macbeth cast brendan gleeson

Joel Coen‘s take on Macbeth already has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as stars, and now it might add another heavy-hitter into the mix. Brendan Gleeson, known for his work in Paddington 2 and some other movies that aren’t Paddington 2, is said to be in talks to join the A24 movie based on the play by a hot up-and-comer named William Shakespeare. The project has Coen going solo for the first time, working without brother Ethan Coen.

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Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch

Even though 20th Century Fox isn’t exactly doing The Walt Disney Company any favors with their box office performance this year, Fox Searchlight is still operating like it’s business as usual. The more indie-focused and award-driven arm of Fox has just secured the worldwide distribution rights to Wes Anderson‘s next film, The French Dispatch. This comes after Fox Searchlight released Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited. Learn more below. Read More »

Macbeth Movie

Joel Coen, one-half of the Coen Brothers, is going solo to bring a new version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the big screen. That’s exciting enough on its own, but it gets better. Denzel Washington is in talks to play Macbeth, and frequent Coen collaborator (and Joel Coen’s wife) Frances McDormand will also star as Lady Macbeth. Super indie studio A24 will distribute.

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Amazon casting

Here’s some interesting Amazon casting news from the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International: Frances McDormand, who just won an Oscar for her fiery performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will provide the voice of God in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

Plus, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) has joined the cast of Jack Ryan, the action-packed Tom Clancy adaptation that has John Krasinski in the lead role. Read More »

isle of dogs featurette

Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion Isle of Dogs wasn’t easy to make. A whole team of animators worked obsessively to bring the detailed, animated world of the film to life. A new Isle of Dogs featurette takes you behind the scenes of Anderson’s latest, and shows the meticulous work that went into creating these very good dogs.

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Frances McDormand inclusion rider

Talk is cheap, but Frances McDormand may have just changed the game in Hollywood with two simple words at last night’s Oscars ceremony. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the actress wrapped up her memorable speech with two words: “Inclusion rider.”

Read on for how that Frances McDormand inclusion rider comment could spark actual, measurable change in Hollywood in the years to come.
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oscars 2018 speeches

The 90th Academy Awards showed a Hollywood at an impasse.

With the industry in the midst of a sexual and political upheaval, Tinseltown’s most glitzy awards ceremony found itself grappling with its message. The result: an overlong, messy Academy Awards ceremony that swung between self-congratulatory nods to the Time’s Up movement and cheery apolitical, made-to-go-viral stunts.

But a few 2018 Oscars speeches salvaged the show. Fiery remarks and inspirational anecdotes helped galvanize the ceremony and make the four hour-plus TV event worth watching.

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Isle of Dogs reviews

Isle of Dogs, one of /Film’s most anticipated films of 2018, just had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and reviews are leaping in. The consensus? They’re very good dogs, folks. Wes Anderson’s latest stop motion marvel features an all-star cast that includes Bryan CranstonEdward NortonBill MurrayJeff GoldblumKunichi NomuraKen WatanabeGreta GerwigFrances McDormandCourtney B. VanceFisher StevensNijiro MurakamiHarvey KeitelKoyu RankinLiev SchreiberBob BalabanScarlett Johansson,Tilda SwintonAkira ItoAkira TakayamaF. Murray AbrahamYojiro NodaMari NatsukiYoko Ono, and Frank Wood.

Below, feast your eyes on our early Isle of Dogs reviews round-up.

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Isle of Dogs clip

There’s a new Isle of Dogs clip, and it’s predictably delightful. Wes Anderson‘s new stop-motion film boasts a stellar cast of voice actors while once again transferring the filmmaker’s trademark style to an animated playing field. The new Isle of Dogs clip is light on plot, but big on personality and dog fights. Watch it below.

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three billboards backlash

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has all the makings of an Oscar frontrunner. The festival favorite boasts a riveting turn from lead Frances McDormand, a deliciously sharp screenplay from director Martin McDonagh, and a tour-de-force performance from Sam Rockwell as a self-loathing corrupt cop. It received near-universal praise at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. At key awards ceremonies, Three Billboards swept — winning the Golden Globe for Best Drama, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, the TIFF People’s Choice Awards, and landing a spot in the AFI top 10 of 2017.

Most importantly, it was timely. Three Billboards is a story about a bereaved mother Mildred Hayes who shakes up a small Midwestern town with her bitter attacks against the beloved Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) for his department’s inability to find the culprit behind her daughter’s rape and murder. The film hit the festival circuit right at the crest of #MeToo movement, an industry-wide reckoning of the systemic abuse and harassment of women at the hands of Hollywood’s most powerful men. It seemed fitting, then, that the Oscar frontrunner would be about righteous female vengeance, led by a middle-aged actress whose furious performance threatened to sear through the screen.

And yet, Three Billboards finds itself facing its own reckoning, with a backlash as fierce as Mildred’s single-minded quest for justice.

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