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"Gloria" and "Magdalene" First Looks!

Chris here, with first looks for two of our most beloved actresses. The first is far less dramatic than those fabulous smoking set photos, but comes with some dramatic backstory: Mary Magdalene. Here we see Rooney Mara's biblical woman gorgeous and windblown between smoke breaks...

The film reunites Mara with her Lion director Garth Davis and was originally scheduled for this year before being shuttled to 2018 The Weinstein Co. prior to the landmark revelations about Harvey Weinstein. They had slated the move to an Easter-friendly March 30, but it remains to be seen if the floundering company will still release the film. If not, there should be no trouble for the film to find a new home - Warner Bros. was quick to snatch Paddington 2 from the indie house.

Meanwhile it's one of our other favorites that gets to indulge in a smoke. That shadowy figure below is none other than Julianne Moore in Sebastián Lelio's remake of his own film Gloria. We're fans of the original around The Film Experience, and it will be interesting to see how Lelio adapts his film about a lovelorn woman in her 50s. The Chilean director has had an ambitious few years - he has this year's Chilean Oscar submission A Fantastic Woman, next year's Disobedience (which I saw at TIFF and has a great performance from Rachel McAdams), and also his own remake in the English language. If you haven't caught up to Gloria, it's currently available on Hulu! Are you excited for these two films?

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Sony Pictures is actually distributing Mary Magdalene in the U.S. now.

November 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

They're remaking Gloria!?!?! I don't know whether to be extremely excited or extremely upset. The Spanish-language version is one of my most beloved films of the past 10 years.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I really hope she surprises me, but Moore is wrong for this role. This would need a younger Diane Keaton, maybe Annette Bening, somebody capable of a light touch while playing dramatic scenes. I love Julianne Moore, but can you name here a great comedy scene played by her? She is not light. I fear she'll make it more dramatic than the original, just like Jodie Foster in God of Carnage - superb in drama, mediocre in comedy.

That's it. They should have cast Marcia Gay Harden!

(But go, Moore)

One more thing: Juliette Binoche just delivered what is arguably the best performance of her career in very very Gloria-like character in Claire Denis' Let The Sunshine In. Stay tuned. You'll be FLOORED by that performance.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Moore should stay away from sequels and remakes (Oscar winner Julianne Moore, BTW).

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

Hmm. The first image seems to be evoking Mary Magdalene as beautiful white woman on dreamy colonial holiday. This will not be good for what people are already saying about this film. Lion did not quite do justice to the complex racial politics. It's not looking good for this one either.

Agree with the sentiments about Gloria. First: why remake it?! But then, Julianne Moore in a great role directed by the same director as the original: yes! Could they make Gloria the next batman?! Throw in a new 50+ actress to reinterpret the role every few years? (Now that I say this I'm feeling like someone on the site has already suggested it. Ah, like a choir of angels are we). Yes please.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

Moore was the female lead in The Great Lebowski, which is considered one of the all-time great screen comedies. Just in recent years, she starred in Maggie's Plan, The Kids Are All Right (in which she had the more comedic role than Bening) and Crazy, Stupid, Love. She had a great arc on 30 Rock. She has proven herself more than capable of being funny on-screen.

I know people really would like to see Bening win an Oscar - I would, too - but the stanning for her is starting to become tiresome.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I think I'm interested in the new Gloria - but I sort of wish it had been made 15-20 years ago with Marsha Mason (that said, I think Moore has the range/chops to pull it off).

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

I don't like the original Gloria but LOVE A Fantastic Woman so I'm excited for whatever Lelio will do with his own remake.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJija

Moore is not the female lead in Lebowski. She has a proeminent supporting role and she is not responsible for any of the reasons why the movie is that funny.

But the point is not about being funny in a sitcom. You have to be funny in an self-ctiticizing way while hinting a darker layer. I've never seen Moore doing that. Gloria's Hollywood version should be just like Julia Louis Dreyfus in Enough Said, but played by Diane Keaton.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I am sorry, but when I think or Moore's 10 or 15 greatest performances, most of them make me cry! She's not Meryl Streep, who can go from Sophie's Choice to The Devil Wears Prada.

That said, I am not dissing Moore. I do think she belongs to the top 3 of dtamatic actress of the last 30 years - the others being Binoche, the best of the best, and Huppert.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

I know people really would like to see Bening win an Oscar - I would, too - but the stanning for her is starting to become tiresome.

Bish please. I live in Meryl Streep hell.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Emily Watson would have been a much better choice for the remake of Gloria

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

I thought only str8 people thought TBL was a gr8 comedy we have To Wong Foo.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Aaron - that's great! I hadn't found anyone picking it up. Now I wonder who will get The Current War

November 28, 2017 | Registered CommenterChris Feil

@/3rtful Get off the Streep hater person… it is tiresome. In fact you are tiresome.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergrrr

Rooney Mara made a public apology for taking the role of Tiger Lily, "an Indian princess". She said the right things about white actors taking on roles of other ethnicities and races.

And here she is, doing it again. What do you think about a person who makes a perfunctory obligatory apology and yet continues the exact same behaviour?

And no, I don't want to see another white Jesus movie.

November 28, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteradri

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