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Sundance Film Review: ‘True Story’

23 January 2015 11:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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

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Steve Carell joins Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling for The Big Short

16 January 2015 6:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After news broke earlier in the week that the heavyweight trifecta of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling were teaming for new drama The Big Short, the ensemble has swelled even more with news from The Hollywood Reporter that newly-crowned Academy Award nominee Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) is in talks to join them.

The film, which is a adaptation of Michael Lewis’ (Moneyball) book, would see Carell play “Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages” in a movie that “chronicles multiple storylines and juggles various characters against the backdrop of the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000s that led to the 2007-08 global financial crisis.”

Anchorman and Step Brothers director Adam McKay is writing and directing the film, with Pitt’s production company Plan B, producing the film. No filming schedule has yet been confirmed, but early word suggests a 2016 release.

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- Scott J. Davis

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6 Silver Linings to This Year’s Oscar Nominations

15 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For those of us who follow the Oscars year after year with an unhealthy degree of investment, born of the always-fragile and ill-advised hope that the Academy might actually get a few things right, this is not a particularly happy morning. It’s not always the case that one of the year’s best movies also happens to be one of its most historically, culturally and politically significant, and almost never is that movie directed by a black woman — an achievement that would matter little were “Selma” not so thoroughly deserving on its own merits.

Whether you chalk it up to racism, sexism, a popularity-contest mentality, excessive screener reliance, a highly selective backlash over perceived historical inaccuracies, or some toxic combination of all five, the Academy’s disregard for Ava DuVernay’s exceptional film is appalling, if not exactly unexpected in light of the film’s across-the-board shutout by the major guilds. »

- Justin Chang

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Review Round-Up: ‘D.I.Y.’ & ‘Life Itself’

15 January 2015 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

D.I.Y.

No, this isn’t an informative article about building shelves and benches but rather the first major short film from Josh and Mitch and Jam Flicks, better known for their adverts. Cantering around one man, Andrew (Anton Saunders), who’s left broken after discovering his wife has had an affair. Unable to confront her about it, he tracks down the man she’s sleeping with and goes to his place of work – a D.I.Y store.

This is easily the best short film I’ve reviewed so far. There’s almost nothing to it; no real action, or strong dialogue. In fact then entire script is basically the guy serving Andrew and being bemused with his spaced out behaviour. It all pretty much rests on Saunders’s acting and portrayal of a man torn between doing nothing and brutally assaulting the man sleeping with his wife. Fortunately, he does a stellar job. »

- Nicky Johnson

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Steve Carell in talks to join Pitt, Bale and Gosling in The Big Short

15 January 2015 4:11 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve Carell has entered talks for The Big Short.

The actor is in line to join Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling in the newly-announced financial drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will adapt Michael Lewis's bestseller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, with Anchorman's Adam McKay writing and directing.

The book explores the build-up of the housing and credit bubble, leading up to the beginning of the financial crisis in 2007.

Pitt's Plan B will produce the film. Its previous credits include 12 Years a Slave, Selma and Moneyball.

Carell can currently be seen in the drama Foxcatcher, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. »

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Oscar Nominations 2015: Snubs and Surprises

15 January 2015 3:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Everything is not awesome.

The Oscar nominations are always full of snubs and surprises, but the one that's probably causing the most gasping and eyebrow-raising after Thursday morning's announcement of the nominees is the absence of "The Lego Movie" from the Best Animated Feature list. If ever there were a gimme in your Oscar pool, that would have been it.

Of course, there are plenty of other shockers -- notably, that "Selma" was ignored in every category except Best Original Song and still managed to eke out a Best Picture nomination, and that "Gone Girl" was shut out of every category except Best Actress. And there were many other unexpected inclusions and disappointing omissions, as you'll see below.

Best Picture

The Academy, which may pick between five and 10 Best Picture nominees, has chosen nine for the last few years, but this year, it only picked eight. The biggest oddity here is the inclusion of "Selma, »

- Gary Susman

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Steve Carell Joining the Impressive Cast of Adam McKay's 'Big Short'

14 January 2015 2:34 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale would star in a financial drama from Step Brothers director Adam McKay, a more familiar face from the filmmaker's previous efforts is now entering the mix. THR has word that Steve Carell, who has garnered plenty of awards buzz for his role in Foxcatcher, is now in talks for a role in The Big Short, an adaptation of the non-fiction book from Moneyball author Michael Lewis about the most recent collapse of the financial industry, focusing on unregulated bond and real estate derivative markets and the traders behind them. In addition, we now know specifics on who each actor will play. Carell (who starred in both of McKay's Anchorman comedies as Brick Tamland) is up for the role of Steve Eisman, a money manager who shorted subprime mortgages for FrontPoint Partners; Ryan Gosling will play »

- Ethan Anderton

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Movie News: Pitt, Bale and Gosling Team for 'The Big Short'; Watch Chris Evans in Romantic 'Playing It Cool' Trailer

14 January 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Big Short: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling will star in The Big Short, based on the best-selling book by Michael Lewis (Moneyball). The book "tells the story of the build-up [sic] of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010." Pitt is serving as one of the producers; Adam McKay (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) is writing the screenplay and will direct. [Variety]   Escape from New York: After many rumors over the years, a remake of John Carpenter's 1981 action-drama Escape from New York is finally, officially underway. The original starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a convicted felon who is forced into rescue service in 1997 after the president's plane has crashed in Manhattan...

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- Peter Martin

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It’s Triple The Testosterone As Pitt, Gosling And Bale Topline ‘The Big Short’

13 January 2015 11:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

America’s financial meltdown of the late Noughties is set to receive the Hollywood treatment again, this time with a stellar ensemble cast under the banner of Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B. Not only will Pitt be onscreen but he’ll share that poor expanse of white with Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale – enough acting intensity to burn a hole through a cinema wall.

The Big Short is an adaptation of The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. That took a blistering look at the movers and shakers whose catastrophic irresponsibility led to the housing and credit bubble that went pop in 2007. Roles are yet to be confirmed but more big names are expected to join the rogues gallery in due course.

Tinseltown covered similar ground in 2010’s The Company Men, though that was criticized in some quarters for being somewhat on the mild side. »

- Steve Palace

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Pitt, Bale, Gosling Team For "Big Short"

13 January 2015 9:19 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are teaming up to star in Adam McKay's film adaptation of "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis' non-fiction novel "The Big Short" at Paramount and Plan B.

McKay is writing and directing the adaptation which deals with the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. The book follows several key people who played a role in said 'bubble' forming.

Pitt will produce with DeDe Gardner, no word on a scheduled production start.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling & Christan Bale To Star In 'The Big Short'

13 January 2015 6:47 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Brad Pitt and his producing company Plan B are adapting the nonfiction novel “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” written by Michael Lewis (who also wrote Moneyball which was also adapted for the big screen by Pitt & Co.).

The film, which will be co-produced by Paramount, has assembled an all-star cast, which includes Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale in key roles. Adam McKay is directing and writing the film.

The novel recounts the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010. Brad Pitt and Plan B has grown a reputation of creating serious dramas such as Oscar Winner 12 Years a Slave and last year’s Selma, which is also a top Awards contender. Because of its subject matter and cast, expect this film to be a part of the Awards race once it gets released. Stay tuned for additional details. »

- Munir Abedrabbo

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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale Team Up for The Big Short

13 January 2015 4:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is this the Sexiest Movie Alive? Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are in talks to star in The Big Short, an adaptation of Michael Lewis's bestselling book of the same name, according to Variety. Pitt and his Plan B production company are set to produce the film, with a script from Adam McKay. Pitt starred in another one of Lewis's big-screen adaptions, Moneyball, for which the actor earned an Oscar nod in 2012. The Big Short tells the story about the buildup to the housing bubble crash during the 2000s, highlighting the key players behind the financial crisis and »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale Team Up for The Big Short

13 January 2015 4:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is this the Sexiest Movie Alive? Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are in talks to star in The Big Short, an adaptation of Michael Lewis's bestselling book of the same name, according to Variety. Pitt and his Plan B production company are set to produce the film, with a script from Adam McKay. Pitt starred in another one of Lewis's big-screen adaptions, Moneyball, for which the actor earned an Oscar nod in 2012. The Big Short tells the story about the buildup to the housing bubble crash during the 2000s, highlighting the key players behind the financial crisis and »

- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta

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Hottie Overload! Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale to Star in The Big Short: Report

13 January 2015 4:10 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This may be one of those rare circumstances where the storyline behind the film isn't all that important (at least, aesthetically speaking).  According to multiple reports, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale are set to share the silver screen together in the upcoming film The Big Short, an adaption of Michael Lewis' bestseller "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine."  Per Vulture, Paramount and Pitt's production company Plan B Entertainment began adapting the novel back in 2010 shortly after the father of six signed on to Moneyball, which was also based on another one of Lewis' books and later became an Oscar-winning film.  E! News has reached out to »

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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale all to star in The Big Short?

13 January 2015 2:57 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are reportedly in discussions to star in The Big Short.

Pitt and his production company Plan B are adapting Michael Lewis's bestseller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which will be written and directed by Adam McKay.

The book explores the build-up of the housing and credit bubble, leading up to the beginning of the financial crisis in 2007.

Variety reports that Pitt, Bale and Gosling have signed up for the project, for which a production start date is currently unknown.

Plan B previously made 12 Years A Slave, Selma and Moneyball.

Under the company banner, Pitt will also co-produce the film along with DeDe Gardner. »

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Brad Pitt Gambling On Financial Drama The Big Short

13 January 2015 2:06 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Given the success of Moneyball, it’s perhaps not surprising that Brad Pitt might want to be involved in another adaptation of one of Michael Lewis’s nonfiction books, tricky as they may be to turn into films. And on his latest venture into Lewis’s world, financial drama The Big Short, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are along for the ride.Anchorman director Adam McKay has been developing this one for a while now, working up something very different from his usual comedy brand. Lewis’s book, subtitled 'Inside The Doomsday Machine', follows several key people who had roles in creative the toxic credit bubble that sent the financial markets into panic mode. McKay, who is writing and directing the film, is reportedly looking for a group of big-name actors who will fill a Traffic-style ensemble. There’s no indication yet on how the first three will be involved, »

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Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling Will Star in The Big Short

13 January 2015 2:00 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Talk about an A-list cast! Variety reports that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will all star in a financial drama called The Big Short, which is being written by Ant-Man co-writer and Anchorman director Adam McKay. (For those who may find it strange that McKay - who generally sticks to the comedy genre - is involved in a serious drama about America's recent financial crisis, think back to the end credits of The Other Guys, in which McKay laid out how a Ponzi scheme works. He takes this stuff very seriously.)

Pitt's Plan B Productions will produce the film, which is based on Michael Lewis' non-fiction book "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine." Lewis also wrote "Moneyball," another book Pitt turned into a movie. The film is rumored to feature a bunch of A-list actors in similar sized roles, with Traffic cited as an example. There's no start date yet, »

- Ben Pearson

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Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling Starring in ‘The Big Short’

13 January 2015 1:45 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Let’s just put all the good-looking, well-established movie star types in one movie. Maybe that’s the secret to success for a financial downturn movie. Adam McKay is writing and directing The Big Short, based on the book written by Michael Lewis of Moneyball fame. The book is the story of “the build-up of the housing and credit […]

The post Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling Starring in ‘The Big Short’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling & Brad Pitt Set to Lead 'The Big Short'

13 January 2015 1:03 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though director Adam McKAay was able to assemble surprising A-list cameos from the likes of Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey and even Will Smith for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the cast of his first big screen drama is even more impressive. Variety reports Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling will all star in The Big Short, an adaptation of a non-fiction book from Moneyball author Michael Lewis about the most recent collapse of the financial industry, focusing on unregulated bond and real estate derivative markets and the traders behind them. McKay was reported to write and direct the project late last March. Here's the official synopsis of the book: "The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from »

- Ethan Anderton

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Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale Teaming for Financial Drama ‘The Big Short’

13 January 2015 12:59 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling are teaming up to star in the financial drama “The Big Short,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paramount and Pitt’s Plan B are backing the film based on “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis’ bestseller “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.”

Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’

Adam McKay is adapting the script for the big screen and will direct.

Paramount had no comment.

Pitt is coming off of David Ayer’s tank thriller “Fury” and recently wrapped »

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