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01/31/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  3 Comments

Denying last week’s rumors, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Kate Winslet will not be in Charlie Kaufman’s musical media satire Frank Or Francis, after producers have failed to meet Winslet’s guarantee of a minimum three awards nominations — and the good ones, not just the Indie Spirit Awards or something. Or maybe Winslet was just never attached, despite those reports to the contrary. At least we got Catherine Keener right, who’s now been joined by the additions of Elizabeth Banks and Paul Reubens, a combination that more than equals one Kate Winslet and possibly even part of a second Kate Winslet, such as a Kate Winslet haunch.

Source: A.V. Club


01/28/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

The actress joins Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kate Winslet in the musical satire about Hollywood.

Elizabeth Banks, who stars in this weekend’s Man On A Ledge with Sam Worthington, has joined the star-studded cast of Frank Or Francis, Charlie Kaufman’s musical satire about Hollywood.

Banks joins a roll call that includes Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, Catherine Keener and Kevin Kline in a story that follows a battle of wills between Frank, an intellectual film director (Carell) and Francis, an online blogger (Black) who still lives at home and who delights in attacking the other man’s films.

Cage plays an actor who is famous for his high-concept films while Kline will play the director of the world’s top-grossing movie as well as that character’s brother who turns into an animatronic head.

Banks will play a highly-regarded actress making formulaic comedy bombs who is having an affair with Carell’s Frank.

Anthony Bregman of A Likely Story is producing.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


01/27/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

Kate Winslet and Catherine Keener, two brilliant actresses who have done Oscar-nominated work when handed a Charlie Kaufman script, have just attached their names to another. Vulture reports that they have been added to the already impressive cast of Kaufman’s Frank Or Francis, a musical comedy that reportedly hacks away at the movie blogging industry with gusto.

Adding either of those two to any project would get me excited, but adding both to a Kaufman production has me gasping for air. Winslet, of course, earned her nominations for playing Jim Carrey’s elusive soulmate in Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Keener, meanwhile, played meta games with John Cusack and a frumpy Cameron Diaz for the brilliant Being John Malkovich.

This reportedly is going to get even more “inner monologue” with Kaufman’s latest, which stars Steve Carell as a Hollywood director who grows obsessed with the movie blogger (Jack Black) who continues to write nasty things about him on a message board. Taking aim at the Academy Awards and the whole Oscar race, Frank Or Francis reportedly has Adaptation star Nicolas Cage playing the host of an Oscar-type event and Kevin Kline in a supporting role.

So it’s a refreshing mix of those with Kaufman experience and some newcomers. Doesn’t matter. Remember how brilliant Meryl Streep (Adaptation), Chris Cooper (ditto), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Synecdoche, NY) and Carrey were when handed Kaufman’s twisty prose? I already couldn’t wait for Frank, mainly because I’m a self-centered, egotistical movie journalist who’s eager for Kaufman to take my industry down a few pegs. But with this cast? Frank Or Francis honestly can’t get here quick enough.

Source: Cinema Blend

It might be too risky to say that Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is the key reason why the world loves Kate Winslet, simply because she has performed so phenomenally in so many other well-crafted films. But her gig as the emotionally erratic Clementine in the 2004 fantastical romantic comedy/drama, written by the genius Charlie Kaufman, certainly plays a role in the public’s lasting adoration of the actress. Catherine Keener is another actress whose impressive career is speckled with Kaufman-scripted highlights, including Being John Malkovich and Synecdoche, New York (the latter being the writer’s directorial debut). Both Winslet and Keener are reviving the Kaufmania in the screenwriter’s second stab at directing: Frank Or Francis.

Winslet and Keener are joining a cast that includes stars Steve Carell, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage (himself a Kaufman returnee as well; Adaptation is arguably Cage’s best role to date) and two Kevin Klines — one playing a human, one playing a computer. May that be the first of many eyebrow raisers that you embrace with excitement as you run through the summary of Kaufman’s out-of-its-own-mind Frank Or Francis.

The story, serving as a critique of sorts on entertainment bloggers (we’re beyond flattered to be part of your spectrum, CK), will place Carell in the Frank role as film director Frank Arder, who takes tremendous issue with the critical comments about his work in an online message board occupied by the socially inept genius blogger, Francis (played by Black). We’re not exactly sure what roles Winslet and Keener will take on, nor how the rest of the characters fit in just yet: Cage plays washed-up comedian/actor Alan Modell who serves as the host of the Academy Awards in the film, and Kline, as “explained” above, operates as both the brother of a successful (but not Oscar-successful) director and as a disembodied head in a computer that writes screenplays. Are your eyebrows still raised? Well, keep ’em up there. The film is a musical.

This is genius-level crazy. Kaufman’s scripts have always been odd—unhappy puppeteer finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich, two incompatable lovers erase one another from their memories via a special operation, the host of The Gong Show is actually a CIA agent, a guy puts on a play about himself putting on a play about himself putting on a play (and so on), Nic Cage writes a movie — but this is a whole new level. A level for which I could not possibly be more excited.

Source: Vulture


01/27/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  0 Comment(s)

British actress Kate Winslet is to receive an honorary César award at France’s equivalent of the Oscars next month, it has been announced.

Roman Polanski, who directed the 36-year-old in recent release Carnage, will present her with the prize.

French drama Poliss, written, directed by and starring Maiwenn lead the shortlist with 13 nods, including best film and director.

The Minister picked up 11 nods and silent film The Artist was up for 10.

The French silent film, which is one of the leading contenders at this year’s Academy Awards, was re-released in France on Wednesday.

“Don’t forget that the César awards were created in homage to the Oscars,” French Film Academy president Alain Terzian told The Hollywood Reporter.

He added that the Césars symbolically take place in the same weekend as the Oscars.

“It’s an homage I want to permanently pay,” said Mr. Terzian.

He said they are expecting The Artist stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, both up for César acting prizes, to attend the French ceremony, before flying to the US for the Oscars.

The Artist and Poliss will compete alongside The Minister, Declaration Of War, Le Havre and Untouchable in the best film category.

Poliss, about a police child protection unit, was presented with the jury prize at last May’s Cannes Film Festival.

British film The King’s Speech received a nomination in the best foreign film category, and was joined by Black Swan, Drive, The Kid With The Bike, Melancholia and Iranian Oscar hopeful A Separation.

French actor-director Guillaume Canet will preside over the annual awards in Paris on February 24.

Source: BBC News


01/27/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  2 Comments

Director Jason Reitman is gearing up for his next project, Labor Day, which will star Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

The movie is based on Joyce Maynard’s book of the same name and is set on a late summer Labor Day holiday weekend in the 1980s. It opens with a divorced, depressed single mom (Winslet) who encounters a large, bleeding man (Brolin) while shopping with her 13-year-old. He asks for a ride and against their better judgment, they agree. Meanwhile, they learn that police are searching their town for an escaped convict. The story is mostly told through the eyes of 13-year-old Henry, who spends most of his time daydreaming or watching TV.

As we reported last month, there have been rumors that the movie would be filmed in the Boston area next summer and now, based on the casting call below, it looks like the rumors are true.

Chrystie Street Casting recently issued a casting call for the part of Henry, which Reitman has stressed is crucial to the movie because, “we’ve got to find someone very special.” He has also implied that he has not ruled out using an unknown actor for the role.

But, the casting call also confirms that the movie will be filming in Massachusetts in June. You can check out the complete listing below:

Chrystie Street Casting is casting Labor Day, a feature film. Chrystie Street Casting has cast the films Young Adult, Precious, Shakespeare In Love, Good Will Hunting, Cider House Rules, Pineapple Express, The Wrestler, and 200 other major films, as well as the TV series Pan Am. Jason Reitman (Juno, Up In The Air), dir.; Suzanne Smith Crowley & Jessica Kelly, casting. Shooting begins June 2012 in MA.

Seeking — Henry: boy, 13 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a true innocent, has taken over the role of caretaker and protector to his fragile and reclusive mother Adele, an observant boy who understands his mother’s loneliness, but is too young to understand why he cannot entirely fill it, when a new man enters the picture the friend-less Henry is both exhilarated by the relationship and threatened by the prospect that he is no longer needed by his mother, LEAD; Eleanor: girl, 14 years old (submit ages 10-14), Caucasian, a skinny girl, a product of a broken home, newly moved from a big city to live with her father and is already bored with the small town entertainments, an intelligent girl, learned how to get what she wants with wit, calculations, and her newly developed sexual awareness, to Henry she is the mysterious hot girl who seems to know everything about the world that he doesn’t, LEAD; Barry: boy, 15 years old (submit ages 12-17), Caucasian, mentally challenged, could be Down’s Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy, the wheelchair-bound son of Evelyn (the lead character’s only friend), can only communicate through gurgles and mumbles, is perhaps more engaged in the world around him than his mother realizes, seeking actors who have either condition described above, supporting role.

To be considered, e-mail recent pics, age, and contact info as soon as possible to labordaycasting@gmail.com. No phone calls. Professional pay provided. SAG Film Agreement.

Source: Backstage


01/13/2012  •  Posted By Roberta  •  17 Comments

Kate Winslet is attached to star in The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, which Kenneth Branagh is set to direct for Fox 2000.
This reunites Winslet with Branagh for the first time since she played Ophelia in his bigscreen Hamlet in 1996.

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is adapted by Don Roos from the bestseller by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

It’s a love story set in the London and the Channel Islands after WWII. Winslet will play a magazine columnist who enters into a correspondence with a man from Guernsey, and learns how the islanders used a book group during the war as cover to outwit their German occupiers.

Captivated by their stories of the occupation, and how the books came to influence their lives, she decides to travel to Guernsey herself, a journey that changes her forever.

In a recent interview with Variety, Branagh described the project as “a beautiful romance, very touching and uplifting.”

The project is being produced by Paula Masur and Mitchell Kaplan, with Branagh’s regular partner David Barron. Shooting is scheduled for March, according to the Daily Mail.

The book was first published in the U.S. in 2008. It was the first and only novel by Mary Ann Shaffer, an editor and librarian, whose niece Annie Burrows helped her finish it when Shaffer became terminally ill. Shaffer died aged 74 a few months before the novel was published.

Source: Variety


12/22/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  7 Comments

Actress Kate Winslet is set to fete her Mildred Pierce co-star Guy Pearce with a special award for his career achievements at an event recognizing notable Australians.

Pearce will be one of three guests of honor, alongside basketball player Luc Longley and musical duo Air Supply, at the 9th annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala on January 14.

G’Day Usa Organising Committee Chairman Wally Mariani says, “We are thrilled to have Kate Winslet present her Mildred Pierce co-star Guy Pearce with the Excellence in Film & Television Award at this year’s G’Day USA Los Angeles Black Tie Gala, especially the night before the Golden Globes, when they are both nominees.”

The prizegiving is part of the three-week G’Day USA Australia Week programme.

Previous honorees include Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts.

Source: Contactmusic


12/15/2011  •  Posted By Roberta  •  2 Comments

Kate Winslet’s make-up collection for Lancôme is finally available in the UAE! The beauty giant recently announced its support to the Golden Hat Foundation created by Kate, who has been a brand Ambassadress for four years.
Lancôme promises to donate at least Dhs700,000 of its sales profits to the non-profit foundation which raises money to better the lives of autistic children. Kate said, “I’ve been thinking about setting up this project for a long time, and Lancôme’s instant offer of support is a huge display of confidence and generosity,” adding, “Lancôme has given me the strength to go all the way and I know that this will open many doors.” What a sweetie!

Source: AHLAN!


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