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Folks, it doesn't look like Grace of Monaco is quite Oscar-worthy material... or at least that's what we can take away from The Weinstein Company's decision to push its Grace Kelly biopic to Spring 2014. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Olivier Dahan-directed (La Vie en Rose) film will not be released in time to qualify for this year's Oscar race because TWC believes that it needs more time to be completed.
The film, which chronicles six months of Kelly's life after retiring from Hollywood and transitioning to a life with Monaco's Prince Rainier, was originally set to be released Nov. 27, a date ideal for Oscar season. It was rumored that Nicole Kidman's performance as Kelly in the biopic would place her in line for a possible Oscar for the Lead Actress category, but it seems like TWC might be nervous about the caliber of the film and its Oscar competition. Had the Weinsteins decided to release the film this fall, Kidman would have most likely gone up against other lead actress contenders such as Judi Dench (for Philomena), Meryl Streep (for August: Osage County), Cate Blanchett (for Blue Jasmine), Emma Thompson (for Saving Mr. Banks), and Sandra Bullock (for Gravity). A tough battle, to say the least.
The move to bump Grace of Monaco to Spring 2014 will position it as more of a commercial entry than an awards play: another sign that the film is relatively weak compared to other films coming out this fall. Until some unknown time in the spring, speculators of the film will just have to rely on the opinions of HitFix Awards Campaign editor Gregory Ellwood, who viewed some of scenes of the film at the Cannes Film Festival: "This sneak didn't convince anyone in the room that 'Grace' is anything more than a Kidman showcase (not yet, at least). Although, it certainly does look pretty. Is it a hit? That remains to be seen."
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If you had any doubts that Nicole Kidman could pull off the whole royalty thing, look no further than these first official images of the actress playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Kidman is straight princessin'.
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In the two newly released images, Kidman looks quite at home in the delicate and dreamy fashions of the Hollywood Icon-turned-royal scarf-wearer (seriously, Kelly owned the head scarf game for a while there). The biopic tells the story of Kelly during 1961 and 1962, at a time when it is believed her role in diffusing political turmoil was a vital asset to her husband Rainier III, Prince of Monaco.
The film was directed by La Vie En Rose's Olivier Dahan, and features a cast comprised of the likes of Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, and Milo Ventimiglia — which certainly seems tailor made for Harvey Weinstein's desire to continue his awards season domination (given his company's recent acquisition of the film's domestic rights). The Weinstein Company also recently acquired the Idris Elba-fronted biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. And as we all know, biopics = guaranteed Oscar bait. But let's not talk about that just yet, since this year's golden statues are still warm from the lights of the Dolby Theater.
Check out one additional image below and let us know: do you think Kidman pulls off the look?
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The La Vie en Rose director has just wrapped Grace of Monaco - about the late princess' role in a political spat between France and her adopted home - and he's already under fire for the project.
Prince Albert of Monaco and his sisters released an official statement last week (ends18Jan13), attacking the movie, which read: "For us, this film does not constitute a biographical work but portrays only a part of her life and has been pointlessly glamorized and contains important historical inaccuracies as well as scenes of pure fiction."
And now Dahan is firing back, insisting the film, starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth, was never intended as a biopic.
He tells French newspaper Le Journal de Dimanche, "I am not a journalist or historian. I am an artist. I have not made ??a biopic. I hate biopics in general. I have made a human portrait of a modern woman who wants to reconcile her family, her husband, her career, who gives up this career to invent another role.
"Of course there are historical inaccuracies - (French leader) General de Gaulle never set foot at the Red Cross Ball (in Monte Carlo) but I need this stage to tell my story."
Dahan also revealed that the Monaco royals appeared to have changed their tune on the project after working with the director on filming permits in Monaco and discussing script.
He adds, "When I met with the... family... I had the feeling of being listened to."
The Oscar winner is set to bring Kelly back to life on the big screen in new biopic Grace of Monaco, and Kidman's casting has been given the thumbs up from the princess' pal Lynn Wyatt.
She tells People.com, "First of all, I know Nicole Kidman. There is nobody more gorgeous. She's beautiful inside and out, and she's very sweet. She's very nice - and she's caring."
However, Wyatt, a trustee of the Princess Grace Foundation - USA, insists Kelly can never be truly replaced.
She adds, "There was nobody like Princess Grace. I think it's flattering to have somebody play you like that, and, of all people, Nicole would be the right one."
La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan has taken charge of Grace of Monaco, an independent film chronicling the European principality's 1962 clash with neighbouring France over tax issues. It is currently in production in France.
Nicole Kidman will play the To Catch a Thief star who turned her back on Hollywood to become a European royal, and trade paper Variety reports Roth is slated to play her husband in the Olivier Dahan movie, titled Grace of Monaco.
The independent film will chronicle Monaco's 1962 clash with neighbouring France over tax issues.
Frank Langella is also in negotiations to join the cast, while actress Paz Vega will play opera singer Maria Callas in the film.
The Hours star is being courted for the lead in Grace of Monaco, an independent film chronicling the European principality's 1962 clash with neighbouring France over tax issues.
Olivier Dahan, who wowed Hollywood with his La Vie en Rose and helped Marion Cotillard win an Oscar for her portrayal of French singer Edith Piaf, is attached to direct.
Olivier Dahan, who wowed Hollywood with his La Vie en Rose and helped Marion Cotillard win an Oscar for her portrayal of the French singer, is attached to direct Grace Of Monaco.
The film will be set after Kelly turned her back on Hollywood in the early 1960s to become a member of Monaco's royal family, according to Deadline.com.
Dahan is now on the hunt for his star.
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