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19 items from 2015


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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The Huntsman Will Be Heavy On The Hemsworth, But Light On The Dwarves

28 January 2015 4:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.

When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.

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- Sarah Myles

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Boyhood wins London Critics' Circle prize

19 January 2015 5:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

London Critics’ Circle reveal top 10 films of 2014. Scroll down for full list of winners

The UK’s top film critics named Boyhood as Film of the Year at their annual ceremony last night, hosted by previous winners and Sightseers stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram at London’s May Fair Hotel.

In addition to Film, Boyhood also won Director for Richard Linklater and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.

Actress Miranda Richardson was presented with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Film by actor Stanley Tucci.

The evening’s other big winner was Under the Skin, for which Jonathan Glazer was on hand to collect the Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year, and composer Mica Levi accepted the Technical Achievement Award for her score.

Oscar-nominated producers Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky were present to receive Documentary of the Year for Citizenfour.

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev accepted his Foreign-language Film prize for Leviathan by video.

Other »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Winners of the 35th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards announced

19 January 2015 12:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The London Critics’ Circle Film Awards took place at the May Fair Hotel in London tonight, with Boyhood taking home the top honour, Film of the Year, as well as Director of the Year (Richard Linklater) and Supporting Actress of the Year (Patricia Arquette).

Under the Skin was named British Film of the Year and also collected the Technical Achievement Award, while other winners on the night included Michael Keaton (Actor of the Year – Birdman), Julianne Moore (Actress of the Year – Still Alice), J.K. Simmons (Supporting Actor of the Year – Whiplash), Timothy Spall (British Actor of the Year – Mr. Turner) and Rosamund Pike (British Actress of the Year – Gone Girl and What We Did On Our Holiday).

Here’s the full list of nominations, with the winners highlighted in red…

Film Of The Year

Birdman

Boyhood

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ida

Leviathan

Mr Turner

Nightcrawler

The Theory of Everything

Under the Skin »

- Gary Collinson

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Beyond Fright Review: The Two Faces Of January

17 January 2015 3:15 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.

Adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley author Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, The Two Faces Of January throws you into a thriller full of twists, double crosses and a »

- Jerry Smith

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The Callow Way – How a Hollywood flop got £20 million from the British taxpayer

11 January 2015 4:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway looks how 47 Ronin qualified for a subsidy from the UK government…

Have you seen 47 Ronin? If you haven’t, I wouldn’t bother if I was you. It’s That-Historical-Film-You’ve-Seen-a-Hundred-Times-Before. An outsider, after being saved by the daughter of a great man, helps a group of natives. It’s very very loosely based on a true story. The opening narration is like something from a video game cut scene. To be honest, it might have worked as one of those BBC Saturday evening series that they show when Doctor Who isn’t on, but a $175 million dollar action film it is not. The Flickering Myth review said “a weak script and shallow characterisation, which makes this only average at best”, which is about right.

There was trouble before it was already released, with reshoots and delays and the studio pretty much acknowledging they were going »

- Neil Calloway

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 2014

6 January 2015 4:41 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A new year of films may beckon, but there are lots of movies from 2014 you may have missed. Here's a list of 2014's most underappreciated...

There was no shortage of magnificent films in 2014 of every kind, from the expensive and explosive to the low-key and experimental. But it's a sad fact of life that not all movies do as well as they should, either because of poor distribution or simply because they'd been released at the same time as something much bigger and more star-laden.

While the list below is by no means an exhaustive one - there are plenty of great films from 2014 that we're still getting around to seeing - it's our attempt to highlight a few fine pieces of work that didn't get quite as much love as they deserved.

So without further ado - and in no particular order - we'll start with a stunning »

- ryanlambie

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Notebook's 7th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2014

5 January 2015 10:08 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?

Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.

All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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36 British films to look out for in 2015

5 January 2015 8:01 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…

Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.

We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).

In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »

- louisamellor

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