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In the Supporting Actress Race, How Much Does Size Matter?

15 October 2014 4:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The old adage tells us there are no small parts, only small actors—but a background extra might take umbrage to that statement. Still, there is a long history of actors breaking out with a minimum of screen time. And when it comes to the Oscar race, there is always the question of whether an actor has “enough” to be nominated. Of course, Judi Dench famously scored a supporting actress statuette for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “Shakespeare in Love,” but does anyone question it was a worthy performance? It’s not even the shortest to win—that would be Beatrice Straight, who landed the trophy for a six-minute scene in 1976’s “Network.”

This year, there are a handful of performances that have pundits wondering if there’s enough screen time to earn a nomination. One of the most discussed is Laura Dern, an adored veteran of the screen, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Casting: Scarlett Johansson Learns 'The Custom Of The Country,' Casey Affleck Is 'Boston Strong' & More

8 October 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Scarlett Johansson, coming off two of the biggest hits of the year in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Lucy," is the latest A-list name lining up a TV project. The actress will star in a limited series adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The Custom Of The Country." Penned by Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”), the story follows "Undine Spragg [who is] as unscrupulous as she is magnetically beautiful. Her rise to the top of New York’s high society from her nouveau riche roots provides a provocative and thoroughly modern commentary on the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin."  The project will run eight episodes and is currently seeking a premium channel home. [Deadline] Casey Affleck is returning to Massachusetts for "Boston Strong." The actor will star in the movie about the Boston Marathon bombing and "the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Scarlett Johansson Is Coming To TV

7 October 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Scarlett Johansson is set to star in and executive produce an eight-episode period drama series based on Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton's 1913 novel "The Custom Of The Country".

Johansson will play the ruthless and unscrupulous Undine Spragg who rises to the top of New York high society. The series will explore the upwardly mobile and the aspirations that eventually cause their ruin.

Though better known for her novel "The Age Of Innocence," Wharton's 'Custom' has been an influential work and partly inspired Julian Fellowes' "Downton Abbey".

Sony Pictures TV and Pink Sands will produce the series which will be written by British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton ("Atonement," "Dangerous Liaisons"). The plan is for a run on a major cable network.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Scarlett Johansson to play ruthless social climber in Edith Wharton miniseries

7 October 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Scarlett Johansson is heading to television - at least temporarily. The A-list movie star is set to play beautiful, ruthless social climber Undine Spragg in a forthcoming eight-episode TV series adaptation of Edith Wharton's classic 1913 novel "The Custom of the Country," according to Deadline. Johansson is also an executive-producer on the project, which is being adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton ("Dangerous Liaisons," "Atonement") from a prospective feature-film version he penned nearly 20 years ago. The show is being eyed for a run on cable, though no network is yet on board. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century New York, "The Custom of the Country" follows Spragg as she ruthlessly ascends the ladder of high society after arriving in the city with her nouveau-riche parents in tow. It was Wharton's ninth novel. Johansson has had a big year, starring in both the blockbuster sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Lucy, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Scarlett Johansson takes lead in Sony TV's 'Custom of the Country'

7 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Scarlett Johansson will star in and executive produce Sony Pictures TV's Custom of the Country, EW has confirmed. Based on Edith Wharton's 1913 novel of the same name, the story follows Undine Spragg (Johansson) in her ruthless ascension to New York high society. British playwright-screenwriter Christopher Hampton (Atonement) will adapt the novel for the screen. The limited, eight-episode period series from Charles Finch's Pink Sands is looking at a cable run, potentially premium, and is readying to hit the marketplace. Though Johansson has previously worked in television, Custom of the Country marks her first major television role.   »

- C. Molly Smith

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Scarlett Johansson to Temporarily Become a TV Star

7 October 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When Vulture spoke with Scarlett Johansson this summer, she said she liked the idea of doing television and "having the time to really imagine a character in a much more in-depth way." Well, it appears she's about to get the chance. Johansson will produce and star in a miniseries based on Edith Wharton's 1913 novel The Custom of the Country. Christopher Hampton (Atonement), who at one time wrote a Custom of the Country feature, will write the series. The book tells the story of Udine Spragg (Johansson), a Midwestern girl who tries to make it in New York City. Also, what if she's able to use more than 10 percent of her brain? »

- Jesse David Fox

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Scarlett Johansson to Star in Limited Series Based on Edith Wharton Novel

7 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scarlett Johansson is headed to TV.

The “Avengers” and “Lucy” actress will star in a limited series for Sony Pictures TV based on the 1913 Edith Wharton novel “The Custom of the Country,” sources confirm. Johansson will also executive produce the eight-episode series, which is about to hit the market, from Charles Finch’s Pink Sands.

Christopher Hampton (“Atonement,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) is set to write from his original screenplay. “Custom of the Country” follows Midwestern girl Undine Spragg, to be played by Johansson, who attempts to rise in New York City society.

Wharton’s Pulitzer-winning novel “Age of Innocence” was also brought to screen in 1993 in a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The author is also known for “The Reef” and “The House of Mirth,” both of which were adapted to features in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Finch and Hampton are also exec producing with Johansson. Johansson is repped by CAA and Lbi and »

- Alex Stedman

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Keira Knightley on Plastic Surgery and Botox - No Judgment

5 October 2014 1:21 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Keira Knightley won't judge other actresses for a little plastic surgery or some Botox - and though she wonders about how a frozen face is good for an acting career, she doesn't ''condemn'' cosmetic surgery. The 'Atonement' star may think using Botox or fillers is not good for actresses because it restricts their facial movements, but she would never ''condemn'' anyone for having the wrinkle-smoothing treatments if it made them happier. Talking to the Daily Mail newspaper, Keira said: ''It is a drawback, not being able to move your face. But I don't think I would ever condemn any woman for doing something that made her feel better about herself. ''If she's suddenly feeling like she's the most disgusting thing in the world, and that's what she wants to do and that makes her happier then I think she should be free to do what makes her feel better in her own body, »

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Past Oscar Nominees Could Dominate Costume Design Category

2 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.

Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius

26 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Guy Piece, Dominic West join Genius

26 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Top U.K. Producers Alison Owen, Debra Hayward Join Forces

24 September 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Leading British producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces at production house, Monumental Pictures, producing both movies and television drama.

Owen’s credits, through her production shingle Ruby Films, include “Saving Mr Banks,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Jane Eyre,” “Temple Grandin,” which won seven Emmys, and “Small Island,” which won an International Emmy. She is in post on “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company and “Suffragette” for Pathe.

Hayward produced the Golden Globe winning “Les Miserables” with Cameron Mackintosh Limited and Working Title Films, and, prior to that, was president of U.K. production at Universal-owned Working Title, where she oversaw many of their titles, serving as executive producer on films including “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Senna,” “Johnny English Reborn,” “Frost Nixon,” “Nanny McPhee,” “Atonement,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

The two producers last shared credit on the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning film “Elizabeth, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top U.K. Producers Alison Owen, Debra Hayward Join Forces

24 September 2014 4:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Leading British producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces at production house, Monumental Pictures, producing both movies and television drama.

Owen’s credits, through her production shingle Ruby Films, include “Saving Mr Banks,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Jane Eyre,” “Temple Grandin,” which won seven Emmys, and “Small Island,” which won an International Emmy. She is in post on “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company and “Suffragette” for Pathe.

Hayward produced the Golden Globe winning “Les Miserables” with Cameron Mackintosh Limited and Working Title Films, and, prior to that, was president of U.K. production at Universal-owned Working Title, where she oversaw many of their titles, serving as executive producer on films including “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Senna,” “Johnny English Reborn,” “Frost Nixon,” “Nanny McPhee,” “Atonement,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

The two producers last shared credit on the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning film “Elizabeth, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Alison Owen, Debra Hayward Launch Monumental Pictures To Produce Films & TV

24 September 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Prolific UK-based producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces to launch Monumental Pictures. The new production outfit will focus on both film and TV content with the aim to “keep the costs small, but the vision big,” says Saving Mr Banks producer Owen. Long-time friends and colleagues, the pair last shared a credit on 1998’s Oscar-winning Elizabeth, but Owen says they’ve been chasing the same material for so long, “we’re both exhausted from competing with each other. Ultimately, I could see the only way to beat Debra was to join her.”

Owen’s most recent credits include last year’s Mary Poppins origin story Saving Mr Banks, produced through her Ruby Films shingle which will now transition to become Monumental. She also exec produced current release The Giver. Previous titles she’s produced include Jane Eyre, The Other Boleyn Girl and multiple Emmy-winner Temple Grandin. She »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Alison Owen, Debra Hayward form Monumental partnership

24 September 2014 2:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Powerhouse production duo launch film and TV company.

UK producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have joined forces to launch new film and TV production company Monumental Pictures.

The partnership brings together two of the UK’s most respected production executives – Ruby Films founder Owen, whose credits include Suffragette, Tulip Fever and Temple Grandin, and long-time Working Title executive Hayward, whose titles include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Atonement and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

“Debra and I have been chasing the same material for so long now, we’re both exhausted from competing with each other,” said Owen. “Ultimately, I could see the only way to beat Debra was to join her.”

The duo will work across film and TV productions. “I see what Alison has been doing in television and that really chimed with me,” said Hayward. 

“Alison has stellar instincts about material and great talent relationships - it just made sense for us to join »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Toronto: Keira Knightley Ditches the Corset for ‘Laggies’

12 September 2014 8:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Keira Knightley does shots, cheats on her boyfriend and dances around with one of those oversized signs used to advertise strip mall accountants in “Laggies.” But there’s one thing audiences won’t get to see the actress do in a ballsy performance that detonates her image as one of the most proper of leading ladies.

The script for “Laggies” called for Knightley to perform an elaborate skateboarding trick, but there were issues with the location, and at any rate, the insurance wouldn’t cover the actress, who was by her own admission no Tony Hawk.

“I got really lucky with that,” said Knightley. “There was supposed to be this big trick where I did this ollie, but I was to sort of jump up and twist it. If you’d given me a year with me breaking every bone in my body, I could have done it. But with two weeks to prepare, »

- Brent Lang

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Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy bring Eleanor Rigby to life

10 September 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

James McAvoy says that when he showed up to work on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, he didn't realize the film would be broken up into two perspectives - a husband and a wife's version of how tragedy affects the trajectory of a relationship.

"We started rehearsing and I've got my hard copy of the script," said McAvoy, seated with Jessica Chastainduring a recent interview. "My hard copy was incredibly thick, so I thought, 'That's strange. They must be using both sides of the paper.' Then we started and I thought, 'This thing's massive.' ... And then we started the read-through and I realized ..."

"Perhaps your agent should've told you!" laughed Chastain.

"Nobody really told me. ... I don't think she knew," argued McAvoy.

"She knew! She's at the same agency as (director) Ned (Benson)!" cried Chastain, still laughing.

So, there are various perspectives to a story - and that's the point of Eleanor Rigby. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellan Lands at Miramax

3 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).

The film, based on the novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin and adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess, Casanova, Stage Beauty), is currently in post-production.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.

"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Imitation Game’ Demands Oscar’s Attention (Analysis)

29 August 2014 11:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge.

A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders. And the film, direction and screenplay are clearly in the Fyc category.

The big challenge to both mainstream audiences and awards voters: selling it. Based on Andrew Hodges’ biography on Turing, the British mathematician who cracked the Nazi’s code, “Imitation Game” demands that the audience work to keep up. When awards voters have a stack of DVDs and invitations to screenings, they’ll need a lot of buzz to lure them to a film about a WWII-era »

- Tim Gray

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Keira Knightley Goes Topless for Interview Magazine -- See the Pics!

28 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Keira Knightley isn't afraid to bare it all!The "Atonement" star is gracing the pages of the latest issue of Interview Magazine, where she poses topless in an artistic black and white photo shoot snapped by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier.In one pic, the 29-year-old beauty sports nothing but lace opera gloves and black pants. Click Here to see the uncensored, Nsfw photo!When the actress wasn't half-naked, she was lounging around in gorgeous black evening gowns, which looked stunning against her porcelain skin. The "Begin Again" starlet recently opened up about the pressure of growing up in the public eye. The actress told Elle UK that if she had a daughter, she would discourage her from going into the acting business.  "Oh, 100 percent, I'd absolutely tell her not to," she said. "I would 150 million trillion percent be totally discouraging of [her] doing anything like that."  "Teenage years should be done privately, »

- tooFab Staff

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