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Trailer: Glenn Close Cross-Dresses In Tonally Odd 'Albert Nobbs' Trailer

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 13, 2011 1:31 AM
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Isn't this supposed to be a drama? It's hard to tell from the goofy first half of this trailer, which feels like some lighthearted British comedy. Directed by Rodrigo García (”Mother & Child,” “Nine Lives”), "Albert Nobbs" is a tale of a struggling, penniless woman who has to pose as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel in 19th century Ireland. A passion project by producer and star Glenn Close, the film started out as a short story by Irish author George Moore and was first adapted into an off-Broadway production by Simone Benmussa. It's been a long time coming for this film as Close starred in that version back in 1982 and won an Obie award for her efforts.

Watch: Spoilery New Clip From 'Albert Nobbs' Gives A Peek At Janet McTeer's Great Performance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2011 4:53 AM
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Before "Albert Nobbs" even played Telluride or TIFF, the word on the street was that Glenn Close was an early Oscar favorite thanks to her turn in the film, an adaptation of a stage play for which she won an Obie award back in 1982. The actress had been shepherding the project along for years, and finally had it realized with a cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson and in a very brief role Jonathan Rhys Meyers. And while our man in Telluride was enamored with the film, this writer caught up with it in Toronto and was far less enthused. And while Close is fine in the titular lead role, if restrained in what is an almost overly muted performance, for our money, the real star of the film is Janet McTeer.

The Return Of Whit Stillman, 'Twixt,' Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' & More: Midway Check-In With TIFF 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 12, 2011 10:50 AM
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Running from September 8-18, we're essentially at the midway check-in point of the Toronto International Film Festival. Keeping up with all of the reviews is nuts, hell keeping up with our own reviews is taxing.

TIFF '11 Review: Cross-Dressing 'Albert Nobbs' A Stodgily Straight Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2011 5:07 AM
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For Glenn Close, "Albert Nobbs" has been a long time coming for its big screen incarnation. Based on a short story by Irish author George Moore, it was first adapted into an off-Broadway production by Simone Benmussa with Close in the lead role that won her an Obie award. The actress has been a driving force behind the film adaptation, shepherding the project for 15 years, taking on the responsibilities of a producer and even co-writing the script with Man Booker prize-winning author John Banville and Gabriella Prekop. So yes, it's passion project for Close and it's unfortunate that none of that enthusiasm manages to find its way to the big screen. Stodgy, stuffy and somewhat inconsequential, "Albert Nobbs" gets all dressed up but has nowhere to go.

First Look Clip From Rodrigo Garcia & Glenn Close's 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 9, 2011 11:49 AM
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After premiering to largely lukewarm reviews last weekend at the recent Telluride Film Festival, we now have our first look clip at Glenn Close in her titular, gender-bending role in Rodrigo Garcia's "Albert Nobbs."

Telluride '11 Review: Glenn Close's Exquisite Performance Powers 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 4, 2011 2:01 AM
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The 19th century Ireland of director Rodrigo García's "Albert Nobbs" is rigid with insurmountable societal distinctions: every soul has his or her station firmly proscribed at birth, and escape is virtually unheard of. Against this stifling backdrop, García crafts an engaging, entertaining and enlightening piece of work that is richly dramatic and underscored by moments of wry, quiet humor. It doesn't hurt that, making good on all the pre-festival buzz, the film features Glenn Close in a performance that seems destined to earn her a sixth Oscar nomination and perhaps her first win (it would be well deserved).  She plays a woman who is passing as a man, the Albert Nobbs of the title. This she does in order to survive but also, perhaps, through careful planning, to find an unconventional way to fulfill closely held dreams and better her place in Irish society. As a butler in a Dublin hotel, The Morrison, Albert is precise, quiet, and as would be expected of one in that position, almost invisible. She’s frugal too; saving up money over the years with the goal of buying and running her own tobacco shop.

'Shame,' 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Albert Nobbs' & More Journey To Telluride This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 6:34 AM
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'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Remains MIA On North American Festival ShoresWhile Venice has kicked off the fall festival season in grand style, the awards season really starts with Telluride. Reactions from the hippie resort film festival have proven to be a crystal ball at both box office and awards season performance and for many studios, cause to tweak and adjust their fall plans accordingly based on what happens in Colorado. Moreover, with TIFF right around the corner, a strong showing at Telluride can often put a previously under the radar the film into a strong spotlight in Toronto. "Up In The Air," "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Brokeback Mountain" are just some of the films that have benefited in the past, and with today's announced lineup, we could see the game change for a few more films.

New Photos: Glenn Close, Aaron Johnson & Mia Wasikowska In 'Albert Nobbs'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 26, 2011 4:33 AM
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One name hotly tipped to feature in this year's Best Actress race is veteran Glenn Close whose gender-bending role as the titular "Albert Nobbs" is sure to get people talking.

'Albert Nobbs' With Glenn Close Set For Fall Awards Season Release

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 5, 2011 10:25 AM
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Liddell Entertainment & Roadside Attractions Snag U.S. RightsSummer hasn't even started to wind down yet, and blockbusters are already getting looked over in favor of Oscar predictions and upcoming fall festivals. It seems like every other day this year's Oscar race is picking up with the "War Horse" trailer hitting last week and The Weinstein Company already staking out their fall dates. Though it's small news, it looks to be big for the Best Actress category as earlier today it was announced that "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close was picked up for distribution by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions with a fall awards season release and campaign in the works.

Poster For Cannes Competition Film 'Sleeping Beauty' Starring Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2011 4:39 AM
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Sales Poster For 'Albert Nobbs'; New One Sheets For 'Green Lantern'Here's a bit of poster round-up and we'll kick it off with what is sure to be one of the most talked about films at the Cannes Film Festival. A lovely one-sheet has landed for "Sleeping Beauty," Julia Leigh's competition contending film. Starring Emily Browning, the film is described as a haunting erotic fairy tale that centers on a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who is drugged into sleep while men do to her what she can’t remember the next morning. The provocative trailer for the film has already been making waves prior to the fest and it will likely be a very hot ticket on the Croisette.

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