I’ve added some promotional stills from Maggie’s 2 upcomming movies Crazy Heart and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.
In a story from Variety, it looks like Fox Searchlight is going to bring out the Jeff Bridges-Maggie Gyllenhaal film Crazy Heart on December 16. The studio wants to make it available for an awards run.
Scott Cooper directed this project.
Crazy Heart tells the tale of boozing and beat-up country singer Bad Blake (Bridges), who finds who he really is with the help of a young journalist (Gyllenhaal).
Cooper adapted the script from Thomas Cobb’s novel. Robert Duvall also stars is this film.
Fox Searchlight bought the film in July.
We knew Fox Searchlight was in love with “Crazy Heart,” the low-budget country music drama that stars Jeff Bridges as a faded, booze-fueled singer named Bad Blake who’s trying to get his career back on track. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Scott Cooper, the film costars Maggie Gyllenhaal (playing a small-town reporter), Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell.
Searchlight acquired the film in July, taking it off the market with a low seven-figure bid, enamored by the film’s acting and nuanced storytelling. Its original plan was to release the movie in the spring of 2010. But the studio must be smelling award-season gold, because my sources say the movie is moving into Oscar territory, with Searchlight now planning a limited Dec. 11 release in Los Angeles and New York before taking the film wider early next year.
Since Searchlight’s only serious Oscar contender, as of now, is its well-reviewed summer release, “(500) Days of Summer,” the studio must be betting that Bridges — always a favorite with the academy, especially as he’s aged into Nick Nolte-style gray-bearded grizzly guy — could land some best actor nominations. Searchlight suddenly sent out screening notices today, another tipoff that the movie is looking for some early word-of-mouth enthusiasm from the blogosphere.
My favorite movie-music magician, T Bone Burnett, supervised the film’s soundtrack, so I’m betting it will have some real C&W authenticity. As soon as I get a chance to see it, I’ll report in on whether we’ve got another serious Oscar candidate or not.
Actor PETER SARSGAARD is hoping to move away from his wife MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL’s native New York – insisting the couple should raise its family in a quieter city.
The longterm couple wed in May (09) and share a home in Brooklyn, where they raise three-year-old daughter Ramona.
However, Illinois-born Sarsgaard admits as their little girl grows older he’s more keen for a change of pace – in his personal and professional lives.
He tells the New York Post, “Down the line, maybe someday I’d like to live in the Pacific Northwest. Trees, water, fewer people. And write. I’d like to write fiction.”
As you can see we now have a beautiful new layout up! I wanted to make a layout featuring pictures from Maggie’s Marie Claire photoshoot so that’s what I did. I think it came out pretty good, a fresh girly layout. There’s a few errors that still needs to be fixed and I’ll get that done eventually. For now just enjoy the new layout.
Maggie Gyllenhaal swans into the New York Film Festival premiere of An Education held Monday at NYC’s Paris Theater wearing a strapless black pantsuit that shows off her toned shoulders. She greets two guests with kisses on the cheek, and gleefully strikes up conversations.
When opening remarks take place, she peers into the theater from her post in the hallway, and I catch a glimpse of her sparkling right-hand diamond ring.
The towering, blue-eyed beauty pumps her fist, and gives a supportive “woo-hoo” to cheer on husband Peter Sarsgaard, who stars in the film as a 30-something man attempting to seduce a 16-year-old girl away from her education and into his glitzy world of classical concerts, art auctions and late-night dinners.
Tonight, her only role is to be a loving wife.“I’m extremely proud of him,” Maggie tells me.
(Wow! She talked. This is truly an occasion. I am amazed.)
Although Peter makes a late entrance and doesn’t do press, the drama’s other stars — Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper and Alfred Molina — are pleased to fill the void.
Carey, who tells me it’s “surreal” that Anna Wintour called her “stunning and talented,” may just be Hollywood’s next It girl. She is rumored to be dating her Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps co-star Shia LeBeouf, but doesn’t want to get personal even though she plays the young girl wooed away by an older man in the film.
The Prada-clad British actress, 24, tells me her parents aren’t overprotective or strict when it comes to meeting boyfriends.
But like Shia, she does have a wild side.
“I threw a house party when I was 16, and it was a superhero party, so everybody had to come dressed as a superhero,” she says. “And the police came twice because there was lots of noise. My parents came back in the morning not too impressed, but I didn’t do anything bad. It was just a little bit rowdy.” She laughs, “I was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.”
Hopefully Shia is a gentleman, because Carey adores the politeness perks of the ‘60s that her character enjoys in the film.
“It’s nice to have the door held open, and they do it when they’ve got their hands full,” she says. “In real life, it’s harder to get them to do that.”
Also not discussing his romance is Dominic Cooper, who has been linked to Jennifer’s Body/Mama Mia!/Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried. While he nixes what it was like when he met her parents for the first time, he feigns regret over never having an affair with a much-older woman.
“I didn’t get a chance to do that,” the Brit actor says with a smirk. “It’s quite upsetting, really.”
He admits he was “lost” at age 17.
“I was misbehaving, and not taking responsibility,” he says. “I was not listening to anything I should have been. I feel regretful for not appreciating more of the things that were offered to me such as the stuff the teachers were prepared to teach me. Why wasn’t I more interested? I was sitting in the room, and they were telling me things that I didn’t know, but I, for some reason, wasn’t interested.”
He continues, “I found it quite a difficult time because I found the decisions you’re supposed to make at that age to be quite monumental – well, you’re certainly made to feel that way during school. ‘What are you doing with your life? What do you want your career to be? How are you going to end up?’ If you don’t know, you get into a bit of a panic. So, I was quite worried. Thank God someone mentioned going to drama school. I left it too long, and I only managed to get into one. That’s when I had some sort of direction. Everyone else was establishing what they wanted to be, and going off to university. It was quite worrying.”
Alfred Molina, who plays the father, never saw Peter and Maggie’s three-year-old daughter Ramona on set, but calls the couple “very nice.”
The actor also worked with Jake Gyllenhaal in the forthcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Of Reese Witherspoon and boyfriend Jake, he says, “They seemed very happy. They’re a very nice couple.”
Working with both Peter and Jake was “like a family affair,” he says.
And they’re off: Maggie joins Peter and the cast for dinner while the New York Film Festival crowd enjoys the film.
An Education is in select theaters beginning October 16.