5 items from 2013
Well, that was… oddly somber!
Though the 2013 Emmy Awards gave us more than a few unexpected triumphs, the Twitter consensus is correct: The ceremony felt sad, and that’s because the otherwise rapid-fire award handout was stopped in its tracks every 15 minutes by a new “In Memoriam” tribute.
Edie Falco toasted James Gandolfini and cried. Jane Lynch (looking fabulous) toasted Cory Monteith and teared up. Robin Williams trembled through a Jonathan Winters memorial. Michael J. Fox told us about the Family Ties creator who changed his life. Rob Reiner lamented Jean Stapleton‘s death by comparing it to her character Edith Bunker‘s demise in the early ’80s. That was like a double death. Then we had a full-length “In Memoriam” reel on top of it all where we had to think about Larry Hagman‘s late studliness too. Oh, mortality! Because we could not stop for Death, He kindly »
- Louis Virtel
Pic, which is penned by Phyllis Nagy (“Mrs. Harris”) and helmed by Haynes (“I’m Not There”), is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.
One is a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life while the other is a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free.
HanWay Films is repping international sales and pic has already sold to The Weinstein Co. in the U. »
- Diana Lodderhose
Good things come to those who wait, they say, and certainly we've been patient about "Carol." The project was first announced over a year ago with an excellent pair of leads in Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska, with John Crowley ("Boy A," "Closed Circuit") directing. The stakes were raised further when Todd Haynes replaced Crowley in the director's chair earlier this spring. And even though production is still a bit of a way off, it looks like there will be a change in the topline duo. Mia Wasikowska has stepped out and Rooney Mara has stepped into her place on the project. And frankly, that's one great young actress for another, so we have no complaints. An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" (also known as "The Price Of Salt"), penned by Phyllis Nagy ("Mrs. Harris"), the '50s New York-set tale follows the story of two women—one a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: A potential single-camera comedy series for HBO is building a formidable team. Jay Roach is set to direct the project, titled The Third Coast, which has Annette Bening attached to star. I hear Bening and the producers are doing an informal reading to get a feel for the show before they take it formally to HBO, the network for which it is earmarked. Written by Paul Rudnick, Third Coast revolves around a larger-than-life casting director (Bening) in New Mexico. Rudnick, Roach and John Lyons executive produce. The Third Coast brings Oscar-nominated Bening back to HBO where she toplined the 2005 movie Mrs. Harris, earning an Emmy nomination. For Roach, Third Coast falls under a two-year deal with HBO he inked last year on the heels of back-to-back best movie/miniseries and directing Emmys he landed for the network’s Recount and Game Change. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Academy-award nominated director of Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes, has signed on to direct Carol. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, The Price Of Salt, the project has landed two major stars already. Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska are lined up to play the leads.
Carol follows Highsmith’s sapphic novel set in 1950s New York. It tells the tale of two dissatisfied women who find solace in each other. A department store worker in her twenties who dreams of a richer life encounters an older woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Wasikowska will play Therese Belivet, the troubled youngster and Blanchett is tagged to play the lonesome wife, Carol Aird. After the two meet in the department store one day, the pair strike up a friendship which leads to romance.
Blanchett and Haynes previously worked together on Bob Dylan biopic, I’m Not There. For her unique gender bending performance, »
- Gem Seddon
5 items from 2013
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