Steven Spielberg has found his next directing job, and it sounds like it will be his most personal film yet.
The acclaimed director is on board to co-write and direct a film that will be loosely based on his own childhood growing up in Arizona, and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea, Venom) is in negotiations to play a character inspired by his mother.
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A Peggy Lee biopic has been in the works for years, with Reese Witherspoon once being attached to play the beloved singer/actress. But the project was put on hold after its screenwriter, Nora Ephron, died in 2012, and it’s been idling ever since.
Now the film has new life, because four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has come on board to star for director Todd Haynes (Carol), and MGM is in talks to distribute the movie, which is called Fever after Peggy Lee’s famous cover of the Little Willie John song. Witherspoon is still involved in a producing capacity; she’ll executive produce alongside Marc Platt, Pamela Koffler, and Christine Vachon.
But they’re not the only ones interested in bringing this story to the big screen: music superstar and No Time to Die theme song singer Billie Eilish has expressed interest in the movie (she cites Lee as a big inspiration for her own career), and is reportedly in early talks with the filmmakers to executive produce with her mother, Maggie Baird, and Record Label partner Justin Lubliner. Read More »
HBO is developing a limited series remake of Scenes From a Marriage, the 6-episode Swedish television series directed by master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in the 1970s. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) are set to star in this new version, which will be written, produced, and directed by Hagai Levi (The Affair). Read More »
The 77th Golden Globes were held yesterday and there were certainly some surprises among the winners during one of Hollywood’s big awards nights. There were some phenomenal speeches from special honorees like Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks, as well as winners like actress Michelle Williams and Parasite director Bong Joon-ho. But perhaps the most buzzed about part of the night was a scathing monologue from host and comedian Ricky Gervais, who pointed fingers at the hypocrisy, sexism and other issues that have run rampant through Hollywood. Watch the 2020 Golden Globes videos below. Read More »
Last night brought the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards to FOX, and well, we’re just glad that the awards and acceptance speeches were remarkable, because the broadcast of television’s biggest night wasn’t super enjoyable. Without a host, the show felt nearly lifeless, and the few moments of entertainment came from a handful of presenters and the wonderful, consistent, and silly presence of Thomas Lennon. But we’ll get to that later.
Despite the disappointing broadcast of the 2019 Emmys last night, there were still some highlights to be found from the show, especially from the speeches, not to mention a few surprises among the award recipients, and several television records broken and set. So let’s get down to the finer points of the 2019 Emmys broadcast from last night. Read More »
Hot on the heels of news that Andy Serkis will be stepping behind the camera for the sequel to the surprise comic book movie hit Venom, we have word on at least one returning cast member joining Tom Hardy for another round of symbiote action.
Michelle Williams, who was a perplexing but welcome addition to the first Venom movie, has confirmed that she will be back for the sequel. Does that mean Venom 2 will end up having She-Venom come back for some more smooching with Eddie Brock? We can only hope that’s the case, if only to give the internet more weird things to think about for a little while. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a roundtable discussion with potential dramatic actress Emmy contenders like Emilia Clarke, Danai Gurira, Patricia Arquette and more. Plus, listen as Forrest Gump production designer Rick Carter breaks down the work that went into Gary Sinise’s introduction as Lieutenant Dan, and watch as Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin get spicy. Read More »
Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for After the Wedding, director Bart Fruendlich‘s remake of Bird Box director Susanne Bier’s 2006 movie of the same name. Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams lead the cast, playing two women who find themselves linked by a mysterious shared history and who must grapple with the revelations of that history during a particularly stressful time in both of their lives. Check it out below.
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FX has released the official Fosse/Verdon trailer, but don’t worry, they’re not giving it all away. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams star in the FX miniseries about director and choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon, whose tumultuous partnership nevertheless helped produce hits like Cabaret, Chicago, and All That Jazz. Watch the official Fosse/Verdon trailer below.
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After the Wedding is a remake of Bird Box director Susanne Bier’s 2006 movie of the same name, and while I haven’t seen that version, this one is a muddled melodrama that never comes together in satisfying fashion.
Michelle Williams plays Isabel, an American ex-pat living in India and working at an orphanage. One day, she receives a surprise phone call to come to New York City, because high-powered businesswoman Theresa (Julianne Moore) wants to provide funding for her orphanage. Soon after Isabel arrives, Theresa invites her to her daughter Grace (Abby Quinn)’s wedding, which becomes the setting for a revelation about the relationship between the key players. Read More »