBO Series
The HBO series “Sharp Objects” benefits from one hell of a blunt object: the hammer of the gods that is Led Zeppelin, whose music recurs throughout all eight episodes. Director Jean-Marc Vallée scored a coup by licensing four Zeppelin tracks for the Amy Adams-led mystery tale, which he considered an essential component, even though “Led Zeppelin II” played zero part of Gillian Flynn’s source novel. Getting a four-fer from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page was especially sweet after he was denied even one song for an earlier film, as he relates in an interview with Variety.

Vallée also spoke about some of his other recurring music choices — including the electronic music quartet the Acid, and the roots-based indie rockers M. Ward and Hurray for the Riff Raff — amid a soundtrack that includes everything from LCD Soundsystem and the War on Drugs to Perry Como and Engelbert Humperdinck.
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‘Sharp Objects’ Teen Breakout Eliza Scanlen’s Audition Was So Good It Left Amy Adams ‘Jealous’ of Her ‘Confidence’

The actor behind one of the summer’s most fascinating characters has a bit of a secret. Before being cast in HBO’s “Sharp Objects,” “I had never roller skated in my life,” Eliza Scanlen admitted to IndieWire.

This might be a bit of a surprise, given that central to the initial introduction of Amma is the fact the young lady moves fast, gliding through the small town of Wind Gap like a rebellious breeze thanks to the wheels on her feet. But if you don’t know much about Scanlen, it might be an even bigger surprise to learn the reason why she hadn’t learned to skate previously: The 19-year-old actress is from Australia.

“It was never common in Sydney,” she said. “I mean, at this time. I used to ice skate at parties when I was eight, but that was sort of the extent of roller skating,
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‘Watchmen’: Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon & Lily Rose Smith Join Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot

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‘Watchmen’: Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon & Lily Rose Smith Join Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot
Dylan Schombing (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Adelynn Spoon and Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries) have been cast in Damon Lindelof’s HBO Watchmen pilot, a take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

As per all Watchmen castings, no details about the actors’ characters are provided.

Shombing, Spoon and Smith join previously cast Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Sara Vickers.

Lindelof, who wrote the script, executive produces the pilot with Nicole Kassell, who directs, Tom Spezialy and Joseph Iberti.

Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros Television.

Schombing, who
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Sharp Objects' Chris Messina Offers Theory on Richard and Camille's 'Telling' Episode 5 Sex Scene

Sharp Objects' Chris Messina Offers Theory on Richard and Camille's 'Telling' Episode 5 Sex Scene
Sunday’s Sharp Objects took viewers inside Wind Gap’s Calhoun Day, a twisted celebration of the town’s Confederate past, in which on-edge locals engaged in gossip, paranoia, a suspected kidnapping and a beer-soaked brawl.

But what series star Chris Messina remembers most about filming the episode was the unrelenting heat.

“You’re in the sun,” he tells TVLine on a recent morning at a café slightly north of Houston Street in New York, “and you’re drinking O’Doul’s, so you’re really bloated and gassy, and you’re going to pass out. That’s when you need to laugh.
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Sharp Objects: Episode 5 "Closer"

Previously: Episode 4 "Ripe"

by Chris Feil

This week’s Sharp Objects installment opened with its morphing opening credits turned into an ominous cooing, as if from the lullaby of a captor. And this week was similarly barbarous with its flailing comforts. “Closer”, its chapter title promises, describing both our discovery of the mystery and the shows encroaching brutal intimacy. This is the most contained episode yet, taking place over the course of a single day and mostly set on Eudora estate with all of the players brought together. It’s been a show built on a backbone of knowing glances, and “Closer” stacks several atop one another at once. Everyone has eyes on them, and no one feels fewer than Amy Adams’ Camille...
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Gillian Flynn on ‘Sharp Objects’, Amy Adams, and Writing for TV

From author Gillian Flynn, showrunner Marti Noxon and director Jean-Marc Vallée, HBO’s eight-episode limited drama series Sharp Objects follows what happens when Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two pre-teen girls. Trying to understand the crimes puts her in the direct path of her own past and forces her into the line of fire of her disapproving mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her impetuous 15-year-old half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen). While at the HBO portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Collider got the …
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