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Big Little Lies: 10 Questions Season 2 Needs to Answer

Big Little Lies is a powerful HBO series that has dazzled fans in just 7 episodes. We couldn't help but fall in love with Reese Witherspoon's Madeline and her "bulldog" approach. We instantly adored Shailene Woodley as Jane and rooted for her character's redemption since the beginning. Our hearts broke for Nicole Kidman's Celeste who, unfortunately, all too many women could relate to. We even grew to love Laura Dern's misunderstood role as Renata Klein, eye-patch and all!

Related: Big Little Lies Season 2 Trailer: Meryl Streep Wants the Truth

Our favorite ladies, who will be known to the town on the Pacific coast as the Monterey 5 in Season 2, have a lot of secrets to withhold in the next season and we can't wait for all of our burning questions to finally be revealed. Here are some of the key questions fans are itching for answers to.
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Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit Now Available on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand

The action/comedy film, Cold Pursuit hass arrived on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand. Liam Neeson is back to his roots… hunting down those who have wronged him and his family! Follow the carnage in this “cool” revenge flick!

Academy Award® nominee and mega-action hero Liam Neeson stars as a father in search of answers after his son is mysteriously murdered in Cold Pursuit, now available on Digital and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand from Lionsgate. Based on his 2014 Norwegian film, Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance), director Hans Petter Moland delivers thrills and chills in what critics call “an excellent film”, written for the screen by Frank Baldwin. The edge-of-your-seat thriller also stars Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express
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Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes

  • Deadline
Mila Kunis, Awkwafina, Regina Hall, Samira Wiley Among Cast Joining Allison Janney In Tate Taylor’s All-Star ‘Breaking News In Yuba County’ — Cannes
Exclusive: Tate Taylor (The Help) has gathered an all-star cast for his upcoming comedy-drama Breaking News In Yuba County, including Allison Janney, Mila Kunis (Bad Moms), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Samira Wiley (Orange Is The New Black).

Bridget Everett (Patti Cake$), Jimmi Simpson (Date Night) and Keong Sim (Dead To Me) will also star while Oscar-nominee Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County), Golden Globe nominee Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom) and Emmy-winner Wanda Sykes (Bad Moms) are in advanced negotiations to join. Like Taylor’s Oscar-nominated box office hit The Help, this is a cast packed with girl power. Additional names are also expected to join the impressive ensemble.

Shoot is due to get underway in Mississippi next month. Laura Dern was previously aboard but had to drop off for scheduling reasons. Script comes from Amanda Idoko.

Recent Oscar-winner Janney will portray a pencil pusher
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Laura Dern on acting, justice, and Trial By Fire: “I’m very invested in the truth”

  • The AV Club
The name Laura Dern needs no introduction—at least, we hope it doesn’t. A driving force in the acting profession, both on screen and behind the scenes as a member of the Oscars Board Of Governors, Dern was born into a famous Hollywood family, and has been a working actress since her early teens. In the years since,…
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‘The Souvenir’ Is the Top Specialized Opener as Business Remains Soft

‘The Souvenir’ Is the Top Specialized Opener as Business Remains Soft
As the Cannes Film Festival presents prospects for the next year of specialized releases, distributors at home are praying for better fortunes ahead: For titles in their third week or beyond, the best gross is under $250,000 for “The White Crow.” Ongoing releases traditionally form the bulk of art-house business, and that’s likely the lowest-ever best gross for a film in its third week.

Within this context, a decent opening — $20,000 in four top theaters — for Joanna Hogg’s highly praised “The Souvenir” is positive news. It’s good enough to serve as the basis for much wider play, but doesn’t suggest a strong prognosis for the business.

Meanwhile, documentaries continue to provide specialized releasing whatever good news there is: “The Biggest Little Farm” showed continued growth in its second weekend.

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The Souvenir (A24) – Metacritic: 94; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin 2019

$85,851 in 4 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $21,463

With “The Souvenir,
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‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office

‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office is still in the doldrums as summer approaches, save for some breakouts. Showing some zest this weekend was Sundance’s The Souvenir from filmmaker Joanna Hogg, taking the weekend’s highest per theater average at $21,463. The A24 title starring newcomer Honor Swinton Byrne as well as her real-life mother Tilda Swinton (who plays her mother in the feature) and Tom Burke grossed $85,851 in four theaters.

“The film played to younger and older audiences in both markets this weekend with critics championing Honor Swinton Byrne’s heartbreaking and star-making performance in an expertly crafted romantic drama as one of the best of the year,” touted A24 Sunday.

How the film continues in the box office remains to be seen, but there’s already a sequel on the docket. “It’s a sign of confidence from investors in the project,” said The Souvenir producer Luke Schiller earlier this week.
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Laura Dern Discusses 'Trial By Fire,' Restrictive Abortion Laws and the True-Crime Trend

Laura Dern Discusses 'Trial By Fire,' Restrictive Abortion Laws and the True-Crime Trend
From her roles in Big Little Lies to The Tale to Star Wars, Laura Dern has recently been on a tear of playing women with complex moral compasses. Her role in her latest film, Trial By Fire, is something of a departure from these flawed individuals: In Ed Zwick's adaptation of a 2009, nonfiction New Yorker story, Dern plays Elizabeth Gilbert, the Texas playwright and single mother-turned-tireless advocate for the innocence of a Death Row inmate as new evidence comes to light and his execution date nears. In other words: a total hero, full stop.

It was a tricky part for Dern, who signed on ...
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Swinton Squared In ‘The Souvenir’; Laura Dern Vs. Death Penalty In ‘Trial By Fire’ – Specialty Box Office Preview

Swinton Squared In ‘The Souvenir’; Laura Dern Vs. Death Penalty In ‘Trial By Fire’ – Specialty Box Office Preview
Tilda Swinton and daughter Honor Swinton Byrne play mother and daughter in writer-director Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, which took the World Cinema – Dramatic prize at the Sundance Film Festival, where it debuted in January. In fact, the filmmaking team already is readying their follow-up even as the first installment heads to several theaters this weekend via A24. Roadside Attractions took rights to Telluride premiere Trial by Fire last fall. Starring Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell, the title takes on the death penalty, based on a true story. Amazon Studios is heading out with Sundance debut Photograph by Ritesh Batra in over a half-dozen markets, while Magnolia Pictures is going day-and-date with sci-fi title Aniara, which it acquired out of last year’s Toronto. Samuel Goldwyn Films is “counterprogramming” the early-summer blockbuster season with All Creatures Here Below starring Karen Gillan and David Dastmalchian.

Other limited releases this weekend
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Jack O’Connell on ‘Trial by Fire’, Working with Laura Dern, and Filming the Execution Scene

From director Edward Zwick and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, the indie drama Trial by Fire tells the true-life story of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell), a poor, uneducated man with a violent streak and a criminal record who found himself on death row in Texas in 1992, after being convicted of the arson-related homicide of his three young children. While in prison, he unexpectedly finds an ally in Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern), who realizes that his sentence was a result of questionable methods and inaccurate conclusions, and sets out to attempt to save him before his execution. During …
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Video Exclusive: Jack O’Connell & Laura Dern On ‘Trial By Fire,’ Capital Punishment

Jack O’Connell and Oscar nominee Laura Dern‘s drama film Trial by Fire that is based on a true story and that deals with the complicated issue of capital punishment. The pair talked to uInterview Founder Erik Meers exclusively about the film and their characters. O’Connell, who previously starred in the British drama series Skins and in films like Unbroken, plays a real-life […]

The post Video Exclusive: Jack O’Connell & Laura Dern On ‘Trial By Fire,’ Capital Punishment appeared first on uInterview.
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Movie Review – Trial by Fire (2019)

Trial by Fire, 2019.

Directed by Edward Zwick

Starring Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade, Jade Pettyjohn, Rhoda Griffis, Blair Bomar, McKinley Belcher III, Catherine Carlen, Noah Lomax, Whitney Goin, Anthony Reynolds, Blake Lewis, Jeff Perry, Chris Coy, Wayne Pére, and Carlos Gómez

Synopsis:

The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

Trial by Fire makes a strong argument that while Cameron Todd Willingham was an abuser and mentally unstable, he did not murder his own three babies in an arson-related incident involving the family home. Subsequently, the state of Texas murdered an innocent man via the death penalty, ignoring this new evidence from a specialty doctor making use of emerging ideas and technology to get to the bottom of what really happened on that tragic night.
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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'A Dog's Journey, 'John Wick 3' and More

Viewers can get kick-ass action, rushed romance and a side of canine reincarnation with this weekend's big titles.

The third John Wick movie, The Sun Is Also a Star and A Dog's Journey are some of the larger titles hitting the big screen this weekend, opening in thousands of theaters nationwide.

But if audiences don't find assassin excommunication, doggy buddhism and love appealing, they can also catch Swedish sci-fi flick Aniara, the Laura Dern-led Trial by Fire and more.

From John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum to The Wandering Soap Opera, here's what The Hollywood Reporter's film ...
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Updated Oscar Predictions For May

As Spring begins to rear its head and the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, thoughts of the awards season to come starts bubbling under the surface. We’re currently about a week out from knowing what the year has in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, as it debuts at Cannes, while plenty of studios are beginning to align their presumed show ponies. All this makes it a perfect time to update my predictions and see where the contenders stand right now, here in the middle of May. In a few weeks time, we’ll know more, but this particular moment is prime real estate for a new look at the races. What you’ll see below is an across the board tinkering with Oscar predictions. Chiefly, it’s a reflection of potentially the breakthrough year that Netflix might have. After coming within an eyelash of Best Picture last year,
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Trial By Fire (2018) – Review

Yes, we know that Summer arrived at the multiplex three weeks ago with a certain superhero blockbuster, and the screens are slowly filling with more action franchise entries, raunchy comedies, and feature-length animated flicks. But that doesn’t mean a somber drama has to wait till the “award bait” clutter of the Fall and Winter. Particularly one based on “actual events”, and whose topic is a political “hot button” (the next presidential race is already heating up). This film belongs to a subset of “prison dramas”, stories set in the ole’ “grey-bar hotel” reach back into the silent days and were strong companion pieces to the gangster flicks in the early “talkies” era. That subset would be the “big house’s” final stop: death row. The focus being characters not doing “hard time”, but the “end time”, waiting for the “long walk” and hopefully a last minute call from the governor.
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Review: Trial By Fire

by Chris Feil

The first sign of Trial By Fire’s problems is that its title is a pun, and I welcome any and all puns. It's perhaps not the most sensitive way to approach a film that begins with a house fire that takes the lives of multiple children. Maybe don't do that.

But then again, sensitivity isn’t the film’s strong suit. As directed by Edward Zwick, the film is a not-quite-thoughtful look at a true story of Death Row Texas. Jack O’Connell stars as Cameron Todd Willingham, a man convicted of a home arson that took the lives of his three children despite his claims of innocence. His case is doomed by prejudice and a corrupt system until he meets the correspondence of Laura Dern’s good samaritan Elizabeth Gilbert.
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“Trial By Fire” Has Righteous Anger About Capital Punishment

The death penalty is among the most controversial and debated about laws in American politics, and even worldwide. There are passionate cases made on both sides, arguing for or against capital punishment and the right for the state to take a life. To be sure though, there’s hypocrisy as well, especially when you look at how conservative lawmakers view capital punishment/the death penalty in relation to their feelings on abortion/a woman’s right to choose. Moreover, the rush to judgment in some cases is as infuriating as anything else in the matter. The righteous indignation over that fuels the new film Trial by Fire, opening this week. This film is a true life drama/biopic, centering on the controversial and ultimately tragic case of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell). When the home he lives in with his wife Stacy Willingham (Emily Meade) burns down, killing their three young daughters,
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Laura Dern & Will Ferrell Embezzle Money From A Fruitcake Maker In New Film From Max Winkler

Laura Dern and Will Ferrell are like peanut butter and chocolate. Two great things on their own, but when combined are likely to elevate both to next levels. And thankfully, filmmaker Max Winkler is going to make the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of movies, “Fruitcake.”

If that description was confusing, basically, Deadline is reporting that Max Winkler has signed on to direct a new film titled “Fruitcake,” which will star Dern and Ferrell, who play a married couple that embezzles $17 million from the world’s most renowned fruitcake proprietor.

Continue reading Laura Dern & Will Ferrell Embezzle Money From A Fruitcake Maker In New Film From Max Winkler at The Playlist.
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Exclusive: Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell and Edward Zwick on ‘Trial By Fire’

  • HeyUGuys
Trial By Fire, the gripping new film from Oscar-winner Edward Zwick, is based on the true story of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell) a Texan man on death row who forms an unlikely friendship with Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern) a playwright who visits him.

The film had its World Premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 2018 and is released in Us cinemas this Friday 17th May. Ahead of its Us theatrical release, James Kleinmann spoke to stars Laura Dern and Jack O’Connell as well as the film’s director and producer Edward Zwick exclusively for HeyUGuys.

Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern in Trial by Fire

Before getting on to Trial By Fire, James praised Laura Dern for her British accent in her most recent film release Jt LeRoy and the conversation begins with Laura explaining to her Trial By Fire co-star that her British accent wasn’t
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Film Review: ‘Trial by Fire’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Trial by Fire’
Cameron Todd Willingham burned his three daughters alive, at least according to the state of Texas, which sentenced him to death in 1992. In the decades since, Willingham’s trial has been relitigated in the court of public opinion by the New Yorker, whose evisceration of testimony by arson experts gives “Trial by Fire” its title. The case has also become a cause célèbre for justice advocates sifting through convictions to find a case where the American government executed an innocent man — Willingham was put to death in 2004 — a travesty they would take all the way to the Supreme Court.

Edward Zwick’s take on the tragedy is a linear biopic, a film more comfortable with time stamps than in burning down the judicial system. “Trial by Fire” opens two days before Christmas in Corsicana, Texas, as 23-year-old Willingham (Jack O’Connell) flees his flaming house, barefoot, shirtless and screaming for
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Laura Dern, Will Ferrell Team For Max Winkler-Directed ‘Fruitcake’ – Cannes

  • Deadline
Laura Dern, Will Ferrell Team For Max Winkler-Directed ‘Fruitcake’ – Cannes
Exclusive: Laura Dern and Will Ferrell will star in Fruitcake, a film that Max Winkler will direct from a script by Trey Selman. Eclipse Pictures is set to finance.

Fruitcake is the true story of Sandy and Kay Jenkins, a seemingly upstanding middle-class couple, who achieved the American dream after Sandy used his job as an accountant to embezzle $17 million from Collin Street Bakery, the world-famous fruitcake company based in Corsicana, Texas. Ferrell will play Sandy and Dern will play Kay.

Jordan Horowitz, Dern and her producing partner Jayme Lemons will produce along with Adam Kolbrenner and Red Sanders. Eclipse’s Benedict Carver and Daniel Diamond will executive produce, together with Collin Street president and CEO Bob McNutt.

“Trey’s writing is original and dynamic and unlike any I’ve read before,” said Winkler, “and I’m deeply excited to help tell this story along with two of my favorite actors working today.
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