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Stage and screen star Carey Mulligan has been added to the line-up for The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Weekend, and will be featured in a talk on January 8 from 2pm to 3:15pm.

As previously reported, this four-day celebration of the arts will take place at The TimesCenter, January 5-8, 2012.

Highlights will include the cast and creators of CBS drama The Good Wife — including Emmy Award-winner Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Josh Charles and the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King (January 6 at 6pm); Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee David Cross (January 5, 8pm); award-winning actor and director Alan Rickman, currently on Broadway in Seminar (January 7, 10am); celebrated composer and musician Philip Glass (January 7, 2pm); and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (January 7 at 4pm).

Among the other featured artists are Chris Cornell, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Davis, Simon Doonan, Paul Feig, Alison Krauss, Cesar Millan, Errol Morris, Will Reiser, Seth Rogen, and Kristen Wiig.

Click here for more information and Arts & Leisure Weekend tickets.

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Carey Mulligan found herself propelled onto the world stage after she was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the sharp, witty and painfully young Jenny Mellor in 2009s “An Education.” Though doors began to open for the actress, she was disappointed to discover that most of them led to rooms of similar shapes and sizes. “A lot of people just wanted me to sort of do what I had already done,” she recalls. “Films that reminded me of that part weren’t films that I was interested in.”

If there is such a thing as a safe and secure course in the development of an ingénue’s career anymore, then Mulligan has chosen not to follow that trajectory. The actress took one leading, and several supporting roles (the most high-profile of which was in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”) after “An Education” and then stopped working for a year.

When she returned it was in pursuit of projects that would move her beyond the limited scope of the classical leading lady and/or give her the opportunity to work with filmmakers that she found compelling. She began with director Nicolas Winding Refn’s urban fable/meditation on violence, “Drive.”

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After a busy fall in theaters, Carey Mulligan looks to keep herself occupied in 2012, landing the female lead in Coen Brothers next pic “Inside Llewyn Davis” and entering negotiations for a lead role in an untitled project for Spike Jonze.

On “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Mulligan will star opposite Oscar Isaac in the Scott Rudin-produced pic that the Coens are writing, directing and producing with Scott Rudin. Story follows a musician who tries to make it in the New York music scene in the 1960s.

StudioCanal is set to co-finance without a domestic distribution partner. Robert Graf will exec produce, while StudioCanal will handle international sales and distribute the film in France.

It’s not known wether Mulligan will be called upon to sing — but she’s certainly shown vocal chops with several strong performances in “Shame.”

For the Spike Jonze project, about world leaders uniting to discuss cataclysmic events, Mulligan would join Joaquin Phoenix with Charlie Kaufman penning the script.

Megan Ellison is producing through her Annapurna Pictures.

Mulligan is currently shooting “The Great Gatsby” for Warner Bros.; the plan is to jump into “Inside Llewyn Davis” in February, with the Spike Jonze pic in spring.

Mulligan, repped by CAA and Julian Belfrage and Associates, has stayed busy on the indie circuit this fall, with turns in both Fox Searchlight’s “Shame” and FilmDistrict’s “Drive” (which also stars Isaac)

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Carey is going to be a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight! She is going to be interviewed alongside American comedian Paula Poundstone. Carey always seems to have a great time and gives a fun interview on Craig’s show, so I can’t wait to watch it online!

US visitors, catch it at 12:35am/11:35pm c.

Leonardo DiCaprio starrer films ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Django Unchained’ are both set to hit US theatres on December 25 next year. Directed and written by Baz Luhrmann, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is currently filming in Australia. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is a part of the film, which also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton.

‘The Great Gatsby’, based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, stars DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Maguire as Nick Carraway. DiCaprio is not the only actor who has two of his movies releasing just in time for Christmas. His ‘Gatsby’ co-star Maguire will also appear twice in cinemas in December next year.

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Having rocketed to fame in the romantic drama ‘An Education’, Carey Mulligan is about to star in the violent new thriller ‘Drive’. It was a role she couldn’t refuse.

‘Ah, Carey, you are much fatter than before.” So Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn greeted one of the world’s most coveted actresses on what was only their second meeting.

“I was all right,” says Carey Mulligan, the slender 26-year-old, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, laughing as she recalls the moment. “But I knew from that moment on that Nicolas was going to be brutally honest.”

Brutal is a word that sits easily with Refn. Violence throbs through all his films – from the Copenhagen-based Pusher crime trilogy with which he made his name, to his 2008 biopic of Charles Bronson – and it bubbles to the surface again in his most recent offering.

Drive is a fizzing, hyper-real adaptation of a 2005 pulp novel by American crime writer James Sallis. In it, Mulligan plays Irene, a vulnerable young mother. Her neighbour (Ryan Gosling) is the film’s enigmatic hero. Known simpler as Driver, he is a movie stunt-driver by day, a criminal getaway-driver by night, and a slightly screwy loner 24/7. The pair soon strike up a curiously understated friendship.

“They both have very lonely existences,” says Mulligan, “and they just find each other peaceful. There is something unreal about their relationship.”

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A little fun post whilst we eagerly await any news and pictures about Ms. Mulligan – BBC America’s Anglophenia are running their ever-popular Anglo Fan Favorites Tournament, and Carey has made it through to Round 2! Now she is up against An Education co-star Emma Thompson, and needs your votes to make it through to the next round. Vote for her here or click the image below to be taken to the voting page.

“Shame,” the provocative and kinky film starring Michael Fassbender as a thirtysomething New York man obsessed with impersonal gratification, will be coming to U.S. theaters before the year’s end, having found a distributor Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival: Fox Searchlight.

“Shame,” which world premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival and also played at the small Telluride Film Festival in Colorado last weekend, is directed by Steve McQueen and also stars Carey Mulligan. It was seen as one of the hottest titles up for grabs in Toronto — albeit also one that poses serious marketing challenges.

“Steve McQueen’s courageous exploration of modern life’s extremes is breathtaking,” Fox Searchlight Co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula said in a statement announcing the deal. “He has crafted an extraordinary film that probes some of the deepest and darkest issues ever portrayed on screen with amazingly gifted performances by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.”

Fox Searchlight began talks with producers after seeing the film in Telluride and apparently won them over with their plans for how to market the film, which seems certain to get an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. That can pose a marketing challenge, as some theaters refuse to play such films and some publications frown on advertising for films with that rating.

“Their approach to marketing and distributing the film this year was incredibly detailed and impressive. We are excited to be working with them on a film that is sparking debate and a strong emotional reaction from audiences,” producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said in a statement.

Searchlight, though, does have a track record in marketing difficult and unusual fare, including last year’s ballet-horror film “Black Swan,” which went on to five Oscar nominations and grossed more than $100 million in the U.S. alone.

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