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Saoirse Ronan, who is receiving raves this year for her work in Lady Bird, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at The Palm Springs International Festival (PSIFF). The event will take place January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center with Mary Hart serving as the host. The actress previously received the PSIFF International Star Award in 2016 for her work in Brooklyn, a role which led to an Oscar nomination.

Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed film Lady Bird,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Following her exceptional performances in Atonement and Brooklyn, Ronan is sure to receive her third Academy Award nomination. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Saoirse Ronan.”

We reached back in our Hollywood Outbreak audio archives and found our previous interview with the actress as she talked about her first onscreen kiss (in the Amy Heckerling directed feature I Could Never Be Your Woman):

For her work in Lady Bird, Ronan has already won Best Actress at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

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Will & Grace has always given us plenty of holiday cheer. During its initial run, the holiday episodes were some of the show’s most memorable. (Who could ever forget the Fanilow episode with Barry Manilow?) Now that the show is back, so is its tradition of holiday-themed episodes, and Debra Messing thinks this year’s might even be the best one yet! (Click on the media bar below to hear Debra Messing)

The Will & Grace holiday episode airs on a special night, tonight at 9/8c after The Voice on NBC.

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Ever since the first Iron Man movie, Paul Bettany’s role in the Avengers film series has gotten bigger and bigger, a trend that should continue in Avengers: Infinity War. He’s very happy with the way his character has grown over the course of the movies, and he told us there’s only one thing that could make him happier. (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Bettany)

While Bettany’s agent gets to work on that, we’ll wait for Avengers: Infinity War, which opens on May 4, 2018

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Melissa Benoist’s singing skills were put to good use in the recent CW superhero crossover. It’s not surprising that they’ve had her sing on Supergirl, considering she spent two seasons on the hit series Glee. Each series has had an extremely passionate fan base, though Benoist told us there doesn’t seem to be a lot of overlap between the Gleeks and the diehard Supergirl fans. (Click on the media bar below to hear Melissa Benoist)

Supergirl airs Monday nights at 8/7c on The CW.

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Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit books are internationally beloved, and it will be interesting to see if Sony Pictures Animation has successfully translated the spirit of Potter’s work to the big screen.

Peter Rabbit (voiced by James Corden) is a charismatic rabbit whose idyllic life is upended with the arrival of Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson), a mean man who simply wants to dispatch of all rabbits. Next door neighbor Bea (Rose Byrne) is an animal lover, and McGregor is trying his best to put himself in her good graces by pretending to be much more sensitive than he actually is. It’s up to Peter and his fellow friends to put McGregor in his place and rescue Bea from this rather horrible fellow! Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!


Featuring the voices of Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley, Peter Rabbit opens nationwide February 9, 2019.

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DOWNSIZING

Filmmaker Alexander Payne previously worked with George Clooney in The Descendants, and now he’s teamed with Clooney’s good friend and collaborator Matt Damon in Downsizing. The narrative centers on a couple (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig) who decide to shrink themselves because their net worth of $150,000 would make them millionaires by living in a literally “downsized” universe.

Payne was immediately locked in on Damon for the lead role. “I needed a fantastic actor who I also would believe as an every man,” said Payne. “Who looks more like a real human . . . even though he is a movie star. But then I also needed a movie star who could help bring the financing for the hefty budget we needed. At his age range, mid-40s, really there is only Matt Damon right now. He had been kind enough in passing to tell me, ‘Oh we should work together some day.’”

With today’s politically correct climate, some filmmakers may alter their own storylines to make their work more palatable to a larger audience. That being said, Alexander Payne has his own thoughts about how he approaches storytelling. Click on the media bar below to hear Payne discuss his “honest” approach to crafting a narrative:



Downsizing co-starring Kristen Wiig and Hong Chau opens nationwide December 22nd.

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COCO

The critically acclaimed animated flick Coco beat Justice League for the top spot at the box office as it made $26.1 million. Justice League ($16.6 million) and Wonder ($12.5 million) rounded out the top films. The top ten:

1. Coco - $26.1 million

2. Justice League - $16.6 million

3. Wonder - Family drama headlined by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson continues to do well with $12.5 million. To date, the feature has collected over $88 million domestically.

4. Thor: Ragnarok - Flick makes $9.7 million this weekend and it’s grossed over $816 million worldwide.

5. Daddy’s Home 2 - $7.5 million

6. Murder on the Orient Express - Hercule Poirot feature takes in $6.7 million and with just a $55 million budget, it’s collected over $210 million worldwide.

7. Lady Bird - One of this year’s most beloved films makes $4.5 million

8. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - $4.5 million

9.  The Star - $4 million

10. A Bad Moms Christmas - The Bad Moms sequel is closing in on $97 million worldwide. This weekend it earns $3.4 million domestically.

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THE POST

The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).

Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.

Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!

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1Welcome to Ebbing, Missouri, the not-so-serene small town where Mildred Haynes has had enough. The tough-as-nails mother, played by Frances McDormand, has an epiphany while passing by a trio of dilapidated billboards on the road near her remote home. She pools what money she has to call out the local police department who have failed to solve the rape and murder of her daughter and thus sets the stage for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Mildred is a force of nature, channeling her grief and guilt over her daughter’s death into a singular focus, lighting a fire under the local police force who have seemingly let the case go cold. But the billboards also unleash a chain reaction of pain within the town, where the beloved police chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) sadly has no response for the grieving but unforgiving Mildred, who doesn’t flinch upon Willoughby’s revelation that he’s dying of cancer. As Mildred sees it, her move should only ignite him to solve the case before he passes.

The billboards also turn the local police force, some of the town’s citizens and leaders and even her own son (Lucas Hedges) against her and put her in the crosshairs of her physically abusive ex-husband (John Hawkes), who unwittingly helped to fund the billboards.

But while the film hinges on the case, writer / director Martin McDonagh makes it less about the whodunit and more about how each of the flawed and broken characters in the film deal with the hands they’ve been dealt. McDermott’s dogged determination takes her down a very dark path until a realization from the most unlikely of sources helps her start to turn a corner. Willoughby’s journey also proves to be a turning point for Mildred as well as his dim, short-tempered officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), who arguably makes the biggest strides within the film’s time span.

While the subject matter is definitely dark and the characters flawed, the performances are outstanding. McDormand, who McDonagh had in mind while writing the role, is as close to a shoe-in as there is for a Best Actress nod, while Harrelson and Rockwell have been getting supporting actor talk and even some early accolades. You can also look for the film to be in the hunt for Best Picture when the Oscar nominees are announced, as this murder mystery isn’t your typical formulaic film.

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YOUNG SHELDONThey’re both single-camera comedies. They both take place in the past. And they’re both narrated by an adult version of the main character. So it’s no wonder that, when we spoke to Chuck Lorre about Young Sheldon, he told us he was inspired by another classic comedy, The Wonder Years.

Young Sheldon airs Thursday nights at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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