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Transgender actress Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black, Jeffery Tambor in Transparent, and Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming The Danish Girl prove that transgender roles and how actors approach these have been the hot topic for a solid twenty years. The physical changes get audiences talking, with weight gain or loss and spending months dressed as the other gender becoming iconic to each trans role. Others choose a mental state of mind to embody the other sex. To celebrate the release of The New Girlfriend, in UK cinemas from 22nd May, we look at how career-defining transgender roles have been approached and become iconic.
Terence Stamp was initially reluctant to star in this role as transgender Bernadette. Ironic, considering that this film is the go-to for changing opinions of the Lgbt community and transgender roles on the silver screen. He did »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Amy Adams drop dead gorgeous on Oscars' Red Carpet Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards Looking drop dead gorgeous, Amy Adams is pictured above donning a scintillating blue dress while arriving at the 2011 Oscar ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in the fast-thumping heart of Hollywood. Adams was – for the third time in six years (more info below) – a Best Supporting Actress nominee. This time around, she was shortlisted for her performance in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a generally well-regarded and surprisingly successful (in the U.S.) boxing drama that earned fellow supporting actress Melissa Leo the evening's Oscar. Another The Fighter actor, Christian Bale (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar statuette. In fact, the film's only major cast member left without an Oscar nomination in the acting categories was lead Mark Wahlberg (pictured with wife) – though he did »
- D. Zhea
It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you stick cars and explosions in a movie, men will go and see it. The Fast & Furious franchise has clocked up a ridiculous number of miles at the box office and now another series is about to join the fun, set in the future but resurrected from a seemingly-dormant past.
Mad Max: Fury Road takes us back to the dusty, post-apocalyptic world of Max Rockatansky, a man as burned by tragedy as by the relentless Outback sun. Originally played by Mel Gibson, this time round rising Brit Tom Hardy adopts the mantle (and indeed the accent) for a blistering thrill ride of machine-based mayhem that has had even the most genteel critics foaming at the mouth.
Though Charlize Theron provides equal star power as Imperator Furiosa, it’s safe to say this film is largely one for the boys. So with that in mind, »
- Steve Palace
Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.
Writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) upcoming thriller Brimstone, starring Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars), Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga) and Carice van Houten (Black Book), has closed key deals and added finance ahead of its June 15 shoot.
Among pre-sales to close for Embankment Films are Germany (Koch Media) and France (The Jokers Films) with savvy French outfit Back-Up Media and Holland’s N279 Entertainment arranging financing on the film with London-based New Sparta Films and Filmwave.
In Brimstone, Wasikowska will play a heroine on the run from her past, chased by a diabolical preacher played by Pearce. Set in the American West, Paterson is set to play an outlaw.
The film will shoot in Romania, Spain and Germany »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Lionsgate has snapped up new drama Genius at the Cannes Film Festival for distribution in the U.S. for around $4 million. Here’s a first look image…
The film, which tells the story of the relationship between book editor Max Perkins, who edited works by the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, stars Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Jude Law (Black Sea), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep), Guy Pearce (The Rover), Dominic West (The Affair) and Laura Linney (The Truman Show).
Directed by debutant Michael Grandage, no release date has yet been set for the film, but we could feasibly see it around awards season later this year.
- Scott J. Davis
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
Another pick-up at the Cannes Film Festival for Lionsgate this morning was Michael Grandage's "Genius," which feels like awards bait given the subject matter and the talent involved. The film tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins, who oversaw works by legends like Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald in his time. The script, based on the book by A. Scott Berg, was written by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan ("Gladiator," "The Aviator," "Hugo"). Colin Firth stars in the film as Perkins and there's a roll call of stars playing those top literary names. Jude Law is in as Wolfe, Guy Pearce is Fitzgerald and Dominic West is Hemingway. Nicole Kidman also stars as costume designer Aline Bernstein, who had a four-year relationship with Wolfe and possessed some of his unpublished manuscripts at the time of his death. Laura Linney, meanwhile, plays Perkins' wife, Louise Saunders. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Tony Award-winning theater director Michael Grandage is making his feature film debut with Genius starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West and it was already considered an Oscar hopeful, but now that has become a little more legit as Lionsgate has picked it up for domestic distribution. The announcement comes out of Cannes. amz asin="042522337X" size="small"The screenplay was written by Tony Award-winner and three-time Academy Award-nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator) based on the book "Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg and centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth). Wolfe, a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality and Perkins, one of the most respected literary editors of all time, formed a complex, transformative and irrepressible friendship that changed the lives of these brilliant but very different men forever. »
- Brad Brevet
Roadside and Lionsgate have acquired Us rights to The Sea Of Trees in a deal with CAA and Wme Global in the days leading up to Saturday’s world premiere.
Gus van Sant directs the tale of a suicidal widower who experiences a change of heart following an encounter in Japan’s notorious Aokigahara Forest.
Bloom handles international rights and launched sales at the market one year ago.
Meanwhile Lionsgate has also picked up Genius, the upcoming »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Lionsgate has acquired the Us rights to hot Cannes market title, literary biopic "Genius," starring Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), Jude Law ("Spy"), Nicole Kidman ("The Hours"), Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Guy Pearce ("The Rover") and Dominic West ("The Affair"). The Affair). John Logan ("Penny Dreadful," "The Aviator") adapted the A.Scott Berg biography of editor-to-the-stars Maxwell Perkins. Tony-winning theater director Michael Grandage ("Red," "Frost/Nixon") makes his feature film debut. Producers are James Bierman, Grandage and Logan with Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, James J. Bagley, Berg, Tim Bevan, Steve Christian, Ivan Dunleavy and Arielle Tepper Madover serving as executive producers. The film was financed by Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures. The film "Genius" centers on the real-life relationship between Perkins (Colin Forth) and »
- Anne Thompson
So, I'm experiencing that thing where you see a major star playing one of your favorite authors ever in a movie. It's not necessarily bad, it's just...unexpected. At any rate, the first image from "Genius" has arrived, along with a deal that will see the movie released by Lionsgate. Read More: Jude Law Replaces Michael Fassbender In 'Genius' With Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West star in the movie that will tell the story of the relationship between acclaimed editor Max Perkins and celebrated author Thomas Wolfe ("Look Homeward, Angel," "You Can't Go Home Again"). Perkins helped Wolfe focus his beautifully wild writing to make him into a figure that for a brief, if somewhat forgotten moment, made him one of the best known voices in American letters. He was also someone who was larger than life, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to the literary drama “Genius” for under $4 million, Variety has confirmed.
CAA is handling U.S. rights, with FilmNation selling the film in international territories.
- Ramin Setoodeh
On the first official day of the Cannes film festival, Lionsgate has nabbed U.S. rights to hot project Genius, starring Colin Firth. Directed by Michael Grandage, the film, also starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Guy Pearce, has been considered one of the hottest projects going into the festival. The film, now in postroduction, is an adaptation of A. Scott Berg's biography about renowned book editor Max Perkins, who worked with Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Kingsman: The Secret Service actor Firth stars as Perkins, while Law plays Wolfe. John Logan wrote the script for the
- Rebecca Ford
On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival, Lionsgate has purchased U.S. rights to “Genius,” which stars Jude Law as acclaimed author Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth as his editor Max Perkins, TheWrap has learned. Michael Grandage directed the film, which has awards aspirations and co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and “The Affair” star Dominic West. Riverstone Pictures and Pinewood Pictures co-financed “Genius,” which is based on “Max Perkins: Editor of a Genius,” a book by A. Scott Berg that was adapted by John Logan. The story follows the unique friendship shared by Wolfe and Perkins. Also Read: 'Kingsman: The. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: Lionsgate has kicked off Cannes by acquiring the Us rights to Genius, the Michael Grandage-directed film that stars Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West. The U.S. deal was just shy of $4 million. It was completed yesterday after buyers, including Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, were shown the film for the first time late last week by CAA, which brokered the deal for the… »
Annette Bening and Warren Beatty on the Oscars' Red Carpet Best Actress nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty Smiling radiantly, Best Actress Academy Award nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are seen above as they arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre, located in the world-renowned (but locally not all that prestigious) Los Angeles suburb of Hollywood. Annette Bening was in the running for her performance as a lesbian companion/wife to Julianne Moore and mother/adoptive mother of Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Bening lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman for her mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. See also: Pregnant Natalie Portman on the Oscars' Red Carpet. Annette Bening: Four Oscar nominations The Kids Are All Right was Annette Bening's fourth Academy Award nomination. »
- D. Zhea
'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired Alexander Ekdahl (Bertil Guve), the original "boy who sees dead people." Better yet, it should have been called "The Ekdahls," for that whole family is central to the film, especially Fanny and Alexander's beautiful blonde mother Emilie, »
- Dan Schneider
Photo: Warner Bros. / Lionsgate / Paramount Christopher Nolan was asked, during a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival, to choose which sequence from his films he considers his favorite. The log chase scene in Insomniac The semi-flip in The Dark Knightc The docking sequence in Interstellarc Every single one of themc Nope. The director answered as some may have expected, with the opening scene from The Dark Knight Rises, often discussed as his most impressive stunt sequence thus far in his directorial career. Call it the prologue scene, call it the airplane hijacking scene, call it what you want, Nolan is proud of it no matter what title you give it. "It took us about two days in Scotland," he told host Bennett Miller and the crowd. He continued: "It was an incredible sort of coming together of months and months of planning by a lot of different members of »
- Jordan Benesh
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
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