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The Weinstein Company Schedules ‘Mary Magdalene,’ ‘The Current War’ for Awards Season

17 March 2017 4:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Co. has scheduled a prime awards season date for “Mary Magdalene,” the second film from “Lion” director Garth Davis. Starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, the biblical biopic is set to be released on Nov. 24.

Weinstein announced several other dates for its 2017 slate on Friday.

Historical drama “The Current War” is set to open Dec. 22, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. Despite earlier reports that it had dropped the title, TWC will nonetheless release Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut “Wind River” with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen following its world premiere in January at Sundance. The thriller will hit theaters Aug. 4.

From the team behind “Lion,” “Mary Magdalene” chronicles the story of Mary (Mara), who defies her traditional family to join a new social movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Phoenix). “Mary Magdalene” was written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, »

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Weinstein Co. Sets Dates For ‘Mary Magdalene,’ ‘The Current War,’ ‘Wind River’

17 March 2017 4:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Weinstein Company has announced dates for three of its 2017 films: “Mary Magdalene,” “The Current War” and “Wind River.” “Mary Magdalene,” a biblical biopic about the mother of Jesus, will hit theaters in limited release on November 24 before expanding throughout December. The film is directed by Garth Davis, who helmed TWC’s “Lion,” which received six Academy Award nominations. “Lion” star Rooney Mara plays the title character. Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett wrote “Mary Magdalene,” which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, and Ryan Corr. “The Current War,” which chronicles the feud between two moguls developing reliable systems of delivering electricity in. »

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'Mary Magdalene', 'The Current War' land prime awards slots

17 March 2017 4:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Weinstein Company adds trio of films to 2017 pipeline.

Lion director Garth Davis’s follow-up Mary Magdalene will open in limited release on November 24 and expand throughout December, the Weinsteins announced on Friday.

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix star in the biblical biopic that recounts how Mary broke free from the strictures of her life to follow the movement led by Jesus of Nazareth that ultimately led her to Jerusalem.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, and Ryan Corr also star. Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett wrote the screenplay.

The Current War stars Benedict Cumberbatch as pioneer Thomas Edison and is set to open on December 22.

Michael Shannon plays rival George Westinghouse in the story of the battle for electricity supply in the late 1880s. Alfonso Gomez‐Rejon directs from a screenplay by Michael Mitnick.

Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfayden, and Tuppence Middleton also star. The Current War will get a “moderate” expansion on January 19, 2018.

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Applications open for 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship

21 February 2017 3:53 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Australians in Film has opened applications for the ninth annual Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Established in memory of Ledger, the prize is awarded to an emerging Aussie actor between aged between 18-35 years. The recipient will receive Us$10,000 and two return airfares to La.

Last year's winner, Ashleigh Cummings stars in the upcoming Kiwi feature Pork Pie, distributed by StudioCanal later this year.

Other past winners include Anna McGahan, set to star in Foxtel.s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Ryan Corr (Mary Magdalene, The Water Diviner, Holding the Man), James Mackay (The Dressmaker, Hacksaw Ridge, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Bella Heathcote (Fifty Shades Darker, Dark Shadows, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies).

AiF board member and Heath.s sister Kate Ledger said the scholarship was close to the heart. .

.Seeing the struggles that Heath went through in making that transition with his international career and knowing »

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