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Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.
Pathe International is to shop one of the hottest drama scripts at the Afm (Nov 5-12), Stephen Frears biopic Florence.
Meryl Streep is set to star as the eponymous Florence Foster Jenkins, the New York heiress determined to become a famous opera singer in the early 20th century, despite her lack of talent.
Grant will play her partner and manager, actor St. Clair Bayfield.
The casting news was first reported by The Daily Mail. »
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Streep stars as a New York heiress determined to become a famous opera singer despite her lack of talent. Grant will play her partner and manager, actor St. Clair Bayfield.
Jenkins persisted in performing during the late 1920s to the mid 1940s and dismissed public ridicule. “People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing,” she said at one point.
The castings were first reported by the Daily Mail. »
- Dave McNary
I was not a massive fan of Stephen Frears' last movie Philomena nor am I particularly excited for his upcoming Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic, but when a guy has Dangerous Liaisons and High Fidelity in his filmography, I'm usually going to give him the benefit of the doubt when his next movie is announced. That said, Frears' next is going to be yet another "based on a true story" biopic, and it has tapped Meryl Streep for its lead. So, you can definitely expect to see this film at the Academy Awards in a couple of years. The film is entitled Florence. Streep will portray the titular Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress who dreamed of being an opera singer. Unfortunately for her, she had a dreadful voice. That did not stop her from trying to make a career out of it. Hugh Grant has also joined the project as St. Clair Bayfield, »
- Mike Shutt
Florence Foster Jenkins was the William Hung of the early 1900s. An objectively awful opera singer convinced of her own melodious quality, Jenkins concertized across New York City at her wealthy family’s expense. People couldn’t look away. Staging elaborate shows in opulent costumes, Jenkins sang Vivaldi and Strauss for audiences keeling over from disbelief. Her earnest brand of cacophony became so revered, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1944, at the age of 76. Sound like the makings for a biopic? Well, get ready for Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins. Deadline reports that the “Iron Lady” Best Actress-winner will star alongside Hugh Grant in “Florence,” a dramatization of the New York heiress’ odd musical career. Though its high art trashiness sounds like the makings of a John Waters film, “Philomena” director Stephen Frears will helm the feature. Nicholas Martin (BBC's "The Indian Doctor”) wrote the script. »
- Matt Patches
Stephen Frears is no stranger to films about music or real people, and he’s combining those chunks of his directorial career for Florence. He’s just secured Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant to star in the film.Florence will chronicle the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, an heiress and socialite whose driving passion was opera. Specifically, she wanted to get on stage and sing, but was held back by the fact that she could barely warble a correct note.Yet while Florence was convinced that the voice she heard in her head was mellifluous and lovely to all, her partner/manager, aristocratic actor St. Clair Bayfield (Grant) became determined to protect that delusion, convincing everyone around them to support her. He ended up organising a Carnegie Hall concert for her in 1944, which racked up ticket sales of more than 3,000. Jenkins died a month later – from what we can assume was natural causes, »
Stephen Frears has lined up a pretty high profile pair of actors for his next biopic. Based on the life of socialite turned opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, Florence will star Meryl Streep in the title role with Hugh Grant as her significant other. Frears has become best known in recent years for his political films like The Queen and Philomena, but he also has a background in more comedic fare like High Fidelity and Mrs Henderson Presents. The story of Florence may not be one »
- Alex Maidy
After a few weeks' worth of rumors, Pathé International has announced that Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will officially be teaming up for Stephen Frears' biopic, Florence. Florence stars Streep as the real-life New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, whose dreams of becoming a renowned opera singer are stymied by her laughable lack of talent. Grant will play her live-in partner and manager, the English actor St. Clair Bayfield, who guides Jenkins away from the real truth, which proves challenging when Jenkins decides to perform live at Carnegie Hall. The film is currently in pre-production. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce, »
- Teresa Jue
Yes, this is really Renee Zellweger.
It's safe to say Renee Zellweger's looking a little different these days.
The 45-year-old actress made an appearance at Elle's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday night, and her nearly unrecognizable appearance is shocking to say the least.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you -- this really is what the Bridget Jones' Diary star currently looks like.
Photos: Most Shocking Celeb Transformations
Though many speculate that Renee's new look is the result of plastic surgery -- pointing to her completely wrinkle-free face -- she has never addressed the reports.
She has, however, commented on the criticism that she's too thin.
"When you read reports that you are starving yourself or that you are anorexic it's very unfair and disappointing," she told the U.K.'s Daily Express last November. "It's not very pleasant to read reports which say you've gone too far or »
Jenkins was a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability - in fact her voice was comically terrible.
Streep would play her, while Grant would play her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor determined to protect Florence from the truth.
Nicholas Martin penned the script which will cover Jenkins life up until her 1944 Carnegie Hall concert which sold 3,000 tickets, she then died a month later. Michael Kuhn and Tracey Seaward will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Philomena director Stephen Frears is reteaming with Pathé for another project about an eponymous real-life female protagonist. Currently in pre-production, Florence is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress and socialite who coveted a career as a great opera singer, but who lacked any real ability. Meryl Streep is attached to play the title role with Hugh Grant also attached for the role of her partner and manager St Clair Bayfield. Bayfield was an aristocratic English actor who was determined to protect Florence from the truth that while the voice she heard in her head was beautiful, to everyone else it was hilariously awful.
Baz Bamigboye at the Daily Mail first tipped the news and Pathé International, which will begin sales at the AFM next month, has now confirmed details. The film has a script by Nicholas Martin which will tell Foster Jenkins’ story through to »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If Renee Zellweger is up for doing another Bridget Jones's Diary movie, what's the hold up? "It would be fun," Zellweger says. Sadly, the Chicago star insists she isn't in the loop on the third film's progress. "I have no idea," she told me at yesterday's Als Walk, where she was participating in honor of her longtime publicist Nanci Ryder. "I'm not being cagey. I just don't know." Hugh Grant recently revealed that he has pulled out of the project. "The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different—or the script as I last saw it a few years ago," Grant said in a recent Free Radio interview. "And in the »
Hey, remember how they’re making another Bridget Jones movie? No? Neither did I, until this very moment. Some of that might have to do with the fact that the last film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was a sort of poorer cousin to the very good Bridget Jones’s Diary. While author Helen Fielding decided to return to her popular series one more time in the book Mad About the Boy, I think many of us simply forgot about the character. Hollywood, however, has not, and still plans to make a Bridget Jones 3 – but they’re going to have to do it without Hugh Grant.
When asked about reprising his role as Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones 3, Hugh Grant informed Free Radio (via Cinema Blend) that he will not appear in the film. The reason for this appears to be script-related:
I think they’re going »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October 2014…
Four newcomers cracked the UK box office top ten this past weekend, but none of them were strong enough to topple David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which made it two weeks at the top with £3.06 million, pushing its total haul just shy of the £10 million mark.
The biggest challenge came from Ya adaptation The Maze Runner, which took second with £2,041,229, followed by The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle in third with £1,939,963 and concert film One Direction: Where We Are in fourth with £1,021,527. Further on down the chart, Hugh Grant comedy The Rewrite earned just £324,889 in its opening weekend to finish up in ninth.
Number one this time last year: Prisoners
1. Gone Girl, £3,064,545 weekend; £9,827,252 total (2 weeks)
2. The Maze Runner, £2,041,229 weekend (New)
3. Annabelle, £1,939,963 weekend (New)
4. One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film, £1,021,527 weekend (New)
5. Dracula Untold, »
- Gary Collinson
Dammit, Daniel Cleaver! Hugh Grant will not reprise his role as the shady but sexy book publisher in a third Bridget Jones film, co-starring Colin Firth and Renée Zellweger. "The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different—or the script as I last saw it a few years ago," Grant, 54, said in a recent Free Radio interview. "And in the end I decided not to do it. But I think they are going to go ahead and do it without Daniel." Two years ago, it was reported that Grant was unhappy with the initial screenplay for the follow-up film, which was being put together with the help of novelist Helen Fielding. Then titled Bridget Jones's Baby, the movie was said to focus »
Gone Girl has topped the UK box office for the second consecutive weekend.
Gone Girl has now earned more than £9 million from UK cinemas alone, adding to the $130 million the movie has earned from cinemas worldwide.
Annabelle and One Direction concert film Where We Are are both new entries in the UK chart at numbers three and four respectively.
Dracula Untold rounds out the top five.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Gone Girl - £3,064,545
2. (-) The Maze Runner - £2,041,229
3. (-) Annabelle - £1,939,963
4. (-) One Direction: Where We Are - £1,012,527
5. (2) Dracula Untold - £847,958
6. (3) The Equalizer »
Who is essential, as an actor, to Bridget Jones 3? Surely, Renee Zellweger would be looked at to reprise her role as the central character. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant also should be deemed necessary if a third Bridget Jones is going to try to get off the ground. Well, Grant.s out, and he just told the media why he officially has decided to pass. "I decided not to do it," Hugh Grant admitted to Free Radio in an interview (snagged by The Telegraph UK) when asked if he would be up for reprising his role of Daniel Cleaver in an adaptation of Helen Fielding.s latest Bridget Jones novel, Mad About the Boy. Said Grant: I think they.re going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book.s excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different . well, the script as I last saw »
In what's sure to be disappointing news for fans of the Bridget Jones' Diary films starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, Grant confirmed in a new interview with Free Radio in the West Midlands that he won't be reprising his role as the shady-but-lovable Daniel Cleaver in the third installment of the franchise.
"I decided not to do it," the 54-year-old actor said, "but I think they're going to go ahead and do it without Daniel. The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different -- well, the script as I last saw it a few years ago."
News: Why the Third 'Bridget Jones' Book Is Outraging Fans
Daniel Cleaver doesn't have a track record of being particularly reliable—and Bridget Jones shouldn't count on him for a third film, as Hugh Grant said he won't be in one. "The book's excellent, by the way, but the script is completely different—or the script as I last saw it a few years ago," Grant said in a Free Radio interview. "And in the end I decided not to do it. But I think they are going to go ahead and do it without Daniel." A third Bridget Jones film has been a long time coming. EW reported that »
- Esther Zuckerman
Chinese Puzzle (France: Casse-tête chinois), 2013.
Directed by Cedric Kaplisch.
When the wife of 40 year old Father of two, Xavier Rosseau leaves him taking the children with her to live in New York, he cannot watch them grow up from France and so follows them with the hope of living there himself. As a result, the complications of this soon unfold…
I can’t remember a time when I have seen the third part of a trilogy without watching its predecessors first. So, this may have been a first. Did it matter that this was the case with Chinese Puzzle? No. Did I feel that I missed out on character backgrounds? Again: no. This was probably due to the actors’ familiarity with their roles, I didn’t find myself wondering what had happened before to this group »
- Gary Collinson
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