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Deadline has the scoop, reporting that the Oscar-nominated actress is circling the role of Catherine Weldon, a real-life Brooklyn artist and activist who marched resolutely to the Standing Rock Reservation in the late 19th century to express solidarity with Sitting Bull, a “Hunkpapa Lakota holy man who led his people during years of resistance to United States government policies.” At the time, Dakota Territory was the topic of heated debate between the government and the tribal resistance. However, despite her best intentions, Weldon was ironically banished from the camp, and the Standing Rock people were pushed into signing away their land.
Lambasted by the American press, Weldon was referred to as “Sitting Bull’s white squaw,” though Chastain’s character stood firm in the face of adversary. »
- Michael Briers
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is in talks to join Jessica Chastain and Michael Stuhlbarg in the gun-control drama, "Miss Sloane" to be directed by John Madden. The film centers on Chastain playing the titular Elizabeth Sloane, known as a "political fixer" who is tasked with getting gun-control legislation past Washington's powerful gun lobby. As her campaign for tighter background checks gains traction in Congress, she makes some significant enemies and finds her career and family at risk. Mbatha-Raw, if she does join the cast, will play a gun-control lobbyist on Chastain's side, with a secret that may be a problem for their efforts. Madden is directing from a script penned »
- Tambay A. Obenson
First-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera wrote the film, which centers on a lobbyist’s efforts to push through tighter federal laws regulating guns. In the wake of the mass shootings across the country, the issue of gun violence is at the forefront of the national debate.
Mbatha-Raw will play a gun-control lobbyist.
Mbatha-Raw next stars opposite Matthew McConaughey in “Free State of Jones,” the Civil War drama written and directed by Gary Ross that Stx is releasing May 13, and she will follow that up with Disney »
- Justin Kroll
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who stars opposite Will Smith in Concussion, is in final negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane, the gun-control drama being made by FilmNation and EuropaCorp. The project, which is being directed by John Madden, is in casting mode and just added Michael Stuhlbarg on Friday. Alison Pill is also on the call sheet. The script, penned by Jonathan Perera, tells of Elizabeth Sloane, a political fixer with an abused and abusive past who takes on Washington’s well-oiled gun lobby to pass gun legislation. The story is set in motion when new legislation requiring
- Borys Kit
It was inevitable that Hollywood would remake Jacques Audiard’s stylish gangster classic A Prophet, but at least there’s considerable talent gathering behind the scenes. It’s been reported that famed crime novelist and The Drop scribe Dennis Lehane will pen the script, while Sam Raimi has eyed the director’s chair. Raimi’s late filmography has been spotty, but his last foray into crime, A Simple Plan, fit like a glove. Audiard’s original film follows a man in prison who’s taken under the tutelage of a crime boss. [Deadline]
After co-writing credits on Noah Baumbach efforts Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig is finally stepping behind the camera herself. Gerwig will direct fellow “it girl” and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. The film will follow a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. [Deadline]
Darius Marder isn’t a well-known name, »
- Michael Snydel
The first poster for Disney’s The Bfg is here.
The Bfg (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the Bfg prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. »
- Michelle McCue
Shakespeare’s portrait of the brooding, potentially psychotic Danish prince Hamlet is arguably the Bard’s most notable play, as well as a veritable support beam within the literary canon. We’ve seen countless cinematic adaptations, contemporized for modern audiences, anachronized for the kitschy crowd, and usually abridged for the medium. But out of this was born an inventive farce which has taken on an iconicity of its own from the perspective of two minor supporting characters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Playwright Tom Stoppard penned the intelligent comedy in 1966 and made his solo directorial cinematic outing with the famous 1990 film version which took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (where Gore Vidal was president, no less). Although fans of Shakespeare’s source text will most likely continue to be entertained by Stoppard’s impressive meta-textual accomplishment, this reputable adaptation of his own material often feels a bit flat. »
- Nicholas Bell
We all have predisposed notions about the infamous “romantic comedy.” As with other genres, there’s a large subsection of offerings, giving it a bad name. But, for every tired, cliché-driven comedy, there is another impressive offering that redefines the genre, garners plenty of laughs, and tells an honest story about love and relationships, however warped they may be. In the coming weeks, we’ll take a look at the fifty romantic comedy films that should be seen. These may not all be classic films, but they certainly put a stamp on the industry and the genre we affectionately call “rom-coms.”
#50. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Most of Wes Anderson’s films could be described as romantic comedies, but his 2012 effort stands out, as its central story focuses on young love and the need to find acceptance. In Anderson’s world, while quirks abound, true connections between characters are commonplace. With Moonrise Kingdom, »
- Joshua Gaul
The project – which is hugely topical, given President Barack Obama’s new push to curb gun violence – has been penned by first time screenwriter Jonathan Perera and is being produced by FilmNation and EuropaCorp.
- Gary Collinson
John Madden is behind the lens for the button-pushing piece, which couldn’t be entering the mainstream at a more appropriate time following Barack Obama’s recent address about the regulation and restrictions surrounding the sale of firearms in the States. Lacy joins a cast that already boasts Jessica Chastain and The Newsroom‘s Alison Pill, though information about their respective characters in Madden’s feature hasn’t been disclosed.
What we do know is that Chastain anchors the feature as a decorated lobbyist seeking personal redemption by championing a new legalization that would result in tighter restrictions for gun control in the country. Even from that brief description we can deduce that Chastain’s seasoned professional has a »
- Michael Briers
Jake Lacy is set to join Jessica Chastain in EuroraCorp and FilmNation’s “Miss Sloane,” a hot-button political thriller about gun control, TheWrap has learned. Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) will co-star in the movie, which John Madden is directing from a script by first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera. Ben Browning will produce for FilmNation, while Patrick Chu will serve as executive producer. Chastain will star as a seasoned D.C. lobbyist who finds personal and professional redemption pushing for reasonable gun legislation, which has been a controversial topic in America of late. Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Joins Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's English-Language. »
- Jeff Sneider
John Madden is directing the pic, which was one of the hot packages going into this year’s Toronto International Film Festival before EuropaCorp outbid other suitors for the rights.
FilmNation is partnering with EuropaCorp on the film, with both producing.
First-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera wrote the film, which centers on a lobbyist’s efforts to push through tighter federal laws regulating guns. In the wake of the mass shootings across the country, the issue of gun violence is a national debate, making the project a hot-button one.
Pill can be seen next in ABC’s American political drama series “The Family” premiering in March and also stars »
- Justin Kroll
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