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Stx Closing Big Deal For Scott Cooper Psychological Horror ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ With Margaret Qualley

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Stx Closing Big Deal For Scott Cooper Psychological Horror ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ With Margaret Qualley
Exclusive: STXfilms is closing a high seven-figure multi-territory pre-buy for the Scott Cooper-directed psychological horror A Head Full of Ghosts, which will star Margaret Qualley (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

Stx will distribute in the U.S. and UK and, like it did on Gunpowder Milkshake last month, teamed with its output partners in Latin America (Sun), Canada (Elevation) and Benelux (The Searchers) to acquire those markets as well. Partnering up gives the buyers a better chance of fending off the deep-pocketed streamers.

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The film is backed by Cross Creek, Team Downey and The Allegiance Theater. CAA Media Finance repped U.S. rights while Mad River launched foreign sales at the European
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Almost There: Alfre Woodard in "Passion Fish"

Almost There: Alfre Woodard in
by Cláudio Alves

Alfre Woodard is one of the great American actresses of our time. If there were any doubts about that, last year's Clemency must have surely killed them for good. Still, for people obsessed with movie awards, Woodard's mastery might not be obvious. Her sole Academy Award nomination came in 1983 for a film that few remember, Cross Creek. The lack of recognition for that feature doesn't mean it doesn't deserve praise and it certainly doesn't reflect lackluster acting. But we're here to talk about a different performance.

The 1992 drama Passion Fish was up for Actress and Screenplay and it's easy to imagine that a third nomination for Woodard nearly materialized...
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Scott Cooper To Direct Margaret Qualley In ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ For Cross Creek, Team Downey, The Allegiance Theater – Efm

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Scott Cooper To Direct Margaret Qualley In ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ For Cross Creek, Team Downey, The Allegiance Theater – Efm
Exclusive: Scott Cooper is set to direct Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘s Margaret Qualley in the psychological horror A Head Full of Ghosts. The film is backed by Cross Creek, Team Downey and The Allegiance Theater. Cross Creek is financing, with CAA Media Finance representing U.S. rights and Mad River International launching overseas sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Pic is an adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novel, and Cooper is revising the current draft. When 8-year-old Merry’s older sister exhibits signs of an indeterminate and terrifying affliction, the Barrett family slowly tears itself apart. Now, 20 years later, Merry is confronted with her family’s traumatic past when Rachel, a journalist with a similarly haunted past, delves into the case, causing Merry to relive and reconsider the devastating memories of her childhood.

Qualley is also coming off Fosse/Verdon and The Leftovers.
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Oscar spotlight: Alfre Woodard gives the performance of a lifetime in ‘Clemency’

Oscar spotlight: Alfre Woodard gives the performance of a lifetime in ‘Clemency’
Every year there’s one film or performance that I, frankly, will not shut up about because I feel it’s not getting enough recognition. This year, that honor goes to Alfre Woodard for her masterful performance in “Clemency.” The work she does in Chinonye Chukwu’s death penalty drama deserves to be remembered, not just as one of the best of the year but of the recently concluded decade.

In the film, Woodard portrays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden who, as part of her duties, oversees death sentences being carried out. After the twelfth execution she supervises goes horrifically wrong, Bernadine must now turn her attention to the upcoming execution of Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge). While there is a lot of evidence that Anthony might have been wrongly convicted, Bernadine must prepare for the upcoming procedure as her job continues to take a severe toll on her personally.

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‘Clemency’ reviews: Alfre Woodard is ‘exquisite’ as a prison warden with a crisis of conscience

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‘Clemency’ reviews: Alfre Woodard is ‘exquisite’ as a prison warden with a crisis of conscience
Perhaps surprisingly, Christmas week brought us not one, but two films exploring the moral and philosophical implications of the death penalty — ’tis the season? The fact-based “Just Mercy” opened on Christmas Day, and “Clemency” opened two days later on December 27. While “Mercy” focused on criminal justice from the perspective of a defense attorney, “Clemency” focuses on the toll it takes on a prison warden (Alfre Woodard) who oversees death sentences. So what do critics make of this approach to that hot-button subject matter?

See‘Clemency’ video interviews: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge and more exclusive chats [Watch]

As of this writing the film has a MetaCritic score of 74 based on 14 reviews counted thus far: 12 positive, 2 somewhat mixed, but none outright negative. Over on Rotten Tomatoes the score is even higher: 95% fresh based on 55 reviews, only three of which are classified as negative. The Rt critics’ consensus summarizes the reviews by saying, “‘Clemency
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‘Clemency’ Review: Bear Witness to Alfre Woodard

‘Clemency’ Review: Bear Witness to Alfre Woodard
If you want to see what great acting is, watch Alfre Woodard deliver a master class in Clemency. In this shattering second feature from writer-director Chinonye Chukwu (alaskaLand) — which earlier this year made her the first black woman to win the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance — Woodard plays Bernadine Williams, an emotionally restrained prison warden who is about to oversee her twelfth execution by lethal injection. The last one, as Chukwu shows us, damn near wrecked her.

The film opens with the gut-wrenching sight of state-sanctioned murder. The paramedic can’t find a vein.
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‘Clemency’ video interviews: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge and more exclusive chats [Watch]

‘Clemency’ video interviews: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge and more exclusive chats [Watch]
Chinonye Chukwu‘s “Clemency” kicked off its Oscar campaign with a Grand Jury prize win at the Sundance Film Festival. Since then, the Neon release has had strong showings at the Independent Spirits and Gotham Awards. Gold Derby recently conducted video interviews with stars Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge, cinematographer Eric Bronco, film editor Phyllis Housen and composer Kathryn Bostic. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full chat.

See Alfre Woodard movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

Woodard has earned Best Actress bids at the Independent Spirits and Gothams for playing Bernadine Williams, a prison warden whose psyche has been scarred by years of carrying out death row executions. She describes her character as someone who “is exacting. She has to be a person who is able to control her actions as well as her emotions. She is a person who understands the importance of protocol,
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Here Are Some Performances and Films Academy Voters May Have Missed (Column)

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Here Are Some Performances and Films Academy Voters May Have Missed (Column)
The road to the Oscars is full of shoo-ins like Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez. They, and many others, have consistently received nominations and awards as well as recognition from critics groups. But falling through the cracks are plenty of films and individual performances that I hope Academy voters will pay more attention to.

Alfre Woodard in “Clemency

The veteran actor started gaining awards season buzz as soon as the drama premiered at Sundance. Woodard plays a warden grappling with the responsibility of overseeing death row inmates as her marriage is crumbling. “If Woodard is hoping for her overdue second Oscar nomination after 1983’s ‘Cross Creek,’ she’s got a decent shot with this excruciating character arc,” critic Amy Nicholson wrote in her review for Variety.

“Just Mercy”

The story of real-life civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson fighting to free wrongfully convicted death row inmate
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Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’) hopes her film starts ‘a conversation that we need to have as Americans’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

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Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’) hopes her film starts ‘a conversation that we need to have as Americans’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Alfre Woodard is earning rapturous praise and early awards attention for her performance as Bernadine Williams, a death row prison warden in “Clemency.” She recently picked up nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards and Gotham Awards. Woodard has won four Emmy Awards throughout her career and scored one Oscar nomination, for 1983’s “Cross Creek.”

Woodard recently sat down with Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum to discuss the controlled nature of her character, her experience working with co-star Aldis Hodge and how her career was affected by her Oscar nomination. Watch the exclusive web chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEAldis Hodge Interview: ‘Clemency’

Gold Derby: Alfre Woodard, “Clemency,” people will start seeing that very soon. Bernadine, your warden character that you play in this movie is a very tough lady, very composed but very by-the-book. Where does she rank in terms of tough ladies you’ve played in your career?
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Bradley Fischer Tapped As President/Chief Content Officer Of New Republic Pictures

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Bradley Fischer Tapped As President/Chief Content Officer Of New Republic Pictures
Breaking: Bradley Fischer has been tapped as President and Chief Content Officer of Brian Oliver’s Paramount-based New Republic Pictures. Fischer, whose producing credits include Shutter Island, Zodiac, Black Swan, White House Down and Suspiria, will bring his development slate of packaged film and TV projects to the mini-major.

Fischer and Oliver will produce all New Republic film, TV and streaming projects, and Fischer will continue to shepherd his own films that include an adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Long Walk at new Line, and The Last Voyage of the Demeter at Amblin.

Oliver, the former Cross Creek principal who runs New Republic alongside COO Valery An, this year co-financed and produced the Elton John biopic Rocketman, and the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed WWI epic 1917, which has a Royal Premiere this week in Leicester Square, before it opens in limited release on Christmas Day and then wide in January.
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Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far

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Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far
When Alfre Woodard was 22, she drove from Boston to Los Angeles, only stopping in her Tulsa, Okla., hometown. The four-time Emmy winner, now 67, has been acting ever since. Woodard’s career began in theater, despite her inability to sing or dance, with help from late choreographer Lester Wilson. An early play, “So Nice, They Named It Twice,” earned Woodard her first Variety mention on April 21, 1976. Woodard continued with the 1977 off-Broadway breakout role in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Her film debut came in 1978 with “Remember My Name.” Woodard has appeared in over 90 films, her latest as the leading actor of Neon’s “Clemency,” a drama about a death row prison warden.

How did “So Nice” influence your early career?

Rosemary Tischler, the head of casting at The Public Theater, would see me at the Tcg (Theatre Communications Group) and remembered me. I told her,
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Finally another Oscar nomination? Which 10 actors and actresses have waited at least 10 agonizing years?

Finally another Oscar nomination? Which 10 actors and actresses have waited at least 10 agonizing years?
As we close out another decade, it’s going to be a really special year for a few actors and actresses during awards season. During those 10 years, at least 10 performers have waited at least that long just to get back in at the 2020 Oscars (at least in acting categories). Which ones are included in our photo gallery above? Our list only includes the people that currently have better than 100-1 odds in our Academy Awards predictions center.

Almost all of those included below have also been previous Oscar winners, including Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellweger.

SEETop 20 Greatest Living Actors Never Nominated for an Oscar

Alan Alda (“Marriage Story”)

He currently has 78/1 odds for Best Supporting Actor. Alda has waited 15 years since his one and only nomination for “The Aviator.”

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”)

He currently has 5/1 odds for Best Supporting Actor. Hanks has waited
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Alfre Woodard movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Passion Fish,’ ‘Clemency,’ ‘Cross Creek’

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Alfre Woodard movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Passion Fish,’ ‘Clemency,’ ‘Cross Creek’
Happy birthday on November 8 to the great Alfre Woodard, one of the most esteemed actresses of her generation. Woodard first made her mark in theater as a breakthrough performer in the classic “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” in 1977. From there, it was a quick transition to films and television, winning an Emmy in 1983 for her role in the NBC series “Hill Street Blues.” The same year, she earned her only Academy Award nomination (so far) for her touching performance in Martin Ritt‘s “Cross Creek.” As her film career grew, Woodard earned a Golden Globe nomination and was nominated twice for her big-screen work by the Screen Actors Guild.

SEEAlfre Woodard Interview: ‘Clemency’

But it was in television that Woodard make her greatest mark, being nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, winning four. Woodard has also won a Golden Globe Award for television (“Miss Evers’ Boys”) from two nominations,
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Alfre Woodard movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Alfre Woodard movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy birthday on November 8 to the great Alfre Woodard, one of the most esteemed actresses of her generation. Woodard first made her mark in theater as a breakthrough performer in the classic “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf” in 1977. From there, it was a quick transition to films and television, winning an Emmy in 1983 for her role in the NBC series “Hill Street Blues.” The same year, she earned her only Academy Award nomination (so far) for her touching performance in Martin Ritt‘s “Cross Creek.” As her film career grew, Woodard earned a Golden Globe nomination and was nominated twice for her big-screen work by the Screen Actors Guild.

But it was in television that Woodard make her greatest mark, being nominated for 18 Emmy Awards, winning four. Woodard has also won a Golden Globe Award for television (“Miss Evers’ Boys”) from two nominations,
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Newport Beach Film Festival Honors Alfre Woodard, 10 Actors to Watch

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For the second year in a row, Variety will present its 10 Actors to Watch in conjunction with the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Newport Beach. This marks the 21st year Variety has presented 10 Actors to Watch.

The festival will also bestow honors on artists who have made a significant impact in film this year. Talent will be celebrated at a brunch and ceremony held Nov. 3 at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast.

Newport Beach will present Artist of Distinction awards to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Stephanie Beatriz, “Downton Abbey” star Allen Leech, “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch and playwright-thesp Tracy Letts, soon to be seen in “Ford v Ferrari.” Alfre Woodard will receive the Icon Award.

Woodard began her journey on an acting career in high school, the moment she first stepped onto the stage as a junior in Federico García Lorca’s “House of Bernarda Alba.
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Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’) hopes death row drama plays to the malls for mainstream conversation [Exclusive Video Interview]

Alfre Woodard (‘Clemency’) hopes death row drama plays to the malls for mainstream conversation [Exclusive Video Interview]
In the new film “Clemency,” Alfre Woodard plays the weary warden of a prison who has seen too many years and too many executions on death row. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), she describes her character of Bernadine Williams, “She is exacting. She has to be a person who is able to control her actions as well as her emotions. She is a person who understands the importance of protocol, and if you let little bits slip you let the whole thing unravel.”

SEEWhich lead actress is most in need of overdue Oscar attention? Saoirse Ronan, Scarlett Johansson or Alfre Woodard? [Poll]

The movie, directed and written by Chinonye Chukwu, explores the death row experience through the fictional prisoner of Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge). In our chat Woodard hopes the impact of this situation and story leads to many passionate discussions among the people who see the film.
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Emmys ‘In Memoriam’ paid tribute to Tim Conway, Valerie Harper and Doris Day – but who was left out?

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Emmys ‘In Memoriam’ paid tribute to Tim Conway, Valerie Harper and Doris Day – but who was left out?
As alt-pop singer Halsey stirred emotions with her moving rendition of “Time After Time,” the 2019 Emmy Awards that aired on Fox on September 22 paid tribute to the television legends who left us in the last year during the show’s “In Memoriam” segment. They included actors Tim Conway, Valerie Harper, Katherine Helmond, Penny Marshall, Luke Perry, Doris Day and Rip Torn.

Let’s look back at some of the contributions made by these beloved TV icons.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2019: In Memoriam Gallery

Tim Conway died on May 14 at age 85. The comedy legend won six Emmy Awards during his lengthy career, including four for “The Carol Burnett Show,” one for “Coach” and one for “30 Rock.” He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 2002. And he took pride in getting his co-stars on Burnett’s variety show to laugh at his antics and break character.

Legendary singer and
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Emmys 2019: In Memoriam to honor Doris Day, Tim Conway, Valerie Harper and which other TV legends?

Emmys 2019: In Memoriam to honor Doris Day, Tim Conway, Valerie Harper and which other TV legends?
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2019 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Tim Conway, Doris Day, Bob Einstein, Valerie Harper, Katherine Helmond, Peggy Lipton, Penny Marshall, Luke Perry, John Singleton and Rip Torn will certainly be just a few people honored with in a musical tribute performed by pop star Halsey.

Let’s take a look back at these TV icons as well as over 60 others who have died since mid-September last year. Many will be included in the memoriam for the live Emmys ceremony for Fox on September 22.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2019: In Memoriam Gallery

Tim Conway died on May 14 at age 85. The comedy legend won six Emmy Awards during his lengthy career, including four for “The Carol Burnett Show,” one for “Coach” and one for “30 Rock.” He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 2002.

Legendary singer and actress
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‘Clemency’ Trailer: Alfre Woodard Delivers An Awards-Caliber Performance In This Absorbing Character Study

Alfre Woodard is nearing legend status if she isn’t there already and has been a terrific character actor for decades. While she first got her start in movies — earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for 1983’s “Cross Creek” —more recently, she’s played major roles in several hit television shows, including “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Empire” and “Luke Cage.” Now, she’s starring in Chinonye Chukwu’s critically-acclaimed “Clemency,” a heavy drama that premiered earlier this year at Sundance to great raves (including ours) about a warden drifting away from her husband while she executes death row inmates in a maximum-security prison.

Continue reading ‘Clemency’ Trailer: Alfre Woodard Delivers An Awards-Caliber Performance In This Absorbing Character Study at The Playlist.
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Post-TIFF, the Best Actress Oscar Race Is Scarlett Johansson v. Renée Zellweger

Post-TIFF, the Best Actress Oscar Race Is Scarlett Johansson v. Renée  Zellweger
The Toronto International Film Festival gives, and takes away. Toronto’s notoriously friendly audiences are not to be trusted entirely — with the exception of the People’s Choice Award, which has gone to such Best Picture winners as “Chariots of Fire,” “American Beauty,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Green Book.”

So when TIFF audiences give a standing ovation, you have to figure out what it means. They enthusiastically applauded Netflix’s “Marriage Story” with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson on hand, which continues to build momentum from Venice to Telluride and Toronto, followed by New York, where it will play like gangbusters on its home turf. (It’s sitting at 96 on Metacritic.)

Never-nominated Johansson is duking it out in the Best Actress race with thrice-nominated Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”), who channels emotional wreck Judy Garland at the end of her tragic life in “Judy.
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