“Grace of Monaco” and SXSW Doc Favorite Head to Theaters


A scene from Grace of Monaco.

Nicole Kidman's Grace of Monaco Heads to Theaters
Speculation is still out whether it will be finished in time to premiere at the upcoming Festival de Cannes, but Nicole Kidman's starring role as Grace Kelly will have a limited theatrical run starting December 27, just in time for awards season. Directed by Olivier Dahan, Kidman plays the Hollywood star who married Monaco's reigning Prince Renier III (played by Tim Roth). Milo Ventimiglia, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega and Derek Jacobi also star in the film, THR reports.

SXSW Documentary Favorite Heads to Theaters
Lotfy Nathan's debut feature documentary, 12 O'Clock Boys, screened in competition at the recent SXSW Film Festival, where it had its World Premiere. The film, which spotlights Baltimore's notorious urban dirt bike pack, known as the 12 O'Clock Boys, will next head to Hot Docs and Full Frame Documentary Festivals. Distributor Oscilloscope will take the nonfiction feature to more festivals before rolling it out for theatrical, DVD and digital release. The company picked up North American rights to the film.

James Cameron Donates Deep Sea Explorer to Science
The Oscar-winning filmmaker and explorer donated his one-man submarine in which he traveled to the deepest part of the ocean last year to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), timed to the one-year anniversary of his dive into the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench. That dive took him downward for just over two and-a-half hours in an expedition inspired by the same fascination for ocean exploration that prompted him to make Titanic and The Abyss, The Guardian reports.

Helen Mirren Nominated for Playing the Queen in U.K.'s Olivier Awards
Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears' 2006 film, The Queen, which debuted at the New York Film Festival. Now she is up for Best Actress for playing the British monarch in the West End play, The Audience, which spotlights the Queen's relationship with her string of Prime Ministers during her 60-year reign. Also up for Oliviers, Britain's version of the Tony's, are James McAvoy for Best Actor for Macbeth, Rupert Everett for Best Actor in The Judas Kiss and Kristin Scott Thomas for Best Actress in Old Times, Deadline reports.

Wadjda to Open Gulf Film Festival
The award-winning drama by Haifaa al Mansour will open the sixth annual Gulf Film Festival on April 11. The film took prizes in Venice, Rotterdam and Dubai. Set in Saudi Arabia, the film centers on a young girl who challenges traditional sex roles. It is one of the first films legally made in the oil-rich kingdom. Screen Daily reports.

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