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‘Sharp Objects’ Is the Perfect Gillian Flynn Novel to Get the Television Treatment

9 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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

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Charlize Theron is our “Hollywood Actress of the Week”

1 June 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Our selected star to be included in our “Hollywood Actress of the Week Photo Gallery” is Charlize Theron. This weekend Charlize and Seth MacFarlane are starring in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” It’s the story of a cowardly farmer who begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. Following a three-year hiatus from the big screen, Theron returned to the spotlight in 2011 with Young Adult. Directed by Jason Reitman, the film earned critical acclaim especially for Theron’s performance. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and several other high profile awards. Theron played the Wicked Queen in the film Snow White & the Huntsman, which began production in 2011 and was released in 2012. In 2011, she described her process for becoming the characters in her film: When »


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Cannes: Bold Films Taps Mandalay Vision Head Matthew Rhodes To Be Pic Prexy

14 May 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bold Films, one of the expanding monied production companies, has gotten a couple sharp executive to steer its movies. Chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters have brought Matthew Rhodes over from running the specialty label Mandalay Vision. He will become president of Motion Pictures for Bold, and oversee the development and production departments. He reports to Litvak and Walters. They’ve also appointed vet Jeffrey Stott to head up physical production. Rhodes joined Mandalay Vision in 2011, and was a producer on the Marjane Satrapi-directed Sundance pic The Voices, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver. He’s also a producer on the Gilles Paquet-Brenner-directed adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places which stars Charlize Theron. Rhodes also produced the Lionsgate Bruce Willis-starrer Fire With Fire and Sony’s Bad Country, which stars Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe. Before that, he ran his own shingle, »


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Charlize Theron To Make Everything Nice For Universal Pictures

10 March 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Through her production company, Denver And Delilah Films, Charlize Theron is developing a movie adaptation of the Ellen Shanmer novel, Everything Nice, for Universal Pictures.

Denver And Delilah Films purchased the material, with a view to Theron producing the project, and have attached Karen Cromer (Admission) to write the screenplay. Having put the deal together, the company then pitched it to Universal Pictures, who were keen to acquire it for their production slate.

The story follows Michaela – an advertising executive who finds herself suddenly unemployed, living with her widowed father and having to make ends meet by teaching “life skills” to seventh grade girls. It is anticipated that Theron will take the role of Michaela when production finally gets underway.

The actress is currently involved in a number projects with Universal Pictures, including Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming A Million Ways To Die In The West, which the studio will be »

- Sarah Myles

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From 'Addicted' to 'Gone Girl' to 'X-Men': 40 Books Adapted into Movies in 2014

14 January 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »

- Brad Brevet

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Top 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

1 January 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Terence Johnson

Managing Editor

Happy New Year everyone ! I hope that you had a fun night wherever you were and are enjoying 2014 in its infancy. We are just two weeks away from the Oscars announcing their nominees for the best of 2013. However, today I’m casting my gaze at the film year of 2014. So without further ado, here are my top 25 most anticipated films of 2014.

25. Get On Up

Dir. Tate Taylor

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer

Synopsis: A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Reason: James Brown’s glorious music + Viola and Octavia in a movie together again + Chadwick Boseman’s rising star + Lafayette! (Nelsan Ellis for those not familiar with True Blood)

24. A Million Ways To Die In The West

Dir. Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, »

- Terence Johnson

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