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Paramount Dates ‘Florence Foster Jenkis,’ Confirms ‘Fences’ With Denzel Washington and More — Indiewire’s Tuesday Rundown

Paramount Dates 'Florence Foster Jenkis,' Confirms 'Fences' With Denzel Washington and More — Indiewire's Tuesday Rundown

During their panel at CinemaCon last night, Paramount Pictures announced the official release date for Meryl Streep’s next possible awards contender, “Florence Foster Jenkis.” In the film, Streep plays the eponymous New York City socialite whose soprano vocal skills earned her the title of the worst vocalist of all time. Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson co-star. Paramount will release the film on August 12.

Read below for more of today’s breaking news stories:

– The Sarasota Film Festival announced its 2016 awards at a raucous ceremony held at the Sarasota Opera House. Winners included “Men & Chicken,” “Cameraperson” and “Ma.” Check out the full list of winners here.

– To make the Discovery Channel reality show suitable for family television viewing, five full-time visual effects artists labor behind the scenes. Head over to The New York Times for more information.

Denzel Washington has been teasing his film adaption of “Fences” for quite some time, but Paramount finally made the film official last night, announcing Washington will direct and star alongside Viola Davis. The pair won Tony Awards for their performances in the play’s 2010 Broadway revival. “Fences,” which tells the story of a Pittsburgh garbage collector who was once a prominent athlete, will be Washington’s third outing behind the camera following “The Great Deabaters” and “Antwone Fisher.”

– One of the biggest titles of the fall is Robert Zemeckis’ WWII drama starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film had been speculated to be titled “Five Seconds of Silence,” but Paramount revealed last night at CinemaCon that the movie is actually called “Allied.” The film is currently in production and has a release date already set for November 23.

Watch the “Florence Foster Jenkins” trailer below…

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