13 items from 2016
Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal Studios’ Wicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book. »
- Emily Rome
It wouldn’t be the fall awards season if there wasn’t a Holocaust drama, but this year we’ll get one from a different angle. Rather being set during World War II, Denial takes places decades after as it recounts the true events captured in Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Coming from director Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), the first trailer has landed today.
The film tracks Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt in which she fights for the truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), with the help of Tom Wilkinson‘s character. While it checks off all the markings of a tried and true awards season drama, hopefully it proves to excel beyond those trappings. Ahead of a likely premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, check out the trailer and poster below for the Bleecker Street release.
Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (The Reader). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Denial opens on September 30, 2016.
- Leonard Pearce
London — Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Steve Coogan are among 290 actors, directors, writers, musicians and other leading lights of the world of entertainment, the arts and culture calling for the U.K. to remain part of the European Union in an open letter published on British news sites Friday.
Britons vote in a June 23 referendum on whether to withdraw from the E.U., and the letter is the latest effort by those against a “Brexit” to sway public opinion. Polls show the vote too close to call.
Among the other actors signing the letter, derided as “luvvies” by the right-wing Daily Mail, are Helena Bonham Carter, “12 Years a Slave” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Stewart and “The Wire” star Dominic West.
The letter states: “From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital E. »
- Leo Barraclough
“Odd Mom Out’s” Season 2 guest stars include Drew Barrymore and Blythe Danner. Also in today’s TV news roundup, Netflix has set premiere dates for the second season of “Marco Polo” and its new British historical drama “The Crown.”
The scripted comedy is based on Kargman’s novel “Momzillas,” which critiques New York’s outrageous Upper East Side ecosystem. Barrymore will play Jill (Kargman) and Andy’s (Andy Buckley) rude neighbor Meredith, and Danner will star as Jill’s mother, Sarah Kaplan.
“Odd Mom Out’s” sophomore season will see Jill attempting to reboot her career and Andy struggling to assume the Mr. Mom role in her absence. The new episodes premiere on June 20.
- Alyssa Sage
Netflix today released The Crown teaser trailer. The original series will debut on the streaming service this coming November.
The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others.
Here’s the official synopsis for the new show.
A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. »
- Paul Heath
Netflix has released 2 new date announcement trailers for their original series The Crown and Marco Polo Season 2 and a full trailer for Bloodline Season 2. In addition Netflix has also released a cast shot from their upcoming new series Marseille, starring Gérard Depardieu.
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The Crown, the highly anticipated, new original series will premiere on Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, to a global audience on Friday, November 4, 2016. The 10-episode series will be available in 4K.
The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story »
- Kellvin Chavez
It's another Q & A. Ask it and it shall be er... might be answered. When I started typing this week I couldn't stop and before I know it there were thousands and thousands of words. So that takes care of two Q&As .
Here's the first half of the mad scribblings typings then.
Nathaniel: Oh this is a tough one since those people were Oscared for breathing. Okay. Let's take them in reverse order of preference as actors...
Sir Laurence Olivier. Weirdly I was just watching As You Like It (1936) just the other day. I wasn't all that impressed though he definitely had an easier time with the material and the medium than the other stagebound performers. I have seen several of his non-nominated films, »
- NATHANIEL R
HBO’s new drama series “Vinyl” debuted Sunday night, introducing America to James Jagger, the 30-year-old son of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who electrifies the small screen as budding rock star Kip Stevens. Jagger has been acting for nearly a decade (he co-starred in Rhys Ifans‘ 2010 crime comedy “Mr. Nice”), though he still doesn’t have a photo on his IMDb page. The up-and-coming actor honed his craft at Black Nexxus, a New York studio where he studied under renowned acting coach Susan Batson, who helped prepare Nicole Kidman for her Oscar-winning role in “The Hours.” Jagger’s journey led him to. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Berlin Film Festival’s competition, Forum, Panorama and Generation sections program a cornucopia of films from all over the world — so it was a tough task for Variety’s chief international critic Peter Debruge and critic Guy Lodge to narrow down their Berlinale wish lists to a handful of features.
In literature as in film, the editor is often the unsung hero, and few have had a greater impact on 20th century letters than Max Perkins (played by Colin Firth), who wrangled such literary lions as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). Incidentally, Michael Grandage’s directorial debut is edited by Oscar winner Chris Dickens. As Berlin-launched biopics go, here’s hoping it’s better than last year’s “Life.”
Out of Competition
More than two decades after “Once Were Warriors,” New Zealand’s own »
- Peter Debruge and Guy Lodge
We’ve got just over a week until the 66th Berlin Film Festival kicks off in Germany. We’ll be in Berlin for full coverage of this year’s festival, a first for The Hollywood News.
Today, the full Berlinale International Jury was announced. Meryl Streep will be serving as Jury President this year, and the Berlinale International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition.
Berlinale International Jury 2016
The other members of the International Jury will be actor Lars Eidinger (Germany), film critic Nick James (United Kingdom), photographer Brigitte Lacombe (France), actor Clive Owen (United Kingdom), actress Alba Rohrwacher (Italy) and director Ma?gorzata Szumowska (Poland).
Here’s their respective career essentials.
Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA
Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, »
- Paul Heath
With Mad Max: Fury Road in a great position to earn the most Oscar nomination of any film this year when the Academy announces its nominations this Thursday, director George Miller and crew look to join the long legacy of Aussies at the Oscars.
In addition to Miller, the film’s producer Doug Mitchell, co-writer Nico Lathouris, and cinematographer John Clement Seale all hail from the land down under and have high Oscar hopes when nominations are announced this Thursday as the film has been a massive success with critics and audiences alike and earned two Golden Globe nominations for best picture and best director.
Miller and company would hardly be the first Aussies to be noticed by the Academy. Massive stars such as Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Cate Blanchett all call Australia home and have taken home Oscars, and Blanchett seems likely to »
- Patrick Shanley
Ricky Gervais was as sharp-tongued a host as ever and the guests included the cream of the world’s film and TV for the first awards show of the season. We followed every moment live
It was a night that started with a load of crass jokes, which then delivered its fair share of shocks before finishing with the familiar sight of Alejandro Inarritu holding a golden object over his head.
Branded as “the biggest party of the year” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are traditionally viewed as the fun, slightly tipsy cousin of Hollywood’s awards show circuit.
That didn’t lessen the delight of the team behind the night’s big biggest winner, The Revenant, which won a fleet of top prizes:, »
- Lanre Bakare and Alex Needham in New York, Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles
After more than a decade, the unsolved murder of a young woman comes to a shocking conclusion in Secret in Their Eyes, coming to Digital HD on February 9, 2016, and Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and On Demand on February 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
From Stx Entertainment (The Gift), Secret in Their Eyes is a powerful and unforgettable thriller based on the Academy Award-winning film El Secreto de sus ojos (Best Foreign Language Film, 2010) that will have audiences riveted until the last mind-bending twist. With a star-studded cast and an Oscar-nominated writer-director at the helm, Secret in Their Eyes on Blu-ray and DVD includes feature commentary by the filmmakers, a look behind the scenes at the making of the movie and an exclusive interview with actress Julia Roberts.
- Michelle McCue
13 items from 2016
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