May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Diane Kruger is out, “Skyfall” Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe is in for indie romantic comedy “5 to 7″, according to Deadline. Frank Langella, Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Lambert Wilson are also joining the cast, which is led by Anton Yelchin.
Yelchin will play a young aspiring writer in the Victor Levin scripted and directed film. He romances an older woman (Marlohe), the beautiful wife of a French diplomat, and “cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens.” Filming had been slated for February, but will now, with cast finally in place, begin next month in New York.
Marlohe had worked steadily in France before landing a breakthrough role as Severeine in the latest Bond flick “Skyfall” opposite Daniel Craig. Like her fellow former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko, she quickly found herself cast in a Terrence Malick film, the Texas-set musically themed one with Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, though it’s too soon to tell if she will survive the editing room. Thirlby broke out alongside Ellen Page in “Juno” and was last seen remake “Dredd 3D.”
October 11, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brit Marling, James Franco and Glenn Close have been set to star in literary adaptation “The Grace That Keeps This World”, according to Deadline. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a script by Matthew Aldrich, who adapted the Tom Bailey novel of the same name. The story will follow “a father and his sons as they prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Family conflicts arise when a rookie environmental cop begins an investigation of hunting violations that reveals a family divided by their life choices.”
Marling has become the It Girl of the indie scene thanks to her dueling Sundance breakouts in “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice” in 2011, both of which she also co-wrote. She can currently be seen playing Richard Gere’s daughter in thriller “Arbitrage” and recently completed work on another indie she co-wrote and starred in, “The East.” She’ll next be seen opposite Robert Redford and Shia Labeouf in “The Company You Keep.” This fall she will shoot young Lincoln biopic “The Green Blade Rises” with Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke.
February 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like British up and comer Tom Felton has that whole sniveling, creepy villain thing down. After terrorizing Daniel Radcliffe for years throughout eight “Harry Potter” movies, he moved on to terrorize the poor apes in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and it looks like Elizabeth Olsen is his next target. Deadline reports Felton has signed on to period drama/thriller “Therese Raquin” opposite Olsen and Glenn Close and he’ll take his villainy harassment antics to a whole new level in the role.
Olsen stars in the title role in the film written and to be directed by Charlie Stratton, as a young woman in 19th century France forced by her aunt (Close), into marrying her first cousin (Felton), a sick and spoiled young man. When Therese and her lover Laurent murder her husband and run away together, the ghost of her dead husband haunts them from beyond the grave until their relationship is poisoned and unravels as well. Give it a rest, Malfoy!
After his villainous roles in “Harry Potter” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, Felton will play a somewhat friendlier force in Warner Bros horror flick “The Apparition”, as a paranormal expert who aides Ashley Green and Sebastian Stan’s married couple in escaping their haunted house. He’s also attached to WWII drama “Grace and Danger.”
December 7, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
In further cementing of Octavia Spencer’s status as an Oscar front-runner for her scene-stealing breakout role in “The Help”, it’s been announced today that the actress will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award a the annual Palm Springs Film Festival in January. The event is an annual pit-stop for hopefuls on the long road to Oscar, and this year Spencer will be amongst fellow gold seekers George Clooney, Glenn Close, Michelle Williams and “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius, who are all being honored with various acting and filmmaking accolades.
“Octavia Spencer is a consummate actress who seamlessly blends her dramatic and comedic talents, creating performances of uncommon depth,” film festival board chairman Harold Matzner said via press release. “As the irascible Minny in ‘The Help,’ she captures the essence of a woman who deals with life head on, relishing confrontation and serving as a source of courage and humor for those whom she loves.”
Spencer is in good company amongst past winners including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman and Freida Pinto, most of whom went on to score Oscar nominations and wins. More relevant news to come from the event include the selection of the Rising Star award, which went to Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Kendrick in the past two years, respectively. Could Spencer’s “Help” co-star Jessica Chastain get her moment with that award?
November 9, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
They may be Oscar nemeses until February, but Elizabeth Olsen and Glenn Close will put all that aside and be co-stars soon after. EW reports one of our favorite up and comers has closed a deal to star opposite the acting legend in “Therese Raquin”, a period drama in which Olsen will play the title role.
Set in 19th Century Paris, France, Olsen’s Therese is a young woman who is forced by her aunt (Close) into an arranged marriage with a sick and spoiled man – who also happens to be her first cousin. Understandably, she feels drawn to someone else, a friend of her husband’s, and begins a “devastating affair” that unravels everyone’s lives. Charlie Stratton will direct the film – described as being a “dark, erotic thriller” – based on the novel of the same name by Emile Zola.
Olsen broke out in a big way in 2011 with her title role in Sean Durkin’s Sundance flick “Martha Marcy May Marlene”, a role that won her raves across the board and has put her into serious contention for an Oscar nomination. Since then, she has completed work on Rodrigo Cortes’ sci-fi drama “Red Lights” opposite Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy, and will be sticking to her indie roots a bit longer when she co-stars with actor/director Josh Radnor in “Liberal Arts” and opposite Dakota Fanning and Anton Yelchin in “Very Good Girls.” But she has also landed on her first high profile shortlist, for the female lead in Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut, “Winter’s Tale”, where she’s up against Bella Heathcote, Sarah Gadon and Gabriella Wilde.
October 17, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
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Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and five-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close star in this first trailer for Albert Nobbs, directed by Rodrigo García.
As well as starring in, Close co-wrote and produced the film, which follows a woman who must pretend to be a man in order to live her life independently in 19th century Ireland, as she works at one of Dublin’s top hotels, with plans to open her own shop.
The film is receiving awards buzz, particularly for Close, who has yet to win the covered Oscar. The Academy does like to honour women who transform themselves in to men on screen (see: Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in love, Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry) and this first trailer suggests to us why the film received such great reviews at this year’s Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
Albert Nobbs hits screen in early December and below we have a full size poster and the trailer.
November 15, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Earlier this year, it was announced that Amanda Seyfried, along with Jonathan Rhys Meyer, Glenn Close, Orlando Bloom and Michael Gambon, would be starring in Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs”, a drama, “featuring Close as a woman in Nineteenth Century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive”.
Not anymore, according to Bleeding Cool, who have announced that Mia Wasikowski, star of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, has replaced her in the role of Helen.
Wasikowski starred in Garcia’s “In Treatment” in 2008, a role which many see as her breakout role in the US.
No news on why Seyfried is no longer available, but Bleeding Cool are also stating that Meyer, Bloom and Gambon are all no longer on the casting notice, so perhaps scheduling conflicts for all four?
Filming is due to start on December 13th in Ireland.