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A Proposal For Kathryn Bigelow's Next Picture

I snapped this pic in my last hotel room and forgot to share it.

I lol'ed like a crazy person at the time alone in a hotel bathroom because my brain immediately went here:

Breaking: KATHRYN BIGELOW to direct Invitation To Tea starring Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Helen Mirren, Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Julie Andrews. 

No matter what the plot is. I'm in.

Oscar likes to reward people for 'playing against type' but they wouldn't reward Bigelow for doing so in a million years. There's a reason she's the only woman who ever won Best Director (Jane Campion & Sofia Coppola movies are way too girly for Oscar wins) and will be the first to win a second directing nomination as soon as this Thursday.

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I would see this movie in an instant. I'd line up like a Twi-hard. (Saw ZDT last night and I needed a hug from Dame Judi afterward.)

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom M

I imagine Bigelow would sooner want to remarry James Cameron than to direct such a picture, but it does sound like good fun!

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

That's hilarious, Nathaniel! It calls up visons of a "Downton Abbey"-like movie but with Bigelow action sequences, like Dames Maggie and Judi waterboarding Dame Helen in an English country home. But I can actually imagine Bigelow doing a good job of directing "Gosford Park." It's be more intense and angular but very tight and entertaining.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOwen Walter

LMAO How funny this is.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Nice synopsis, Owen. It'd be like Quartet meets Funny Games.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Now I feel like my life will never be complete until I've seen An Invitation to Tea.

Someone must make this happen!!

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterrichie

Yes! Kathryn Bigelow's An Invitation to Tea MUST HAPPEN!

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Awesome idea! Can it also star Dame Angela Lansbury (well, not really a Dame, but she should be), please?

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWill

I would totally go see that!

PS Have we discussed enough how very non-Best Actress type is Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty?

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I have to wonder if Barry Humphries would be in your Bigelow-directed dream project as well. Playing Dame Edna, of course.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul C.

I desperately need Julie Andrews to be in a movie like this! "I could have watched all night..."

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

As long as the idea doesn't get into Garry Marshall's hands... You know that had he directed The Hurt Locker, Mackie's character would've been played by Hector Elizondo.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

LOL at iggy! So true. hehe

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

That would be LADY Plowright to us !

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

Glad you didn't say Lina Wertmüller's Seven Beauties was too girly for an Oscar win.

January 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

LOL! I'm in, too!!!

January 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannibal Lester

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