Tuesday, 7 January 2014

LADIES FIRST: Oscar winner Mo'Nique's latest film role announced + Jane Campion to chair Cannes festival jury

READY FOR ACTION: After bagging an Oscar for her dynamite portrayal of a vicious mother in Lee Daniels' Precious, Mo'Nique all but disappeared from the Hollywood scene. Turns out she's been hard at work prepping for her next screen appearance, a starring role in Blackbird, opposite Isaiah Washington. An adaptation of Larry Duplechan's novel about a young singer coming to terms with his own sexuality in a Southern Baptist town, the film is written and directed by Patrik-Ian Polk (The Skinny, Noah's Arc) and is due in theatres later this year. 

WOMAN IN CHARGE: The first female director to win the highly coveted Palm D'Or at Cannes, Jane Campion has been tapped to serve as jury chairman for this year's staging of the France-hosted film bash. Steven Spielberg chaired last year's iteration of the annual festival, arguably the most glamorous of its kind in the world. Campion's numerous honours include Academy Awards for The Piano, which won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay honours in 1992. Last year's Palm D'Or went to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, while previous winners include such spellbinding releases as the Michael Haneke-directed marital drama Amour

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