Anya Taylor-Joy, Billie Eilish, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan and Disney exec Dana Walden are among the 397 artists and executives invited to join the membership of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. If all of this year’s invitees accept membership, it will bring the total number of Academy members to 10,665, with 9,665 eligible to vote for the 95th Oscars set to take place on March 12, 2023.
The 2022 class is 44% women, 37% belong to underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 50% are from 53 countries and territories outside the United States. There are 71 Oscar nominees, including 15 winners, among the invitees. Some of the big names invited are recent winners Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”) and Troy Kotsur (“CODA”), and nominees Jessie Buckley (“The Lost Daughter”), Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee (“The Power of the Dog”). Also invited are a slew of global artists and artisans such as actors Robin de Jesús (“Tick, Tick … Boom!”), Olga Merediz (“In the Heights”) and Vincent Lindon (“Titane”), director Reinaldo Marcus Green (“King Richard”), screenwriters Jeremy O Harris (“Zola”), Jon Spaihts (“Dune”) and marketing and awards public relations executives Debra Birnbaum of Amazon and Gina Pence of Apple.
Anya Taylor-Joy reveals her secret for crying on command before and then James gives it a spin.
The Super Mario Bros. animated movie is powering up with an all-star voice cast led by Chris Pratt as the iconic Nintendo character. It now has a North American release date of Dec. 21, 2022.
Joining Pratt as Mario are Anya Taylor-Joy (Princess Peach) Charlie Day (Luigi), Jack Black (Bowser), Keegan-Michael Key (Toad), Seth Rogen (Donkey Kong), Fred Armisen (Cranky Kong), Kevin Michael Richardson (Kamek) and Sebastian Maniscalco (Spike).
The Super Mario Bros. film hails from Nintendo and Illumination, with Universal distributing in North America and co-financing with Illumination. Its international rollout will be announced at a later date. The video game giant shared the news during Thursday’s Nintendo Direct presentation.
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, the legendary creator of Mario, will produce the film. Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, the duo behind Teen Titans Go! and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, are directing, while The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Minions: The Rise of Gru screenwriter Matthew Fogel penned the script.
“Mario and Luigi are two of the most beloved heroes in all of popular culture, and we are honored to have the unique opportunity to work so closely with Shigeru Miyamoto and the widely imaginative team at Nintendo to bring these characters to life in an animated movie, unlike any film Illumination has made to date,” said Meledandri in a statement.
“We are collaborating with Chris [Meledandri] and his experienced team to not just create a character licensed film, but a new piece of entertainment which brings Super Mario Bros. to life on the screen, and allows everyone to enjoy whether or not they know about the game,” said Miyamoto in a statement. “The production so far is constructive and going very well, and both parties are learning a lot from each other. We humbly ask that fans wait just a little longer for the premiere, and we hope they look forward to seeing the unique characters from Super Mario Bros. on the big screen.”
Mario first appeared as the protagonist in 1981’s Donkey Kong and first headlined his own game in 1985’s Super Mario Bros. It followed mustachioed plumber Mario and his lanky brother, Luigi, in their quest to save Princess Peach from villain Bowser.
Mario and Luigi infamously appeared in the ill-fated 1993 live-action film Super Mario Bros starring Bob Hoskins as Mario and John Leguizamo as Luigi. Since then, Nintendo has been extremely protective of its IP and rarely allowed it to be adapted by Hollywood, making the new animated Super Mario Bros. movie all the more anticipated. Development on the project dates back to 2017.
The Venice crowd at the Sala Grande theater could not take their eyes off Anya Taylor-Joy during Edgar Wright’s trippy psychological thriller “Last Night in Soho.”
But when the movie ended just after midnight on Saturday and the spotlight shone on the cast to receive applause from the festival attendees, as is tradition, Taylor-Joy was nowhere to be found.
Had she left her own movie?
Director Edgar Wright and Matt Smith applauded along with the crowd — as confusion set into the auditorium. After about a minute, Taylor-Joy (dressed in a pink Dior Haute Couture gown with a matching beret) swung open the doors to the theater’s balcony and quickly returned to her seat, to a swarm of loud applause.
There, she and the cast graciously received a five-minute standing ovation for the genre movie that electrified Venice — as evidenced by the response at the premiere and a stream of strong reviews for the upcoming Universal Pictures release.
Then again, perhaps Taylor-Joy’s momentary absence was appropriate, given the character she plays in the film. To say more would be a violation of Wright’s post on Twitter on Friday, asking Venice audiences not to reveal any spoilers about “Last Night in Soho.”
Here are some loose details that probably would be OK to share. The film centers on a young fashion student, Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), who moves to London to enroll in college. But her new life does not have a smooth start — as Eloise visits the 1960s in her dreams and the script veers, deliciously, into “Black Swan” territory.
Judging from the reception at Venice, “Last Night in Soho” has the potential to be as big as Wright’s “Baby Driver” starring Ansel Elgort, which grossed $227 million worldwide in 2017.
The movie, with its twist and turns, is the kind of edgy studio release that could continue to sell tickets beyond opening weekend based on strong word of mouth. But its success will depend on how the pandemic affects fall box office receipts.
After the audience stopped clapping in Venice, Taylor-Joy removed her mask for a second to say: “Thank you!”
“Last Night in Soho” will play next at the Toronto Film Festival, before opening in theaters in the United States on Oct. 22.
What’s the origin story of Imperator Furiosa, the ferocious warrior played by Charlize Theron in 2015’s blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road”? Director George Miller will tell that story in “Furiosa,” a prequel starring Anya Taylor-Joy as the title heroine.
The Warner Bros. tentpole will start shooting in Australia in August.
In Variety’s Actors on Actors TV issue, Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) spoke to her “Emma” co-star Josh O’Connor (most recently seen playing Prince Charles in “The Crown”) about making “Furiosa.”
“The thing that makes me most excited about ‘Furiosa’ is, No. 1, George Miller,” Taylor-Joy says. “That brain is incredible. I feel so lucky and privileged to spend time with him, and to grow alongside him. I’m also really excited to do something physical. To physically become something else is something that will weirdly give me a lot of peace. I’m quite excited to work hard.”
But Taylor-Joy added that her dad teases her every time she says the character’s name.
“My dad gives me a lot of hell because we speak Spanish, he calls her, ‘Furiosa,’” she says, pronouncing the name with an accent. “And I’m like, it’s an English-speaking film. But, like, ‘OK Daddy.’ I’ve got a grace period until August, and then I will be working back-to-back until mid-2023.”
At 25, Taylor-Joy has been acting steadily since she broke out in the 2015 Sundance indie “The Witch.” She most recently played Beth Harmon, a 1950s chess champion in the Netflix drama “The Queen’s Gambit,” which is expected to be a frontrunner at the Emmys in the fall.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Anya Taylor-Joy and Eileen Gu are the new faces of Tiffany & Co.
The luxury jewellery brand has announced the ‘High Note’ actress, 48, Golden Globe-winner, 25, and model and skier, 17, as their newest global ambassadors.
The trio were photographed by Mario Sorrenti for Tiffany’s brand new T1 jewellery collection, ‘Give Me the T’.
Ross said in a statement: “Growing up, I would often wander through the flagship on Fifth Avenue, imagining myself as a grown woman wearing the bold elegance of Tiffany’s signature diamonds. All these years later, to be the face of this iconic brand and to represent the T1 collection is a dream come true.
“Shooting the campaign was a welcome moment of inspiration and glamour after the challenging year that we’ve all experienced.”
Taylor-Joy said: “I love jewellery that has symbolism in it. I love it to mean something to me. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything to anybody else, but I like to look down at my fingers and have a story.”
Gu added: “Wearing a beautiful piece of jewellery, especially one that is meaningful or motivational in a personal sense, is an inexorable feeling — it’s empowering, inspiring and exciting to express myself, to feel seen and heard without having to utter a single word. I’m obsessed with the balance between elegant simplicity and striking boldness that the new T1 collection offers.”
The latter two are also featured in the brand’s Tiffany Knot campaign, the final collection designed by former artistic director Reed Krakoff.
ollowing her critically acclaimed role in Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy looks to have found her next feature film as she is in negotiations to star in Searchlight’s dark comedy The Menu with Ralph Fiennes recently closing a deal to also star. Mark Mylod, who has played a major part in the HBO series Succession success, will direct. Adam McKay will produce through his Hyperobject Industries banner and will be joined by his partner Betsy Koch to produce.
The film is a darkly comedic psychological thriller set in the world of eccentric culinary culture, centering on a young couple who visit an exclusive restaurant on a remote island where an acclaimed chef has prepared a lavish tasting menu. Taylor-Joy will play one half of the couple and Fiennes playing the chef.
Will Tracy and Seth Reiss penned the script. DanTram Nguyen, Searchlight’s SVP of Production and Searchlight’s director of production Zahra Phillips will oversee for the studio.
Best known for his roles in Schindler’s List, Quiz Show and the Harry Potter franchise and the infamous Voldemort, Fiennes has had busy dance card as of late starting with the Netflix drama The Dig, which bowed in January. He follows that up returning as M in the next James Bond pic No Time To Die and is also set to star in the Kingsman prequel The King’s Man.
After her breakout role in Robert Eggers’ The Witch, Taylor-Joy has begun rising the ranks of young leading ladies and was handpicked to star in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split and its sequel Glass. She became one of the big winners of 2021 when her Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit, about a chess prodigy in the 60s became one of the streamers biggest hits of 2020. She was also recently seen in the Focus Features pic Emma.
She has a busy 2021 ahead of her with starring roles in the Viking drama The Northman, the untitled David O. Russell pic and Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho. She was also tapped to star in the Mad Max spin-off Furiosa in the title role.
Fiennes and Taylor-Joy are repped by CAA. Taylor-Joy is also repped by United Agents and Fiennes is also repped by Dalzell and Beresford.