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'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut

'Darkest Hour' lights up UK box office with £4m debut
Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of top five.

Source: Universal Pictures

Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £4.04m £4.04m 1 2 Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Sony) £2.5m £29.9m 4 3 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox) £2.16m £2.35m 1 4 The Greatest Showman (Fox) £2.14m £13.53m 3 5 Coco (Disney) £1.88m £1.88m P*

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.38. *P = previews.

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Gary Oldman-starring Churchill biopic Darkest Hour opened to a strong £4.04m from its 607 locations this weekend. Universal’s awards contender posted a hefty screen average of £6,656.

The debut is comfortably director Joe Wright’s best UK opening, far ahead of Pan (2015) on £2.74m and Pride & Prejudice (2005) on £2.53m. Pride & Prejudice remains his best total on £14.57m, ahead of Atonement (2007) on £12.4m, and Darkest Hour will be looking to surpass those figures, particularly as the film continues to attract awards buzz. Gary Oldman starrer
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From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar
There’s more than a few good men lining up for Supporting Actor recognition at this year’s Oscars, and they all won’t make the cut. Here’s a roundup of who’s likely to land a nomination slot, as well as a few worthy dark-horse contenders.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson

From Venice to Toronto to the Hollywood Foreign Press, “Three Billboards from Ebbing, Missouri” has been wowing audiences and critics. Actually, if the Screen Actors Guild is any indication, the Ozark-set dramedy may score three acting Oscar contenders — Golden Globe winners Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, as well as Woody Harrelson. It’s a rare sign of strength.

The veteran character actors starred together in McDonagh’s raucous comedy “Seven Psychopaths.” This time out, uncharacteristically, two-time Oscar nominee Harrelson (“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger”) is the straight man of the piece as empathetic cancer-ridden Sheriff Willoughby,
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From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar

From Sam Rockwell to Patrick Stewart: Ranking Contenders for Best Supporting Actor Oscar
There’s more than a few good men lining up for Supporting Actor recognition at this year’s Oscars, and they all won’t make the cut. Here’s a roundup of who’s likely to land a nomination slot, as well as a few worthy dark-horse contenders.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson

From Venice to Toronto to the Hollywood Foreign Press, “Three Billboards from Ebbing, Missouri” has been wowing audiences and critics. Actually, if the Screen Actors Guild is any indication, the Ozark-set dramedy may score three acting Oscar contenders — Golden Globe winners Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, as well as Woody Harrelson. It’s a rare sign of strength.

The veteran character actors starred together in McDonagh’s raucous comedy “Seven Psychopaths.” This time out, uncharacteristically, two-time Oscar nominee Harrelson (“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger”) is the straight man of the piece as empathetic cancer-ridden Sheriff Willoughby,
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri review

Meet one of the front-runners for this year's big awards: it's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...

Writer-director Martin McDonagh has admitted himself that his second film, Seven Psychopaths, was a step down from his superb movie debut, In Bruges. He’s also confessed that he very much bore that it mind when putting the long-gestating Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri together. It arrives now in the UK with award nominations and gongs already being thrust at it.

It’s hard to argue with that, too.

The setup sees the astonishing Frances McDormand’s Mildred, in a desperate situation. Her daughter was lost months earlier to a violent sexual attack, and despite the best efforts of the local police chief, Woody Harrelson’s Chief Willoughby, there’s been no progress in finding her killer. Thus, she takes matters into her own hands. She pays to hire three derelict billboards on the drive into town,
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Playback: Martin McDonagh on ‘Three Billboards’ and an Attraction to Dark Humor

Playback: Martin McDonagh on ‘Three Billboards’ and an Attraction to Dark Humor
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films.

Martin McDonagh is riding a wave this week after his film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” cleaned up at the Golden Globes (four awards including best picture) and snapped up an impressive nine BAFTA nominations. It’s become one of the most popular films of the Oscar season, and it’s one right in line with McDonagh’s breed of dark humor, which he flexed on previous features “In Bruges” and “Seven Psychopaths,” as well as his Oscar-winning short film “Six Shooter,” not to mention his work for the stage.

Listen to this week’s episode of “Playback” below. New episodes air every Thursday.

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“I was kind of a punk rock kid,” McDonagh says when trying to trace his attraction to dark comedy. “I guess most
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Exclusive: Director Martin McDonagh on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Author: Stefan Pape

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the Golden Globes this week, and we had the pleasure of meeting the man who thought the whole thing up, speaking to writer/director Martin McDonagh when in London during the capital’s annual film festival.

McDonagh, whose previous films are In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, tells us what inspired this unique, original story, and how he went about securing an unfathomable redemption tale for one of the film’s leading roles.

He also goes to explain why Sam Rockwell listened to Abba in the movie, and what attracts him to working with the same actors on numerous occasions. Talking of which he tells us that he’s trying to get Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson back together, and that he also has an idea to bring Christopher Walken and Rockwell together on screen.

We also ask
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Martin McDonagh interview: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Brendon Connelly Jan 11, 2018

In Bruges director Martin McDonagh chats to us about his new film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...

After securely establishing his credentials in the theatre, Martin McDonagh became an insta-cult film director with the unforgettable, much-loved In Bruges. He's only now just releasing his third feature film in almost a decade, but Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri delivers generously on McDonagh's immediate promise as a writer for screen as well as stage.

We spoke on the telephone last year, about this film, about what McDonagh plans to do next, and also about the lessons McDonagh learned from Seven Psychopaths.

One of the things that interested me most about this film is what it says about language. The first weapon we see wielded is words, then there's a lot of discussion of what we 'can' and 'can't' say, and the characters definitely use language in a weaponised way.
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Sam Rockwell Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor

Sam Rockwell Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell claimed the second statuette at tonight’s Golden Globes Awards: Best Supporting Actor. “Every actors know to say great words is a blessing, and these are such beautiful words,” he said in his playful speech, acknowledging the film’s writer-director, Martin McDonagh, whom he previously worked with in “Seven Psychopaths.” “You’re such an actor-friendly director. Thanks for not being a dick.” Rockwell also called co-star Frances McDormand both “a badass” and “a force of nature,” also conceding that he might need to some Imodium to get through his acceptance.

Read More: 2018 Golden Globes: Film Stars Hit the Red Carpet, Including Meryl Streep and Daniel Kaluuya

This is Rockwell’s first Globe win and nomination, earned for playing police officer Jason Dixon. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is nominated for five additional honors this evening: Best Original Score (Carter Burwell), Best Screenplay (McDonagh), Best Actress — Drama (McDormand), Best
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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ Review

Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry-Jones, Abbie Cornish | Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh

A series of sombre, foggy opening shots seems to denote a different Martin McDonagh, formerly best-known for the foul-mouthed black comedy In Bruges and the Tarantino-like Seven Psychopaths. But once the characters open their mouths – once bereaved Mildred (Frances McDormand) lists the curse words not permitted on the three billboards she intends to rent out – it’s clear that this isn’t going to be a quiet, contemplative study on the nature of grief.

Mildred lives on the outskirts of the titular town: a small outpost with none of the rural romanticism we associate with the American South (it looks more like a Welsh mining town). Mildred’s daughter, we learn, was raped and murdered, and the culprits were never caught. So she sets up the billboards – which ask why justice was never
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Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell On Building ‘Three Billboards’ – The Contenders Video

Martin McDonagh & Sam Rockwell On Building ‘Three Billboards’ – The Contenders Video
To date, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has struck a chord during awards season, earning five Golden Globe nominations including Best Drama and five SAG Awards including best ensemble, the org’s top prize. While McDonagh delivered a zany comedy five years ago in the crime-action title Seven Psychopaths, he zeroes in on a serious drama involving a grieving single mother’s anger against an arguably corrupt police department which has failed to…
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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Despite not getting its full UK release until January, a constant buzz has been building around Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for almost a year. The rave reviews from the London and Toronto film festivals have heralded its arrival for a variety of reasons.

That trailer, featuring a most foul-mouthed Frances McDormand as grieving mother out for justice Mildred Hayes, announced that the film was out to shock, while devoted fans of In Bruges and the less acclaimed but no less memorable Seven Psychopaths hungrily awaited the return of director Martin McDonagh. After seeing both return to action, it’s good to see a film live up to the hype.

The story goes that after months of zero progress in the investigation of the brutal murder of her daughter, Mildred seeks to force local police chief Willoughby’s (Woody Harrelson) hand by calling him out via three advertising boards stationed
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‘Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri’ Production Team Builds a Sense of Place

‘Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri’ Production Team Builds a Sense of Place
A lot of tiny details went into creating the fictional town in “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri.” Among them: the bumper stickers of the local high school basketball team, rental VHS tapes from the local video store and a traditional town seal that appears on official documents.

Writer-director Martin McDonagh’s latest psycho-dramedy was shot mostly in Sylva, N.C., but thanks to the work of production designer Inbal Weinberg (“Beasts of No Nation,” “Frozen River”) and cinematographer Ben Davis (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths”), it has none of the trappings of a fictional place.

“The bones of the town were already evident in the locations we found,” says Weinberg, “but it was our challenge to unify those disparate elements and make them feel cohesive.”

As McDonagh leans heavily on his meaty characters, so he did with Ebbing, morphing it into a character of its own — “a place that’s a little stuck in
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5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri5 reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriAdriana Floridia11/29/2017 11:46:00 Am

The winner of this year's People's Choice Award at Tiff, and a timely tale in the age of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a must-see this year.

The film stars Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, the mother of a teenage girl who was brutally raped and murdered seven months ago. Furious that the local police department seems to have forgotten about the case, which was never solved, Mildred rents three billboards on a rural road calling out the Sheriff for not doing enough for her daughter's case. This causes a stir in their small town, and re-opens the case.

Here are our five reasons to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri:

Martin McDonagh knows dark comedy

From the director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths,
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Review

Frances McDormand gives her best performance since Fargo over two decades ago in Three Billboards Outside Ebbibg, Missouri which, despite its cumbersome title, is one of the best films of 2017. She plays Mildred Hayes, a middle-aged divorcee who, out of grief and frustration, rents three dilapidated billboards outside the sleepy burg of Ebbing, Missouri (look it up – it’s one town over from Blaine) and has them decked with incriminating messages; “Raped While Dying”,“And Still No Arrests”, and “How Come, Chief Willoughby?” Mildred is basically declaring war on Ebbing’s Police Chief, William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), but the locals are incensed at her, mostly because the Chief is not only widely beloved, but he’s also dying of pancreatic cancer. Mildred doesn’t care what her neighbors think or of Willoughby’s fine character and impending death. She’s just angry because several months have passed and not enough
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'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the "Rage of a Guy With a Napoleonic Complex"

'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the
For director Martin McDonagh, Sam Rockwell has played a curious hotel clerk (2010's Broadway play A Behanding in Spokane) and a dog kidnapper (2012's Seven Psychopaths), but it's with their third collaboration, Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, that the actor really digs his teeth in to portray Jason Dixon, a hotheaded, racist cop from a fictional Midwestern town who goes up against Frances McDormand's character, a mom trying to find justice for her murdered daughter. Rockwell, 49, spoke with THR about the film (which won best screenplay in Venice and the top audience prize at the Toronto Film...
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'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the "Rage of a Guy With a Napoleonic Complex"

'Three Billboards' Star Sam Rockwell on Channeling the
For director Martin McDonagh, Sam Rockwell has played a curious hotel clerk (2010's Broadway play A Behanding in Spokane) and a dog kidnapper (2012's Seven Psychopaths), but it's with their third collaboration, Fox Searchlight's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, that the actor really digs his teeth in to portray Jason Dixon, a hotheaded, racist cop from a fictional Midwestern town who goes up against Frances McDormand's character, a mom trying to find justice for her murdered daughter. Rockwell, 49, spoke with THR about the film (which won best screenplay in Venice and the top audience prize at the Toronto Film...
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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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Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Signs of the Times: Inside 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
Martin McDonagh can't recall exactly where he was when he first saw the signs. The 47-year-old award-winning playwright and filmmaker thinks it might have been Florida. Maybe it was Georgia. Or possibly Alabama or even Mississippi; the bus he was on hit all of them on its route, so he can't be 100-percent sure. Back in the late Nineties and the mid-aughts, McDonagh always liked to take cars or trains or buses when he had to get from one place to the next in the U.S., if time allowed; having grown up in London,
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53rd Chicago International Film Festival Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017.

Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.

Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Kerry Condon, Amanda Warren, Zeljko Ivanek, Clarke Peters, and Sandy Martin.

Synopsis:

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Mark Twain once wrote that “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”, which is true and a lesson the residents of the titular town of Ebbing, Missouri will come to realize. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri isn’t like the typical murder mystery where once a case is forced back into the eyes of the public and law enforcement, overlooked clues from
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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash

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‘Three Billboards’ Joins ‘Lady Bird’ as a Female-Centric Specialized Smash
For the second straight weekend, a strongly reviewed new film with a central female character broke through the clutter of this mixed fall season to great success. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight) joined “Lady Bird” (A24) as the best starts among the many top titles vying for attention, and both did so by a wide margin above other films. “Lady Bird” added other top cities and proved its first week was no fluke, showing results unequaled since “La La Land” last year.

The grosses in both cases are early results, but the films look in prime position for both greater success and maximum attention just as the awards jockeying is reaching high gear. And given that both are female-centered, and not historical figure-based like so many other titles, makes them even more vital at the moment.

Opening

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) Metacritic: 86; Festivals include: Venice,
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