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Steve Karmen’s 70s radio jingle certainly comes to mind when considering the body of work from the likes of Scorsese, Spike Lee, Woody Allen. We can certainly add the name of Ira Sachs to this aural signifier/list. After Keep the Lights On (’12) and Love is Strange (’14) the future third volume in Sachs’ proposed trilogy of films also takes place in New York City and once again includes the notions of family and a certain displacement. Recently reading just how attached Sachs is to Sundance as both a patron and filmmaker, we’d think the natural route is for another Park City premiere but don’t be surprised if we receive the “silent treatment”. One of the most anticipated American indie films of ’16, Little Men (formerly known as Thank You for Being Honest) is a children’s family drama starring newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz alongside Greg Kinnear, »
- Eric Lavallee
20th Century Fox has found its director for the upcoming remake of the classic Agatha Christie mystery Murder on the Orient Express, with Kenneth Branagh signing on to direct, produce and star in the project as the detective Hercule Poirot. The script is being penned by Michael Green, who has most recently written the screenplay for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
Published in 1934, the story sees Poirot attempting to solve the murder of a passenger as he travels from Istanbul to London on the famous train. The book was adapted for the big screen in 1974 with Albert Finney portraying Poirot, while Alfred Molina portrayed the character in a 2001 TV movie, as did David Suchet in ITV’s 2010 TV adaptation.
- Gary Collinson
Actor Alfred Molina has a varied filmography spanning across all genres in both mainstream and independent films. The British-born actor is currently starring in Secret In Their Eyes opposite Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The son of Spanish and Italian immigrant parents, Molina tells CineMovie he was thrilled Secret In Their Eyes reflected the cultural diversity of the setting.
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Christie’s novel, published in 1934, revolves around a murder onboard the famous train and Belgian detective Poirot solving the case – in which a number of passengers could potentially be the murderer.
Variety reported in 2013 that Fox was developing the project for a remake of Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, which starred Albert Finney as the genius detective investigating the murder of an American tycoon aboard the train. The all-star cast of suspects included Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael York.
- Dave McNary
Foregoing the emotion at the core of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes, Billy Ray’s cold procedural remake (titled Secret in Their Eyes, evidently taking advice from Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker) walks the walk, transplanting the story to a post-9/11 Los Angeles from 1970’s Argentina. The motivations are somewhat different this time around. Instead of writing a novel, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to his old stomping grounds to pay a visit to the one that got away: both his work crush Claire (Nicole Kidman) and a murder suspect whom he thinks he’s located.
The murder in question occurs adjacent to a mosque under surveillance by the joint counter terrorism task force. This partnership between the local FBI field office, in 2002, is led by a prosecutor with political ambition named Morales (Alfred Molina). The women raped and murdered is Carolyn Cobb (Zoe Graham »
- John Fink
The word “remake” is a dirty word to critics, but it doesn’t always have to be the case. Once in a while, something even becomes an awards player, like when Martin Scorsese took Infernal Affairs, remade it as The Departed, and won the Oscar for Best Picture, along with his first Academy Award for Best Director. It doesn’t happen often, but it has happened. This week, another remake hoping to appeal to the Academy, namely the remake of The Secret in their Eyes (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature, incidentally). This time just called Secret in their Eyes, it’s out on Friday and would love to be the next incarnation of The Departed… The film is, as previously mentioned, a remake of the Oscar winning original. It centers around the 13 year obsession over the murder of a government agent’s daughter. The agent, along with her former colleagues, »
- Joey Magidson
Tie-in video games are nothing new in the moviemaking or televisual world. Through these spin-off products, we can play out adventures featuring our favourite characters without having to leave the house.
Most of the time, though, said characters don’t sound quite right. For financial reasons, you’ll often see a different voice cast step in to replace the overly expensive stars from the original film or TV version. Admittedly, these stand-ins do a very good job from time to time. But you can always tell the difference.
Sometimes, though, providing a rare treat for fans, actors can be convinced – by money, passion or a good script - to reprise their iconic film or TV characters once more for a video game adventure. Here are 32 games that featured instances of this incredibly fun phenomenon… »
After 'having worked with the legendary actors like Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in his Hollywood outing Silver Linings Playbook, the iconic actor Anupam Kher will now be seen in yet another Hollywood film which will have the Hollywood star Gerard Butler as his co-star. He will be seen in the role of an Indian-American oncologist. The film will be directed by Mark Williams, written by Bill Dubuque and is being co-produced by Gerard Butler. Speaking about the film, Anupam Ker said that after Silver Linings Playbook, this film was the most powerful script that he had read. He added that he had started shooting for the film in Toronto, Canada. He also added that Gerard was a great actor and a fun guy to work with. Besides Anupam Kher and Gerard Butler, the yet-untitled film also stars Alison Brie, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina and others. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Long-buried truths are exhumed, and a foreign-language Oscar winner gets a clever but workmanlike Hollywood retooling, in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a time-shuffling tale of murder, corruption, paranoia and the many varieties of obses sion. Neatly swapping in post-9/11 counterterrorism for late-’70s Argentinean political upheaval, writer-director Billy Ray’s thriller-procedural plays like a serviceable feat of narrative surgery, though it does boast one masterstroke in the reworking of a key role, played here by Julia Roberts with a piercing restraint that silences any lingering doubt that she was born to be more than just America’s sweetheart. This second major release from Stx Entertainment (after the recent sleeper hit “The Gift”) should parlay its cast names, including Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, into solid year-end counterprogramming.
- Justin Chang
Maxwell Jenkins is set to play Gerard Butler‘s 10-year-old son in “The Headhunter’s Calling,” TheWrap has learned. The Mark Williams-directed drama follows a corporate headhunter (Butler) who’s focused more on his job than his family but puts his career on hold when his child is diagnosed with cancer. The film also stars Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina. See Video: Gerard Butler Protects Aaron Eckhart From Terrorists in 'London Has Fallen' Trailer Producers are Williams, Butler, Alan Siegel, Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores, and the screenplay was written by Bill Dubuque »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The story centers on ruthless headhunter Dane Jensen (Butler), who works at Blackridge Recruiting arranging jobs for engineers. He is well on his way to achieving his longtime work goal of taking over the company, when his ten-year-old son falls ill and his personal and professional priorities clash.
Milligan will play an aggressive young recruiter at Blackridge who’s training under Butler’s character.
The actor can next be seen in Dimension Films’ “Demonic,” starring opposite Maria Bello and Cody Horn. He also stars in the indie film “Sequoia” along with Aly Michalka. He is repped by Gersh and Red Management.
- Justin Kroll
Opening in theaters on November 20 is Secret In Their Eyes.
Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games), the film is based on El Secreto de Sus Ojos, the 2010 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, directed by Juan Jose Campanella.
From Stx Entertainment, Secret In Their Eyes stars Academy Award winners Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours), and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave). A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
Weaving past and present, Secret In Their Eyes is a gripping mystery that asks the question: how far would you go to right an unfathomable wrong?
- Michelle McCue
“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy, »
- Eric Lavallee
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
The story follows three criminals who are hired to carry out a kidnapping, but face going on the run in Los Angeles when it all goes wrong.
Speaking of the project, Schrader said: "We're doing something bold here in Cleveland and I wanted to get away from the generic Nic Cage artwork of the past several years."
He also added that this time round would be different from his last movie The Dying of the Light, saying: "I got burned last time. This time I've got final cut."
With The Dying of the Light, Schrader and Cage both quit the project after it was »
The executive has expanded her responsibilities as part of the recent reorganisation of Bron Media Corp.
Gilbert already serves on the board of Bron Media Corp.
“It was important for Bron Animation to have its own identity and defined leadership group,” said CEO Aaron L Gilbert, “and Brenda has been a driving force behind our animation group since 2013.”
Ms Gilbert has appointed three vice-presidents to the Bron Animation leadership team. Adam Wood has been named vice-president of creative, Teunis de Raat vice-president of digital and Luke Carroll’s (pictured) role has been expanded to vice-president of production and development.
“These three talented people lead our incredible creative, technical and production teams at Bron Animation,” she said.
While the majority of animation production takes place at Bron’s headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Eyebrows were raised when ITV decided to show the new gory thriller at 6.30pm.
Speaking to Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6, Higson said: "I'm sorry that anyone got upset by it. It wasn't my intention to upset people by it. Obviously, it was my intention for it to be scary - it's a scary show."
He added: "I was expecting more people to complain that it wasn't scary enough, rather than people saying, 'This is a scary show and I found it scary'.
"You think, well that's slightly the point. It'd be like writing The Fast Show and someone writing in saying it is quite funny."
Explaining what he'd set out to do, Higson said: "I wanted to make a big, family entertainment that everybody can sit down together and watch, »
Principal photography started Tuesday on the film, with Mark Williams directing from Bill Dubuque’s script. The story centers on a ruthless headhunter who’s on his way to taking over the company when his 10-year-old son falls ill and his personal and professional priorities clash.
Mol is playing the spouse of Butler’s character and Brie will play his workplace rival.
- Dave McNary
The Headhunter’s Calling stars Butler as a ruthless recruitment executive poised to take over the company when he is forced to reconsider his priorities after his young son gets sick.
Production began this week and CAA represents Us rights.
Mol plays Butler’s wife and recently wrapped Manchester-By-The-Sea. Brie (pictured), who is in production on the ITV period drama Doctor Thorne for Julian Fellowes and will next star in Warner Bros’ How To Be Single, will play a career rival.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Headed to the American Film Market to nail down a few more sales, Gerard Butler-starring drama The Headhunter’s Calling is also adding to its cast. Alison Brie and Gretchen Mol will be part of the ensemble.Butler has the lead as a ruthless, hard-charging corporate headhunter called Dane Jensen, who has been surging at the company he works for and is primed to snatch the top job. But then his 10-year-old son falls gravely ill and Jensen’s priorities take a major shift. Willem Dafoe is playing Butler’s boss, the CEO who is planning to retire and hand the reigns to his driven employee. And Alfred Molina will be a family-focused engineer who is struggling through unemployment. Mol has signed on to play Butler’s wife and Brie will be a career rival. Producer Mark Williams is making his directorial debut with the film, written by The Judge’s Bill Dubuque. »
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