Biopic News

Director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor Talk About 12 Years a Slave

9:22 PM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
12 Years a Slave is Steve McQueen’s third directorial effort and the contemporary artist turned filmmaker has done nothing but hit them out the park. With such a strong body of work behind him, MoviesWithButter asked, “Now that you’re established and your work has the attention of a major international audience, did you feel at all obligated to tackle the subject of slavery?” A black man and an Englishman, McQueen said, “No, it was an incredible story.

Review: Captain Phillips (Without a Paddle)

11:12 AM 10/11/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy) is a director known for handheld action sequences, obscured details and frenetic pacing, making him the least desirable person to direct a film set mostly at sea. Yet for all the counterintuitive casting, Greengrass demonstrates incredible care. In fact, one would presume the retelling of Captain Richard Phillips' autobiography, a story in which he's kidnapped by Somali pirates, would be carried out with watchful respect for the survivors (and it is).

John Krokidas, Writer/Director of Kill Your Darlings, Doesn't Want to Make Your Movie

1:03 PM 10/7/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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“I’m not rushing and I don’t want to do anything I don’t really like.” Adamant words from the director of Kill Your Darlings, but John Krokidas spent 10 years on this labor of love and “I don’t want to spend that long on something I’m doing just to do.”
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'42' Star Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com – Universal and Imagine Entertainment look ready to the long-gestating James Brown biopic up and running as the greenlight has been given and “42″ star Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play the iconic rock musician. “The Help” director Tate Taylor is helming the pic with Imagine’s Brian Grazer producing along with Mick Jagger and Erica... 1 year 9 weeks ago via brucelee

Review: Lovelace ("Angel" in a Centerfold)

4:56 PM 8/5/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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Fame isn’t free and the toll it takes is a subject entirely elided by Lovelace, a biopic about America’s first (and perhaps only) porn super star, Linda Lovelace. In the early 70s she became a household name by starring in Deep Throat, which unlike most porn films developed a mainstream reputation, eventually luring audiences so famous their patronage was newsworthy; paparazzi caught Jackie O buying her ticket concealed with a scarf.

News: Ashton Kutcher and Joshua Michael Stern Talk Vision, Origins and Jobs

8:48 PM 7/26/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
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The iPhone might have sealed Steve Jobs' place in history alongside Edison, but director Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) begins Jobs, his biopic on the Apple Computers visionary, with Jobs' introducing the iPod. In a press conference after a screening of the film in San Francisco’s Century 9 Theater, Stern said his goal was to make an origin story.
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‘Diana’ Trailer: Naomi Watts is the People’s Princess

screenrant.com – It’s no secret that portraying a famous figure is a great career (and awards) booster for any qualified actor or actress; the last few years alone have brought acclaim to biopic stars like Colin Firth (as King George VI in The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn) and of course, Daniel Day Lewis (as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln). 1 year 20 weeks ago via brucelee
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Hillary Clinton Biopic 'Rodham' Taps Director James Ponsoldt (Exclusive)

thewrap.com – Fresh off spectacular reviews for his Sundance film "The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt is attached to direct "Rodham," an indie movie about Hillary Clinton's early years, TheWrap has learned. 1 year 26 weeks ago via brucelee
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Forest Whitaker Takes Over Richard Pryor Biopic, Producing With Comic's Widow

deadline.com – EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from producing the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale, Forest Whitaker has taken over the nearly 20-year effort to bring the turbulent life of stand-up comedy legend Richard Pryor to the big screen. Whitaker is teaming with the late comedian’s widow, Jennifer Pryor, to produce the film through his Significant Productions shingle. 1 year 31 weeks ago via brucelee
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The Weinstein Co Picks Up French-Language Biopic 'Yves Saint Laurent'

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deadline.com – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today their acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the French language biopic YVES SAINT LAURENT. The film will be directed by Jalil Lespert (HEADWINDS) with a screenplay by Lespert and Marrie-Pierre Huster. Pierre Niney (18 YEARS OLD AND RISING) will star as legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, with Guillaume Gallienne (MARIE ANTOINETTE) set to play Saint Laurent’s onetime romantic partner and fashion house co-founder Pierre Berge. 1 year 32 weeks ago via donnieyen
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