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Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow Rko contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former Rko and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winner for David Fincher's The Social Network, will be responsible for the screenplay. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Lucille Ball film biopic will focus on Ball's two-decade marriage to her I Love Lucy costar Desi Arnaz. In 1960, the couple had an acrimonious divorce that supposedly “shocked” clueless fans unable to tell the difference between TV reality and real-life reality. Their children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz, had modest acting careers in film and on TV in the '70s and '80s. As per the EW.com report, they're both producing the planned Lucille Ball biopic. »
- Zac Gille
Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett is teaming up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on an Untitled Lucille Ball Biopic for the Sony-based production company Escape Artists. The biopic will be made with the support of the iconic actress' family, with her children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. set to produce, according to The Wrap. The project does not have a director attached at this time.
The story will follow Lucille Ball's 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star Desi Arnaz, which spanned from 1940 to 1960. After their divorce, Lucille Ball married actor/comedian Gary Morton in 1961, a marriage that lasted up until her death in 1989 at the age of 77. No specific plot details were given for the biopic, but it will most likely cover the inception of I Love Lucy, which ran for six seasons between 1951 and 1957. The series is still considered to be one of the most groundbreaking television shows to this day. »
According to The Wrap, Cate Blanchett will play Hollywood comedy legend Lucille Ball in a new biopic to be produced by Ball's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. What's more, the screenplay is being written by Emmy and Oscar champ Aaron Sorkin. The film will chronicle Ball's 20-year-marriage to her "I Love Lucy" co-star Desi Arnaz. -Break- Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara simmer in 'Carol' trailer Lucille Ball never won an Oscar – she wasn't even nominated – but she was nevertheless one of the most beloved stars of the 20th century, winning four Emmys as well as the TV academy's Governors Award in 1989. The chameleon Blanchett won her first Oscar playing another Hollywood icon, Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). She won another Oscar for playing the fictional title role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" (2013). The Australian actress has been nominated six times, a »
Aaron Sorkin will write the script, which will center on Ball’s 20-year marriage to Desi Arnaz. She eloped with the Cuban bandleader in 1940 and the two created the massively successful sitcom “I Love Lucy” in 1951. She won four Emmys for the role.
Ball also gave birth to her daughter in 1951 and to her son in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960. Ball began running Desilu Productions in 1962. She died in 1989.
Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine.” She’s starring in Todd Haynes’ romance “Carol,” which premiered at Cannes, and will be seen with Robert Redford in the Dan Rather drama “Truth, »
- Dave McNary
The Wrap exclusively reported today that the film centered on Ball’s 20-year marriage to her I Love Lucy co-star and cohort Desi Arnaz. The two were married between 1940 and 1960, which included the entire six-season run of I Love Lucy during 1951 through 1957.
The untitled project will be produced by Lucy Arnaz Jr. and Desi Arnaz Jr. No additional casting details regarding Arnaz or an attached director have yet been revealed.
Blanchett has had her share of biopics before, including Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator, Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, and Queen Elizabeth I in her two Elizabeth films, but she’s rarely dipped her toes into comedic waters. Next she’s set to appear in the Oscar-ready Carol from Todd Haynes and »
- Brian Welk
With two Oscars for "The Aviator" and "Blue Jasmine" on her shelf, Cate Blanchett is lining up one awards season worthy role after another. She's already coming on strong with "Carol" and "Truth," and another plum gig has just been announced. The Wrap reports that Blachett will play Lucille Ball in a biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin. Wow! The movie will chronicle the TV star's rocky marriage to onscreen partner Desi Arnaz. It was a relationship made more complicated by the added strain of running the production company Desilu together as well. Read More: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara It's hard to argue the potential of this project. Sorkin already knows his way around true stories ("The Social Network," "Moneyball," "Steve Jobs") and Blanchett is one of the best actresses around bar none (and she's played celebrity royalty before, taking the role of Katherine Hepburn in the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Dr. Jekyll will be added to the ranks of classic literary characters depicted on Showtime's Penny Dreadful. The upcoming third season will also feature a treat for Patti LuPone fans, as the actress will return to the show as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward. Several guest stars have also been announced for the third season that is now filming and will premiere on Showtime next year.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2015 – Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series Penny Dreadful is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland. Tony® Award-winning star Patti LuPone (American Horror Story), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. »
- Derek Anderson
'The Audition' poster with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Martin Scorsese short 'The Audition' pulled from Venice Film Festival No major international film festival is worth its mainstream U.S. media salt unless there's at least one screening featuring the latest work of a major Hollywood name. The Venice Film Festival is surely no exception, especially as it's the year's final internationally renowned European movie fest, held shortly before the fall – i.e., awards – movie season begins. Well, one work by a top Hollywood name will no longer be available at Venice: The Audition, a short film directed by and featuring veteran Martin Scorsese, has been pulled out. "We have just been informed by the production that due to unexpected technical problems the film could not be here in time," festival organizers said in a statement earlier today, Sat., Aug. 29, '15. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Anna Robinson
The comeback of motion picture film will literally get its biggest boost yet with the Ultra Panavision 70 release of celluloid defender Quentin Tarantino's post-Civil War Western "The Hateful Eight." Shot on 65mm film with classic Panavision lenses in the widest aspect ratio of 2.76:1, this marks the first anamorphic 70mm theatrical release in nearly 50 years. The two-week roadshow engagement in 50 theaters (with the Cinerama Dome in contention for La, of course) will be the best holiday gift for cinephiles. "The Hateful Eight" will also pit three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("Hugo," "The Aviator," "JFK") in a shoot-out with Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki, who's going for a third Oscar in a row for his own frozen wilderness adventure, "The Revenant," from "Birdman" director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. (Both films are racing to the editorial finish line for a Christmas Day »
- Bill Desowitz
Disney is bringing their live-action Cinderella movie to blu-ray on September 15th, and today they've revealed more information on the special features coming with it, including 12 minutes of extra footage and an alternate opening. Come inside to learn more!
If you've been eager to watch the live-action Cinderella film (a really solid adaptation of the story by the way), you're wait is nearly over. The film is set to hit store shelves on September 15th, and will be coming with a slew of bonus features for you to enjoy:
· A Fairy Tale Comes to Life Filmmakers and cast reflect on Cinderella’s enduring power, and the joys and challenges of bringing this iconic tale to life.
· Staging The Ball
· You’re invited behind the scenes for the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
British costume designer Sandy Powell has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards -- winning on 3 occasions (for "Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria"). And it seems like a near certainty she'll be extending that count in some way or another this year. Powell designed the costumes for both "Cinderella" and "Carol," in both occasions dressing Cate Blanchett in endlessly stunning ensembles. Will it be enough for Oscar #4? That all depends on what voters think of the work of Paco Delgado ("The Danish Girl"), Odile Dicks-Mireau ("Brooklyn"), Jacqueline Durran ("MacBeth" and "Pan") and Courtney Hoffman ("The Hateful Eight"), among others. Some trivia though: If Powell were to win, she'd have the third most Costume Design Oscars in history, behind Irene Sharaff (who has 5 from 15 nominations) and the legend Edith Head (who has 8 from a stunning 35 nominations). Best »
- Peter Knegt
The Devil in the White City: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite to make The Devil in the White City. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 18th century Chicago. The actor and the director previousy teamed on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street (above). [Deadline] Baywatch: Zac Efron (above in Neighbors) is in negotiations to star opposite Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) will direct the big-screen adaptation of the 1990s television series. Johnson will play a "by-the-book and very serious" Southern California lifeguard, while Efron would portray "a young...
- Peter Martin
Showtime has picked up the adaptation of Patti Smith's best-selling memoir Just Kids as a limited series. Smith has been working on a script with Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (of Gladiator and The Aviator fame) for the past four years, about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City throughout the '60s and '70s. “The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book," said Smith, who is also co-producing the series. While there haven't been any casting announcements, she has said that she wants Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — or perhaps a couple of unknowns. "We were 20. We were unknowns, and I think it should be unknowns," she said. In other non–Twin Peaks–related news, Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex for 12-episode fourth seasons. The network also »
- E. Alex Jung
In other news the grass continues to be green while the sky is still blue. But seriously, I can’t think of a bad movie they made together so of course I’m excited for The Devil in the White City. This would be the 6th collaboration between the two after Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator […]
Since The Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have enjoyed quite the working relationship, with the actor and director re-teaming for The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, Deadline are reporting a sixth collaboration is in the offing for the pair, with Paramount Pictures picking up the rights to Erik Larson’s true crime novel The Devil in the White City as the next project for the director and leading man. Published in 2003, the novel tells the story of America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes, who murdered an untold number of people, with reports ranging from twenty seven to two hundred, at the 1983 Chicago World’s Fair. The adaption will focus on not only Holmes and his murderous activities inside the World’s Fair (most of which took place inside his own personal ‘murder castle’, The World’s Fair Hotel, »
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The 40-year-old actor - who has been linked with the movie since 2010 - will take on the role of Dr Hh Holmes, a serial killer who murdered hundreds of victims at his infamous World's Fair Hotel in Chicago.
Holmes used the 1893 Chicago World's Fair to slaughter his victims in the hotel - nicknamed his 'Murder Castle' - a structure containing a gas chamber, dissection table and a crematorium.
The news was confirmed after Paramount acquired the rights to Erik Larson's true crime book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness At The Fair That Changed America.
Paramount outbid Universal and Fox to secure the rights to Larson's book in a competitive auction.
Screenwriter Billy Ray will also work on the project.
DiCaprio and Scorsese have worked »
The actor and director have teamed up to make five acclaimed movies, and they're reuniting once again for "Devil in the White City."
Deadline reports that Paramount has optioned the rights to Erik Larson's nonfiction book about a serial killer in Chicago in the late 19th century. DiCaprio will play Hh Holmes, who murdered between 27 and 200 people, mostly single young women.
The movie is set against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair, and also tells the story of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham. Holmes, who works with Burnham, builds the World's Fair Hotel and uses it as a means of luring in his victims. It was a nightmarish place that had a gas chamber, crematorium, and dissecting table.
- Kelly Woo
Untitled film adapted from the book Devil in the White City will be the duo’s follow-up to acclaimed 2013 biographical black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street
The long-gestating film – DiCaprio has been eyeing a film about the Chicago mass murderer since at least 2010 – will become the pair’s sixth collaboration after Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street. It will be based on Erik Larson’s acclaimed 2003 non-fiction book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, which DiCaprio bought the rights to five years ago and has now been adapted by the screenwriter of Captain Phillips, Billy Ray.
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- Ben Child
The Devil in the White City: Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will reunite to make The Devil in the White City. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) will write the screenplay, based on the acclaimed book by Erik Larson about a notorious serial killer in 18th century Chicago. The actor and the director previously teamed on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street (above). [Deadline] Baywatch: Zac Efron (above in Neighbors) is...
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Paramount Pictures has won the rights to Erik Larson's non-fiction book The Devil in the White City, which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and Martin Scorsese set to direct. Paramount beat out four other studios, including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. The adaptation is a passion project for Leonardo DiCaprio, who was attached to star when the adaptation was set up at Warner Bros. back in 2011. The studio let the rights lapse last month, leading to the bidding war that Paramount eventually won.
The Devil in the White City centers on Dr. H.H. Holmes (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is believed to be one of America's first serial killers. The story is set in 1893, during the Chicago World's Fair, where he is said to have killed anywhere between 27 and 200 people. Holmes built The World's Fair Hotel, which he designed to lure in his victims, specifically young, single women. »
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