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There often seems to be two different types of Meryl Streep movies. One type is the serious awards vehicles, where she’s consistently nominated for Oscars. The other type is when she seems to be letting her hair down and having a good time, usually to be ignored by Academy members. Rarely do those two types of films intersect, but this week, it appears like that might be the case with Florence Foster Jenkins. Not only is Streep getting top notch reviews for her performances, but the film itself, despite being on the lighter side, is getting a bit of Oscar buzz as well. Perhaps this is the sort of flick that can be a crossover success for her. The early word actually indicates that yes, it can in fact be. The movie is a biopic/dramedy about title character Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep), a New York heiress who had »
- Joey Magidson
Chicago – For nine seasons, Simon Helberg has graced the television screen as Howard, on the number one comedy hit “The Big Bang Theory.” As the show nears the end of its run, Helberg is breaking out a bit, starting with a vital supporting role opposite Meryl Streep in the new film, “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
The film tells the based-on-truth story of the title character, a wealthy women of society who desires only to sing opera, but cannot carry a tune. With the help of her husband St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant) and her piano accompanist Cosmé Moon (Helberg), she manages to get all the way to a performance at Carnegie Hall, and the subsequent recording of that 1940s concert has become one of the most requested and popular to come out of that legendary music venue.
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Watch out highways of the East Coast—Helen Mirren is heading out in a Winnebago with Donald Sutherland in their new film “The Leisure Seeker.” The film follows two ailing retirees as they fight off poor health to take what may be their last road trip from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway House in Florida. The project will also star Christian McKay and is based on a novel by Michael Zadoorian. Filming is expected to start later this month in Atlanta. While most of the additional casting is out of the Peach State, Marc Hirschfeld is also attached to the project. Hollywood is heading to the Great White North as K’naan Warsame celebrates his new HBO pickup, “Mogadishu, Minnesota.” The Minneapolis-based pilot is about a family struggling to define what it means to be American while still living among the city’s Somali population. The project, one of the »
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 15-26) hosted its first works in progress event on Sunday, presenting seven British features still in production.
Films were looking for a combination of sales company representation, festival interest and final finance.
Between pitches were meetings and networking with industry representatives from Protagonist, Metrodome, Carnaby, Stray Dogs, Film4, Studiocanal, Lionsgate, Soda and Creative England.
Festival representatives attended from Tallinn Black Nights and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Holly Daniel, Edinburgh’s head of industry and talent development, told Screen: “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while now. There’s a gap across the UK for films looking for the final piece of the puzzle…Given all our work with emerging talent already, that put us in a good position to provide that platform.”
“We are very »
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The show’s not over ’til the flat lady sings in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Stephen Frears’ bright, bubbly and suitably ear-bursting biopic of surely the least gifted chanteuse ever to sell out Carnegie Hall. She sings rather early on, however, leaving Frears and screenwriter Nicholas Martin with few dramatic or comedic cards to play for the pic’s remaining 90 minutes — beyond the admittedly delicious spectacle of the ever-game Meryl Streep taking a musical meat cleaver to respectable operetta. Less rich and less rounded than “Marguerite,” the recent French arthouse hit drawn from Jenkins’ story, this good-humored confection — slyly fashioned as a reproach to more discerning culture critics — will nonetheless strike a chord with auds who thrilled to Streep’s comparably high-camp impersonation of Julia Child. Seventy-two years after her passing, expect Jenkins’ name to sell out a few more theaters from beyond the grave.
While Frears’ film hits theaters in Blighty this spring, »
- Guy Lodge
Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant lead the cast of the Stephen Frears directed film which focusses the true events of the latter days of America socialite, Florence Foster Jenkins. Here’s our Florence Foster Jenkins review.
Stephen Frears’ follow-up movie to last year’s impressive biopic The Program could not be any different, and here he teams with Nicholas Martin, a successful television writer behind episodes of Midsomer Murders, Soldier Soldier and Dalziel & Pascoe, for an brilliantly funny romp set in New York City towards the end of the second World War.
Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was known for her very off-key performances as an opera singer, her appearances on-stage fully financed from her fortune left to her by her late father. At »
- Paul Heath
The independent British feature, which is in pre-production, marks the directorial debut for both McKay and Hecking and is based on an original story developed by the duo.
McKay, also known for roles in Rush, The Theory Of Everything and the upcoming Florence Foster Jenkins, will also star alongside Spanish actress Charlotte Vega (Another Me, The Refugees, El club de los incomprendidos) in her first leading English-language role and Harry Macqueen.
Provenance is produced by White Horse Films and is fully funded. Shooting will begin in the south of France in April »
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After dethroning 20th Century Fox's Deadpool at the box office last weekend, Disney's Zootopia was easily expected to remain on top during its second frame in theaters. The animated comedy faced Paramount's low-budget thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, Sony's R-rated comedy The Brothers Grimsby, Focus Features' historical drama The Young Messiah and Lionsgate's The Perfect Match, none of which were expected to take down Zootopia. Box Office Mojo reports that Zootopia did in fact come out on top for the second weekend in a row, earning a healthy $50 million.
Zootopia only dropped an impressive 33.4% in its second weekend, with its current domestic tally at $142.6 million and an international total of $288.7 million for a global take of $431.3 million. The movie is a huge hit with critics, scoring a 99% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Zootopia should do well with repeat viewing. Zootopia earned a healthy $13,065 per-screen average, with the movie playing in 3,827 theaters. »
Because in this franchise-saturated age, even the New Testament apparently requires a prequel — aside, of course, from the Old Testament — “The Young Messiah” envisages a year in the life of Christ circa age 7. Based on Anne Rice’s 2005 novel, “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,” and claiming inspiration from Scripture, this pious drama is a work of minimal imagination and even less subtlety. Its hollow tale is merely a series of inert incidents in which the childhood deity (Adam Greaves-Neal) heals, resurrects, and provides revelation on his way from Alexandria to Nazareth (and later Jerusalem) alongside his parents Mary (Sara Lazzaro) and Joseph (Vincent Walsh), all while being pursued by a would-be Roman assassin. A borderline-diabolical test of one’s patience, this sluggish saga will likely stir the spirits of only the staunchest Sunday-school set.
“How do we explain God to his own son?” asks Joseph to Mary during an »
- Nick Schager
Disney's Zootopia managed to dethrone 20th Century Fox's Deadpool at the box office last weekend, by setting a few records of its own. It topped Dr. Seuss' the Lorax for the highest animated movie opening in March, and became the biggest debut ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios. This weekend, it will go up against four wildly different newcomers, Paramount's low-budget thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane, Sony's R-rated comedy The Brothers Grimsby, Focus Features' historical drama The Young Messiah and Lionsgate's The Perfect Match, none of which are expected to best Zootopia, according to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com
Zootopia is expected to drop roughly 50% this weekend, taking in a projected $37.5 million, but since animated movies have tendencies to drop less from week to week, it's possible it could debut just north of $40 million. After all, the movie is a huge hit with critics, scoring a 99% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, »
10 items from 2016
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