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In 1997, Natalie Portman landed the coveted role of Padme Amidala in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels. The films cleaned up at the box office, however, they left her acting career in the toilet as many people in Hollywood weren't impressed with her performances. Luckily, the late, great director Mike Nichols ("The Birdcage") went to bat for her. "Star Wars had come out … and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis." I always thought Portman appeared to be worse than she was because of the wooden dialogue, lazy direction and having zero chemistry with Hayden Christensen ("Shattered Glass"). Guess it »
Joke all you want about Hayden Christensen‘s performances in the Star Wars prequels, but the guy has some chops. Sure, those two films weren’t great, but around the same time he crushed Life as a House and Shattered Glass, two highly underrated films. Since then he hasn’t exactly stayed in the spotlight, choosing to only […]
- Germain Lussier
Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass," "Captain Phillips") penned the script which Amazon is close to buying as part of a potential pilot order. The project was originally set up at HBO a year ago, but didn't come to fruition there and the script was released by the pay cable network to be shopped around elsewhere.
The story follows Hollywood's studio executive Monroe Stahr in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady.
Stahr and Brady were based on real life moguls Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer respectively. The series will deal with the violence, sex and towering ambition that engulfed Hollywood during this period.
- Garth Franklin
"The Secret In Their Eyes" remake is still happening and is getting a casting switcheroo. Nicole Kidman is replacing Gwyneth Paltrow in the brewing re-do that already has Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor attached. Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass") will direct the film about an FBI agent struggling to get over the murder of his daughter, which is nothing like the original, but whatever, right? [THR] "Game Of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke and Marton Csokas have lined up the thriller "Voice From The Stone." The story follows "a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena’s relationship with the father and son grow, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I will admit to having mixed feelings about Nicole Kidman. The actress has had some interesting roles in her varied career, but she’s only rarely proven herself to be more than just a pretty face. Her appearance in Stoker gave the lie to anyone who thinks she can’t act, but the ill-conceived Grace of Monaco showcased her ephemeral beauty and little else. Now, the actress is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of an Argentine thriller.
The Secret in Their Eyes tells the story of a retired attorney who turns back the clock on an unsolved case, seeking closure for it and his unrequited passion for his former superior. Writing a book about the case, he begins to uncover new and potentially damaging secrets about the past.
The original Argentine film was written and directed by Juan Jose Campanella and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
YouTube announced a contest this week in collaboration with director Guillermo Del Toro in which entrants with YouTube channels can submit a short horror story to be judged by Del Toro, with the winner getting the opportunity to sign a deal with Del Toro’s Legendary Pictures.
The contest is called “You Tube Space House of Horrors: A Legendary Halloween“, and starting September 22, YouTube will open up YouTube Space locations in Los Angeles, London, New York and Tokyo to applicants to produce their horror film on one of YouTube Space’s custom sets. Variety has details on some of the sets YouTubers can utilize for the contest, all of which are inspired by Del Toro’s films.
And for lucky applicants who demonstrate a well-managed production schedule, a strong concept for their film and promising talent, Del Toro will be on hand to provide support and feedback during the filming and editing process. »
- Brian Welk
If you haven't seen "The Secret in Their Eyes," the Argentine crime thriller that ended up winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature (something of an upset, if we recall correctly), please stop reading this silly post and go watch it. In 129 minutes you can return to this post (it'll still be here), but you will be absolutely woozy drunk in love with the power of cinema and the propulsive nature of Juan Jose Campanella's assured storytelling.
All that said: the American remake seems to have been in the works for forever, but it's finally found a super-a-list star in one miss Julia Roberts.
The announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the movie is being shopped (it's being fully financed by independent production unit Im Global), according to the Hollywood Reporter. The report also suggests that the production is going to bend over backwards for the recent Emmy-winning star. »
- Drew Taylor
Comfortably one of the best thrillers we've seen in the last five years is Juan Jose Campanella's The Secret In Their Eyes, a a quite brilliant piece of work about a retired attorney writing a book, and dealing with an unsolved case.
The film picked up an Oscar, and deservedly so, but now the Argentinian thriller is getting an English language remake, known as Secret In Their Eyes. But there may not be cause for panic, for the remake is in the hands of Billy Ray, the man responsible for the excellent Shattered Glass and Breach.
Production can't be too far off from starting, »
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 been replaced by Chiwetel Ejiofor - not a bad swap, I'm sure many of you would agree. International sales and distribution company Im Global boarded the project, and shopped it at the Cannes Film Market (Marche du Film) earlier this year. Billy Ray ("Breach," "Shattered Glass"), who was said to be attached to direct the remake, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You might recall an Argentinian film from a few years back called "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a significant player in the awards season in that it bested both "The White Ribbon" and "A Prophet" in the Best Foreign Film Category, and ever since, Hollywood has been keen on an English remake. Now, the project has landed a high profile female lead with an eye toward sales in Toronto: Julia Roberts. Juan José Campanella's original film told the story of a federal agent and the murder/rape case he and his partner, as well as a female judge, investigated 25 years before. It builds to a pretty stunning third act revelation that certainly played a major hand in the film's reception by Academy voters, as well as its value as a remake commodity. Now with Roberts, it's sure to take off on the sales market up north. Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Lionsgate has announced plans for a re-release of the original 2004 franchise launching horror film "Saw" in a limited nationwide run this Halloween.
"Saw" will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31st with Thursday midnights in select locations. The micro budget serial killer film spawned a seven film franchise that has grossed $874 million worldwide. [Source: Lionsgate]
Open Road Films has announced a September 11th 2015 release for John Hillcoat's heist thriller "Triple Nine". Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Godot and Norman Reedus star.
The story centers on a crew of crooked cops executing a heist during which they must manufacture a 999 call, police code for "officer down". The plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
IndieWire takes the Verge to task for publishing a pro-torrent essay on Expendables 3
Nicks Flick Picks Nick & Joe Reid are doing Nick's trademark halfway'ish "Fifties" thing (which starts as soon as Nick has hit 50 movies in any given year. Delicious smart writeups on editing, screenplays, supporting actors and more
CNN Money spends a day with a working Broadway actress
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
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