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'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo': How Enya's music became the tune of torture

22 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

[To those who have yet to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Beware, here thar be spoilers.]

Plenty of cinema’s violent scenes have been underscored by equally violent music (take the staccato stabs of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho theme), but sometimes the best way to bring the horror into full relief is with something completely incongruous. One of the few times The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo takes a break from Trent Reznor’s thrumming, entrancing score is during one of its more harrowing scenes, when Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgard) has trapped Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) in his murder den and is preparing to wreak havoc on his pursuer. What music does the serial killer and »

- Keith Staskiewicz

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The importance of title sequences in the movies

19 December 2011 7:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo reminds us, a powerful title sequence can have a huge impact. Here’s Ryan’s celebration of a resurgent art form…

David Fincher’s version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens with a booming, teacup-rattling title sequence, in which hideous forms – some technological, others biological – ooze in and out of black oil and fire. Cut to the howls and thunderous riff of Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of The Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin, it’s an aggressive statement of intent, as though Fincher’s violently stamping his authority on a property that was only adapted for the screen two years ago.

Fincher’s no stranger to opening his films with a dazzling display of sound and imagery. Images of pain and suffering are compiled by nimble, evil fingers to the music of Nine Inch Nails at the beginning of Seven. »

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‘Anvil!’ Director Sacha Gervasi Set For Hollywood Adaptation of Norwegian Heist Film ‘Headhunters’

15 December 2011 1:36 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With David Fincher‘s adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo arriving in theaters next week, it reminds us of the difficulty of detaching from source material and making your own mark. I’ll likely be in the minority, but I didn’t think he exceeded at doing so, with many of the original’s problems carrying over. The same can be said for Matt ReevesLet Me In, who said he was going directly from the novel, yet many visuals were nearly identical from Tomas Alfredson‘s Let The Right One In.

The original isn’t as popular as either two examples before, but a similar situation may be brewing with Headhunters. The Norwegian heist novel was written by Jo Nesbo and already adapted into a film by Morten Tyldum (who is making his own debut stateside with a recently announced project). Deadline now reports that Summit Entertainment »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Summit Sets Sacha Gervasi To Adapt Novel ‘Headhunters’ By Jo Nesbo

14 December 2011 6:01 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Sacha Gervasi has been set by Summit Entertainment to adapt Headhunters, the English language adaptation of the Jo Nesbo novel.  Marianne Gray, Ole Sondberg, and Berna Levin will produce via the Yellow Bird production banner. Yellow Bird produced the Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and is a producer of the upcoming Hollywood trilogy that begins with the David Fincher-directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Similarly, Headhunters was first made into a Norwegian film by director Morten Tyldum, with Yellow Bird among the producers. In the wake of the success by Larsson, the Norwegian author Nesbo’s crime thrillers have become big business. The book was published in the Us by Doubleday and became a bestseller. The novel is about a corporate headhunter steals valuable artwork from the homes of his applicants. After his latest heist goes awry, the headhunter finds himself in over his »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Diamonds Are Forever 40th Year Anniversary Retrospective

14 December 2011 10:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It is, some say, a Roger Moore Bond movie without Roger Moore in it. That’s because Diamonds Are Forever — which celebrates its 40th anniversary this week — is as camp as Glastonbury in June.

Camp? Yes. Camp. Look at the evidence: it has saucy innuendo galore (“You seem to have caught me with more than my hands up”); a Shirley Bassey-delivered title track with Don Black’s ‘ooh-er’ lyrics; a gaudy Las Vegas setting; gay hit men; a moon buggy chase; plus Ernst Stavro Blofeld holding the world to ransom with an outer-space death ray. You know. That kind of camp.

It might have been different had George Lazenby returned for a second bite at Bond, or if American actor John Gavin (from Psycho) had played 007. In fact, Gavin had already signed a contract but, at the last minute, due to studio jitters, Sean Connery was made an offer »

- Tony Greenway

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'Saw' Sequels On The Way, 'Evil Dead' Plot Revealed

8 December 2011 1:21 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

If you thought "Saw 3D" was going to be the last installment of the gory franchise, then you might want to sit down for this news. The rest of us can stand, because we saw this coming a mile away — every diehard horror fan knows that a movie claiming to be the "final" installment isn't really finished for good!

Lionsgate has just revealed that a new "Saw" flick is on the way. During an interview with CNBC, Vice Chairman Michael Burns got a little chatty about the company's big moneymaker. "I'm sure, some day, you'll see 'Saw' back in the picture," Burns said.

It makes sense, at least financially; Lionsgate has a potential franchise in "Hunger Games," but could certainly use backup from the reliable "Saw" series. From a fan standpoint, anyone who watched James Wan's "Insidious" could have guessed this was coming. Some of you may »

- Alison Nastasi

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Helen Mirren joins 'Alfred Hitchcock'

8 December 2011 12:24 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Helen Mirren is in talks to join the cast of Montecito's adaptation of the Stephen Rebello non-fiction book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil! The Story of Anvil") is directing.The project had been set up at Paramount but is now moving to Fox Searchlight.The 1998 book focuses on Hitchcock, at the height of his influence as a director, who decided to make a horror movie ("Psycho") that no studio wanted. He had to come up with the financing on his own and was vindicated when the film became a hit and eventually became one of the most influential films of all time. John McLaughlin ("Black Swan") wrote the adaptation, which will center »

- Adnan Tezer

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Helen Mirren To Join Hopkins On Hitchcock Biopic

8 December 2011 11:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fox Searchlight have greenlit a biopic of legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock after being stuck in the development stage for the past four years at Paramount Pictures. Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins has been attached to play Hitchcock since the projects early beginnings while Helen Mirren is now expected to take the role of his wife Alma Reville. The film is set to take place during the making of his most iconic film Psycho, hence the projects obvious current title Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho.

Black Swan scribe John Mclaughlin has penned the script based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that charts Hitchcock’s struggles to get his film made.Anvil: The Story Of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi is set to helm.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter »

- Craig Hunter

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Hitchcock Biopics Collide: Sienna Miller and Toby Jones Join ‘The Girl;’ Helen Mirren Eyes ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’

8 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

After years of development projects trying to get a movie about Alfred Hitchcock on the screen, two are coming close to fruition. The first is Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same title. (Rebello co-scripted with Black Swan writer John McLaughlin.) The film has had Anthony Hopkins set to play Hitch for a while, and just moved from Paramount to Fox Searchlight. And now Helen Mirren will likely play Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville. Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing this one, the subject of which should be pretty evident from the title, and THR [1] says that this deal is still in early stages, but the film hopes to shoot in April. After the break, part of the creation of The Birds will hit HBO and the BBC. The other film is The Girl, which HBO Films will co-produce with the BBC. »

- Russ Fischer

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Daily Briefing. Another Hitchcock Story

8 December 2011 8:29 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Just yesterday, we got word from Deadline's Nancy Tartaglione that Sienna Miller and Toby Jones would be playing Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock in the BBC-hbo co-production, The Girl. Later that same day, the Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit broke the news that, after four years in development, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho "is in the process of being set up at Fox Searchlight. Anthony Hopkins, who is attached to play Hitchcock, and Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), who is directing, are making the move and are being joined by Helen Mirren, who will play the filmmaker's wife, Alma Reville."

The Playlist's Kevin Jagernauth: "The subject matter is great stuff for movie buffs. Psycho was a project that Paramount hated. Hitchcock was originally going to direct No Bail for the Judge with Audrey Hepburn but had to scrap those plans when the actress became pregnant. So he moved on to Psycho, »

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Helen Mirren in talks to play Mrs Hitchcock opposite Anthony Hopkins

8 December 2011 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor looks set to play Alma Reville in Sacha Gervasi's film adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

Helen Mirren looks set to join Anthony Hopkins on Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film, based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello documenting the story behind the 1960 horror film, was in production with Paramount for four years, originally destined to be a mini-series, before moving over to Fox Searchlight.

In the director's chair is Sacha Gervasi, whose previous credits include madcap music mockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. John McLaughlin, screenwriter of Black Swan, has adapted the book for the big screen.

Mirren is pencilled in to play Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife, and the film examines their relationship against the backdrop of production on Psycho – which initially struggled to find finance, but which has since been lauded as one of the director's finest. The book, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Anthony Hopkins to play Alfred Hitchcock in biopic - Realbollywood.com News

8 December 2011 5:05 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 8: Anthony Hopkins has signed up to play Alfred Hitchcock in a biopic based on the legendary director.

The role will mark the actors' latest real-person portrayal, the British-born movie star has also played former Us president Richard Nixon, artist Pablo Picasso, bike racer Burt Munro, former British leader David Lloyd George and writer Charles Dickens onscreen.

According to CinemaBlend.com, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same name, Contactmusic reported.

The film will be directed by Sasha Gervasi and Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to play. »

- Rahul Kapoor

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Helen Mirren to play Hitchcock's wife - Realbollywood.com News

8 December 2011 4:53 AM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, Dec 8: Dame Helen Mirren is set to play Alfred Hitchcock's wife in a new biopic.

The 'Arthur' actress looks likely to join the cast of 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho' as Alma Reville alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins, who has been attached to play the legendary filmmaker for around a year, though insiders told the Hollywood Reporter that negotiations are still in the early stages.

'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho' is based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book about how the director, at the height of his career success, wanted to make a "lowly" horror movie.

The movie - which has. »

- Amith Ostwal

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Helen Mirren In Talks To Join Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho

8 December 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren is reportedly in talks to join Sacha Gervasi's upcoming biopic Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho for the part of Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that multi-award winning actress Helen Mirren may sign on to play a role in the upcoming biopic film Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho. Mirren's tentative role is that of Alma Reville, wife of the famed director. The film, which will be directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), has been in production for four years at Paramount Pictures. Black Swan scribe John McLaughlin wrote the script and Anthony Hopkins is attached to star as Hitchcock himself. Everything is still in the early stages but rumors swirl that production could begin as »

- David Anderson

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Helen Mirren might be Alfred Hitchcock's wife

8 December 2011 2:52 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Get a pair of Oscar winners together, and you're bound to get anyone talking about an upcoming film. That's now the case with Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, a film that's been gestating for about four years, but appears to be moving forward as it's attempting to assemble a cast. The film recently switched directors from Glee's Ryan Murphy to Anvil!'s Sasha Gervasi, and Anthony Hopkins is still supposedly set to play the lead as Alfred Hitchcock as he makes perhaps his most »

- Paul Tassi

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Helen Mirren Playing Hitchcock's Wife

8 December 2011 1:51 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Helen Mirren has joined the cast of the dramatic comedy "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" says Heat Vision.

Adapted from Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book, Anthony Hopkins will portray Hitchcock with the story focusing on his quest to make his 1960 horror classic "Psycho" - a film no studio wanted a part of at the time.

Hitchcock ultimately secured financing himself. Mirren will play his wife Alma Reville, a talented editor in her own right who was particularly good at error correction including dialogue revision, plot inconsistencies and continuity problems such as Janet Leigh's swallowing while playing dead during the infamous "Psycho" shower scene.

Previously set up at Paramount Pictures, the project is now at Fox Searchlight. Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil: The Story of Anvil") directs from a script by John J. McLaughlin ("Black Swan") and author Stephen Rebello. Shooting kicks off in April. »

- Garth Franklin

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Helen Mirren to play Alfred Hitchcock wife in 'The Making of Psycho'?

8 December 2011 1:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Helen Mirren is in discussions for a role in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The Debt actress is in line to play Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The adaptation of Stephen Rebello's non-fiction tale of the making of the classic movie has been in the works for several years. It was initially being developed at Paramount by Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, who acquired Anthony Hopkins for the lead role. Hopkins remains attached, but the film is now (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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Anthony Hopkins to play Hitchcock - Realbollywood.com News

7 December 2011 10:57 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 8: Veteran actor Anthony Hopkins has been roped in to play legendary director Alfred Hitchcock in a new biopic.

The film 'Alfred Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho' is based on Stephen Rebello's book of the same name and will be directed by Sasha Gervasi.

Actress Dame Helen Mirren is in talks to play Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, according to CinemaBlend.com.

The film will chronicle Hitchcock's experiences while filming the thriller 'Psycho' in the late 1950s. 'Psycho' became an instant classic when it was released in 1960 and many film fans claim it is the director's greatest work,. »

- Shiva Prakash

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Searchlight to Tell the Take of 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho'

7 December 2011 9:16 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

After four years in development at Paramount, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is in the process of being set up at Fox Searchlight, says Heat Vision. Anthony Hopkins, who is still attached to play Hitchcock, and Sacha Gervasi, who is directing, are making the move and are being joined by Helen Mirren, who will play the filmmaker's wife, Alma Reville. Sources caution that the dealmaking behind the move and Mirren boarding is in the early stages, but an April production start is being eyed. The project is based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a "lowly" horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially, so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. The movie, of course, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time. »

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Helen Mirren Might Be Hitchcock's Wife

7 December 2011 6:50 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Things have been somewhat quiet recently around long-gestating bio-drama Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho. But now things are definitely looking up, with Helen Mirren now in negotiations to play the famed filmmaker’s wife, Alma Reville.The Hitchcock pic has been in development for years now, originally springing to life at Paramount, where Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy originally tempted Anthony Hopkins to play the lead.Since then, though, Murphy has left and Anvil! The Story Of Anvil director Sasha Gervasi has stepped in and Fox Searchlight is now backing the project, which still boasts Hopkins.The script is by Black Swan co-writer John McLaughlin and Stephen Rebello, who wrote the eponymous book that chronicles Hitch’s struggle to make Psycho even when he was at the height of his career. With none of the studios willing to lower themselves to make a horror film, he had to scrape »

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