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Woody Harrelson: 'Laura Dern Is An Incredible Actress'


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It's always a good experience for an actor when they get to meet another actor who they have so much chemistry with, and especially when they get to see them at work first hand. Woody Harrelson was mindblown by co-star Laura Dern on the set of Craig Johnson's 'Wilson'.

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson admires the talents of Laura Dern

Harrelson plays the titular lead character; an overly honest and neurotic man who talks to strangers a lot to overcome his loneliness. He's been a broken man ever since his wife Pippi (played by Laura Dern) left him 17 years previously, but finds new hope when he discovers that he may have a secret daughter who was put into foster care. 

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There's Only One Person Laura Dern Loves More Than Woody Harrelson


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At the Sundance Film Festival premiere of her latest film Wilson, in which she stars opposite Woody Harrelson in a drama about broken families, Laura Dern spoke about the “amazing” time she had on set – not just him, but his wife too!

“I mean, we worship each other! In every single way! I love him so much, I really had the most amazing time,” she said exclusively to us. “As I said to him – there’s only one person on the planet I worship more than you, and it’s your wife Laura [Louie]! She’s the most amazing person, we had basically a summer vacation together!”

In Wilson, an adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ novel, Harrelson plays a neurotic middle-aged who reunites with his estranged wife (Dern), and who meets his now-teenage daughter for the first time in the process (played by Isabella Amara).

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The Founder Review

Excellent

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's. And the most remarkable thing about this film is that it's not a feature-length advertisement for the fast-food outlet. Instead, it's a strikingly balanced, warts-and-all exploration of one man who pioneered a whole new way of making a fortune, even if it meant crushing some innocent people along the way. Which of course makes the film both entertaining and involving.

Michael Keaton delivers a storming performance as Ray, who we meet as a travelling salesman in the American Midwest in 1954. Unable to get anyone to understand his theory about simplified menus and faster service, he follows a lead out west to Southern California, where brothers Dick and Mac McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch) have done just that. He buys into their concept and begins opening franchises back in the Midwest, and his network rapidly expands. But a business partner (BJ Novak) shows him that he'll need to push the brothers aside if he wants to make some proper money.

Director John Lee Hancock keeps the film's tone light and the pace brisk, never bogging down in the darker edges of the story. But he never shies away from them either, which adds a blackly comical tone to Keaton's full-on performance as a man who will do whatever it takes to make a profit. As a result, the audience is able to sympathise with Ray even though he's increasingly unlikeable, a charming monster who shamelessly borrows ideas from everyone he meets. This makes his relationships with his fragile first wife (Laura Dern) and his more aggressive second wife (Linda Cardellini) fascinating, even if neither woman is very well defined.

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Shailene Woodley with Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern at the 'The Big Little Lies' Film premiere - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th February 2017

Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern
Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern
Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern
Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern
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Shailene Woodley

Laura Dern at the 89th Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2017 held in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 6th February 2017

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The Founder Trailer


Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of orders one day and decides to track down the business buying them. It's a burger restaurant in California owned by two brothers named Richard and Maurice McDonald who have revolutionised dining with their lightning fast service and quality control. Ray starts to see potential in the company and tries to encourage them to branch out, and while the McDonald brothers are initially hesitant, they soon slowly allow Kroc to take over their business without realising that they are in danger of losing their hold on it. Kroc wants McDonald's and he's not going to let anyone stand in his way.

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Laura Dern at the 2017 InStyle & Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe After Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th January 2017

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Laura Dern at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala held at Palm Springs Convention Center, California, United States - Monday 2nd January 2017

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Wilson Trailer


Wilson (Woody Harrelson) may not be the most likeable of fellows; he has a penchant for startling and offending strangers with his overly honest opinions; but he considers almost everyone as a friend he just hasn't met yet. His gregariousness, however, didn't save his relationship with his estranged wife Pippi (Laura Dern) when she left him 17 years ago, and since then he's been on a quest to save himself from his crushing loneliness. Things seem to take a turn for the better when he discovers that Pippi put a daughter named Claire (Isabella Amara) up for adoption around the time that they broke up, and he sets out to find her and become the father that he's always wanted to be. He drags a reluctant Pippi along with him, but is he just trying to force a happy family on two unwilling figures that don't really want anything to do with him?

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Laura Dern at the 2016 Glamour Women of The Year Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016

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99 Homes Review

Very Good

This harrowing morality play is timely and riveting, but never remotely subtle. The setting is the mortgage crisis, during which savvy fast-talkers figured out how to make a fortune on the back of other people's tragedy. It's strikingly written and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani with an attention to internalised detail, revealing an aspect of Western culture that's deeply disturbing.

It's 2010, and the economy is in freefall as families and small businesses struggle to survive. When Florida builder Dennis (Andrew Garfield) loses his job, he has no idea how he'll support his mother and son (Laura Dern and Noah Lomax). Unable to pay their inflated mortgage, they're evicted from the family home by ruthless estate agent Rick (Michael Shannon). Then Rick sees something in Dennis that he admires, and hires him to do some building work, eventually taking him under his wing and teaching him how to profit from the record number of repossessions. But this means taking advantage of government grants, banking loopholes and people whose lives have collapsed. And it isn't long before it starts eating away at Dennis.

Garfield gives an open, searching performance as this desperate young father who's grasping at any lifeline he can find for his family. It's a complex, difficult character, mainly because his moral dithering sits in contrast to Shannon's flashier, shark-like Rick, who's often scary in the way he's able to avoid empathising with people in pain. In a much smaller role, Dern is the polar opposite, a warm blast of straight-arrow morality who continually prods her son to do the right thing. Yes, these characters are somewhat constructed as three points in a triangle, but they beautifully highlight the issues involved. And the actors dig deep into the emotional ramifications.

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99 Homes Trailer


Dennis Nash is a struggling single father whose life is turned upside down when he's evicted from his home by a corrupt real-estate broker named Rick Carver. Facing life on the streets, Dennis is forced to work for Carver in the hope of reclaiming his home, but how will he cope carrying out the same ruthless eviction techniques that were used on him? As Dennis falls deeper into Carver's web, relationships suffer and his situation becomes more dangerous than he could have imagined.

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Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress At 2015 Oscars


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Patricia Arquette has won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, playing the role of Olivia Evans.

The 46 year old fended off strong competition from Laura Dern (Bobbi Grey in Wild), Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Sam Thomson in Birdman) and Meryl Streep (‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods).

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2015's Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (L) with her 'Boyhood' colleagues Ellar Coltrane and Richard Linklater

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Wild Review


Very Good

Reese Witherspoon gives a beautifully stripped-back performance in this epic journey based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. The title has a double meaning, as it follows this wild child through the Wild West in a quest to find her centre. This metaphor is as obvious as Cheryl's badly over-loaded backpack, but while the messages are unmistakable the filmmaking and acting are raw and natural. And the settings are spectacular.

After a chaotic patch of wanton living, seen in flashback, Cheryl (Witherspoon) sets off to hike a thousand miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Canada. She has no idea what she's doing, but bravely goes for it, overcoming feelings of loneliness before getting to know some fellow hikers along the trail as she traverses deserts, mountains and forests amid sunshine, rain and snow. All of this gives her a chance to make sense of a variety of memories involving her mother (Laura Dern), her ex-husband (Thomas Sadoski), her younger brother (Keene McRae) and her best friend (Gaby Hoffmann). And there are plenty of issues that need to be sorted out.

The film is structured in a way that lets us learn about Cheryl's past gradually. Important facts and events are dribbled in throughout the hike, shaping Cheryl's physical odyssey into a journey of self-discovery, which is more than a little gimmicky. Especially when "telling" quotes are printed right across the screen. Thankfully, Nick Hornby's script and Jean-Marc Vallee's direction never moralise about her history of promiscuity and drug abuse. These things are not the problem: they are symptoms of what's wrong with Cheryl. And this gives the film a maturity lacking in most Hollywood-studio films that are happy to find easy explanations and solutions.

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Biopics Win Big At 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards [Photos]


Benedict Cumberbatch Allen Leech Matthew Beard Reese Witherspoon Laura Dern Eddie Redmayne Stephen Hawking J.K Simmons Steve Carell Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Brad Pitt Robert Downey Jr Patrick Stewart

The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards saw accolades going to some very well-deserved movies from the last year - with some even more well-deserved individuals picking them up.

Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K. Simmons
[L-R] Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K. Simmons at Palm Springs Film Festival Awards (Credit: Michael Buckner at Getty Images Entertainment

 Unsurprisingly, the Ensemble Cast Award went to the actors from 'The Imitation Game'; a movie depicting the era-defining career of codebreaker Alan Turing during World War II and his subsequent arrest for being homosexual. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, with the likes of Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther - the latter of whom plays Turing's younger self. Directed by the BAFTA nominated Morten Tyldum, the movie has already been nominated for five Golden Globes, and it definitely looks to be in line for an Academy Award.

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Laura Dern

Date of birth

10th February, 1967

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Sex

Female

Height

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The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

The Founder Trailer

The Founder Trailer

Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of...

Wilson Trailer

Wilson Trailer

Wilson (Woody Harrelson) may not be the most likeable of fellows; he has a penchant...

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99 Homes Movie Review

99 Homes Movie Review

This harrowing morality play is timely and riveting, but never remotely subtle. The setting is...

99 Homes Trailer

99 Homes Trailer

Dennis Nash is a struggling single father whose life is turned upside down when he's...

Wild Movie Review

Wild Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon gives a beautifully stripped-back performance in this epic journey based on the memoir...

Wild Trailer

Wild Trailer

The cast and crew of forthcoming drama biopic 'Wild' talk about Jean-Marc Vallée's direction and...

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Wild Trailer

Wild Trailer

When young Cheryl Strayed loses her beloved mother, her entire world seems to come crashing...

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

Based on the beloved novel by John Green, this film is so squarely slanted toward...

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

The Fault In Our Stars Trailer

Hazel Lancaster is a bright 16-year-old girl suffering from terminal cancer who is forced to...

Jurassic Park 3D Trailer

Jurassic Park 3D Trailer

When John Hammond of genetic engineering company InGen manages to clone dinosaurs from prehistoric DNA...

The Master Movie Review

The Master Movie Review

This jagged, meandering exploration of a Scientology-style movement is hauntingly mesmerising and packed with meaty...

The Master Trailer

The Master Trailer

Freddie Quell is a violent and often drunk drifter who, whilst going through some of...

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