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Greta Gerwig Rumoured to be Directing ‘Little Women’ With Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet

The A-List Cast and Director would surely be an Oscar contender

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Following her critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig is eyeing “Little Women” as her next directing gig.

A-listers Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet are in talks to star in Columbia Pictures’ retelling of the American classic with Florence Pugh also in talks to star. The movie would mark a reunion for Gerwig, Ronan and Chalamet. The young actors starred in 2017’s coming-of-age comedy “Lady Bird.”

The roles are unknown at this time as some castings are still being worked out. Sources tell Variety the studio is expected to test a handful of actresses opposite Stone for the role of Beth before the July 4 holiday.

The project has been set up at Columbia Pictures for some time, with Amy Pascal set to produce with Denise Di Novi and Robin Swicord. Andrea Giannetti will oversee the production for Columbia Pictures.

 

 

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Lin-Manuel Miranda To Make His Directorial Debut With ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’

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He’s the man behind the Broadway smash and now West End winner ‘Hamilton’, who will be warming up his vocal chords again this Christmas for Disney sequel ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ with Emily Blunt.

Now Lin-Manuel Miranda is to switch from centre-stage to behind the camera, with the news that he will be adapting the late Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ for the screen. Miranda previously starred in an off-Broadway production of Larson’s show, with the latter also behind ‘Rent’ which featured the songs ‘Seasons Of Love’ and ‘Take Me Or Leave Me’.

Set in the year 1990. The story follows New York waiter and aspiring composer Jon, who feels the pressure from his girlfriend Susan as his 30th birthday looms, trying to create the next big American musical in the form of ‘Superbia’. He’s further riddled with doubt thanks to his roommate and fellow creative Michael, who ditches his aspirations for a top advertising job, leaving Jon contemplating whether it’s truly worth pursuing.

‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ is backed by Imagine Entertainment, with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing the project alongside Miranda, with Tony Award winner Steven Levinson (Dear Evan Hansen) developing the script.

Miranda had this to say about the project:

‘Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in Rent first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences. But it was Tick, Tick… Boom! that solidified that drive in me to hone my own voice as a playwright’.

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Meg Ryan to be Honoured With 2018 Leopard Club Award at #Locarno71

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The witty character with that unique ability to combine beauty with irony. For years she has been the undisputed queen of romantic comedy but has also been able, over time, to take on other genres such as dramas and thrillers.

The fact that Meg Ryan occupies a central position in the popular collective imagination is demonstrated by the gallery of characters who have enlivened films and have become – in their field – cult films. Just think of the triptych of films that were born from Meg Ryan’s meeting with Nora Ephron, the screenwriter and director who has built three film career-cornerstones on her: When Harry Met Sally (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998). These are films in which her talent was also enhanced by the ability to co-star in complete harmony with actors such as Billy Crystal or Tom Hanks.

All performances to which the Locarno Festival wishes to pay tribute through one of its most prestigious awards: The Leopard Club. So, following Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow, Andy Garcia, Stefania Sandrelli and Adrien Brody, this year Piazza Grande will be completely hers, for the award ceremony on Friday, August 3.

Her presence will be accompanied by a double screening of films during the Festival. And if, with In the Cut, a side of Meg Ryan will be shown that, under the direction of Jane Campion, is capable of trying her hand at an erotic thriller, instead with the comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993) there will be a completely natural connection with the Retrospettiva dedicated to Leo McCarey: Nora Ephron’s film, in fact, is a homage-re-reading of a masterpiece such as Love Affair (1994) by the great American filmmaker. A live dialogue between the present and the past for a much-loved female icon, one whose destiny seemed to have already been marked by her debut film: Rich and Famous (1981), the last film by a “ladies’ director” like George Cukor, coincidentally, another classic filmmaker to whom Locarno dedicated a retrospective in 2013.

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New ‘Welcome To Marwen’ Trailer Is An Emotional Ride

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‘To dream is to heal.’

Creating a fantastical miniature world to overcome the traumas of reality. The poignant true story behind the new film from Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, ‘Welcome To Marwen’ which stars Steve Carell as Mark Hogencamp, a victim of a brutal attack who uses his own artistry to heal.

Joining Carell in this imaginative tale is singing sensation Janelle Monae who has already impressed in the likes of Moonlight and Hidden Figures and Leslie Mann, who starred alongside the actor in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Released in UK cinemas on 11th January 2019. The latest trailer can be found below…

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