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Interview: Ralph Fiennes On 'The Invisible Woman,' Working With Wes Anderson & Awards Season Pitfalls

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 30, 2014 4:36 PM
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In town to accept an honorary Dragon Award from the Göteborg International Film Festival (which seriously has the coolest mascot, I mean, Lions, and Leopards and Bears, oh my, but Dragons), actor, director and Dark Lord Ralph Fiennes also presented his latest directorial offering “The Invisible Woman.” And strangely, I found much the same thing happening that occurred with his debut “Coriolanus,” in that I’d been excited for it in advance, then heard mixed reports which dampened my enthusiasm somewhat, only to like it a great deal when I finally did see it.

The Playlist Staff's Most Overrated And Underrated Films Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 7:03 AM
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Overrated/Underrated 2013
You have to be especially careful with the words “overrated” or “underrated.” Some people don't like the terms, thinking that they're condescending or snide, elevating your own opinions over those of the majority. And arguably they have a strong point, but the words do serve a purpose—how else is a writer meant to sum up their feelings when they're swimming against the tide? And sometimes, that tide is among your own colleagues. See, we're not a hive mind at The Playlist, though we might sometimes give that impression. Like any group of colleagues, we disagree from time to time. Scratch that, we disagree quite a lot, and it's rare for a film to hit theaters without at least one member of staff bucking the consensus, when a consensus can even be reached.

'Invisible Woman' Star Felicity Jones Talks Her Dickensian Drama, Ralph Fiennes, 'Spider-Man 2' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 19, 2013 12:06 PM
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Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman
As our own Oli Lyttleton pointed out in his under/over selections, Ralph Fiennes (starring and directing) has a new movie coming out this month that is really quite brilliant and barely anybody is talking about. And that film is "The Invisible Woman." It's based on the real-life affair Charles Dickens had with a young actress who served the author in one of his theatrical productions, and is based on the nonfiction book (of the same title) by Claire Tomalin. We were lucky enough to get a chance to talk to the Invisible Woman herself, Felicity Jones, about what it was like playing this forgotten historical figure, what additional research she did on her own, and whether or not she can tell us anything about what she's up to in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."

Oscars: It's 'Hobbit' Vs. "Hustle' Vs. 'Slave' Vs. 'Gatsby' In Production & Costume Design Races

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2013 3:06 PM
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Oscars, Production & Costume Design Races, 2013, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Great Gatsbya
The Coen Brothers' glorious "Inside Llewyn Davis" hits theaters at long last this week and while its award prospects in general are somewhat on the tightrope, some of its better chances lie in the design categories: the beautifully realized world of early 1960s New York has a good chance of nominations in the Production Design and Costume Design categories. As such, we're going to spotlight these areas this week, along with their less-loved little brother, Make-Up and Hairstyling.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer & Poster For Ralph Fiennes' Charles Dickens Drama 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 5:40 PM
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The Invisible Woman
Whether or not "The Invisible Woman" can overcome respectable but not quite ecstatic notices out of Telluride and TIFF to become an awards season contender remains to be seen, but that doesn't mean there aren't surprises to be found in the film. As we noted earlier this afternoon in our For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses Who Deserve Some Oscar Season Attention, one to pay attention to is Joanna Scanlan for her small, but important turn in the film.

Watch: Charles Dickens Has A Secret In Trailer For Ralph Fiennes' 'The Invisible Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 7:10 PM
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One of the world's greatest writers, a torrid affair ... the drama writes itself, and certainly that must be what attracted Ralph Fiennes to "The Invisible Woman." The film got off to a steady if not spectacular start at Venice and Toronto, but Sony Pictures Classics is hoping to build it up to a full head of steam by time it hits theaters in Decembers.

Watch: 4 Clips From Ralph Fiennes' 'The Invisible Woman' Co-Starring Felicity Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 5:55 PM
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Every awards season needs a sumptuous, period drama (preferably based on a true story) to serve as a potential rival to more contemporary and flashier films, and this year, "The Invisible Woman" may just be that pic. Combining literary history, romance and some decent talent all around, this one tap into voters used to more traditional fare.

It's Like You're There! Watch TIFF Press Conferences For 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day' And More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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Press Conference TIFF 2013
If you are stuck having to watch all the Toronto International Film Festival action from the sidelines, fret not—another aspect of the festival will now come straight to your computer screen. The overlong, occasionally awkward press conferences that accompany each of the big films at TIFF have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can squirm in your seat while pretending to not play Candy Crush like the rest of the journalists in the room. This is literally hours of material, from big marquee titles like "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Enough Said" and more. It's like you're there! Only not.

Telluride Review: 'The Invisible Woman' Starring Ralph Fiennes & Felicity Jones

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 1, 2013 12:40 PM
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The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes Felicity Jones
Charles Dickens and his comely, considerably younger mistress have a dickens of a time getting their adulterous act together in “The Invisible Woman,” a directing as well as starring turn for Ralph Fiennes. He’s rarely been better than he is as the 19th century’s most celebrated novelist, with his chops on screen just about matched by what he’s done behind. The problem is that we’ve seen so many fictions about Victorians who can’t let the onset of real passion break up their stuffy marriages that even a true-life variation doesn’t have that much to add to the genre, much less that’s thematically worthy of Dickens.

10 Awards Season Movies That Could Be Surprise Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2013 1:02 PM
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Awards season gets underway this week. We're sorry. We know it's August. But it's a fact—the premiere of "Gravity" on Wednesday at Venice is only the first in a veritable tsunami of Oscar contenders that will be unveiled on the Lido, with more unspooling at Telluride, TIFF and NYFF over the next six weeks or so. By the beginning of October, we'll have a much better sense of how the season will be looking (although some of these films have started screening already—we've seen a couple, though are embargoed for the moment).

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