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Tina Turner’s career has been nothing short of legendary. Over the past 60 years, she has dabbled in almost every area of the musical entertainment business, including singing, songwriting, acting, producing, and choreography. Her life has already been loosely adapted onscreen in 1993’s “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” starring Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story” “Master of None”). Now, it’s only fitting that Turner’s story will take the stage.
According to Broadway World, a Tina Turner musical, set to debut in the UK, has been in the works for almost two years. Though few details have been shared, Stage Entertainment’s creative director, Tali Pelman, stresses that Turner’s “iconic songs” will be “matched only by the power and inspiration of her remarkable and moving story.”
“Tina” is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, helmer of “The Iron Lady” and both the stage and cinematic versions of Abba musical “Mamma Mia!” The screenplay is written by Hattiloo Theater artistic director Katori Hall. Hall is also set to direct the film adaptation of her own play “Hurt Village.”
Turner herself joined the creative team back in December for a workshop presentation of the musical. She exclaimed, “It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida, and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart, and it’s wonderful to be back.”
On Monday Turner shared the artwork for the new musical on Twitter:
Official casting, premiere dates, and other details have yet to be announced.
Tina Turner Stage Musical in the Works from Director Phyllida Lloyd and Writer Katori Hall was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
Game of Thrones added a new face to its already very large cast of characters with Sunday's season seven premiere. At the Citadel, Samwell Tarly is training to be a maester, learning at the hand of Archmaester Marwyn, played by award-winning star of stage and screen Jim Broadbent. Broadbent got his start over 40 years ago, but his first big role came in the 1985 sci-fi classic Brazil, where he played plastic surgeon to Katherine Helmond's vain Mrs. Ida Lowry in the fictional dystopian urban setting. The 68-year-old actor would go on to appear in some of the biggest films of the 1990s, including Enchanted April, The Crying Game, and Bullets Over Broadway, before his critically acclaimed turn as W.S. Gilbert (of the famed musical theater pair Gilbert and Sullivan) in Topsy-Turvy, a role that earned Broadbent a BAFTA nomination. On the heels of Topsy-Turvy, Broadbent had a big year in »
- Andrea Reiher
Director Phyllida Lloyd is a champion of strong women's roles, with films including Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady. In Julius Caesar, she captures the all-women production from Donmar Warehouse, starring Harriet Walter and Jackie Clune as Brutus and Caesar and framed as a production of the Shakespeare play within a women's prison. The result, which was shot over multiple nights is, though not a film in the traditional sense, a lot more than you might expect from a 'filmed play'. I caught up with Lloyd as the film premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival, to talk about the project.
Amber Wilkinson: Can you tell me a bit about the origins of the theatrical project. The female casting works very well, not »
- Amber Wilkinson
Pip Torrens is a British actor who has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, with examples ranging from The Crown and The Iron Lady to War Horse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Recently, he has been cast as Herr Starr on Preacher, meaning that he will be playing the part of one of the most important if not the most respected antagonists in the comic book series turned AMC TV show. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Pip Torrens: His Name Means Lover of Horses Pip is short for Philip, which
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Pip Torrens »
- Nat Berman
There are few industries as exciting as today’s television industry. New series are being created each year with wonderful performances, plotlines, and production value. While there have been many new stars emerging thanks to the popularity of television shows today, most successful productions depend on the skills of seasoned veterans. Such was the case with Broadchurch, a show which leaned on the talents of Olivia Colman to achieve such great success. Colman is a highly decorated and extremely popular actor who has appeared in productions like Peep Show and The Iron Lady. She has several upcoming film projects, including Murder
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Olivia Colman »
- Timothy Hickey
BBC One, Sundance TV series heading into production.
Nicola Walker [pictured centre] (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will lead the six-part drama, alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan [pictured right] (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human), Barry Atsma (Hector And The Search For Happiness) and Stephen Tompkinson (Dci Banks).
The series is an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce told through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female lawyers working in London’s divorce circuit.
It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC »
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Over her storied career, Meryl Streep has racked up dozens of film credits going back to the ’70s, scored a record-breaking 20 Oscar nominations (along with three wins), and, of course, delivered golden line after golden line.
With the actress turning 68 on Thursday, Variety decided it was as good a time as any to look back at some of Streep’s best lines, from the funny to the sassy to the downright inspirational.
“How do I look?” — Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Following a divorce, and nasty custody battle complete with character assassination and conflicted emotion, Streep as Joanna Kramer seals her first Oscar win with a question — “How do I look?” — as she boards an elevator to see her son.
“The dingo took my baby!” – “Cry in the Dark” (1988)
Often misquoted as “A dingo ate my baby,” Streep’s exclamation after a wild dog snatches her infant from a tent, delivered in a flawless Australian accent, has become part of pop culture. Elaine made it a memorable put-down in a “Seinfeld” episode.
“I’m not a box. I don’t have sides. This is it. One side fits all.” — “Postcards From the Edge” (1990)
In “Postcards From the Edge,” Meryl Streep is Carrie Fisher’s muse, and embodies the late Hollywood royal in all her snarky, unpredictable, and out-of-control glory. With this line, Streep’s Suzanne Vale snaps back at her love interest Jack Faulkner (Dennis Quaid) to make sure he knows exactly where they stand.
“I am a righteous bitch, aren’t I?” — “Dancing at Lughnasa” (1998)
In the long history of Streep delivering flawlessly sassy lines, let no one forget her 1998 role in period film “Dancing at Lughnasa,” where she played Kate “Kit” Mundy. After her sister Aggie (Brid Brennan) declares, “Do you ever listen to yourself, Kate? You are such a damned righteous bitch,” Streep’s Kit can only delightfully agree.
“That is what we do. That is what people do. They stay alive for each other.” — “The Hours” (2002)
In one heartbreaking scene of “The Hours,” Streep, who plays New Yorker Clarissa Vaughan, has a candid conversation with the AIDs-striken Richard (Ed Harris), who asks her why he should even stay alive, if not for her.
“The assassin always dies, baby. It’s necessary for the national healing.” — “The Manchurian Candidate” (2004)
Meryl Streep played U.S. Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw, the manipulative mother of Liev Schreiber’s Raymond Shaw. She perfectly embodies the ruthless nature of her character when she delivers the difficult truth to her son.
Various — “Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
Where to even start with Streep’s endlessly quotable performance as Miranda Priestly? At the end, of course, with the line that the actress brilliantly tweaked during the table read from “Everybody wants to be me” to “Everybody wants to be us.” With this statement we realize how much Andy (Anne Hathaway) has changed (and, really, how much we all have). Some of Streep’s greatest lines stem from her impatient snark (“By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.”) And she has a certain specialty in the way she delivers questions (“Why is no one ready?”; “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”). But the line that defines Streep’s performance, is the two-word dismissal that becomes her refrain: “That’s all.”
“I have doubts… I have such doubts.” — “Doubt” (2008)
Meryl Streep allows the veneer of stern self-assurance in her character, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, to crack in a moment of emotional release. “I have doubts … I have such doubts,” she breaks down about her ability to expose Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and her faith in the church at large.
“If what I think is happening is happening … it better not be.” — “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009)
Meryl Streep is the matriarch in Wes Anderson’s endlessly quirky and quippy animated masterpiece — stern and even, and a foil for her rambunctious husband voiced by George Clooney. In this scene she calls out his tomfoolery: “If what I think is happening,” she says, and the camera closes in on her judgmental gaze. “… it better not be.”
“These damn things are as hot as a stiff c—!” – “Julie and Julia” (2009)
“We will stand on principle, or we will not stand at all.” — “The Iron Lady” (2011)
Streep’s performance as Margaret Thatcher earned her her most recent Oscar, and it’s easy to see why. When she tells Alexander Haig (Matthew Marsh) about why she will go to war with Argentina in an empassioned speech, it’s hard not to get chills.
“Is anybody supposed to smoke?” — “August: Osage County” (2013)
Streep played the delightfully sardonic Violet Weston in John Wells’ adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play. Her response to Ivy’s (Julianne Nicholson) quite obvious question is only one of many memorable lines from the drama (though not uttered by Streep, who can forget Julia Roberts’ “Eat the fish, bitch”?)
What’s your favorite Meryl Streep movie line? Let us know in the comments below!
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- Variety Staff
In honor of Streep’s incredible feat (which she celebrated with an epic gif of her dancing; see below), we’re looking back at the roles that got her the accolades.
(We’re just as excited as you, Meryl!)
1979: The Deer Hunter
Though she didn’t win for her turn as the girlfriend of a fallen soldier in Vietnam, the role helped establish Streep as one to watch in the awards show game, »
- Maria Yagoda and Diana Pearl
Fresh from impressing audiences with the debut of its trailer at Cannes Film Festival, the award-winning historical biopic, The Black Prince, will be opening the 8th edition of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, at the BFI London Southbank on 22nd June 2017 and 3rd edition of The Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival at Cineworld Birmingham on 23rd June 2017, Europe’s largest Indian film festival.
Releasing worldwide in cinemas on 21st July 2017, The Black Prince tells the little known, yet powerful story of the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh. The film cornerstones his relationship with Queen Victoria and the long and often difficult battle he faced to regain his identity, faith and the Kingdom taken from his grasp as a child.
Sponsored by the Bagri Foundation with support from Grange Hotels, Sun Mark Ltd, and funded by the BFI’s National Lottery Film Festivals Fund, The Bagri »
- Stacey Yount
The annual Cannes Film Festival played host to the official unveiling of the eagerly awaited trailer of Brillstein Entertainment Partner’s (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave) latest biopic The Black Prince. Media from around the globe descended upon the India Pavilion to catch a glimpse of the award winning movie, directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz, as it prepares to take the big screen by storm when it releases worldwide on 21st July 2017.
Journalists and photographers sat in awe as the trailer powerfully encapsulated the enthralling tale of the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh and the constant battle he faced to regain his identity, faith and essentially the Kingdom taken from his grasp by the British.
The film follows the story of the last Sikh Maharaja — the son of the powerful ruler Ranjit Singh — who was placed on the throne at the age of 5, after the death of his father. »
- Stacey Yount
To celebrate Mother's Day we're taking a look at our 5 favourite mother/daughter acting duos who've made a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Not only are these two mother and daughter but they've had some of the most iconic female roles in horror movie history. Janet Leigh was a bonafide scream queen from the late 1950's up until the early 1980's. She starred in Touch of Evil, The Fog, and of course Psycho for which she received an Oscar nomination. Jamie Lee Curtis first gained mainstream attention with her portrayal of Laurie in John Carpenter's Halloween which sparked a multi-decade franchise. She has since solidified herself among Hollywood greats with Freaky Friday, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda.
Here's another pairing with »
- Zachary Dent
Meryl Streep knows a thing or two about long-term success, and her marriage is no exception. She and sculptor Don Gummer have been married since 1978, and he's been by her side at a number of industry events and award shows in the years since. Meryl may have been mentioned more than God in Oscars acceptance speeches over the last decade, but at the 2012 Academy Awards, it was her husband who received a sweet shout-out. When Meryl won best actress for The Iron Lady, she said, "First I'm going to thank Don because when you thank your husband at the end of the speech they play him out with the music, and I want him to know that everything I value most in our lives you've given me." The pair first met after her partner John Cazale - of The Godfather and The Deer Hunter - died of bone cancer. She »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Fiennes will play Nureyev’s teacher and mentor, Pushkin, who helped launch Nureyev’s career out of St Petersburg, and will also direct the feature.
As previously reported, professional dancer Oleg Ivenko will play the lead role of Nureyev, while fellow dancer Sergei Polunin, Blue Is The Warmest Colour star Adèle Exarchopoulos and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova are among the cast.
The production has now also attached Elle star Laurent Lafitte, The French Minister star Raphaël Personnaz, Personal Shopper actor Calypso Valois and Land Of Mine star Louis Hofmann ahead of its summer 2017 shoot in St Petersburg and Paris, with locations including the Mariinsky Theatre and the Palais Garnier.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
The Black Prince, an historical drama based upon the true story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the boy who became king of Punjab shortly before it was annexed to the British empire, was awarded the Special Jury Remi Award today at the 50th annual WorldFest International Film Festival in Houston. The event’s Gold Remi was also awarded to the film’s Natalie O’Connor for achievement in Art Direction.
Majarajah Duleep Singh was exiled by the British to a privileged life in England when he was only 15 years old, and was shortly thereafter converted to Christianity. Reuniting with his long-lost mother after more than a decade, Duleep begins a daring journey of self-discovery in order to reclaim his faith and the kingdom that is rightfully his. His struggle inspired Sikhs to continue their fight for freedom until India regained its independence from British Imperialism in 1947, and the Sikh kingdom was divided into India and Pakistan. »
- Press Releases
Fox Searchlight has announced today that its upcoming biopic Goodbye Christopher Robin has been given a November 10 release date, while unveiling the first four photos. It's possible that the first trailer and poster may be coming any day, but until then, the studio has released the first look at Domhnall Gleeson as author A.A. Milne, Margot Robbie as his wife Daphne and Will Tilston as his young son, the real Christopher Robin. This biopic shows how the author's family life helped inspired the iconic Winnie the Pooh character.
Goodbye Christopher Robin gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will Tilston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books, »
Exclusive: Departure of long-time Sony UK boss Peter Taylor prompts shake-up at studios.
The quiet retirement of long-time Sony Pictures UK MD Peter Taylor has prompted a shakeup at the top of two Hollywood studios in the UK.
In turn, Paramount marketing director John Fletcher has been appointed Paramount UK MD following George’s departure.
Taylor had steered Sony’s UK office for more than a decade, joining in 2006 after a two-year stint as MD of Warner Bros UK.
The studio veteran had previously worked at Columbia (and then Sony) in various roles between 1982-2004.
During his tenure as MD he oversaw huge results for the Bond franchise, including the UK’s second and third-biggest releases ever in the shape of Skyfall, which took more than £100m in 2012, and Spectre, which made £94m in 2015.
He also co-ordinated big local successes for the »
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Author: Zehra Phelan
With production currently underway on the as yet untitled LucasFilm Han Solo movie, the list of impressive names on the cast list is growing bigger by the day. Today’s reveal has seen Sing Street breakthrough artist, Ian Kenny, join the likes of Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover in the film which is due for release in 2018.
However, Ian Kenny may have been revealed as another new cast member details of the character he may take on are being firmly kept under wraps until we are deemed worthy of this snippet of information.
The Dublin star played Tj Deegan in Fair City for six years before departing in 2012 and went on to receive high praise for his performance as antagonist Barry in last year’s John Carney hit Sing Street, which in our opinion was robbed of even a nomination for best original song at this year’s Oscars. »
- Zehra Phelan
The first look poster of the historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh – also known as The Black Prince, has created a wave of excitement, as it promises a spectacular storyline into the life and legacy of the Maharajah in exile in the UK.
Produced by Brillstein Entertainment (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave), The Black Prince, a period drama written and directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz and filmed widely across the UK and India, carefully captures the tragic, yet fascinating true story and legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh, providing a visual narrative of one of India’s most noble kings, and his fragile relationship with, Queen Victoria, who was Godmother to his children.
- Press Releases
Author: Jon Lyus
Yesterday the 2017 Into Film Awards brought together some of the brightest new young filmmakers in the UK to celebrate their achievements, and promote the ongoing commitment to teaching film in schools. Many of the young filmmakers walked the red carpet before the ceremony, rubbing shoulders with some of our finest actors, directors and producers, and we were able to speak to many of them.
Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Craig, Amma Asante and Charles Dance were among those attending the event, and our collection of interviews are below. The great work Into Film undertakes to promote film education is second to none. Supported by the BFI and the National Lottery there is much to celebrate here, and we wish them well on their continuing adventure.
Scott Davis and Dave Sztypuljak were on the red carpet yesterday to speak with the new stars of the British Film Industry. Here’s how they got on… »
- Jon Lyus
Anyone who’s seen “Mary Poppins” knows what a bad Cockney accent sounds like. But for the first time, British actors have ranked Dick Van Dyke’s “mockney” as the worst attempt at a U.K. accent in a pool of the highest grossing films’ leads.
Language-learning app Babbel commissioned ex-pat professional actors from both the U.K. and U.S. to vote on a five-point scale on how convincing the accents were for leading parts in blockbusters grossing over $100 million.
For the United States accent, American Actors UK awarded British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor a 4.5/5 for his work as Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave.” Tied for second are the DC superheros; Christian Bale as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman both garnered 4.2/5 scores.
- Dani Levy
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