Three time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan is the titular character in Mary Queen of Scots, a look at Mary’s stab at securing an alliance with cousin and rival queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). The project is the feature filmmaking debut of revered theatre director Josie Rourke.
“I knew a little bit about Mary separately,” said Ronan. “When I was a child we had been taught a little bit about Tudor history and obviously Elizabeth is a massive part of that. I knew a little bit growing up but I actually signed on to the job when I was 18. So for the last five years I’ve sort of grown up learning more and more about Mary in particular and Elizabeth and the English Court as well. I’ve sort of grown with that story over the last five years. It’s been a massive part of my life.”
In the clip below, Ronan discusses why the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth continues to transcend time and weather:
Director Robert Zemeckis’ career has included a healthy share of excellent films (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, Flight), and now he’s back with Welcome to Marwen. The project, penned by Zemeckis and Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), centers on the true story of Mark Hogancamp’s (Steve Carell) intriguing manner of dealing with a nearly soul crushing attack.
Creating a town via miniatures, Hogancamp builds an art installation where he can be the hero of his own story. Hogancamp was the subject of the 2010 documentary Marwencol.
In the clip below, Carell talks about how Zemeckis, whom he describes as a “legend,” impacted him as a moviegoer.
Welcome to Marwen, co-starring Diane Kruger and Carell’sThe 40-Year-Old Virgin co-star Leslie Mann, opens nationwide December 21.
Christian Bale received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in The Big Short, a feature directed by Adam McKay. The pair reunite for Vice, a look into the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Bale gained over forty pound to play Cheney, and since the actor is definitely used to drastically changing his body in various films (The Machinist, Rescue Dawn, and Batman Begins come to mind), taking on the physicality of Cheney wasn’t the biggest challenge of Vice.
Instead, Bale wanted to make sure he didn’t deliver a predictable impersonation of Cheney, and thought it was a “vast undertaking,” the actor was determined to capture the essence of his character (click on the media bar to hear Bale).
Vice, co-starring Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, opens nationwide December 25.
Director J.C. Chandor has not made a film since 2014’s critically acclaimed A Most Violent Year, but now he’s back in full force with an A-list cast in Triple Frontier. Co-written by Chandor and Zero Dark Thirty scribe Mark Boal, the narrative centers on former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal) who attempt to orchestrate a heist in South America. Taking money from a drug cartel obviously seems like risky business, but these men are desperate to land what they believe is a much deserved payday. Isaac delivered one of his finest performances in A Most Violent Year, and it will be great to see him reunite with Chandor.
The compelling trailer immediately pulls us into the high stakes actions of these highly skilled men, and since Chandor’s body of work is excellent (other credits include All Is Lostand Margin Call), we’re guessing that Triple Frontier will be must see cinema. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Thanks to such films as Henry V, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh is known for successfully bringing William Shakespeare’s works into the silver screen. Now he takes it one step further by actually playing the bard in All Is True. Judi Dench, who worked with Branagh last year in Murder on the Orient Express, co-stars as Shakespeare’s wife Anne Hathaway.
Set in 1613, Shakespeare returns to Stratford after the renowned Globe Theatre burns down, and he now spends his final days in seeming respite with his family. Years of neglect has understandably caused a rift between him and his loved ones, and Shakespeare must make amends as well as find the inspiration to write once more. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
All Is True hits Los Angeles for a one-week Oscar qualifying run on December 21.
Rachel Weisz reteams with The Lobsterdirector Yorgos Lanthimos in The Favourite, a look into Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) relationships with Lady Sarah (Weisz) and a cunning servant named Abigail (Emma Stone). The picture is getting huge awards buzz, and Weisz may get her first Oscar nomination since her Best Supporting Actress win for The Constant Gardener.
“Sandy Powell’s costumes are incredible,” said Weisz. “She used the silhouettes from the period but she used materials that wouldn’t have been used then. So she used black and white leather and denim and things that are very anachronistic and all the female characters are wearing black and white so we look like a chess board.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rachel Weisz discuss a pivotal scene in The Favourite which displays Olivia Colman’s prodigious acting talents:
The Favourite is now playing in select theaters and will open nationwide in January 2019.