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Mother superior: it’s been a great year for on-screen mums

All too often they are simply angels or monsters. But in a terrible year for women in the film industry, there have been some refreshingly complex mothers roles from The Florida Project to the forthcoming Lady Bird and Three Billboards …

At a screening I went to recently, one of the biggest laughs came when the lead character, a 58-year-old grieving mother, drilled a small hole into the hand of a dentist. No, not nice. But honestly, he was being inexcusably patronising.

The film was the Oscar-buzzy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and the grieving mother was Mildred Hayes, played by Frances McDormand at her finest since Fargo. Mildred’s daughter was raped and murdered seven months earlier. Furious at the police’s failure to arrest the killer, she rents three billboards the size of double-decker buses outside her small town, Ebbing, Missouri, to shame the local sheriff (Woody Harrelson) into action.
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SAG Awards: Big Little Lies, Glow, Stranger Things Lead Nominations

SAG Awards: Big Little Lies, Glow, Stranger Things Lead Nominations
Nominations for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning, and HBO’s just-renewed Big Little Lies, Netflix’s rookie dramedy Glow and Netflix crowdpleaser Stranger Things led the TV field with four nods apiece.

HBO’s Game of Thrones followed with three nods.

Related Golden Globes: Big Little Lies, Feud, Fargo, This Is Us and Handmaid’s Tale Lead TV Nominations

Couple key takeaways: This Is Us landed a Best Drama Ensemble nod after getting snubbed last year; Netflix’s freshman drama Ozark put up a strong showing with nominations for leads Jason Bateman and
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SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race

SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race
The Golden Globes are traditionally TV’s awards disrupters. With so many new shows nominated, it elevates them long enough to (potentially) make a difference at the Emmys. But the SAG Awards are a more telling barometer of industry enthusiasm.

Actors make up a large chunk of the TV Academy membership — much more so than the 80-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which means seeing what they’re rewarding in December can often predict what might be a player when Emmy season begins next spring.

With so many shows launching in April to take advantage of Emmy voting, series that premiere in the fall need Globes and SAG Awards love to keep buzz alive through the winter and into the spring. Shows like “The Deuce,” “Glow,” “Ozark,” “Mindhunter,” “Godless,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Smilf” are aiming for a little extra attention right now.

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Here Are All the 2018 Golden Globe Nominees!

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It's already time to start thinking about award season! Shortly after the Critics' Choice Awards unveiled their list of nominations in early December, the Golden Globes announced which movies and shows would be up for an award this morning. See the nominees below, and find out who wins during the 75th annual ceremony, which will be hosted by Seth Meyers on Sunday, Jan. 7, on NBC. Movies Best Motion Picture, Drama Call Me by Your Name Dunkirk The Post The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy The Disaster Artist Get Out The Greatest Showman I, Tonya Lady Bird Best Animated Film The Boss Baby Breadwinner Coco Ferdinand Loving Vincent Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman First They Killed My Father In the Fade Loveless The Square Best Actor, Drama Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Tom Hanks,
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2018 Golden Globe Awards nominations announced, check out a full list here

The nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced this morning, with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leading the pack with seven nominations in total including Best Picture – Drama, a category it will contest with Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

On the Comedy or Musical front, Best Picture will be contested by The Disaster Artist, Get Out, The Greatest Showman, I, Tonya and Lady Bird, while Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Ridley Scott (All The Money in the World) and Steven Spielberg (The Post) all up for Best Director.

On the TV front, HBO’s Big Little Lies secured six nominations, with Feud: Bette and Joan on four and Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us on three.

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2017 Golden Globes Nominations Announced – Check Out The Full List

Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in the film The Shape Of Water. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

The nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes awards have just been announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California by Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard and Garrett Hedlund. The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognising excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

This year, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads the charge with seven nominations, while the HBO drama Big Little Lies led the television nominees with six nods.

Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, got a nomination for his performance in the film, just weeks after landing the part. Scott too, was named in the list for best director.
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Golden Globe Nominations 2018: Full List of Nominees

Golden Globe Nominations 2018: Full List of Nominees
Awards season is officially under way with the announcement of the nominees for the 75th annual Golden Globes.

Following its big win at the 2017 Primetime Emmys, Big Little Lies leads the TV categories with six nominations. FX's Feud: Bette and Joan earned the second most, with four nominations. On the film side, The Shape of Water earned seven nominations, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Post tied with six nominations each.

The nominations included a number of snubs and surprises in both the film and TV categories, but among the standouts were Meryl Streep, who her record 29th Golden Globe nomination, and Christopher Plummer, who was nominated for All the Money in the World, after replacing Kevin Spacey in the film.

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will be handed out live on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 starting at 8 p.m. Et on NBC.

Read the complete list of nominees below:

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Golden Globes: Big Little Lies, Feud, Fargo, This Is Us and The Handmaid's Tale Lead TV Nominations

Golden Globes: Big Little Lies, Feud, Fargo, This Is Us and The Handmaid's Tale Lead TV Nominations
Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO’s Big Little Lies — which last week officially announced Season 2 — had a very big showing, leading the TV pack with six total nominations.

FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan followed with four nods, while Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us netted three each. On the TV comedy front, a half-dozen shows picked up two nominations each, resulting in no frontrunner.

By outlet, HBO dominated with 12 total nominations, followed by Netflix’s nine and FX’s eight. NBC and Showtime each tallied five.
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Golden Globes 2018 Full TV Nominations List: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Feud’ Lead Varied Pack

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Golden Globes 2018 Full TV Nominations List: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Feud’ Lead Varied Pack
Big Little Lies” has a big little lead at the Golden Globes. The HBO series, which already won eight Primetime Emmys in September, now heads into the 2018 Globes with six nominations, more than any other program.

The “Big Little Lies” nomination haul comes just days after HBO confirmed that a second season of the show is now in the works. Behind it is FX’s “Feud: Bette & Joan,” which has four nods; then Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and FX’s “Fargo,” with three apiece. Beyond that, the Hollywood Foreign Press spread the nomination love around, with many of TV’s most acclaimed shows receiving just one or two nominations. It’s the end result of the Peak TV era: With such a robust and eclectic offering of scripted TV shows from multiple outlets, HFPA voters opted to honor as many shows as possible.
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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Despite not getting its full UK release until January, a constant buzz has been building around Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for almost a year. The rave reviews from the London and Toronto film festivals have heralded its arrival for a variety of reasons.

That trailer, featuring a most foul-mouthed Frances McDormand as grieving mother out for justice Mildred Hayes, announced that the film was out to shock, while devoted fans of In Bruges and the less acclaimed but no less memorable Seven Psychopaths hungrily awaited the return of director Martin McDonagh. After seeing both return to action, it’s good to see a film live up to the hype.

The story goes that after months of zero progress in the investigation of the brutal murder of her daughter, Mildred seeks to force local police chief Willoughby’s (Woody Harrelson) hand by calling him out via three advertising boards stationed
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo over two decades ago in Three Billboards Outside Ebbibg, Missouri which, despite its cumbersome title, is one of the best films of 2017. She plays Mildred Hayes, a middle-aged divorcee who, out of grief and frustration, rents three dilapidated billboards outside the sleepy burg of Ebbing, Missouri (look it up – it’s one town over from Blaine) and has them decked with incriminating messages; “Raped While Dying”,“And Still No Arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” Mildred is basically declaring war on Ebbing’s Police Chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), but the locals are incensed at her, mostly because the Chief is not only widely beloved, but he’s also dying of pancreatic cancer. Mildred doesn’t care what her neighbors think or of Willoughby’s fine character and impending death. She’s just angry because several months have passed and not enough
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Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
Martin McDonagh can't recall exactly where he was when he first saw the signs. The 47-year-old award-winning playwright and filmmaker thinks it might have been Florida. Maybe it was Georgia. Or possibly Alabama or even Mississippi; the bus he was on hit all of them on its route, so he can't be 100-percent sure. Back in the late Nineties and the mid-aughts, McDonagh always liked to take cars or trains or buses when he had to get from one place to the next in the U.S., if time allowed; having grown up in London,
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Kerry Condon, Amanda Warren, Zeljko Ivanek, Clarke Peters, and Sandy Martin.

Synopsis:

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Mark Twain once wrote that “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”, which is true and a lesson the residents of the titular town of Ebbing, Missouri will come to realize. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t like the typical murder mystery where once a case is forced back into the eyes of the public and law enforcement, overlooked clues from
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“What Kind of Pain is This Coming From?”: Martin McDonagh on Creating the Award-Winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If the road to the Oscars is paved with festival accolades, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is already well on its way to victory. Opening this week, playwright Martin McDonagh’s third feature has already picked up two major prizes: the Best Screenplay award in Venice as well as People’s Choice Award in Toronto, the festival’s top prize. The actors masterfully balance humor with despair throughout the film. In what has been called her best role since Fargo, Frances McDormand plays a grieving mother who decides to take matters into her own hands after local police have failed to track down […]
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With Sexual Assault Rattling the Industry, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is an Angry Feminist Response

With Sexual Assault Rattling the Industry, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is an Angry Feminist Response
When playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh first conceived of his dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” in which Frances McDormand plays a woman seeking justice for the rape and murder of her teen daughter, he had no idea the movie would come out in an environment rattled by tales of sexual assault by powerful men. Now, McDormand’s expletive-spewing avenger epitomizes the angry feminist reckoning leading up to its release. “I think it’s a great film to be put out in this climate,” the 47-year-old British-Irish director said over coffee in New York. “But it’s not about just rage and pain. It moves on to a more hopeful, human place.”

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The topicality was pure coincidence, but McDonagh will take it. In the weeks following the “Three Billboards” premiere
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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Give Frances McDormand the Oscar Now

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Give Frances McDormand the Oscar Now
Duck, you suckers – this darkly comic bonfire of a movie shoots off dangerous sparks that can burn and leave marks. A livewire Frances McDormand will blow you away as Mildred Hayes, a divorced woman who's mad as hell at the police in her town of Ebbing, Missouri. So mad, in fact, that she rents three billboards at $5000 per month to embarrass the local cops who haven't found the killer who raped and incinerated her teen daughter seven months before – since, according to Mildred, cops are "too busy torturing black folks.
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The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today

The 20 Best Director-Cinematographer Collaborations Working Today
The gravitational pull that exists between great directors and great cinematographers is natural. Many of the best pairings throughout film history have been project based, with the director or producer picking a cinematographer to achieve a specific look for a particular film. There’s a difference between providing a talented cinematographer with the perfect platform to apply their skills and a director-cinematographer collaboration that elevates the work of both artists, regardless of material.

This list is less about identifying the best looking films of the era – although many are here – and more about celebrating collaborations that have allowed many of the best filmmakers working today to fully express themselves on the big screen.

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, Dp: Robert Elswit

The first time Paul Thomas Anderson did not work with Elswitt – “The Master,” shot by Mihai Mălaimare Jr. – the results were (thankfully) great, but it’s fascinating that the director
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How failed racial politics sink George Clooney's Suburbicon

The actor-director’s well-intentioned dark comedy, starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, hits a pothole with a curiously misplaced subplot about racism in the 50s

A number of bloodied dead bodies pile up in the course of George Clooney’s new film Suburbicon, but they’re not the primary source of the sour smell emanating from this manic, distracted and, let it be said, notably white black comedy. If you were to briefly summarise the premise of the film – which Joel and Ethan Coen wrote in 1986 before setting it aside, which should perhaps be a red flag – you’d principally describe the woes of Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), a middle-class schlub in 1950s suburbia who gets violently entangled with the underworld after mob goons kill his disabled wife (Julianne Moore). Or so it seems: this being a pastel-noir Coenland of shady truths and shadier motives, the full picture is more complicated than that.
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Lff 2017: ‘Lucky’ Review: Dir. John Carroll Lynch (2017)

Lucky review: Respected character actor John Carroll Lynch makes his directorial debut with this masterstroke in movie making and acting, particularly from its leading man; Harry Dean Stanton in one of his final roles. Lucky review

Lucky review by Paul Heath.

Making his directorial debut with this modest, character driven indie is celebrated actor John Caroll Lynch (Fargo, Jackie), a veteran of the big and small screen with over one hundred credits to his name, spanning a three-decade career.

Looking around the web, Lucky’s synopsis is described using just a few words; ‘the spiritual journey of a ninety-old atheist’. Of course, there’s a lot more to this very intricate, relatively short insight into the title character’s very long life, as he goes about his daily routines in a small desert town. Written by Logan Sparks and Drago Sumonja, Lucky has sadly become more known as one the last films to feature,
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John Carroll Lynch On ‘Lucky,’ Harry Dean Stanton, First-Time Directing [Video Exclusive]

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John Carroll Lynch Actor and Director by Uinterview John Carroll Lynch, known for his great character acting for roles in Zodiac and Fargo, jumped at the opportunity to go behind the camera on the new film Lucky. John Carroll Lynch On Lucky His directorial debut, which has thus far earned a whopping 97% on Rottentomatoes, stars Harry Dean […]

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