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This month’s must-see movies is looking a lot different than we had originally expected. With George Clooney’s The Monuments and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher pushed to next year, the Oscar race has tightened a little, but it’s still all to play for.
As ever, December is one of the biggest months of the year for the Oscar-primed films, and it goes without saying that the majority of this month’s must-see movies are amongst those likely to make an appearance come January’s nominations announcement. (The sheer number is the reason for extending the usual top 10 list to a top 15). But every year brings a number of great counterprogramming choices, and this year is no different, with Ron Burgundy and co. making their long-awaited return later this month.
So with all that in mind, here’s a run-down of the fifteen films you really must see this month, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Once programming announcements were complete for Tiff, my thinking was that all arrows pointed to Sundance programmers gobbling up Amy Berg’s new direction in filmmaking. A crime film based on the screenplay by another Park City regular in Nicole Holofcener and shot late March in NYC, this is a departure for the filmmaker/producer of Sundance preemed doc films such as Deliver Us from Evil, Bhutto and West of Memphis. Lensed by Rob Hardy (The Forgiveness of Blood), Every Secret Thing will be a sought after acquisitions title with a new newcomer Danielle Macdonald being supported by Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.
Gist: Based on Laura Lippman’s 2003 novel, when a young girl in a small town goes missing, the crime resembles a similar disappearance from seven years prior that ended in tragedy. Police officer Nancy Gates (Banks), still haunted by the outcome of that case, believes »
- Eric Lavallee
The actresses will star as older and younger versions of the same character in the adaptation of Sebastian Barry's novel, reports Iftn.
They will play Roseanne McNulty, a woman who, as a 100-year-old mental patient, sits down to write her biography.
The woman's account differs wildly from the facts surrounding her troubled life.
The Secret Scripture was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008.
The Secret Scripture will begin shooting in Sligo and Wicklow next June. »
Kids. Such as Sex, Lies, and Videotape or Reservoir Dogs before it, and such as Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine and Fruitvale Station after it, Larry Clark & Harmony Korine’s seminal film is forever connected in “spirit” to the lieu where it received its secret midnight premiere screening in 1995. The Sundance Film Festival might be known as the birthplace of U.S indie filmmaking innovation, avant-gardism, a larger definition of the low budgeted film response to Hollywood in not only narrative but in the non-fiction form, but it is a festival made strong by its renewal and familiarity. That close acquaintanceness exists in Kids‘ starlets Rosario Dawson and Chloë Sevigny filmography/career path trajectory and connection to Park City (both have several indie films slated for ’14 – of which I’ve included in our predictions list) and it is that “familiarity” that is visibly noticeable in how I map out my annual predictions list. »
- Eric Lavallee
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
There are a handful of filmmakers looking for rare air this year. If "American Hustle," "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Nebraska" end up with Oscar nominations for Best Picture in January, then that means David O. Russell, the Coen brothers and Alexander Payne will enter the exclusive company of 11 other filmmakers who have directed three Best Picture nominees in a row. And next year, Bennett Miller will be looking to do the same with "Foxcatcher," which was recently rescheduled for a 2014 release. Of course, stats like these are rather pointless given the nature of the category, which has moved back »
- Kristopher Tapley
A less-noticed component of Annapurna has been Panorama Media.
Launched at Cannes last year to move into the foreign sales arena, it’s enabled Ellison to use foreign pre-sales to cover part of the production costs and be a player in the increasingly vital international market.
Panorama, headed by industry vets Marc Butan and Kim Fox, comes to Afm with “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Jessica Chastain’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and James Gray’s “Lost City of Z,” starring Robert Pattinson and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Butan said Panorama started with a skeleton staff of three.
“We formally launched »
- Dave McNary
This year’s Oscar race is proving to be one of the most competitive in recent years. With Gravity and 12 Years a Slave already announcing themselves as major frontrunners in multiple categories, well-received smaller dramas duking it out to overtake the top spot, and films from Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell still on the way, there’s not a lot of breathing room. Perhaps that’s why we’ve already seen a number of would-be contenders get the heck out of Dodge and move to 2014 with the latest being George Clooney’s World War II drama The Monuments Men. The pic had all the staples of an Academy favorite, but with its release now shifted to next February, which of the other contenders might benefit from its absence? We discuss that and more in this week’s edition of Oscar Beat after the jump. While The Monuments Men is »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum has entered talks for Bad Romance.
Levine is writing the screenplay, the details of which are yet to be revealed.
• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
• 12 Years a Slave antagonist Michael Fassbender is in talks to play a man who wants out of the family business in the gangster pic Trespass Against Us. Adam Smith, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and Skins, will make his feature debut on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
No plot details have been released, but if Channing Tatum's deal goes through, he will produce with his Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, who produced Magic Mike, White House Down and 10 Years.
This marks the latest of Channing Tatum's producing ventures, which continue with the upcoming sequel 22 Jump Street. He is also attached to star in and produce an untitled biopic based on the life of daredevil Evel Knievel for Columbia Pictures. Next year, the actor will be seen in 22 Jump Street, Jupiter Ascending and the recently-delayed Foxcatcher. He also provides voice work for The Lego Movie and The Book of Life in 2014.
While we'll have to wait until a yet-to-be determined date in 2014 to watch Channing Tatum wrestle with murder (or something) in Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," the guy has no shortage of projects on the go. Next year it seems he has a movie coming every other month with the animated "The Lego Movie," comedy sequel "22 Jump Street" and sci-fi actioner "Jupiter Ascending" (and may we point out the diversity of those gigs too) all on tap. And he's not resting on his laurels as he gears up for another gig. THR reveals that Tatum will star in Jonathan Levine's "Bad Romance." Plot details? Sorry, none yet. However, Levine has carved out an interesting career thus far going from horror "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" (finally released this year after floating in distributor limbo), to pot coming-of-age tale "The Wackness," to cancer dramedy "50/50" and zombie romance "Warm Bodies." And »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Channing Tatum is lining up another producing project, and this time he’ll star as well. THR reports that Tatum is in talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for MGM, with 50/50 and Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine set to write and direct. Details on the film are not given, but if it’s anything like Levine’s previous work it’ll be a swell blend of humor, drama, and of course, romance. Tatum is currently busy filming the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street and has a range of roles on the horizon. Next year he’ll be seen in Lana and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, Bennett Miller’s real-life drama Foxcatcher, and the excellent-looking animated pic The Lego Movie. Hit the jump for casting news concerning a comedy legend joining DreamWorks Animation’s B.O.O. Additionally, Variety reports that Bill Murray will voice the villain »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum is set to take lead in Warm Bodies and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine's next project, Bad Romance . The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the White House Down star will also produce alongside Reid Carolin. There are no plot details available for Bad Romance at this time, but it is said that Levine will also be providing the screenplay. Tatum has a whopping five major releases lined up for 2014. He'll appear in Bennett Miller's recently delayed Foxcatcher opposite Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, Andy and Lana Wachowski's sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending opposite Mila Kunis, and 22 Jump Street reuniting with Jonah Hill. That's in addition to voicework for both The Lego Movie (as Superman) and the Guillermo del Toro-produced Book of Life . (Photo »
Duck Dynasty may be getting some pretty good-looking company on A&E. Channing Tatum is putting on his producer's cap and developing an hour-long reality pilot for the cable network that will focus on the restaurant-bar Saints & Sinners on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Tatum's interest in the place - which is fashioned after a red-light-district bordello during the riverfront city's Storyville era - is because he and his business-partner friend Keith Kurtz opened it last fall, reports EW.com. It's not yet known whether Tatum will actually appear on the show, as he otherwise has his hands full with other projects. »
- Stephen M. Silverman
It was the awards season that looked too good to be true. And so, indeed, it proved. Over the past few weeks, three of the most eagerly anticipated films scheduled for release in coming months have had their release dates abruptly moved back, thereby ruling them out of the running for the 2014 Oscars.
Audiences will now have to wait until later next year for their first look at George Clooney's second world war art heist caper The Monuments Men, as well as Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in biopic Grace of Monaco and Steve Carell as reclusive philanthropist-turned-killer John du Pont in Foxcatcher.
- Catherine Shoard
The first act of the Oscar season is playing out like an episode of "Survivor."
Several anticipated films planned to be released in the heart of awards season have picked up stakes and moved to 2014. Changes often happen in the highly contentious fall movie season, but rarely has there been an exodus like this.
Most recently, George Clooney's World War II drama The Monuments Men, previously dated for December 18, was moved by Sony to early next year, after the end-of-year eligibility cutoff. Earlier postponed was Bennett Miller's brother drama Foxcatcher, with Channing Tatum and Steve Carell; Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly; and James Grey's The Immigrant, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is also up in the air, widely expected to move from a long-planned November release to Christmas. Scorsese is racing to edit his ambitious Wall Street epic, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
• Felicity Jones may have helped put director Drake Doremus on the map with her affecting performance in his lovely indie Like Crazy, and then again in Breathe In, but Doremus is eying a new heroine for his next project: Kristen Stewart. The director is reportedly courting the Twilight star and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) for Equals, a science fiction love story. Moon scribe Nathan Parker wrote the script. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
I’m not doubting her talent as an actress, in fact she was pretty outstanding in Factory Girl, but Sienna Miller appears more in the tabloids than she does on the screen. Since she first caught my eye in Matthew Vaughn’s superb gangster flick Layer Cake, it’s difficult to recall many more memorable roles. That may be about to change as she will next be seen in Bennett Miller’s Oscar-baiting true-life drama Foxcatcher and now she’s off to Berlin to begin shooting chaotic comedy Business Trip.
Miller will join Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and June Diane Raphael in the film being directed by Ken Scott. It’s produced by New Regency from a script by Steve Conrad and follows a struggling Midwestern businessman who assembles a team in a crazy cross-country journey in an effort to win a major contract. She’ll play one Vaughn’s »
- Craig Hunter
The release of The Wolf of Wall Street has been up in the air, with editing said to be unfinished, however it now seems as if a Christmas release is likely. Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio looks set to open on December 25th, which could move Kenneth Branagh's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit back to January 27th 2014.
However, The Times has reported that Jack Ryan will not in fact be moved, with an official announcement from Paramount expected to come in the upcoming days. Furthermore, Paramount's website still maintains that The Wolf of Wall Street will open on November 15th.
With The Wolf of Wall Street back in the Oscar race, other movie studios have begun to push back their features. George Clooney's The Monuments Men - which seemed set be a major Oscar contender - looks as if it will be bumped to early 2014. The reason for this? »
- Gary Collinson
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