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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

March 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

What’s next for the Oscar winners?

Last post on Oscars, I promise — and this is more of a news update, on what might be the next projects we see from the newly minted statuette owners (all of whom, I should note, are first-time winners):
Colin Firth, who impressively managed to get through the award season with his dignity entirely intact, will be on screen late this year in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” based on the John le Carre spy novel and also starring Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy. He’ll also shoot “Gambit” this spring, alongside Cameron Diaz; it’s a remake of a 1966 Michael Caine heist film.
Natalie Portman, as you may have heard, is having a baby, which has put a halt to new projects for now. But, as if having three films open in theaters in the last three months isn’t enough, she’s got two more in the can: the medieval comedy “Your Highness,” coming in April, and the superhero epic “Thor,” opening in May.
Christian Bale will, of course, don the Batsuit for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” shooting later this year (with Oscar hostess Anne Hathaway as Catwoman) and opening in theaters in July 2012. He’s currently shooting the action film “The 13 Flowers of Nanjing” for director Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers”) in China.
Melissa Leo, after playing Bale’s mother in “The Fighter,” will play fellow nominee Jesse Eisenberg’s mother in “Predisposed,” a comedy about a drug-addicted mother and her college-bound son. She’s also in talks to star on Broadway in a revival of the William Inge play “Picnic.”
Tom Hooper, director of “The King’s Speech,” is said to be mulling several projects; one a long-dormant adaptation of the novel “Tulip Fever” (fun fact: screenwriter Christopher Hampton told me, in a 2007 interview, that he’d been hired to adapt this Deborah Moggach novel but was fired for writing a screenplay too faithful to it), another a screen version of the musical “Les Miserables.”
And James Franco will next . . . well, that’s anyone’s guess. Bye-bye, Oscar. See you next year.

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