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At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Numerous film festivals are well underway and the UK Jewish Film have now added their impressive schedule of events and screenings to the list. Highlights include the London Film Festival selection Self-made, a comedy which sees an Israeli and Palestinian woman swap places, and Victor Young Perez, an epic historical drama charting the story of Victor Perez, boxing world champion in 1930’s Paris.
The festival opens with The Art Dealer on 6th November and includes 150 screenings of feature films, TV, shorts and documentaries from over 27 countries. Screenings will take place at fourteen cinemas across London as well as various venues in Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham and Glasgow.
Tickets for this year’s festival (which runs from 6th – 23rd November) will go on sale from »
- Amanda Keats
Speaking to Digital Spy, Rooper said that she would be open for a one-off special, especially as the show was made by some of her current colleagues.
"It's by the same guys that make Atlantis," she said. "They're so busy now, I don't know.
"We kept saying wouldn't it be brilliant to do a This Life-type 10-years-on thing. I'd love to see them."
As If also starred Paul Chequer, Emily Corrie, Orlando Wells, Caroline Chikezie and Ben Waters, and centred around a group of six young adults, with each episode focusing on a different character's point of view.
Rooper added: "I know one of the actresses [Corrie] is now in the navy, so I don't know whether she would come back! »
Lena Dunham has made a specialty of oversharing since the start of her career. In next Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, the 28-year-old “Girls” creator sat down with Meghan Daum to talk about dealing with criticism and her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” which will be published Sept. 30.
Here are five things we learned from the profile, which appears in print Sept. 14.
1) She has long been a terrible secret-keeper, and told her parents that her sister was a lesbian before Grace Dunham could do it herself. “Basically, it’s like I can’t keep any of my own secrets,” Dunham said. “And I consider Grace to be an extension of me, and therefore I couldn’t handle the fact that she’s a very private person with her own value system and her own aesthetic and that we do different things.”
2) Dunham takes on her mental-health struggles in her book, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Nora Ephron was initially attached to write and direct the biopic, although the project stalled after she passed away in June 2012. Doug Wright (Quills, Two Lovers) performed a rewrite of the screenplay. No story details were given, except that it will follow the life of famed singer Peggy Lee, whose career spanned more than 7 decades after her first #1 hit single, "Something Else Is Taking Place" debuted in 1942. The singer passed away at the age of 82 in 2002.
Reese Witherspoon is also producing alongside Marc Platt for Fox 2000, the same company that made Walk the Line, which earned the actress her first Oscar win. No production schedule was released at this time.
Reese Witherspoon is on a roll this year thanks to three upcoming films, one of which is already garnering serious Best Actress chatter, and it looks like her hot streak is going to continue. Witherspoon has long been attached to a biopic of singer Peggy Lee—she even obtained the rights from Lee’s estate—but now the project is getting underway with Todd Haynes on board. Haynes, who directed the ’50s period piece Far From Heaven and unconventional Bob Dylan movie I’m Not There, is now attached to direct the film, EW has confirmed. Originally the project was »
- Esther Zuckerman
After Reese Witherspoon dyed her hair and stepped into June Carter Cash’s shoes for Walk the Line, it was no longer a secret that she could sing, and sing well. The 2005 biopic that earned her the Oscar for Best Actress is a dark and complicated journey through the singer’s life with Johnny Cash, just as much about their volatile relationship as it is about the music. And though Carter was never someone with a just an ordinary voice, Witherspoon absolutely nailed what made her tick, hitting ever lilt and country twang with ease. Now she’s tackling another giant: legendary jazz singer and songwriter Peggy Lee (who herself received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination). There’s actually no title for the biopic yet — who wants to bet good money that it’s called Fever? — but Witherspoon has actually been circling the project for over four years, during which time it was to be written »
- Samantha Wilson
It was four years ago when Reese Witherspoon signed on to star in an untitled musical biopic as the famed jazz singer, writer and composer Peggy Lee. Having personally secured the rights, the project clearly had a place in her heart. She did snag the rights from the singer’s granddaughter, after all. With everything in place, including Nora Ephron as the director-writer, it seemed the actress was on her way to yet another bout of awards nominations. Until 2012, that is, when the legendary rom-com pioneer Ephron passed away.
Now, thanks to good old Tiff, the geyser of hot goss that it is, news has surfaced that the project is back on the radar! During a press conference at Tiff, Witherspoon herself revealed that the search for a director was over. Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine director Todd Haynes is going to be behind the camera. He seems like a solid candidate, »
- Gem Seddon
Witherspoon became involved with the Lee project in 2010 when it was set up at Fox 2000 with Nora Ephron writing and attached to direct. The project was put on hold after Ephron’s death in 2012.
Lee passed away in 2002 after a long career as a singer, songwriter, composer and actress. She’s best known for recording “Why Don’t You Do Right?” with Benny Goodman, “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?”
Haynes, whose credits include “Far From Heaven »
- Dave McNary
Over four years ago, Reese Witherspoon was slated to take on another musical biopic as jazz/pop singer, songwriter, composer and actress Peggy Lee. At the time, it was Witherspoon herself had secured Lee's life rights with the approval of Lee's granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells, followed by the attachment of producer Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Nine) and romantic comedy favorite Nora Ephron (of Julie & Julia) to write and direct the movie. And while the project had been slowly developing, it was put on hold after Ephron passed away in 2012. But now the project is back with a rewrite and a new director. Read on! THR has word that Far from Heaven and I'm Not Here director Todd Haynes will get behind the camera, complete with a rewrite of the script from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Quills). The project is set up at Fox 2000, which already saw Witherspoon »
- Ethan Anderton
The untitled Peggy Lee film starring Reese Witherspoon is back on, with Far From Heaven helmer Todd Haynes directing. The project, based on a Nora Ephron screenplay, had been put on hold after Ephron died in 2012. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) picked up the reins and did a rewrite of the screenplay. His credits include both the stage and film versions of Quills. Witherspoon, who is at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Wild and The Big Lie, has long eyed the story of the Fever singer whose career in music spanned six decades. Lee
- Tatiana Siegel
For several years now – at least since 2010, in fact – Reese Witherspoon has harboured a desire to portray iconic singer Peggy Lee. Nora Ephron was attached at one point to write and direct the biopic, but her death stymied the project. Now the film has a new director aboard, with Far From Heaven’s Todd Haynes set to call the shots.Peggy Lee might not be quite as well known as, say, June Carter, who Witherspoon played to Oscar-winning effect in Walk The Line, but she had quite a career, and had her most enduring hit with the classic Fever.She got her start working with Benny Goodman’s band before recording albums and film soundtracks. She then stepped in front of the camera for movies including 1953’s The Jazz Singer and 1955’s Pete Kelly’s Blues. She also provided songs and her vocal talents to Disney's Lady & The Tramp, though »
Reese Witherspoon is having a pretty good year: she's a producer on David Fincher's "Gone Girl," she's appearing in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice," and she's won some of the best reviews of her career for "Wild" and "The Good Lie," one or both of which look to be in awards consideration after strong reviews on the festival circuit. But her good year may have even just got better, because a long-gestating passion project looks to have got a new, and very exciting, lease of life. Over four years ago, Witherspoon was attached to star in a biopic of legendary jazz singer Peggy Lee, to be written and directed by "Sleepless In Seattle" helmer Nora Ephron. There's been little news of the project since, and when Ephron passed in 2012, most assumed that the film was dead, but in an on-stage interview last night at Tiff, Witherspoon revealed (via »
- Oliver Lyttelton
After winning an Academy Award for playing June Carter Cash in Walk The Line, Reese Witherspoon has failed to live up to what that award represents. She has Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild coming this December which could be her ticket back to the A-list, but maybe playing another iconic musician could do it as well. After working on a biopic about Peggy Lee for years with Nora Ephron, that project stalled after the death of the writer-director. But, now it seems to be back on track. Witherspoon »
- Alex Maidy
Anne Marie here on the 25th anniversary of a genre classic.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any romcom made after 1989 owes large thematic debts to When Harry Met Sally… From the Meet Cute to the Bickering Couple to the Final Romantic Gesture (usually involving holidays and/or running), When Harry Met Sally… set a template that has defined an entire genre, and--depending on who you ask--killed that genre as well. But despite the cliches, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s Oscar-nominated comedy script continues to sparkle 25 years later, because it is not a movie about romantic gestures. It is a story about people; their observations, their oversights, and most importantly, their food.
Watching When Harry Met Sally… for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking New Yorkers do nothing but eat and argue. As Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet, separate, meet again, fall into friendship, »
- Anne Marie
One of the masterminds behind American Horror Story: Coven was director and co-executive producer Alfonso Gómez-Rejón, who garnered two Emmy nominations this year, one for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries (for the season’s first episode, “Bitchcraft”). A former assistant to such legends as Martin Scorsese, Nora Ephron, and Robert De Niro, Gómez-Rejón also directed several episodes of Glee (including an all-time fan favorite, “A Very Glee Christmas”). Vulture spoke to him about honing the tone of Ahs: Coven, the big witch fashion moment of 2014, and, of course, Stevie Nicks.The first episode was such a mixture of styles and types of horror, and it was at once genuinely scary and laugh-out-loud funny. What are some of the themes that you were trying to establish?Obviously, we had to establish the worlds — Lalaurie's backstory and her world, and contemporary New Orleans, as well as Zoe's (Taissa Farmiga's »
- Rakesh Satyal
Daniel Radcliffe's latest film, What If (formerly The F Word), premiered in London last night with the young British star on hand to unveil it to the crowds, and shake about a bajillion hands in the process.Along with fellow British star Jemima Rooper, Radcliffe launched a film that has shades of the classic Nora Ephron rom-com crossed with a touch of (500) Days Of Summer.The film is directed by Michael Dowse and also stars Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver and Rafe Spall, and hits UK screens on August 20. Meanwhile Radcliffe will next be seen in Frankenstein next summer. brightcove.createExperiences(); »
Riot grrrl turned comedienne Carrie Brownstein has been winning frenzied praise for her sketch show with Fred Armisen, Portlandia. But now this fierce and funny lady is going solo to tackle a promising movie project. Variety reports Carrie Brownstein has been selected to write Lost In Austen, a script that was previously being penned by the late Nora Ephron. Based on a popular British mini-series of the same name, Columbia Pictures' Lost in Austen will offer a new spin on the classic Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice. In case you missed the excellent 2008 mini-series, here's a rundown of its premise. Amanda lives in contemporary London, but loathes the low-bar that is set for romance there. She wishes she could live in the era of Austen, where men were gentleman and romance was real. Her wish unexpectedly comes true when she walks through a strange door and finds herself »
Kate Moss gave Justin Bieber a reality check. And he best listen to a supermodel. [Telegraph UK] Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bought a $20 million crib — surprise, surprise — near Kris Jenner. [E!] Helen Mirren is hitting the Broadway stage as Queen Elizabeth II. [Time] Will Robert Pattinson leave acting for politics? [Design & Trend] Jessica Biel was spotted looking stylish on the set of New Girl. Will she upstage Jess? [Just Jared]
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The trailer for the final season of Sons of Anarchy has arrived. [EW] J.K. Rowling disguised herself as Dumbledore, and the reason why is precious. [Us Weekly] Nora Ephron‘s work will be returning to the big screen once again. [Huffington Post] A young Gilmore Girl no more. Alexis Bledel secretly married Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser. »
- Taylor Ferber
It's been over two years since filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away. The director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was one of the best known female filmmakers in the business. When Ephron left this world, she left behind in incomplete screenplay. As we reported in 2011, she was working on bringing a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Now that film may see the light of day as The Wrap reports "Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish the script. For those not familiar with the British series, here's the official synopsis: Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, »
- Ethan Anderton
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