20th Century Fox International and Pathe UK released a new teaser trailer today for potential awards season player "The Iron Lady" which provides the first footage of Meryl Streep as iconic Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Weinstein Company will be releasing "Iron Lady" in the U.S., but don't expect them to go in this direction for their previews.
It's one thing not to be nominated, but to be left at the altar five times? Welcome to Glenn Close's world. Granted, it's not as depressing as Peter O'Toole's record eight nominations without a win, but it's close. Now, after two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her work on "Damages," Close is returning to the big screen with a triple shot at bringing home a long deserved Academy Award. Today, Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions announced they will partner to release Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs," starring, co-written and co-produced by Close, this fall. Yes, awards season adds another player to the mix.
Considering her obvious talent and unique vision, it's not surprising that Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is putting the keyboard to the side and heading into the director's chair. Today, Mandate Pictures announced it was reuniting with Cody to finance her latest endeavor, "Lamb of God," which will mark her directorial debut.
Does Madonna fear anything? She certainly doesn't fear critics. The legendary pop icon received mostly negative notices for her directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom," but similar to her up and down acting career she's not letting critics dictate her cinematic choices. Madonna's latest directorial effort, "W.E," was acquired by The Weinstein Company earlier this spring and now the studio has announced a release date smack dab in the middle of awards season, Dec. 9.
Featuring an ensemble cast including Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac and Andrea Riseborough, "W.E" is based on an original screenplay by Madonna and longtime collaborator Alek Keshishian ("Madonna: Truth or Dare"). According to a release from TWC, "W.E" looks at the fabled romance between American Wallis Simpson (Riseborough) and Britain’s King Edward VIII (D'Arcy), who famously gave up the throne to marry the woman he loved. More than six decades later, the fabled love story enthralls a young woman named Wally Winthrop (Cornish), who thinks she sees in their devotion a stark contrast to her own unhappy marriage – and an example to follow as she searches for the meaning of true love. Considering the differing opinions on Simpson and Edward's love affair on both sides of the pond (and apparent in TWC's Oscar winning "The King's Speech") it's unclear how realistic the former King's love affair and abdication will be handled.
Harvey Weinstein, who is probably one of a few people you could name on one hand to have mastered all aspects of the Oscar game, would not date "W.E" in Dec. unless he saw how the end of year spotlight could help the film at the box office.
“Madonna beautifully interweaves past and present in 'W.E.' It’s a very smart film, and a stunning feature directorial debut,”Weinstein noted in the release. “I’m incredibly excited about this movie and I wanted to give it a prominent release date.”
It's also noteworthy that Darren Aronofsky's regular producing partner, Scott Franklin, came on board as an executive producer. Franklin only has quality projects on his resume. Something to consider before you assume the Material Girl's involvement means it won't work.
It will be a busy second half of the year for Madonna by all accounts. Besides "W.E," she's expected to release a new album sometime this fall.
"W.E" opens in limited release in NY and LA on Dec. 9.
Just in time to remind moviegoers that quality films are just around the corner, DreamWorks Studios released the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg's "War Horse."
In most industry circles the huge second weekend drop as well as critical and audience reaction to "Green Lantern" would seem to be clear signs the Emerald Crusader won't return for a second go around. However, sources confirm to HitFix that a sequel is still in the works. That's pretty amazing considering the weak global box office so far and a domestic cume expected to top out at approximately $135 million. Especially when you're carrying a reported $200 million plus price tag and that's not even counting marketing costs. And sure, licensing helps ease the burden, but it can't cover everything. As a toy and licensing property, "Green Lantern" isn't in the billion dollar league of "Cars."
Note to anyone looking to sit down and get some serious answers from Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel: it's not going to happen.
The "Bad Teacher" duo, who play romantic interests for the title character played by Cameron Diaz, took some time to discuss their new comedy, but diving into character motivation was the last thing on their agenda. Strangely, Timberlake was the most rowdy of the two giving reenacting a very funny pitch for "127 Hours" he'd heard from Judd Apatow which makes the video interview worth watching alone.
The always busy Segel ("The Muppets," "How I Met Your Mother"), on the other hand, was more than happy to act as "straight" man for the pair. Plus, he knows the talking points better than anyone (or can recite them with a nice wink at least).
And did I mention the poster display behind the duo collapsed in the middle of the interview? A memorable five minutes to say the least.
Another fun sit down was with two of the supporting ladies in "Bad Teacher," Lucy Punch (soon to star in FX's "Powers") and "The Office's" Phyllis Smith (who does her best to steal the movie out from under everyone). You can watch that interview below.
For Drew McWeeny's review of "Bad Teacher" click here.
"Bad Teacher" opens nationwide on Friday.
GLENDALE, CA - Visiting the set of "The Muppets" was a once in a lifetime experience. The chance to see some of your favorite childhood characters such as Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy come alive in front of your eyes isn't something you experience in Hollywood every day. Your chances are probably higher of running into Brad Pitt or Will Smith on a red carpet. This is one of the reasons moviegoers and many in the industry are excited about the prospects for Disney's potential Thanksgiving holiday blockbuster.
Once again, a new decade has brought a wave of impressive new acting talent to moviegoers and the media's attention. Chris Hemsworth already has "Thor" under his belt with the increasingly hyped "Cabin in the Woods" already in the can. Taylor Kitsch will make it or break it with next year's double take of "John Carter" and "Battleship." Mia Wasikowska was relatively unknown before the success of "Alice in Wonderland," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Jane Eyre" and now she's recognized all over the world. Rooney Mara used roles in last year's "A Nightmare On Elm Street" and "The Social Network" to help her land "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." And before 2012 is done, Juno Temple will have gone from that little, mean girl in "Atonement" to an adult actress to seriously watch out for.