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The Sauvage family in 40-Love (Terre Battue), portrayed by Olivier Gourmet, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Charles Mérienne build tennis suspense in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train. Stéphane Demoustier spoke with me about comparing the role of shoes in Paolo Virzì's Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano), working with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, an equally "danger-free" experience to that Cédric Kahn had with them producing Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) and where the fascination with shopping malls originated.
Demoustier, who also co-wrote the screenplay (in collaboration with Gaëlle Macé), makes poignant choices with his debut feature in what he lays bare and what he leaves to our imagination. The when and how of people's communication is crucial and the mis-matched couple's state of mind »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
The breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows is a contemporary horror exploring teen sex, suburbia, and the stuff of nightmares – a cult classic in the making from one of the most exciting filmmaking talents around. For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her teenage friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
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- Phil Wheat
The full line-up of this year’s BFI Flare (March 19-29) has been unveiled in London this evening.
It was revealed this evening that the festival will close with the European premiere of documentary Out To Win on March 29.
Malcolm Ingram’s film examines of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world, featuring contributions from Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay and John Amaechi, among others.
The Accenture Gala will be the European Premiere »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
I got around to a lot more movies this week, beginning with last Sunday evening where I caught Die Hard and Die Hard with a Vengeance on Encore. I know everyone pretty much loves Die Hard, but I'm not sure I don't love With a Vengeance a little more, I just love Samuel L. Jackson in that movie and Jeremy Irons is a perfect villain. Things took a bit of a dip when I went to the theater to watch The Boy Next Door, but I quickly resolved that with It Happened One Night, which became my latest Best Movies entry. Then I got a hankering to watch Strangers on a Train after it was recently announced David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn were looking to put together a remake. I was also thinking it might become Best Movies entry #9, but after watching it and Robert Walker's performance »
- Brad Brevet
Tom Hardy, who is a brilliant actor but sounds unintelligible, was forced this week to drop out of the superhero franchise in the making Suicide Squad. Tom Hardy was to be the lead Rick Flag, alongside Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevigne and Jared Leto, in a supervillain mash-up movie. But Hardy’s latest project, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, is running behind schedule, forcing the actor to pull out and leave the super villainy to someone else.
The Wrap is now reporting that Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer’s first choice to replace Hardy is Jake Gyllenhaal, who has never appeared in a superhero movie and previously worked with Ayer on the cop drama End of Watch. The Wrap points out that Gyllenhaal is currently at work on Southpaw for Antoine Fuqua, a boxing movie that required him to get absolutely jacked.
Ruben Östlund, director »
- Brian Welk
Margaret here, recovering from yesterday's Oscars nominations and trying to process some upcoming movie news: David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are remaking Strangers On a Train. David Fincher and Gillian Flynn are remaking Strangers On a Train.
There are so many feelings, and I am feeling All of them, all at once, right now. Help. Excitement: David Fincher and Gillian Flynn together again, and so soon!! Indifference: Ben Affleck is also involved, which, sure. Anger: A remake of Strangers On a Train? How dare they?? Hitchcock at his best is untouchable and the movie is perfect; no sane human could think it needs updating! Cautious Optimism: But. Buuuuut. If they're going to do to it, and you can't stop them.. The Flynn and Fincher team is such a great choice. Think of the cold, agonizing tension! Think of the pitch-black comedy! We deserve this. Confusion: But Strangers on a Train »
- Margaret de Larios
Tom Cruise as a pilot in the 1980s? While we wait forever for Top Gun 2, perhaps a movie in development called Mena will quench our need for speed. Or maybe speed is not the appropriate drug to go with for this project, which will see Cruise playing a real-life cocaine trafficker and gun runner named Barry Seal if the talks reported by Deadline go through with success. Previously, Ron Howard was set to direct the movie, but while it’s still housed at his Imagine Entertainment, the job is up for grabs and the likely hire is Doug Liman. That would make this an Edge of Tomorrow reunion, albeit one that doesn’t promise any of the laughs and sci-fi spectacle we got with that awesome 2014 action flick. Unlike this week’s other re-team announcement for the Gone Girl gang to remake Strangers on a Train, this one is not about a collaboration for more of »
- Christopher Campbell
The Gone Girl team of director David Fincher, screenwriter Gillian Flynn and actor Ben Affleck have already set their sights on their next project: Strangers, a modern take on Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 suspense classic Strangers on a Train, according to Deadline.
In the Hitchcock original, the plot revolves a murder pact between a tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and the titular stranger on a train (portrayed by Robert Walker). Aboard, they devise a plan to kill the source of each other's problems – the tennis star's ex-wife, the stranger's father »
It.s only been a few months since the theatrical release of Gone Girl, but as we learned yesterday, director David Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn, and star Ben Affleck are all very much itching to get back to work together. It.s been revealed that the trio are now reteaming for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, with Affleck set to play the movie.s protagonist. The big question that remains, however, is who will play opposite him as the film.s murder-trading villain. Reported to be titled simply Strangers, sources have said that elements of the original story are set to be changed in a significant way in the new film . including the fact that the setting will be modern day and that a private plane will be taking the place of a train. That being said, the relationship between the two lead characters »
It seems Ben Affleck and director David Fincher hit it off during the making of Gone Girl, as the two are expected to team up for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, the first remake of the great man's work since 1998's Psycho. According to Deadline, Gone Girl author and screen writer Gillian Flynn is also on board for the remake, which will possibly just be called Strangers. In the original, tennis pro Guy Haines meets the charming, yet psychotic, Bruno on a train, which sets in motion a plan to pull off the perfect crime, with both strangers tasked with murdering the other's respective thorn in their side. This modernised version would take on slightly meta aspect, with Affleck as an actor in the middle of an Oscar campaign who accepts a ride on a wealthy stranger's private jet after his own plane breaks down. »
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The remake will be a contemporary version and will switch the pivotal meeting from a train to a plane. The film will reportedly be titled Strangers, and Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, is also said to be in talks to write the screenplay.
As per Deadline, “Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star–in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season–whose private plane breaks »
- Thomas Roach
"Gone Girl" writer Gillian Flynn recently revealed that would like to reunite with Ben Affleck and director David Fincher for a sequel. While that will likely not happen, now comes word that the trio may reunite for an entirely new project. THR is reporting that Flynn, Affleck and Fincher are working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 classic "Strangers on a Train," which would star Affleck as the character Farley Granger played in the original. In "Strangers on a Train," a psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder... a theory that he plans to implement. »
Above: the great Italian filmmaker, Francesco Rosi, has passed away at the age of 92. Takao Saito, the Japanese cinematographer and frequent collaborator with Akira Kurosawa, has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for his turn in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, actor Rod Taylor has passed away at the age of 84. It started out as a very casual conversation on Twitter (and eventually Facebook), but Kevin B. Lee has put together an impressive poll of the best films of the decade at its halfway mark, with nearly 300 people factoring in to the results. Here's a peep at the top 10, and you can click here to see all the details:
1. The Tree of Life (103 votes)
2. Certified Copy (91 votes)
3. The Master (76 votes)
4. Margaret (68 votes)
5. Holy Motors (66 votes)
6. A Separation (64 votes)
7. Under the Skin (61 votes)
8. Inside Llewyn Davis (59 votes)
9. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (45 votes)
10. Boyhood (44 votes)
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No strangers to suspense! Gone Girl director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck are set to team up again for an upcoming Alfred Hitchcock remake, Deadline reports. The duo, who successfully adapted the best-selling thriller Gone Girl in 2014, earning critical praise and Golden Globe nominations to boot, will be putting a modern spin on Hitchcock’s 1951 classic Strangers on a Train. Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is currently in talks to write the film’s script. The movie, titled Strangers, is set to take place on a [...] »
The films of Alfred Hitchcock still provide rich pickings for modern filmmakers, in spite of the fact that the last full-on remake was Gus Van Sant's ill-advised take on Psycho. Thus, Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder went back to the Dial M For Murder source material, whilst the Shia Labeouf-headlined Disturbia was inspired by the wonderful Rear Window.
Next up then? It might just be Strangers On A Train. Warner Bros is trying to get a remake of the 1951 original together, and it's recruiting the team behind Gone Girl to do it. Thus, the studio wants novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher to take the job on.
The new version will be modernised (taking place in the middle of an Oscar campaign, »
Strangers on a Train, written by Patricia Highsmith, has a brilliantly simple premise. Two total strangers -- Guy, a famous tennis player, and Bruno, the son of a wealthy businessman -- exchange grievances on a train, where one of them proposes that the solution to both of their problems lies in murder. Bruno will kill Guy's wife if Guy agrees to kill Bruno's old man. Since they're total strangers with no conceivable motives connecting them to the victims, the police can never pin the crime on them, making it a perfect plan. Until nothing goes to plan, that is. Alfred Hitchcock directed a famous adaptation of it back in 1951, and since then the same plot has been used all over the place, from big-name movies like Throw Momma from the Train to even a...
- Peter Hall
Team Gone Girl is reuniting for another dark tale of suspense and danger. Only this time, they’re headed for remake territory, as David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn will create a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train.The new thriller, currently just called Strangers, tweaks some of the details as it updates the story. Flynn will write the script about a film star (Affleck) deep in the middle of an Oscar campaign who needs to hitch a ride when the private plane he’s been using to jet around the country breaks down. He believes his luck has changed when a wealthy stranger offers him a lift to Los Angeles on his own swanky airborne craft. Things take a turn for the complicated from there.Fincher and co. are keeping the rest of the details to themselves for now, according to Deadline, so we »
Ben Affleck is reteaming with his Gone Girl director David Fincher! The 42-year-old actor will star in a remake of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train for Warner Bros. called Strangers. Fincher is set to direct and Gillian Flynn, who adapted her novel Gone Girl for the hit film, is in talks to write the script. The 1951 Strangers on a Train followed the story of two strangers who meet on a train before negotiating a plan to carry out murders for each other. However, according to Deadline, the remake will star Affleck as "a movie star—in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season—whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to L.A. on another plane by a »
On the heels of their box-office hit Gone Girl, the star and the director will reunite for a film based on the 1951 classic in which two strangers meet on a train and conspire to carry out murders for one another. Gone Girl scribeGillian Flynn is expected to write the screenplay, which originally came from Patricia Highsmith's novel.
Hitchcock's film stars Farley Granger as tennis star Guy Haines who engages in a "criss-cross" murder swap with a stranger named Bruno (Robert Walker). Bruno agrees to kill Haines' wife and in exchange, Haines will kill Bruno's father. Since they are strangers with no link between them other than this fateful train ride, they will not be placed under police scrutiny as suspects.
Fincher's thriller is to move the initial meeting to a plane. »
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