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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 14, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Kate Winslet does “Mildred Pierce,” and more movie news

Haven’t done a movie-news roundup in a little while, so here’s one for the weekend:
–The great Kate Winslet, who’s been taking her time announcing a post-“Revolutionary Road” project, is now attached to a miniseries version of “Mildred Pierce,” based on the James M. Cain novel of a long-suffering mother (previously brought to the screen as a Joan Crawford vehicle). Todd Haynes (“I’m Not There,” “Far from Heaven”) will write and direct. The project doesn’t yet have a home, but Variety reports that HBO seems a likely candidate.
— Bryan Singer, the man who made music of the “X-Men” and “Superman” franchises (and, well, did his best with “Valkyrie”), is taking on another big name: He’ll direct a movie version of the 1970s TV series “Battlestar Galactica,” according to Variety.
— In the Raised Eyebrows department, Disney announced this week that David Mamet was at work on a new screenplay based on Anne Frank’s famous diary. Yes, the David Mamet of “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Heist,” whose films usually do not feature the kind of language associated with Anne Frank, or Disney for that matter. Perhaps the Disney gang watched Mamet’s lovely, G-rated 1999 film, “The Winslow Boy.” Stay tuned; this could be interesting.
— And finally, remember this name: Carey Mulligan. You have likely never heard of her, though she was one of the younger Bennet sisters in “Pride & Prejudice” and had a small role in “Public Enemies.” But, when “An Education” hits theaters this fall, many will know her name; it’s both a lovely coming-of-age tale and a perfect coming-out party for a gifted young actress. And she just got signed for “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” as Shia LaBoeuf’s love interest. Here’s the face, to go with the name:

(Photo credit: Kerry Brown, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
Wishing Carey, and all of you, a most lovely weekend . . .

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