“Hidden Figures” just landed a new release date: December 25, which some of you reading at home may recognize at Christmas Day. The qualifying run will make Theodore Melfi’s film about three black women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe) who played a pivotal role at NASA in the early 1960s eligible for the Academy Awards. It will then go into wide release on January 6, up a week from the original date of January 13.
A few clips from “Hidden Figures” were screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, but the drama has yet to have its official world premiere.
Kirsten was a stunner last night when she arrived at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, where she was nominated as Best Actress in a Limited Serie – which winner was Sarah Paulson. Kirsten wore a magnificent Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Haute Couture dress.
Earlier this week FOX released the first trailer for Hidden Figures, the movie starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer that tells the true story of a group of female African-American mathematicians who used their considerable talent to aid NASA during the crucial years of the Space Race.
Co-starring Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell and Kevin Costner, “Hidden Figures” opens on January 13, 2017. But with eyes on the awards season, the studio will be bringing the movie to TIFF where they’ll screen footage, host a Q&A, and present a live concert featuring Pharrell Williams and other artists from the soundtrack. The reception at TIFF will determine whether or not Fox decides to roll the movie out in December in limited release before going wide on January.
Kirsten Dunst is set make her feature film directorial debut with The Bell Jar, an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s famed 1963 novel. Dakota Fanning has been set to play the lead role of Esther Greenwood in the pic, which Dunst has co-written with Nellie Kim. The Stanford Prison Experiment producer Priority Pictures optioned remake rights from Studio Canal, and production is eyed to start in first-quarter 2017.
The Bell Jar is set in the 1950s and follows Greenwood, who takes an internship at a magazine in New York City and, after she returns home to Boston, begins to suffer from mental illness. A 1979 movie adaptation of the book was directed by Larry Peerce and starred Marilyn Hassett.
Dunst has directed a pair of short films: Welcome starring Winona Ryder and John Hawkes, which was screened at Sundance; and Bastard starring Brian Geraghty and Lukas Haas which screened at Tribeca and Cannes.
Last Thursday (14) the Television Academy unveiled the nominees for its 68th Annual Emmy Awards, and Fargo received an impressive and well deserved 18 nominations for its second installment, including Best Actress (to Kirsten), Supporting Actor (to Jesse Plemons and Bokeem Woodbine), Supporting Actress (to Jean Smart), Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Casting, Cinematography and Writing.
Kirsten talked to LA Times right after the nominations.
It’s a good day for “Fargo.”
Yes. We’re all texting each other: “So happy!” It’s a great group of people and I feel like what Noah [Hawley] does with “Fargo,” it’s so well-deserved and he’s such a genius. It’s just so nice to be recognized for something that you’re proud of, because that doesn’t always go hand-in-hand.
Are you celebrating?
I will later, I guess. I’m in Santa Fe. I’ll buy myself some turquoise, maybe. Go look at some art.
Peggy took an unexpected journey on the series.
That’s a tribute to Noah and his writing team. I knew from the beginning it was going to be special. The writing on that show is so great and the character was so unique. Things just don’t get written that often for women to play. It was just so fun and there was so much for me to do and play in that role.
The award ceremony will be held on Sept. 18 at the Microsoft Theater, and will air live on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel acting as host.