Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, and Laura Linney team up for The Miracle Club

Maggie Smith, Laura Linney, and Kathy Bates are teaming up to star in upcoming drama The Miracle Club.The film will follow the journey of a group of women from Dublin, Ireland, who go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France which leads them to discover ea…

Maggie Smith, Laura Linney, and Kathy Bates are teaming up to star in upcoming drama The Miracle Club.

The film will follow the journey of a group of women from Dublin, Ireland, who go on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France which leads them to discover each other’s friendship and their own personal miracles, according to Variety.

Thaddeus O’Sullivan, who directed the recent series of long-running British TV show Silent Witness, will helm the flick, which is based on an original screenplay by Jimmy Smallhorne, Timothy Prager, and Josh Maurer.

Maurer will also produce, alongside Chris Curling and Alixandre Witlin, with James Flynn serving as executive producer.

“At its heart, this film captures the strength, resilience and love of remarkable woman as they define themselves under their own terms, and by the power of their friendship and faith,” Maurer said in a statement.

The Miracle Club is scheduled to start principal photography in Dublin in April next year.

Embankment Films, which helped finance the movie, have sold the The Miracle Club to international distributors, including the British arm of Lionsgate.

“The Miracle Club entertains, inspires and embraces the audience with its colourful, unpredictable and endearing characters; it celebrates hope, humour, family and friendship – with miracles that really do happen,” Tim Haslam from Embankment added.

The Miracle Club is slated for release in 2022.

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Kathy Bates ‘hit the big time’ working with Clint Eastwood

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only fe…

Kathy Bates finally felt like she had “hit the big time” when she worked with Clint Eastwood on Richard Jewell.

The 71-year-old actress, who began her career in Hollywood back in 1970, told Deadline that despite a long and successful career, she only felt like she’d “hit the big time” when she got the chance to work with the Oscar-winning director.

“I said to Clint, ‘I’ve been doing this for 50 years, but I finally feel like I hit the big time,’” she recalled. “And I don’t mean with all the marching bands and the confetti, I mean, working with another incredible director, and doing a story that matters.”

Bates, who won an Oscar in 1990 for her terrifying portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Misery, confessed that despite working with filmmakers such as Rob Reiner, James Cameron and Sam Mendes, she was starstruck and “extremely nervous” when meeting Eastwood.

Recalling her first-ever encounter with the 89-year-old, Bates said she asked him why he wanted to make a movie about Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

“At first he looked up with those eyes and I thought, ‘Oh God, here we go.’ Then he said, ‘Well, I think it’s a movie I’d like to see.’ He was so angry at how Richard had been treated. He felt this was an American tragedy, and that it needed to be told,” she explained.

Bates, who plays Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, insisted that her portrayal was not an impersonation, but was inspired by her real-life character.

“We sat and talked for two or three hours and I recorded her voice,” she shared. “I had to, as an actor, create a character of Bobi, otherwise it would have been robotic. You can’t just go in and try to mimic somebody.”

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Kathy Bates defends Richard Jewell movie amid controversy

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics…

Kathy Bates is worried that the controversy over Richard Jewell has “clouded” the movie.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, documents the real-life story of security guard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Shortly after it was released in the U.S. in December, controversy erupted over the depiction of journalist Kathy Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, and her colleagues at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper.

Lawyers for the publication even threatened legal action over the suggestion that Scruggs slept with an FBI agent to get information on the case, and Wilde stated on Twitter that she didn’t believe the journalist traded sex for tip-offs.

Bates, who has landed a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Jewell’s mother Bobi in the movie, discussed the furore in a new interview with Deadline and shared her sadness that the controversy has marred the release of a film trying to clear the security guard’s name.

“(It) really clouded, I felt, the film. I worried that it would affect how people would feel toward the film,” she explained. “As an actor, all I can say is I just really hope that it doesn’t turn people off from going to see it.”

Jewell died in 2007 at the age of 44, and Bates revealed his mother Bobi is sad that her son didn’t get to see the movie.

“She loves the film,” the 71-year-old shared. “And I have this feeling that she has been brought some relief. She just wishes that it could have happened when Richard was alive.”

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Adam Sandler responds to Oscars snub

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Osca…

Adam Sandler has found a silver lining in missing out on an Academy Award nomination.

The comedian received Best Actor buzz for his role in 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems, but he was not on the shortlist for the category on Monday, when the list of Oscar nominees was released, revealing the race was between Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, Adam Driver for Marriage Story, Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

However, Sandler took to Twitter to prove to his fans that he had found a positive in the snub.

“Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy. Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits,” he wrote, before congratulating Kathy Bates, who played the mother of his character Bobby Boucher in 1998 sports comedy The Waterboy, for her Best Supporting Actress nomination.

“Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama,” Sandler concluded the tweet, which featured a still of Bates.

The actress, who was nominated for her role in Clint Eastwood’s crime drama Richard Jewell, spotted his message and replied, “I love you my Bobby Boucher!!! You was robbed!! But Mama loves you!!! I learned a new urban slang word for you! You da GOAT (Greatest of All Time)!! Not the one we eat at home, Son.”

Bates joined many film fans on social media expressing their outrage at the 53-year-old’s rejection, including The Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, who tweeted, “Truly baffled that Sandler wasn’t nominated and that Uncut Gems wasn’t acknowledged at all.”

Sandler had previously joked that he would make a deliberately bad film if he got snubbed at the Oscars, and his Just Go with It co-star Brooklyn Decker registered her interest in supporting the project, with her writing on Instagram: “If I’m not in this movie it will be a crime.”

The 92nd Academy Awards show will take place in Los Angeles on 9 February.

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The Irishman crowned film of the year by National Board of Review

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while…

Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic The Irishman has been named Best Film of 2019 by America’s top critics.

The National Board of Review officials have also lauded Quentin Tarantino with Best Director honours for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Renee Zellweger has picked up another Best Actress gong for her turn as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy.

Other big winners include Adam Sandler, who claimed the Best Actor prize for Uncut Gems, and Brad Pitt and Kathy Bates, who scored the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards for Once Upon and Time in Hollywood and Richard Jewell, respectively.

The full list of winners is:

Best Film: The Irishman

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay: Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian, The Irishman

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, 1917

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: For Sama

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: Just Mercy

Top Films:

1917

Dolemite is My Name

Ford v Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Knives Out

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Richard Jewell

Uncut Gems

Waves

Top 5 Foreign Language Films:

Atlantics

Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Transit

Top 5 Documentaries:

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

Wrestle

Top 10 Independent Films:

The Farewell

Give Me Liberty

A Hidden Life

Judy

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Midsommar

The Nightingale

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Souvenir

Wild Rose

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Kathy Bates joins Clint Eastwood’s The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell. According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a s…

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a security guard who was wrongly accused of planting the bombs he found in a bag during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her casting comes days after it was revealed Vice actor Sam Rockwell would be playing the lawyer who defended Jewell in court, and Paul Walter Hauser, who recently had roles in I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman, would be portraying Jewell.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. Jewell, who became a police officer, died in 2007 at the age of 44 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

The project will be directed and produced by Eastwood, while other producers include The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio, who had both originally been attached to appear in the drama.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In addition to Eastwood’s film, Bates, who was most recently seen in Bonnie and Clyde drama The Highwaymen, has also been cast alongside Lil Rel Howery in Home, a drama about an ex-felon who returns home from prison and has to confront his past.

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Charlie Hunnam: ‘Netflix fear is unfounded’

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund a…

Charlie Hunnam has labelled the debate surrounding Netflix films being considered for Oscars glory “unfounded fear”.

English actor Hunnam’s latest project is Netflix flick Triple Frontier, which co-stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal.

And asked his views on the Netflix/ Oscars argument, which has seen Steven Spielberg campaign to get Academy officials to block films made for streaming services, Hunnam predictably voiced his support for the media company.

“My view is yes they should (be eligible) because my experience of making these films is that the aspiration and the work done to create them, to make them, is no different,” he told the Press Association (PA). “But I understand, people have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo if they are on that side of this debate, so I understand why people are quite vocal about it.

“I think it’s fear and whenever you’re in a massively competitive industry there is an element of fear involved in it always but I think it’s unfounded fear.”

The debate was stirred after Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix-made drama Roma was one of the big winners during awards season.

Kathy Bates recently threw her weight behind Spielberg’s stance, with Kevin Costner also revealing he’s a big fan of theatre releases when it comes to awards recognition.

Continuing his chat with PA, Hunnam added: “I think that the perception of the argument that can be made is that the streaming platforms are going to provide the death blow to the theatrical experience and I personally don’t think that is the case and I don’t think that so far there is any evidence that suggests that is occurring.

“Box office revenues continue to be robust and so I think it is a fear, I just don’t know how founded it is.”

Triple Frontier is available to stream now.

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Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner support movies remaining in theatres

Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner added their opinions to the ongoing debate over theatrical releases versus streaming at the premiere of their Netflix movie The Highwaymen on Sunday (10Mar19).Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been vocal in his critic…

Kathy Bates and Kevin Costner added their opinions to the ongoing debate over theatrical releases versus streaming at the premiere of their Netflix movie The Highwaymen on Sunday (10Mar19).

Veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been vocal in his criticism of Netflix and how Netflix bosses give some of their films, like Oscar-nominated movie Roma, a short theatrical run to make them eligible for awards even though they are available to watch at home the same day.

Spielberg, the Academy’s directors branch governor, reportedly wants to call for a change in eligibility rules at an upcoming board meeting, in which he will push for films to have an exclusive theatrical window of at least four weeks to qualify for major Oscars.

And on Sunday, as their film premiered at the South by Southwest festival, stars Costner and Bates were quizzed about their opinions on the debate.

“I guess I’m kind of old-fashioned, I’m like Mr. Spielberg,” the 70-year-old actress, who plays Governor Miriam Ferguson in the release, told Variety. “I just read about (the debate) in the news the other day and I thought, ‘C’mon, y’all, that’s not fair.'”

The Misery star then questioned the tactic of giving streaming films a one-week theatrical window to qualify for awards.

“I just think, showing them for a week just to qualify, people don’t seem… I don’t know, I kind of think that’s dirty pool,” she said. “I shouldn’t say ’cause Netflix has been very, very good to me. I just think that the streaming is one thing, but theatre’s another.”

However, she did defend streaming services for allowing film fans to make up their own minds “and not be influenced” by film critics.

Meanwhile, Costner, 64, who plays Texas Ranger Frank Hamer in the film about the hunt for outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, which also stars Woody Harrelson, is equally in favour of seeing movies in a theatre.

“I believe in the Oscars, I’m a romantic about our business,” Costner said. “I love the theater, the theater experience…”

“I think movies are for theaters, and as long as they can stay in them,” he continued. “As long as they can stay in them, and thank God for these downstream ways of viewing movies, but now there’s this level of competition and I’m just trying to think of how to end my last story here.”

The Highwaymen is now streaming on Netflix.

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Changing production schedule forced Reba McEntire to swim away from Titanic role

Country legend Reba McEntire pulled out of negotiations to appear in hit blockbuster Titanic because she tired of filmmakers’ ever-changing production schedule. The veteran singer was billed to portray American socialite Molly Brown, a real-life passe…

Country legend Reba McEntire pulled out of negotiations to appear in hit blockbuster Titanic because she tired of filmmakers’ ever-changing production schedule.

The veteran singer was billed to portray American socialite Molly Brown, a real-life passenger on the doomed voyage, in director James Cameron’s 1997 movie, but she ended up turning down the role due to scheduling conflicts.

Kathy Bates went on to play Molly in the classic film, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Reba has since revealed she tried desperately to make the shoot work around her tour plans, but when producers kept changing their filming dates, she had had enough – and she wasn’t going to mess her concert crew around any further.

“I turned it down because they kept moving my schedule, and we had arenas booked,” she tells TasteofCountry.com. “And then I had 75 people on payroll out there, and we were doing concerts, concerts, concerts, three or four a weekend. And they (producers) would say, ‘OK, we need you for these three months.’ We said, ‘OK.'”

“We were pretty much telling everybody, ‘We’re just gonna be gone these three months,'” Reba recalls, “and then they’d say, ‘Oh, not these three months, these three months.’

“The arenas were getting booked up, and we were promoting ourselves and our own shows. And so finally, I just had to say, ‘Guys, this is not working,’ and I pulled out.”

Landing the Titanic role would have given Reba’s acting career a huge boost, after she made her big screen debut in 1990’s Tremors. She has since gone on to appear in a number of movies and TV shows, including her own sitcom, the Golden Globe-nominated Reba, and she also starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 2001.

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Jessica Chastain cut from The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Jessica Chastain has been cut from upcoming movie The Death of Life of John F. Donovan. Director Xavier Dolan announced on Instagram that the Zero Dark Thirty actress had been removed from his English-language debut because the final edit topped four …

Jessica Chastain has been cut from upcoming movie The Death of Life of John F. Donovan.

Director Xavier Dolan announced on Instagram that the Zero Dark Thirty actress had been removed from his English-language debut because the final edit topped four hours and her storyline no longer fitted with the tone of the film.

“What you need to hear from me is that Jessica Chastain’s character, after what was a long period of reflection, had to be cut from the film,” he wrote. “It was an extremely difficult decision to make. I feel, toward Jessica, a very sincere love, and a great admiration. The decision was editorial and narrative, in that it has nothing to do with a performance, and everything to do with a character, and the compatibility of its storyline.”

The Mommy filmmaker explained that during the editing process, it became clear that the film was about family dynamics, childhood and dreams, rather than about heroes and their nemesis, so Jessica’s storyline didn’t feel like it belonged with the rest of the movie.

“Jessica has, since the very beginning, defended this project, and defended me on so many occasions,” he continued. “She is a terrific actress, a politically engaged artist, what is more, who relentlessly champions the causes she believes in. She is respected by her peers, and beloved by her public.

“I am disappointed that we didn’t get to reveal the exciting things we crafted together on this one adventure, but life is long, and missed opportunities always bode even greater future collaborations… I wanted you to find this out through me, and no one else.”

Jessica filmed the part of Moira McCallister-King, the publisher of a gossip magazine, who exposes the correspondence between an American TV star, played by Kit Harington, and an 11-year-boy Rupert, who reflects on the impact of the scandal 10 years later.

The film, which also stars Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton and Kathy Bates, has no release date as yet.

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