The Weinstein Company just purchased themselves some Oscar-bait with The Iron Lady, an upcoming picture starring Oscar winners Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as her husband. The picture is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (who guided Streep's performance in Mamma Mia!) and currently is set to release sometime in 2011 (presumably this fall or winter, just in time for the Academy to say, "Hey! We like this!").
"Having worked with both Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent, I know that they are without peer as film actors. Even so, I was absolutely blown away by what I saw of their performances as Margaret and Denis Thatcher. Phyllida is doing an incredible job," said Harvey Weinstein.
This film will undoubtedly be good, but damn, that picture still gives us the heebie-jeebies.
Source: The Weinstein Company
Well now, this is getting interesting. The Wachowski siblings, responsible for the like-it-or-not Matrix trilogy, and Tom Tykwer have announced their epic adaptation of Cloud Atlas will have a $100-million budget and a cast that now includes Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent. They are joined by the previously announced Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugo Weaving. Sounds awesome, right? The story follows six time-lines through history that are all connected and if you want more go read the book. I’m almost willing to forget and forgive the Wachowski’s for most of the second and third Matrix movies (and all of Speed Racer) in anticipation for this one, but mostly because I imagine it to be nothing but Tom Hanks recreating his favorite scenes from The Matrix.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken have all signed on to join Collin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths, a black comedy following a screenwriter who, while searching for inspiration, gets caught up in a dog kidnapping scheme with his friends, reports Variety. Blueprint Pictures' Graham Broadbent and Pet Czernin will produce alongside Annapurna's Meghan Ellison, with Film4's Tessa Ross acting as executive producer.
The main reason for excitement surrounding this news? Martin McDonagh is writing and directing the film, reuniting with Broadbent, Czernin, Ross and Farrell -- which is the team that helped make Farrell's (arguably) best movie In Bruges, the tragic dark comedy about the last days of two hit men that snuck away with an Oscar nomination a couple years ago. So if Seven Psychopaths operates similarly to that great picture -- with an inevitably crazy-awesome monologue from Walken tossed in -- well, we just don't know how to contain our excitement.
The Harry Potter star admits his mum Dee's dementia was initially put down to old age and he was stunned after noticing her state deteriorate suddenly.
In an interview with Britain's Radio Times, Broadbent recalls an incident when he found his mum at home with a pair of tights over her head, holding a brick and asking, "When are we leaving?"
He explains, "There was a sudden change. It happened overnight, like a slip, and she could no longer make connections in the normal way."
Broadbent, who plays an elderly Alzheimer's sufferer in BBC drama Exile, reveals he was forced to grieve for his beloved mum long before she died at the age of 82.
He adds, "The most distressing thing is that the person dies, in effect, before they have physically gone. So you are suffering from a sort of bereavement while their life is still going on."
Broadbent has been tipped in the Leading Actor category for his role in Any Human Heart, while Smith has received a nomination for his portrayal of the Time Lord. They face competition from Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie).
Hit musical series Glee will go up against Boardwalk Empire, The Killing and Mad Men for International Series, while Being Human, Downton Abbey, Misfits and Sherlock are all named in the Drama Series category.
Others hoping for gold at the upcoming London ceremony include funnyman Stephen Fry, whose quiz show QI is nominated along with The Rob Brydon Show, Harry Hill’s TV Burp and The Graham Norton Show for the Entertainment Performance prize.
Simon Cowell's The X Factor has a nod for top Entertainment Programme and will compete against action game show The Cube, The Graham Norton Show and panel quiz series Have I Got News For You.
The prizegiving will take place on 22 May (11).
The Harry Potter star takes on the role of an Alzheimer's sufferer in BBC drama Exile, and has revealed he drew on personal experience to accurately convey the horrors of the illness.
He tells Britain's The Guardian, "It was upsetting when mother was ill; in a way that was more upsetting than any acting will be. But you know, you just use all that. You remember what was painful about it."
In 2002, Broadbent won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in Iris as John Bayley, an academic who watched helplessly as his wife succumbed to Alzheimer's.
The Moulin Rouge! actor stars in new BBC thriller Exile as retired journalist Sam, who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, but he has now admitted the part was supposed to be played by Postlethwaite, who died in January (11).
Broadbent reveals Postlethwaite was the first choice for the lead role, but he had to quit the TV show as his health failed - and the actor admits the casting revelation convinced him to accept the job.
He says, "I came on later and Pete Postlethwaite was down to play Sam. Suddenly he couldn't do it and I had an email. That was my one reason why I knew that obviously it's going to be good if it's good enough for Pete."
The Bridget Jones's Diary star walked away with the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Logan Mountstuart in the British TV adaptation of William Boyd's novel.
Former D:Ream star-turned-physicist Professor Brian Cox was also a big winner at the annual prizegiving, taking home two trophies. He saw off competition from Piers Morgan to win Best Presenter for his Wonders Of The Solar System show, as well as the science and natural history trophy for the same programme.
Meanwhile Simon Cowell's TV talent contest The X Factor won the Best Entertainment Title.
British funnywoman Miranda Hart won two awards for Best Comedy Performance and Best Scripted Comedy for her hit BBC sitcom Miranda.
Tennant's turn in small screen drama Single Father and Broadbent's role in Any Human Heart have been recognised with nominations at the annual ceremony. They will go up against Johnny Harris, star of This Is England '86.
Veteran star Julie Walters has been shortlisted for the Best Actress trophy for her lead role in Mo, alongside Natalie Press (Five Daughters) and Vicky McClure (This Is England '86).
Mo, a biopic of late British politician Mo Mowlam, is also up for best drama writing and single drama.
The awards are due to be handed out on 15 March (11) in London.
Movie bosses have been criticised for hiring the American film legend to play the U.K.'s first female prime minister in The Iron Lady, but Broadbent, who will play Thatcher's husband Denis, believes she is the best choice for the role.
And he's convinced Streep actually has an advantage over a British star because she will bring an "outsider's view" to her performance.
He tells NYMag.com, "I think years ago a film about Thatcher was attempted, and they had a phone-in vote on a BBC morning news programme (in Britain): 'Who do you think should play Margaret Thatcher?' And Meryl actually came out on top!
"I think it's perceived that Thatcher needs a star, really, and she's perfect casting in many ways. She's got a good look, and she'll absolutely do it in a brilliant way. She's also got an interesting eye on the script: She can bring an outsider's view on the story, so that it won't become a lazy, parochial piece that Brits understand but where nobody else really knows what's going on. She can ask the questions that foreign audiences will ask."