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6 items from 2016


Colette vs. Mary Magdalene

5 February 2016 8:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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Rooney Mara in talks to play Mary Magdalene in See-Saw biopic

2 February 2016 6:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Carol star Rooney Mara is in talks to play Mary Magdalene in The King’s Speech producer See-Saw’s anticipated project, which is gathering steam.

Universal Pictures International Productions is partnering with See-Saw Films on the biopic of the enigmatic spiritual figure who was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

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.

The film will be overseen at Universal by Upip managing director of  Peter Kujawski and recently appointed co-managing director Robert Walak. Universal will release »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 4: #25-1

26 January 2016 11:17 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.

Click here for Part 1! (#100-76)

Click here for Part 2! (#75-51)

Click here for Part 3! (#50-26)

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Oscar So White: This Is Bigger Than Will Smith

22 January 2016 5:05 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Academy's out of order! The Smiths are out of order! The whole system's out of order! Not to get too deep in paraphrasing Al Pacino's 1979 drama …and justice for all. as we try to make sense of this year's #oscarssowhite controversy, but the point stands: It really is the system that's out of order. (We'll get to the Smiths.) It's easy to blame the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for this year's lack of diversity in Oscar acting nominations. (And last year's.) After all, it's their show. Their 3,000 some-odd members are notoriously older, white and male. They »

- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat

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Universal Boards Mary Magdalene Movie from ‘King’s Speech’ Producer

21 January 2016 5:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Universal Pictures Intl. Productions has boarded a movie about Mary Magdalene, reputed to have been one of Jesus’ most devout followers, from “The King’s Speech” producer See-Saw Films.

Universal will release the pic, titled “Mary Magdalene,” in all international territories apart from Australia and New Zealand, where Transmission Films is handling. Film4 co-developed the film.

Garth Davis will direct the movie, which will shoot later this year for delivery in 2017. Davis also teamed with See­-Saw on “Lion,” starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, which shot last year.

Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett penned the script and See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce. Goslett and John Cameron Mitchell co-wrote “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” which is being produced by Little Punk and See-Saw.

Upip managing director Peter Kujawski and co-managing director Robert Walak, who will oversee the Mary Magdalene pic, negotiated the deal with See-Saw, »

- Leo Barraclough

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[Review] Only Yesterday

7 January 2016 1:23 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Only Yesterday originally came out more than two decades ago in Japan through Studio Ghibli, but Isao Takahata’s mature, humane slice of life drama couldn’t feel more achingly relevant to the narrative concerns of this decade, and cinema’s renewed interest in the experiences of spiritually adrift young women staking their own path. And even while Only Yesterday is treading familiar emotional terrain, it feels far from programmatic.

Adapted from the manga Omoide Poro Poro, which translates to “memories trickle down,” Only Yesterday, centers on Taeko Okajima, a single, late 20-something who’s lapsed into memories of her fifth grade self in search of what’s missing from her life. Taeko is a self-professed career woman, working in a nondescript but successful job in Tokyo, but she’s not immune to the pressures of getting married, and her societal expectations as a woman. Every conversation with her family »

- Michael Snydel

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