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DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication, and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer.
In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
- Michelle McCue
In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.
“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.
In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »
- Brian Welk
The story follows a woman devastated by a recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Paula Hawkins' thriller The Girl On The Train has become one of the breakout bestselling novels of the past year or two. And, with one eye we suspect on the numbers generated by bringing Gone Girl to the screen, a film version is now accelerating.
DreamWorks (the live action bit) picked up the rights to the novel, and Marc Platt is producing. Both were aboard a possible film take on The Girl On The Train prior to its publication, and since it hit big, it would be fair to say their enthusiasm has not dampened.
We won't spoil the book by talking about its plot here, »
DreamWorks acquired movie rights to Hawkins’ debut novel last year prior to publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Prods. will serve as executive producer.
The book centers on a woman devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking there and becomes entangled in a mystery.
“With ‘The Help,’ Tate deftly adapted a beloved novel into a compelling film that stayed true to its origin while pleasing fans and moviegoers alike,” said Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production. “We are excited to have Tate back at DreamWorks and »
- Dave McNary
Tate Taylor (The Help) is returning to DreamWorks to direct the NY Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train. Deadline exclusively revealed the news earlier this year that Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) was adapting Paula Hawkins' thriller. Mark Platt and DreamWorks moved early to acquire the buzzy novel in 2014, prior to its publication. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer. The… »
"....'Ricki Rendazzo' is a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom.
"Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family..."
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- Michael Stevens
Lionsgate has announced new release dates for Dean Israelite’s “Power Rangers,” Kristen Stewart‘s action comedy “American Ultra” and the Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical “La La Land.” “Power Rangers” has been delayed from July 22, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017, effectively moving from summer to a less-crowded frame. Lionsgate confirmed that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will star in “La La Land,” a musical from Oscar-nominated “Whiplash” writer-director Damien Chazelle. Jordan Horowitz of Gilbert Films, Fred Berger of Impostor Pictures and Marc Platt produced the film, which will open on July 15, 2016 via Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment. Also Read: Ryan Gosling in Negotiations to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale round out the key cast on American Ultra, about a small-town stoner and his girlfriend who becomes the target of a top secret government assassination plot.
Lionsgate moves back Summit’s Criminal from August 21 2015 to January 22 2016 and moves up Dirty Grandpa from August 12 2016 to February 26 2016.
Gods Of Egypt moves back from February 12 2016 to April 8 2016.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk has been given a November 11, 2016 release date from TriStar Pictures, which puts the military drama in theaters for Veterans Day. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ben Fountain, the movie will be a groundbreaking, cinematic event and stars Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart, Ben Platt, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Joe Alwyn. Director Ang Lee plans to redefine the possibilities of cinema with the film, engaging the audience with an advanced cinematic experience.
Ang Lee will use state-of-the-art Sony cameras while shooting Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, utilizing native 3D and high resolution. He will also make history with a frame rate that seemed impossible just months ago. Ang Lee hopes to create a new way for audiences to experience drama with the heightened sensation a soldier would really feel on the battlefield and on the home front.
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk tells »
Tony Award-nominated director Thomas Kail (Hamilton, In the Heights) and veteran television director Alex Rudzinski (director of all 20 seasons of Dancing With the Stars, among many other broadcasts) will direct the live musical event Grease: Live that will air on Fox Jan. 31, 2016, at 7pm Et live/Pt tape-delayed, it was announced today. Kail will oversee the stage direction, with Rudzinski serving as the live broadcast director. Taking the direction will be currently announced stars Julianne Hough as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo. Marc Platt (“Wicked,” “Into the Woods”) is executive producer. Grease: Live is a Paramount Television production based on the original musical by Jim … Continue reading →
The post Directors announced for Fox’s “Grease: Live” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
Kail, who is currently directing “Hamilton” Off Broadway, will oversee stage direction. Rudzinski, who has directed all 20 seasons of “DWTS,” will be the live broadcast director.
“Thomas Kail’s brilliant directing work on the explosive ‘Hamilton’ and the cutting-edge ‘In the Heights’ showcase his groundbreaking talent for merging classic Broadway musical storytelling with contemporary song styles and narratives. His productions resonate profoundly with today’s audience, and his sharp instincts make him the perfect director to bring ‘Grease’ to a new generation,” said Platt.
He added, “Alex Rudzinski brings a wealth of experience in live television directing and has a modern »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Shot in native 3D and 4K, and aiming to be filmed at a high frame rate, the film unfolds in real time during the course of a football game (though does contain flashbacks). Joe Alwyn plays a 19-year-old private who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras.
His team are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating in the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game. Unbeknownst to all, there is turmoil as the group faces an imminent return to the war.
Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart also star in the film which Lee, Marc Platt, Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell are producing. Filming begins this month. »
- Garth Franklin
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in an adaptation of Ben Fountain's best-selling novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, with another report revealing that Ben Platt has joined the cast. They will join newcomer Joe Arwyn as the title character, along with Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin. Production is scheduled to begin later this month.
The story centers on 19-year-old Billy Flynn (Joe Arwyn), an infantryman who survives a firefight during the Iraq war in 2005. Billy and his surviving comrades are brought back to the U.S. by the Bush Administration for a "victory tour" that ends at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, where they are to be honored during halftime of the Thanksgiving football game, before going back to Iraq. Kristen Stewart will play Billy's older sister Kathryn, while Ben Platt is playing Josh, who works for the Dallas Cowboys organization and is in charge of taking care »
As Academy executives hunt for new Oscar producers after the departure of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, they should think less about Steven Spielberg and James Cameron, and more about Espn president John Skipper.
Whenever the job opens up for an Academy Awards producer, Oscar fans point out that this is the film industry’s biggest event and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should corral a big name, since it has access to the greatest filmmakers in the world.
But even though the awards are a celebration of film, the Oscarcast is a television event. And producing live TV requires a very specific skill set, which is different from handling film, so Acad honchos should think outside the box and consider men and women who have produced live television: sports events, newscasts, talkshows and TV concerts.
Skipper, as president of Espn, has insights into multiple producers of sports events, »
- Tim Gray
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
The Cold War drama's title has also been revealed as Bridge of Spies, named after the bridge between West Berlin and East Berlin's Potsdam, where spy swaps often occurred between the West and Soviet Union.
Producer Marc Platt confirmed the project's name in an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Williams's involvement has also been confirmed - via his fan club - making Bridge of Spies his 27th collaboration with Spielberg.
The movie tells the true-life story of American lawyer James Donovan, who the CIA used during the Cold War to help rescue pilot U2 Gary Powers from detention in the Soviet Union.
Spielberg will direct from a script written by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers.
Bridge of Spies is due for release in the UK on October 9, 2015, and in the Us on »
In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian, producer Marc Platt nonchalantly revealed the title of Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, which stars Tom Hanks as an American lawyer recruited by the CIA to secure the release of a pilot in the Soviet Union: "Bridge of Spies," the term coined in the media to describe Berlin's Glienicke Bridge, site of several Cold War prisoner exchanges. Set for an October 16 release, in the midst of awards season, the film is but the first in a series of projects with Spielberg in the director's chair, three years removed from "Lincoln." Spielberg is attached to direct Jennifer Lawrence in "It's What I Do," based on the memoir by Pulitizer prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and the rumor mill is at full speed since Deadline reported in late January that Disney—which purchased the rights to the famed franchise from paramount in 2013—is "eyeing »
- Matt Brennan
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