(Welcome to Role Call, where we examine two performances from an actor – their first defining role and their most recent/last – to get a sense of who they are.)

What does it mean to be the best actor of a generation? And is it possible that kind of talent can remain hidden for decades?

Those are the questions we need to consider when contemplating Viola Davis‘ explosive, peerless ability to embody another person from root to tip, from birth to death, to their very soul.

And if there were any doubt that she was one of the world’s best at what she does, consider the oldest rule in the book: game recognizes game. That’s why Meryl Streep shouted, “My God, somebody give her a movie!” during her 2009 SAG acceptance speech for Doubt and said, “She is arguably the most immediate, responsive artist I have ever worked with,” when presenting Davis with her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Game recognizes game.

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widows featurette

“We’re after the truth. I don’t go to a location with a stencil. I adapt to the environment,” reads a quote by director Steve McQueen at the beginning of the newest Widows featurette about the film’s Chicago location. The gritty heist thriller, penned by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, is set in the Windy City, and couldn’t take place anywhere else. The featurette dives into why that is, and how Chicago helped shape the highly anticipated movie.

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‘Widows’ Clip: Cynthia Erivo Joins the Team

widows clip

Widows kicks-ass, and you should prepare yourself for the film’s marketing to ramp up as the November release date. The action-drama from director Steve McQueen and writer Gillian Flynn assembles a dynamite cast and turns them loose on a mission to pull off a potentially deadly heist. In the Widows clip below, the women at the center of the heist are in desperate need of a driver. Enter scene-stealer Cynthia Erivo, who might just be the solution to their problem.

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Widows review

Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn team for Widows, an exciting, brilliantly-acted thriller about a team of desperate women pushed to desperate measures. A heist film with a lot more on its mind than meets the eye, Widows is a gem.

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widows clip

With the all-star cast of Viola DavisMichelle RodriguezElizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, and the dream team of director Steve McQueen and writer Gillian Flynn delivering behind-the-camera, we were already sold on Widows. But 20th Century Fox has dropped another clip on us, featuring the four central women plotting the heist that will get them out of the debt handed to them by their dead husbands. Check out the new Widows clip below.

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widows trailer

Steve McQueen puts together one killer crew for Widows, a thriller that finds the wives of dead criminals banding together to pull off one big heist. With a cast featuring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, and a script from Gone Girl writer Gillian FlynnWidows looks like a must-see. Watch the new Widows trailer below.

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2018 Emmys Snubs and Surprises

The nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and with so many TV shows out there for us to binge, there were bound to be some snubs. But thankfully, along with some of the TV shows and talents that didn’t get recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, there were also some surprises that we weren’t expecting to land nominations.

Let’s run through a list of some of the 2018 Emmys snubs and surprises below. Read More »

widows tv spot

Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen assembled one killer cast for his new heist flick WidowsViola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cynthia Erivo play a group of women who band together after their husbands are killed during a heist gone wrong. If that concept alone doesn’t get you pumped for this film, a new Widows TV spot is here to get you even more excited. November can’t get here soon enough.
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Widows trailer

Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen is back with Widows, his first feature film since 2013’s 12 Years A Slave – and he’s lined-up a cast to die for. Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Ervio play the widows of criminals who band together to pull off a heist to pay off their dead husband’s debts. Watch the Widows trailer below.

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oscars winners and losers

Predicting the Oscars is like predicting the weather. You can look at the charts and determine the general course of the storm, but it’s impossible to tell if the wind is going to knock a tree through your living room window. Last night’s ceremony was peak Oscars. Everything went exactly how it was supposed to go before finding time to also uproot the oak in your front yard and cave-in one of walls with it.

So let’s talk about the winners and losers of this year’s Academy Awards. Not the actual winners, the people who went home with potentially life-changing statuettes, but the people who walked away from that ceremony looking like a million bucks and those who…didn’t. And while we’re talking about winners, we have also have the results from our /Film Oscar prediction contest!

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