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Nora Ephron was initially attached to write and direct the biopic, although the project stalled after she passed away in June 2012. Doug Wright (Quills, Two Lovers) performed a rewrite of the screenplay. No story details were given, except that it will follow the life of famed singer Peggy Lee, whose career spanned more than 7 decades after her first #1 hit single, "Something Else Is Taking Place" debuted in 1942. The singer passed away at the age of 82 in 2002.
Reese Witherspoon is also producing alongside Marc Platt for Fox 2000, the same company that made Walk the Line, which earned the actress her first Oscar win. No production schedule was released at this time.
It was four years ago when Reese Witherspoon signed on to star in an untitled musical biopic as the famed jazz singer, writer and composer Peggy Lee. Having personally secured the rights, the project clearly had a place in her heart. She did snag the rights from the singer’s granddaughter, after all. With everything in place, including Nora Ephron as the director-writer, it seemed the actress was on her way to yet another bout of awards nominations. Until 2012, that is, when the legendary rom-com pioneer Ephron passed away.
Now, thanks to good old Tiff, the geyser of hot goss that it is, news has surfaced that the project is back on the radar! During a press conference at Tiff, Witherspoon herself revealed that the search for a director was over. Far From Heaven and Velvet Goldmine director Todd Haynes is going to be behind the camera. He seems like a solid candidate, »
- Gem Seddon
Over four years ago, Reese Witherspoon was slated to take on another musical biopic as jazz/pop singer, songwriter, composer and actress Peggy Lee. At the time, it was Witherspoon herself had secured Lee's life rights with the approval of Lee's granddaughter Holly Foster-Wells, followed by the attachment of producer Marc Platt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Nine) and romantic comedy favorite Nora Ephron (of Julie & Julia) to write and direct the movie. And while the project had been slowly developing, it was put on hold after Ephron passed away in 2012. But now the project is back with a rewrite and a new director. Read on! THR has word that Far from Heaven and I'm Not Here director Todd Haynes will get behind the camera, complete with a rewrite of the script from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (Quills). The project is set up at Fox 2000, which already saw Witherspoon »
- Ethan Anderton
The untitled Peggy Lee film starring Reese Witherspoon is back on, with Far From Heaven helmer Todd Haynes directing. The project, based on a Nora Ephron screenplay, had been put on hold after Ephron died in 2012. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) picked up the reins and did a rewrite of the screenplay. His credits include both the stage and film versions of Quills. Witherspoon, who is at the Toronto Film Festival promoting Wild and The Big Lie, has long eyed the story of the Fever singer whose career in music spanned six decades. Lee
- Tatiana Siegel
For several years now – at least since 2010, in fact – Reese Witherspoon has harboured a desire to portray iconic singer Peggy Lee. Nora Ephron was attached at one point to write and direct the biopic, but her death stymied the project. Now the film has a new director aboard, with Far From Heaven’s Todd Haynes set to call the shots.Peggy Lee might not be quite as well known as, say, June Carter, who Witherspoon played to Oscar-winning effect in Walk The Line, but she had quite a career, and had her most enduring hit with the classic Fever.She got her start working with Benny Goodman’s band before recording albums and film soundtracks. She then stepped in front of the camera for movies including 1953’s The Jazz Singer and 1955’s Pete Kelly’s Blues. She also provided songs and her vocal talents to Disney's Lady & The Tramp, though »
After a brief hiatus due to our live coverage of Comic-Con, we’re back with a double-sized edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Come Back to Me and I Spill Your Guts 2, release details on Schism, Silent Retreat, and the Class of Nuke ‘Em High soundtrack, and much more:
Come Back to Me Trailer: “Sarah (Walder) and Josh McLaren (Passmore) are a young married couple living in suburban Las Vegas. Shortly after a car accident, Sarah begins to suffer a series of disturbing memory lapses and frequent blackouts that seem to be increasing in intensity. Unsure of what is happening, and feeling as though she is losing her mind, Sarah comes to learn she is pregnant. To add to her shock, she subsequently discovers that her husband is sterile. As her marriage and world begin to fall apart, »
- Tamika Jones
In 1939, 12-year-old Liesel Meminger is sent to stay with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, as Nazi Germany gears up for war and nationalist fever and fear grips the country. She arrives with few possessions but among them is a book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook, which she found in the cemetery when her younger brother was buried there.
At first, Liesel is alone, illiterate and afraid but gradually, with the help of her kind, accordion-playing father, she learns to read and grows closer to her family. Her love affair with books – and the power of storytelling – sustains her through the dark days as life in her neighborhood becomes ever more dangerous. She rescues books from book burnings and “borrows” them from the library of the mayor. »
- David Agnew
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new poster for L.A. Slasher, details on Headless, casting update on Welcome to Purgatory, trailers for Truth or Dare and Red Sleep, and more:
New Poster for L.A. Slasher: “Sales agency Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen’s horror/satire feature “L.A. Slasher.” Glenn Reynolds’ Circus Road is handling domestic sales. The film stars Danny Trejo (“Machete”), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (“Riddick”), Eric Roberts (“The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (“Not Another Celebrity Movie”) and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the of voice of Andy Dick (“News Radio”) as the ‘L.A. Slasher’.
- Tamika Jones
More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival Thursday night, and buyers are circling. Here's Variety's rave review. Levin, who is trained as a biochemist, is a member of the Kentucky Film Board. She raised equity financing in her home state, where friends and family are offering locations. With help from executive producer Julia Chasman ("25th Hour," "Quills"), who discovered the script while judging the Nicholls screenwriting contest, Levin is making the film under both DGA and SAG Ultra Low Budget agreements (which gets actors $100 a day plus commission against an eventual sale of the film), which make it possible to film »
- Anne Thompson
'The greatest love of my life? Oh please. This is not a therapy session'
Geoffrey Rush, 62, was born in Australia. After completing an English degree at the University of Queensland, he went to Paris to study acting at the Jacques Lecoq school, before returning to Australia to work in theatre. His role in the 1996 film Shine won him worldwide recognition, and he became the first Australian-born actor to win an Oscar; he has since had Academy Award nominations for his performances in Shakespeare In Love, Quills and The King's Speech, for which he won a Bafta. His latest film is The Book Thief. He is married with two children and lives in Melbourne.
When were you happiest?
During my Queensland childhood, on the days when I avoided the chlorine-infused shower gauntlet and being corralled into the deep end of the school pool.
What is your greatest fear?
Being alone »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
The cinematic adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief is out in UK cinemas today, check out our review here. To celebrate the transition of this moving tale from page to screen we’ve taken a look at the much celebrated career of the film’s leading man, Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
With a screen career spanning over thirty years, Rush has become recognised as one of the finest actors of his generation, winning a host of top awards and starring in some of the stand-out films of the last few decades. It would take a substantial amount of time to document all of his finest achievements in film, but here are a few of our favourites.
Arguably the performance that put the Australian actor on the world map, Rush was awarded the much coveted gold statue for Best Actor at the »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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