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‘Widows’ Editor Layers Suspense Into Steve McQueen’s Crime Thriller

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‘Widows’ Editor Layers Suspense Into Steve McQueen’s Crime Thriller
More than five years ago, while finishing the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave, ” director Steve McQueen told editor Joe Walker about a different project he had in mind: an adaptation of the hit ’80s British television drama “Widows” from crime writer Lynda La Plante.

The movie adaptation, co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, is set in modern-day Chicago, where four women find themselves alone and unprotected after a heist gone wrong leaves their criminal husbands dead. Pressured to pay off their $2 million debt, the wives plan an all-or-nothing heist of their own to retake control of their lives.

Viewers are catapulted into the allegory with an opening that intercuts intimate moments among the married couples and a raging police chase from the point of view of an escaping van. On the surface there’s a lot of violence, but the movie also observes deep social issues, including entrenched political
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The dog in Widows is named Olivia. The real, credited name of the dog in Game Night is Olivia. Is it... is it the same dog? pic.twitter.com/zU787tQhwG

— kateyrich (@kateyrich) November 16, 2018

A semi-weekly curated collection of tweets for your seconds-long amusement. After the jump Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez memes, Widows, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Gone Girl, Fantastic Beasts 2, Beetlejuice and more...
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‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ to Cast a Spell With $63 Million Launch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is on its way to a $63 million debut from 4,163 North American theaters.

The latest Wizarding World installment from Warner Bros. earned an estimated $25.7 million on Friday from North America with an additional $74.3 million internationally. If estimates hold, the sequel’s debut would come in behind its predecessor, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which opened to $74 million domestically in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne returns as Newt Scamander, along with Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, and Dan Fogel. Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp also star. David Yates returned to direct from J.K. Rowling’s script.

Reviews have been mixed, with the film sitting at an unfortunate 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore. That evidently hasn’t deterred moviegoers, however, and recent research found that the controversy surrounding Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald despite his background of alleged domestic violence won’t put off Harry Potter fans either.
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Widows Review

Steve McQueen’s Widows is a thriller almost uncomfortable with thrills. Though it has its fair share of mayhem (this is a very violent picture), a ferocious cast, and a plot with several twists and turns, the 12 Years A Slave director’s latest movie, which he co-wrote with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, is slow and methodic, fueled by fear and desperation, rather than the usual suspect, greed.

The usual suspect, however, does make a quick appearance in the form of Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson), the leader of a proficient robber crew. But Widows, practicing in genre-reversal storytelling, has no place for him, and after a brilliant, adrenaline-pumping opening sequence which combines the events of their latest heist with those of the domestic day leading up to it, Harry and his crew are dead, stripping their titular wives of physical and financial security.

Retribution is soon demanded by the men
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In Case You're Wondering, a Widows Sequel Is Not Out of the Question

There's been a lot of hype surrounding the new heist movie from Steve McQueen and our favorite thriller writer Gillian Flynn. Aside from the top-notch director and screenwriter, the cast of Widows is almost too good to be true.

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo bring new meaning to the phrase "girl gang," as they play grieving widows forced to repay their husbands' debts after they're killed during a heist. In addition to those amazing ladies, the film also stars Liam Neeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, and Colin Farrell.

The film is already raking up praise from the critics, earning a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With all this attention on the movie, we couldn't help but wonder if this is the last we'll see of this storyline.

Details on a sequel film have been pretty scarce, but if we take a look at the origin of the film,
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In Case You're Wondering, a Widows Sequel Is Not Out of the Question

In Case You're Wondering, a Widows Sequel Is Not Out of the Question
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the new heist movie from Steve McQueen and our favorite thriller writer Gillian Flynn. Aside from the top-notch director and screenwriter, the cast of Widows is almost too good to be true.

Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo bring new meaning to the phrase "girl gang," as they play grieving widows forced to repay their husbands' debts after they're killed during a heist. In addition to those amazing ladies, the film also stars Liam Neeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, and Colin Farrell.

The film is already raking up praise from the critics, earning a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. With all this attention on the movie, we couldn't help but wonder if this is the last we'll see of this storyline.

Details on a sequel film have been pretty scarce, but if we take a look at the origin of the film,
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‘Widows’ scene-stealer Elizabeth Debicki is an Oscar dark horse for Best Supporting Actress

‘Widows’ scene-stealer Elizabeth Debicki is an Oscar dark horse for Best Supporting Actress
You may know Elizabeth Debicki from “The Great Gatsby” (2013), AMC’s limited series “The Night Manager” (2016) or most likely, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017), as Ayesha, the gold-skinned High Priestess of the Sovereign. But now she is stealing the show in “Widows,” which could help her steal a spot in the Best Supporting Actress Oscar lineup.

Time and time again we’ve seen the academy recognize performers for breakthrough roles. For instance:

1. Timothée Chalamet: nominated for Best Actor for “Call Me By Your Name” (2017)

2. Daniel Kaluuya: nominated for Best Actor for “Get Out” (2017)

3. Lucas Hedges: nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Manchester By the Sea” (2016)

4. Ruth Negga: nominated for Best Actress for “Loving” (2016)

5. Brie Larson: won Best Actress for “Room” (2015)

6. Alicia Vikander: won Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl” (2015)

7. Felicity Jones: nominated for Best Actress for “The Theory of Everything” (2014)

8. Eddie Redmayne
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Posterized: Rosamund Pike

by Nathaniel R

Pike earlier this month in LAYou can see Rosamund Pike's acclaimed performance as a war journalist in A Private War today in movie theaters -- the movie's now gone wide. Pike, who is 39, was born in Hammersmith London, the only child of musician parents. We've been fans of Pike since her slyly terrific work in An Education (2009). Though she's headlined one huge hit (Gone Girl) it still seems like she's waiting for that one role / star vehicle to cement those career gains, and make people remember her name, doesn't it? If you were her agent or management what would you be fighting for right about now? I know I'd immediately put the kabosh on 'the girl' in male-driven action ensemble pictures and fight for more complex female leads -- why not another play? She hasn't been onstage in quite a while.

I'd also be looking for
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Widows – Review

Viola Davis stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s Widows. Photo Credit: Merrick Morton.

The complete delight of seeing Viola Davis in the role of an elegantly-dressed, wealthy wife whose sheltered life is suddenly upended by the death of her crime boss husband, played by Liam Neeson, is one of the pleasures of crime thriller Widows. The Oscar-winning actress so often seen in roles as mothers or working-class women, here plays a svelte, elegant, pampered wife, a woman dressed in tasteful expensive clothes and clutching her little dog as she leaves her luxurious Chicago penthouse apartment to spend her day shopping or lunching. It isn’t the way we usually see her but Davis pulls it off with commanding style.

Widows focuses on four women with little in common other than that their husbands were members of a criminal team killed in the commission of a heist. Now faced with threats from another criminal operation,
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Rosamund Pike: "Town & Country"

Sneak Peek new images of Oscar nominated "Gone Girl" actress Rosamund Pike in the December/January 2019 issue of "Town & Country" magazine, wearing Dior, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and a whole lot more:

Pike made her screen debut in the TV film "A Rather English Marriage" (1998)...

...followed by roles in "Wives and Daughters" (1999) and "Love in a Cold Climate" (2001).

She played 'Bond' girl 'Miranda Frost' in "Die Another Day" (2002), won acting awards for The Libertine (2004) and portrayed 'Jane Bennet' in "Pride and Prejudice" (2005). 

For her performance in "Gone Girl", she was nominated for the Academy Award for 'Best Actress'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Rosamund Pike...
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‘Widows’ reviews: Viola Davis is ‘incomparable’ in ‘tense and satisfying’ heist movie with a ‘feminist bent’

‘Widows’ reviews: Viola Davis is ‘incomparable’ in ‘tense and satisfying’ heist movie with a ‘feminist bent’
A heist film isn’t what you might expect from an actor and a director both in their Oscar followups. Filmmaker Steve McQueen won Best Picture for “12 Years a Slave” (2013), which was the first film from a black director ever to win the top prize. And Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences” (2016) on her third nomination, which made her the most nominated black actress in history. Now they have joined forces for “Widows,” an action thriller about women desperate to pay off the debts of their criminal husbands, who just went out in a literal blaze of glory after a job gone bad. So how does it compare to their Oscar-winning work?

Quite well, as it turns out. As of this writing it has a MetaCritic score of 86 based on 44 reviews, and on Rotten Tomatoes it’s rated 92% fresh based on 186 reviews. The Tomatometer critics consensus says
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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Conjures $9.1 Million at Thursday Box Office
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Warner Bros.’ second film in the spinoff from the Harry Potter movies, earned $9.1 million at the box office from Thursday previews on. It will open wide on over 4,000 screens this weekend.

The sequel is currently projected to open in the high $60 million range, with estimates topping out at $73 million from independent trackers, but it beat the Thursday total of the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” from 2016, which earned $8.75 million in Thursday previews on its way to earning $74.4 million in its opening weekend.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wrote the original story that’s part of a five-film prequel in the magical universe. Eddie Redmayne stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Jude Law and Johnny Depp as the film’s villain. “The Crimes of Grindelwald” has just a 49 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, so — unlike the original film — it will be working to overcome tepid reviews.
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High Risk, High Reward: ‘Widows’ Will Be a Defining Studio Release of 2018

Today, 20th Century Fox opens Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” Budgeted at $40 million, its first-weekend projection is $20 million. That suggests a performance similar to several recent mid-budget studio releases like “Outlander” or “The Girl In The Spider’s Web,” most of which failed to make a significant dent (only “Night School” grossed over $50 million).

However, “Widows” stands apart: The director won Best Picture with “12 Years a Slave,” and star Viola Davis won Best Supporting Actress for “Fences.” It also has terrific advance reviews, prime festival placement, real awards possibilities — and its box office success would have a much greater impact on upcoming production decisions.

With roots in fine art, McQueen has made a big impact in a short time. His 2008 debut “Hunger” about Ira member Bobby Sands was a breakout role for Michael Fasssbender (though it did little domestic business). His sex addict drama “Shame,” again with Fassbender, did better but still very niche business.
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‘Widows’ peaks with NYC audience, but Robert Duvall had no idea who Steve McQueen was

‘Widows’ peaks with NYC audience, but Robert Duvall had no idea who Steve McQueen was
Steve McQueen says Robert Duvall didn’t know who he was. The “12 Years A Slave” director just laughed. “I called up Francis Ford Coppola, a director he did know, and he told him I was good. So that’s how Robert came along.” McQueen was dishing at our table in Modern on W. 53rd Street in New York City, next to the Museum of Modern Art screening room that had just unspooled his 129-minute action caper film “Widows.”

“Gravitas” is what drew McQueen to the 87-year-old Duvall. But it’s Viola Davis who has an almost fanboy crush hold on McQueen. “She’s one of the greatest actors of her generation,” he explained. Then he deadpanned to a big laugh, “She can do an underwater musical, there’s nothing she can’t do.” That includes slapping costar Elizabeth Debicki and taking a slap back from her. “Those were real,
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Savannah Film Fest: Matthew Heineman on His Deeply Personal Marie Colvin Biopic 'A Private War'

Savannah Film Fest: Matthew Heineman on His Deeply Personal Marie Colvin Biopic 'A Private War'
Matthew Heineman, the 35-year-old filmmaker best known for his gritty documentaries — especially 2015's Cartel Land, for which he received a best documentary feature Oscar nomination, and 2017's City of Ghosts — sat down with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month at the Savannah Film Festival to discuss his narrative directorial debut A Private War, which was greeted with a standing ovation at the fest and will open in theaters across America on Friday.

A Private War is a gritty docudrama about the late, great war correspondent Marie Colvin, played in the film by Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). The first major release of Aviron ...
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Steve McQueen’s Widows and Our Enduring Love of Revenge Movies

Robert Blair Nov 14, 2018

Whoever said two wrongs don’t make a right never went to film school...

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

There is beauty in the simplicity of a time-honored concept in film. Longstanding cinematic tropes can act as the perfect conduit for some much-needed escapism from the dizzying nature of our day-to-day lives.

Based on the most conventional premise that he’s approached in his career to date, Steve McQueen’s Widows fulfills this criterion of familiarity via the revenge genre. Familiarity here though, doesn’t equal compromise or artistic complacency. In typically subversive fashion, and in keeping with his courageous filmography, this star-studded thriller builds on Lynda La Plante’s drama series of the same name to chart the plight of four bereaved women who refuse to be persecuted for their husbands’ ill-fated deeds. Injected with healthy doses of social commentary that raise pertinent issues around feminism,
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Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?

Will ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel Be Critic-Proof at the Box Office?
Over the past month, films like “Venom” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” have found big bucks at the box office despite tepid reviews from critics. Now, Warner Bros. is hoping the trend will continue this weekend with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which will try to prove that the Harry Potter prequel series has achieved critic-proof status.

Though the film currently has a 57 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, “Fantastic Beasts 2” isn’t expected to have a much lower opening than its 2016 predecessor, which had a 74 percent Rt score. The sequel is currently projected for an opening in the high $60 million range from 4,000+ screens, with estimates topping out at $73 million. By comparison, the first film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” opened to $74.4 million, grossing $234 million domestically and $814 million worldwide.

Like Spider-Man and Queen fans, Pottermaniacs are expected to turn out for this film no matter what. Perhaps a sign of the
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Before You See Widows, Meet the Insanely Talented Cast

If you loved Ocean's 8 and are in the mood to see another female-driven heist movie, you're in luck. Newly released film Widows is a highly-acclaimed thriller from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Not only does the film have a renowned director and screenwriter behind it, but it also has an incredibly talented and diverse cast.

Academy Award winner Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo star in the film about grieving widows who must repay their husbands' debts after they're killed during a heist. Can't wait to see the movie's badass ladies in action? Check out the trailer, then keep reading to see what A-listers are part of the star-studded cast before you go catch the action-packed film in theaters.
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Before You See Widows, Meet the Insanely Talented Cast

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Before You See Widows, Meet the Insanely Talented Cast
If you loved Ocean's 8 and are in the mood to see another female-driven heist movie, you're in luck. Newly released film Widows is a highly-acclaimed thriller from Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Not only does the film have a renowned director and screenwriter behind it, but it also has an incredibly talented and diverse cast.

Academy Award winner Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo star in the film about grieving widows who must repay their husbands' debts after they're killed during a heist. Can't wait to see the movie's badass ladies in action? Check out the trailer, then keep reading to see what A-listers are part of the star-studded cast before you go catch the action-packed film in theaters.
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‘Widows’ Review: Four Women, a Heist and One Hell of a Ride

‘Widows’ Review: Four Women, a Heist and One Hell of a Ride
There are heist movies — and then there are heist movies directed by Steve McQueen, the incomparable artist behind 12 Years a Slave. Is the Oscar-winner slumming? Hardly. In Widows, about four Chicago women out to finish a robbery that their dead husbands barely started, the filmmaker brings everything he has as an artist to this raw, resonant thriller. The screen damn near explodes as his genre caper suddenly encompasses a whole social strata (race, class, politics, gender). You’re in for a hell of a ride.

The powerhouse Viola Davis,
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