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Mister Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer

27 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »

- Greg Gerke

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News Bits: Rim 2, Alienist, Max, Soul

22 July 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Pacific Rim 2

Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" sequel is reportedly going by either the code name or subtitle of "Maelstrom," and is currently tipped for a start of filming date in November in Toronto. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman are expected to be back in the movie which picks up a few years after the events of the first. [Source: Bmd]

The Alienist

"The Alienist" author Caleb Carr is joining TNT's television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer. Pilot and series writer Hossein Amini will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen. Gina Gionfriddo, E. Max Frye and John Sayles have also joined the project as writers.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who - with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt - uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track »

- Garth Franklin

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‘The Alienist’ Author Caleb Carr Boards TNT Series as Consulting Producer (Exclusive)

21 July 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Caleb Carr, who authored “The Alienist,” is joining TNT’s television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gina Gionfriddo (“House of Cards, “Law & Order”), E. Max Frye (“Band of Brothers”) and John Sayles (“Bass Reeves”) also join the Paramount Television and Anonymous Content project as writers. The trio, joining pilot and series writer Hossein Amini, will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen.

“After twenty years of tough struggle and countless failed attempts, I’m delighted that Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and TNT have decided to join forces and bring ‘The Alienist’ to life in what, based on the material I’ve read, has the potential to be a faithful and exciting TV series,” Carr commented.

Previously announced, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga will direct the drama. He and Amini will exec produce with Eric Roth. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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"Two Faces Of January", And Neither Is Pretty

14 July 2015 12:58 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In 2002, Hossein Amini penned the Heath Ledger epic remake The Four Feathers, then passed nine years before reappearing on the scene with screenwriting turns on Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, and 47 Ronin in rapid succession. Riding the wave of success, he switched gears and made his feature directorial debut with The Two Faces of January, starring the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and rising star Oscar Isaac. Borrowing heavily from classic Hitchcockian tropes, the slow-burning thriller endeavors to be a location period film of love, intrigue, and danger in the great tradition of To Catch A Thief.

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- Kyle North

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Guiding Lights selects 2015 candidates

8 July 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.

A total of 15 candidates have been selected from 250 applicants to take part in the seventh iteration of UK mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.

This year’s line up includes directing pair James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have begun production on their feature film Notes on Blindness, as well as Aneil Karia, Emily Greenwood, Mahdi Fleifel, director of A World Not Ours, and Billy Lumby, whose short won the Pears Short Film prize.

Writers include Jennifer Majka, who wrote the screenplay for BAFTA-winning short The Bigger Picture, Matthew Orton, and Hannah Patterson.

Brian Falconer, producer of Oscar-nominated Boogaloo and Graham, made the cut alongside producers Daisy Allsop, Michael Ford, and Chi Thai. 

The final two candidates were exhibitors Sophie Easterbrook, who programmed Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East, and Carmen Slijpen, who is developing a new community cinema in East Sussex.

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- mantus@masonlive.gmu.edu (Madison Antus)

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France’s Studiocanal Opens China Bureau (Exclusive)

18 May 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

France’s Studiocanal has opened a full-time, multi-functional office in Beijing to expand its presence in the fast-moving China market.

That makes it the first major European film group to build a permanent structure in China. It follows the example of the Hollywood majors and a handful of leading independents, such as Im Global, Legendary Pictures and Arclight Films. And it puts it ahead of French rivals Wild Bunch and Europacorp, which is partnering with Shanghai-based Fundamental Films on a slate of productions.

Studiocanal’s Beijing office is headed by Emilie Blezat, a former diplomat who was previously a Paris-based producer at Sciapode with co-producer credits including “Free Fall,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Blush.”

Blezat had been a regular visitor to the Chinese capital on Studiocanal’s behalf since September. Just last month, the company received a business license, allowing it to start hiring local staff.

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- Patrick Frater

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This week in tv news: ‘Rectify’ season three gets a premiere date

16 May 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.

USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and PredatorsAlice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.

Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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TNT Orders The Alienist Adaptation, Young Shakespeare Pilot and More

13 May 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

TNT is venturing into both the Gilded Age and the Elizabethan Era, via two new projects announced Wednesday at its Upfront presentation.

RelatedTNT Sets Summer Dates for Last Ship, Major Crimes, Jennifer Beals Drama, Falling Skies’ Final Run and More

The cabler has made a series commitment to an eight-part adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr’s bestseller that is set in 1896 and follows then-New York City police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt as he attempts to solve gruesome murders.

True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga will direct the series, with Hossein Amini (Drive) penning the episodes.

RelatedTNT’s Legends Adds Sons of Anarchy, »

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‘The Alienist’ Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT

13 May 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT has made a hefty series commitment to Paramount TV’s adaptation of Caleb Carr’s novel “The Alienist,” spearheaded by “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriters Eric Roth and Hossein Amini.

The deal for the project came down on the eve of Turner Broadcasting’s upfront presentation Wednesday morning in New York. New TNT/TBS boss Kevin Reilly has promised to overhaul TNT’s original drama offerings in an effort to bring more provocative and edgy material to the cabler known for its procedural hits.

TNT is said to have made a whopping $5 million-an-episode deal for the eight-part series, a clear signal to the industry that TNT is ready to spend big for glossy properties. The exact number of episodes is still to be determined, TNT said.

“Alienist” is set in late 1800s New York City and revolves around the search for a serial killer by then-police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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This week in tv news: AMC’s ‘Preacher’ adaptation casts its lead

18 April 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dominic Cooper, who will be taking on the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC’s Preacher

AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.

We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015

This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.

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HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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The Alienist Heads To Television With Cary Fukunaga At The Helm

15 April 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Success can be a double-edged sword. Delivering the first season of the highly acclaimed TV series True Detective has clearly made director Cary Fukunaga a sought-after commodity – and deservedly so. However, an influx of work opportunities can lead to something of a backlog, with fans chomping at the bit for one project or the other. This makes today’s announcement maddening for those patiently awaiting Fukunaga’s version of Stephen King’s It, since it has the director moving full-steam ahead with a television adaptation of the 1994 novel The Alienist.

The source material was written by author Caleb Carr and is a crime novel set in 1896 in New York City. It follows several prominent figures from that time and place, including Theodore Roosevelt at the point in his career when he was New York City Police Commissioner. Roosevelt oversees a team of homicide investigators who use emerging tactics such as psychological profiling, »

- Sarah Myles

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True Detective's Cary Fukunaga Finds The Alienist

14 April 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With his award-winning success directing all of True Detective's first season on the books, it’s perhaps not surprising that other TV series have been scrambling to secure Cary Fukunaga’s services. Though films have lured him back away for a while, he’s now attached to call the shots on Paramount Television’s The Alienist.Drive writer Hossein Amini has penned the pilot and intends to write more scripts for the series adapted from Caleb Carr’s novel. Set in late 19th century Gilded Age New York, the story deals with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who uses the embryonic science of psychology to help the police and a newspaper reporter track down a serial killer. Familiar territory for Fukunaga, then, albeit melded with the period drama sensibility he’s brought to the likes of Jane Eyre.“The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully »

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct Series Based on Caleb Carr’s ‘The Alienist’

14 April 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Cary Fukunaga will direct and executive produce a drama series based on the Caleb Carr thriller “The Alienist” with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content producing, Variety has learned.

Eric Roth and Hossein Amini are also exec producing. Amini, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1998 for writing the script for “The Wings of the Dove,” wrote the pilot and will write the series.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

“‘The Alienist’ is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of the unrivaled Gilded Age of New York City,” said Paramount Television President Amy Powell. “Cary Fukunaga’s unique vision and ability to render compelling, distinctive and superbly atmospheric »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Cary Fukunaga Takes Over Long-Stalled 'The Alienist' as TV Series

14 April 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

He will executive produce and direct. Two A-list Hollywood screenwriters are also executive producing: Eric Roth (Oscar-winner "Forrest Gump") and Hossein Amini (Oscar nominee "Wings of the Dove"). Anonymous Content, which pioneered the director-centric approach with Fukunaga on "True Detective" at HBO, has the rights and will produce with Steve Golin and Rosalie Swedlin as executive producers. Years ago Scott Rudin had tried to make the project into a movie but it never got off the ground. It was period, which is costly. The great concept is that the book tracks Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt in 19th century New York City as they deploy the emerging science of psychology to track a serial killer. Think "The Knick" meets "True Detective." "The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully evocative of »

- Anne Thompson

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Cary Fukunaga To Direct "The Alienist"

14 April 2015 9:25 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"True Detective" helmer Cary Fukunaga is slated to direct and executive produce the upcoming event TV series adaptation of Caleb Carr's bestselling 1994 novel "The Alienist" for Anonymous Content.

Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track down one of New York City’s first serial killers.

Also onboard are Oscar winner Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump") as executive producer, and Hossein Amini ("The Two Faces Of January") who will write and executive produce the series. This marks the first project in a three year, first-look production deal announced last year between Anonymous and Paramount TV.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Cary Fukunaga to Direct ‘The Alienist’ TV Series

14 April 2015 9:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga has been tapped to direct the upcoming drama series “The Alienist,” based on the Caleb Carr novel. Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”) has also been chosen to executive produce the project, which hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write the series as well as executive produce. Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City (late-‘1800s), Carr’s 1994 novel tells the story of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who, with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, uses the emerging discipline of psychology. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Production: Cary Fukunaga to direct 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Eric Roth will also serve as executive producer and Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write and serve as executive producer on the first project to stem from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content’s three-year, first-look production deal.

The Alienist is based on the novel by Caleb Carr and takes place in late 19th century New York as Dr Laszlo Kreizler enlists the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to track down one of the city’s first serial killers. 

Weinstein Books and The Weinstein Company (TWC) have acquired film and publishing rights to Agnes Martin-Lugand’s debut novel and French self-publishing smash Happy People Read And Drink Coffee. Weinstein Books, a joint venture between TWC and the Perseus Books Group, is set to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us: Cary Fukunaga to direct 'The Alienist'

14 April 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Eric Roth will also serve as executive producer and Hossein Amini, who wrote the pilot, will write and serve as executive producer on the first project to stem from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content’s three-year, first-look production deal.

The Alienist is based on the novel by Caleb Carr and takes place in late 19th century New York as Dr Laszlo Kreizler enlists the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt to track down one of the city’s first serial killers. 

Weinstein Books and The Weinstein Company (TWC) have acquired film and publishing rights to Agnes Martin-Lugand’s debut novel and French self-publishing smash Happy People Read And Drink Coffee. Weinstein Books, a joint venture between TWC and the Perseus Books Group, is set to »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

8 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viggo Mortensen received a career tribute at Morocco’s Marrakech Film Fest after receiving a similar trib at Argentina’s Mar del Plata two weeks earlier. Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” starring Mortensen, is now a highlight at the 4th Panama Festival.

In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, Mortensen is more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.

Doing so, Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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A Rundown Of Buzzy Berlin Titles As Market Begins To Roll

6 February 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.

Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.

Much of the pre-buy buzz »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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