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Doubt (Shanley, 2008): Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Old 09-13-08, 12:20 AM
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Doubt (Shanley, 2008): Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman

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When the principal (Meryl Streep) of a Bronx Catholic High School accuses a popular priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of pedophilia, a young nun (Amy Adams) caught in between the feuding pair become hopelessly swept up in the ensuing controversy. John Patrick Shanley adapts his own play for the screen under the guidance of producer Scott Rudin (The Queen, Notes on a Scandal).
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From Variety:
The play is a dynamic, provocative piece. Judging from my exclusive preview of the trailer, in the movie, three strong actors form a triangle in a titanic power struggle. Representing the force of the old ways is Meryl Streep as the older nun who sees a popular, younger, hipper, kinder form of Catholic authority--priest Philip Seymour Hoffman--threatening her power. Her accolyte is sweet, trusting younger nun Amy Adams. Streep and Hoffman each try to persuade Adams to take their side. Viola Davis, another explosive actor, plays the mother of the little boy at the center of the drama unfolding at Madison St. Nicholas School. These actors are laying it down: yelling, cajoling, screaming, fighting for their lives.

Miramax is releasing this meaty picture December 12. It's a slam dunk for Oscar consideration with performances like these. I'll have to see the movie to know for sure how far it will go. The question mark is director Shanley, who won an Oscar for writing Moonstruck, but didn't fare so well on his first directing gig, 1990's Joe Versus The Volcano. We can assume that Shanley is more in control of his own material here.

Doubt is in the Zone, with the talent on board: producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men) helped Shanley assemble an Oscar-friendly support team: cinematographer Roger Deakins (Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James), editor Dylan Tichenor (There Will Be Blood), costume designer Ann Roth (The English Patient), and production designer David Gropman (Cider House Rules). As for the music: here's new news: it's Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings).

UPDATE: Someone who has seen Doubt writes:

"It's a knockout. I had read the play and the movie took it way beyond. Meryl Streep is definitely on the best actress list. Shanley's direction is very 'on.'"

My informant has also seen Frost/Nixon:

"It was just as good -- it will be head-to-head between these two powerhouse smart, adult play adaptations. Frank Langella will get a best actor nomination for portraying Nixon, and Michael Sheen might very well get a best supporting as Frost. In each case, I think the screenplays will be nominated -- J.P. Shanley and Peter Morgan, both for adaptations of their own plays."
This looks like a real winner - can't wait to see the electricity when Hoffman and Streep share the screen.
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I'm looking forward to this one as well, although I can't always help feeling a little queasy at all the Oscar bait they throw at movies like these.
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Looks good. Meryl hits it out of the park....Again.
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Trailer looks great. Can't wait to see it.
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Shanley's an odd duck. On one hand, Doubt won a pulitzer as a play. On the other hand, he did Congo.
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"False sophisticates will scorn it. Real sophisticates will relish it."

...Ebert, on Congo.
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I love Seymour Hoffman, but I don't think I'll ever see this one.

Just looks...boring.

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Originally Posted by Tarantino View Post
Just looks...boring.

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Looks like a one way ticket to boringsville.

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Boooring.

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I sense a pattern here.
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Looks great!
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It looks like a very good movie but I don't want to see it because even the trailer was upsetting. Being accused of something like that without proof just makes me want to find that lady and punch her in the face. And it's not even a true story, as far as I know, is it? I love Streep so I'll prob. see it at some point anyway.
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Love Filmdrunk's blog about it.... "Doubt looks OSCAR-Y"
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Originally Posted by NoirFan View Post
I sense a pattern here.
Pattern being that I think many movies that come out during 'Oscar season' look boring.

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I would watch Hoffman paint his dining room.
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This looks like the first Meryl Streep film i've ever looked forward to seeing (I don't like her at all).
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After seeing the trailer, I'm less excited. Looks like it has the potential to be very overwrought.
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Can't wait. I'd watch Hoffman in anything, and maybe Streep will finally get her long-overdue 3rd Oscar (her last win was in 1983, and she's been nominated and lost 10 times! since then). And Amy Adams = bonus!

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this looks hilarious
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This looks great.
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The feel good comedy of the year.
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when is this getting released?
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Originally Posted by Giles View Post
when is this getting released?
Limited release on December 12th.
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Watch interviews with Adams and Shanley.
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