The Iron Lady (2011)
Women want female characters in films who are more than just “eye candy,” says Laura Houlgatte, CEO of Unic, a body that represents exhibition companies in Europe. The success of films like “Wonder Woman” sent a signal to the biz that films with strong female protagonists “can increase your returns,” she says, and that such movies are not just for women, but men, too.
Eric Meyniel concurs. “When you hook the female audience, you also hook the male audience, too, because they come with their [male] friends, husbands or boyfriends,” says Meyniel, international content director at exhibitor Kinepolis,
Screenwriter Abi Morgan has said that Harvey Weinstein was a deceptive man to work with because he showed great interest in “female feminist work” during a meeting with her. Morgan, whose 2011 film The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, was produced by Weinstein, also said that part of his apparent deception was down to his notoriety for throwing celebrity parties.
Weinstein was dismissed from his film studio The Weinstein Company following numerous allegations of sexual harassment against him from stars including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd, and many others have also made allegations, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.
I am never bothering to watch a drama that doesn’t show people having a laugh ever again. That was my greatest takeaway from the new drama by Abi Morgan, who won Baftas for Sex Traffic and The Iron Lady, and an Emmy for The Hour, and is not quite as flippant as it sounds.
The meat of the thing lay in the story of two generations of lawyers working the high-end divorce circuit in their respective firms. In the first of six episodes, Hannah has just left Defoes, which her parents founded. Her mother, Ruth (Deborah Findlay), refused to step down as promised and let Hannah, the ever-responsible oldest of her three daughters, take over, so Hannah departed and started at another, equally shiny top-flight family law firm. More
Two-time Emmy winner Abi Morgan is taking on another iconic historical figure. The scribe behind Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” is in early development on a series about Cleopatra, Digital Spy reports.
Titled “Cleopatra,” the 10-part drama will focus on the famed Egyptian Queen as well as her sisters. The story kicks off when Cleopatra is 16.
Morgan spoke about the series at a recent event and revealed that she’s planning to work with an all-female writing team. “I love writing with men, but I also think, in this moment, one of the things I can do is send the elevator down and get more women writing,” the “Suffragette” screenwriter explained.
“Cleopatra” is “being pitched for a U.S. streaming service,” but we don’t know which.
The project sees Morgan joining forces with Tessa Ross (“Ex Machina”) and Juliette Howell’s (“London Spy
Streep won with an astonishing 51% of the vote — very impressive in a field of 10 powerhouse winners. The only other actress to rack up a double-digit percentage is Cher in “Moonstruck” with 15%. Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”) and Sissy Spacek (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) tied for third at 7% apiece, while Jodie Foster (“The Accused”) and Katharine Hepburn (“On Golden Pond”) were next at 6% each. Further down, Jessica Tandy (“Driving Miss Daisy”) earned 3% and Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) and Geraldine Page (“The Trip to Bountiful”) tied at 2%. Sally Field (“Places in the Heart”) came in last place with
The project is described as a romantic-comedic-thriller about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message – “Run” – and impulsively disappear together.
Jones wrote the script and will serve as executive producer via DryWrite. Waller-Bridge will also executive produce in addition to playing the recurring role of Flick. Emily Leo will executive produce for Wigwam Films. eOne will produce for HBO. This marks the first
Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s UK spy series starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, has racked up further international territory deals for Endeavour Content.
The series has now sold to HBO Europe for Scandinavia, Cee, Spain, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa; Hot for Israel; and Tvnz for New Zealand. It premieres on BBC America in the Us this week and will screen on BBC One and BBC Three in the UK later this year.
Produced by the UK’s Sid Gentle Films, Killing Eve follows a M15 security officer whose deskbound job
SEEReflecting on Meryl Streep’s record 21 Oscar nominations and celebrating her 3 wins (to date)
Close won our poll with 35% of the vote, while a pair of five-time nominees, Amy Adams and writer-director Christopher Nolan, rallied with 19% and 15%, respectively. Next was Annette Bening (four noms) at 9% and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (eight noms) at 8%.
Further down we had 6% for Michelle Williams (four noms), 5% for composer Thomas Newman (14 noms) and 2% for sound mixer Greg P. Russell (16 noms). Tying for last on
Series Mania’s upcoming ninth edition is its first in Lille after eight years in the French capital. The event, a French government-backed drive to create a TV fest with the
So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.
Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).
Abi Morgan is set to tell another female-led story. Deadline reports that the Emmy winner is following up women’s rights drama “Suffragette” with an adaptation of “Tangerine,” an upcoming thriller from Christine Mangan. Imperative Entertainment snagged the rights to the author’s debut novel in 2016.
Set to hit shelves March 27, “Tangerine” is set in 1950s Morocco. The story follows “two female characters, once inseparable roommates, who after an unexpected encounter in Tangier attempt to rekindle their friendship only to find their dark, tangled backstory reemerges, and quickly devolves from obsession to madness.”
George Clooney is among the pic’s producers.
Morgan won an Emmy for penning BBC America miniseries “The Hour,” a Cold War-era espionage thriller. Her feature credits include Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” sex addiction drama “Shame,” and Charles Dickens romance “The Invisible Woman.” She created and wrote the upcoming BBC One/SundanceTV series “The Split,
The feature — based on an upcoming novel from Christine Mangan, set to be published by HarperCollins imprint Ecco — will be set in 1950s Morocco and follows once inseparable roommates who, after an unexpected encounter in Tangier, attempt to rekindle their friendship only to find their dark, tangled backstory reemerges.
Imperative Entertainment (All the Money in the World, The Square) is developing the feature with Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas producing. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will also produce via their Smokehouse Pictures banner.
Jillian Apfelbaum will co-produce for...
The first thing the other ladies of “The Help” need to know is that you need to be nominated against Spencer or in the same year as her if you want to win. As we’ve noted before, all three of Spencer’s nominations so far have been against her pals from the Tate Taylor film. She won Best Supporting Actress for “The Help,” defeating co-star Jessica Chastain, while Davis lost Best Actress to Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”). Five years later,
For a film buff and awards season aficionado, there is perhaps no more exhilarating a journey than going back to revisit all 21 Streep performances that brought her to the Oscars, plus her competition over the years – a grand total of 105 performances, most richly deserving of their recognition.
While Streep has three Academy Awards — for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011) — a case could surely be made that she has deserved even more. She is at her career-best in “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995) and, if not for the juggernaut that was Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment
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Streep’s losses straddle 39 years, including 15 as Best Actress and 3 as Best Supporting Actress. Her first loss for “The Deer Hunter” (1978) happened four decades ago, setting the stage for a remarkable Oscar trajectory full of a few ups and many, many downs.
Those odds are based on the combined predictions of thousands of users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes 26 Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, 25 of whom are predicting a “Darkest Hour
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That answer came with her third Oscar win as it finally arrived 29 years after her second for her transformative performance as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in director Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady.” Watch the video above as she receives the award from Colin Firth and admits to the audience, “I’ll never be up here again!”
Though the film itself was not a huge critical or commercial hit, Streep received unanimous praise for her performance.
Oscar’s obsession with famous people playing famous people is a relatively new phenomenon though. While actors have taken home the gold for playing real people since Oscar’s beginning — George Arliss winning Best Actor for playing British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” (1929/30) was the first — up until 2000, there were many long stretches of faux characters triumphing. In the ‘70s, there were no Best Supporting
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