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While Todd Haynes himself isn't up for any Oscars for "Carol," the film's two stars, Cate Blachett and Rooney Mara, lead the six total nominations the picture received, and the director is out continuing to push his romantic drama and hopefully shine a few more lights on his film before the ceremony later this month. He recently sat down with Vice, and while some folks would be weary of the press circuit by this point, Haynes is as engaging as ever. Read More: 'Carol' Conversations: 31-Minute Talk With Todd Haynes And Kelly Reichardt, Plus 24-Minute Talk With Rooney Mara The conversation, of course, touches upon the making of "Carol," but also interestingly dives into the influence of David Bowie on Haynes' life. The director has no shortage of praise for the late artist, but also says that not using Bowie's music in "Velvet Goldmine" actually opened up the creative possibilities of the film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight Almost as confusing as its male counterpart (though not quite), best supporting actress seems like a wide open race at this point. Kate Winslet was always going to be a surefire nominee for her brilliant turn in "Steve Jobs," but even with her surprise Globe win, this category is far from a done deal. As expected, Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara landed where their studios wanted them, and both have strong critical support and rising star power the Academy may take not of, especially because Winslet is an Oscar-winning veteran with no shortage of nominations to her name. The other two nominees, Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Hateful Eight") and Rachel McAdams ("Spotlight"), fit effortlessly into their ensemble, though Leigh's ferocious turn has many pegging her as the category's ultimate victor. For now, it's anyone's guess. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might »
If Rooney Mara's dress at [insert any awards show here] hasn't given you some clues as to what she might wear to the Oscars, you just straight up haven't been watching. She has, thus far, stayed true to her signature edgy and modern style. You may have noticed that color just isn't her thing, as her red carpet journey so far has consisted of three neutrals: black, white and nude. What she does like to switch up, however, is the style of her gowns. One minute she's wearing a mini lace Lanvin, the next a mid-length Victorian-inspired Proenza Schouler number and the next she's in a full-fledged plunging Valentino gown. It's clear she has yet to pick favorites »
“Time is on your side,” the Rolling Stones have long assured us, though the heavyweight roles nominated for 88th Academy Awards would sing a different tune. Time’s tendency to force or impede behavior had a significant impact on much of the year’s best acting.
Dramatically, you can’t go wrong by setting tight deadlines. In “The Big Short,” Michael Burry (Christian Bale) hurries to exploit mortgage bonds’ weaknesses before anyone else discovers them, and rushes to infer just the right moment to sell before the house of cards collapses.
In “Spotlight,” Mark Ruffalo plays reporter Mike Rezendes, who is always running against time. “There’s a sense of urgency to almost everything Mike does, as if there could never be enough time to get a source to talk, to get the documents, to write the story — it’s why he runs,” Ruffalo says. When proof is found of Catholic Church child abuse cover-up, »
- Bob Verini
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Carol star Rooney Mara has been cast as Mary Magdalene in an upcoming biopic of the biblical figure, which has been developed by See-Saw Films, Film4 and Universal Pictures International Productions.
Screen International reports that Garth Davis (Alice) is set to direct the project from a script by Helen Edmundson (An Inspector Calls) and Philippa Goslett (How to Talk to Girls at Parties), and is being produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.
“Rooney’s raw, brave approach to performances, coupled with her deeply magnetic inner life, holds all the dimensions needed to bring to life one of history’s most misunderstood women – Mary Magdalene,” states Davis). “Having worked with Rooney on Lion, I know she is a once in a life time talent.”
Mary Magdalene is slated for release in 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight Much of the early news surrounding the best actress race centered on where Oscar voters would place Rooney Mara ("Carol") and Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl") on their ballots. The pair were both nominated for supporting actress at the SAGs and Critics Choice, and both as lead at the Golden Globes. Now that nominations have been announced, we know that both have been regulated to the category for which they campaigned, which left the door open for Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years") and Jennifer Lawrence ("Joy") to make the cut. Regardless, the best actress race seems pretty much like a head-to-head battle between Brie Larson ("Room") and Saoirse Ronan ("Brooklyn"). Both actresses are rising stars that give two of the year's most resonant performances. Larson won the Globes, though she's certainly not as big of a frontrunner as Julianne Moore and Blanchett have »
Well it looks like Steven Soderbergh might be coming out of his theatrical retirement to work on a new movie project with Channing Tatum, which will revolve around a heist during a Nascar-style race. According to a source close to THR, the new movie will be “Ocean’s Eleven but with hillbillies”.
Not much else is known as of yet however Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) has also been linked, although only Tatum has been confirmed to be involved right now.
Soderbergh’s last feature film project was Side Effects, released in 2013 and starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Since then he’s been working in television and his HBO film Behind the Candelabra – starring Michael Douglas as Liberace – won two Golden Globes.
Soderbergh confirmed shortly before the release of Side Effects that he would be retiring from filmmaking indefinitely citing Hollywood’s horrible treatment towards »
- Gavin Logan
McN David Poland looks at the writers branch and how the new Academy rules might affect them
Gurus of Gold interesting to see where the volatility is in the new charts: Best Picture and Best Director contain all the (seeming) drama
Av Club The Flash will officially crossover with Supergirl despite different networks
Variety on the new warp speed market for television shows
Variety Jessica Chastain still looking for her Oscar movie, in talks for Woman Walks Ahead, about a 19th century woman who advised »
- NATHANIEL R
Update: Nearly three years after announcing his retirement from the film industry, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is heading back to the big screen.
Sources tell Variety that Soderbergh is attached to direct the feature film “Lucky Logan” with Channing Tatum on board to star.
Gregory Jacobs will produce the movie, which is currently a mystery, but sources say Soderbergh recently got his hands on the script and quickly fell in love with the premise.
No reps returned calls for comment. However, shortly after Variety published this story, Soderbergh said the report was “wrong” on Twitter. (An earlier version of this story suggested Matt Damon would co-star in the film, which is titled “Lucky Logan,” not “Hillbilly Heist.”)
Sources tell Variety that most of the major studios including Warner Bros., Sony and Fox are all lining up to acquire the hot package, and that a deal should be in place by the end of the week. »
- Justin Kroll
Yesterday we got all the Leonardo DiCaprio questions out of the way so now on to other Reader Questions. Let's jump right in. Here's eleven questions from readers. You asked. I'm answering.
Eurocheese: What's your favorite comedy to win Best Picture?
Nathaniel: Toss up between It Happened One Night (1934) and Tootsie (198---Damnit. Tootsie is >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Gandhi)
Chris James: Sylvester Stallone now holds the record for the longest time between Oscar nominations for the same character (39 years between 1976 nomination and 2015 nomination). Which nominated roles would you love to see a sequel of 39 years after their original film with the same actor reprising the role? Is there some from the past year or are there any characters this year you would love to check in with 39 years down the road?
Nathaniel: What a cool question! Unfortunately a lot of these characters might not be alive in 40 years... so we'll have to stick »
- NATHANIEL R
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 »
Being that some of us hold Rooney Mara as the closest thing to a modern-day Christ, it’s only fitting that she’d end up playing one of His closest compatriots. Or so her Lion director, Garth Davis, is hoping will be the case when it comes to a new biopic — described as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history” — handled by Universal and See-Saw Films. [Deadline]
Here’s another bit of news that will spark Christian interest: Pope Francis will soon stand as the first Pope to appear in a feature film — in this case, Beyond the Sun, “a family adventure based on the Gospels.” Ambi Pictures are financing and producing, while Graciela Rodriguez is helming »
- Nick Newman
Fresh off wooing Cate Blanchett in Todd Haynes’ critically-acclaimed Oscar hopeful Carol, Rooney Mara has emerged as an early frontrunner to land the title role in Universal’s Mary Magdalene biopic, Deadline has learned.
Partnering with See-Saw Films, the studio has already instated Garth Davis in the director’s chair, and it looks as though Mara is on the verge of coming aboard. Negotiations are currently underway, so it’s worth keeping in mind that the casting is yet to be finalized, but that hasn’t quelled Davis’ excitement about the potential of Mara portraying “one of history’s most misunderstood woman.”
“Rooney’s raw, brave approach to performances, coupled with her deeply magnetic inner life, holds all the dimensions needed to bring to life one of history’s most misunderstood woman — Mary Magdalene,” said Davis. “Having worked with Rooney on Lion, I know she is a once in a lifetime talent. »
- Michael Briers
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
Rooney Mara is engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in a new biopic from The King's Speech producer See-Saw Films. The project, backed by Universal Pictures International Productions, was first announced last month and is set to be an "authentic and humanistic portrait" of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. Garth Davis — currently in post-production on See-Saw's Lion, also starring Mara — is directing the film from a script written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett. Production is set to begin next summer for an anticipated release in 2017. "Rooney’s
- Alex Ritman
Mara, who picked up an Oscar nomination for her role in “Carol,” is set to star in the upcoming Untitled Terrence Malick Film, and Davis’ “Lion,” also produced by See-Saw and scheduled for release at the end of the year.
Davis said: “Rooney’s raw, brave approach to performances, coupled with her deeply magnetic inner life, holds all the dimensions needed to bring to life one of history’s most misunderstood woman — Mary Magdalene. Having worked with Rooney on ‘Lion,’ I know she is a once in a life-time talent.”
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Rooney Mara is being pursued for the role and engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic of the figure. Universal Pictures International Productions is partnering with See-Saw Films on the biopic, which is set to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. Mara can currently be seen in her Oscar nominated role in Carol, and an upcoming untitled Terrence Malick… »
Garth Davis will direct the film written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett. Production is due to begin this summer on the project which is looking like a typically blue-ribbon affair from The King’s Speech and Top of The Lake team See-Saw.
See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce. Davis and See-Saw recently teamed on upcoming feature Lion, starring Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, as well as on hit TV series Top Of The Lake.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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