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‘Babylon’: Margot Robbie and Diego Calva Will Campaign for Lead Oscars Despite Paramount FYC Site Error

‘Babylon’: Margot Robbie and Diego Calva Will Campaign for Lead Oscars Despite Paramount FYC Site Error

Although it hasn’t screened yet for critics or audiences, Paramount Pictures has revealed the awards submissions for Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon.” Initially published on the studio’s FYC site, the release had errors in the acting submissions, listing Brad Pitt as the lead actor and Diego Calva in supporting.

Variety can exclusively report that newcomer Calva and two-time Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya” and “Bombshell”) will both campaign for best actor and best actress, while Oscar-winner Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) will be submitted for supporting actor.

Also listed on the awards site for acting consideration are Jovan Adepo and Tobey Maguire alongside Pitt, while Jean Smart and Li Jun Li are the two actresses vying for supporting.
Also part of the ensemble, which Paramount hopes can land among the five nominees for the SAG Awards top prize, includes P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel and Katherine Waterston.

“Babylon” is a tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, as it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during the early Hollywood era. The star-studded tale, which clocks in at three hours and eight minutes, is an homage to Hollywood’s silent era and captures “humanity at its most glamorous and animalistic,” the director teased at the Toronto Film Festival. But, Chazelle added, “it’s a mostly fictional film.”
Written and directed by Chazelle, who became the youngest best director winner in history for “La La Land” (2016), the film assembled his usual team of artisan masters, which includes composer Justin Hurwitz, cinematographer Linus Sandgren, editor Tom Cross, costume designer Mary Zophres and production and set decorator Florencia Martin and Anthony Carlino.

Produced by Olivia Hamilton, Marc Platt and Matthew Plouffe, “Babylon” is scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 23.

Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Now Going Wide On Dec. 23

The Margot Robbie-Brad Pitt Hollywood yesteryear ensemble is no longer going limited on Christmas, rather wide on Dec. 23 as Sony’s A Man Called Otto switches to a New York-LA engagement on Christmas and a wide break on Jan. 13. Babylon was going to go wide on Jan. 6.

Babylon will open in the wake of 20th Century Studios/Disney’s Avatar: The Way of Water on Dec. 16 and will share the marquee nationwide with such movies as Sony’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and the expansion of United Artists Releasing’s drama Women Talking.

Word is Robbie is amazing in the movie and could very well hook awards season buzz, in addition to Pitt. The pic was shot in Santa Clarita, CA, where many silent and early sound movies were made, i.e. Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Pitt won two Oscars for Best Picture on 12 Years a Slave and Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Robbie was previously nominated in Supporting for Bombshell and Lead Actress for I, Tonya.

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle showed off the first trailer for Babylon at TIFF following a teaser viewing at CinemaCon back in April.

Margot Robbie drives a pink convertible in first look at the Barbie movie

Margot Robbie couldn’t look more like the world’s most famous doll. The much-anticipated new Barbie movie is slated for a July, 2023 release.

The production company also revealed the release date of the much-anticipated film, which is scheduled to hit U.S. cinemas on July 21, 2023. It’s unclear when it’ll be released.

Ryan Gosling To Play Ken Opposite Margot Robbie In ‘Barbie’ Movie.

Margot Robbie’s Barbie movie looks to have found its Ken. Sources tell Deadline that Ryan Gosling is in final negotiations to play the iconic Mattel character in Warner Bros’ movie centered on the classic doll line. Greta Gerwig is directing the pic, with Robbie playing the titular role.

Given his busy schedule, Gosling initially passed on playing the part, but insiders add that as pre-production dragged out and the studio remained persistent with him being their only choice, an opening in his schedule appeared, allowing him to sign on.

With Gosling close to signing on, the film looks to be on the verge of a greenlight, and the hope would be to shoot at the top of 2022. Gerwig co-wrote the script with Noah Baumbach.

Plot details are unknown at this time, but given Gerwig’s track record as a director, one can expect that this won’t be your typical take on the doll’s story.

Robbie is producing the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment production banner along with LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley, Mattel’s Robbie Brenner and David Heyman. LuckyChap’s Josey McNamara and Mattel’s Ynon Kreiz are executive producers.

Margot Robbie on Why Finn Cole Was the Perfect Scene Partner in ‘Dreamland’

While we’re all mighty hyped for Margot Robbie’s upcoming studio releases like The Suicide Squad and her Pirates of the Caribbean movie with Christina Hodson, don’t miss out on her new PVOD release produced under the LuckyChap banner, Dreamland. The movie is a second feature for director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and stars Finn Cole as Eugene Evans, a young man growing up in Texas during the Dust Bowl. When Eugene happens upon a bank robber (Robbie) on the run with a bounty on her head, Eugene must decide whether to turn her in or believe that there’s more to her story than what the authorities claim.

With Dreamland arriving on premium video-on-demand and digital on November 17th, I got the chance to chat with Robbie, Cole and Joris-Peyrafitte about their experience making this ambitious period movie. While I’m sure there were immense challenges along the way, having a “perfect scene partner” must have made a huge difference. Here’s how Robbie described working with Cole:

I would say Finn is literally the perfect scene partner. It’s a really tall order in this film. He has to kind of guide us through it. He really is the center of the film. His journey is the emotional stakes of the entire film so he has to hold the screen when he’s on screen on his own. He’s got so many different dynamics and relationships that are at play here, and then there’s also this Allison and Eugene dynamic.

Not only does Cole knock his own work out of the park, but he also had a significant positive impact on Robbie’s performance as well. Here’s how she put it:

For me, it’s a dream come true when you work with someone who both pushes you but is always there for you and that’s what I found acting with Finn. I was always challenged, I was always caught of guard in the best way, in the way that was always gonna make me better. I feel like we work really well together. We kind of gelled really well. Maybe it’s because we have similar work methods or styles, or because Miles creates that kind of environment on set, but whatever that combination of things were, to have someone there that has your back but is also gonna push you to be better, that’s the dream.

If you’d like to hear more about what it took to bring Dreamland to screen, including how Joris-Peyrafitte crafted one especially stunning shot in the movie, you can check out the full conversation in the video interview at the top of this article. There might be a little Pirates of the Caribbean tease in there for you, too.


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