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Friday
Jun012018

New Images: "Widows" and "Boy Erased"

by Nathaniel R

Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in "Widows"

Given the samey-sameness of summer movie season when 75% of everything is BIG FRANCHISE, little morsels about fall movie season taste especially delicious. The gay conversion camp drama Boy Erased starring Lucas Hedges released images that we forgot to share last week and now Steve McQueen's crime drama Widows with Viola Davis as the widow of a gangster (we assume Liam Neeson given the photo) has released a few of its own. They're all after the jump...

Viola at the sauna

Viola and Michelle Rodriguez at the sauna. Is that Elizabeth Debicki in the foreground?Waiting impatiently for a trailer to drop, how about you? (Pssst. That's happening Monday with the movie opening on November 16th)

As for Boy Erased. It seems crazy that we're getting two gay conversion camp dramas within one month of each other but that's how 2018 is shaking out with Sundance winner The Miseducation of Cameron Post in August and then Joel Edgerton's directorial debut Boy Erased on September 28th.

Here are the first released photos of that one.

Aussie A listers Nicole and Russell as the parents of the gay kid

Lucas Hedges with French Canadian actor Théodore Pellerin

Joel Edgerton directs and plays a preacher

Both of these films are mysteries when it comes to Oscar season. But then every film is now that "Oscar Bait" has (thankfully) become so hard to define. It's easy to picture anything happening with them from complete nothingness to major player and any minor variation inbetween. But both films are events for those of us who love the art of acting. Kidman. Davis. Debicki. Hedges. Neeson. Duvall. Coon. Farrell. Kaluyya. Crowe. So many exciting names in each of them!

On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you for these films?

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Reader Comments (15)

Widows talent on and offscreen is what keeping me on alert at every little detail that keeps coming out.

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

Excited for both, but wanted to make a quick correction. Joel Edgerton’s stellar directorial debut was THE GIFT.

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

I'm a 10 for anticipation for Widows.

I've read several books by the author Lynda LaPlante (until they got too violent for me). LaPlante's tv series include Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, and Bella Mafia.

I saw the Widows tv miniseries with Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields, Rosie Perez, and N'Bush Wright.

And this new cast! So wonderful! And Steve McQueen directing... I'm sure it will be even better than I hope.

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Crowe returns to Oscar in supporting actor? He did spit on Azealia Banks. Of course her history will prevent a backlash against his return to award season relevance.

So glad Kidman is securing nomination five. But when will her elusive fourth best actress bid happen? Four is the minimal in the category for perennial status or two wins (Nick Davis).

I want Davis and McQueen to have huge critical and commercial success with Widows.

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

@adri - but have you seen the 1983 british version of widows? that's the one to watch

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

So glad you know everything... @3rtful

June 1, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

@par: yes! But just the first one. I didn't think anyone here would have seen it though. I didn't see the second series, and there might have been a third?

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Adri - the third was a one-off TV movie titled She's Out (love the 1950s tawdry thriller title).

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

I just hope Viola gives us something completely 180 from her usual suffering 60's wives.

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

I'm excited about the prospect of Kidman getting her 5th Oscar nomination for Boy Erased. I hope she surprises for Destroyer and go for that double nomination which last happened in 2007 (Cate Blanchett).

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterjayharbor

Looking forward to Boy Erased. My gut says it’ll be more like a Freeheld but hope I’m wrong. Also hoping it will be at TIFF.

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph

Markgordonuk - I guarantee that your wish will be granted. Dolly (though I presume they changed the names) is cold, calculated and hard as nails.

I cannot wait.

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

How did I not know Jacki Weaver is in this?! Ooh, now I'm really excited.

At first I thought this was going to be a british thing, and I was intrigued by the idea of Viola doing a british accent haha but maybe that wouldn't be so great

June 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Two of my most anticipated.

June 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

Can you post the Widows trailer? You can move Viola into the top five until someone knocks her out of it.

June 4, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

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