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Colette vs. Mary Magdalene

5 February 2016 8:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Here's Murtada speculating very early on the 2017 Oscar race.

There’s usually a real life person in the best actress lineup. It’s not as prevalent as it is in best actor - 4 this year. But we do have Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence). Last year there were Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones) and Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon). Recently we got everyone from Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) to Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard) and most famously The Queen (Helen Mirren) and her 80s nemesis Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep). Now we have two more possible candidates for the 2017 Oscar race as two interesting biopics were announced this week with two actresses well known to the Academy. French writer Colette (to be played by Keira Knightley) and Jesus disciple Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara). 

Colette in 1920s

Colette is the more intriguing figure, at least to this non-believer. Born in 1873 she was a journalist, »

- Murtada Elfadl

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Keira Knightley Wants To Play A Bisexual French Writer In Planned Biopic

3 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Keira Knightley has set her sights on her next starring role, as the English actress is in advanced discussions about taking the lead in Colette. The biopic will revolve around the titular French writer, who wrote the famous novel Gigi, which earned her a Nobel Prize For Literature in 1948, and was turned into the 1958 musical of the same name by Vincent Minnelli.  Colette is being developed by HanWay, the production and sales team behind the recent indie success Carol. So it makes sense that they have decided to go with another period piece that is triumphantly female led, while Keira Knightley.s casting may remind many of Rooney Mara.s in Carol. HanWay will be working alongside Bond Films, which recently had tremendous success with Nightcrawler and Whiplash. After announcing that Knightley is currently inline to portray Colette, Bond Films. chairman Michael Litvak remarked to The Hollywood Reporter that she »

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Sweet 16 Links: Colette, Noni, Gaga, and a Lynch Reunion

2 February 2016 10:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Variety Keira Knightley in talks to star in the biopic about the French writer Colette. Crossing my fingers about this one. Colette is fascinating (she wrote Cheri!)

Comics Alliance on Marvel, politics, and why corporations are not your friend

Towleroad TitanMen has offered disgraced Congressman Aaron Schock (the one with abs and a Downton Abbey fetish) $1 million to star in a porn film. Lol

Variety Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher, and more join Meryl Streep's competition jury at Berlinale

Kenneth in the (212) Shirtless Russell Tovey reportedly causes a Broadway audience member to faint. Ha!

Pajiba checks in w/ the Trainspotting cast, 20 years on 

i09 Naomi Watts reunites with Lynch for Twin Peaks S3

i09 Noomi Rapace not returning for the Prometheus sequel

IndieWire thinks "The Chickening," a short film remix of The Shining is insane and genius. Definitely the first part. As for the second... 

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- NATHANIEL R

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News Bits: Program, Sails, Worker, Colette, Baxter

2 February 2016 6:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Program

Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic "The Program," starring Ben Foster as the doping scandal athlete, has been set for a premiere on DirecTV a month before its theatrical and VOD release on March 18th.

Foster went as far as to use performance-enhancing drugs to play the disgraced cyclist, with his work praised in reviews out of the Toronto Film Festival last year. [Source: DirectTV]

Black Sails

Irish actor David Wilmot ("71," "Calvary") has signed on for a regular role on the fourth season of Starz's piracy drama "Black Sails" which began its third season last week on the premium cable channel. Wilmot will play bounty hunter Israel Hands in the next season which begins production shortly ahead of airing next January. [Source: Deadline]

The Worker

Michael Pena ("Ant-Man," "End of Watch") will star in veteran second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley's action thriller "The Worker" at Content Media. Jeremy Renner »

- Garth Franklin

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Keira Knightley in talks for Colette biopic

1 February 2016 6:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Keira Knightley has entered talks for the lead role in Colette, a biopic of the French author and Nobel Prize nominee, which is being produced by the team behind Carol and is to be directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).

Variety reports that the film “tells the true story of Colette, one of France’s leading female writers. Her first marriage was to a larger-than-life character: Willy Gauthier-Villars, a celebrated Parisian wit, critic and man about town. The folklore of the union is that Willy locked his wife up to write novels for him that subsequently became huge best sellers, making him rich and famous. Eventually Colette rose out of the shadows to claim her rightful heritage.”

“Keira is impeccably suited to step into the role of the iconic Colette in the early 1900s, who pushed the envelope in a time when women writers were shunned and bisexuality was scandalous. »

- Gary Collinson

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Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With Bond Writers, Liam Neeson is Jaume Collet-Serra’s ‘The Commuter,’ and More

1 February 2016 12:41 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We’re still all awaiting Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly anticipated female-centric horror thriller The Neon Demon with bated breath, but he’s already gearing up for his next movie, which will reportedly have an Asian setting, and feature action and thriller elements. Details are skim, but it’s also been reported that Refn will be teaming up with the primary screenwriters of the last five James Bond films – Neal Purvis and Robert wade. Who knows? Maybe this could just be the ramp-up to an announcement that this will be the next Bond film, or it could be his long-rumored The Avenging Silence.

After last year’s frenetic Run All Night, star Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra are already reuniting for another movie – their fourth collaboration. Collet-Serra will begin work on The Commuter, an action thriller following a businessman who becomes tangled in a criminal conspiracy on his daily commute, »

- Michael Snydel

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Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in Biopic 'Colette' From 'Carol' Producers

1 February 2016 2:34 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The award-winning production and sales team behind Carol has lined up another historical drama, with Keira Knightley in advanced talks to take the lead role. Colette – from Number 9 Films and Killer Films – will tell the story of iconic French writer Colette, who wrote Gigi and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. Wash Westmoreland will direct from a script he co-wrote with his partner and Still Alice co-director, the late Richard Glatzer. Bold Films, which backed Oscar-nominated films Nightcrawler and Whiplash, will finance and co-produce the English-language title,

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- Alex Ritman

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Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in ‘Carol’ Producers’ ‘Colette’

1 February 2016 1:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Keira Knightley is in talks to star in biopic “Colette,” which reunites the producers behind “Carol,” Number 9 Films and Killer Films. “Still Alice’s” Wash Westmoreland is directing the film.

Bold Films will finance and co-produce the pic, with HanWay Films handling worldwide sales. The screenplay is by Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and co-directed “Still Alice.” Filming will start in May in Budapest.

Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (“Carol,” “Still Alice”) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (“Carol,” “Made in Dagenham”) will produce for Number 9 Films. Bold Films’ chairman Michel Litvak will produce for Bold Films. CEO for Bold Films Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.

The film tells the true story of Colette, one of France’s leading female writers. Her first marriage was to a larger-than-life character: Willy Gauthier-Villars, a celebrated Parisian wit, critic and man about town. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Keira Knightley In Talks To Star In ‘Colette’ Biopic

1 February 2016 1:00 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Keira Knightley is in talks to star in Colette, a biopic about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri, which Stephen Frears adapted into a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Colette will be directed by Still Alice‘s Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote the script with his late Still Alice collaborator Richard Glatzer. The film will re-unite the producing team behind Carol, Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Bold Films will finance and coproduce the title… »

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Keira Knightley to star in 'Colette'

1 February 2016 12:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Teams behind Carol and Still Alice partner on period-biopic due to shoot in May.

Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) is in advanced talks to star in biopic Colette, written by Still Alice team Wash Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer.

Westmoreland is set to direct the feature from Carol producers Number 9 Films and Killer Films.

Nightcrawler and Whiplash backers Bold Films will finance and co-produce the English-language title, marking the company’s first foray into the UK. Filming is due to commence in May in Budapest.

HanWay Films, which is on a roll following Oscar-nominations for Brooklyn, Carol and Anomalisa, will handle world sales. Additional casting is underway.

Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon (Carol, Still Alice) produce for Killer Films and Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley (Carol, Made in Dagenham) will produce for Number 9, which is currently in post-production on Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem and Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest Hour And A Half.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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