15 items from 2014
IndieWire takes the Verge to task for publishing a pro-torrent essay on Expendables 3
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Newsweek explains the recent Buzzfeed scandal in the only way anyone should... through gifs of Shattered Glass
- NATHANIEL R
Years ago Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) was hired to direct an English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a huge success, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. A Us remake seemed all but inevitable, but it has taken a long time to move forward. […]
- Russ Fischer
• Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to star in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who discover an infant and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the child as their own in post-World War I Australia. Fassbender can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [THR]
• Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly the top choice to star opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5. She was supposed to work with Cruise on Joseph Kosinski’s 2013 film Oblivion, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Since as far back as the fall of 2010, director Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass), who just earned an Oscar nomination for writing Captain Phillips, has been attached to write and direct a remake of Best Foreign Language Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes (or El Secreto de Sus Ojos in Spanish). The project was once set up at Warner Bros. with Denzel Washington circling a lead role in 2011, but now Deadline has word that Chiwetel Ejiofor is stepping for that part, and Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the other lead role in a crime thriller about a former Mi-5 agent who returns to Boston, still obsessed with an unsolved murder. As the former agent teams with an FBI task force, he attempts to find closure for this past case, while also dealing with his unreciprocated love with his superior, something else that still haunts him years later. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
When Argentinian film The Secret In Their Eyes picked up an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010, an American remake was quickly announced (of course). Set up at Warner Bros. with Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Captain Phillips) on scripting and directing duties, several actors have flirted with the project, including Denzel Washington. Now, the studio has found its two leads, as THR eports that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow will star in the upcoming remake.
While the story will stay mostly the same, there will be a few changes. The remake will have Ejiofor as an Mi-5 agent who goes to Boston to help the FBI “close the books on an unsolved murder.” When the truth is revealed though, it leads to a shocking discovery that no one could have ever expected.
While I do remember enjoying Argentina’s Oscar-winning film when I saw it a couple of years ago, »
- Matt Joseph
Director Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") has had a remake of Argentina's Oscar winner thriller "The Secret in Their Eyes" in the works for a few years, set up and then languishing at Warner Bros., and now rejuvenated at Im Global, who's set to shop the film at the Cannes market. And they've got a tantalizing cast in place: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow. The remake pivots around a former Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) who can't shake his obsession with an unsolved murder, even as he's hired by the FBI and heads to Boston. He eventually uncovers some unthinkable secrets that shed a whole new light on past events. No word on Paltrow's role, but she'd presumably fill the shoes of Soledad Villamil's character from the original, a higher-up who Ricardo Darin's character (here Ejiofor) is in love with. Ejiofor nabbed an Oscar nomination earlier this year for Best Picture »
- Beth Hanna
First announced way back in 2010, not long after Argentinian film "The Secret In Their Eyes" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, a remake was in the works at Warner Bros. with Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Breach") slated to write and direct. The project hadn't shown signs of any real momentum, with word surfacing in 2011 that Denzel Washington had been offered the lead. He didn't take it, but two actors are now aboard with the movie now headed to the Cannes marketplace. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow are slated to star in the thriller, with Ray still on board to pen the script and get behind the camera. Whereas the first film was set firmly against the backdrop of decades of Argentinian politics, this revamp will follow an Mi-5 agent (Ejiofor) who goes to work alongside the FBI in Boston to help close the books on an unsolved murder, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In 2011, Denzel Washington was reportedly offered the lead role in this Warner Brothers remake of the Oscar-winning Argentine crime thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, which was directed by Juan José Campanella. Assuming Washington was indeed interested, he has now been replaced by Chiwetel Ejiofor - not a bad swap, I'm sure many of you would agree. International sales and distribution company Im Global has boarded the project, and will be shopping it at the Cannes Film Market (Marche du Film), which kicks off tomorrow (on the same day the main festival event also begins). Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass), who was said to »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Ray, who wrote and directed "Shattered Glass" and "Breach," is reconfiguring the original which will now focus on a former Mi-5 agent haunted by an unsolved case who discovers a shocking truth about past events.
Im Global is selling the project at Cannes.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
“Star Wars” announced its new cast this week, which of course lit up the Internet like someone had just blown up the Death Star.
That will change, hopefully, with the new movies, and at least qualitatively speaking, it’s one of the biggest challenges facing the new team of filmmakers.
Anticipation for the films ensures they’ll be popular. How well they satisfy a fan base as protective of a franchise as the “Star Wars” faithful is potentially another matter.
Photos: Meet the Cast of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’
Certainly, the original “Star Wars” benefited from Harrison Ford’s roguish charm, Mark Hamill’s boyish enthusiasm, Carrie Fisher’s plucky princess, and the gravity provided by those two great British actors, »
- Brian Lowry
Based on a Vanity Fair article, the story revolves around the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. A security guard (played Jonah Hill) reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot.
In other scribe news, TWC-Dimension have announced that Mark Bomback ("The Wolverine," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") has signed on to pen the film adaptation of Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway thriller "Veronica's Room".
The story follows two students enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. »
- Garth Franklin
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Since its broadcast on television in 2004, the Writers Guild of America Awards have been presented in a rather confusing fashion. And this year was no different. Due to the lack of co-ordination between the East and West Coast ceremonies, there were yet again a certain number of key winners, which were announced before the awards were actually presented. But nonetheless, this does not make the excitement for this year’s big winners any less.
In the three most important film categories, this year’s winners were Spike Jonze for Her, Billy Ray for Captain Phillips and Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell. On the small screen, the biggest winners of the night were 30 Rock and Breaking Bad, both in their final seasons, while Veep and House of Cards were also rewarded.
It was no shock that Jonze won in the category of Best Original Screenplay with his romantic drama Her »
- Tina Baraga
The California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist Stephen Glass’ request to practice law, arguing that his past history of erroneous reporting made him unfit to uphold the moral standards of the profession. The former New Republic reporter, whose web of deceptions was dramatized in the 2003 film “Shattered Glass,” has been trying to get admitted to the State Bar of California after being rejected by the New York State Bar. Glass’s attorneys maintain that he is a changed man, who did Pro bono legal work and reached out to the victims of his shoddy reporting. The court, however, questioned how genuine. »
- Brent Lang
A ridiculous performance can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending entirely on the context in which it is deployed. In a wildly over-the-top film, it can complement the wacky tone already established. In something a little more serious-minded, it can totally derail everything, ruining our suspension of disbelief and pulling us out of the narrative.
Though a ridiculous performance will often save a bad film from being outright awful (or at least lend it some perverse comic merit), it can also undo all of the good work that everyone else is aiming for.
These 10 films vary wildly in quality, from the genuinely quite good to the outright awful, but whatever progress they were at, their intentions were totally thrown off course by an actor who, either intentionally or by accident, decided to ham it up for the cheap seats, stealing the show either for better or for worse. »
- Jack Pooley
15 items from 2014
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