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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
By Anjelica Oswald
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen Oscar contenders premiere at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Telluride, Toronto and New York, but as we approach the end of October, some films have yet to make their debut. Here are ten films that have been garnering Oscar buzz that will be debuting through December (in alphabetical order):
A Most Violent Year; Nov. 6
Jc Chandor ‘s third feature film will be opening AFI Fest. It reunites two Juilliard alumni, Oscar Isaac and two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, as a couple living and working in New York City during one of its most violent years. This will be the main Oscar focus of upstart, indie distributor A24.
American Sniper; Dec. 25
- Anjelica Oswald
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
I was all prepared to list the most Oscar winning Actors for a quickie top ten list. Until I remembered there were only six with 3 or more Oscars (for acting)
Four Leading Oscars
Three Leading Oscars
Three Oscars (Lead/Supporting Mix)
03 Meryl Streep
Three Oscars (Supporting)
Your Task: Make it a top ten by filling slots seven through ten. Name the four actors who most deserve to join them as three-timers or the ones who seem most likely? »
- NATHANIEL R
I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »
- Joey Magidson
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, »
Across the last week or so, with film festival season in remission after the end of the New York Film Festival, we've been taking the temperature of the acting Oscar races. We've examined the stacked Best Actor possibilities, the less obviously stacked Best Actress line-up and the decidedly thin Best Supporting Actor potentials already, and now it's time to look at Best Supporting Actress. The category has the potential to be one of the more interesting this year: among the potentials are a once-famous star who's mostly been absent from the big screen in the time it took to shoot the movie she could be nominated for, a former starlet chasing her first nomination in nearly a decade, and Meryl Streep. Always with the Meryl Streep. But there's plenty to come that could end up throwing the race for a loop. Take a look at our thoughts below, and let »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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
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
Diablo Cody is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, an acclaimed author, and one of the big reasons Twitter is worth tolerating, but we mainly love the "Juno" scribe because she's a great interviewee. On the first episode of HitFix's new interview series But What I Really Want To Know Is..., we caught up with Cody (a.k.a. Brook Maurio) to discuss her least favorite screenwriting cliches, the filming of her next movie "Ricki and the Flash" with Meryl Streep, and the woman who warned her to put her Oscar away for good. We also play a round of our favorite game called Who's In Your Coven? Pick five living women who represent, for lack of a better term, your "spirit animals." Mine are Jane Fonda, Jane Curtin, Lesley Ann Warren, Lee Grant, and Cynthia Nixon. Who did Diablo Cody pick? Your head will spin. »
- Louis Virtel
Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes competition film, The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year’s growing lineup for the AFI Fest. The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others will screen on Tuesday November 11th. AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings” including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days,One Night. The latter three are also the official entries from their respective countries (Canada, France, Belgium) for Oscar’s Foreign Language Film race this year. Other special screenings are the documentary Merchants Of Doubt, Tales Of The Grim Sleeper and the Alzheimer’s drama, Still Alice which has been drawing strong Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
Sad news to report as ‘August: Osage County’ actress Misty Upham was found dead. She was 32 years old.Misty Upham was an American actress best known for her role in the 2008 film Frozen River, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female. Upham would go on to play housekeeper Johnna Monevata in “August: Osage County” last year, the cast of which was nominated for a 2014 SAG Award. She worked alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and she told Variety that the experience was a dream come true for the up-and-comer. Of late, […] »
- April Neale
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
On October 16, Misty Upham, a powerful force in each role she took on, was found dead after having been reported missing on October 6.
In Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, Misty Upham co-starred with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. In 2013, we saw her work with some of the best actors in film, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale and Sam Shepard.
I spoke with Arnaud Desplechin at last year's New York Film Festival where Jimmy P was screening in the main slate program. This evening, he sent Eye For Film the following tribute in remembrance of Misty Upham. (Scroll down for translation.)
Misty Upham as Jane with »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines.
The mysterious disappearance and death of Misty Upham thrust this rising actress into the headlines. Though Upham starred in several critically-acclaimed films, she was still cleaning homes when she auditioned for August: Osage County, and many people may now be hearing her name for the first time.
ETonline took a look back at the life and work of an actress who had starred alongside such film greats as Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Benicio Del Toro (Jimmy P.) and Melissa Leo (Frozen River).
Native American Upbringing: Born on July 6, 1982, in Kalispell, Mont., Misty was raised in Auburn, Wash. -- about 28 miles south of Seattle -- and was a member of the Blackfoot Tribe, the largest Native American tribe in Montana. Misty has said she is the direct descendant of the »
Friends and colleagues of missing actress Misty Upham, whose body was discovered on Thursday, are responding to the sad news of her death at age 32. "Misty was a beautiful soul and a phenomenal actress who had seemingly never-ending reserves of talent," Daniel Barnz, her director in the upcoming comedy-drama Cake, tells People. "She was an open and giving person. I'm heartbroken over her death." Meryl Streep, who costarred with Upham in the 2013 drama August: Osage County, also expressed her sadness. "So so sad to hear this," the Oscar winner said in a statement. "All our thoughts are with her family and with her beautiful spirit. »
- Michelle Tauber, @michelletauber
After a body was found in Auburn, Washington yesterday—eight days after actress Misty Upham was reported missing—a family spokeswoman has confirmed the body to be that of the 32-year-old actress. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the body was found by Upham's family and friends during a search of the area. Local filmmaker Tracy Rector, a friend of Upham's, said that the Auburn Police Department was less than helpful in the search process: "The family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all," she told THR. "They refused to help. When she disappeared on Oct. »
- Samantha Highfill
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