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‘Three Billboards’ Cinematographer Ben Davis on Camera Placement, Single Takes, and Authentically Capturing America

Our rave review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri notes that cinematographer Ben Davis “captures the action and outbursts of violence with assured zip and clarity.” Though true, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Martin McDonagh’s third feature — his second with Davis behind the camera, following 2012’s Seven Psychopaths — is among the most beautiful released this year, photographed with a knowledge of its small-town environment (North Carolina rather than Missouri, but let’s not hold that against the film) that renders seemingly quotidian settings a scarred landscape of pain and anger.

Speaking one-on-one with Davis will make clear that Billboards‘ fine palette is no happy accident, instead being the result of intense consideration for environment, emotion, color, space, and, especially in the case of a show-stopping single take — one that hardly asks for us to stand and applaud, even as we’re wondering how it could be pulled off — movement.
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First poster for comedy Father Figures

Ahead of its Us release next month, a poster has arrived online for the upcoming comedy Father Figures featuring Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, and Glenn Close; check it out below…

See Also: Watch the red band trailer for Father Figures here

Wilson and Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

Father Figures will open in the Us on December 22nd 2017 and in the UK on February 16th 2018, and features a cast that includes Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J.K. Simmons, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Katt Williams, Katie Aselton, June Squibb, Bill Irwin, Harry Shearer and Christopher Walken.
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Video: Father Figures – Trailer + Poster

If Daddy’s Home 2 wasn’t enough paternal chaos for you, here’s the trailer and poster for Owen Wilson comedy Father Figures, arriving in cinemas next year on February 16th.

Wilson stars alongside Ed Helms as brothers who find out their father did not die as their mother led them to believe, but she’s not entirely sure who it is. They decide to set out together to track down the possible candidates Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken and J.K. Simmons and in doing so learn a lot more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.

Check out the trailer above and the poster below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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The Top Five Greatest Christopher Walken Yelling Scenes in Movies

For such a quiet guy Christopher Walken can go psycho in a split second. It’s part of his charm though, he can just pour on the crazy in a short amount of time and then go right back to being Mr. Smooth soon after. That’s the kind of guy you normally don’t know about when you meet them but you can easily understand is not boring in anyway. Every role he seems to have that quiet calm until the right moment when he needs to snap, and then you tend to sit back out of habit since it’s so in

The Top Five Greatest Christopher Walken Yelling Scenes in Movies
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With Sexual Assault Rattling the Industry, ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Is an Angry Feminist Response

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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.”

See More:‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’: Frances McDormand Asks ‘Why the F–k Not’ In Wild New Video — Watch

The topicality was pure coincidence, but McDonagh will take it. In the weeks following the “Three Billboards” premiere
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own
It’s only been a few short weeks since Winnie the Pooh got the “Shakespeare in Love” treatment in “Goodbye Christopher Robin” — a film that inspired this critic to lament that “we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories” — which means that we’re already long overdue for another saccharine period fable about the creation of another literary icon. Enter Ebenezer Scrooge, who came to Charles Dickens at a moment when both men were at a low point in their lives.

The year was 1843, the great author (a manic Dan Stevens) was 31, and his massive fame was ebbing in the wake of three consecutive flops. With the winter settling in and a certain lifestyle to maintain, Dickens was in desperate need of a Christmas miracle. There was only one problem: There hadn’t been a Christmas miracle in almost 1,843 years. You see,
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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Ferit Karahan, Director ‘Death of the Black Horses’

Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Ferit Karahan was born in the city of Mus, in the Eastern part of Turkey, in 1983. After several award-winning shorts he made his feature-film debut in 2013 with “The Fall From Heaven,” about two women whose brothers have been killed fighting on opposite sides of the Kurdish-Turkish conflict. “The Fall” won the nod for best first film at the Antalya Fest before going on to score more prizes on the international fest circuit, including at Italy’s Pesaro film fest.

“Death of the Black Horses,
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Antalya Festival: Andac Haznedarolglu on ‘The Guest,’ the Impact of War

Antalya Festival: Andac Haznedarolglu on ‘The Guest,’ the Impact of War
The impact on young people is central to the films at this year’s Antalya Fest that deal with the Syrian refugee crisis – but the burden on those nearby doing their utmost to care for them is the subject taken on by Andac Haznedarolglu’s “The Guest.”

The evocative imagery of this groundbreaking Turkish-Jordanian co-production, lensed with strong production values, helps convey the sense of life on the streets – and in the sweatshops – that survivors of war find as their new home in Turkey.

“I wanted to talk about the story I’ve seen all of my life, and I don’t mean just the war in Syria,” the writer-director says. “It’s not about the war itself – it’s about the influence of people.”

The film’s plot evolved from research into hundreds of real-life stories involving refugee families, women and children, she says.

“I was working nearly three years just writing and then I also
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Antalya Festival: Ender Özkahraman on ‘Ugly Duckling,’ Plastic Surgery in the Kurdish Community

Antalya Festival: Ender Özkahraman on ‘Ugly Duckling,’ Plastic Surgery in the Kurdish Community
The Turkish film “Ugly Duckling” by Ender Özkahraman, screening in the main competition at Antalya, takes on a hot-button issue from an unconventional angle, says the writer-director.

He knew he had found his way into the story of life among Kurds in the Turkish-Syrian-Iraqi border regions when he came across a true account of roving doctors in the communities there who were not just focused on emergency aid.

There was a steady demand for plastic surgery, Özkahraman says, and not the kind necessitated by injuries from conflicts. “A doctor was giving women surgery to improve their noses,” the writer-director recalls. “And it was not just one woman – there were many.”

The surprising demand for nose jobs in a battle-torn area where food and electricity are major issues can be explained mainly by the stresses of war, Özkahraman believes.

In a place where life and health can slip away at any moment and the notion of normalcy is a memory
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Antalya Festival: A Modest Christopher Walken Talks ‘King of New York,’ His Acting Style and Michael Cimino

Antalya Festival: A Modest Christopher Walken Talks ‘King of New York,’ His Acting Style and Michael Cimino
Antalya, Turkey — Veteran character actor Christopher Walken, at the Antalya Fest to screen his 1990 cult hit, Abel Ferrara’s “King of New York,” recalled that his mafia kingpin role – like many of his turns – grew out of his roots in the streets of Queens.

“My old neighborhood when I was kid, that’s where I come from, so the movie was very close to me,” he said, speaking to audiences at the Ataturk Culture Park cinema. “Abel was lucky to have such good actors. It was a highlight of my life.”

As for how he fell into acting on screen, in this case manifesting in himself the distinctive mobster Frank White, Walken confessed, “I don’t know. I became an actor after being a dancer, kind of accidentally.”

Even after 100 roles, Walken admits he still isn’t sure he’s doing things right.

“I don’t think I do it like other actors do it. I just pretend
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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Tolga Karacelik, Director ‘Butterflies’

Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Tolga Karacelik, was born in Istanbul in 1981. He got a law degree in Turkey before moving to New York to study film, after writing some short stories and poems. His 2010 first feature “Toll Booth,” about a Turkish toll-station worker with a vivid imagination, scored critical kudos on the international fest circuit. He second film “Ivy,” set aboard a stranded cargo ship, premiered at Sundance in 2015, was shown at more than 30 festivals and scored multiple nods.

Karacelic’s upcoming third feature “Butterflies,” which is in the
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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Ramin Matin, Producer, Director ‘Siren’s Call’

Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Ramin Matin studied communication arts at Loyola Marymount in the U.S. before getting a masters in film from Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2005 he co-founded Giyotin Films with Emine Yildirim. They started producing short films and internationally co-produced documentaries before shepherding Matin’s first feature “The Monster’s Dinner” in 2011, a societal satire set in the near future which won prizes in Antalya and several other fests. Followed “The Impeccables,” about two thirty-something sisters confronting their devastating past in the Aegean summer cottage of their
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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Muge Ozen, Producer ‘When I’m Done Dying’

Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Muge Ozen started her career in the film business as a buyer for Turkish distributors D Productions and Mars Entertainment Group before becoming an executive producer, and eventually launching her own production shingle, Solis Film, in 2015. The company is dedicated to producing arthouse films that can travel internationally, favouring female writers and directors

Solis Film’s first project was ”Radiogram,” a first feature by Bulgarian director Rouzie Hassanova set in Bulgaria during the early 70’s when the communist regime considered rock’n’roll a national
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Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Erol Mintas, Director ‘The Crows’

Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice.

Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who signal that a new generation is emerging within Turkey’s vibrant, albeit turbulence-riddled, film scene.

Writer-director Erol Mintas made a major splash on the festival circuit with his first feature “Song of My Mother” which in 2014 played around the world and scored plenty of prizes, including best film and best actor nods in Sarajevo.

“Mother” is an understated meditation on love memory and the cultural identity of the Kurdish community in present-day Turkey.

“Crows,” which is being presented at the Antalya Film Forum’s Fiction Pitching Platform, appears to be a more ambitious project. It’s about
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Antalya Festival: Juliette Lewis on Harvey Weinstein, Acting with Robert De Niro, ‘Natural Born Killers’

Antalya Festival: Juliette Lewis on Harvey Weinstein, Acting with Robert De Niro, ‘Natural Born Killers’
Antalya, Turkey — When asked whether she’s had trouble along the lines of the alleged sexual assaults of Harvey Weinstein, Juliette Lewis said producers were too frightened of her, even at age 18, to try anything.

“I scared everyone,” she told fans at the Antalya Film Fest. “Even at 18, people thought I might blow their head off. It’s a good power to have.”

Speaking to an audience who had just seen “Cape Fear,” the 1991 Martin Scorsese film that launched her career, Lewis added, “In any field, it’s nice when things get revealed. It’s important for any line of work that people get found out for their crimes.”

Having received the key to the city from Antalya’s mayor at the fest’s opening gala Saturday, Lewis reflected on the many lessons she gleaned from filming with Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte and Robert Mitchum.

“I was 18 when I did ‘Cape Fear’ but I’m playing
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Antalya Festival Opens with Walken, Syrian Refugee Crisis-themed ‘Never Leave Me’

Antalya Festival Opens with Walken, Syrian Refugee Crisis-themed ‘Never Leave Me’
Antalya, Turkey — Turkey’s newly reformatted Antalya fest launched Saturday in the coastal resort town under balmy skies, striking a hopeful note in a region beset by crises.

Opening with a stirring look at children caught up in the Syrian refugee exodus, Aida Begic’s “Never Leave Me,” the gala for the fest’s 54th edition hosted some 3,000 of guests, serenaded by the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra.

As Begic noted to the well-heeled audience at the Antalya Expo Center, lessons from her film, in which real refugees play characters based on themselves, “we don’t all speak the same language, but we can still live together in peace and harmony.”

Several Americans were almost surprised to find themselves in town – many were unsure until the last minute whether the current U.S.-Turkish visa spat would prevent them from entering the country but Turkish airports appeared to be issuing visas upon arrival to U.S. visitors
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Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup

Antalya Festival: Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis Head Star Lineup
Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch regular Masatoshi Nagase (“Radiance”) set to attend the seaside event in Turkey.

During the festival, Walken and Lewis will discuss career benchmarks at In Conversation With sessions; Walken will take home an Honorary Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film.

Also on hand will be Sean Baker, screening “The Florida Project,” Ai Wei-Wei producer Chin-Chin Yap, presenting “Human Flow” and Cannes winner Aida Begic with “Never Leave Me.”

In addition, Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will make his way to the historic resort city for a tribute to his work, along with that of late director Ömer Lütfi Akad, a pioneer of post-war Turkish cinema.

Palestinian filmmaker/provocateur Elia Suleiman will preside over a jury composed of Turkish actress, producer and writer
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Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis to Be Honored at Antalya Film Festival

Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis to Be Honored at Antalya Film Festival
Turkey's Antalya film festival will present Christopher Walken with an honorary lifetime achievement award this year.

Walken, who won an Oscar for his performance in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, will receive an Honorary Golden Orange Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art of Film, organizers said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Juliette Lewis, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her part in Cape Fear, will be presented with the key to the city of Antalya by Mayor Menderes Turel.

The actors will be joined by other prominent guests at the Mediterranean resort for the festival. Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch...
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Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at “Hollywood Film Awards”

Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney to Receive Hollywood Supporting Actor and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards” dick clark productions announced today that previous “Hollywood Film Awards” recipient, Sam Rockwell, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award” for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Emmy Award-winning actress, Allison Janney, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya at the 21st Annual “Hollywood Film Awards.” The 2017 “Hollywood Film Awards,” known as the official launch of the awards season®, will be hosted by actor and comedian James Corden for the third consecutive year and will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The ceremony, which honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography,
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Halloween 2017: 31 Movies to Watch on Hulu This October

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Last week, I gave you guys a few lists from Amazon and Netflix in regards to what they have to offer via their streaming services this fall. As a newbie to Hulu, I only discovered over the weekend that they, too, beyond just being an amazing resource for television programming, offer up a killer selection of genre movies that are free to stream with a standard Hulu membership.

Here’s a look at an assortment of 31 films from Hulu that I think would be great movies to stream this October. I tried to give you guys a wide variety, too, hitting various sub-genres, so hopefully there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list.

The Faculty

As far as high school horror films go, The Faculty has remained one of my very favorites for years now. Essentially, it’s Robert Rodriguez riffing on The X-Files, and who can resist that?
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