20 items from 2015
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. »
The thriller follows two colleagues called to investigate a body found brutally murdered and left in a dumpster - a body which turned out to be the teen daughter of one of them. Though they have a prime suspect, the case collapses and over the next thirteen years and so begins an obsessional drive to find the truth and resolve the case.
The new film, which comes from "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray, stars Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman along with a slightly shortened title and what is said to be a stronger female presence than the original. Today comes the first trailer for the film which you can see below:
- Garth Franklin
A star-studded remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian thriller, also starring Nicole Kidman, has Roberts out for revenge against the man who killed her daughter
But with a stellar cast and Billy Ray, the director of Shattered Glass and Breach, on board, it might not be the disaster that many expected. The first trailer for the remake has landed and has Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts as FBI investigators working with their Da supervisor, played by Nicole Kidman.
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- Benjamin Lee
The original The Secret in Their Eyes Juan Jose Campanella won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, swept the Argentinian equivalent of the Oscars, and now sits comfortably in the IMDb Top 250. Though it didn’t make our list of Top 10 Foot Chases, it has one of the best long takes around and was an incredible mix of romance, suspense, and revenge.
Six years later an American remake has arrived from Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass) starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the first trailer looks promising. I would’ve never guessed Julia would ever take the role of the hardened detective out for revenge, but here she is. Here’s the full synopsis:
A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators – Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along with their District Attorney supervisor Claire (Nicole Kidman) – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess »
- Brian Welk
Stx Entertainment has released a new trailer for the upcoming thriller Secret in Their Eyes. Based on the 2009 Argentine film of the same name, the movie stars Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor as FBI agents Jess and Ray, respectively, whose lives are turned upside down when Jess’ daughter is found murdered, for seemingly no reason. Years later, their inability to bring the killer to justice still haunts Ray—until he finds a new lead that may prove integral to catching the murderer and giving his colleague (and himself) some peace. The dramatic thriller is the third directorial effort from Billy Ray, who previously wrote and helmed Shattered Glass and Breach but is best known for penning the screenplays for films like The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. I’ve not seen the original Secret in Their Eyes so I can only speak to Ray’s iteration, but the film looks »
- Adam Chitwood
You could argue that Juan José Campanella‘s 2009 Argentinian thriller Secret in Their Eyes didn’t really need an English-language remake, and you’d probably be right. But as far as unnecessary remakes go, this one actually looks pretty promising. Directed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), the new Secret in Their Eyes stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, and […]
The post ‘Secret in Their Eyes’ Trailer: Chiwetel Ejiofor Cracks an Old Case appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
If there is one movie that didn't need a remake, it's Juan José Campanella's Oscar winning "Secret In Their Eyes." And yet, one can't deny that the combo of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, along with "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray is a compelling one. But the question still lingers of why this story needed to be retold, and what could be improved. “I felt that as great as that movie is, and I literally mean great, I felt that it needed to be made into a slightly more muscular version of itself, and that just meant it needed a little bit more story and a couple of things I thought were sort of uniquely American touches to justify retelling the story,” Ray told EW. “I’m pretty confident we found all that.” Read More: New First Look Photos: 'Secret In Their Eyes' With Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In 2009, director Juan J. Campanella and his Argentine crime thriller film, "El Secreto De Sus Ojos" ("The Secret In Their Eyes") scored international acclaim when the critically regarded film went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Of course, naturally, when a movie’s that good, but not in English, Hollywood assume, and perhaps not incorrectly, that only so many North American audiences will actually watch it. Thus, it’s time for an English-Language remake. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For 'Secret In Their Eyes' With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts Written and directed by Billy Ray (the writer of “Captain Phillips,” the director of “Shattered Glass”) “Secret In Their Eyes” is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. Here’s the official synopsis: A tight-knit team of rising FBI investigators - Ray (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (Julia Roberts), along. »
- Edward Davis
Ever since he portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels actor Hayden Christensen has had a hard time of it. Fans took their frustrations with the modern trilogy out on him, blaming his wooden acting for making the films so bad and forgetting that an actor is limited by their script and director. He did though star in Shattered Glass which earned him some acting praise and his turn in Jumper was a lot of fun.
The last we heard of Christensen he was starring in Outcast with Nicolas Cage which meant one of two things; it was either going to be really good, or really bad. Our money is on it being really bad but we’re hopeful that Christensen’s next release American Heist might be a little better. The film sees Hayden star alongside Academy Award winner Adrien Brody in American Hesit. The synopsis of the »
- Kat Smith
Netflix continues to forge on into the world of film: The network has acquired Special Correspondents, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana, for 2016. In a very Gervais-ian role, Bana plays an arrogant radio journalist who fakes front-line war reports from the comfort of his Manhattan apartment. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos called it "classic Ricky Gervais" for its biting, satirical bent. Gervais, meanwhile, kissed the ring of Sarandos, calling him the "new Godfather of entertainment." We're thinking it'll be like Shattered Glass, only older, funnier, and less maniacal. »
- E. Alex Jung
While American remakes of European films have always been met with much trepidation, but the latest in the long line, The Secret In Their Eyes, could be the most exciting yet. Based on the 2009 film, the new version is hotly tipped to be in and around awards season come the end of the year.
Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) writes and directs the film, which has begun filming, with an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart), Nicole Kidman (Before I Go To Sleep) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) as his leads and television stars Michael Kelly (House Of Cards) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) heading the supporting cast.
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, »
- Scott J. Davis
There are few more disturbing scenes than the violent conclusion to Heavenly Creatures. Peter Jackson’s film introduced not only future Oscar-winner Kate Winslet to the world in 1994, but also the talents and charm of Melanie Lynskey. The New Zealander has since become a stalwart supporting actor in the likes of Up In the Air, Shattered Glass and The Informant.
Her gig as Rose in the incomprehensibly popular sitcom Two and a Half Men now wrapped, she is currently impressing in Togetherness, HBO’s new show from the Duplass brothers which aired its first season finale on Sunday. With roles in indie flicks Happy Christmas, We’ll Never Have Paris and Goodbye To All That reaching Antipodean screens in 2015, Lynskey spoke to Guardian Australia about her penchant for realism, »
- Interview by Alexander Bisley
Listen, we're not thrilled that the excellent, Oscar-winning "The Secret In Their Eyes" is getting a remake either, but you couldn't ask for a better team to be bringing it together. "Shattered Glass" writer/director Billy Ray is behind the camera, and he has lined up Nicole Kidman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Julia Roberts in the lead roles, with guys like Michael Kelly ("House Of Cards") and Dean Norris ("Breaking Bad") in support. Filming is underway, but the first look at the movie has arrived in advance of its October 23rd release. Here's the official synopsis: Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Billy Ray (Captain Phillips,The Hunger Games), and produced by Academy Award® winner Mark Johnson (Rain Man, “Breaking Bad”), Secret In Their Eyes is an intense, powerful, haunting thriller starring Academy Award® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Academy Award® winners Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. A tight-knit »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hayden Christensen proved in the film Shattered Glass that he was a far better actor than you'd necessarily think by the end of the much-maligned Star Wars prequels. Heavily criticised for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, to be fair to Christensen, not too many people came out of those movies with their acting reputations enhanced.
"George Lucas is a dear friend of my family", Cage told the site. »
Truth is strange, but hardly any more interesting than fiction in “True Story,” a perplexingly serious new collaboration for James Franco and Jonah Hill. In Franco’s case, this macabre project plays right into the label-defying star’s ongoing exploration of slippery identities (here he plays a sociopath beyond redemption). Even so, one wonders just how eager audiences will be to watch a tony adaptation of ex-New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s self-serving memoir, a conscience-cleanser written to redeem himself after being tarred and feathered for inventing a composite character in a high-profile cover story.
Unlike 2004’s respected yet low-earning “Shattered Glass,” this unconventional two-hander is less preoccupied with the undoing of a respected journo than with the odd bond that Finkel (Hill) went on to forge with convicted child killer Christian Longo (an appropriately icy Franco). Nor is the script — a surprisingly non-conceptual treatment, considering how Charlie Kaufman the project could have gone, »
- Peter Debruge
20 items from 2015
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