It seems like yesterday that “Spotlight” was making it’s award season rounds in January, but it’s already the last day of the year which means that it’s time for our annual year in review post. We will give you a summary and review of Rachel’s career in 2016, and what an amazing year we can look back on! It has been a busy year with “Spotlight” taking award season by storm – and earning Rachel her very first Academy Award nomination! – and release of “Doctor Strange” and the documentary “Sonic Sea“. Further, “The Little Prince” finally was released in the United States.
Read our full review after the jump/inside.
News is going slowly this past few weeks. Deadline reported earlier this month that actor Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of “Disobedience“. Nivola will play Rachel’s husband and seem to confirm the news by retweeting it on his official twitter account. As previously reported filming is expected to start after the holidays, on January 3.
Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.
Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.
Fun fact: Rachel was spotted in the audience of Othello at New York Theater Workshop New York earlier this week. This adaptation of Othello stars Rachel Weisz’s husband Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.
While Isla Fisher was on the Today Show she revealed a “Wedding Crashers” sequel might be happening, as we reported last weekend. Now, Deadline and Variety are confirming the news. The latter is reporting the movie is in “early development”. Both are reporting New Line found screenplay writers. No deal has been made, but Deadline is reporting they are planning or bringing back the original cast including Rachel.
Insiders say there is reason to be hopeful, even though it’s not near a green light because the stars need to sign off creatively and then make deals that will be pricey. I’m told is a sequel script has just been turned in by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux to New Line, and the plan is for David Dobkin to return as director, along with the original stars Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Fisher and Rachel McAdams. No word on whether they’ll try to bring back Will Ferrell, Bradley Cooper or Christopher Walken, each of whom had memorable moments in the first film. Andrew Panay is returning as producer.
New Line sparked to the writing team Susser & Robichaux after they scripted the upcoming Ice Cube-Charlie Day starrer Fist Fight, which the studio releases February 17. The writers competed for the open writing assignment, and their pitch for the sequel won them the job. The original grossed $285 million worldwide on a $40 million budget.
Writer Evan Susser confirmed the news on his twitter account.
Rachel and her sister and make-up artist Kayleen McAdams are featured in the current issue (December 2) of The Hollywood Reporter. We have added the digital magazine scans, photoshoot outtakes and HD screencaptures of the behind the scenes video in our gallery. We also added the BTS video in our video archive, which is definitely worth the watch. Rachel and Kayleen play a game of ‘How Well Do You Know?’.
Rachel McAdams has played many iconic roles over the years — from the headstrong Allie in The Notebook to the manipulative Regina George in Mean Girls — but what would she be doing if she weren’t constantly shape-shifting?
During a game of “How Well Do You Know?” with her makeup artist, who also happens to be her sister, Kayleen McAdams, the actress revealed that she would lead a much simpler life — as a farmer.
The pair, who are featured in THR’s Beauty Issue, must have discussed the possibility in the past, because Kayleen had no problem coming up with the answer. As for knowing what Rachel eats for breakfast, that’s a different story.
“Kayleen has a very calming effect on me,” says Rachel. “Spending two hours with her beforehand sets me for the night.” Responds Kayleen: “I like to know I can help calm you before you go out there because there’s a lot coming at you.”
Rachel’s co-star Isla Fisher stopped by the Today Show yesterday and she revealed the sequel to “Wedding Crashers” might happen. She told the hosts that she bumped to Vince Vaughn, she said “I bumped into Vince Vaughn at a party and he said apparently we are going to be making a sequel.I’m excited to see what happened to Gloria.” When asked if it’s a done deal, she replied she doesn’t know about a done deal, and that she “probably shouldn’t announce it on morning television,” but said “apparently some talk of it, which is fun.” You can find the interview segment of Isla talking about the possibility of a sequel after the jump. This is not the first time there were rumors about a sequel for the movie, back in 2011 it was reported there was a sequel in the works. Keep in mind that no confirmation or reports have been made thus far, but we will try to keep you posted.
The movie celebrated it’s 10 year anniversary last year and Rachel has always stated she probably had the most fun on-set of “Wedding Crashers“. She told the press in 2013: “People have asked me what film I had the best time on, and I’d say Wedding Crashers. It was an absolutely beautiful time of year, filming out on the Chesapeake.” A few years ago Rachel was asked if she would be open to reprising her role of Claire Cleary and told reporters, “In a heartbeat — yeah, I would. It’s actually one of the movies I’ve had the most fun on”, citing a “great cast” and “great energy” on set.
Today is a very special day, because Rachel turns 38! Happy Birthday Rachel! We, on behave of the our site and all her fans, would like to wish Rachel a very happy birthday. We hope she will have a good day celebrating with her friends and family. Rachel is not on social media but feel free to write down your birthday message in the comments.
We always try to do something special to celebrate, and this year we would like to put a spotlight on 3 organizations – NRDC, Greenpeace and Investigative Journalism – that Rachel has supported over the years, because we feel like supporting these causes is now more needed than ever. We have an overview of after the jump and we would like everyone to consider making a (small) donation to support the organizations and celebrate Rachel’s birthday!
As we previously reported, Rachel narrated the upcoming “Anne of Green Gables” audiobook. Audible released an official excerpt, which you can find after the jump. You can already pre-order the audiobook on audible. We have added the official key-art and Rachel on-set in the studio in our gallery. The audiobook will be released on November 22nd.
Rachel On Narrating Anne Of Green Gables: “Performing Anne Of Green Gables was incredibly exciting. It contains so much emotion and delight that you just can’t help but smile, and laugh, and cry. Loving the book as I did growing up, it was such a pleasure to perform it now.”
Congratulations to the “Doctor Strange” cast and crew, because the movie is charting a No. 1 opening of $85M at 3,882 theaters in the United States. This is a personal record for Rachel: It’s her largest opening weekend in the US, according to Box Office Mojo. Since 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” was Rachel’s best opening weekend in the US but “Doctor Strange” surpassed it with over 30 million. The movie also received an A CinemaScores according to Deadline. Variety is reporting the following story:
This time it’s Stephen Strange’s turn to dominate the multiplexes, after “Doctor Strange,” the first big-screen appearance for the Master of the Mystic Arts, was the top ticket seller this weekend with a $85 million debut. It marks the 14th straight first place opening for a Marvel film, a feat matched only by Pixar.
“Doctor Strange’s” opening trumps those of “Thor” ($65.7 million), “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($65 million), and “Ant-Man” ($57.2 million). That’s impressive given that Captain America and Thor are better known figures. Still the good doctor couldn’t quite reach the stratospheric heights of “Iron Man” ($98.6 million), “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million), or “Marvel’s The Avengers” ($207.4 million). Those films benefited from having Robert Downey Jr. or featured superhero team-ups. “Doctor Strange” wasn’t cheap to make. Disney and Marvel spent $165 million to give the Sorcerer Supreme the celluloid treatment.
We would like to remind everyone that “Doctor Strange” is out in U.S. theaters starting today. Rachel co-stars in the movie alongside Benedict Cumerbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt. Rachel is portraying Doctor Christine Palmer. We would recommend everyone seeing this movie in 3D or IMAX 3D. The movie is officially rated ‘fresh’ at Rotten Tomatoes with 90% and Meta Critics score of 72. The movie was already released overseas in many countries and made over $86 million according to Variety. The first BO results are already in for Thursday night showings and made $9.4 million in North America.
While Rachel is still promoting “Doctor Strange“, people are already looking forward to her upcoming projects. As you may have noticed, “Sherlock Holmes 3” (SH3) has been part of her IMDB as announced project. It has never been reported or officially announced that Rachel is part of this project but we always keep an eye out on possible projects, including this one. SH3 still seems very much in development and Variety recently reported that writers Nicole Perlman, Justin Malen, Gary Whitta, Geneva Dworet-Robertson and Kieran Fitzgerald have been hired to help shape the script and story. Further, they are reporting that Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are expected to return with Guy Ritchie expected to return as director. The Wrap reported earlier this year that the movie is top priority for Warner Bros. Earlier this year Robert Downey Jr., as we previously reported, and producer Joel Silver indicated that the movie could film this year but no follow-up reports have been made thus far confirming this. Rachel was asked about her involvement last week and told Digital Spy, “I don’t know anything about [it]”. You can find the video segment of Rachel talking about SH3 after the jump.