The “Still Alice” winner, hot off her awards season clean sweep for playing a linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s, has wrapped Peter Sollett’s (“Raising Victor Vargas”) bio-drama “Freeheld.” She plays real-life, trailblazing New Jersey copy Laurel Hester who, before dying in 2006, fought for pension benefits for domestic partners. Best Actor nominee Steve Carell costars.
On November 20, she will reprise her “Hunger Games” role as sangfroid District 13 President Alma Coin in “Mockingjay – Part 2.” Heading into pre-production is novelist and filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s (“The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”) Manhattan romantic comedy of manners “Maggie’s Plan” opposite Greta Gerwig and Clive Owen, and Best Supporting Actor nominee Ethan Hawke.
The chuffed Best Actor winner for “The Theory of Everything” can currently be seen in the Wachowski-directed sci-fi bomb “Jupiter Ascending.” But he’s also filming what already sounds like a tailor-made Oscar role in Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” slated for 2016. He plays 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. With the Hooper namesake and an international cast including Belgian babe Matthias Schoenaerts and American actress Amber Heard, “Danish Girl” could be Redmayne’s next awards vehicle.
The predicted “Boyhood” Supporting Actress recipient used her Oscar pulpit on Sunday to deliver a rousing plea for gender equality in the workspace. Though fanning the flames of controversy ever since, including even feminists’ complaints, Arquette is getting back to work on her ecological charity GiveLove.org.
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In retrospect, given her new Oscar luster, she probably didn’t need to return to her TV roots by signing on to headline CBS’ March-premiering “CSI: Cyber” as a cybercrime-fighting Special Agent. (But then again, her long-running “Medium” nabbed Arquette three Emmy noms and a 2005 win for best actress in a drama.) Arquette will reclaim lead status in Lisa Zane’s upcoming directorial debut “Woman on a Train” as a vindictive wife who seduces her husband’s 19-year-old mistress.
A longtime character actor in both film and TV, Simmons won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as the domineering music teacher in “Whiplash.” And he’s got a ton of future work on the docket. He has wrapped Alan Taylor’s “Terminator” reboot “Genisys” and the sprawling international family drama “Worlds Apart” from Greek director Christoforos Papakaliatis. Standup comic odyssey “Still Punching the Clown” with Henry Phillips and Sarah Silverman is currently filming, and he has a voice part in animated fantasy “Rock Dog” and a role in Gavin O’Connor’s (“Jane Got a Gun”) illicit book-cooking drama “The Accountant.” Simmons will also appear in indie turned studio director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s King Kong prequel “Kong: Skull Island,” slated for 2017.
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The Oscar champion who snapped up three Oscars for “Birdman” (Picture, Director and Screenplay) — which also won Emmanuel Lubezki his second consecutive cinematography Oscar — quickly made his way back to British Columbia bright and early Monday morning to resume shooting “The Revenant.” This 1820s-set frontier thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a man who seeks revenge after surviving a bear mauling, where he’s left for dead. Hot UK leading men Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson also star, and it’s also shot by Lubezki.
As announced in summer 2014, just ahead of “Birdman”‘s explosive Venice and Telluride premieres, Starz gave a straight-to-series order for writer/creator Iñárritu’s first TV effort “The One Percent.” He will direct the first two episodes of this serial tale of a farmer (Ed Helms) struggly to eke out a living for his family until a bizarre turn of fate changes everything. Ed Harris and Hilary Swank costar in “The One Percent,” which reunites the Mexican filmmaker with his fellow Oscar-anointed writer-producers Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolás Giacobone and Armando Bo.
The baby-faced Oscar rookie won Best Adapted Screenplay for his once-blacklisted screenwriting debut “The Imitation Game.” Originally a novelist, his 2010 book “The Sherlockian” was a New York Times bestseller, inspiring him to crack the pages on a new in-progress novel, which he hinted to TOH! at the Writers Guild Awards on Valentine’s Day, where he was also an adapted screenplay winner. At the Santa Barbara Film Festival, Moore, 33, revealed that he’s writing an HBO pilot for Michael Mann. And that’s all he could say at this time.