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Wme has signed three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams in all areas. She was previously represented by CAA. Williams earned Oscar nominations for her work in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain.” Also read: ‘Cabaret’ Theater Review: Michelle Williams Tackles Sally Bowles, Alan Cumming Auditions for ‘Hedwig’ She is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Broadway's “Cabaret,” co-directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Williams continues to be repped by Bloom Hergott. »
- Jeff Sneider
WME has signed Michelle Williams for representation in all areas.
Williams was previously represented by CAA. She has been nominated for Academy Awards for her work in “My Week With Marilyn,” “Blue Valentine” and “Brokeback Mountain.” The actress is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Broadway’s “Cabaret,” co-directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. She has completed shooting on World War II romance “Suite Francaise.”
Williams continues to be repped by attorneys at Bloom Hergott.
- Dave McNary
On the heels of CAA’s $225 million majority-stake deal with Tpg, three-time Oscar nominee and client Michelle Williams has jumped to Wme, signing with the rival agency in all areas. The Oz the Great and Powerful and Take This Waltz star earned her Oscar nods for acclaimed turns in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, and most recently My Week With Marilyn, in which she played the iconic Marilyn Monroe. She’s currently on Broadway playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret for Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes. Her next film, the WWII drama-romance Suite Française, is set to be distributed by The Weinstein Co. Williams is also repped by Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
- Jen Yamato
Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has moved from CAA to Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The actress received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn. She is currently making her Broadway debut in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret, starring as Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming's Emcee. Read more 'Cabaret': Theater Review Williams came to fame with the WB's Dawson's Creek and has since become one of Hollywood's most-respected young talents, with credits that also include Oz the Great and Powerful and Shutter Island. At CAA she was with super agent Hylda
- Rebecca Sun
As was the case in Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, the central soured marriage between Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) only grows more unsettling the more you discover about both parties, the seemingly perfect veneer peeling back inch by inch to reveal festering dysfunction.
We can never get enough festering dysfunction over at Digital Spy, so here are seven more of the big screen's most shining examples of marital strife.
1. George and Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
The crumbling couple that arguably inspired every other on this list. Edward Albee created the archetypal marriage in spectacular meltdown in his blistering 1962 play, and real-life sparring lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring George and Martha vividly to life on the big screen.
Watching the central pair inventively tear »
Since festival audiences have already exhausted the “Spring is like…” comments over every form of social media (Spring is like Before Sunrise meets H.P. Lovecraft, for example), I’ll just plainly say that Spring is romantically horrific bliss, achieving perfection through tragedy and soul. Is there a subgenre of horror equatable to the “Mumblecore” scene yet? If not, filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have pioneered it, throwing together a loving tale that’s aided by a creature-feature subplot akin to a Troma production on super-steroids.
There’s something so primal and affectionate about Spring. It strikes an honesty that’s notably reminiscent to Richard Linklater’s or Joe Swanberg’s crowning work. It’s the most regal of Shakespearean epics meets the most sinister Joe Dante feverdream, striking a wealth of emotional riches while also utilizing beastly effects reminiscent of Landis’ An American Werewolf In London and many other skin-tearing affairs. »
- Matt Donato
Eva Mendes gave birth to a baby girl last Friday, making her boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, a first-time father, so we're celebrating the couple's new addition with a look at Ryan's cutest interactions with kids. On screen, in The Place Beyond the Pines, Ryan and Eva's characters have a child together, and stills from the film show Ryan sweetly holding onto the baby boy. And in real life, Ryan was seen making funny faces with his Blue Valentine costar back in 2010. Sure, you may be grieving over Ryan having a baby with another woman, but maybe it will help to see all these cute photos as proof that he'll be an adorable, doting dad. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 23, 2014
Price: DVD $19.99
Kathleen Quinlan in After
Set in the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, After tells the story of a middle-class family struggling with the financial consequences of a failing business and a series of inter-generational conflicts and rivalries. Quinlan stars as Nora Valentino, a woman whose husband, Mitch (John Doman, Blue Valentine), loves her more than anything in the world. So much so that he, along with his four children and sister-in-law, have gone to extreme lengths to hide a horror too painful for Nora to bear. And if this intricately buried secret is revealed, it could alter everyone’s lives irrevocably.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
Telluride — It's impossible to see every movie at a film festival, but you can certainly come close if you're able to catch a few of the main centerpieces beforehand. At Telluride, the benefit of having viewed "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner," "Mommy" and "The Homesman" at Cannes allowed this pundit to catch a few of the lower profile titles that are still worthy of your attention. Here are a few short capsule reviews for some films that will also screen at the Toronto and New York film festivals and that should most definitely be on your radar. "Madame Bovary" Grade: C+ Reaction: Sophie Barthes' adaptation of the classic Gustave Flauber novel is a sight to behold. The cinematography from Andrij Parekh ("Blue Valentine") and the costumes from Christian Gasc and Valérie Ranchoux are Oscar-worthy, and the score by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine memorably adds to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, Barthes wants to »
- Gregory Ellwood
Winstead plays a workaholic attorney forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Messina) suddenly leaves the family. She’s forced to deal with an aging father (Johnson), an eccentric sister (Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Skylar Gaertner).
The drama has played at the Tribeca, Seattle and San Francisco Film Festivals and is scheduled to appear at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood Film Festivals.
Ronnie Schieb said in her Tribeca review that Winstead’s performance is “extraordinary.”
“Alex” is produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell and exec produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge. The production company is Electric City Entertainment, which has produced “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine, »
- Dave McNary
Despite the near-dozen cast members listed, but then, soon after the half-hour mark, the once-charming protags and their increasingly irrational behavior turn exasperating. Saverio Costanzo’s first Gotham-set, all-English-lingo feature incorporates a “Blue Valentine” vibe crossed with “Rosemary’s Baby” in a story about a neurotic new mom whose bizarre parenting ideas threaten her child and her marriage. A prime example of an idea overwhelming script considerations, “Hearts” could parlay its American indie feel into a small Stateside rollout.
In the tiny basement bathroom of a Chinese restaurant, Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) gets trapped with stranger Jude (Adam Driver) when the door sticks shut. The topnotch actors make the most of their amusing dialogue in this nifty, claustrophobically lensed scene, which could easily work as a standalone shot. In the next shot, they’re lying in bed together when she learns that she’s being transferred from her embassy job; he asks her to stay. »
- Jay Weissberg
We haven't gathered links in a few days so we're way behind on news and such. Here's a few handfuls for ya...
The Wire David Sims measures the cast of Expendables 3 by every conceivable metric
The Hairpin 'The only Throwback Thursday that matters.' Amen
Balder & Dash Teo Bugbee has a massive two part essay on the films of the Coen Bros for your reading pleasure
IndieWire interviews Michael Fassbender and gets him to say "size doesn't matter" -ha!
Comics Alliance "Thanos is really bad at being a supervillain" - I thought I was insane when GotG premiered and everyone was endlessly raving. How do you rave about a heroes movie when the villains suck? I've noticed more and more people are complaining about Marvel's shitty track record with the baddies. Hopefully they can course correct. »
- NATHANIEL R
Last month we learned Rachel Weisz might be joining Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance's (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine) The Light Between Oceans, and it's been announced Weisz has been cast in the adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina) will also star in the period drama, and filming for it will begin next month in New Zealand. Here's the book description from Amazon: After four »
- Jesse Giroux
Luke Sital-Singh has reworked a selection of songs from iconic films.
The British singer-songwriter has comprised an Ep titled 'Film Songs', including his favourite soundtrack moments from films such as Blue Valentine, Juno and The Wrestler.
"One of the great things about music is its way of enhancing the experiences and emotions we all go through. Basically how great songs soundtrack our lives," Sital-Singh said of the Ep.
"What would life be like without soundtracks? Can you imagine your favourite film without that bit with that song? It doesn't bear thinking about."
Sital-Singh's collection comes ahead of the release of his debut album The Fire Inside, which drops on August 18 through Parlophone.
The full 'Film Songs' Ep is currently available on Spotify. »
Entertainment One (eOne), in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through ShivHans Pictures, and Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof, through Electric City Entertainment, announced today that it has secured the international rights to Captain Fantastic, the comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen, written and directed by Matt Ross. eOne will handle sales of the film in all territories outside of the Us, as well as directly distribute Captain Fantastic through its own distribution infrastructure in the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand.
It was also announced today that Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Erin Moriarty have joined the film's cast, which also features Frank Langella and a group of up-and-comers including George MacKay, Annalise Basso, Samantha Isler, Nicholas Hamilton, Shree Crooks and Charlie Shotwell.
Electric City's Howell and Patricof are producing the film alongside Rawat and Mankad. Rawat is also financing the film via her ShivHans Pictures banner. ShivHans' Monica Levinson is executive producing. »
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
2015 will be filled with some ridiculously-sized blockbusters, and while those are all well and good, I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye on The Light Between Oceans. The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War I and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating." The adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s debut novel is being directed by Derek Cianfrance, who previously helmed the haunting Blue Valentine and the powerful, family epic The Place Beyond the Pines. Furthermore, he's attracted yet another talented cast. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are attached to play the lighthouse keeper and the wife with Rachel Weisz in talks to play the child's mother. That's a lot of talent for one film, »
- Matt Goldberg
Even though it’s only July, it’s hard to imagine watching a better-made movie in 2014 than “Boyhood.” Shot in secret over 12 years, director Richard Linklater captures the journey, and struggles, of growing up — his lead actor Ellar Coltrane ages in real time, from 6 to 18 onscreen. No other film has ever been made this way. Coltrane could have bailed from the project once he hit puberty, since even the strictest contract couldn’t keep him on a project for so long, but he stuck it through to the end (along with Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke, who play his parents).
For millennials and movie buffs, Linklater, who is 53, is one of the most influential directors of the arthouse boom of the early ’90s. When I recently interviewed Chris Evans, he said he modeled his upcoming directorial debut, “1:30 Train,” on “Before Sunset.” You could argue that Linklater, who was influenced by the French New Wave, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
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