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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
Early in Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy offers his opinion of Elizabeth Bennet to Mr Bingley: “She is tolerable.” Would that I could say the same about this stupid film. Representing the lowest form of mashup, Burr Steers’ ridiculous adaptation is, to be fair, a fascinating example of an idiotic culture gone horribly wrong.
I have not read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the “Quirk Book classic”, as it is described in the credits) for two reasons. One, life is finite, and two, if I simply had to dig into Seth Grahame-Smith’s oeuvre, I’d choose Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. It has to be said that the first two-thirds of Steers’ film has stretches that aren’t too bad. »
- Jordan Hoffman
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 »
If you ever felt a little uncomfortable watching Andrew Lincoln’s cue-card delivered confession of devotion for Keira Knightley in Love Actually, or wondered whether it was appropriate for Ben Stiller to hire a private eye to track down his high school crush in There’s Something About Mary, it turns out science is on your side. A new study suggests romcoms that feature men engaging in stalker-like behaviour can make women more likely to tolerate obsessiveness from prospective romantic partners.
I Did It Because I Never Stopped Loving You, a report by the gender and sexuality expert Julia R Lippman, of the University of Michigan, examined women’s response to questions about aggressive romantic behaviour after watching a series of films with differing themes. Lippman found »
- Ben Child
Comics Alliance on Marvel, politics, and why corporations are not your friend
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
IndieWire thinks "The Chickening," a short film remix of The Shining is insane and genius. Definitely the first part. As for the second...
Towleroad a first for Espn, »
- NATHANIEL R
The biopic is a standard staple in Hollywood, but two projects are brewing that already promise to be distinct efforts, diving into the lives some very unique women in history. Read More: 15 Great Unconventional Biopics First up, Deadline reports that Rooney Mara will take the lead role as Mary Magdalene in a movie from director Garth Davis, who the actress has recently worked with on the upcoming "Lion," co-starring Nicole Kidman. Previously portrayed by Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation Of Christ" and by Monica Bellucci in Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of The Christ" (among other versions), Davis' film will track life of Jesus' devoted follower, who saw him crucified and resurrected. The untitled film has a script from Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and production will begin in the summer. Next, Screen Daily has revealed that Keira Knightley is gearing up for the lead role in "Colette. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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]
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]
- Garth Franklin
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
Should the pieces fall into place, the two-time Academy Award nominee will assume the role of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French novelist celebrated for penning Gigi back in 1944 – during the twilight years of World War II, no less. It was a novel that proved to be a timeless classic, even nabbing an Oscar when it was adapted into a musical feature in 1958 with Leslie Caron.
Born in Belle Epoque, Colette “lived through both World Wars, including the Nazi occupation of Paris; her Jewish husband Maurice Goudeket was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941.” Living in fear of the Nazi regime, experiencing the throes of war first hand ought to make for a meaty role for Knightley to tackle.
- Michael Briers
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
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the major streaming sites certainly haven't used that as an excuse to slack off. Perhaps motivated by the imminent Leap Day, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are unleashing an absolute blizzard of new titles over the next four weeks — from a martial-arts sequel 16 years in the making, to a note-perfect new comedy series that's arriving just in time to cure (or inflame) those post-Valentine's Day blues. Here are our top 10 picks for what to watch in the next 29 days.
11.22.63 (Hulu, »
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,
- Alex Ritman
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
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… »
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.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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Arriving on Blu-ray this week is Baltasar Kormákur‘s adventure drama Everest, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and many more. We’ve teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away one (1) Blu-ray of the film and a promotional Everest carabiner. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Wednesday, January 27th.
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Unbridled ambition, a ferocious storm, and the limits of human endurance collide at the top of the world in the white-knuckle adventure Everest, coming to Digital HD on December 22, 2015, and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on January 19, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Following a pair of expeditions to the highest point – and most dangerous place – on Earth, Everest captures the brutal majesty of the deadly peak, and the boundless courage required to conquer it, with breathtaking cinematography and spectacular storytelling. Exclusive extras make Everest a can’t-miss, must-own event, bringing viewers behind-the-scenes for a look at the making of the film, as well as astonishing insights about the real-life 1996 summit attempt that inspired it.
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- Movie Geeks
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Real-life recreations are most definitely in favour at the moment and human survival stories are always a smart choice, so can Everest climb the metaphorical mountain of interest? Well, it definitely gives us a strong, believable visual representation of the both the glory and misery of the mighty peak but, most importantly, presents its lead characters as real, every-day people, which is exactly who they were at the moment all that comes occurred.
The film follows two specific expeditions from the bottom to the top and although isn’t a exact real-telling of the 1996 climb, if »
- Dan Bullock
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Straight Outta Compton" Yeah, the Oscars snubbed it for major awards, but who cares what the "Academy" thinks? Bye, Felicia! Critics and audiences loved this bio-drama about the creation of N.W.A., and it's available on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The Blu-ray (and Digital HD, which is already out) includes the Unrated Director's Cut, with 20 additional minutes of the film. Bonus features exclusive to Blu-ray include deleted scenes, feature commentary with director/producer F. Gary Gray, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film.
"Everest," which documents two different expeditions challenged by one of the fiercest snowstorms encountered by man, is out on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand January 19. The film's all-star cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, »
- Gina Carbone
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