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Weinsteins Set Oscar Dates For 'The Iron Lady,' 'Coriolanus,' 'My Week with Marilyn' & 'The Artist'

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 17, 2011 10:27 AM
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We may be right in the heart of summer blockbuster season, but Harvey Weinstein is already looking ahead to Oscar campaigns that he will mount this fall and he's dropped dates for a bunch of new films, including four which could be heavy contenders for statues. So let's get started, shall we?

Kicking things off is "The Iron Lady" which stars Meryl Streep as former (and reviled) Brit leader Margaret Thatcher. You can pretty much already slot her in for a Best Actress nomination. Joining Streep in the picture is an extensive cast of British acting talent including Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Anthony Head, Angus Wright, Michael Heseltine, Richard E. Grant, Julian Wadham, Francis Pym, Roger Allam and Michael Pennington. The only question mark is what “Mamma Mia!” director Phyllida Lloyd will bring to the equation, but with the cast she has, we imagine they'll be doing most of the heavy lifting. The film will open on December 16th where it battle for arthouse crowds against Alexander Payne's "The Descendants."

Already earning huge buzz thanks after premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, Ralph Fiennes’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus" should be one to watch. The contemporary re-up of the play already has Vanessa Redgrave‘s performance as the hero’s mother Volumnia gathering early Oscar talk. Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain, Brian Cox and James Nesbitt star in the film that is said to be a "Hurt Locker"-style take on the Shakespeare work. At the very least, it should be leagues ahead of Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous." The film hits on December 2nd which shockingly, has nothing else scheduled on it (for now).

After wowing critics last year in "Blue Valentine," Michelle Williams is set to once again do the awards circuit, taking on one of the most iconic actresses of all time in "My Week With Marilyn." The project, directed by TV veteran Simon Curtis (”Cranford”), centers on Marilyn Monroe (Williams) and follows her friendship with young Englishman Colin Clark while in the country shooting “The Prince and the Showgirl,” as well as her tempestuous relationship with director/co-star Laurence Olivier. Rising star Eddie Redmayne plays Clark, with Kenneth Branagh taking on the mantle of Olivier, and a solid supporting cast including Judi Dench as actress Sybil Thorndike, Julia Ormond as Olivier’s wife Vivien Leigh, Dougray Scott as Monroe’s husband Arthur Miller, with Derek Jacobi, Dominic Cooper and Emma Watson rounding things out. The film will wiggle its hips into theaters on November 4th.

Lastly, the Weinsteins big pre-Cannes buy "The Artist" is hoping for some Best Foreign Film glory. Wowing audiences last month at the Cannes Film Festival where we called it "magical" and "a big blast of pure delight," this one will be a tricky sell for Harvey, but should easily build a following thanks to word of mouth. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the film centers on a fictional silent movie star George Valentin (played to perfection by Jean Dujardin) who finds his career fading with the advent of the talkies, while an actress he mentors, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) begins a rise to stardom. The twist? Hazanavicius shot the movie in black-and-white as a silent film, but he remarkably finds a wealth of life and energy in the old school format. Believe us, this is one of the most entertaining movies you'll see all year and it will definitely rank on our "best of" in December. The Weinsteins will start getting the word out on November 23rd.

Also slated: "The Bully Project" arrives on November 11th, "Scary Movie 5" comes back on April 20, 2012 and "Halloween 3D" has staked out October 26, 2012. [BoxOfficeMojo]

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13 Comments

  • Paul Streitz | June 19, 2011 12:08 PMReply

    For those of you interested in uncovering why Emmerich's
    movie is historically accurate, I invite you to go to www.shakespeareidentified.com

    His movie asserts that Oxford was Shakespeare, Oxford was the son of Queen Elizabeth, and Oxford and Elizabeth had a child (incest). All claims are historically accurate.

    Paul Streitz
    'Author: Oxford: Son of Queen Elizabeth I

  • Jeffmc2000 | June 19, 2011 6:28 AMReply

    Also, wasn't The Artist shot in Los Angeles? And isn't the cast mostly American apart from the two leads?

    Regardless, I hope it's a big enough hit that some American studio throws $100 million at Havenicius and Dujardin so they can really go to town on a third OSS 117 movie.

  • Anonymous | June 19, 2011 2:03 AMReply

    i can't see williams as marilyn sorry !

  • Davey | June 18, 2011 12:40 PMReply

    Francis Pym has also switched careers.

  • Davey | June 18, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    Er...Richard E Grant is playing the politician Michael Heseltine is "The Iron Lady" - he's not a cast member.

    I really hope Heseltine himself is not having a go at treading the boards in it anyway or those Oscars you're talking about probably won't be troubling the film.

  • Guy Lodge | June 18, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    Kevin, you may remember that the film's few lines of dialogue are in English. For Academy purposes, it's a 100% English-language film, and therefore rightly ineligible for the foreign-language category.

  • quince | June 18, 2011 8:24 AMReply

    What about The Wettest County in the World? I thought it was getting realised this year?

  • Kevin Jagernauth | June 18, 2011 5:31 AMReply

    Hey Guy, thanks for that bit of info -- and yeah, I kind of forgot the Oscar criteria. It will actually be interesting to see where the Academy slots this because technically speaking (and yes, I have seen the film) there is no "language" -- it's silent with intertitles so it would come down to where the film was produced wouldn't it?

    But you're probably right, it will gun for a Best Picture slot but with the new Academy rules, it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

  • Hmmmm | June 18, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    Phyllida Lloyd is not a question mark; she is an outstanding theatre director, which you would know if you had even taken the time to Wikipedia her, instead of succumbing to the shallow snarkiness of knocking Mamma Mia, the origin of which was a West End show that she directed. Not to mention that you would be hard pressed to find a more successful debut feature than that film.

  • Guy Lodge | June 18, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Sorry, let me amend my last comment -- of course you've seen the film. But you're perhaps misremembering either its language or the criteria of the Best Foreign Language Film category.

    Apologies for sounding rude.

  • Guy Lodge | June 18, 2011 2:05 AMReply

    Lastly, the Weinsteins big pre-Cannes buy “The Artist” is hoping for some Best Foreign Film glory.

    This is a widespread misconception among people who haven't seen "The Artist." While mostly dialogue-free, the film is English-language, and therefore cannot compete for Best Foreign Language Film. It is, however, a viable contender for a Best Picture nomination.

  • KitCon | June 18, 2011 1:59 AMReply

    Madonna's W.E.?

  • Nik Grape | June 17, 2011 11:05 AMReply

    So that's where Julia Ormond is!

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