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    Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing and Abigail sees a chance at return to her aristocratic roots. As the politics of war become quite time consuming for Sarah, Abigail steps into the breach to fill in as the Queen’s companion. Their burgeoning friendship gives her a chance to fulfil her ambitions and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

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    Macca
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    This looks to be the main push from Fox Searchlight since it has the latest release date. The Old Man & the Gun and Can You Ever Forgive Me? are scheduled for an October release.

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    Meryl Street
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    Sounds like Stone is getting the meatier role out of the three cast. She’s coming for her third Oscar nomination!

    And I’m ecstatic that Lanthimos is FINALLY getting a real chance at making a dent at the Oscars.

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    Hoping this secures Cole her first and Weisz her second Oscar nods.

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    I’ve found Yorgos’ last 2 films Lobster and Sacred Deer well-directed but lacking in regards to their scripts, so I am relieved that he will not be involved as a writer of this film. Looking forward to Stone’s 3rd Oscar nod if she’s able to deliver the goods like she usually does.

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    vinny
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    This sounds like it’s going to be either really good or just kinda there.

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    M: The Original
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    This sounds like it’s going to be either really good or just kinda there.

    The director is too much of a weirdo for him to go banal on us now.

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    Someone (tyjagi) from AW has read the 1st revision 2015 draft. Just thought I’d share it here too.

    “Won’t say much, but script is exactly what you’d expect a Yorgos Lanthimos period piece to be like. Very bawdy costume drama. A comedic King’s Speech. “Cunt” and multiple variations of it (“cuntstruck”) is used more times than it was in Three Billboards. And of course a handjob and lots of masturbation. Lots of deadpan jokes about rape and prostitution. Pigeon hunting and cockfighting. Not inaccessible, though. The sexual content isn’t explicit as this is a more obscured, dialogue-driven film. Although a war is brewing behind the scenes, this is a relatively low-stakes and straightforward examination of the love triangle between Weisz, Stone, Colman and the web of lies sprung from it. 

    Anne (Colman) is the Queen, but she is very impish, insecure, vulnerable. Frankly incompetent of rule. Sarah (Weisz) is basically the Cheney of it all– consoling and pulling the strings. They have an odd, sexual relationship. Weisz encourages Colman to continue announcing battles despite the logistics of war being too costly for the weak economy. Colman would prefer a peace treaty but gives into Weisz. Weisz is married to head of the military. Stone is Abigal, Weisz’s cousin. Stone is a very open, but deceitful and manipulative character. She begs Weisz for a servant position, then slowly begins to pry herself into Colman’s life. Stone seduces Colman which irritates Weisz, thus causing friction. This very odd dynamic descends into a screwball frenzy by the third act. It gets extremely broad as Stone and Weisz begin fighting for the queen’s attention. Some of these antics will give you the idea of Step Brothers or a studio romantic comedy as directed by Lanthimos. 

    Weisz personally reminded me of both Beckinsale in Love and Friendship + Manville in Phantom Thread. Icy. Threatening. Towering. The majority of her dialogue are wicked one-liners. Despicable character (she has violent outbursts) as she does not like children and utters lines such as “Does being romantic mean we are to suspend our logic and judgment?” I think if Stone didn’t win for La La Land, she’d be a serious threat for Supporting Actress. Her and Colman will both go Supporting. Abigal is a very open, animated young woman– a typical Stone role but with a darker edge (she has a nude scene). She gets abused quite frequently as a servant (her backstory includes her being sold into prostitution), but triumphs with her charm. Colman is the Queen, and she’s a very sluggish, messy woman. Blurry vision, bad case of gout, usually confined to a wheelchair.”

    Weisz and Stone are coming for blood.

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    Weisz and Stone are coming for blood.

    Too bad they ain’t winning.

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    Weisz and Stone are coming for blood.

    Too bad they ain’t winning.

    Maybe not the Oscars 😉

    They both could still pick up some precursors (wouldn’t that make the race more interesting?) And while I understand that Stone shouldn’t be getting a second this fast (just hoping for her third nod if she’s worthy), Weisz is completely different case.

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    Weisz and Stone are coming for blood.

    Too bad they ain’t winning.

    Maybe not the Oscars ????

    They both could still pick up some precursors (wouldn’t that make the race more interesting?) And while I understand that Stone shouldn’t be getting a second this fast (just hoping for her third nod if she’s worthy), Weisz is completely different case.

    Wait, is Weisz going lead? Cause if she is, she could end up being a de facto winner in this year’s seemingly weak Best Actress race. But if she’s not, I don’t think either of them is winning. Idk, ofc saying that with caution. Hopefully Amy Adams (Backseat) does not disappoint.

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    Wait, is Weisz going lead? Cause if she is, she could end up being a de facto winner in this year’s seemingly weak Best Actress race. But if she’s not, I don’t think either of them is winning. Idk, ofc saying that with caution. Hopefully Amy Adams (Backseat) does not disappoint.

    From what I heard, Weisz is lead and Stone is borderline co-lead. Stone could be submitted in supporting with Colman. I’d say Stone would get in before Colman but if they both get in, Colman could pose a threat to Adams (I heard Lynne Cheney irl is as vanilla as they come).

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    (I heard Lynne Cheney irl is as vanilla as they come).

    what do u mean?

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    (I heard Lynne Cheney irl is as vanilla as they come).

    what do u mean?

    That her character in real life is uninteresting. I don’t know  her that much so I can’t say if the allegation holds water.

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    vinny
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    (I heard Lynne Cheney irl is as vanilla as they come).

    what do u mean?

    That her character in real life is uninteresting. I don’t know her that much so I can’t say if the allegation holds water.

    She is definitely more of a person that avoids the spotlight. I remember when Bush was in his last days of his presidency, there was a thing on ABC or NBC and they had some interesting facts that made he more interesting though. I had to watch it for school so I still have the paper (Had to choose 3 from it lol)
    1) In 2000, she was mentioned as a possible conservative female pick for Republican Vice Presidential nominee
    2)She wrote a lot of books
    3) She worked for CNN

    But truth be told, she really is very quiet in real life.

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