September 12th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“The Leisure Seeker,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple on a last cross-country adventure, has struck a chord among film distributors. Since Cannes, Paris-based Bac Films has scored a flurry of pre-sales on the film based solely on the script, package and Italian director Paolo Virzi’s reputation as one of Italy’s top directors. Deals were signed for Australia and Canada (eOne), Germany (Concorde), Spain (Karma), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Greece (Strada) and Israel (Lev). Bac, which co-represents the U.S. with CAA, is expecting to close more deals at Toronto, where the first footage of the film will be shown to buyers, said Bac Films’ topper Gilles Sousa. The deal could include multiple territories. The Leisure Seeker combines the best of Europe and American filmmaking and storytelling. It’s a love story that has a true universal appeal carried out by a pair of actors who are on top of their games,” said Sousa. The movie is currently in its last stretch of shooting in the States on the East Coast. Inspired by Michael Zadoorian’s eponymous novel and billed as a sort of “Easy Rider” meets “The Notebook,” “Seeker” turns on a couple embarking on a twilight-years road trip from Boston to Florida in a vintage Winnebago. The screenplay was penned by Italy’s Francesca Archibugi (“Like Crazy”) and Francesco Piccolo (“Human Capital”) in collaboration with Amidon and Virzì.

  September 7th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The first theatrical trailer for David Frankel’s “Collateral Beauty” has been released today, boasting a great ensemble for what looks like a heartwarming Christmas story. Will Smith stars in Collateral Beauty, a star-studded drama that focuses on the Oscar-nominated actor as a once-successful business man faced with the tragic loss of his young daughter. Smith’s character is left to pick up the pieces, and as his close friend (played by Kate Winslet) describes it, “He used to love life. Now he hates it.” He mourns her passing by writing letters to abstract ideas such as love, time and death, aspects of life he narrates in the trailer, “are the three things that connect every single human being on earth,” continuing, “We long for love, we wish we had more time and we fear death.” Smith then begins receiving surprise visits from the ideas themselves, this time in the form of Helen Mirren as death, Keira Knightley as love and Jacob Latimore as time. “I saw you in her eyes when she called me daddy and you betrayed me,” Will’s character says to Knightley’s during their emotional encounter. “Collateral Beauty”, also starring Edward Norton, Michael Peña and Naomie Harris hits theaters just in time for the holidays on December 16.

  August 29th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

It’s quite a year of new ground for Helen Mirren. After her stint on “Fast 8”, what seems to be her first appearance in a horror film, “Wincheser”, and the not-yet-officia appearance in a Disney musical, Mirren is among the line-up of the upcoming Pirelli calendar, which will include the following actresses: Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Lea Seydoux, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, Helen Mirren, Rooney Mara, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, and Jessica Chastain, along with Moscow State University professor Anastacia Ignatova. The calendar – which is published by the Italian tire manufacturer’s British subsidiary – is famous for featuring some of the most iconic models and Hollywood stars captured by leading photographers. Peter Lindbergh, who also shot those beautiful pictures for Helen’s L’Oreal campaign, will photograph the 2017 edition.

  August 27th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Disney’s big-screen adaptation of The Nutcracker may have found its Mother Ginger. Helen Mirren is in negotiations to play the fairy-tale matriarch typically accompanied by a brood of clown children in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, EW has confirmed. The acclaimed English actress would join a cast that includes Mackenzie Foy as Clara, Keira Knightley as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Morgan Freeman as Drosselmeyer, and Misty Copeland as a ballerina. Chocolat helmer Lasse Hallstrom is directing from a script by Ashleigh Powell, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” Made famous by the music of Tchaikovsky, the classic holiday tale centers on a girl whose nutcracker magically springs to life on Christmas Eve. The film is one of several live-action fairy tales on the horizon from Disney, including Beauty and the Beast, Maleficent 2, and a Tinker Bell movie. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. Thanks to Claudia for the heads-up.

  August 16th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Helen Mirren is in talks to star alongside Colin Firth in an adaptation of Charles Cumming’s Thomas Kell spy novels as the head of MI6. A source told The Sun newspaper: “Helen is interested in playing the role as it’s a key character that just doesn’t sit around in an office. “The books are great and Colin has been interested in them for years since he read the first one. The Oscar-winning actress is in talks to star opposite Colin Firth in a television adaptation of Charles Cumming’s Thomas Kell spy novels. “Since The Night Manager TV bosses have been desperate to get their hands on the next big British spy drama because it was so successful around the world. “Getting such a high profile and well-loved actress like Helen on board is a real coup.” The series would see Helen’s character, Amelia Levene, cause panic when she goes missing, with disgraced veteran spy Kell – who will be played by Colin – drafted in to track her across Europe. The King’s Speech actor will also produce the series, having bought the TV rights to the books, while novelist Cumming is penning a pilot for the six-part series, which is due to air next year. ITV are said to be hoping to buy the rights to the saga.

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