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July 1 marks the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland, an actress who made Hollywood history in more ways than one. She is best remembered as Melanie in the 1939 “Gone With the Wind,” as well as her roles opposite Errol Flynn, including “The Adventures of Robin Hood”; she’s also one of the few to have won two leading-actress Oscars.
But her influence on the movie industry goes far beyond that: She helped bring an end to the studio system, thanks to her landmark lawsuit against Warner Bros. in 1944.
The actress had made her film debut in 1935, at age 19, in a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that starred James Cagney and Mickey Rooney. Eventually WB signed her to a seven-year contract, which was the standard for studios when they wanted to hold onto actors.
The studio suspended her seven or eight times for refusing to play certain roles. When de Havilland’s contract expired, »
- Tim Gray
Now that principal photography has been slated to get underway next week – April 4, to be exact – Fox Searchlight is beefing up its cast for upcoming adaptation, My Cousin Rachel.
With Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger already on board, Variety is reporting that Game of Thrones stalwart Iain Glen and stage actor Simon Russell Beale have agreed to star in the feature film, itself based on the epynomous novel penned by Daphne du Maurier.
The movie is being adapted for the silver screen by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), who expressed his own excitement about steering du Maurier’s “detailed, dark, sexy and cinematic” story into theaters. For Michell, “so many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier: ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Rebecca’… .and here’s another of her classics which is at once detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises. »
- Michael Briers
Roger Michell is directing with principal photography beginning April 4 and continuing through mid June in England and Italy. The movie is based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier and adapted by Michell.
“So many really great films have grown out of the works of Daphne Du Maurier: ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘The Birds, ‘Rebecca’ … and here’s another of her classics which is at once detailed, dark, sexy, cinematic and full of surprises,” Michell said. “I look forward to bringing this thrilling story to the screen with such a brilliant cast.”
The film is centered on a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, »
- Dave McNary
Filming will commence in the UK, then move to Italy before wrapping in mid-June.
My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she »
Notting Hill director Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel has added Game Of Thrones‘ Iain Glen and acclaimed Brit stage actor Simon Russell Beale to its cast. As previously revealed exclusively by Deadline, they join Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger in the Fox Searchlight film, an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel. The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been… »
The dark romance follows a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Based on the classic novel by "Rebecca" and "The Birds" author Daphne du Maurier and adapted by filmmaker Roger Michell ("Notting Hill," "Changing Lanes"), the film stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger and Simon Russell Beale.
Kevin Loader will produce and filming will take place in England and Italy.
Source: Fox Searchlight »
- Garth Franklin
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that Grainger (Cinderella, The Finest Hours) is circling a key role opposite Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, after the pair boarded the project back in September. Adapted for the screen by Michell himself, My Cousin Rachel has been pitched as a slight reworking of Daphne du Maurier’s classic thriller novel.
Philip remains at the core of the dark romance, who spends his days content by sharing a roof with his cousin and guardian, Ambrose. Things take a turn for the sinister though when Rachel (Weisz) becomes the key suspect when Ambrose is found murdered, though Philip’s original plan for revenge soon begins to melt away under the seductive spell of the title character.
Fox Searchlight is producing the family thriller, placing Claflin in the shoes of the conflicted Philip. »
- Michael Briers
Hounsou will play Cj Mitchum, an original resident and historian with extensive knowledge of its complex origins. He's the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world and the previous one. [Source: Deadline]
John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd have signed on star in the NBC comedy pilot "The Trail". Shepherd plays Anne Flatch, the enthusiastic receptionist at a makeshift law office and a woman who suffers from facial blindness.
Lithgow will play Larry Henderson, a smart but clueless community-college poetry professor accused of murdering his wife. Though he finds the accusation absurd, he has more than a of couple secrets that could hurt his defense. [Source: Variety]
British actress Holliday Grainger is in »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Up-and-coming British actress Holliday Grainger is in final negotiations to join the cast of Roger Michell’s My Cousin Rachel opposite Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin for Fox Searchlight. The film is an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel. The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As… »
9 items from 2016
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