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'Suburbicon' Review: George Clooney's Satire Goes From Righteous to Toothless

'Suburbicon' Review: George Clooney's Satire Goes From Righteous to Toothless
This scattershot satire of the dark underbelly of 1950s suburbia feels like a movie the Coen brothers forgot to make. It is their script, which means the laughs still have bite. And the director is George Clooney, who's previously worked as an actor with the Coens, sometimes smashingly (O Brother Where Are Thou, Burn After Reading), sometimes not (Intolerable Cruelty). But the star, staying behind the camera here, lacks the instinct to go for the jugular the way the material demands. Clooney and his producing partner Grant Heslov updated the
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George Clooney George Clooney Recipient Of 46th AFI Life Achievement Award

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that actor, director, writer and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its sixth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Audi and Vizio return as Official Sponsors of the event.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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New Suburbicon Trailer: Matt Damon Sinks Into George Clooney's Dark Suburbia

New Suburbicon Trailer: Matt Damon Sinks Into George Clooney's Dark Suburbia
After the first Suburbicon trailer debuted last month, showcasing a blood-soaked Matt Damon, fans don't have to wait long for even more footage. An international trailer has surfaced today that shows how Gardner Lodge's life in a quiet and peaceful suburb is starting to slip away after a harrowing home invasion results in the death of his wife. As we can see here, all of Gardner's colleagues and friends extend practically identical sympathetic gestures towards him in this time of grieving.

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns. The perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices.
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22 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Wonderstruck’ to ‘Mudbound’

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22 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Wonderstruck’ to ‘Mudbound’
All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. Next up: contenders who will rule the awards season, well into next year.

“mother!” (September 15)

The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem
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‘Suburbicon’ First Trailer: George Clooney and the Coen Brothers Tell A Very Bloody 1950s Tale

‘Suburbicon’ First Trailer: George Clooney and the Coen Brothers Tell A Very Bloody 1950s Tale
George Clooney’s underwhelming last directorial effort “The Monuments Men” skipped awards season altogether in 2014, but that won’t be the case for the upcoming “Suburbicon.” The dark 1950s drama is heading for the festival circuit with screenings at Venice and Tiff, meaning Paramount has big awards plans for the movie.

Read More‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender

Suburbicon” is written by the Coen Brothers, marking a reunion of sorts between the duo and Clooney after “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “Hail, Caesar!” The Coen’s originally wrote the movie to direct themselves and eyed Clooney to star, but the actor eventually convinced the pair to let him go behind the camera instead. The cast includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac.

The synopsis from Paramount Pictures reads: “‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…
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‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender

‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender
Fall film festival season is right around the corner, and included in today’s Toronto International Film Festival lineup is George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” which marks his sixth directorial effort. The film is written by the Coen Brothers, marking a reunion of sorts after the three worked on “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “Hail, Caesar!” The cast includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

The synopsis from Paramount Pictures reads: “‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal,
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Joel and Ethan Coen Going Televisual for Western Anthology ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Their affinity for the western being evident enough by now, it was only a matter of time before Joel and Ethan Coen returned to that territory they’ve covered so well — rather clearly, at least, in True Grit and No Country for Old Men, and somewhat more abstractly in the likes of Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, and perhaps another picture or two. (Who wants to write the piece that argues for Intolerable Cruelty‘s place within the genre?) But not quite this way: per Variety, the young and ambitious Annapurna Television (Megan Ellison yet again) are partnering with American cinema’s best-respected brother-brother duo for a western miniseries entitled The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Particulars, as you might have guessed, are non-existent, leaving us with general notices: the project will “intertwine six different story lines,” thus explaining why its scope “seemed too challenging to be covered in one feature film.
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Watch: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Filmography Explored in Comprehensive 3-Hour Video Series

In their seventeen feature-length films over the last three-plus decades, there are perhaps no more consistent, distinctive American filmmakers working today than Joel and Ethan Coen. After finishing up similarly comprehensive series on David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, and Paul Thomas Anderson, Cameron Beyl has returned with another multi-part documentary, this time dedicated to the work of the Coen brothers.

“They no doubt would be quick to dismiss this very video series as a frivolous waste of time — an ill-advised attempt to define a filmography that actively defies interpretation,” begins Beyl. Indeed, much of the fascination with the Coens has to do with the seemingly effortless way they are able to layer their films; virtually all of them able to work as a piece of entertainment on first viewing, only to reveal themselves as much deeper on many deserved repeating watches.

Briefly kicking off with their pre-Blood Simple days, Beyl
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Carrie Fisher Dies at 60

Following complications from a heart attack this past Friday, Carrie Fisher passed away this morning at the age of 60, her family confirmed. Best known as her iconic role in the Star Wars franchise as Princess Leia Organa, Fisher leaves behind her mother Debbie Reynolds and daughter Billie Lourd.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” family spokesman Simon Halls tells People. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

The actress — also known for debut role in Shampoo before she made A New Hope, as well as Hannah and Her Sisters, The Blues Brothers, The ‘Burbs, and many more — was also an accomplished writer. Including her book and subsequent screenplay Postcards from the Edge, she had a low-profile career as a script doctor,
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Collateral Beauty review

Will Smith ends the year with a real stinker. Here's our look at Collateral Beauty...

“What is the why?”, asks Will Smith's high-flying advertising executive Howard at the start of Collateral Beauty, a kind of modernised spin on the supernatural redemption story of A Christmas Carol. The dialogue is not great, but you do find yourself asking 'why?' a lot during the film that follows. Sadly, it's not something that anyone involved in making the film seems able to answer.

The film opens with this character establishing moment before skipping forward three years in time to find Howard considerably more withdrawn from the world. His six-year-old daughter has tragically passed away and his company is suffering as a result of his days spent building elaborate domino set-ups in his office instead of engaging with clients.

His partner Whit (Edward Norton) and colleagues Claire (Kate Winslet) and Simon (Michael Peña
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Contest: Win Hail, Caesar! Prize Pack

George Clooney and the Coen brothers look to have wrapped up their unofficial American Idiot trilogy with the release of Burn After Reading in 2008, but low and behold, when Joel and Ethan Coen came knocking seven years later, Clooney answered the call to headline Hail, Caesar! as dim-witted Hollywood superstar, Baird Whitlock.

Set against the movie industry’s Golden Age, the Coen’s period dramedy centered on Josh Brolin’s studio fixer, who is tasked with locating the kidnapped Whitlock or risk paying an exorbitant ransom. Alden Ehrenreich – your new Han Solo – Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson and Frances McDormand also star.

Now that Hail, Caesar! is fast approaching a release across home video, We Got This Covered has a prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. Bundling together that aforementioned American Idiot trilogy, the grand prize includes Blu-rays of Burn After Reading, Intolerable Cruelty and O Brother,
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Theron, Oyelowo Set For Edgerton's Next Film

Following his acclaimed 2008 thriller "The Square," stuntman turned actor and filmmaker Nash Edgerton has begun shooting his currently untitled second feature (previously called "American Express") for Amazon Studios.

Edgerton has enlisted an impressive cast including Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton and his brother Joel Edgerton for the dark kidnap comedy-drama which is filming in Chicago and Mexico City.

The dark kidnap comedy-drama is co-written by Matthew Stone ("Intolerable Cruelty") and Anthony Tambakis ("Warrior"), but plot details are currently under wraps.

Source: The Australian
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Ellar Coltrane & More Board Obama Movie; Nash Edgerton’s Next Feature Expands Cast

There were many conversations surrounding Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, most of them bad, and among the more interesting concerned its star, Ellar Coltrane — one of the “what now?” variety. (This interested me so much, in fact, that I asked him about it during an interview in the summer of 2014.) It didn’t take long to get an answer: in September of last year, he signed for James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, putting him in a co-starring position with Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and John Boyega. And now there’s an update from Variety: the actor’s joined Barry, an Obama biopic-of-sorts concerning the future President’s time at Columbia University in 1981.

They share no details about who Coltrane’s playing, though it’s at least known that Devon Terrell (of Steve McQueen’s unsuccessful HBO pilot Codes of Conduct) will step into the main role; Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, M. Night Shyamalan
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Directors' Trademarks: The Coen Brothers

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, with the release of Hail, Caesar!, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Joel and Ethan Coen as director.

Joel and Ethan Coen, known collectively as the Coen brothers, are a filmmaking duo who have been active making feature films since the 1980’s. Together they share many production-related roles on their films, including writing, directing, editing, and producing. Although they are typically both equal contributors in many of these roles, they often trade off as lead billing. For editor, they typically use the pseudonym “Roderick Jaynes”, and for director Joel was listed on all films up until The Ladykillers even though both of them shared directing responsibilities. On later films, they are both listed as director.

Their first feature film was Blood Simple (1984) which was not a
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Hail, Caesar! review: “Very enjoyable, beautifully shot, and well performed.”

Hail Caesar review: The Coen Brothers bring to the screen their love letter to the studio films of the 1950s.

Hail Caesar review by Luke Ryan Baldock. The Coen brothers Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are two of the finest filmmakers ever. They have produced classics throughout their career cementing them as genuine talent. However, every now and again they like to dabble in farcical screwball comedies that always meet a mixed response. Their misguided remake of the classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers left many feeling a bit dry, Intolerable Cruelty had its fans and haters (I’m one of the former), and Burn After Reading once again split critics. It’s great to see that The Coen’s never give up on something they obviously feel passionate about, and also that they won’t be bullied into a corner of making the same type of film over and over again.
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Criterion’s May 2016 Line-Up, Themes of ‘Hail, Caesar!,’ Lars von Trier Announces Next Film, and More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

They Shoot Pictures Don’t They‘s 1,000 Greatest Films has been updated for 2016 with Y tu mamá también, Limite, Rope, Twenty Years Later, and My Own Private Idaho being the highest climbers.

The Criterion Collection’s May 2016 line-up has been unveiled (click covers for more):

The Lobster has switched hands from Alchemy to A24, THR reports. There’s no word yet on a new release date.

Our own Forrest Cardemenis on the dark side of the dream factory as it relates to Hail, Caesar! and the Coens‘ self-critical genre movies at Bk Mag:

Whatever else the Coen Brothers may be—a somewhat cagey, idiosyncratic pair; independent filmmakers
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Updated: 'Deadpool' Targets #1 Opening Over 'How to Be Single' & 'Zoolander 2'

Updated: 'Deadpool' Targets #1 Opening Over 'How to Be Single' & 'Zoolander 2'
It's President's Day weekend, and last year it was the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey dominating all things box office with a record-smashing $85.1 million opening that bumped up to $93 million for the four-day. This weekend brings a different kind of R-rated heat to the box office in the form of the superhero feature Deadpool, which won't likely top Fifty Shades' record, but that doesn't mean it isn't looking to perform in a big way. Additional new releases include the romantic comedy How to be Single and the fifteen-years later sequel, Zoolander 2, both of which will battle for a distant second. Arriving in a big way this weekend, Fox's Deadpool will hit 3,558 theaters with its sights set on settling among the top ranks of R-rated comic book adaptation opening weekends. The list is currently topped by 2007's 300 with $70.8 million, followed by 2009's Watchmen with $55.2 million. The film is looking at
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Hail, Caesar! is Coens' biggest Us box-office bomb since Intolerable Cruelty

Acclaimed follow-up to Inside Llewyn Davis takes just $11.4m on opening – the Coen brothers’ lowest ever debut for a film on wide release

Its cast includes George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Critics have called it a brilliant paean to Hollywood’s golden age. But the Coen brothers’ new period comedy, Hail, Caesar!, has bombed at the Us box office, with the lowest opening haul of any major release in the Oscar-winning duo’s career.

Up against the continuing might of animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3, as well as fellow debutants including romantic drama The Choice and horror-comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 50s-set tale of a major film star gone missing scored just $11.4m (£7.9m) to open in second place. The Coen brothers’ previous lowest bow for a film in wide release – usually estimated at around 2,000 cinemas – was
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Box Office: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes Top Spot Again; 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Hits $2 Billion Worldwide

This weekend, a new movie from the Coen Brothers, another Nicholas Sparks adaptation, and a high concept zombie movie all arrived but none of them could knock out an animated panda from the top spot at the box office. "Kung Fu Panda 3" stayed at the top of the box office for the second straight week, with 20th Century Fox's sequel adding $21 million to the balance sheet, keeping it ahead of the competition which didn't have much of a fighting chance. The film coming in with arguably the biggest push behind it was the Coens' "Hail, Caesar!" and yet, despite a huge ensemble of A-list talent, the picture only earned $11.4 million. The directors have only had six films in their career open in wide release, but this ranks near the bottom with 2003's "Intolerable Cruelty" besting it. With a $22 million price-tag, the film will likely wind up perhaps turning a small profit,
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