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Yorgos Lanthimos takes a turn with 'The Favourite'

Emma Stone and Director Yorgos Lanthimos on the set of
Emma Stone and Director Yorgos Lanthimos on the set of "The Favourite."
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On today's show:

He just can't play it straight

(Starts at 8:30)

Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is known for making very unusual movies — like “Dogtooth,” “The Lobster,” and “Killing of a Sacred Deer.” His new film, "The Favourite," is still unusual, but maybe the most accessible he's made so far. The film is his first period piece, the first film he's made based on real-life characters, and the first time he's directed a movie without also writing the script. Lanthimos says what drew him to the story (written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara) was that it was about three real-life women from history who had the power to make an impact on millions of people. Set in 18th Century England, the film centers on Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and the two women competing for her affection and for control over her — Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Churchill's younger, poorer cousin, Abigail Masham (Emma Stone). Lanthimos spoke with The Frame about why he wanted these particular actresses for "The Favourite," and how he played with the conventions of period films in making the movie.

Emma Stone gets another plum role

(Starts at 19:40)

The actress plays a servant who upends the queen's court in  "The Favourite." She spoke with John Horn at the Telluride Film Festival in September, where the movie had its North American premiere.

Who's got a ticket to Sundance?

(Starts at 1:00)

Having your movie chosen for the Sundance Film Festival can jump-start a career. Today we learn which filmmakers will be showcased this coming January.