Olivia Colman to Be Honored by Palm Springs Festival for ‘The Favourite’

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Olivia Colman to Be Honored by Palm Springs Festival for ‘The Favourite’
The Favourite” star Olivia Colman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The award will be presented by her co-star Emma Stone at the festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival, now in its 30th year, runs from Jan. 3 to Jan. 14.

“In ‘The Favourite’ Olivia Colman steals the show as a frail and aloof Queen Anne, whose attention is being sought by two scheming cousins,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “For this superb performance, that has received much critical acclaim and awards recognition, it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Olivia Colman.”

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron.

Colman has garnered Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations for “The Favourite,
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Olivia Colman to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Award

Olivia Colman to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Award
Olivia Colman, who received Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” has been named the recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2019 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

The award will be presented to Colman at Psiff’s annual Awards Gala, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center during the kickoff to the 12-day festival.

Colman joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the filmmakers and cast of “Green Book.”

Also Read: 'The Favourite' Tops All Films in Critics' Choice Award Nominations

In the twisted 18th-century costume drama “The Favourite,” Colman plays a weak and indecisive Queen Anne, whose favor is being sought by cousins played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. A typically barbed satire from Greek director Lanthimos,
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Emma Watson Bonds with Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig on Set of Little Women

Emma Watson Bonds with Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Greta Gerwig on Set of Little Women
Emma Watson is having the time of her life.

The 28-year-old actress shared a sweet photo of herself and her Little Women costars Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen and director Greta Gerwig on Instagram Thursday.

The group appeared to be inside of the attic in the March family home, where sisters Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth act out scenes from plays that Ronan’s independent Jo has written.

Watson quotes Louisa May Alcott (who wrote the book Little Women) in the caption of her photo, “I could never love anyone as I love my sisters.” – Louisa May Alcott,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Hair, Makeup Artist Gave Substance and Style to Battling Queens

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Jenny Shircore has done the makeup and hair of several queens over the years: Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (she won an Oscar for the former) and Emily Blunt in “The Young Victoria.”

In fact, she had to be convinced to do it again for Saoirse Ronan’s Queen Mary and Margot Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth in Focus Features’ “Mary Queen of Scots,” released Dec. 7, because she felt she had already thoroughly covered the period. It was costume designer Alexandra Byrne, her good friend and collaborator, who told her that this time was going to be different.

“When I first talked to [director] Josie [Rourke] about Margot Robbie, who plays Elizabeth I,” Shircore recalls, “I asked her if she would want her to look like ‘Margot Robbie’ on that screen or if I could change her — change her eyes, her eyebrows, her nose, her lips. She told me
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25 shocking SAG Awards snubs: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Vice’ ensembles, critics picks Ethan Hawke and Regina King

25 shocking SAG Awards snubs: ‘The Favourite’ and ‘Vice’ ensembles, critics picks Ethan Hawke and Regina King
The 2019 SAG Awards nominations went pretty much as we predicted although there were several surprises included on the roster of contenders and even more shocking omissions.”BlacKklansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” defied our odds and earned bids for their ensembles. Conversely, “The Favourite” and “Vice” reaped bids for individual performances but were left out of the ensemble race.

We do know that the SAG voters saw “The Favourite” and “Vice.” The former has all three of its female stars in contention (Olivia Colman in lead and both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in supporting). And the latter was singled out for the star turn by Christian Bale and the featured work of Amy Adams.

Also missing are two individual performances that have won the lion’s share of regional critics awards and are Oscar frontrunners: leading man Ethan Hawke in “First Reformed” and supporting player Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Saoirse Ronan Cites ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ As A “Massive Part” Of Acting Career

Three time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan is the titular character in Mary Queen of Scots, a look at Mary’s stab at securing an alliance with cousin and rival queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The project is the feature filmmaking debut of revered theatre director Josie Rourke.

“I knew a little bit about Mary separately,” said Ronan. [...]

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The Conversation: The Top 20 Theatrical Releases of 2018

It was a strong year for wicked and weird in cinema—if you knew where to look for it. A strong showing of women directors and larger-than-life females made for some exceptional offerings from Sundance through the thick of Oscar campaigning with plentiful opportunities for resistance amongst a wave of films determined to critique, condemn, and capsize the patriarchy.

A shout out to a handful of exceptional wonders who didn’t make my top 20 favorites but still flit fitfully through my mind’s eye, including the exceptional Trine Dyrholm as Nico in Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, the cerebral goading of Alex Garland’s Annihilation, Liu Jian’s noir anime Have a Nice Day, Bruno Dumont’s heavy metal musical Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc, the velvety melancholy of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, and a couple of femme-centric duos—Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny in Lizzie and Margot Robbie
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Santa Barbara Film Fest’s Virtuosos Winners Range From Sam Elliott to Elsie Fisher

Santa Barbara Film Fest’s Virtuosos Winners Range From Sam Elliott to Elsie Fisher
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the winners of its 2019 Virtuosos Award, who range from a 74-year-old actor who has made more than 50 films, Sam Elliott, to a 15-year-old actress who has only appeared onscreen a handful of times, Elsie Fisher.

Elliott will be honored for his performance in Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” while Fisher will receive her award for her starring role in Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.”

Other Sbiff Virtuosos honorees are Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Claire Foy (“First Man”), John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), Thomasin McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”), Steven Yeun (“Burning”) and Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”).

Also Read: AFI's Top 10 List Ranges From 'Black Panther' and 'A Star Is Born' to 'First Reformed' and 'Eighth Grade'

The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Arlington Theatre, during the
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Yalitza Aparicio, Sam Elliott, Elsie Fisher Selected for Santa Barbara Festival Honor

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Yalitza Aparicio, Sam Elliott, Elsie Fisher Selected for Santa Barbara Festival Honor
Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio, Sam Elliott of “A Star Is Born,” and “Eighth Grade” star Elsie Fisher are among the eight actors named by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as its Virtuosos Award recipients.

The festival gives the honor for performances in film that have elevated actors into the national cinematic dialogue.

The group also includes Claire Foy (“First Man”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”), Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (“Leave No Trace”), John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman”), and Steven Yeun (“Burning”).

The award will be presented on Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., as part of the festival’s 34th edition, which will run Jan. 30-Feb. 9.

“From talented teenagers starring in their first feature films to veteran actors shining in career-best performances, this year’s Virtuosos prove that you can have a breakout moment at any point in your career,” said Turner Classic Movies host Dave Karger,
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Sbiff to Honor Yalitza Aparicio, Elsie Fisher, Steven Yeun, and More of 2018’s Biggest Stars

Sbiff to Honor Yalitza Aparicio, Elsie Fisher, Steven Yeun, and More of 2018’s Biggest Stars
The 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its starry list of recipients for the festival’s annual Virtuosos Award, an honor “created to recognize a select group of talent whose noteworthy performances in film have elevated them into the national cinematic dialogue.”

This year’s batch of Virtuosos honorees includes some of 2018’s most buzzed-about stars, from newbies like “Roma” lead Yalitza Aparicio, “Eighth Grade” breakout Elsie Fisher, and “Leave No Trace” star Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, along with rising actors like “First Man” supporting star Claire Foy, “Burning” star Steven Yeun, and “BlacKkKlansman” lead John David Washington. Long-time stars having big years aren’t forgotten either, as both “A Star Is Born” supporting star Sam Elliott and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” sidekick Richard E. Grant are included.

“From talented teenagers starring in their first feature films to veteran actors shining in career-best performances, this year’s Virtuosos
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Mary Queen of Scots | Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn | Premiere Interviews

A Regal period drama with buckets of intrigue came to the capital yesterday evening with the premiere of Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots. Those attending the premiere were Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, James Mcardle, David Tennant, Guy Pearce and director Josie Rourke.

The event was held at the Cineworld Leicester Square and the red carpet was rolled out for the new royal film, adapted by House of CardsBeau Willimon from John Guy’s book ‘Queen of the Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart’.

Ronan talked about her delight and surprise at being offered such a challenging leading role. She spoke of the friendship on set and how much she relied on the Scottish members of the cast and crew. Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie talks about the intimacy between the two lead characters. Jack Lowden opened
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black?
“Mary Queen of Scots” is director Josie Rourke’s historical retelling of one of the most fraught and interesting periods of the Elizabethan era. But how much of it is fact and how much is fiction?

The film, which is written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) and based on a book by John Guy, stars Saoirse Ronan in the titular role as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It also showcases a number of actors of color in prominent roles in both Mary’s and Elizabeth’s courts, including decorated Shakespearean actor Adrian Lester, who is black; he portrays Elizabeth’s ambassador to the Scottish court, Lord Thomas Randolph.

Rourke told TheWrap that colorblind casting a period drama was important to her, because of the many years black and other people of color were left out of such portrayals and films.

Also Read: 'Mary,
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Mary Queen of Scots | Review

Two Queens Stand Before Me: Rourke’s Reticent Recapitulation of a Doomed Queen

Not since Charles Jarrott’s 1971 mounting of the infamous demise of Mary Stuart, which pitted Vanessa Redgrave against Glenda Jackson’s Queen Elizabeth, has such a handsome portrait of the two fated royal leaders been so lavishly constructed as Josie Rourke’s progressive minded debut, Mary Queen of Scots.

A quietly formidable Saoirse Ronan is endlessly watchable as the doomed Scottish queen, locking horns with her more powerful cousin, this time played quite mournfully by a beaked, pock-scarred Margot Robbie. Beau Willimon (who is adept at relaying the fascinatingly ominous escapades natural to the realm of political intrigue as evidenced by his “House of Cards” contributions) adapts from John Guy’s Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart with a cast populated by a dizzying number of notables.…
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How Alexandra Byrne incorporated denim in the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ costumes [Exclusive Video Interview]

How Alexandra Byrne incorporated denim in the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ costumes [Exclusive Video Interview]
Alexandra Byrne is one of the top period costume designers in the world, winning an Oscar for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007). But when she joined “Mary Queen of Scots,” she took an entirely different approach.

“If I’m going to be a purist, [‘Mary’s’ costumes are] totally historically inaccurate,” Byrne said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “But I think the freedom to make those decisions comes from knowing the period sufficiently to know what it should’ve been to make informed decisions to underline the story and what to tell.”

“Mary” chronicles the well-known saga of cousins Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), which ended with the former’s execution under the latter’s orders in 1567. With two queens at the center of the story, Byrne didn’t want the costumes to be of “another queen in another frock.
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25 most outrageous Critics’ Choice Awards snubs: ‘Widows,’ Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep …

25 most outrageous Critics’ Choice Awards snubs: ‘Widows,’ Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep …
There weren’t too many big surprises when the Critics’ Choice Awards announced their 2019 nominations on Monday morning, December 10. After all, with 10 nominees for Best Picture and six (or sometimes seven) nominees for acting and directing, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. casts a wide net and nominated most of the names that have been in the discussion as top Oscar contenders. But there were inevitably awards hopefuls that missed the cut.

For instance, “Widows” was completely absent from the main categories including Best Picture, Best Director (Steve McQueen), and Best Actress (Viola Davis); it did manage an ensemble nomination. “First Reformed” reaped bids only for leading man Ethan Hawke and Paul Schrader for his screenplay but not direction.

See Critics’ Choice Awards 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is just that with 14 nominations but watch out for ‘Black Panther

Even with seven contenders, the Best Actor race could find no room for Golden
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Killer queens: how The Favourite reigns over Mary Queen of Scots

Two new royal dramas both offer feminist reappropriations of history but they exist on opposite ends of the court

There may be no surefire short cut to awards glory, but as strategies go, playing a British monarch has a higher strike rate than most - dating back to 1932, when Charles Laughton scooped the best actor Oscar for The Private Life of Henry VIII. More recently, Judi Dench’s late-blooming film career was rewarded with a slew of awards and an Oscar nomination for her Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown. The next year, she took the gold for an eight-minute turn as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love; that same year, Cate Blanchett narrowly lost the leading prize for playing the same queen in Elizabeth.

Related: Mary Queen of Scots review – Saoirse Ronan rules over political drama
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Leads Limited Openers, ‘Amazing Grace’ Wows New York

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Leads Limited Openers, ‘Amazing Grace’ Wows New York
The studios offered no new films this prime post-Golden Globes nominations weekend, so the specialty companies rushed to take advantage with openers, expansions and re-releases. Three companies with a track record for getting attention during the late year period opened important films.

“Mary, Queen of Scots” (Focus) starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie performed the best by some distance; it should play well with specialty crowds even if it isn’t a well-reviewed awards player. “Vox Lux” (Neon) starring Natalie Portman follows “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” as dramas about troubled performers. While not on the same scale, it also found initial interest. Roadside Attractions’ “Ben Is Black” starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges mustered just enough interest to warrant holiday expansion.

The sleeper this weekend is “Amazing Grace” (Neon), which in an awards qualifying run in New York is sold out its entire week. It will return next year,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Leads Mixed Bag of Indie Box Office Newcomers

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Leads Mixed Bag of Indie Box Office Newcomers
Though there were no wide releases this weekend, the indie box office was very busy, as “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Vox Lux” and “Ben Is Back” made their Los Angeles/New York debuts… and the results are mixed.

Of the three films, the strongest opening went to Focus Features’ “Mary Queen of Scots,” which made $200,000 from its four-screen opening for a $50,000 per screen average. That’s the mark that December specialty films are looking for. While summer indie releases can do well with a $10,000-$30,000 opening average, the December market is far more crowded. An opening of less than $50,000 is likely a sign that the film is going to fizzle out quickly, as arthouse moviegoers go for other more acclaimed films.

But even with this strong start, “Mary Queen of Scots” is not guaranteed to hold on as Christmas draws closer. The film failed to earn any Golden Globe nominations this week,
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Giveaway: Mary Queen Of Scots Prize Pack!

Spencer Mullen Dec 11, 2018

Two lucky winners will each win a prize pack inspired by the Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie-led period drama, Mary Queen of Scots.

Starring Academy Award nominated actors Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots is one of the most buzzed-about films this winter. The film follows the conflict between Queen Mary (Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth (Robbie), and the potential rising of the north in 1569. It also stars Jack Lowden (Dunkirk), Joe Alwyn (The Favourite), David Tennant (Doctor Who), and Guy Pearce (Memento). The film is directed by newcomer Josie Rourke, and had its world premiere on the closing night of AFI Fest.

Click here to enter via our official giveaway page.

In order to celebrate the film's upcoming wide release on Dec. 21, we're giving away a prize package inspired by the movie. This prize package is a must have for fans
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Box Office: ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Narrowly Defeats ‘Grinch’ in Sleepy Pre-Holiday Weekend

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Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.

Another cartooned adventure almost gave “Ralph” a run for its money. Illumination and Universal’s “The Grinch” pocketed $15.2 million in its fifth outing, marking a decline of just 15%. Based on the Dr. Seuss classic holiday tale, “The Grinch” has made $223.5 million in North America and $322.4 million globally.

A series of holdovers rounded out the top five as studios largely sat out the pre-holiday frame. Moviegoing will get a boost next weekend when “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Mule,” and “Mortal Engines” hit theaters. That will kick off a competitive Christmas race as “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Aquaman,” and “Bumblebee” enter the fray the following weekend. “Aquaman” got a head start overseas,
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