News Nuggets: ‘Iron Lady’ to keep us waiting a little while longer

Scott Feinberg interviews actor-director Ralph Fiennes: “Though Fiennes has been nominated for an Academy Award twice — a best supporting actor nod for ‘Schindler’s List’ and a best actor nod for ‘The English Patient’ — he has never won, a mistake that must one day be corrected … Now, for the first time, he has made a movie of his own: ‘Coriolanus,’ a reimagining of William Shakespeare‘s 17th century play of the same title that chronicles the life of a Roman war hero whose pride leads to his demise.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Iron Lady” release date pushed back: “Meryl Streep is waiting until almost the last possible minute to jump into this year’s Oscar race. Although many places list her Margaret Thatcher biopic ‘The Iron Lady’ as a December 16 release, The Weinstein Company has decided it is best to keep us waiting a little longer. So the official opening date for the movie that co-stars Jim Broadbent and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd is now December 30 in a limited platform release, with a wider break to come on January 13 to cash in on those expected Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.” DEADLINE

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristin Scott Thomas are among 2011 Evening Standard nominees: “The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel Nov. 20. There are several interesting contests, including ‘Frankenstein’ co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller going to head-to-head with each other to be named Best Actor; playwright Richard Bean going head-to-head with himself for Best Play, with nominations for both ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ and ‘The Heretic’; and husband-and-wife Kyle Soller and Phoebe Fox both competing for Outstanding Newcomer.” PLAYBILL

Can underdog Oscar hopefuls capitalize on “J. Edgar‘s” vulnerability? “Michael Shannon (‘Take Shelter‘), Demian Bichir (‘A Better Life‘) and Woody Harrelson (‘Rampart‘) are all on the campaign trail (parties, screenings, lunches, whatnot). Do their teams sense a ‘J. Edgar’ sized gaping hole in the shortlist that’s curiously in the exact shape of that contender like a cartoon cutout or is everyone gunning for the arthouse slot (if there is such a thing this year) which is no done deal for [Michael Fassbender] (‘Shame‘) given the NC-17?” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Presenters announced for this week’s CMA Awards: “This morning, ABC is set to announce the last batch of bold-faced names who will present at The 45th Annual CMA Awards on ABC this coming Wednesday, and EW has a early peek at that list, which is led by Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon. The rest of the celebs due to grace the CMA stage include Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas of ‘Once Upon a Time‘; Muppet icon Miss Piggy; Emily VanCamp of ‘Revenge‘; Emmy winner Eric Stonestreet of ‘Modern Family‘; ‘Twilight’ star Kellan Lutz; ESPN sportscaster and ‘Good Morning America’ correspondent Erin Andrews; and David Freese, third baseman for the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals.” EW.COM

Jessica Chastain to play Princess Diana? “The ubiquitous indie starlet (her 2011 hot streak has included ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘The Help,’ ‘The Debt,’ and ‘Texas Killing Fields’) is in talks to play the late Princess in ‘Caught in Flight,’ a biopic directed by ‘Downfall’s’ Olivier Hirschbiegel. The movie focuses on Diana’s closely guarded relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Kahn, who was generally considered to be the love of her life. Diana dated Kahn after her divorce from Prince Charles and took great pains to keep him out of the spotlight; they split before her death in 1997.” VULTURE

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