It’s been less than a week since this year’s Oscars, but The Weinstein Company has already set fall release dates for four of next year’s contenders. And with Meryl Streep in the mix, it’s safe to say that Harvey “Thanked More Than God” Weinstein’s chances are looking good. So what’s on tap? Check it out below:
- Fruitvale – This Sundance darling (read our review), the true story of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot to death in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, will open October 18.
- August: Osage County – A family comes together after their alcoholic patriarch goes missing in this adaptation of Tracy Lett’s comedic play, which is slated for November 8.
- Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Idris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in this film based on the South African president’s 1995 autobiography, scheduled for November 29.
- Grace of Monaco – Nicole Kidman steps into the shoes of the legendary Hollywood star who became a princess in this film, which opens on December 27.
Hit the jump for more on each of the movies, as well as their release dates.
Stoker marks the latest in a long line of risky independent pictures for the enduringly talented and ageless Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy, Rabbit Hole, Margot at the Wedding, Birth – Kidman isn’t afraid to take a chance on risky material or art-house filmmakers. In Stoker, Kidman co-stars as Evelyn, the neglectful mother to India, a weird and troubled girl. Evelyn doesn’t know what to make of her daughter – her own flesh and blood a stranger even to herself. After her husband suddenly dies, Evelyn finds herself drawn to her husband’s long-thought-lost brother Charlie, unaware that her brother-in-law only has eyes for her daughter.
In the following interview with Kidman, she discusses her favorite Hitchcock films, working with as meticulous a filmmaker as Park Chan Wook and playing screen icon Grace Kelly in the upcoming Grace of Monaco. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Since the Oscars haven’t completely faded my mind yet (give me another 12 hours or so), I’m immediately looking at the Oscar math of Nicole Kidman‘s upcoming Grace Kelly biopic, Grace of Monaco. You have an Oscar-winner playing an Oscar-winner, and if that isn’t enough, Deadline reports that Oscar-addict The Weinstein Company has picked up the film for distribution. The film takes place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil. The first images from the film have been released, but I would happily accept Kidman holding up a hastily hand-painted sign reading “Noms Pleeze”.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Paz Vega, Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, and Derek Jacobi. Grace of Monaco currently doesn’t have a release date, but don’t be surprised to see it show up in the festival circuit this fall.
The new original series Chosen, available on Sony’s multi-platform online entertainment network Crackle, is a heart-pounding thriller that follows Ian Mitchell (Milo Ventimiglia, who is also an executive producer on the project), a husband, father and lawyer who discovers a mysterious box on his doorstep that contains a loaded gun and a photo of a stranger he is instructed to kill within the next three days. Transformed into an unwilling assassin, Ian must risk everything to protect his family while looking for a way out of his predicament.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor/producer Milo Ventimiglia talked about why this web series appealed to him, how he first got involved with Crackle, when he started to see the viability of online programming, how much fun he had exploring such a full arc for his character in only six episodes, and how much he appreciates being in a position where he can contribute more, both creatively and on the business side of things. He also talked about how excited he is to get back to work on Frank Darabont’s crime drama L.A. Noir, picked up by TNT for six episodes. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Up-to-the-minute casting information follows below:
- Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow) is in negotiations to join Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry) in You’re Not You, directed by George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe).
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) will join Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) in the indie drama A Thousand Times Good Night for co-writer/director Erik Poppe (Hawaii, Oslo).
- Derek Jacobi (The King’s Speech) will be tasked with refining Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) from an American movie star into a princess in Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose).
- Finally, Tye Sheridan (Tree of Life) has joined Joe, a drama starring Nicolas Cage (National Treasure) and directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express).
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
In today’s casting news, Parker Posey (The House of Yes) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) are poised to join director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. The biopic, which stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, centers on the Hollywood star’s involvement with Monaco’s Prince Rainier III during his financial difficulties under taxation from France’s Charles De Gaulle.
We also have word that Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) has joined Jason Statham and James Franco in Gary Fledler’s Homefront. The adaptation of the Chuck Logan book centers on ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life. Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (Franco). Hit the jump for more details on these latest casting assignments.
Here’s another casting round up for you:
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Two pieces of casting to close out the night:
- Paz Vega will play opera singer Maria Callas in Grace of Monaco, the Grace Kelly biopic led by Nicole Kidman.
- Girls scene-stealer Adam Driver will star opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy The F Word.
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
A star has finally been chosen to lead the Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco. Variety reports that Nicole Kidman beat out a number of top actresses to take on the coveted role of the gorgeous starlet. La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan is onboard to helm Grace of Monaco, and the pic will take place between December 1961 and November 1962, when Kelly maneuvered behind the scenes as Princess of Monaco to save her nation from political turmoil. For those unaware, Kelly only starred in a handful of films before she retired from acting to serve as Monaco’s monarch alongside Prince Rainier III, but she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in The Country Girl and had a memorable turn in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Also, she was incredibly beautiful. Hit the jump for more.
When I was at the Toronto Film Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox had a promo in front of every movie promoting their upcoming Grace Kelly exhibit, “Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess”. Now it’s their festival and they’re allowed to promote whatever future event they want, but by the end of the festival, I loathed Grace Kelly. Watching a promo 37 times in nine days will do that. Hopefully, my enmity towards Kelly will have faded by the time Grace of Monaco hits theaters. La vie en rose director Arash Amel is set to helm the film, which will focus on Grace’s life in 1962 when she became instrumental in mediating the conflict between French leader Charles De Gaulle and her husband, Monaco’s Prince Rainier III.
Hit the jump for more on the project.
Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.
The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!