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Documents, images and consultants’ testimony can lend unexpected dimension to a narrative in development. This year’s Emmy writing and directing nominees remind us that research changes a story because it changes the storyteller — it lobs a curve at preconceptions or perspective.
Some writers bring the best research of all: personal experience. For Nic Pizzolatto, a south Louisiana upbringing meant he could write “True Detective” “from my memory and my perception … keyed towards the environment I knew we would find there.” But Ryan Murphy didn’t know the Crescent City from Adam before “American Horror Story: Coven,” having to persuade local residents en route.
“The city, to be honest, was a little nervous about us … but I really wanted to send a love letter to New Orleans, the mystery and magic of it,” Murphy says. Once early episodes evidenced six months of diligent, respectful research, “doors formerly closed were opened to us. »
- Bob Verini
Sometimes actors make great directors. Ron Howard, Kevin Costner, George Clooney and Jodie Foster can all attest to that fact, as they've all directed and/or starred in films that would go on to become Academy Award nominees, if not winners. An actor being directed by another actor is pretty special, and can lead to some really great work. But an actor/director supervising someone else who occupies that rarified air? That could be something to behold, especially considering the last two names on the above list are collaborating on an extremely timely project that screams awards season. Entertainment Weekly reports that the pair of Academy Award winners are pairing up to make the film Money Monster, with Foster directing and Clooney starring as Lee Gates - a TV stock analyst who is taken hostage under dire circumstances and killer ratings. His captor lost all of their money thanks to »
After a bidding war, TriStar Pictures won the right to finance and distribute the upcoming "Money Monster" thriller, which will star George Clooney and be directed by Jodie Foster. The story centers on a TV personality dubbed the money guru of Wall Street (Clooney). When a man loses all his family's money on a bad tip, he holds the anchor and his entire show hostage on air, threatening to kill him if he does not get the stock up before the market closes. Ratings soar as the entire country tunes in to the real-time drama. "Money Monster" is written by Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) and will be made for $30 million. »
Described as a “media and money thriller”, Clooney “will play the host of a finance show taken hostage by a man who loses his life savings after following the TV personality’s advice. The man demands that Clooney’s character make the stock he invested in shoot through the roof by the end of the day, otherwise, the TV host will be killed. Whether the latter can successfully manipulate the market remains to be seen; what is certain, however, is that a live-hostage situation makes for must-see TV.”
The film will be Foster’s fourth directorial offering, with her most recent effort, The Beaver, which starred Foster alongside Mel Gibson (The Expendables 3) and Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
- Scott Davis
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Eva Green is in talks to play the title role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which would reunite the actress with her Dark Shadows director, Tim Burton. Jane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is set to adapt the screenplay from Ransom Riggs’ Ya novel. Already slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the story follows a group of orphans with special powers trying to protect themselves from creatures who want to destroy them on a mysterious island. [Variety]
- Jake Perlman
Money Monster will follow a TV show host (Clooney) who gets taken hostage by a gunman while on-air and is forced to reveal high-stakes secrets to his (steadily increasing) audience in order to survive.
Foster most recently directed an episode of the Netflix political thriller House of Cards, has directed three movies including 2011’s The Beaver starring Mel Gibson and Jennifer Lawrence, and scored an Emmy nod in 2013 for directing an episode of Orange Is the New Black. This will be her first time directing Clooney. »
- Ariana Bacle
Jodie Foster is set to direct a new financial drama titled Money Monster and has enlisted another actor/director to play the lead in the film; we are talking about George Clooney of course. Clooney's character is described as an established financial expert and TV host famous for insider tips, who winds up being held hostage on-air by a man who lost everything after taking the TV guru's advice. The kidnapper wants Clooney's character to make his bad investment to shoot »
- Graham McMorrow
Justice League: Reportedly, Warner Bros. wants Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for Argo and recently completed script work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to write the screenplay for Justice League. Terrio was brought on to Batman v Superman after David S. Goyer (Batman, Man of Steel) became "too busy" with other projects to do another rewrite, and now Warner Bros. wantsTerrio to get its next important superhero team-up off to a good start. [Deadline] Money Monster: TriStar Pictures is "nearing a deal" to pick up Jodie Foster's Money Monster, starring George Clooney. The studio would finance the picture -- a $30 million deal in itself -- and also distribute it. Jodie Foster is directing; Clooney is set to star as a TV personality who...
- Peter Martin
Justice League: Reportedly, Warner Bros. wants Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for Argo and recently completed script work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to write the screenplay for Justice League. Terrio was brought onto Batman v Superman after David S. Goyer (Batman, Man of Steel) became "too busy" with other projects to do another rewrite. [Deadline] Money Monster: TriStar Pictures is "nearing a deal" to pick up Jodie Foster's Money Monster, starring George Clooney. The studio would finance the picture -- a $30 million deal in itself -- and also distribute it. Clooney is set to star as a TV personality who is kidnapped, live and on the air, by a viewer who blames him for bad financial tips. The project will film early next year after...
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In terms of performers-turned-filmmakers, they don’t come much bigger than Jodie Foster and George Clooney. Between them, they are responsible for some of the more interesting and satisfying TV and film projects of the last few years – from episodes of Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards (Foster), to movies like Good Night And Good Luck and The Ides Of March (Clooney). The prospect of these two talents collaborating is an exciting one, to say the least – so it comes as no surprise that Money Monster is already heading straight for ‘highly anticipated’ status, with studios clambering for a piece of the action. TriStar now seems to have won that battle, with a financing package of $30 million.
- Sarah Myles
George Clooney will portray the role of TV personality who would be held hostage on air by a man who lost all his money on a bad tip, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay, while Jim Kouf and Alan Difiore penned previous drafts. Led by Tom Rothman, TriStar has become competitive in scooping up prime hot properties. Money Monster would be made for 30 million dollars. (Ani) »
- Diksha Singh
Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with Clooney on Up in the Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine's The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script. Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015. »
A Happy 79th birthday to Barbara Harris. She hasn't acted in such a long time but she was often just wonderful on the screen with unique rhythm, energy and comic ability.
I'm not sure that anything about Alfred Hitchcock's Family Plot (Hitch's last feature in 1976) totally works but if you could argue that any of it does it's either the cemetery scene or anything involving Barbara Harris's performance as a con-artist psychic. The movie is frustrating since it feels half formed and its inarguably flabby: every time you need the editing too tighten it up which would have made everything, including the memorable actors (Karen Black and Bruce Dern are also on hand), pop. It just keeps the scene going.
- NATHANIEL R
The $30 million project stars George Clooney as one of those TV financial gurus who finds himself and the staff of his show held hostage at gunpoint by a man who lost all his family's money on one of the financial whiz's bad tips.
Filming aims to begin in the first quarter of next year.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Jamie Linden wrote the screenplay about a broadcaster caught in a tangle of high finance lies after he is held at gunpoint live on air.
The project had been set up at Im Global before CEO Stuard Ford put it into turnaround.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Jodi Foster is directing the project from Jamie Linden’s script, in which the hostage taker is a man who lost his money after following the tout’s advice — and threatens to kill him if the cameras are turned off.
Plans are for production in the spring after Clooney completes shooting on “Hail Caesar” for the Coens.
TriStar, headed by Tom Rothman in a joint venture with Sony, »
- Dave McNary
Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures is nearing a deal to acquire Jodie Foster‘s financial drama “Money Monster,” which will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-esque TV personality who is taken hostage live on the air, TheWrap has learned. TriStar beat out Focus Features for the film with its generous offer to finance “Money Monster” for $30 million. Open Road was also in the mix for the hot title. Also read: George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive) As TheWrap first reported, much to his publicist's chagrin (don't worry, we still love you Stan! »
- Jeff Sneider
TriStar Pictures has beat out several other studios to finance and distribute Jodie Foster's thriller Money Monster, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film will star George Clooney. Photos 'Monuments Men' Premiere: George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett Take Manhattan The project — quite timely given the lingering economic problems plaguing the nation — centers on a TV personality dubbed the money guru of Wall Street (Clooney). When a man loses all his family's money on a bad tip, he holds the anchor and his entire show hostage on air, threatening to kill him if he does not get the stock
- Tatiana Siegel
Exclusive: In a whopping deal, Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has won the right to finance and release the $30 million budget Money Monster, a Jodie Foster-directed thriller that will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-like TV stock tout who is held hostage on air by a man who followed the huckster’s advice, lost his money and put his young family in precarious straits. Jamie Linden wrote the script. The thriller takes on a Network-like sensibility in that the hostage-taker warns he’ll execute the smooth-talking stock tipper the moment cameras are turned off, and the nation becomes obsessed with the […] »
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