l. Dakota Johnson

The final installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, hit cinemas last weekend.   While she may be forever synonymous with Anastasia Steele, it’s clear that Dakota Johnson is ready and willing to break away from the franchise.

Next, Johnson will star in a remake of Suspiria, which sounds comparable to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. It’s got a fab cast between Tilda Swinton, Grace Chloe Moretz and Mia Goth, plus all eyes are now firmly on its director, Luca Guadagnino, after his massive success with Call Me By Your Name.

Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, partially based on Thomas De Quincey’s 1845 essay Suspiria de Profundis

Susie Bannion, [Dakota Johnson] a young American woman who travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in 1977, arriving just as one of its members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

 

[ March 11 2015 Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” With Dakota Johnson. Written and directed by Michael Almereyda.]

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Dakota Johnson is stunning as Imogen. Her portrayal is so precise and yet completely carefree. I want to see her onstage with an opportunity to tackle full text in the future. She really is a star.

[January 5 Michelle Williams’ Boerum Hill townhouse sold]

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

 

Michelle Williams’ townhouse in Brooklyn’s coveted Boerum Hill ‘hood was sold in the final days of 2014 to a mysterious corporate entity for $8.8 million – $1.3 million over asking price.

 

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Writer Bar Katz

Writer Bar Katz

Director Paul Thomas Anderson celebrated the life of his close friend and collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman by delivering a touching eulogy at the actor’s funeral in New York on Friday.

The filmmaker cast the actor in three of his films – “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “The Master” – and he helped to pay tribute to his late pal at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola service by sharing his favorite memories, many of which prompted warm laughter from mourners including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and “The Master” co-stars Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix.

“The Wire” star John Doman, who was among the 400 guests at the memorial, tells NBC News, “It was sad, it was celebratory, it was emotional, it was inspirational, it was terrific.”

Playwright Jose Rivera, who worked with Hoffman at the Off Broadway Labyrinth Theater Company, tells the Wall Street Journal, “It was quite beautiful. He (Anderson) just had a lot of very personal and lovely memories of Phil. And he made us all laugh; he quoted Phil extensively and we could kind of hear his voice in the room.”

After the 90-minute service, Hoffman’s coffin was carried out by six pallbearers as his longtime girlfriend, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three young children looked on from the top of the church’s steps.

Other stars in attendance at the funeral included Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Ellen Burstyn, John Slattery, Mary Louise Parker, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei and Spike Lee.

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Michelle Williams visiting family of Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of Synecdoche, who died of an overdose on February 2 2014

Synecdoche New York

Synecdoche New York

[February 6]

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

Heath Ledger, died January 22 2008

The father of the late actor Heath Ledger has attacked reports that Philip Seymour Hoffman helped counsel his son about his supposed “drug addiction”, calling them a “complete and disrespectful fabrication”.
The reports, which surfaced on a website called Popdust and have since been repeated by British tabloid The Daily Mail. But Ledger’s father, Kim, has rubbished the reports.
“This is a complete and disrespectful fabrication of circumstances surrounding any relationship Heath and Philip Seymour Hoffman may have had and very offensive to the memory of Heath for his family and friends,” he said.
“Heath died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs whilst suffering severe pneumonia and sleep deprivation.
“Our thoughts are also with Philip’s family and friends during this tragic time.”
Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment in 2008. The New York City chief medical examiner ruled his death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription medications.

“Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam, and doxylamine,”An initial autopsy on January 23 proved inconclusive at determining Ledger’s cause of death. Heath’s drugs
Six prescription drugs were found, including Ambien, Valium, anti-depressant Zoloft, Xanax, Zoplicone [sic] and Donormyl

Michelle Williams 2008

Ledger was engaged to actress Michelle Williams, whom he met on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Their daughter, Matilda Rose, was born in 2005. The child’s godparents are Ledger’s Brokeback costar Jake Gyllenhaal and Williams’ Dawson’s Creek castmate Busy Phillips. The family home was in Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill section at the corner of Hoyt and Dean.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera  congregated outside the house.

Reporters and camera congregated outside the house.

blogknowsbrooklyn comments The temperature in January was cold, often below freezing and the wind was brisk. Michelle Williams was filming and had Matilda with her. Williams, 27, made a stop in Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, before traveling on to New York. She arrived at her Brooklyn home January 23. Reports claim Williams was with her mother, Carla, and actress Busy Philipps. Someone is at the door in this picture.


Metal fences placed at a goodly distance from the townhouse to keep the media at bay. Photographers were equipped with long lenses. Reporters with furry hoods.

This crowd gathered outside Heath Ledger’s bachelor apartment in Manhattan’s Soho section on Broome Street at Crosbie at noon on January 25, 2008. another crowd

The apartment, where he died on January 22, 2008, is quite near Broadway and south of Houston – an area of clothing shops and restaurants.

The journalists also gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home on Manhattan’s East Side.

Heath Ledger’s body was transported here, at Madison and 81st, after the police autopsy.

The crowds still gather at the apartment where a fan shrine continues.

[November 20 2011]

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

Billie Burke, 1939 Glinda

 

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche

Michelle Williams at Cannes for Synecdoche 2008

Michelle Williams will have a ‘fresh take’ on Glinda the good witch in her new movie Oz: The Great and Powerful.
The actress is currently shooting the film, which acts as a prequel to all the previous Wizard of Oz movies, including the 1939 Judy Garland classic.
my Glinda is where she’s starting out.”

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Michelle Williams March 2013

Michelle Williams March 2013

Domestic: $226,152,000

[April 24]
Domestic: $224,099,056 46.8%
+ Foreign: $254,800,000 53.2%
= Worldwide: $478,899,056

[April 7]
Fifth weekend 7th place
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $212,606,952 46.8%
+ Foreign: $241,300,000 53.2%
= Worldwide: $453,906,952

[April 1]
Oz The Great and Powerful, fourth weekend, rounded out the Top Five with $11.7 million, which is off 46 percent from last weekend. It’s now grossed $198.4 million, and in the next day or two it will become the first 2013 movie to pass $200 million.
Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful jumped the $400 million in its fourth weekend of play at the global box office. The tentpole, placing No. 5 in North America, has now earned $198.3 million domestically and $214 million internationally for a total $412.3 million, by far the best showing of 2013 to date. The term tent-pole refers to a motion picture expected to hold up (as is the function of a tent pole) and balance out the financial performance of a movie studio.

[March 25]
Down two spots to third place, Disney’s $215 million Sam Raimi-directed adventure Oz The Great and Powerful fell 47 percent to $22 million in its third weekend, lifting its total to $177.6 million overall. Worldwide, the film has earned $356.4 million, Europe has proved once again that it loves big-budget U.S. family movies with lots of CGI. Oz the Great and the Powerful took the number one spot in virtually every European territory last frame including France, Germany, Spain and the UK. ($178.8 million) .

[March 17]
Franco’s Oz the Great and Powerful remained the top movie for the second straight week. Even though it lost 47 percent of last week’s business, it still earned an estimated $42.2 million, far and away enough for first place and a ten-day total of $145.0 million.

Michelle Williams is the good witch, Glinda

Michelle Williams will be the good witch, Glinda

Oz the Great and Powerful worked its magic on a slumping box office, grossing an estimated $80.3 million in its Friday-Sunday debut, its studio reported.
The opening-weekend number is easily the biggest of the year, and the third-largest ever for a March release, behind only The Hunger Games and Johnny Depp’s Alice in Wonderland.
The massively expensive Wizard of Oz prequel, starring James Franco, was graded a B-plus by audiences polled by CinemaScore.
Overseas, Oz picked up just shy of $70 million, and brought its three-day, worldwide total to $150.2 million.
The start puts the 3-D-powered fantasy well on the road toward exceeding its reputed $215 million budget; it gets it about half-way toward the eye-popping $325 million number that reportedly represented its combined production and marketing costs.

[April 5. 2012]
Earlier, Sam Raimi is putting the finishing touches on Oz:The Great And Powerful at Disney. Rachel Weisz was committed to reshoots on “Oz.” Raimi’s take on the world of the Wizard of Oz remains a big mystery, since we haven’t heard or seen much from the set, but the new movie will go back to the source material, instead of building on the famous film.

“It’s absolutely separate from the classic film. Frank L. Baum wrote ten or so volumes of the whole mythology of the Emerald City, Oz, et cetera, so this is the story of how the wizard got there. So it’s pre-Dorothy,” . “It’s really nothing to do with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in a sense. It’s much, much earlier.” The Great And Powerful” Though Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion still look young, the characters in Baum’s story are almost 110 years old — which would seem to put them in the realm of public domain. Warner Bros., who owns the rights to the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” filed a trademark registration for “The Great and Powerful Oz.” That may complicate things for Disney, which is producing “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” and filed their own trademark registration a week before.
“Oz” came to Pontiac because it was approved for a $40-million Michigan film tax credit in 2010. Sam Raimi and Josh Donen will fold their Stars Road Entertainment banner when their Sony Pictures deal expires at the end of August. They’ve been together for seven years, since Donen left CAA and went from being Raimi’s agent to being his partner. There’s no acrimony, the partnership simply ran its course.

 

Barbie Glinda

Barbie Glinda

Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams

Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams


Mila Kunis [Милена Кунис] reportedly cast as Theodora, the eventual Wicked Witch of the West, alongside James Franco in director Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the classic story, The Wizard of Oz.
Raimi has been adamant about casting two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Wicked Witch of the East in the film. However, Vulture is also informed that Disney is strongly opposed to such an idea. The studio has been pushing Raimi to offer the part to Michelle Williams, herself a two-time Oscar nominee, most recently for the Weinstein Co.’s ’s Blue Valentine