poor things

Jerrod Carmichael is going to be in a Yorgos Lanthimos movie. That’s a sentence you don’t read everyday, nor one you’d likely expect to read, if you know of Carmichael for his work as a stand-up comedian and comedy actor, and if you know of Lanthimos’ particularly cruel style of filmmaking seen in such movies as The Favourite and The Lobster. But Carmichael has been cast in Lanthimos’ adaptation of Poor Things, which already stars acting heavyweights such as Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and Mark Ruffalo.

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Poor Things Cast Mark Ruffalo

Poor Things, the latest from The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos, has added Mark Ruffalo to its cast. Ruffalo joins Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe in the movie, which is based on the novel by Alasdair Gray and described as a re-imagining of Frankenstein. In Poor Things, the Frankenstein Monster-inspired character has been replaced with “Bella Baxter – a beautiful young erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant.”

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poor things

The Favourite team of Yorgos Lanthimos and Emma Stone are reuniting for Poor Things, based on the book by Alasdair Gray. The novel is a send-up of Victorian literature and a re-imagining of Frankenstein, in which the monster has been replaced with “Bella Baxter – a beautiful young erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant.” And you have to admit, that already sounds like a Yorgos Lanthimos movie.

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the hawkline monster

The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos has a new project lined up, and it sounds amazing. Lanthimos is in talks to direct The Hawkline Monster, a gothic western based on the novel by Richard Brautigan. The story concerns two gunslingers who are hired by a young girl to kill a monster, and both Hal Ashby and Tim Burton both attempted to adapt the book to film in the past.

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the man in the rockefeller suit series

The Favourite and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos is headed to TV with The Man in the Rockefeller Suit. The series is based on the nonfiction book by Mark Seal, and tells the story of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a man who posed as a descendant of the famous Rockefeller family, along with several other aliases. The plan was originally to turn the story into a feature, but it’s now being developed by Fox Searchlight Television.

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Pop 1280

Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director whose dark and hilarious period piece The Favourite is currently nominated for 10 Academy Awards, has found his next movie.

Lanthimos will direct Pop. 1280, a film adaptation of author Jim Thompson‘s celebrated 1964 novel of the same name. Read on for details about the story, and why Lanthimos seems like a strong fit for this material. Read More »

Scooby-Doo - Director's Roundtable Discussion

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie from 2002 that has driven some people crazy. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a roundtable with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller and Bradley Cooper, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson team up to hijack a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Read More »

The Favourite Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a look behind the scenes of the Golden Globe nominated and likely soon-to-be Oscar-nominated film The Favourite. A batch of featurettes take a closer look at the film’s intricate and elegant production design, another shows off the incredible costume design bringing 18th century fashion to life, and the final shines a light on the award-worthy cast. Read More »

The Favourite Review

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is not the most accessible filmmaker for your average audience. To begin, his characters don’t behave as if they are bound to the same cultural norms that we are. Conversations that would be utterly taboo in our society are discussed with abandon, like Steven (Colin Farrell) in The Killing of a Sacred Deer casually telling a colleague that his daughter has started her period. Lanthimos’ worlds run parallel to our own, but they offer a unique and sometimes disturbing vision of our darker desires.

In The Favourite, now in limited release, Lanthimos pits Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and servant Abigail (Emma Stone) against one another for Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) affections. While The Favourite is the first Lanthimos film he didn’t at least co-author himself (the screenplay is credited to Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara), it’s sure to have lots of quirks peculiar to this avant-garde director. To prepare for The Favourite or just find out more about this rising auteur, we have prepared a primer.

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“There was nothing that didn’t appeal to me about it,” replied Emma Stone when asked about why she wanted to be a part of The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest directorial outing. The film has been a standout on the fall film festival circuit wherever it has played. I caught it on opening night at the New York Film Festival, and it’s been my favorite film of 2018 ever since.

The Favourite provides a delicious showcase for three tremendously talented actresses in a sumptuous period setting without ever getting mired in mothballs. Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne provides the center of gravity, shifting the equilibrium of England with her every erratic whim. At the start of the film, Anne’s mood is stabilized by a lifelong friend, Rachel Weisz’ Sarah Churchill. Her hold on the queen’s heart and purse strings receives a real challenge, however, when Sarah’s cousin, Emma Stone’s Abigail, enters the palace grounds and begins to rise in Anne’s esteem.

This is not the Wikipedia version of history by any stretch of the imagination, and as such, many more questions linger after viewing than the traditional costume drama. Luckily, I was able to run a few of them by stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as well as director Yorgos Lanthimos at roundtable discussions earlier this month. We talked about how The Favourite journeyed from script to screen, how everyone tuned into Lanthimos’ particular wavelength and why we’ll never know what the director thinks about any of his endings.

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