4 items from 2016
The movie will follow the competition between tennis pros Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which captured the zeitgeist back in 1973, when at 29, the No. 2 ranked King beat the 55-year-old retired former Wimbledon champion Riggs. Shue will play Riggs’ wife in the pic, with Carell playing Riggs and Stone playing King.
“Battle of the Sexes” is one of three projects revolving around the infamous tennis match; the other two are HBO and Playtone’s “Proof,” which stars Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti, and Chernin Entertainment and »
- Justin Kroll
As Meryl Streep starts her jury duties at the Berlinale, Murtada has news about her next film.
Streep at the Berlinale Jury Press Conference
Gird your loins! There must be a rupture in the movie universe because we might not get the new Meryl Streep movie when we usually do. Since 2008's Mamma Mia, movies led by Streep have had only 2 release dates. The December prestige slot (Doubt, The Iron Lady, August Osage County, Into the Woods). Or late summer blockbuster comedy counter programming (Julie and Julia, Hope Springs, Ricki and the Flash). Plus one anomaly with the comedy It's Complicated inexplicably slotted into the December prestige date. Yes comedies get released year round, but not Meryl comedies!
2016 is changing all that. Pathe have announced a May 6 UK release of Streep's latest, Florence Foster Jenkins. Directed by Stephen Frears and also starring Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson, the film is »
- Murtada Elfadl
Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”
If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »
- Nick Newman
Will Smith may have missed out on an Oscar nomination for Concussion, but his next project, Collateral Beauty, is shaping up to be quite a feast for the eyes, since it.s going to be filled with famous faces. According to The Wrap, the film will be helmed by director David Frankel. He directed films like Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada and Hope Springs, and has helmed episodes of Entourage and Sex and the City. Allan Loeb, writer of Rock of Ages and Here Comes the Boom, among others, is crafting the screenplay. Will Smith takes on the lead role in Collateral Beauty, as an advertising executive who undergoes a personal tragedy. His colleagues come up with a plan to make him feel better, and it works, but not in the way they expected. Smith.s most recent films are Concussion and last summer.s underrated Focus. Also »
4 items from 2016
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