Great news! The Mauritanian has recieved three nominations at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards: Best Film, Best Director (Kevin Macdonald) and Best Actor (Tahar Rahim). See the nominees:
FILM OF THE YEAR
I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Promising Young Woman
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
David Fincher – Mank
Rose Glass – Saint Maud
Kevin Macdonald – The Mauritanian
Steve McQueen – Small Axe
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian
The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards will be presented virtually on Sunday, February 7. This post will be updated once the winners are announced. Congratulations to everyone involved in The Mauritanian!
What a week!
Deadline Hollywood just reported that SunnyMarch will co-produce a feature film based on the life of Omoba Aina, a 19th century West African princess who, after being enslaved by King Ghezo of Dahomey in the aftermath of a war with his kingdom, was ”gifted” to Queen Victoria and given the name Sarah Forbes Bonetta, becoming her protégé.
Starring Cynthia Erivo, who is also co-producing, the movie will have the the biography At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers as its source material. Check out the full article below:
Harriet Actress Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Produce Story Of Princess ‘Gifted’ To Queen Victoria; BBC Film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch & So So Producing
By Andreas Wiseman
Variety has just announced the script for The Gender Games – the TV adaptation of Juno Dawson’s memoir of the same name which SunnyMarch is producing – has made it to this year’s Brit List, the famous annual showcase for the best unproduced screenplays as recommended by companies in the UK film and TV industries.
The 30-minute pilot written by Matthew Barry (Banana, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Death in Paradise) was recommended 9 times, being the fourth most recommended among the 14 selected out of the 246 put forward this year:
“The Gender Games” by Matthew Barry (The Agency)
Form: TV Genre: Comedy Drama
Summary: Half hour comedy drama about sex and dating based on Juno Dawson’s memoir.
Dawson, Barry and the SunnyMarch team expressed their excitement over the achievement on Twitter:
Here’s hoping it won’t be long until we get more good news about this project!
The Mauritanian (formerly known as Prisoner 760) will arrive in US theatres on 19 February 2021, thus becoming an entry into the awards race for STX Films, Variety just reported. The magazine’s Film Awards Editor, Clayton Davis, even said the movie has the potential to be a game-changer and that Benedict will be submitted in Best Supporting Actor categories.
Check out the article below:
Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim Make Late Entry Into Awards Race With STX Films’ ‘The Mauritanian’ (EXCLUSIVE)
By Clayton Davis
STX Films has decided to enter this unconventional awards season with a mighty and timely drama, “The Mauritanian,” formerly called “Prisoner 760,” from Scottish director Kevin Macdonald. The film will be released in theaters on Feb. 19, 2021, and could echo the same late-breaking awards success that past movies like “Million Dollar Baby” were able to execute. With an impressive cast that includes Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley, the inspiring true story could resonate with AMPAS voters, especially its large international membership.
“The Mauritanian” tells the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Rahim), who was held captive and tortured by the U.S. government in Guantanamo Bay detention camp for 10 years without a charge or trial. Losing faith, he finds hope in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley), who face countless legal obstacles in their pursuit of justice.
As reported exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunnymarch will produce the adaptation as Claire will star and executive produce. Read more:
Claire Foy and Benedict Cumberbatch are teaming up to adapt the timely novel Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy.
The novel was highly sought-after by a number of production banners and streamers as it offered a layered female protagonist in a unique setting but it was Cumberbatch’s shingle, SunnyMarch, that secured the screen rights.
Foy will star and executive produce while Cumberbatch will produce along with SunnyMarch’s Adam Ackland and Leah Clarke.
The book, published by Flatiron Books in August, is both an intimate and epic story of a woman’s search for redemption on a world facing a slow death by climate change.
The tome focuses on a woman named Franny Stone who is tracking what may be the final migration of Arctic terns. When she hustles her way onto a small vessel of misfit fisherman and embarks on an odyssey through stormy seas, her dark past of love, loss, crime and motherhood unfolds in a ode to the wild places in and around us, and the extreme lengths one will go to for the people they love.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doctor Strange is set to replace Iron Man and Nick Fury as the new Peter Parker’s mentor in the next installment. Read more below:
The good and strange doctor has been caught in the spider’s web.
Benedict Cumberbatch is putting on the cloak of levitation and will reprise Marvel supernatural hero Doctor Strange for the latest Spider-Man movie installment, starring Tom Holland and being made by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.
The move puts Cumberbatch in the mentor role that was previously occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark/Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter reprising Nick Fury. The role gives Holland a chance to play opposite seasoned actors, gives Peter Parker a father figure and gives the movies extra star power while tying them to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This Spider-Man project already has some unexpected ties going for it, as it is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro, the actor-character combo last seen in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging hero.
Excellent news! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce annouced the 35 stars that will be inducted to the Walk of Fame next year, including Benedict Cumberbatch! Ceremony is yet to be announced. Read more:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin and Courteney Cox have been unveiled as among the 2021 Hollywood Walk Of Fame inductees.
The actors are among 35 stars from different sections of the entertainment industry, including film, music and TV, announced by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce.
British actor Cumberbatch, known for playing Dr Strange in the Marvel movies, will be joined by his Avengers co-stars Josh Brolin – who portrays supervillain Thanos – and Don Cheadle, best known as superhero War Machine, in having their names placed in a star on the world famous landmark.
Induction ceremonies have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Benedict will read “Jack’s Dream” in the first episode available this coming Thursday, June 18; the podcast will raise funds to GEANCO Foundation. Read more:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Russell Brand and Zoe Saldana are reading children’s stories for a good cause — to raising money for coronavirus relief in Africa.
The stars are part of Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S,” which launches Thursday in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation “to take families on an adventure that transports them out of their homes to exciting, new places,” the company said.
New episodes will premiere every Monday on Thursday on all traditional podcast platforms as well as the Yahoo Life and Yahoo Style UK pages. The foundation is donating gloves, face masks, soap, sanitizer and disinfectant to hospitals and maternity centers in Nigeria, and training maternity nurses and traditional birth attendants to prevent the spread of the virus in maternity clinics, while also donating tablets preloaded with hundreds of books to children quarantined in their villages.
Wonderful news: National Theatre announced today that both versions of Frankenstein will be available on their YouTube channel next week!
The acclaimed stage production directed by Danny Boyle features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating the roles of Victor Frankenstein and his creature, which earned them both a Olivier award for Best Actor.
The National Theatre At Home project began on late March as a way for NT to share some of its productions to be watched at home now that theatres and cinemas are closed in the UK and around the world.
Due to the COVID-19 outbrack, which has closed movie theaters around the world, Disney has changed several of its productions release dates. The Doctor Strange sequel was supposed to be out on May 7, 2021. See more below:
The coronavirus quarantine has shuttered theaters around the world, and when Disney halted the release of its live-action Mulan and Marvel’s Black Widow, it created a traffic among the rest of its upcoming releases.
Today, the studio announced a new slate of debut dates over the span of the next two years, which postpones nearly all the upcoming Marvel movies, and further delays Harrison Ford’s return in Indiana Jones 5, which once upon a time was supposed to open in summer 2019.
Mulan was previously set to open last weekend, but now it has been assigned the somewhat optimistic new date of July 24, bumping another Disney movie, Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise, from that weekend to a release more than a year later, on July 30, 2021.