Apparently Felicity Jones learned a thing or two playing the wife of cosmologist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Now the Oscar nominee is set to blast off into a new “Star Wars” movie, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Don’t confuse this with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” coming out Dec. 18. That one continues the space saga 30 years after “Return of the Jedi.” Jones’ movie, directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and written by Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”), is a spinoff about one of the characters. But which one?? It’s due in theaters Dec. 16, 2016.
But first, Jones co-stars in the drama “True Story,” playing the girlfriend of an unscrupulous reporter (Jonah Hill) out for a scoop about an accused murderer (James Franco). It played at the Sundance Film Festival last month and should arrive this spring.
They can’t let it go
You’ve watched your “Frozen” DVD a zillion times and etched all the lyrics onto your brain. Now Disney is thawing out the characters with the first photos of a new animated short, “Frozen Fever.” This time, it’s Anna’s birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are planning a big celebration. But Elsa’s nasty cold causes magically big trouble — that’s nothing to sneeze at. The short hits theaters March 13, along with the live-action “Cinderella.”
Never ones to waste words, we’ve been calling the best picture front-runner simply “Birdman.” But the actual title is “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” The Associated Press points out that it would be the longest title ever for a winner of Oscar’s top prize (and the most grammatically dubious).
Writer/director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu calls the title “a wink to the audience” that suggests the playfulness of his comedy. Michael Keaton stars as paranoid has-been Riggan Thomson, who goes from feathered Hollywood superhero to serious Broadway actor. “The title itself should reflect how conflicted his mind is,” said Inarritu. “I wanted to express that this is the moment this character goes into a territory that is not his, basically that he surrenders to himself” — and eventually finds peace.
For now, the longest title of a best picture winner is “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”
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