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The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »
- Michelle McCue
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel, the 1930s set story follows Hollywood's first wunderkind studio executive Monroe Stahr as he climbs to the height of power against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
A decade ago it would have been difficult to imagine Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman sharing top billing for a movie; however, in 2015, it’s hardly a surprise that the pair of iconic 90s stars – alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor – are stuck in a tepid remake of 2009’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner El Secreto de sus Ojos (which translates to the English title Secret In Their Eyes).
For those unfamiliar with the original, it takes place in a world of departmental obstacles and corruptive cover-ups and follows a man named Ray (Ejiofor), who enlists the help of Claire (Kidman) to seek justice for their colleague Jess (Roberts) after her daughter’s dead body is melodramatically discovered in a dumpster.
Set amongst a team of counter-terrorism investigators, the plot alternately unfolds in 2002 – in the aftermath of the murder and paranoid wake of the 9/11 attacks – and in the present day, 2015 – as Ray asks Claire, »
- Zachary Shevich
Foregoing the emotion at the core of Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning drama The Secret in Their Eyes, Billy Ray’s cold procedural remake (titled Secret in Their Eyes, evidently taking advice from Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker) walks the walk, transplanting the story to a post-9/11 Los Angeles from 1970’s Argentina. The motivations are somewhat different this time around. Instead of writing a novel, Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) returns to his old stomping grounds to pay a visit to the one that got away: both his work crush Claire (Nicole Kidman) and a murder suspect whom he thinks he’s located.
The murder in question occurs adjacent to a mosque under surveillance by the joint counter terrorism task force. This partnership between the local FBI field office, in 2002, is led by a prosecutor with political ambition named Morales (Alfred Molina). The women raped and murdered is Carolyn Cobb (Zoe Graham »
- John Fink
The Eyes Have It: Ray’s Unnecessary Remakes Pales Next to Source
Thanks to mainstream America’s huffy dismissal of subtitles when it comes to cinema, we continue with another unnecessary remake of a foreign film, Secret in Their Eyes, an English language, celebrity studded face-lift of Argentinean Juan Jose Campanella’s 2009 title (which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film that year). Screenwriter Billy Ray, after snagging his own Oscar nod in 2014 for penning Captain Philips, makes his third directorial effort here, following 2007’s Breach and 2003’s Shattered Glass. Reworking Campanella’s pulpy subtext into a post 9/11 Los Angeles neo noir, kudos to Ray for revisiting a particularly awkward moment within a provocative framework. But the result is a glossy, Hollywood reworking which never feels better than a subpar rehash of something much greater. To be fair, Campanella’s original has its own set of problems, with »
- Nicholas Bell
Written and Directed by Billy Ray
Thrillers that contain no thrills aren’t exactly a rarity in Hollywood. It comes as no surprise, then, that Secret in Their Eyes fails to quicken a pulse. More surprising is its complete inability to establish tone, mood, or any sense of escalating tension. Everyone, including writer-director Billy Ray and leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, does acceptable work, but there’s just no pop here. The bar was simply set too high with Campanella’s 2009 Oscar Winner, making this tepid remake feel both ill-advised and ill-conceived.
“Passion always wins,” is an ironic mantra for Secret in Their Eyes considering what a dispassionate film it truly is. Perhaps a more accurate theme would be, “The past determines the present.” Every character seems doomed to travel »
- J.R. Kinnard
The next 2015 blockbuster is upon us. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 marks the final installment in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novels and looks to become the first $100+ million opener since Minions back in July. Joining the pre-Thanksgiving fray is the Secret in Their Eyes remake and The Night Before starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie. Meanwhile, Spectre hopes to maintain some kind of a foothold as audience competition heats up. Ending any kind of made up suspense, yes, Mockingjay 2 will become 2015's fifth $100+ million opener. Part 1 opened with $121.8 million last year and Part 2 should be in that same vicinity this year. The plus-minus, however, is up for debate. The first Hunger Games opened with $152.5 million back in 2012 and Catching Fire topped that by six million a year-and-a-half later and still holds the November opening weekend record with $158 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 was unable to match that, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Politics and procedure get in the way of justice in “Secret In Their Eyes,” a clunky and increasingly absurd Americanized adaptation of the 2009 Argentinean import (itself based on a 2005 novel) that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Led by an all-star cast that still can’t make the material’s plot twists anything less than groan-worthy, this thriller from Billy Ray (writer of “The Hunger Games” and “Captain Phillips,” director of “Shattered Glass”) concerns the murder of a young teenage girl named Carolyn (Zoe Graham), who’s found one 2002 Los Angeles morning in a dumpster next to a mosque being watched by FBI agent Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) — officially part of the counter-terrorism team — and his partner Jess (Julia Roberts). When they arrive at the scene, they’re horrified to discover that the victim is Jess’ daughter. And worse still, that there are almost no clues (save for a »
- Nick Schager
When casting a play, film or TV show, directors will often do something called a “chemistry read,” because choosing the right actors for the role isn’t always as important as selecting performers who will click with each other. The idea of casting for chemistry should perhaps have played a larger part of Billy Ray‘s process in putting together “Secret of Their Eyes,” because he’s given us three very talented actors who seem to be working in three different movies. Writer-director Ray (“Shattered Glass”) assembles Chiwitel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts in a remake of the 2010 Argentine thriller that. »
- Alonso Duralde
Long-buried truths are exhumed, and a foreign-language Oscar winner gets a clever but workmanlike Hollywood retooling, in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a time-shuffling tale of murder, corruption, paranoia and the many varieties of obses sion. Neatly swapping in post-9/11 counterterrorism for late-’70s Argentinean political upheaval, writer-director Billy Ray’s thriller-procedural plays like a serviceable feat of narrative surgery, though it does boast one masterstroke in the reworking of a key role, played here by Julia Roberts with a piercing restraint that silences any lingering doubt that she was born to be more than just America’s sweetheart. This second major release from Stx Entertainment (after the recent sleeper hit “The Gift”) should parlay its cast names, including Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, into solid year-end counterprogramming.
- Justin Chang
Did Juan José Campanella‘s Secret in Their Eyes really need to get remade in English? Eh, probably not. But it happened anyway, so all we can really do now is hope for the best. At least there’s reason to be ever-so-slightly optimistic: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, and Nicole Kidman head up the new cast, and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) directs. That’s […]
- Angie Han
13 Films is handling international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market, which launches Nov. 4. Wme Global is handling North American rights.
Based on the play of the same name by Michael Ashton, the film follows a fictionalized account of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s meetings with Piet Blomfield, a murderer who seeks redemption for the atrocities he has committed while he serves a life sentence in prison in post-apartheid South Africa.
The project has been in development for several years with Whitaker attached.
“Forest Whitaker brings a great sense of depth and power »
- Dave McNary
"Fatal Attraction" and "Indecent Proposal" director Adrian Lyne, "Shattered Glass" writer Billy Ray and actress Nicole Kidman are slated to team for the thriller "Silent Wife" which is based on the bestselling 2013 A.S.A. Harrison novel of the same name.
The story focuses on a husband who starts an affair with the early twenty-something daughter of his best friend. His wife (Kidman) soon discovers the affair, and plots his murder.
Kidman and Per Saari are producing the project which would be Lyne's first film since 2002's "Unfaithful". Though he's considered a few projects in the past thirteen years, this one is reportedly rather serious.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
★★★★★ Closed Curtain (2013), Jafar Panahi's symbolically charged follow-up to his critically acclaimed This Is Not a Film (2012), is about state repression, censorship, depression and the intersection between art and reality. Echoes of the former Soviet Union's 'Iron Curtain' are reflected in the title. The superb opening shot is filmed through the security grill of a window; an image reinforced by the bars of an iron fence directly in front of it. A car draws up. Two men approach the house. All that can be heard is the faint sound of birdsong. The first man, carrying a black bag, enters the house and we hear him set down his bag and keys. He accepts a suitcase and box of water from the second who then drives off.
As the camera's perspective moves to the interior, the man (co-director Kamboziya Partovi) closes the curtains of the main living space. He uses black fabric, »
- CineVue UK
It seems portraying despicable charmer Jordan Belfort in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street has given Leonardo Di Caprio a taste for bad, because he’ll be playing an outright psychopath in his next outing with director Martin Scorsese. The two are reuniting for an adaptation of Erik Larson’s nonfiction book The Devil in the White City for Paramount.
The book follows events at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, where amid the lights and fanfare, a serial killer was at work. The murderer in question, Dr. Hh Holmes will be played by Di Caprio, with screenwriting duties falling to pedigreed scribe Billy Ray (The Hunger Games & Shattered Glass). Apparently there was a ton of other interest from competing studios like Universal and Fox for the books’ rights, but Paramount snapped them up as soon as Scorsese and Di Caprio showed interest.
Apparently Ray’s take »
- Daniel Kelly
A book that Hollywood has long tried to wrangle is once again being given a fresh jolt of life, with a killer creative team. Erik Larson's terrific book "The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America" has been kicking around for years, but has failed to get made despite high profile folks like David Fincher and Kathryn Bigelow taking a look at various points. But this combo is one that's hard to beat. Deadline reports that Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will continue their bromance with the project, with Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Captain Phillips") tasked with writing the script. The true story is a fascinating one, with the book recounting the depraved acts of a deadly serial killer as it plays out against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago's World Fair, and how the event quickly transformed the mid-sized city into a bustling, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Leonardo DiCaprio will re-team with regular collaborator Martin Scorsese for the long-in-development film adaptation of Erik Larson's non-fiction book "The Devil in The White City" at Paramount Pictures.
The project has been in the works for over a decade with Paramount being the latest to take a shot, the third time in fact they've done so with Cruise/Wagner setting up the book there in 2003. Rights lapsed, Paramount picked them up again in 2007. Rights lapsed again and so DiCaprio's Appian Way acquired them 2010. They then went to Warners in 2011. They lapsed, and now Paramount has them again.
Set against the backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, it tells the intertwining stories of fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes, a charming sociopath who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure victims.
Complete with gas chamber and crematorium, Holmes would murder his victims »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar-nominated for 2013's “Captain Phillips," Billy Ray has won the runoff election for the open Writers Branch seat on the 2015–16 Board of Governors. He also wrote "The Hunger Games" (2012) and "Shattered Glass" (2003). The first-time governor will join fellow writers Phil Robinson and Robin Swicord on the Board. Ray beat out Larry Karaszewski, who had tied for the seat in the Board election earlier this month, only the second time in Academy history to show a tie; the last one was in 2009 in the Directors Branch. Three members represent each of 17 branches on the board, and serve three-year terms. Read More: Academy Picks New Board of Governors A full listing of the Academy’s 2015–16 Board of Governors is here. »
- Anne Thompson
Solid turns from Jonah Hill and James Franco, along with some disappointingly sidelined support from Felicity Jones, can’t save this muddled, real-life journo escapade from going the forgettable way of Kill the Messenger or Shattered Glass. Dropped from the New York Times for playing fast and loose with his facts, reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) becomes the confidante of Christian Longo (Franco) who is awaiting trial for the murder of his wife and children. As a fugitive, Longo had used Finkel’s name as an alias, but who is manipulating whom in their pre-trial chats? Unlike the infamous Joe McGinniss/Jeffrey MacDonald face-off savagely documented in Janet Malcolm’s book The Journalist and the Murderer (the 1990 urtext to which all such stories aspire), the symbiotic relationship between Finkel and Longo is neither complex, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Drawing the basics of your script from a novel that has already been adapted overseas to Oscar-winning effect can be a daunting challenge. But it’s one that Shattered Glass writer/director Billy Ray has taken on with Secret In Their Eyes, bringing Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts along with him. The first trailer has now arrived.Taken from Eduardo Sacheri’s novel La Pregunta De Sus Ojos, this new film is attempting to follow Juan José Campanella’s 2009 Argentinian effort The Secret In Their Eyes, which went home with the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2010 Oscars. Along with knocking off that initial “The”, Ray tweaked the plot to add in more of a female presence in the lead when Roberts expressed her interest.The story follows similar lines, with Roberts and Ejiofor as FBI colleagues called to investigate a body found brutally murdered and left in a dumpster. »
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