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The British dominate the race for Best Actress (Play). The clear favorite is Helen Mirren who is ruling Broadway as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience.” Do you think she will win a Tony to go with the Oscar she won for playing the reigning monarch in "The Queen"? Make the best predictions in our Tony nominations contest and you could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place of honor in our famous leaderboards. -Break- Mirren snagged one of her four Emmys for portraying Elizabeth I on HBO (the other three are for two seasons of “Prime Suspect” and “The Passion of Ayn Rand”). She won an Olivier Award for the London run of “Audience” and has been nominated for a Tony twice before (for revivals of “A Month in the Country” and “Dance of Death”) without a win, so she is due. It’s also an excellent performance »
Gillian Flynn is the Gone Girl novelist who later adapted her own work for David Fincher’s 2014 feature, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. That twisted debauched tale put its creator in the spotlight, quite rightly so, and she’s now landed another adaptation deal. For her next effort, Flynn will collaborate with Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame) on his upcoming feature Widows.
The movie is based on a UK series than ran for three seasons up until 1995 and revolved around the hijinks of three recent widows. Written by Prime Suspect scribe Linda Laplante, it traced the dalliances of three widows who club together to finish a job after their husbands are killed trying to pull off a heist. Trust us, it’s as brilliant as it sounds, largely thanks to La Plante’s scripting and the cast of characters.
For McQueen’s big screen remake the »
- Gem Seddon
After jumping into the film world with her adaptation of her own work with Gone Girl, it seems like Gillian Flynn will be moving forward with a project that has her working with one of the latest directors to take home an Oscar for Best Picture.
Deadline reported on Friday that Flynn is set to co-write a heist thriller with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen attached to write and direct. The thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a failed heist attempt and their widows team to finish the job.
- Zach Dennis
Gillian Flynn's already proven herself as a screenwriter, adapting her novel Gone Girl for David Fincher's film last year. Now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting she'll do the same for Lynda La Plante's British miniseres, Prime Suspect. Flynn has been tapped to adapt the miniseries for Steve McQueen's next film, Widows. It's familiar territory for Flynn: The story takes place after "four armed robbers are killed during a failed heist and their surviving widows join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves." No word yet on how cool these widows will be, but we're betting that if Flynn's involved, they'll be pretty damn sadistic. »
- Dee Lockett
Exclusive: After she adapted her novel Gone Girl for New Regency, Gillian Flynn has been set by the financier/producer to join 12 Years A Slave helmer Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller that McQueen will direct. Deal was made by New Regency president/CEO Brad Weston, and the thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a… »
Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment have joined the cast of IFC’s six-part miniseries, "The Spoils Before Dying," which stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of this pulp-noir murder mystery. Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying follows" Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (who will be played by Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment have joined the cast of IFC’s six-part miniseries, "The Spoils Before Dying," which stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Rock Banyon, a struggling jazz pianist at the center of this pulp-noir murder mystery. Set in 1962 during the height of the Los Angeles jazz scene, "The Spoils Before Dying follows" Rock (Michael Kenneth Williams) as he becomes the Prime Suspect in the double murder of singer and his occasional lover Fresno Foxglove (who will be played by Maya Rudolph) who is found dead in a car with another man. Panicked, Rock splits town for Mexico where he reunites with his one-time big band singer Delores O’Dell (Kristen Wiig). Determined to prove his innocence and avoid the electric chair, Rock and Delores head back to the U.S. on a dangerous journey for the elusive truth. All the while, Rock's hard charging manager Alistair St. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
This story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 1. Age Of Consent (1969) Mirren's first major screen role was in Michael Powell's offbeat Australian romance, delivering a captivating turn as the innocent but self-possessed muse to James Mason's jaded artist. 2. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1990) A gangster's moll never has been so soulful, or so insistently naked, as Mirren's Georgina Spica in Peter Greenaway's super-stylized black comedy. Read More Helen Mirren Dedicates Roundabout Theatre Honor to Alan Howard in Bittersweet Speech 3. Prime Suspect (1991) Mirren's indelible Jane Tennison, an inspector tackling grim cases with no-nonsense ferocity,
- Sheri Linden
Travolta stars in the action thriller as good-hearted criminal Raymond Cutter, who is forced into an art scam by the syndicate who got him out of jail.
When the lives of his family are threatened, Raymond has no choice but to ask his father (Christopher Plummer) for help in stealing a valuable painting.
The Forger opens on April 24 in the Us. No UK release date has been set. »
"All you are is a liar and a fake." You have to give John Travolta credit for trying to keep his career alive, and the latest attempt is a heist thriller called The Forger. In this one, Travolta seems to be channeling a little bit of Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction as Cutter, the world’s best art forger recently released from prison after striking a deal with a crime syndicate to pull off an impossible heist: forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. And he ends up needing help from his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan). This starts of gritty and promising, but then makes and odd tonal switch. Maybe it's just a bad trailer though. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Philip Martin's The Forger, originally from »
- Ethan Anderton
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