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Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business. After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline. Starring opposite Redford will be Cate Blanchett as Peabody Award-winning "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes, who was fired from the program after it was discovered that a series of documents alleged to prove that then-President George W. Bush had been given preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard had not been properly authenticated prior to airing on sister program "60 Minutes II." Though Rather continued on with the network until 2006, his career and reputation suffered irreparable damage from the scandal, leading to a $70 million »
- Chris Eggertsen
A pair of movie trailers for some upcoming high profile films have recently been released, so I decided it'd be easier to lump them both together into one convenient spot for you guys to check them out. Come inside to see the first trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming Biblical epic, and an all new trailer for David Fincher's incredible looking Gone Girl.
I'm going to kick this off with the first trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings, which landed later last night. Yesterday also saw the release of the first posters for the upcoming Ridley Scott film...and I hated them. I mean, really and truly, I feel they are some of the worst movie posters I've seen in a long time (and I get a ton of Indie ones in my inbox). I was hoping the trailer would banish those posters by blowing me away, but that's not the case. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
By the time 2014 closes out, fans of Gillian Flynn‘s uniquely thrilling (and, typically, totally dark) novels will be doubly treated to a pair of new films based on her works. For an author who has so far only penned three books, that’s pretty handy work, but for awhile there, Flynn was going to be three for three in the feature adaptation department. Last summer, all of Flynn’s novels were in various states of cinematic production, with David Fincher‘s Gone Girl enjoying the bulk of the hype (it’s certainly the most star-studded production of the trio), Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s Dark Places secure in a very respectable second place position and Sharp Objects just sort of hanging out in vague pre-production land. Gone Girl will now hit theaters on October 3 (though the possibility that it will bow at Tiff in September seems like a safe enough bet), just a month after Dark Places releases »
- Kate Erbland
Above: a new digital anthology on Hong Kong Cinema is available online from Film Comment. The Summer issue of the magazine is out now too. Also relevant: Tony Leung is set to star in Wong Kar-Wai's next film. "Gas food lodging: The best job in the world has its downside": in an unusual blog entry, David Bordwell expounds on "the indignities of film festivals." It's still months away from release, but we're dying of anticipation for Michael Mann's Cyber. The La Times has a brief report from Bejiing, featuring some words from the director himself.
Above: speaking of films we can't wait to see, here's the new trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl. One from last week that slipped through its Noteworthy is Laura Legge's magnificent ode to subtitles for 3:am Magazine, "long Pause, romantic music, silence".
Our pal Girish Shambu has another batch of essential »
- Adam Cook
For what seems like months now, the roster of 2015 Oscar contenders has been set. We’ve got Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, David Ayer’s Fury and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman all touching down in the last three months of the year, and any of them could be heavyweights on the awards circuit. But one high-profile blockbuster has been so surprisingly quiet in the past few months that we seem to have counted it out of the race altogether – I’m talking about Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Tonight, we’ve been treated to the first trailer for the Biblical epic, which is sure to get people buzzing about whether it could stand a chance of racking up some nominations against the aforementioned line-up of seemingly strong fall hopefuls. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Not content with having one book, Gone Girl, hitting screens thanks to David Fincher (see the latest trailer here) and another, Dark Places following it to cinemas, author Gillian Flynn is also setting her sights on the telly, with Entertainment One Television developing Sharp Objects as a potential series.Buffy veteran Marti Noxon is aboard to run the show and write the pilot for the embryonic drama. Sharp Objects, which hit bookshelves in 2009, follows reporter Camille Preaker, who has just spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Her first assignment upon her return to work is not exactly a soft one to ease her back into a routine – she’s dispatched to her tiny hometown to dig into the murders of two pre-teen girls.Working out of her old bedroom, and confronting her issues with her mother and half-sister, Camille will have to unravel her own dark secrets to have a chance at cracking the case, »
Academy Award winning composer and badass front man of Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor, along with partner Atticus Ross collaborating with David Fincher on Gone Girl. Posted moments ago on their Facebook page. »
- Sasha Stone
Director David Fincher’s upcoming thriller, Gone Girl, has a new trailer that elaborates more on the story of this very interesting looking movie. Ok, I’m officially intrigued and having David Fincher behind, that’s never a bad thing, except maybe when he goes way over-budget. Fortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case with Gone Girl, […]
“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn has yet another adaptation in the pipeline. Her debut novel “Sharp Objects” is being developed as a one-hour serialized drama with Marti Noxon on board as showrunner and writer and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Charles Layton to executive produce.
“Sharp Objects” follows a reporter who has to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown following a brief stint in a psych hospital. The novel has won two of Britain’s Dagger Awards and was an Edgar Award finalist.
- Alex Stedman
"Annabelle," named after the demon-possessed doll featured in the 2013 horror flick, now has an October 3 release date. It will open against David Fincher's hotly-anticipated adaptation of "Gone Girl."
Many members of the "Conjuring" creative team are returning for "Annabelle," including James Wan, who directed the first flick. Instead of directing, Wan will produce "Annabelle," alongside "Conjuring" producer Peter Safran. "Conjuring" cinematographer John Leonetti is helming the film, from a script by Gary Dauberman.
[via Variety] »
- Katie Roberts
When Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl broke out to become the runaway literary hit of the summer, Hollywood naturally turned its focus to getting the thriller author’s rabid fans into theaters. Quickly, 20th Century Fox and Se7en director David Fincher snagged Gone Girl. That red-hot thriller adaptation, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is being positioned as an awards contender and given an Oscar-friendly release in October. Then, Exclusive Media grabbed the rights to Flynn’s earlier novel Dark Places (out this September), which Charlize Theron will star in alongside Chloë Grace Moretz. Now, we’re hearing that Flynn’s debut thriller Sharp Objects is also getting adapted – but, intriguingly, for the small screen.
Entertainment One is developing and producing Sharp Objects, on which Flynn will collaborate with producers Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity). The author will be serving as an executive-producer on the drama series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
I have to be honest, I didn't even know they'd begun shooting Annabelle, the spinoff to The Conjuring. My ignorance aside, not only is Annabelle well under production, but it's hitting theatres this October.
The Conjuring begins with Ed and Lorraine Warren investigating a possessed doll. Annabelle is that doll, but don't expect to see Patrick Wilson or Vera Farmigain the film as this story doesn't concern the Warrens.
- Philip Sticco
Amy is missing. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Gone Girl – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn - unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour has everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? »
The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.
Jeff Elefterion has been appointed head of domestic marketing and previously served 18 years with Harvey and Bob Weinstein, most recently as head of creative advertising at The Weinstein Company.
New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston made the announcement on Tuesday (July 8) and both appointments are effective immediately.
“With a busy slate for us this upcoming fall and beyond, we felt this was the perfect time to bring in Jeff and Heta, both esteemed marketing vets, who will help strengthen our internal processes and work closely with our various studio partners on the campaigns and release of these films,” said Weston.
The New Regency slate includes Cameron Crowe’s untitled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
With awards season approaching, New Regency has hired industry veterans Jeff Elefterion and Heta Paarte to run the domestic and international marketing departments respectively.
Elefterion will serve as the domestic marketing chief, joining from The Weinstein Company where he most recently served as head of creative advertising. Elefterion spent 18 years with the Weinsteins and oversaw more than 70 marketing campaigns.
Paarte, based in the UK office, will serve as New Regency’s international marketing chief. She had been at Focus Features since 2002 and most recently served as exec VP of international marketing and distribution.
New Regency’s upcoming releases include David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” starring Ben Affleck and set for Oct. with Fox; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dark comedy “Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton with Fox Searchlight on Oct. 17; and Cameron Crowe’s Untitled film, starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone to be released on Dec. 25 with Sony distributing domestically and Fox handling international. »
- Dave McNary
Briefly: For those who may not know, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are expanding the world of The Conjuring, last year's horror hit from director James Wan, with a spin-off that focuses on the creepy doll in the possession of Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga). The film is called Annabelle, and so far the only thing we know about the film is that The Conjuring cinematographer John Leonetti will direct the film with a script by Gary Gauberman. Otherwise, we don't know who will star or what the story will be. But now we know when the film will come out with the studio revealed an October 3rd release date, pitting it up against David Fincher's promising thriller Gone Girl. Stay tuned for more. »
- Ethan Anderton
Whoever cut the new trailer for David Fincher's "Gone Girl" really knows what they're doing. Not only does it evoke the thriller's almost claustrophobic tone, it paints a picture of a beautiful film, full of shadows and hidden spaces that match the dark secrets of its protagonist. Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller--which garnered great reviews and was in seemingly everyone's hands when it came out in 2012--is one of the most anticipated films of the fall. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), has disappeared. Faced with a police inquiry and an ever-intensifying media circus, Nick's facade of a perfect marriage with his wife begins to unravel, leading a captivated nation to one question: did Nick kill his wife? The first trailer for "Gone Girl" featured Elvis Costello's "She"; the second eschews any hint of romance and pursues straight-up tension instead. The cast looks terrific, »
- Jacob Combs
The Conjuring was a huge hit last year with both horror and mainstream fans. But many felt that the marketing, which was focused on Annabelle the cursed doll, led them to believe they were going to see a different movie. Well, it looks like Annabelle’s time to shine is upon us and Warner Bros. have announced a release date of October 3rd.
Annabelle’s existence in The Conjuring is based on the true events of the Annabelle doll, a Raggedy Ann that was bought from a hobby shop and was known for leaving notes on parchment when there was no parchment around. The doll was also claimed to have attacked various people. The Conjuring director James Wan decided however to used a more sinister porcelain doll for their version of the doll.
Sitting in the director’s chair for the spin-off will be John R. Leonetti, who worked as »
- Luke Owen
Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy and Kathleen Rose Perkins – adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel – comes the story of an unhappy husband and wife who become the focus of a nationwide police investigation when the wife, Amy (Pike), goes missing. It’s up to husband Nick (Affleck) to prove his innocence, but when the entire population of the Us hates you what can you do?
I finished reading the book back in April in record time; I couldn’t put it down, I was that hooked by it! If you’re fearful of spoilers don’t worry, as the trailer doesn’t give anything important away.
Are you a fan of the book? »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
David Fincher's Gone Girl adaptation has released a new trailer online, in which Ben Affleck's seemingly model husband begins to feel the pressure when his wife goes missing on their wedding anniversary. With much of the action taking place in claustrophobic, murky darkness, this latest trailer plays up the predicament that Affleck's character finds himself in, as the investigation into his wife's disappearance begins to expose some worrying cracks in their marriage. Indeed, it seems that Nick Dunne is actually quite a far cry from...
- George Wales
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