On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Carey Mulligan a very happy 30th birthday today. I hope she has a fantastic day with her loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing her projects in the upcoming year.
Focus Features has acquired the North American rights to “Suffragette”, the new film starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, the film is set for a Fall 2015 domestic release.
The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
“Suffragette” is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs the cast.
“Suffragette” is a moving drama that empowering all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.
Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “Suffragette is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices. Sarah, Abi, Alison and Faye are women who represent an amazing convergence of filmmaking talent. We’re proud to partner with Pathé to bring this powerful drama to audiences worldwide.”
The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, with Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé Productions, and Muriel Sauzay, Head of Sales, Pathé International.
After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”
Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.
Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.
There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.
Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”
She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.
Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.
A host of presenters, TV specials and music will make up this year’s Text Santa on ITV.
Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield & Christine Bleakley and Alesha Dixon & Paddy McGuinness will take on presenting duties.
Meanwhile, the likes of Simon Cowell, Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn and the cast of Coronation Street will also be taking part.
George Clooney will be making a special appearance in Downton Abbey, who will also be hosting Mr Selfridge, Jeremy Piven.
The charity telethon is to raise money for six UK-based charities – this year’s chosen recipients are Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.
Text Santa’s three-hour charity fundraiser will be shown on Friday, December 19 starting at 8pm.
Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford called on the help of famous friends for a star-studded evening of entertainment that raised more than £300,000 for War Child.
The couple plan to host the event every year, although Mulligan said that she would never be tempted to join the Mumford & Sons frontman on stage in a singalong.
The War Child Winter Wassail at the LSO St Luke’s was four months in the planning, with Mulligan dedicating herself to the cause during a six-month break from acting.
Michael Sheen kicked off proceedings by reading some Dylan Thomas, with other readings from Mulligan, Jeremy Irvine, Ben Whishaw and Helena Bonham Carter. Mumford performed with a supergroup made up of members of Mumford & Sons, The National, Keane and Noah And The Whale. Also on the bill were Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, the London African Gospel choir and Cristina Fray, star of Matilda The Musical.
Mulligan told the Standard: “We started by asking our friends and once The National were on board everyone else said yes straight away as they wanted to see them. It was like a variety show — it was unbelievable. This is something we want to do annually.”
Mulligan become an ambassador for War Child after being introduced to it by her brother Owain, who is an Army captain. She said: “Children are children, no matter where they are in the world, and they should have no place in war.”
Hollywood star Carey Mulligan returned to her Welsh roots today as she joined her mother and grandmother for a walk in the fight against dementia.
The award-winning actress, who has appeared in The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and was keen to be among the 1,700 participants at the Swansea Memory Walk.
As well as taking part in the 10km trek, the Bafta-winning actress opened the event at Swansea Marina which is expected to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for people with dementia and their carers.
She was joined on the day by her mother Nano Mulligan, who is from Llandeilo, and her grandmother, Nans, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 when Carey was a teenager and now lives in a care home in Pontardawe.
“It has been inspirational to see so many people of different ages come together today to fight dementia,” said the actress who was recently seen in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production Skylight opposite Bill Nighy.
“I only ever had experience with Nans and how she went through it, but when you meet other people, you realise how different it is from person to person.
“It’s such an individual thing and that’s a reminder about how unique everyone is and how important it is to respect each person for who they really are.
“Our family lives with dementia and we have seen how devastating it can be. I can’t imagine how we would deal with it if we didn’t have the help that we have – the amazing home that Nans is in and the incredible support of Alzheimer’s Society.”
Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn. It is a day to walk, share and celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to defeat dementia.
Funds raised from Swansea Memory Walk will be used to support people living with dementia and their carers and to fund research into finding a cure.