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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
director Martin McDonagh

By Iain Blair

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter, his first foray into film, and followed that project with his feature film debut In Bruges. Starring Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson, that gangster action/comedy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 and won McDonagh a BAFTA Award and an Oscar nom for Best Original Screenplay.

He followed that up with Seven Psychopaths, another twisted tale about some incompetent dognappers and vengeful mobsters that reunited him with Farrell, along with a stellar cast that included Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits.

Now McDonagh is back with his latest film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This darkly comedic drama stars Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, a grieving, no-holds-barred vengeful mother. After months have passed without any progress in her daughter’s murder case, she takes matters into her own hands and commissions three signs leading into town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s respected chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

The Fox Searchlight Pictures release also features an impressive team of collaborators behind the camera: DP Ben Davis, BSC, production designer Inbal Weinberg, film editor Jon Gregory and composer Carter Burwell.

I recently spoke with McDonagh about making the film, which was just nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture - Drama and is already generating a lot of Oscar buzz. McDormand, McDonagh and Rockwell were also nominated for Golden Globes. Ok, let’s find out more…

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First Impressions: Apple’s
new iMac Pro

By Thomas Carter

This pro video editor says, “While I really haven’t had enough time to do a deep dive, it’s clearly the best Mac I’ve ever used — it’s stupidly powerful.”

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Rogue takes us on VR/360 tour
of Supermodel Closets

NYC's Rogue has wrapped up post on four five-minute episodes of 360-degree tours of Supermodel Closets for Vogue's 125th anniversary.

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Review: Dell's 8K LCD monitor
By Mike McCarthy

The UP3218K is the ultimate monitor for artists looking for a large digital canvas, regardless of whether that's measured in inches or pixels.

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