12 items from 2015
You might think that Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton are untouchable, but that's only if you've never been around Hollywood. While Daphne Du Maurier's novel "My Cousin Rachel" was already made into an Oscar-nominated noir in 1952, a new version is being prepped for the modern age. Read More: Watch The Amazing Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' Starring Rachel Weisz Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin will team up for the new adaptation. Roger Michell ("Hyde Park On Hudson," "Le Week-End") will direct this updated version and also write the script, which tells the tale of an orphan who seeks revenge on the woman he believes murdered his cousin and caretaker. Here's the book synopsis: Philip Ashley's older cousin Ambrose, who raised the orphaned Philip as his own son, has died in Rome. Philip, the heir to Ambrose's beautiful English estate, is crushed that the man »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If treated properly, historical biopics on famous leaders can be inspirational - or at the very least entertaining in a thought provoking manner. We.ve seen it with Frost/Nixon, Hyde Park On Hudson, and even with the recent Netflix series Marco Polo. If you handle the facts with enough dramatic flourish, people will take notice. As if taking its cues from that very Netflix series, as well as HBO.s Game Of Thrones, the producers behind the 300 franchise are ready to tell the tale of Julius Caesar in a similarly thrilling manner. Variety broke the scoop that producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, veterans of both 300 and 300: Rise Of An Empire, have jumped on board as two of the producers for Emperor, an upcoming film about Julius Caeser. According to the trade, the project will aim to tell the untold story of the Rome.s great leader. following »
It looks lovely and Ian McKellen is amazing, of course, but it’s not very Holmesian. I suspect Holmes himself would snort in derision at its sentimentality. I’m “biast” (pro): big fan of Sherlock Holmes and Ian McKellen
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I love Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations, and when I heard that director Bill Condon was making a movie about an elderly Holmes played by Ian McKellan, I cheered. The two had previously collaborated on the wonderful Gods and Monsters — about the classic Frankenstein filmmaker James Whale in his later years — so this new film was bound to be great, wasn’t it? I was a tad sorry to learn that Mr. Holmes, though based on a novel, was not based on the fabulous Mary Russell »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The film stars Parker Sawyers, best known for Hyde Park on Hudson, Zero Dark Thirty and Austenland, as the future Us president. Get On Up and Ride Along’s Tika Sumpter plays his future wife, then a young lawyer called Michelle Robinson.
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- Ben Child
London — Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” which stars Rooney Mara, has started shooting in the South of England. Pic, which is described as “an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love,” is produced by Jean Doumanian, whose credits include “August: Osage County,” “Saturday Night Live” and several Woody Allen movies, and Patrick Daly for Jean Doumanian Prods., alongside Maya Amsellem for WestEnd Films.
Mara, who won the actress award at the Cannes Film Festival last month for her role in “Carol,” will play opposite Ben Mendelsohn (“Animal Kingdom,” “Starred Up”). Scottish playwright David Harrower penned the screenplay, which is based on his Olivier Award-winning play of the same name.
In the film, Ray (Mendelsohn) is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office. Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new »
- Leo Barraclough
We love to spend the holidays with Bill Murray. There's Ghostbusters II on New Year's Eve, Hyde Park on Hudson on President's Day, Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day and, of course, Scrooged at Christmas*. Now we're going to have more of the actor to watch on that last holiday, because he's starring in a special called A Very Murray Christmas, which will debut on Netflix this December. Fans of Scrooged should be happy with the program, as one of that movie's screenwriters, Mitch Glazer, is now co-writing this with Murray and Sofia Coppola, who is also directing the special. Coppola worked with both Murray and Glazer on Lost in Translation, the former starring and the latter an associate producer on the...
- Christopher Campbell
Elizabeth Wilson, the actress who played Dustin Hoffman's mother in The Graduate, passed away on Saturday in New Haven, Ct, at the age of 94. Her death was confirmed to The New York Times by Elizabeth Morton, a close friend whom she considered a daughter. Elizabeth's first acting role was an uncredited appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious in 1946. She worked with Hitchcock again in 1963 and got a proper credit when she starred as Helen Carter in The Birds. Elizabeth then made a name for herself as a character actress both on stage and on film and also had notable roles in movies like 9 to 5, The Addams Family, and Quiz Show. She won a Tony Award in 1972 for her portrayal of a Vietnam War veteran's mother in David Rabe's Sticks and Bones. Her last onscreen appearance was in 2012 when she played the mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson. »
In a career that spanned almost seven decades, she won a Tony in 1972 for her portrayal of a Vietnam veteran’s emotionally scarred mother in David Rabe’s antiwar drama “Sticks and Bones.” She won Obie Awards for performances in “Taken in Marriage” in 1979 and “Anteroom” in 1986.
She was nominated for an Emmy for the based-on-a-true-story miniseries “Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder” (1987) in which she played the wealthy but helpless mother of a woman (Lee Remick) who’s plotting to kill her father.
Wilson specialized in »
- Variety Staff
Though producer Michael Bay isn’t renowned for a sense of intellectual rigour when it comes to his movies, he does take the precaution of casting respected actors in order to lend increased credibility to his explosion-heavy output.
John Turturro provided the dramatic backbone of the Transformers franchise, and while it was strange to see him involved Bay’s next choice is about as out of left field as you can get – he wants Laura Linney to be in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
Audiences are more used to seeing Linney portray fine character roles in films such as The Savages alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Hyde Park On Hudson with Bill Murray. She’s arguably best-remembered as Jim Carrey’s horror show of a fake nurse wife in The Truman Show.
Bay’s mighty Platinum Dunes chequebook hasn’t had much difficulty convincing the actress to brave the sewers and jump aboard, »
- Steve Palace
As bizarre a headline as that is, it’s true – three-time Oscar nominee Laura Linney, best known for her powerhouse parts in films such as Mystic River and TV series like HBO’s John Adams, has become the latest star to board Paramount’s big-budget sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
The nature of Linney’s role is, at least for now, a closely guarded secret.
Megan Fox and Will Arnett will reprise the roles of reporter April O’Neil and cameraman Vernon Fenwick, while the sequel will also see Arrow actor Stephen Amell, Brian Tee, Tyler Perry and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio join the cast as the heroic Casey Jones, archvillain the Shredder, scientist Baxter Stockman and an unspecified love interest for Vernon, respectively. As with Linney’s involvement, news of Perry’s casting was met with surprise followed by mild amusement.
Of late, Linney’s filmography has largely included period flicks and prestige dramas, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Director David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence) returns with a provocative satire about the Hollywood film industry and the demons of celebrity obsession in the Focus World release Maps To The Stars, now available on Digital HD and debuting on Blu-ray with Digital HD and DVD on April 14, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Academy Award winner Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) stars with Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), and Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) in this unforgettable darkly comic thriller written by Bruce Wagner (I’m Losing You). Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) is unraveling as her career flounders. Her self-help psychotherapist (Cusack) and his wife (Williams) are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver and aspiring actor (Pattinson) all their lives get together, »
- Michelle McCue
12 items from 2015
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