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16 items from 2015


Noam Murro To Direct Black List Script ‘Blink’ For Atlas Independent – Berlin

29 January 2015 1:05 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

As the European Film Market approaches, Atlas Independent has set Noam Murro to helm Blink, the 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Murro, who recently directed Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire, is gearing up for a summer production start. Highland Film Group is launching international sales next week in Berlin.

Perla’s story centers on a man left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. Years later, he is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he must outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Jake Kurily of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment.

An eight-time DGA Award nominated commercials director, Murro made his feature debut with 2009’s Smart People. He is repped by CAA and Management 360. Perla is exec producing Sony’s action thriller Shadow Run and »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘300: Rise of an Empire’s’ Noam Murro to Direct ‘Blink’ for Atlas Independent

29 January 2015 11:40 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Atlas Independent has tapped Noam Murro to direct Hernany Perla’s script “Blink,” which was voted to the 2014 Black List.

Years after being left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery, a man is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he has to outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist.

Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Atlas Entertainment’s Jake Kurily. Highland Film Group will introduce the project to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Production is slated to begin this summer. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Most Adapted Screenplay Winners Are Adapted From Books

28 January 2015 7:52 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.

American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s (portrayed in the film by Bradley Cooper) autobiography of the same name, which he wrote with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

The Imitation Game is adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges, a mathematician and author. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film.

Adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything explores Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his ex-wife. The couple is played »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Second Opinion – The Gambler (2014)

24 January 2015 3:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gambler, 2014.

Directed by Rupert Wyatt

Starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michael K. Williams, Brie Larson, Jessica Lange and George Kennedy.

Synopsis:

Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?

Spoilers for both the 1974 and 2014 versions of The Gambler below…

At the end of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler James Caan’s character is debt-free after dragging a young student with a promising basketball career into the world of sports fixing. The student, Caan sees, is just as susceptible to making a quick thousand dollars as Caan is to losing it. Caan never smiles or shows signs of having broken free of his addiction; rather he goes into a nearby rundown brothel, picks a fight with a pimp, »

- Gary Collinson

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"Oblivion" Scribe Upset By The Final Film

23 January 2015 3:50 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Film scripts are re-written all the time by numerous writers, with each subsequent iteration often differing from the last. Changes can take place to such an extent that you often end up with a shooting script that doesn't resemble the one that sparked a studio's interest.

Such is the case with 2013's Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" according to the film's original script writer William Monahan. Monahan, who penned the likes of "The Departed" and "Kingdom of Heaven," handed over his "Oblivion" script which then scored re-writes by the likes of Karl Gajdusek and Michael Arndt.

In a new interview with Den of Geek, Monahan surprisingly laments the loss of his original script and what Joseph Kosinski's film ultimately turned out to be:

"It differed enormously. I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then »

- Garth Franklin

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No One Hates Oblivion More Than The Guy Who Wrote Oblivion

22 January 2015 2:33 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The 2013 Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, Oblivion did rather well for itself with a $280 million worldwide take. By most accounts, it was a visually stunning film with solid cast performances and even carried somewhat of an interesting series of plot twists. However, don.t expect any kind of adulation from writer, William Monahan, who penned an early draft of the film.s original script. According to Monahan, whatever he had originally written was cut up and altered to the point that there was "nothing left of me." In an interview with Den of Geek, Monahan expresses a serious case of lament regarding the fate of his original script, which would eventually fall into the narrative hands of screenwriter, Karl Gajdusek and then later, Michael Arndt. (Who would himself fall victim to the script-slicing game with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens script.) Monahan rants rather passionately of the final product that »

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The Gambler review: Mark Wahlberg isn't playing with full set of cards

22 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rupert Wyatt; Screenwriter: William Monahan; Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K Williams, Alvin Ing, Anthony Kelley; Running time: 111 mins; Certificate: 15

Crime pays but blackjack most certainly doesn't in The Gambler, a so-so existential thriller based on the cult '70s film starring James Caan. Mark Wahlberg doesn't look too comfortable in those hand-me-down shoes, or with the tousled hair that is supposed to imply hours spent scratching his head over thoughts of his own mortality and the complete works of William Shakespeare.

He is no-one's idea of a literature professor and yet, that's the day job of James Bennett, whose nights are spent in high-stakes gambling dens run by Korean gangsters. The joy of winning is always short-lived because his next move is an all-or-nothing bet that leaves him with, guess what - nothing, except the threat of imminent death. It's this compulsion that »

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Oblivion's writer: "the director and the studio made their bed"

21 January 2015 11:25 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Writer William Monahan on how his original idea for Oblivion "differed enormously" from what made it to the screen...

Back in 2013, Tom Cruise scored a decent-sized sci-fi hit with Oblivion. The movie teamed him up with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski, and it remains a derivative sci-fi movie, but a terrific one to look at.

However, it's also a film that differed enormously from the original script that was penned for it. William Monahan - who wrote The Gambler and The Departed - revealed to us that a lot changed from his idea for the film, to what we eventually saw.

"It differed enormously", he told us. "I’d written something I think was very good, perhaps a science fiction classic, which I imagine got the film greenlit, and then it was turned by subsequent writers into cannon fodder, despite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman and Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko, »

- simonbrew

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Interview With The Gambler Script Writer William Monahan

21 January 2015 2:36 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

We were able to spend a few minutes with The Departed screen writer William Monahan about his up and coming project The Gambler (hitting our shores on Friday 23rd January), and he had quite a few interesting things to say about his approach to writing, the original movie starring James Caan, and the subject of early 'Oscar buzz'. It's available below for your reading pleasure. What attracted you to the project? Were you familiar with the 1974 film? I hadn’t seen the whole thing. After I got the commission I wouldn’t watch it as a matter of process. It came out when I was thirteen and seemed to be about sports gambling, which was not my cup of tea, nor was gambling in general. I keep getting asked about the original, and I think more and more that nobody has seen it, and has only heard some myth-making about »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Brie Larson interview: The Gambler, Greek mythology, Rampart

21 January 2015 5:59 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to one of the stars of The Gambler, Brie Larson, about Greek mythology, Short Term 12 and Rampart...

Actress and singer Brie Larson first made her mark on television, and has since appeared in such films as 21 Jump Street, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Rampart. She really made her mark with Short Term 12, the 2013 drama in which she starred as Grace, a supervisor in a home for troubled teenagers. It was a sensitive, thoughtful performance, and like the film itself, widely acclaimed and nominated for numerous independent film awards.

Larson’s latest film is The Gambler, a drama starring Mark Wahlberg as a well-to-do college professor with a tendency to lose money in various gambling dens. Larson plays Amy, a gifted English student who’s uniquely aware of her teacher’s insidious addiction. Although The Gambler’s very much Wahlberg’s film, Larson again brings intelligence to her role here. »

- ryanlambie

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Greig Fraser interview: the cinematography of The Gambler

21 January 2015 5:37 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks to us about his work on The Gambler, from lenses to shooting in Los Angeles...

In Foxcatcher, there’s a captivating scene where Steve Carell’s character, millionaire John du Pont, ushers a stable of horses out into a grey, autumnal morning. It’s a moment given a luminous, magical quality by cinematographer Greig Fraser, whose other recent film credits include Let Me In and Zero Dark Thirty.

The Gambler, the new drama written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) represented its own set of unique challenges. One of them was to bring tension and visual excitement to a story that frequently sees its wayward protagonist Jim (Mark Wahlberg) frittering his money away at a blackjack table or lecturing a theatre full of distracted college students.

It’s testament to »

- ryanlambie

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The Gambler Review

19 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams, Leland Orser, Emory Cohen, George Kennedy, Richard Schiff

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 111 minutes

Synopsis:  The death of a beloved grandfather sends a literature professor with a high-stake gambling addiction on a path of self-loathing and destruction as he counter-balances mounting gaming debts with borrowed money from a number of dangerous loan sharks.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’s Rupert Wyatt shows viewers a glimpse into the havoc of an entitled and self-indulgent whiner hell-bent on self-destruction in his latest film The Gambler that stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role.

Rebooted from James Toback’s original 1974 film starring James Caan, Wyatt’s direction and William Monahan’s screenplay are decidedly different from their predecessors: not only in comparable terms (the protagonist is still a gambling addicted literature professor and disgraced scion of a wealthy »

- Sacha Hall

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The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg's new film is a dud

18 January 2015 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All workmanlike polish and no sense of play makes the remake of James Toback’s 1974 drama a very dull film indeed

The Gambler has a director’s name on it – a damn good director, as it happens – but really, like most movies these days, it was made by The Machine. The film was put together by skilled agents and casting directors (it has a cast that, on paper, at least, is out of this world), while the script got passed around among the top directors, after Scorsese spent time developing it with his Departed writer William Monahan. He jumped ship, and when the bottle finally stopped spinning, it pointed at Rupert Wyatt, helmsman of the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

All of which sounds pretty peachy, right? Stars all aligned, script polished to a gleaming sheen, everyone burning on all cylinders. Hitsville, here we come!

Continue reading. »

- John Patterson

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Rupert Wyatt interview: The Gambler, Apes and more

16 January 2015 3:19 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

British director Rupert Wyatt talks to us about his new film The Gambler, and what he's up to next...

Having made his debut feature with the acclaimed 2008 thriller The Escapist, British filmmaker Rupert Wyatt directed the hugely successful Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes in 2011. Reviving a franchise that had long since slipped into the doldrums, it was hailed as a summer film with an all-too-rare streak of intelligence.

Wyatt's latest film is a very different proposition: a remake of the 1974 film starring James Caan, The Gambler is a slickly-written drama about a college professor (an against-the-grain Mark Wahlberg) in hock to some very dangerous people. With his debts mounting, Wahlberg's gambler resorts to a series of schemes to try to pay his way out of trouble, only for his self-destructive nature to send him sinking further into the mire.

As The Gambler's UK release approaches, we catch »

- ryanlambie

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The Gambler: Mark Wahlberg's new film is a dud

12 January 2015 2:31 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All workmanlike polish and no sense of play makes the remake of James Toback’s 1974 drama a very dull film indeed

The Gambler has a director’s name on it – a damn good director, as it happens – but really, like most movies these days, it was made by The Machine. The film was put together by skilled agents and casting directors (it has a cast that, on paper, at least, is out of this world), while the script got passed around among the top directors, after Scorsese spent time developing it with his Departed writer William Monahan. He jumped ship, and when the bottle finally stopped spinning, it pointed at Rupert Wyatt, helmsman of the excellent Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

All of which sounds pretty peachy, right? Stars all aligned, script polished to a gleaming sheen, everyone burning on all cylinders. Hitsville, here we come!

Continue reading. »

- John Patterson

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Rupert Wyatt Talks The Gambler, Reading William Monahan’s Script, The Escapist, His Version of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, and More

1 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With director Rupert Wyatt’s (Rise of the Planet of the ApesThe Gambler now playing in theaters, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with the busy director.  As most of you know from the trailers, the remake stars Mark Wahlberg as a literature professor whose gambling spirals out of control, affecting both himself and those around him.  The film also stars Brie LarsonJessica LangeJohn Goodman, and Michael K. Williams.  As you might imagine with a script by William Monahan, the film is loaded with incredible dialogue and tense, edge-of-your-seat sequences. During the extended interview Wyatt talked about making The Gambler, Monahan's script, how his first cut differed from the final product, deleted scenes, what he would have done with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Wyatt also talked about his first feature, The Escapist, and how it's found a new audience on Netflix (if you've »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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