Warning: Thor: Ragnarok spoilers abound! It was early 2016, and Eric Pearson was practically living at the Frank G. Wells Building on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, camped out in his office until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. The screenwriter, who’d risen through the ranks of the Marvel Writer’s Program, was nearing completion on an early draft of a script for Thor: Ragnarok, the threequel currently thundering all over the worldwide box office.
Will fall audiences swoon for Carol? Early reports from Cannes and Telluride suggest many critics did, at least. The period romance from director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Safe) stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who find themselves stunned to be falling for each other in 1950s New York City. Watch the first U.S. trailer above.
A day after Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees got some boos from the press corps at Cannes, Todd Haynes’s period romance Carol earned bravos at its press screening. The cheers were well-deserved — as was the insanely early awards-season chatter both for the movie and for the stunning performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. A remarkably well-made in-competition drama, Carol is a marvel: A stirring, obsessive romance, it evokes a 1950s New York that feels both impossibly distant and unmistakably familiar. Carol is structured as a flashback: We open with Therese (Mara) and Carol (Blanchett) sitting at a table in an elegant tea room.
Like most of us, Cate Blanchett grew up on Disney cartoons. Now Blanchett, 45, gets to antagonize the iconic glass slipper-wearing, will-be princess as the wickedest stepmother of them all, Lady Tremaine, in Disney’s new live-action Cinderella (in theaters Friday).