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He directed a revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster at London’s Young Vic Theatre and is currently directing a new production of La Boheme at Dutch National Opera, a co-production with English National Opera.
Benedict received the London Critics Circle best director award for his Young Vic production of Ibsen’s Three Sisters and his Stc production of Gross Und Klein won the 2011 Helpmann Best Director award.
Credits include marathon Shakespeare cycle The War Of The Roses starring Blanchett at the 2009 Sydney and Perth festivals and his production of Detlev Glanert’s Caligula.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
On Monday night (Nov. 17, 2014) in NYC, Ava DuVernay and cinematographer Bradford Young presented a festival cut of "Selma," which premiered last week at AFI Fest to rave reviews and a standing ovation. (The NYC audience had an equally enthusiastic reaction.) This period drama offers an intimate look at the events leading up to the famous civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Al., including the devastating events known as Bloody Sunday.
David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King, Jr., alongside Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson, and a star-studded cast playing storied civil rights activists and leaders.
1. It's called "Selma" for a reason.
This isn't your typical biopic; while obviously a great deal of the narrative is focused on Martin Luther King, Jr., "Selma" is about all of the people involved in the events leading up to the legendary marches. "Selma" offers the human »
- Jenni Miller
Update, Tuesday, 4:02 Am Pt: A couple of things have happened in the world of international box office since late Sunday night. We now know that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I will not be bowing in China in the 2014 calendar year, and we have a little more insight into why Korea is like the proverbial black hole for Interstellar (in the good sense). Exerting an incredible gravitational pull, Korea has advanced itself as a massive $35.9M play (so far) for Christopher Nolan’s intergalactic epic. Here’s why: There is a very strong and vocal Nolan fanbase in Korea, which has generated astronomical word of mouth in the market. I’m told there were a few midnight screenings the night before the opening on November 6, and online buzz began building immediately. The not-so-spacey elements have also played very well, with the emotional and family sub-plots broadening appeal. Worth »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Bydgoszcz, Poland — Stephen Daldry, the director of “Trash,” and the film’s director of photography Adriano Goldman explained how they turned chaos into cinema, during a discussion at Camerimage film festival, where Daldry was given the excellence in directing award.
Daldry explained during the presentation on Sunday that the film, which plays at the fest, is based on a novel by Andy Mulligan, who had drawn on his experiences working in Brazil, India and the Philippines.
“He hadn’t set it in any particular country, so when I started thinking about making it into a film the first place I went to — following in his footsteps — was Brazil,” Daldry said.
This was mostly because of his existing relationship with Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles, who runs production company O2, which later assisted in the production of “Trash,” and Meirelles’ experience of working with non-professional actors on such productions as “City of God. »
- Leo Barraclough
Why you wanna fly, Blackbird?: Mbatha-Raw Vibrantly Imbues Prince-Blythewood’s Showbiz Melodrama
A systematically underrated director, Gina Prince-Bythewood returns with her third feature film, Beyond the Lights, a showbiz romantic melodrama that could have maintained an all-too familiar narrative and tone if it weren’t for the freshness of its perspective and a vibrant performance from lead Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Originally titled Blackbird, so named for the Nina Simone track that figures heavily into the protagonist’s story, Prince-Bythewood’s less spectacular title change due to several other films in development with the same title (including the latest from David Mamet and now a Rooney Mara vehicle as well) lends the film a rather truncated, less artistic aura than it deserves. While not completely absent of a bit of schmaltz and customized fantasy, Prince-Bythewood achieves rare moments of actual, believable chemistry between her leads, and, most importantly, maintains an air »
- Nicholas Bell
Patricia Highsmith, that doyenne of an immediately recognizable fictional world in which murderers get away with it, seems to be enjoying a moment. This year saw the rather bloodless screen adaptation of The Two Faces of January come and go; next we'll get Todd Haynes' Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, based on Highsmith's The Price of Salt, while a film version of The Blunderer is also in the works. Highsmith's popularity is an oddity, if an encouraging one, in a Hollywood where a cynic might expect her fondness for moral equivalence to be anathema. Switzerland, the new two-hander from
- Harry Windsor
Take a look at the picture above. What do you seec If you're screenwriter Aaron Sorkin or director David Fincher, you see a very clear way to begin your film The Social Network, based on the story of the development of social media behemoth Facebook. You see a way to provide an understandable motivation for your main character, Mark Zuckerberg, an event that will carry your film through to its ending. If you're the living, breathing co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook the film centers on, however, you might see something else entirely. "The filmmakers just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found really hurtful," Zuckerberg told reporters in a public QandA last week. "They made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to attract girls." In the film's opening scene, Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped and walked-out-on by then-girlfriend »
- Jordan Benesh
Production is set to commence in summer 2015. Benedict Andrews makes his feature directorial debut on the story of two people at different points in their life who reunite 15 years after their affair.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
With the Afm in full swing, Relativity Media has shuffled around its upcoming film release schedule to make room for acquisitions and to better position its new features.
Most notably there's " The Transporter Legacy," the upcoming reboot of the action franchise with Ed Skrein replacing Jason Statham in the role of Frank Martin. It's a high-profile title that aims to be the first of a new trilogy.
Originally slated for a February 27th release next year, the film has been delayed four months and will now open in the more lucrative prime Summer release slot of June 19th.
Finally, Relativity »
- Garth Franklin
A few casting items: Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey will play Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, respectively, in Elvis & Nixon. Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship) will direct the account of a December 1970 White House meeting between the two. Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in Blackbird, adapted from the play by David Harrower. Blackbird is the feature directorial debut of Benedict Andrews. Chris Cooper will play J.D. Salinger in Coming Through the Rye, the feature directorial debut of Jim Sadwith. Alex Wolff and Stefania Owen star as two teenagers who seek out Salinger in 1969. More on each project after the jump. According to Variety, Blackbird is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. in the summer. Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly (August: Osage County) will produce. Here's the play synopsis: Una, a 27-year-old woman, comes to visit Ray, a 55-year-old man, at his office. They are clearly not comfortable in other’s company, »
- Brendan Bettinger
• Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn are set to star in Blackbird. Theatrical director Benedict Andrews will make his feature directorial debut. David Harrower adapted the script from his play of the same name. The story catches up with two people who had a passionate affair 15 years prior; one has created a new life, while the other is seeking answers. The film will shoot in the U.K. next summer. [Deadline] • Naomi Watts, whose recent films include Birdman and St. Vincent, will star in the indie drama Shut In. Farren Blackburn is directing from a script by Christina Hodson. The film will »
- C. Molly Smith
One of the hits of 2005’s Edinburgh Festival was David Harrower’s play Blackbird. Following its move to the West End and subsequent Olivier Award for Best New Work, it’s now being adapted for the screen. Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn have signed on to play the couple awkwardly reunited 15 years after a dubious affair. Benedict Andrews, who recently directed Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster on stage to storming effect in A Streetcar Named Desire, will make his debut behind the camera.Mara will play Una, a woman in her 20s who had a torrid affair with Mendelsohn’s office worker Ray when she was just 12 and he was in his late 30s. Ray went to jail because of it and has since started a new life under a new identity. But Una has tracked him down, and the drama of their sudden reunion is infused with tension as her real agenda. »
The Secret Scripture centres on an Irishwoman wrongly branded a nymphomaniac who is sent to a mental hospital where she spends the rest of her life awaiting the arrival of the unborn son she was accused of killing.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
I am always interested in a project Rooney Mara signs up for. I may not always love the movies she is in, but she always makes for an really engaging performance. Even when given minimal screen time in something, like last year's Her. She can say so much with so little. Today it was announced she's just signed on for a new film, shooting in the UK next summer, entitled Blackbird. Along with Mara is another actor I've always found interesting to watch, even if he is usually quite over the top. That being Ben Mendelsohn (Starred Up, Killing Them Softly), who has found his niche playing either sleaze balls or nut jobs. I would be interested to see these two in the same film regardless of what it was about. They have such unique energies that could either mesh really well together or totally repel one another. Blackbird will »
- Mike Shutt
Rooney Mara fans will have a new film to look forward to. Jean Doumanian Productions has announced that the Academy Award nominated actress will star along with Ben Mendelsohn in the upcoming film “Blackbird.” Directing the film will be Benedict Andrews, best known for his theatrical directing career. “Blackbird” will be his first time directing a film. Shooting for “Blackbird” will begin the summer of 2015 in the UK. The film will be produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly. Even though this will be Andrews’ film directing debut, it makes sense that he has been hired to helm the film. The film itself was originally an Olivier Award-winning play [ Read More ]
Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will co-star as two people uncomfortably reunited 15 years after they had an illicit sexual relationship in Blackbird, the screen adaptation of Scottish playwright David Harrower's 2005 drama. The casting was announced Wednesday by Jean Doumanian Productions. Doumanian and Patrick Daly will produce. Australian theater director Benedict Andrews, who has worked extensively on international stages, will make his screen directing debut on the project, which was adapted by Harrower and is scheduled to shoot in the U.K. in summer 2015. Originally a two-hander on stage, the play is a dark, dangerous story of love and
- David Rooney
The story centers on Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) and Una (Rooney Mara), former lovers who reunite 15 years after their torrid affair ended. While Ray has made a new life for herself, Una is still seeking answers, as this emotional thriller explores the consequences of damaged love.
David Harrower, who wrote the play this project is adapted from, is writing the screenplay, with Jean Doumanian (August: Osage County) and Patrick Daly producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the U.K. next summer.
Rooney Mara most recently starred in Her, and she will next be seen in Carol, Trash and Pan. Ben Mendelsohn, best known for his roles in Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly and The Place Beyond the Pines, will next be seen in Exodus: Gods and Kings. »
Rooney Mara is taking a stage play to the big screen. The actress will star alongside Ben Mendelsohn in "Blackbird," an adaptation of David Harrower's work that follows "a confrontation between a man and a woman, estranged former lovers, who clash when the woman shows up unexpectedly at the man’s office." Benedict Andrew will direct, with filming kicking off next summer. [Variety] Asa Butterfield is now confirmed for Tim Burton's “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” Ella Purnell is also boarding the pic, which has Eva Green attached, in the adaptation of Ransom Riggs' novel about "about a teenager who finds himself transported to an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures who are out to destroy them." Cameras are aiming to roll in early 2015. [Variety] Christina Hendricks will go into the eye of "The Hurricanes." The Jonathan Lynn ("My Cousin. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Adapted by Harrower from his Olivier-winning play — which came Stateside in a 2007 Off Broadway production that starred Jeff Daniels — the plot centers on a confrontation between a man and a woman, estranged former lovers, who clash when the woman shows up unexpectedly at the man’s office.
- Gordon Cox
The story follows three estranged and very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band after a rapper samples their music and sends it to the top of the charts. Annalise Davis, Rajita Shah and Jimmy Harry will produce. [Source: Screen]
David Harrower's script follows two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. What follows is "an unflinching excavation of damaged love" and the consequences of it. [Source: Deadline]
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- Garth Franklin
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