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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… »
“The Help” filmmaker Tate Taylor is returning to DreamWorks, which has hired him to direct its adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller novel “The Girl on the Train,” the studio announced Thursday. DreamWorks acquired the rights to “The Girl on the Train” in 2014 prior to its publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt the book. The story follows a woman named Rachel who is devastated by her recent divorce. She spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until she sees something shocking happen there one. »
- Jeff Sneider
Looking to jump on the bandwagon – or maybe the bookshelf – of novel adaptations such as Gone Girl, DreamWorks is turning to director Tate Taylor to help bring Paula Hawkins’ thriller tome The Girl On The Train to cinemas. Taylor is no stranger to novel adaptations – he made The Help into a huge, Oscar-winning hit for DreamWorks and more recently directed James Brown biopic Get On Up. Hawkins’ novel follows a recently divorced woman struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She sees a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasize about their lives. But things take a turn when she returns home covered in blood after a blackout drunk spree, and may have become intertwined with their lives...With roughly two million copies of the tome sold so far, it’s easy to see why DreamWorks might see the potential in this one, »
Mario Van Peebles will direct from a script by Cam Cannon and Hannibal Classics principal Richard Rionda Del Castro. Producers are Rionda Del Castro and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, who is financing “Men of Courage” with Hannibal Classics.
Cage, who starred in “Tokarev” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs. Their mission was classified, so the »
- Dave McNary
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Director: Tate Taylor
Running Time: 138 minutes
Starting with Chadwick Boseman’s aged James Brown turning up with a shotgun at his self-owned business trying to work out who used his toilet isn’t exactly what I’d expected from this biopic but stay with me, and stick with the story, as over time we look inside Brown’s turbulent life from a kid right up to this opening segment.
Get On Up is inspired and based on the unique life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. It certainly encroaches on giving us a fearless look inside the life of the curious Brown but is initially a little muddled. Although we’ll come to connect the dots, it takes a while to get into the story as we flash back and forth through his life. It’s not »
- Dan Bullock
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what’s new in the world of Blu-ray…
One of the biggest films of last year with a worldwide gross of over $670 million, Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster opus Interstellar flies its way on to Blu-ray and DVD. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and a whole host of others, Interstellar is a complex but magnificent science-fiction film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible.
You can read our review here.
The world loves Bill Murray. Especially if Bill Murray is doing grouchy comedy, like he is here in the charming St. Vincent, where he plays a loveable grouch who’s humdrum life is turn upside down by the arrival of Melissa McCarthy and her son, who he takes under his wing. Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd co-star. »
- Scott J. Davis
Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, Get On Up gives a fearless look inside the music, moves, and moods of James Brown (Boseman), taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
In addition to the standard Blu-ray and DVD releases, Zavvi has announced that a limited edition steelbook Blu-ray will be available.
–Full Song Performances (Out of Sight, Steal Away (Steal Away to Jesus))
–Extended Song Performances
–Long Journey to the Screen
–Chadwick Boseman: »
- Scott J. Davis
Have we found the latest head-to-head movie subject match-up? We might just. Last month, the news broke that Warner Bros. and producer Robert Downey Jr. had hired The Help’s Tate Taylor to direct a film based on the Jaws-referenced real-life sea disaster surrounding the USS Indianapolis. It would seem they’ll have competition from Nic Cage, who has signed on to star in a version of the tale for Hannibal Classics.Mario Van Peebles is aboard to direct this one, titled 'USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage'. Cage has agreed to star as Captain Charles Butler McVay, who was in charge of the ship during a mission to supply parts for the atomic bomb when Japanese torpedoes sank it in July 1945. Approximately 300 of the 1196 crew went down with the ship and the remaining 880 faced dehydration, exposure and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. Only 321 were ultimately plucked from the water, »
Hannibal will be selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival.
Cage, who starred in “Rage” for Hannibal, will take on the role of Capt. Charles Butler McVay, whose ship was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July 1945, after delivering parts for the first atomic bombs.
Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship, while the rest faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks as they waited for assistance. Only 317 sailors survived and McVay was court-martialed, then exonerated more than half a century later.
“This is an extremely demanding physical and emotional role »
- Dave McNary
Chadwick Boseman gives a swaggering, soulful performance in this most delectably funky and fresh of biopics. Get On Up, as directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, is an energetic and eclectic blast, packed with toe-tapping musical numbers and a groove all its own. Exploring the legendary James Brown both as a tremendously talented musician and as an extremely troubled man, it’s refreshingly free from clichés and more than happy to blaze its own, fascinating trail.
The film is different immediately, opening on an older, wearier Brown than any fan of the musician would think to visualize, menacing people in a strip mall with a shotgun. Their perceived slight against him? One of them, he believes, used his private bathroom without his consent. Get On Up doesn’t shy away from just how extreme an individual Brown was, or how brutishly he tormented the people around him, whether they were employees, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Welcome to another horror/thriller round-up! This time around we have details on Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s in-the-works zombie western movie, release details for Arrow Video’s UK Blu-ray / DVD of the Vincent Price-starring The Comedy of Terrors, and an update on Warner Bros.’ and Team Downey’s in-development film based on the real-life sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the subsequent shark attacks on the surviving crew members.
In an interview with Noisey, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter revealed that he will be directing and starring in a zombie western called Dead West (not to be confused with Joe R. Lansdale’s 1986 zombie western novel, Dead in the West) for Asylum this March. Carter also co-wrote the script and has a couple of potential cast members in mind (excerpts from Noisey via Shock Till You Drop):
“It’s called Dead West. [Laughs.] It’s a zombie horror western movie. »
- Derek Anderson
Over three years ago, we learned that Robert Downey Jr. was producing a drama focusing on the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The film will focus on the tragedy from the point-of-view of Hunter Scott, an 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain in 1996. Now the film is finally making progress towards the big screen as The Wrap has learned The Help and Get On Up director Tate Taylor has signed on to direct the film. Downey still isn't starring in the film, but he'll produce with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey banner. In the story, the young boy was researching the tragedy as part of a History Day competition and learned how the warship was sunk by torpedoes with the crew stranded for five days and eaten by sharks. The incident was recounted by »
- Ethan Anderton
Warner Bros. and Team Downey are working on a film adaptation of the USS Indianapolis shark-attack story, known by many as the story Robert Shaw tells in the 1975 film Jaws. The project is not yet titled, but a source has confirmed that The Help and Get on Up director Tate Taylor is set to direct the film, with Mike Jones on to write the script. Deadline first reported the news. In 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by torpedoes on its return from delivering the Hiroshima bomb. After the ship went down, the crew floated for five days, becoming ideal targets »
- Samantha Highfill
A bunch of filmmakers have been linked to all sorts of new projects in the past day or two. Here are the details:
James Marsh ("The Theory of Everything") has been slated to direct the Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films untitled project about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round the World Yacht Race in 1968. Firth will play Crowhurst, and shooting will begin in the spring.
Tate Taylor ("The Help") has come onboard to helm Warner Bros.’ untitled drama about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis which Robert Downey Jr. will produce. Mike Jones will write the script for the aftermath story of the 1945 sinking of the battleship in shark-infested Pacific waters.
- Garth Franklin
In development for some time, Warner Bros. Pictures appears to finally be moving forward with a big screen take on the harrowing true tale of the USS Indianapolis. TheWrap reports that Tate Taylor, the director behind The Help and Get on Up, has signed on to helm.
Outside of his Marvel commitments, which have swelled some more over recent months with his involvement in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Robert Downey Jr. is selecting his newest projects, and one which has been involved with for a few years looks like it might finally set sail.
Downey and his wife, Susan, have been attached to the story of the USS Indianapolis since 2011 with their Team Downey company, but they and Warner Bros. Pictures have found a director for the project in the form of Taylor. But while the Iron Man star is on board as producer, it is unconfirmed if he »
- Scott J. Davis
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