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Interview, Audio: Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Chicago – Gary Oldman has been generating memorable film portrayals since he broke through in the 1980s. From Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”) to Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) to Jim Gordon (Dark Knight Series), Oldman is a consummate actor. That is expressed in his latest role, as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”

The title refers to one of the most challenging moments of Churchill’s career. Newly minted as Britain’s prime minister in 1940, he faces the onslaught of Adolf Hitler’s attack on his homeland, including the surrounding of the British troops at Dunkirk. Gary Oldman embodies the pugnacious bulldog that characterized Churchill at the height of his power, including the soaring rhetoric that strengthened the morale of the British people.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour

Photo credit: Focus Features

Oldman was born in London, studied acting with the Young People’s Theatre and made his professional
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Laurie Collyer’s Road Trip Movie Starring Tessa Thompson and Melissa Leo Secures Distribution

Thompson in “Westworld

IFC Films will steer U.S. and Canadian distribution of Laurie Collyer’s new road movie, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Led by rising star Tessa Thompson and Oscar winner Melissa Leo, “Furlough” co-stars Whoopi Goldberg and “True Blood” alumna Anna Paquin.

The comedy centers on a Thompson’s character, who is caring “for her aging mother while working at a jail,” THR details. “She gets assigned to accompany a rowdy prisoner (Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, but the duo’s trip goes haywire.”

No word on when to expect “Furlough,” but THR notes that it’s completed.

Collyer’s previous credits include “Sunlight Jr.” and “Sherrybaby.”

Thompson stars in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which is in theaters now. “Westworld,” “Creed,” and “Selma” are among her other credits. Her upcoming projects include sci-fi flick “Annihilation,” which sees her heading on a mysterious expedition, and Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods,
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Edgar Wright says deal for Baby Driver sequel is “being hammered out as we speak”

Writer-director Edgar Wright looks set to return to make a sequel to his kinetic car chase blockbuster Baby Driver and has said a deal is “being hammered out as we speak”.

Wright told Entertainment Weekly he is in the midst of talks surrounding a follow-up and said nothing had been agreed yet, but hoped he would “at least write” the sequel.

Baby Driver, which starred Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver with tinnitus, made more than $220 million at the global box office from a mere $34m budget.

Wright said he has “lots of ideas” for a sequel, but also has many other projects in the pipeline and does not want to see a repeat of his troubles with Marvel’s Ant-Man that led to a big gap in his filmography.

He said: “Those talks are already in the works. The deal is being hammered out as we speak. So, hopefully,
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The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors

The Best Cast Films of 2017, According to Top Casting Directors
Casting directors remain the only job in the opening titles that doesn’t have its own Oscar category, but there’s reason to believe that will change. Already recognized by the Emmys, casting directors have made tremendous strides since they unionized in 2005 and negotiated their first contract with studios. In 2013, the guild earned its own Academy branch and received three seats at the Academy’s Board of Governors’ table. Last year, Lynn Stalmaster (“The Graduate,” “West Side Story”) received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, becoming the first-ever casting director to receive an Academy Award.

So: Let’s imagine for a moment casting directors had their own Oscar category in 2017: What are the best-cast films of the year?

IndieWire asked 15 of the top casting directors to nominate films worthy of casting recognition this year. We often think of the best films in terms of their expressive cinematography, enveloping production design,
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Movie Review – Darkest Hour (2017)

Darkest Hour, 2017.

Directed by Joe Wright.

Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Jordan Waller, Ronald Pickup, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Synopsis:

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Before even beginning to praise the authentic and physically transformative Academy Award-worthy performance from legendary actor Gary Oldman portraying arguably the greatest politician in history, Prime Minister of Great Britain Winston Churchill, it should be made clear that the excellence doesn’t start and stop with the chameleon-like appearance or the numerous rousing speeches of defiance. Director Joe Wright (no stranger to period pieces and biopics having helmed features such as Atonement and Anna Karenina) understands that even the most lifelike depiction possible of the curmudgeonly yet bracingly
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Liu Yifei to Star in Niki Caro’s Live-Action “Mulan”

Liu: Lss-lyf/YouTube

Mulan” has found its leading lady. Liu Yifei, also known as Crystal Liu, has booked the high-profile role, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” helmer Niki Caro is directing Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved animated film.

The worldwide search to find “Mulan’s” star took a year. “A team of casting directors visited five continents and saw nearly 1,000 candidates for the role, which requires credible martial arts skills, the ability to speak English, and the most ineffable requirement of all: star quality,” THR writes. “In deference to cultural accuracy, the studio focused on locating an ethnically Chinese young woman to play Hua Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to take her father’s army conscription in fifth-century China.”

Liu is well-known in China. Her English-language credits “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Outcast.” “The Assassins,” “Never Gone” and “The Four” trilogy are among her other credits.
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Whistler Film Fest Shines Light on Underdogs and Emerging Talent

Whistler Film Fest Shines Light on Underdogs and Emerging Talent
The Whistler Film Festival, which returns for its 17th iteration Nov. 29-Dec. 3, has often been referred to as the “coolest” film festival, but in some ways it can also be considered an outsider’s festival.

The fest strives to provide a particularly inclusive platform with this year’s lineup including 87 films from more than 15 countries, with 30% of the feature films directed by women.

Whistler is obviously filling a vacuum in categories under-serviced by other Canadian film festivals,” says director of programming Paul Gratton, who sifted through more than 1,000 film submissions to make his picks, in addition to scouting fests around the world.

The festival is also known for its Canada-heavy programming, accounting for about two-thirds of all features.

“No other Canadian festival seems to be doing it at quite our level of engagement,” says Gratton. “But I don’t see that growing in future years beyond its current level. The non-Canadian portion of the festival keeps getting
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‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Soar in Limited Openings

‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Darkest Hour’ Soar in Limited Openings
Awards contenders “Call Me by Your Name” and Gary Oldman’s “Darkest Hour” have both scored impressive platform openings over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Coming of age drama “Call Me by Your Name,” which led the way on Nov. 21 with six Spirit Award nominations, saw stellar returns from a Sony Classics release with $404,874 at four venues in Los Angeles and New York since its Friday launch for an impressive per-screen average of $101,219. That’s the best three-day limited opening of 2017, topping the “Lady Bird” launch with $364,437 on four screens on Nov. 3-5, and the highest since “La La Land” opened with $881,104 at five venues last December.

Call Me by Your Name” received Spirit nominations for best feature, Timothee Chalamet as best male lead, Armie Hammer as best male supporting, and Luca Guadagnino in the directing category, along with editing and cinematography nods. Chalamet plays a 17-year-old with Hammer as a postgraduate student who comes to stay with
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Gary Oldman will run away with Best Actor for his work in “Darkest Hour”

There are times when the prognostication world anoints a presumed Oscar winner, only to have the film or the performance fall flat when actually seen. Then, there are other times when the movie or performer meets expectations and the victor should begin writing up their speech for the Academy Awards. More often than not, the former winds up being true. Gary Oldman is a case of the latter, as his turn in Darkest Hour is 100% going to win him the Oscar for Best Actor. It’s just a done deal, Academy wise. Beginning its theatrical run today, it’s also a quality biopic that’s more than simply shameless awards bait. The film is a look at British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Oldman), how he came to power during the early days of World War II, and his agonizing decision over whether to negotiate with Hitler or fight on. The
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‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Review: Gary Oldman Gives Us a Fearsome, Oscar-Worthy Churchill
Gary Oldman is one of the greatest actors on the planet – and he proves it again as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, director Joe Wright's rip-roaring take on the celebrated Prime Minister's first tumultuous month in office in May, 1940, when France and Belgium are a whisper away from surrendering to Hitler and Great Britain may be next. (How I'd love to see Oldman's take on the Fuhrer).

The British actor, 59, has played real people before, from Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy) to Lee Harvey Oswald (JFK). But his Churchill is something different.
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Edgar Wright Turned Down Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Baby Driver’ Song Request

Edgar Wright Turned Down Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Baby Driver’ Song Request
As 2017 winds down and we begin to look back at the year in movies, Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” will no doubt be one of the biggest highlights. The action-crime film earned $107 million domestically, becoming Wright’s highest grossing film ever stateside, and critics went absolutely crazy for it. IndieWire even named it one of the 25 best action movies of the 21st century.

Read More:‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film

The film, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver whose budding romance with a diner waitress becomes jeopardized when he’s forced to help out on one last heist, is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, where Wright’s director’s commentary is chock full of awesome tidbits that provide some extra color about the making of his film. One such fact is Tarantino’s involvement with “Baby Driver.”

According to Wright, Tarantino read
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Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Gary Oldman to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Gary Oldman will be honored with the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Oldman will be presented with the award on Feb. 2, 2018 for his longstanding contributions to the film industry culminating with Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour,” in which Oldman plays Winston Churchill. Leonard Maltin will return to moderate the evening for the 27th time.

Gary Oldman has dazzled audiences for decades with an array of brilliant performances,” said Maltin. “With ‘Darkest Hour,’ he has once again proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, and a true master of his craft.”

Darkest Hour” takes place during the early days of World War II, as the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten, the film also
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Win Baby Driver on DVD

Fasten your seat belts as the year’s must-own action-packed thrill ride Baby Driver accelerates home on digital and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 13th November 2017. To celebrate its release we are giving a DVD away to one lucky winner!

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this fast-paced and furiously stylish heist movie stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life,
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Win Edgar Wright’s ‘Baby Driver’ On Blu-ray

Fasten your seat belts as the year’s must-own action-packed thrill ride Baby Driver accelerates home on digital on 27th October 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray & DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on 13th November 2017. To celebrate its release we are giving a Blu-ray away to one lucky winner!

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), this fast-paced and furiously stylish heist movie stars Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) as a young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life,
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‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Credits Makeup Artist for Winston Churchill Transformation

‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Credits Makeup Artist for Winston Churchill Transformation
Gary Oldman was particularly thankful to his makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji at the Los Angeles premiere of “Darkest Hour” on Wednesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.

Oldman admitted on the red carpet that looking like Winston Churchill was essential for the role to work, since Churchill has such worldwide renown. So he was willing to spend several hundred hours in makeup during shooting, rather than using prosthetics.

“I wasn’t going to put on 50 or 60 pounds and put my health at risk so it was contingent on getting Kazuhiro to see if this thing was going to work,” he recalled. “You could control the other component — the energy, how he used his hands, the way he moved. But if you look ridiculous, it’s not going to work. So you surrender to it.”

Churchill was 65 at the time of the events in the film in 1940, during the opening weeks of his
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Tessa Thompson to Receive Tribute at Napa Valley Film Festival

Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok

Tessa Thompson dominated the weekend box office with “Thor: Ragnarok,” and now comes word that the rising star will be honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival. A press release announced that she’ll receive the Jcb Collection Trailblazer Tribute at this year’s Celebrity Tributes presentation. Set to take place November 9, the event’s other honorees include “The Intern” director Nancy Meyers and “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed.

Before she made the leap to Asgardian warrior in the Marvel universe, Thompson was best known for her roles in “Dear White People” and “Creed.” Her other credits include “Westworld,” “Selma,” and “Veronica Mars.”

“Tessa is an actress who has demonstrated in her career the ability to take on unique, dynamic roles that demonstrate her remarkable range and ability to bring her humanity to each performance,” said Marc Lhormer, co-founder of the Napa Valley Film Festival. “As a ‘trailblazer,’ she is the embodiment of someone who is undaunted by taking risks and in doing so, achieves great success.”

“Valkyrie in the comics is … blonde and doesn’t look like me,” Thompson has said of her “Ragnarok” character. “But when a lot of these comics were written, it was in a time before we had conversation about being inclusive. (I like to avoid the word ‘diversity,’ because it annoys me.) It was a time when it made sense to have these women that were fighting and so strong wear these American Apparel bathing suits — which is so funny. My costume design was based on stuff that we see in the comics now — like the traditional sort of Valkyrie armor that I get reunited with in the second half of the film,” she explained. “That appears in the comics and looks very, very similar. But I felt very strongly that we wanted the costume to have some bulk.”

The physical reference for the character was Sarah Connor in the second “Terminator” movie, “which is incredible because she’s in the best shape ever and is just, like, all muscle,” Thompson said. The goal was “to create a character that was not conventionally beautiful. Just sort of messy — the idea was that she just never washes her face, you know? There’s nothing pristine about this woman.”

Thompson’s upcoming roles include sci-fi flick “Annihilation,” which sees her heading on a mysterious expedition, and Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods,” a modern Western about two sisters co-starring “Cinderella’s” Lily James.

Tessa Thompson to Receive Tribute at Napa Valley Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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10 Best Movies to See in November: Thor, 'Justice League' and Louis C.K.

10 Best Movies to See in November: Thor, 'Justice League' and Louis C.K.
We're neck-deep in the prestige-movie season, i.e. when a handful of movies made for [gasp] adults join the usual year-round I.P. blockbusters. Yes, there are new Marvel and DC movies heading down the pike, perfect for those who like their superhero films in both bright-and-peppy and dark-and-dour flavors. But there's also one of the year's best romance movies, a there-goeth-the-great-man biopic, an Agatha Christie murder mystery, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age movie and a chatty three-men-and-a-coffin character study on deck. All this, plus a black-and-white movie by Louis C.K. that will
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Four New Character Posters Arrive For Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’

Working Title Films have released four new UK posters for their upcoming Winston Churchill movie Darkest Hour, which is set to arrive in cinemas in January 2018. Gary Oldman leads the cast of the film, which also features the work of Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James and Ben Mendelsohn. The four new promos are character posters for the movie, featuring the likes of Oldman, Scott Thomas, James and co-star Stephen Dillane. You can check out the new Darkest Hour posters below.

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals,
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Darkest Hour gets a series of character posters

With just a month to go until it arrives in Us cinemas, five character posters have been released for the upcoming biographical drama Darkest Hour featuring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill, Ben Mendelsohn as King George VI, Lily James as Elizabeth Layton, and Stephen Dillane as Viscount Halifax; check them out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Darkest Hour here

During the early days of World War II, with the fall of France imminent, Britain faces its darkest hour as the threat of invasion looms. As the seemingly unstoppable Nazi forces advance, and with the Allied army cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman). While maneuvering his political rivals, he must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the
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Cher joins the cast of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

A few days ago music superstar Cher took to social media to tease an appearance in the upcoming sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, and now her casting has been confirmed by Variety. Here’s the original tweet that Cher shared…

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Cher (@cher) October 15, 2017

Cher’s role in the film is being kept under wraps, but it will mark the Oscar winner’s first big screen appearance since 2010’s Burlesque. Her only other credits since the turn of the millennium include a voice role in 2011’s Zookeeper, and an appearance as herself in the 2003 comedy Stuck on You.

Filming on the Mamma Mia sequel got underway last month, with Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) directing returning stars Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth and new additions Lily James Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn,
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