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Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)
“From What Is Before”
The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »
- Variety Staff
At first, this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar looked like a race between J.K. Simmons as a monstrous music teacher in "Whiplash" and Mark Ruffalo as a tragic Olympian in "Foxcatcher," but now Edward Norton just surged up our charts for portraying a rowdy stage actor in "Birdman." At this point all three films have been seen by most of our Experts, who increasingly favor Simmons. See their latest rankings. -Break- Michael Keaton soars ahead of Steve Carell in Oscar Best Actor race In late August, Norton was in sixth place in our experts' predictions with 16/1 odds as a movie star who clashes with Michael Keaton in a stage adaptation of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." But Norton has leapt forward since then. Only two experts are currently predicting Norton to win, compared to five for Ruffalo, but our other experts are ranking Norton so high »
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s mad masterpiece about one man’s search for relevance and validation. It’s a striking and welcome return to form for Michael Keaton, who has long been absent from the spotlight, bar occasional supporting roles in the likes of The Other Guys and the RoboCop remake. The surprisingly meta world of Birdman is more along the lines of a Charlie Kaufman concoction than something Iñárritu would normally attempt. His crushingly sad takes on existence in Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful have inventive plot devices about intersecting lives, but Birdman is wholly about the grand hallucinatory ego of one man and the stories that happen to briefly touch him. Both Keaton and Iñárritu provide us with ample reasons to admire the off-the-wall, swirling existential crisis that is Birdman. »
- Lane Scarberry
With the last gasp of the Toronto International Film Festival now upon us (it officially closes Sunday,) the Oscar race has become further defined, particularly with input from Venice and Telluride. Until that fall fest trifecta, only IFC’s summer phenomenon Boyhood and perhaps Sony Pictures Classics’ Foxcatcher could realistically be thought to be in serious contention for Best Picture consideration. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been mentioned in some quarters, but that movie came out in March, and when was the last time a March release made the list of Best Picture nominees?
Related: ‘Theory Of Everything’ Sends Oscar Race Into Early Overdrive As Tiff World Premieres Keep On Coming
But with these early fall fests, Hollywood has trotted out at least three additional films that seem like sure shots to add to the list: Focus Features’ Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything, with certain »
- Pete Hammond
Lit Reactor today brings news that Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel Rant is to be adapted for the screen by actor/director James Franco (Spider-Man, Pineapple Express), who has picked up the rights.
The author is quoted as saying: “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant…..Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”
After Fight Club in 1999 and the under-rated Choke in 2008 (which starred Rockwell), this will be the third of Palahniuk’s novels to be brought to the screen. It will also mark another book-adaptation directorial job for Franco, who is making a habit of adapting famous novels, including 2013 effort As I Lay Dying, »
- Scott Davis
The actor and filmmaker will adapt the Fight Club author's 2007 novel.
"As of last night we've finalised a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant," Palahniuk told Lit Reactor. "Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray.
It is yet to be revealed whether Franco intends to direct, produce or star in the film, or all three.
Rant recounts the strange life of Buster Casey as told by his friends at his wake.
Franco will next be seen in his Sound and the Fury adaptation. »
James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville. Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey. Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster "Rant" Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who "will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life." Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation. Hit the jump for Palahniuk's full quote and the book synopsis: Here's what Palahniuk told Lit Reactor: As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, »
- Brendan Bettinger
As he presses on with his attempt to generate more projects than any ten men could reasonably make, James Franco really seems intent on adapting a wide variety of novels for the big screen. He’s turned works by William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy into screenplays and has reportedly just optioned Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant.According to the author himself, as reported by Lit Reactor, Franco will tackle his work in the future. “As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant,” says Palahniuk. “Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can't imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”Rant, which Palahniuk published in 2008, is told in the form of an oral biography, with accounts of the life of Buster Landru “Rant” Casey. »
If there are two names that get people flapping and flaming their lips more than most, that'd be renaissance man extraordinaire James Franco and mostly author Chuck Palahniuk. And now since Franco has optioned the rights to Palahniuk's novel Rant, you'll be able to get all your earnest fan boying or bashing out in just one helluva breath.The news broke over at Lit Reactor, by Twitch's own Joshua Chaplinsky who acts as Lt's managing editor. The source? Palahniuk himself. Here's Cp's statement:As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I...
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An associate of author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) reached out to LitReactor today to announce that actor/filmmaker James Franco has optioned the rights to his 2007 novel Rant. Here's what the author's unspecified contact had to say below, revealing that casting news and a release date will be announced at a later date.
"As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can't imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco."
No studio is attached at this time, and it isn't known if James Franco plans on writing the adaptation himself, or if he will direct and star as well. Only two of Chuck Palahniuk's novels have been adapted for the big screen, »
James Franco has previously discussed the possibility of directing Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" and while that has yet to come together, Franco has turned his eye to another loved modern author, Chuck Palahniuk, with the novelist himself reporting to Litreactor that Franco has acquired the rights to his 2007 novel "Rant": As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel "Rant". Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can't imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco. samz asin="B00199B2YO" size="small"To this date only Palahniuk's "Fight Club" and "Choke" have made it to the big screen and while there is clearly a lot more information yet to come, it sounds like this may actually happen. There is no word, »
- Brad Brevet
The Oscar race is in full swing now that the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals are coming to a close and for those of you that may be interested, I'll be chatting Toronto and the Oscar race this afternoon around 1:30 Pm Pst on Huffington Post Live with Jeff Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere and Anne Thompson from Indiewire as things are starting to shape up in terms of the Oscar race, though this is looking like it could be a particularly volatile year. In terms of updating predictions, I'm going to begin with the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races, neither of which I have really given much attention just yet and the Supporting Actor charts I haven't touched since first opening the doors back in early August. So how much have things changedc Well, quite a bit and not so much depending on how you look at it. »
- Brad Brevet
In The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a copycat of the Phantom Killer who struck 66 years ago reignites the Moonlight Murders in a small Texas town. And in Horns, a man suspected of killing his girlfriend wakes up to find horns jutting from his forehead, thus bringing a little hell on Earth. These two films are among those joining the 10th anniversary celebration of Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
The Hive, It Follows, Everly, and Open Windows are also included in the recently announced final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest, which takes place September 18th-25th in Austin, Texas. We have the official press release with full details:
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - “Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its biggest year yet with 80 exciting films including 22 World Premieres, 43 North American & Us Premiere screenings and 38 short films. The final wave includes Horns, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Hive, It Follows, »
- Derek Anderson
The 52nd Annual New York Film Festival, which runs from September 26 to October 12, has released a trailer featuring some of the films in their lineup, which includes the first footage from Inherent Vice, along with the festival's opening and closing movies, Gone Girl and Birdman.
Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson lead an all-star cast in Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice, author Thomas Pynchon's first novel ever to be adapted for the big screen. The story follows a private detective who is pulled into an unusual case in 1960s Los Angeles.
There have been a number of near-misses and crazy casting rumours regarding characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – most of which we’re very pleased didn’t happen.
In fact, in general, Marvel’s final casting decisions have mostly been spot on and it’s hard to argue with any of them – but there are a few that, while good, could still have been that little bit better. We don’t want to take away from the performances of the actors who did get the majority of these roles – as most of them did a decent enough job – but imagining certain other actors in the role does give us the impression that the characters in »
- Kev Stewart
In our conversation about his new film Birdman on Sunday — after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before — I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for comedy. “I have to laugh about that,” he said. “When I hit 50 last year I really thought I should lighten up a little bit. I have been doing some personal stuff that I thought would get me to a very nice place and understand a lot of things that before I didn’t.” He continued to challenge himself by filming Birdman with the illusion that it is one shot from first frame to last. It’s a device, but I must say it works perfectly for »
- Pete Hammond
The Venice Film Festival is under way in Italy! On Monday, Uma Thurman struck a pose on the red carpet at the premiere of Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director's Cut. Last week, Kirsten Dunst, Lena Dunham, and Kate Mara got together for a Miu Miu event, while Andrew Garfield promoted his project. Emma Stone attended the famed festival to premiere Birdman, which also stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and sported a shorter hairstyle for the stop. Keep scrolling for more shots of celebrities at the Venice Film Festival, and be sure to check back later for more stars! »
Joaquin Phoenix has been circling the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange for a while now, and he was supposedly nearing a deal just before San Diego Comic-Con in July. Late last week, we heard that after some long talks with the studio, the three-time Academy Award nominee was in final negotiations for the role… but a new report suggests that he may be getting cold feet.
Not only is Phoenix reluctant to sign one of those famous multi-film Marvel contracts, but he’s supposedly uncomfortable with the way big-budget blockbusters like this are made and may in fact back out of his talks altogether.
The report comes from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, whose sources tell him that Collider’s report about the final negotiations last week may have been premature. Marvel wanted to get Phoenix to sign on for the role in time to announce it at Comic-Con, »
- James Garcia
Telluride — "Birdman" has arrived stateside and made as significant an impact as it did at the Venice Film Festival last week. You won't run into too many people who have managed to catch it at one of its packed screenings who weren't completely blown away by the accomplishment, and for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, it was clearly a much-needed exercise in self-reflection away from the somber fray of his filmography to date. From "Amores Perros" to "21 Grams," "Babel" to "Biutiful," González Iñárritu has marinated in heavy drama. And it's not that "Birdman" is without its own profound gravity — quite the opposite, in fact — but it gave him an opportunity to finally have fun and get outside his own head a bit, albeit through a film that very much exists as an exploration of his own midlife considerations. That made sitting down with him all the more enjoyable. Jet-lagged from Venice »
- Kristopher Tapley
Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…
Author, Bret Easton Ellis.
Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.
And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »
- Gary Collinson
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