7 items from 2017
Usually, a movie in which the main character has some sort of notable health condition revolves around their struggle to either beat it or keep living in the face of the daily struggle (see: 50/50, The Bucket List, Soul Surfer—actually, don’t see Soul Surfer). But The Ticket takes the miraculous healing of a blind man as merely the jumping-off point for a much more ambiguous tale of what to do after you’ve triumphed. Dan Stevens (Legion) plays the protagonist as a man who rebounds from his surprise recovery by turning into an aggressive overachiever at work, only to see his personal life start to fall apart as a result. It’s the kind of story that sounds like after-school-special-schmaltz, but nothing about the trailer suggests any kind of moralistic simplicity. Instead, it all plays like an eerie thriller, one in which all the routines of home ...
- Alex McCown-Levy
Kristen Wiig will reportedly co-star alongside Nicholson in the remake of Maren Ade's 2016 comedy-drama, which will compete for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards. Toni Erdmann tells the story of an elderly man with a penchant for pranks and wearing disguises, who attempts to reconnect with his daughter, an aspiring, no-nonsense corporate consultant.
A writer and director for the English-language adaptation of Toni Erdmann have yet to be announced, »
Simon Brew Feb 8, 2017
Acclaimed German/Austrian comedy drama Toni Erdmann finally made it to UK cinemas last week, off the back of no shortage of acclaim. The movie premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, and is a strong candidate for a Best Foreign Picture Oscar, for which it’s been nominated. And now? A Us remake is on the way.
The original movie, directed by Maren Ade, follows a father trying to get back in contact properly with his daughter. To do so, he creates a fictional life coach – that’d be Toni – who starts to cause no shortage of mayhem for his daughter’s work life.
No director or screenwriter has been attached to the production of the remake as of yet, but two major pieces of casting are already in place. »
Jack Nicholson will make his first silver-screen appearance since 2010 in Paramount Pictures’ English-language remake of “Toni Erdmann,” reports Variety. The actor will pick up where Peter Simonischek left off in Maren Ade’s acclaimed father/daughter drama, which was recently nominated for both the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film and the equivalent Academy Award. No word yet on who will take on the role originated by Sandra Hüller.
“The Big Short” director Adam McKay is co-producing alongside Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum; Ade is co-executive producing the remake, which does not yet have a director attached. Nicholson, a three-time Oscar winner, last appeared in James L. Brooks’ “How Do You Know” seven years ago; his most recent starring performance was in Rob Reiner’s “The Bucket List” three years earlier.
- Michael Nordine
Sources tell Variety Paramount Pictures has acquired the remake rights to the acclaimed German film with Nicholson attached to play the title character.
Paramount had no comment.
Adam McKay, who recently directed “The Big Short” for the studio, will produce along with Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbuam of Gloria Sanchez Productions. Maren Ade, writer and director of the original “Toni Erdmann,” will exec produce the remake along with producers Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski.
The original film starred Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller and followed a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.
It’s unknown who will play the lead role of Nicholson’s daughter in the film. »
- Justin Kroll
Jack Nicholson will turn 80 this spring, and though the last movie he did came out in 2010, he has never officially retired. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t retired, according to Peter Fonda, with whom Nicholson has been close since the two made “Easy Rider.”
“I think he is basically retired,” Fonda told Page Six at this month’s BAFTA Awards Season Tea Party, held annually in Los Angeles. “I don’t want to speak for him, but he has done a lot of work and he has done very well as a person financially.”
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Four years ago, rumors circulated that the actor was slowing down due to memory loss, but those claims were swiftly denied by his representatives. “Sometimes people have a reason that you don’t know, and it’s not for me to ask,” said Fonda. »
- Jude Dry
“The Sinner,” for which Biel serves as both star and executive producer, is a crime thriller that follows Biel’s young mother after she commits a horrific act of violence she can’t explain. She and an investigator (Bill Pullman) take a long dark trip into her psyche to find that explanation, as the investigator grows more and more obsessed with uncovering the truth.
The series comes to USA from Universal Cable Productions through Biel and producing partner Michelle Purple’s Iron Ocean shingle. Biel, Purple, Simonds, Campos, and Charlie Gogolak serve as executive producers. This is the first project picked up to series under Iron Ocean’s pod deal with Ucp.
- Oriana Schwindt
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