UK reviews on Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have come in after its Cannes debut. “Utterly gripping. It’s been 23 years but it was worth the wait,” says London tabloid the Daily Mirror. “A return to form for all involved.” Baz Bamigoye in the rival Daily Mail says the movie is packed full of great lines. But it’s this punchy insider dialogue that’s a problem for the Daily Telegraph: “Without a close daily study of the financial pages, it’s hard to keep up.” The Independent calls the movie riveting, bombastic and downright maudlin by turns, while the Guardian says, “Money looks as if it’s dozing a little here: my advice is ‘sell’.”
Carey Mulligan may have earned an Oscar nomination for “An Education,” a romantic drama about a young woman coming of age that made its debut at Sundance 2009 – but that wasn’t the star’s only movie at the festival.
The other film, “The Greatest,” a family drama co-starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, is now making its way into theaters, and Carey hopes her awards season star power helps the new film.
“I hope that because of all the stuff that’s happened with ‘An Education,’ maybe more people will see it,” the British beauty told AccessHollywood.com at the film’s Hollywood premiere on Thursday. “I think [writer-director] Shana [Feste] did a brilliant job.”
The emotional film – from Shana, a first-time director — features Carey as a pregnant teen whose boyfriend dies in a car crash, after which she joins his family in the grieving process. She added that her performance wasn’t an easy one to see again.
“I actually have only ever seen it once, I saw it Sundance. It’s hard to watch yourself,” she said. “But yeah, I’m excited for people to see it.”
Effie, a film based on the relationship between Victorian poet and artist, John Ruskin and his unfortunate wife Effie Gray will go into production next month. The film is written by Emma Thompson who will also play Lady Eastlake, and the Oscar-nominated Carey Mulligan will be in the starring role of Gray.
Richard Laxton is directing and Thompson’s husband, Greg Wise, is to produce the film and play the part of Ruskin. According to thefancarpet he and Thompson asked Mulligan to take the part before her success in An Education:
“Carey has a rare quality of being open and unfettered. At the time Effie said she would have borne anything, had Ruskin just been kind. But I can’t play him as an ogre because the audience need to understand why she married this man.”
Ruskin and Gray’s unconsummated love affair will be central to the plot of the film. United on his wedding night in April 1848 with Effie Gray, the girl who had been the object of some of his most beautiful writing during their courtship, Ruskin suddenly realizes he has made a mistake and postpones the consummation.