Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to Lead Lesbian Romance From ‘God’s Own Country’ Scribe

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan to Lead Lesbian Romance From ‘God’s Own Country’ Scribe
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, two of England and Ireland’s most celebrated actresses, will play opposite each other in “Ammonite,” a period romance written by “God’s Own Country” writer/director Francis Lee. The project marks the first screen collaboration between Ronan and Winslet.

Per Deadline, the film is “set in a UK coastal town in the 1820s [and] follows an unlikely romance between palaeontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid.” The article did not say which actress would play which role.

Lee’s feature film debut, “God’s Own Country,” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it won the World Cinema Directing Award. It went on to become a critical and box office hit. The tender gay romance about a farmhand and a migrant worker also earned a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding British Film and a spot
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Mary Queen Of Scots – Review

Saoirse Ronan stars as Mary Stuart in Mary Queen Of Scots, a Focus Features release. Photo credit: Liam Daniel / Focus Features

Of the two historical films opening this week, this is the one with grand, epic drama. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie play dueling queens in director Josie Rourke’s searing Mary Queen Of Scots, a grim, mud-and-blood retelling of the great power struggle between cousins Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary of Scotland. It is a tale of two strong women set against a backdrop of the disdainful male attitudes of the era towards women, even queens. As alliances shift, powerful, ambitious men hatch plots that favor their side but not always their queen. The film’s dramatic exploration of the differing fates of these two queens in this treacherous milieu makes for an intriguing, fresh look at the history.

The film is custom-made as a powerhouse
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2019 SAG Awards Nominations Arrive

Joseph Baxter Dec 12, 2018

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for 2019 are here, touting major nods for Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and more.

The 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards has released its list of nominees. The ceremony, often a prognosticative weather-vane for the shifting winds of the subsequent Academy Awards, appears to be throwing some major awards-season-uncharacteristic love to the comic book movie genre with Marvel’s Black Panther, and even comedy, with Crazy Rich Asians.

Of course, the expected favorites – like The Favourite – got on the board. Indeed, while Galileo was nowhere to be found, Bohemian Rhapsody struck like a thunderbolt of lightning, as did A Star is Born and Vice. Additionally, notable small-screen nods were dealt to Better Call Saul, Ozark, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Handmaid’s Tale, along with one last shot for departing Cold War drama The Americans.

You can catch the 2019 Screen Actor's Guild Awards
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was Queen Elizabeth’s Ambassador Actually Black?
“Mary Queen of Scots” is director Josie Rourke’s historical retelling of one of the most fraught and interesting periods of the Elizabethan era. But how much of it is fact and how much is fiction?

The film, which is written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) and based on a book by John Guy, stars Saoirse Ronan in the titular role as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It also showcases a number of actors of color in prominent roles in both Mary’s and Elizabeth’s courts, including decorated Shakespearean actor Adrian Lester, who is black; he portrays Elizabeth’s ambassador to the Scottish court, Lord Thomas Randolph.

Rourke told TheWrap that colorblind casting a period drama was important to her, because of the many years black and other people of color were left out of such portrayals and films.

Also Read: 'Mary,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Opens Regal; ‘Vox Lux’ Solid and ‘The Favourite’ Expands Strong: Specialty Box Office
The Queens have it again. Focus Features opened Mary Queen of Scots in four New York and L.A. locations Friday to a robust start, taking in over $200K for a weekend, topping $50,045 per-heater average, placing it as the 11th highest PTA of the year as of Sunday morning.

Specialty moviegoers are clearly satiating their zest for period films centering on monarchs from the British Isles. Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite had the year’s highest opening weekend PTA at $105K. Now in its third weekend, the feature, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, as well as Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz as her aristocratic suitors, expanded over the weekend, grossing $1.43M in 91 theaters, averaging $15,714.

Though Mary Queen of Scots reigned among limited-release openers, Neon’s Vox Lux by Brady Corbet and Peter HedgesBen Is Back, released via Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate, had solid showings. Vox Lux,
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was There Really a Gay Affair in Mary’s Court?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Fact Check: Was There Really a Gay Affair in Mary’s Court?
(Spoilers ahead for “Mary Queen of Scots”)

“Mary, Queen of Scots,” the feature film debut of stage director Josie Rourke, is filled with all of the backstabbing, palace intrigue and secrecy you’d expect from the Elizabethan era.

One of the film’s secrets actually leads to a treasonous bit of palace intrigue and literal backstabbing.

In “Mary, Queen of Scots,” which stars Saoirse Ronan in the titular role and Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I, Mary’s Italian-born courtier and confidant David Rizzio (Ismael Cruz Cordova) is heavily implied to be gay. Mary says at one point during the film, as he’s dressed in a dress pretending to be one of her chambermaids, that she does not hold Rizzio’s “nature” against him.

The historical record is unclear, but Rourke told TheWrap,
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Get Ready For Grandma Meryl - Actress Mamie Gummer Is Expecting Her First Child

Get Ready For Grandma Meryl - Actress Mamie Gummer Is Expecting Her First Child
Mamie Gummer is pregnant! Us Weekly confirmed on Friday that the 35-year-old actress, who is Meryl Streep's eldest child, is expecting her first child with fiancé Mehar Sethi.

Earlier in the week, Mamie gave a glimpse of her growing belly when she hit the red carpet for the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots in NYC.

Not only will this be Mamie's first bundle of joy, but it will also make grandparents out of her famous parents, Meryl and her longtime husband Don Gummer. Mamie and Mehar were engaged in August; she was previously married to Benjamin Walker, whom she split from in 2013. The next year should be extra exciting for Mamie, who is also set to star alongside Mahershala Ali in the upcoming season of HBO's True Detective.

Congrats to Mamie (and Meryl!) on their growing families!
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Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

The best historical dramas not only offer insight into a bygone era but also offer an interesting parallel to the modern-day landscape. For example, the Academy Award® winning film The King’s Speech (2010) showed the power and importance a leader’s voice and demeanor can have on their country. That film gave audiences an insight into King George VI’s struggles and had strong ties to modern times, one of the main reasons it became a huge hit. The new historical drama Mary Queen of Scots has all the makings of a memorable period piece—great lead performances, an authentic look, and political intrigue—but the movie comes up drastically short of its lofty expectations. With a script that plays as one note and direction that feels uninspired at times, Mary Queen of Scots is a below average entry to the historical drama genre.

Implied by the film’s title,
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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Heads for Box Office Three-peat

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It’s the calm before the storm. Next weekend kicks off a competitive box office race that will carry through the end of the year. Until then, it’s more Thanksgiving leftovers for all.

With no fresh wide releases hitting domestic theaters, Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” should retain its No. 1 spot in North America for the third weekend in a row. If the animated sequel is able to successfully fend off the competition, it will be only the fourth movie released this year to top the box office for three weeks straight. “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are the other titles to hold that distinction.

Ralph Breaks the Internet” just crossed $200 million globally, including a Stateside haul of $120 million. It could bring in between $10 million and $12 million if it sees a similar decline as its sophomore outing. Holdovers “Creed II” and “The Grinch
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The Crushing Reason Queen Elizabeth I Caked Her Face with White Makeup

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The Crushing Reason Queen Elizabeth I Caked Her Face with White Makeup
Queen Elizabeth I’s stark white-painted face and bold red wig remains part of her legacy, even centuries later.

In the latest exploration of her fascinating story, the new film Mary Queen of Scots, Margot Robbie is nearly unrecognizable as Elizabeth.

“It wasn’t something that wasn’t written into the script and something I wasn’t really expecting when signing on for the role, but I was excited by the prospect,” Robbie, 28, tells People in this week’s issue of embracing Elizabeth’s striking style. “It helps me a lot to find a character if I look completely different
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‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Collide In A Fight For The Throne

Two Oscar nominees from last year are facing off in the new period drama “Mary Queen of Scots.” That’s right, Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”) and Margot Robbie are bringing the story of Mary Stuart to life, unlike anytime before.

Read More: ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Are Both Royalty In This Gleefully Feminist Drama [Review]

In the new trailer for “Mary Queen of Scots,” it’s clear that Focus Features wants you to know that Robbie and Ronan are going toe to toe in the film, playing warring Queens.

Continue reading ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie Collide In A Fight For The Throne at The Playlist.
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Saoirse Ronan Plays 'Bridesmaids' Trivia Quiz, Shows Off Different Accents on 'Tonight Show'

Saoirse Ronan Plays 'Bridesmaids' Trivia Quiz, Shows Off Different Accents on 'Tonight Show'
Saoirse Ronan stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to promote her upcoming film Mary Queen of Scots, though she also tested her Bridesmaids trivia, showed off her many accents, sang with the host and played charades during the appearance.

The actress briefly discussed the film, which follows Mary, Queen of Scots (Ronan), after she tried to overthrow her cousin, England's Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), from the throne. Mary is ultimately condemned to years of imprisonment for her actions.

"She was sent away to France when she was five and she returns when she's 19," she said about ...
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Golden Globes Nomination Predictions 2019: All the Contenders in Top Categories (Photos)

  • The Wrap
Golden Globes nominations often contain a handful of head-scratchers and curiosities, but this is already a more curious year than most at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Two films that could easily have qualified as musicals, “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” elected to go into the drama category instead. One that could have been a drama, “Green Book,” entered as a comedy. And one that will be a major contender in many categories, “Roma,” is ineligible for the best drama category because it’s not in English.

Such is the landscape going into this year’s Golden Globes nominations. In trying to figure out which way the members of the HFPA are leaning, it helps to understand that even though the group only has around 90 voters, there are many factions within it: Some are focused on television, some are indie fans, some gravitate toward big stars who can
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Golden Globes Nomination Predictions: What Stars Will Be Born This Year?

  • The Wrap
Golden Globes nominations often contain a handful of head-scratchers and curiosities, but this is already a more curious year than most at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Two films that could easily have qualified as musicals, “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” elected to go into the drama category instead. One that could have been a drama, “Green Book,” entered as a comedy. And one that will be a major contender in many categories, “Roma,” is ineligible for the best drama category because it’s not in English.

Such is the landscape going into this year’s Golden Globes nominations. In trying to figure out which way the members of the HFPA are leaning, it helps to understand that even though the group only has around 90 voters, there are many factions within it: Some are focused on television, some are indie fans, some gravitate toward big stars who can
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Mary Queen Of Scots

Opening in St. Louis on December 14, 2018, is Mary Queen Of Scots. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

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Mary Queen Of Scots is a retelling of the turbulent life of Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), based on the book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by Dr. John Guy.

Queen of France at 16 and widowed when she was barely 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, Mary has a rival
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'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Remains #1 with $26 Million Post-Thanksgiving Performance

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Remains #1 with $26 Million Post-Thanksgiving Performance
Outside of only a couple differences, this weekend's box office top ten almost mirrors last weekend's rankings exactly with Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet securing the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row. Among the differences, Universal's The Grinch switched places with Creed II as the animated feature took the runner-up position while topping $200 million domestically. In the bottom half of the top ten Sony's release of the Screen Gems horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace outperformed expectations and earned a seventh place finish. There was no change at the top of the box office, however, as Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet is once again the #1 film in North America, delivering an estimated three-day totaling $25.75 million. From a domestic perspective, the film's performance almost matches that of Moana's dollar-for-dollar after 12 days in release with a domestic total just shy of $120 million. Internationally, the film
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Taylor Swift Really Wants You to See ‘The Favourite’

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Taylor Swift Really Wants You to See ‘The Favourite’
If our glowing review of “The Favourite” wasn’t enough to get you to the theater, perhaps this will be: Taylor Swift really wants you to see Yorgos Lanthimos’ “absolutely phenomenal” film, which happens to star her boyfriend. Joe Alwyn — who made a name for himself as the title character in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and also appears in “Boy Erased” and “Mary Queen of Scots” — plays Masham in the film.

The Favourite is absolutely phenomenal, and it opens in NY and La tomorrow,” Swift wrote to her 113 million Instagram followers on Thursday; anyone who saw “Dogtooth” in 2010 and could imagine the “Mine” singer endorsing the Greek auteur eight years later deserves a prize. “The Favourite” is Lanthimos’ third English-language project after “The Lobster” (for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” both of which starred Colin Farrell.
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California coastal authorities suspend film permits amid wildfires

Firefighters say more than 90% of Woolsey fire contained.

Authorities in coastal Californian cities affected by the Woolsey Fire have suspended filming activity until further notice.

In Malibu, where two people are known to have perished, city authorities have suspended all filming activity within city limits until further notice, and told Screendaily no new permits will be issued until further notice.

FilmLA, the official film office for the Greater Los Angeles region that does not cover the cities of Malibu, Calabasas, and Agoura Hills, where one person is known to have died, confirmed there were no permitted film shoots in fire evacuation areas.
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California coastal authorities suspend film permits amid wildfire carnage

Firefighters say 82% of Woolsey fire contained.

Authorities in coastal Californian cities affected by the Woolsey Fire have suspended filming activity until further notice.

In Malibu, where two people are known to have perished, city authorities have suspended all filming activity within city limits until further notice, and told Screendaily no new permits will be issued until further notice.

FilmLA, the official film office for the Greater Los Angeles region that does not cover the cities of Malibu, Calabasas, and Agoura Hills, where one person is known to have died, confirmed there were no permitted film shoots in fire evacuation areas.
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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