Fans of movies, celebrity and Hollywood gossip are all going to find a lot to like in My Week With Marilyn. The film, which opens November 23, tells the amazing true story of a young go-getter named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who developed a unique and magical relationship with Marilyn Monroe when the legendary blond bombshell traveled to England to film The Prince and the Showgirl with Sir Laurence Oliver. Michelle Williams is Oscar-worthy as Monroe, Kenneth Branagh is fantastic as Oliver, but no one would have seen this story on screen if it wasn’t for director Simon Curtis.
My Week With Marilyn is technically Curtis’ feature film debut but he’s no rookie. He’s been directing some of the most talented actors in the world for 20 years. However, it was Clark’s two revealing books that finally drew Curtis to the big screen. He first found them well over a decade ago and has been struggling to get this incredible slice of Hollywood history made ever since.
I recently sat down with Curtis to talk about the genesis of the project, its historical accuracy, potential awards praise and much more. Read some choice quotes, as well as the full interview if you choose, after the jump. Read More »
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It’s difficult to decide which aspect of My Week With Marilyn is its best asset. The film provides an insider look at movie history, gives interesting insight into legendary personalities, has magnificent performances and a wonderful score. Nope, it’s none of those things. The best thing about My Week With Marilyn, Simon Curtis‘ delightful snapshot of Hollywood history, is how it gives audience the ultimate wish-fulfillment. We get to experience what it would be like to do something we’ve all dreamed of: spend a day with the most beautiful and famous person on the planet.
Scheduled for release November 23, it’s based on the true diaries of a young man named Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) who talked his way into a job with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and, while shooting the film The Prince and the Showgirl, developed a unique relationship with the most famous woman in the world: Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams).
My Week With Marilyn screened at the AFI Fest Presented by Audi and you can read more about it below. Read More »
One of the great pleasures of cinema is watching people live out the lives of others, and therefore the biopic thrives. It isn’t enough that movies have enshrined many personalities in perpetuity; we still love seeing their lives lived again, through others.
And so we have My Week With Marilyn, a film in which Michelle Williams has the unenviable task of conjuring the presence of one of cinema’s most famous icons. She plays Marilyn in a film based on a true story about the experience one young man (played by Eddie Redmayne) had with the star. See the just-released trailer below, and you’ll begin to get a sense of whether Williams’ version of Marilyn can be reconciled with the real thing. Read More »
I know that Marilyn Monroe is an American icon, but do we really need two biopics of the actress in the works? On one hand, there’s My Week With Marilyn, which started development last year. Scarlett Johansson was originally slated to star, then Michelle Williams stepped in.
And now there is Blonde, which adapts the fake memoir by Joyce Carol Oates. Playing Monroe in this one will be Naomi Watts — not exactly who comes to mind when thinking of the curvy Monroe — under the direction of Andrew Dominik. He might be the key ingredient here, because if you’re going to make a movie about an American legend, why not hand it to the guy who last made The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Read More »