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Pathe and BBC Films just unveiled the first photo from the upcoming "Florence Foster Jenkins" comedy/drama, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Check it out below. Plot: The true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. The new movie is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
The film is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was awful.
Her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect her from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, and Diablo Cody are an unlikely triad, but here we are with the upcoming dramedy “Ricki And The Flash," written by Cody, directed by Demme, and starring Streep. The movie centers on an aging rock star (Streep) who gave up her family years ago to become famous. Decades later, she tries to get them back with disastrous results. When you think of it as a movie about damaged people, perhaps Demme’s “Rachel Getting Married” actually makes him the perfect filmmaker for the movie. And fun fact, the movie’s based on Diablo Cody’s real life: Her mother-in-law is also an aging rocker and their family dynamic is similar. "Rock 'n’ roll is her life,” Cody told told Yahoo recently. “I think there’ve been people in her life who’ve thought it was kind of a silly thing for a mom or grandmother to »
- Edward Davis
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman, and Johnny Depp.
Run Time: 124 minutes
Special Features: Streep sings Sondheim “She’ll be back”, There’s Something About The Woods, The Cast As Good as Gold, Deeper Into The Woods, Audio Commentary with Rob Marshall and John Deluca, Music and Lyrics
Before we take a walk intrepidly through my Into The Woods review, I’ll make the confession that Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic is one of the only musicals I know really well. It comes from working at a famous outdoor theatre in London some years back and being part of the team who worked behind the version directed by Timothy Sheader. This was my first encounter with Sondheim and I came to »
- Dan Bullock
- Jazz Tangcay
Well aren't these two looking adorable? Pathé and BBC Films have debuted a first look photo at the film Florence Foster Jenkins, the latest from director Stephen Frears following Philomena, Lay the Favorite and Tamara Drewe. In Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Streep plays the legendary New York heiress who became an opera singer. Hugh Grant plays her partner St Clair Bayfield. The two can be seen riding in the back of a car, heading home from (what seems like) a night at Carnegie Hall. No release date is set yet, and the film just barely started shooting, so this is a very early first look and we likely won't see this until 2016. Anyway, take a look at the two in full below. Photo sent out directly from Pathé and BBC Films' publicity. Florence Foster Jenkins is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively »
- Alex Billington
Stephen Frears is currently shooting Florence Foster Jenkins in the UK. Pathé today has released the first look (see below) at Meryl Streep in the eponymous role and Hugh Grant as her partner and manager, St Clair Bayfield. This has been a hot seller for Pathé International since it was unveiled just prior to the Afm and was a buzzy title coming into Cannes. Pathé has retained UK, French and Swiss distribution rights. A U.S. deal is still to come. The biopic centers on… »
The film is the true story of the New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge.
- Leo Barraclough
Like a live-action version of Tintin’s Bianca Castafiore, opera singing socialite Florence Foster Jenkins is an real-life example of what happens when passion and resources outstrip talent. Not so much the "Milanese Nightingale” as the "Pennsylvania pane shatterer”. Meryl Streep plays her in Stephen Frears’ new eponymous movie and Pathé has released a first-look image of her in full 1940s get-up. Click on the thumbnail for a much closer look. The eagle-eyed will have spotted Hugh Grant’s presence in the snap too. He plays Jenkins’ partner and manager St. Clair Bayfield, the loyal aristocratic type who ushers her towards her crowning glory: a night on the Carnegie Hall stage in 1944 that prompted an unlikely stampede at the box office.Florence Foster Jenkins is currently shooting the UK with Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda also aboard. Tune in to Meryl Streep's Empire Podcast interview for more on the movie. »
Focus Features has revived the Gramercy Pictures label — last seen in 2002 — as the genre brand for its action, horror and sci-fi movies.
“Insidious: Chapter 3,” which opens June 5, will be the first title to carry the Gramercy brand. Focus, which went through an extensive reorganization two years ago, is a division of NBCUniversal.
“This renewed label reinforces Focus Features’ commitment to bringing a broad spectrum of entertainment to audiences that encompasses both commercial and specialty fare,” Focus said. “As audiences’ consumption habits continue to evolve, the need for the targeted branding of entertainment content and the cultivating of a loyal fanbase becomes imperative. This branding is important not only during the theatrical windows, but also across ancillary and digital distribution platforms.”
- Dave McNary
"I got the call while on my honeymoon and was told it was really important that I fly in," Clooney said. "First I had to explain that to my wife, which didn't play well.
"And then, the whole idea of spending part of your honeymoon with people dressed up like Captain Kirk and Star Wars characters somehow wasn't easy to explain to my new bride. But, I showed up and it was actually fun."
Clooney, who is well known for pranking his famous co-stars, also told Norton about his »
There were three losers and only one winner on The Voice‘s Season 8 finale — that is, if you chose to look at the Starbucks-sponsored plastic cup as half full.
If, however, like Blake, your glass had even a splash of moonshine left in it, maybe there were no losers at all.
By Alex Simon
Stress kills, goes the old saying, and can cause a host of maladies before it does. Hypertension, heart disease and even Bruxism, otherwise known as grinding of the teeth, can be its unfortunate products. In that spirit, here are ten examples of stress in on-screen, and its most masterful portraits.
Jack Lemmon took home a Best Actor Academy Award for his incendiary turn as Harry Stoner, a once-prosperous businessman who finds his carefully-tailored life crashing down around him. His garment business in downtown La is going bust, his marriage is dead in the water, and the crazy hippies who hitchhike on the Sunset Strip just don’t match his Ww II era sensibilities. When Harry decides to have his business “torched” for the insurance money, he goes on a self-destructive odyssey through early ‘70s La. His word association game with a cute »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
American Sniper Sean offered up his review of the new American Sniper Blu-ray and seems to generally agree with my take on the film itself, but does seem to give it a little leeway thanks to one of the disc's few special features. I'll never watch this movie again, but I'm sure it will do gangbusters with the crowd that propelled it to become the highest grossing domestic release of 2014 at $349.6 million, topping The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 by $12 million.
Limelight (Criteron Collection) I started watching this one just last night and I hope to have a review for you no later than the end of the week along with The Rose below as I neglected my Criterion duties this weekend in favor of watching "The Wire" and I even admit to watching a few more episodes of "The Wire" last night when I should have been watching this. »
- Brad Brevet
Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Read More: Watch: Meryl Streep Faces the Music in First 'Ricki and the Flash' Trailer Though he'll certainly get more attention this year for his Meryl Streep-starring tragicomedy "Ricki and the Flash," Jonathan Demme has some other intriguing projects in the pipeline worth checking out. One of those projects is a filmed live performance of "Another Telepathic Thing," the dance-theater performance piece that premiered to great acclaim a little over a decade ago. The production's synopsis reads: "Inspired by Mark Twain's morality tale 'The Mysterious Stranger,' 'Another Telepathic Thing' is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable. At once cynical and spiritual, the work centers on a charismatic stranger whose visit shatters the peace of a mythic hamlet. The medieval setting is echoed by a contemporary Hollywood reality, with a script that braids Twain’s sublime writing with 'found' text from years of auditions. It culminates in a subtle and. »
- David Canfield
When I think of Miles Teller, the first thing I think of is definitely not world-champion, Italian-American boxer Vinny Pazienza, or more commonly known as Vinny Paz. I am not saying he is wrong for the part. It just makes me do a double take at my computer screen when I read it. However, the guy is extremely talented, so I look forward to seeing it. And I will see it because Bleed for This, the Ben Younger directed film that features this performance, was picked up by Open Road for a whopping $4 million. That's a lot of doughnuts. You might have to freeze some so they don't go bad. This purchase comes after studios were shown a mere twelve minute sizzle reel at Cannes, as the film is still in post-production. Open Road's big pickup at last year's Cannes was Nightcrawler, so here's hoping they are two-for-two with quality. »
- Mike Shutt
Into The Woods follows our favourite fairy tales – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood – in a twist on the usual ‘happily ever after’ as a witch (Meryl Streep) tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.
What drew you to adapting the musical into something as big as a Disney movie?
Uh… money? [laughs] No. The thing that was great about it was there were no constraints as there are when you do things on the stage. The fun part was taking something that we had dreamed up that had the limitations of having to be on the stage, and reimagining it visually to be able to do pretty much anything we wanted. »
- Hannah Ross
Hollywood got the memo. Women like movies too.
It’s a “duh” moment, but one that took a shockingly long time to arrive. The opening weekend numbers for”Pitch Perfect 2,” which annihilated the competition with a staggering $70 million bow, illustrate the financial power of this frequently ignored consumer group.
“It’s a validation of the fact that if you make movies by women for women starring women they’re going to do well,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com.
What makes “Pitch Perfect 2″ something of a rarity is that it not only stars women like Rebel Wilson and Anna Kendrick, but its behind the scenes talent, director Elizabeth Banks and writer Kay Cannon, are also female.
- Brent Lang
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