“Una” screened October 9 at London FF

27 October, 2016

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Though it may push boundaries too far for some audiences, it boldly ventures into unexplored territory to address uncomfortable topics and reveal a complexity of character not often attempted on the big screen.
Una does not have a UK release date yet.

September 12 “Una,” Rooney Mara,  Canadian Premiere ]

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Rooney Mara in Una

‘Una’ Review: Mara and Mendelsohn Are Captivating in Sexual Abuse Drama | TIFF 2016
BY MATT GOLDBERG While the film doesn’t always succeed in playing against expectations (especially near the end as the story seems as lost as Una with how to proceed), it forces the audience to sit with tough questions even when we think we already know the answers.

Rating: B+

Una does not currently have a U.S. release date.

[September 8]

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UNA, starring Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation.on September 11, 2016.
Directed by multi-award winning stage director Benedict Andrews, UNA is the cinematic adaptation of the Olivier Award-winning play ‘Blackbird’ (staged in Broadway early 2016), written by David Harrower, who also adapted the script with Benedict Andrews.
This official still of the film features Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. The film also stars Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne).
When a young woman (Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s workplace (Mendelsohn), looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel the new life he has created for himself. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires. It will shake them both to the core.
The film’s crew includes The Lobster DoP Thimios Bakatakis, Macbeth composer Jed Kurzel, Macbeth production designer Fiona Crombie, The Selfish Giant editor Nick Fenton as well as costume designer Steven Noble and hair and make¬up designer Jan Sewell, who both worked on The Theory of Everything.

The film is produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd Films. It is backed by Creative Scotland, Film4 and WestEnd Films, which is also handling world sales.
Robbie Allen, Senior Screen Executive at Creative Scotland, said: “We’re really pleased that Una will premier at Toronto. It provides the ideal platform to launch the international screenwriting career of David Harrower, one of Scotland’s most celebrated playwrights. We’re proud to support David with this film adaptation of his award-winning and acclaimed stage-play, Blackbird.’

[June 13 Blackbird/Una: Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara choose the same rôle ]

Rooney Mara

UK broadcaster Film4 has boarded finance on the drama Blackbird, WestEnd Films is handling international sales and will co-produce alongside August: Osage County producer Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly.

http://www.westendfilms.com/films/current/una-aka-blackbird

http://www.playbill.com/article/blackbird-starring-jeff-daniels-and-michelle-williams-ends-broadway-run

Lead actress in a play: Jessica Lange, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. Lange beat out Laurie Metcalf in Misery, Lupita Nyong’o in Eclipsed, Sophie Okonedo in The Crucible, and Michelle Williams in Blackbird.

[April 25 ]
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Grosses – Week Ending 4/24/2016
Show  BLACKBIRD This Week Gross  $371,241 Last Week Gross  $414,556 Diff $  $-43,315
Potential Gross  $892,260 Gross % Potential  41.6% This Week  64.0% Last Week  62.4%

[March 24]

Blackbird is bringing in less than half of its gross potential each week.  In the last reported week of box office figures, the week ending March 13, 2016, Blackbird brought in $411,984, which represents 46.55% of its gross potential.  With a top ticket price of $248.00, the average paid admission was $63.20, and the audience was filled up to an average of 80.4%.   Ben Brantley from The New York Times was lukewarm in his response to Blackbird, declaring that the work itself is immensely powerful but that this production only occasionally reaches its full potential.  He called the production “fitful” and compared to acting to an earthquake “seismometer,” calling the satisfaction level of watching the performances “low.”

[March 16 ]

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Rooney Mara gets second nomination for Best Actress Oscar

Black Bird

Black Bird limited engagement opened March 10. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through June 12.

Watching Williams work is like seeing a figure from a documentary perform a fictional reënactment of her own life. She shifts between the two realities—what’s true in the world and what’s true onstage—without ever losing sight of her partner. She has control and, even more interesting, no control over where the role carries her. –New Yorker

Review: Michelle Williams soars with Jeff Daniels in Broadway’s disturbing ‘Blackbird’ –NY Daily News

As played with devastating rawness by Williams, she is alternately viperish, vengeful, sarcastic, bizarre, and desperate to reconnect. …Williams’s transparency is such that you take in both images, and many others, as a kind of flickering of the soul: terrifying, hard to square, but inarguably true. –Vulture

Williams is more stylized in her delivery, but there’s no doubt that she is fully experiencing her character’s anguish. Her performance calls attention to itself, but never in a gratuitous way. –LATimes
Her performance as Una is mannered to the point of distraction. It’s as if the sexual abuse her character suffered 15 years ago has caused not only a speech impediment but uncontrollable physical spasms that now affect her walk, gestures, and facial expressions.
As a film actress, Williams can be subtle and nuanced. On stage, she’s the opposite: showy and contrived. The result is an imbalance in performances that seriously undermines the drama between an unrepentant offender and his lost victim. -The Wrap
Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards three times, including one for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in My Weekend With Marilyn [Won Golden Globe]

[February 10]
Blackbird, David Harrower’s hard-hitting two-hander, began previews in Blackbird on February 5, with two shows at the Belasco. The wrenching drama may prove a hard sell to Broadway audiences, but it also stars two bonafide film stars in Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, who will probably aid its fortunes. It performed well out of the gate, filling 91 percent of the seats and taking in 66 percent of its potential box office. Average ticket price was $84.14.
[January 15]
Three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams will play Una in David Harrower’s scorching play ‘Blackbird’ about an encounter between Ray, a male business executive, and Una, the woman he seduced 15 years earlier, when she was 12 years old, opening on Broadway in the spring.
Jeff Daniels will re-create the role he played in the 2007 Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of the 90-minute drama. Also revisiting the play is director Joe Mantello, who staged the earlier production. Michelle Williams recently appeared on Broadway opposite Alan Cumming in Cabaret.

Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre beginning February 5, with opening set for March 10.

Spring also has been mentioned as the release date for the Benedict Andrews-helmed film of the play, also adapted by Harrower and starring Rooney Mara (Carol) and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline). The film is being produced by Jean Doumanian, a frequent Rudin co-producer. Eager to keep the critical momentum from Carol trucking along – for which she won the coveted actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in May – Rooney Mara’s next picture is for Benedict Andrews’ “intense, unflinching” love drama, Una. Previously titled Blackbird up until a recent switcheroo, the film marks the directorial debut for Andrews, who has carved out a career working on stage drama up until this point.
In the film, Mara – known for eye-catching turns in David Fincher’s The Social Network and English-language Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – stars opposite Ben Mendelsohn as a young, wide-eyed woman. Attracting the attention of Mendelsohn’s Ray, Mara’s humble protagonist shows up into his life unannounced, digging up past memories that he believed to have been long buried in the sand. What follows is a passionate, yet illicit affair, one which leaves Ray in jail and Mara’s Una on the search for answers.

[March 10 Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise opens in U.K.[

expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance.

expressive delicacy of Michelle Williams’s headlining performance.

handsomely crafted, sincerely performed wartime weeper.

Entertainment One releases “Suite francaise”in the U.K on March 13; 2015 in the U.S

[November 7 2014 Is Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise coming out this year?]

Michelle Williams’ World War II romance “Suite Francaise” had a “world premiere” at the American Film Market along with 90 other movies, November 5-11.

[August 28]

While it may be easy to get lost in the loveliness of her gown, the Amazing Spider-Man actress also mesmerized us with a new shorter hairstyle. Her hair was inches longer when she arrived in Venice the day before with a shoulder-skimming bob. Then, for the event, Stone had chopped off inches of her auburn locks into a textured choppy 'do.

While it may be easy to get lost in the loveliness of her gown, the Amazing Spider-Man actress also mesmerized us with a new shorter hairstyle. Her hair was inches longer when she arrived in Venice the day before with a shoulder-skimming bob. Then, for the event, Stone had chopped off inches of her auburn locks into a textured choppy ‘do.

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Roundabout
We are pleased to announce that 3-time Academy Award nominee & Golden Globe winner, Michelle Williams has extended her acclaimed run as “Sally Bowles” in Cabaret on Broadway through November 9, 2014.
Posted on: August 20th, 2014 by Roundabout
We are thrilled to announce celebrated film star & Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning Cabaret and make her Broadway debut starring as “Sally Bowles” from November 11, 2014 through February 1, 2015.

May 19, 2013 The Weinstein Company has pre-bought the U.S. rights to the Michelle Williams-starrer Suite Francaise, which starts shooting in June. 27 June, 2013    TF1, Entertainment One, the Weinstein Company and BBC Films have announced the start of principal photography on $20m (€15m) feature Suite Française, which is being shot in Brussels and Paris.
July 23, 2014 I also hear that Suite Française with Michelle Williams [a fictional account of the German occupation of France] will not be boarding a vaporetto. There’s been speculation surrounding Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong project. The director has a long track record in Venice with The Queen and Philomena big hits, but it looks like it’s not ready.    Was Suite Francaise one of the films that was confirmed as being moved to 2015 or is that still us speculating?   The Weinstein Company has settled on release dates for a number of their films going into the fall.   Saul Dibb’s “Suite Francaise” is likely out of the running for 2014.   August 7, 2014  Do we even know if Michelle Williams’s Suite Francaise is coming out this year? There’s been absolutely zero talk about that film. It may be a dud.

The Berlin Film Festival, will be held from Feb. 5 through 15, 2015.

[June 22 Shia LaBeouf had to be put in a face mask because he kept spitting at the show Cabaret]

Shia LaBeouf was charged by police with criminal trespass and two counts of disorderly conduct, and apparently threatened police and other guests at the show Cabaret during intermission. He allegedly told police officers at the Midtown precinct, “Fuck you. I’ll fuck you up.” Police also apparently had to put him in a face mask because he kept spitting.
LaBeouf in a ripped shirt a block away from the theater, was chasing after a man who appeared to be homeless. LaBeouf was stumbling inside the theater in the bar, and feeding a woman a strawberry from her own plate. Shia LaBeouf is an American actor and director who has a net worth of $25 million. The show is an in place, right?

[June 11]

CABARET
(STUDIO 54) 06/08/2014

This Week’s Gross $762,132
Last Week’s $765,328
GrossDiff $-3,196
$Potential Gross $984,920
% of Potential 77.38%

CABARET
(STUDIO 54)
Gross week of May 11: $783,761
Gross last week $628,491
Difference $155,270
Gross potential $977,240
Difference 80.20%

[April 25]

sally bowles/michelle williams

Looking good, Sal; love the platinum bob. But why so uptight? Don’t forget what you always said: “Life is … .” Uh, what was it you said again?

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

NYT The most conspicuous difference in this production is the bright blond actress portraying Sally, a role imperishably created for the Roundabout by Natasha Richardson. The promiscuous, hard-partying Sally is now embodied by a very brave Michelle Williams, who doesn’t look all that happy to be there. I’m assuming that’s more a matter of character interpretation than of personal discomfort, but it does put sort of a damper on the festivities.
Since Ms. Williams’s Broadway debut is the biggest news in this revival of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s oft-reprised 1966 musical, let’s linger on her. As you probably know, she’s a fine screen actress, and very good onstage, too, as I can testify, having seen her in productions of “The Cherry Orchard” and Mike Leigh’s “Smelling a Rat.”
Given that she played Marilyn Monroe in the 2011 film “My Week With Marilyn,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, Ms. Williams obviously knows about wrestling with the ghosts of sexy performances past. But for some reason, she has chosen to tamp down any evidence of spontaneous sensuality.
With a lockjaw Mayfair accent that sometimes has her talking literally out of the side of her mouth and a sustained air of high tension, Ms. Williams’s Sally brings to mind more an anxiously slumming heiress out of Evelyn Waugh than the exuberantly hedonistic Sally of Christopher Isherwood’s “The Berlin Stories,” on which “Cabaret” is based (along with John Van Druten’s play “I Am a Camera”).    Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past below    Though never previously known as a singer or dancer, Ms. Williams does just fine with her musical chores here. (And don’t forget that even though she was played by a top-form Liza Minnelli in the 1972 screen version of “Cabaret,” Sally was never meant to be very talented.)

Leading the Kit Kat girls in nightclub production numbers like “Don’t Tell Mama” and “Mein Herr” with a shiny, metallic vibrato, Ms. Williams comes closer to evoking the musical style of the Depression than any Sally I’ve seen. And for her climactic performance of the show’s title song, she has the shouty power and shell-shocked stare of someone who’s seen the future and knows that it’s terrifying.
But this Cassandra-like aspect is implicit in her performance from the beginning. That means that it’s harder than usual to credit her seduction of the cautious, bisexual Clifford Bradshaw (Bill Heck), who falls for her and the town of Berlin because they’re so much damned fun.

Lee Radziwill & daughter-in-law Carole. Lee’s son Tony married journalist Carole in 1994 and he died of a rare form of cancer five years later

[March 29]

Mendes then

Mr. Mendes sees Sally as a quicksilver upper-middle-class Chelsea girl, happily escaping her past, not the madcap, belt-it-all-out American that Ms. Minnelli brought to life. ”I wanted somebody English, I wanted somebody mercurial, and fair, and effervescent,” said Mr. Mendes, who is co-directing the show with the American choreographer Rob Marshall. ”She believes in her potted dreams of stardom but, most important, she is not a successful singing star. She cannot control her voice. It always seemed odd to me that Liza should be singing in a little dive. She’s a Broadway star.”

Mendes now

[March 25]

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Preview Date: March 21, 2014

Alan Cumming reprises his Tony Award-winning turn as the Emcee in this new staging of Sam Mendes’ revival of Kander and Ebb’s musical, featuring. three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (‘My Week with Marilyn,’ ‘Brokeback Mountain’), making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, ‘Cabaret’ takes audiences to Germany in 1929, to the decadent world of the Kit Kat Klub, where an American writer meets the free-spirited English cabaret singer, as the Nazi movement is on the rise around them.Venue: Studio 54
Cast: Alan Cumming as the Emcee, Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, Linda Emond as Fraulein Schneider, Danny Burstein as Herr Schultz, Bill Heck as Cliff, Aaron Krohn as Ernst, Gayle Rankin as Fraulein Kost, Benjamin Eakeley as Herman, Leeds Hill as Bobby, Dylan Paul as Victor, Evan D. Siegel as Hans, Kaleigh Cronin as Lulu, Andrea Goss as Frenchie, Kristin Olness as Helga, Jessica Pariseau as Texas and Jane Pfitsch as Rosie; Also Will Carlyon, Caleb Damschroder, Kelly Paredes and Stacey Sipowicz

[September 10 2013]

Starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, “Suite Francaise” tells the story of a romance that blooms between a French villager and a German soldier during the German occupation in France in the 1940s.
The film was directed and written by Saul Dibb, best known for his work on “The Duchess,” and also stars Kristen Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruyth Wilson, Margot Robbie, Alexandra Maria Lara and Eileen Atkins. Alexandre Desplat wrote the score, while Xavier Marchand produced the movie on behalf of eOne alongside Romain Brémond from TF1 DA. Michael Kuhn and Andrea Cornwell also served as producers from Qwerty Films, while Harvey Weinstein served as an executive producer alongside BBC Films’ Christine Langan.

Michelle Williams 2009

Michelle Williams 2009

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Only after her death in 1973 was Isherwood prepared to reveal that the inspiration for Sally came from Jean Ross, who in 1931 as a nineteen year old nightclub singer, who shared a lodging house with him.

Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony-winning production of Cabaret. Three-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, , 33. September 9, 2013 ) will be making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles.
The venue was the last home of the show, which ran for more than 2,000 performances from 1998 to 2004. It won the Tony Award in 1998 for best musical revival.

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