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In Trainwreck, Tilda Swinton steals every scene she’s in as Dianna, the editor of a crude men’s magazine and boss to Amy Schumer’s semi-autobiographical character. When the film premiered last month, many expressed surprise upon learning that it was actually Swinton — she’s virtually unrecognizable in the role. Seeing it, I was reminded of her equally stellar turn in another train-related movie: as Minister Mason in last summer’s Snowpiercer. I still haven’t forgiven the Academy for failing to recognize Swinton’s work in that film — and, incredibly, she might never have had the opportunity to play the role in the first place. In Snowpiercer‘s source material, the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Minister Mason was a male character; but when Swinton expressed interest in the film, director Bong Joon Ho gender-flipped the role so that she could play it.
The move represents but one marker in a growing trend. »
- Adrienne Ryan
Madrid – In what may be highlights of a now firmly established industry meet, Alvaro Brechner’s “Memorias del calabozo,” Israel Adrián Caetano’s “Beneath This Burning Sun” and Gerardo Tort’s “The Broken Years” will be pitched at San Sebastián’s upcoming Europe-Latin American Co-production Forum, along with Carlos Ameglio’s “Kiken” and Marite Ugas’ “Contactado.”
Now in its fourth edition, the Forum is a fest fixture. Indeed, running parallel to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress over Sept. 21-23, it forms San Sebastian’s industry backbone, attracting a large third-party presence. A Focus on Canada, for instance, will run alongside the Forum, facilitating contacts between the Latin American, Spanish and Canadian producers in San Sebastian.
Three factors mark something of a departure at the Forum, however. As San Sebastian drives to shore up its world premiere credentials, it is insisting evermore that Forum projects are first looks: 11 of the »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Madrid – Cesc Gay’s “Truman,” Federico Veiroj’s “The Apostate” and Pablo Aguero’s “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” will face off in competition at September’s 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival with Asier Altuna’s “Amama,” Agusti Villaronga’s “The King of Havana” and Marc Recha’s “Un Dia perfecto para volar.”
The best-known film event in the Spanish-speaking world, San Sebastian runs Sept. 18-26.
Revealed Thursday at a packed Madrid press conference by San Sebastian fest director Jose Luis Rebordinos, the Spanish nationality movie line-up underscores ever-closer links between Spain and Latin America: Four of the six San Sebastian Golden Shell contenders are co-productions with Latin America.
Bulwarked by titles such as Alex de la Iglesia’s “My Big Night,” playing out of competition, Imanol Uribe’s “Lejos Del Mar,” Fernando Colomo’s “Isla Bonita” and Alvaro Longoria’s “The Propaganda Game,” the 20 movie line-up also confirms San Sebastian »
- John Hopewell
In a clear statement of Stx’s global ambitions the executive, who arrives from Block Entertainment where he most recently served as evp of international sales and distribution, will assemble a team, build a slate based on Stx’s development and production pipeline and explore strategic partnerships.
The initial sales roster will include Mile 22, in which Peter Berg will direct Mark Wahlberg, and an untitled Jackie Chan action film that Martin Campbell will direct. It remained unclear at time of writing whether Stx would scout third-party titles.
The sales slate does not cover the first four films that Stx will release in the Us. Blumhouse International and Sierra/Affinity handed international sales on psychological thriller The Gift, which Stx is scheduled to open on August 7.
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Marbella, Spain – Damian Szifron’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes competition player “Wild Tales” swept the 2nd Platino Awards for Latin American Cinema winning eight kudos in all, including best picture, director, screenplay, music (Gustavo Santaolalla) and actress, Erica Rivas, the scorned bride in the final short).
Best picture was accepted by Agustin Almodovar and Hugo Sigman who exhorted a larger collaboration between Iberoa-American film agencies to create a cinema in Latinn America, Spain and Portugal with greater international reach.
Presented by Spanish actor Imanol Arias, Mexican actress-singer Alessandra Rosario and CNN presenter Juan Carlos Arciniegas, the awards proved a triumphal march for “Wild Tales.” Of major plaudits, only best actor went elsewhere, – to Spain’s Oscar Jaenada for his performance as the great Mexican comic in “Cantinflas,” a performance so convincing that it won over most Mexicans and went on to become the second highest-grossing foreign film in the U.S. »
- John Hopewell
Brian Henson will direct the project, based on a story by Todd Berger and Dee Robertson. Berger wrote the screenplay with revisions by siblings Erich and Jon Hoeber; the story is set in a world where puppets and humans live together.
The plot is centered on the puppet stars of the iconic TV show “The Happytime Gang,” with the family-friendly cast leading lives off-camera that would make a tabloid writer blush. When the stars begin to be mysteriously murdered, two mismatched detectives – a take-no-prisoners human and a hard-drinking puppet — must put aside their differences to stop the killings and catch the culprit.
Fogelson said the R-rated comedy would »
- Dave McNary
A remake of Juan José Campanella’s 2010 Oscar winning film of the same name (Elsecreto de sus Ojos), the film tells the story of a close-knit team of FBI investigators – Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess (Roberts) – and District Attorney Claire (Kidman) who are torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally murdered.
After searching obsessively for the elusive killer for over 13 years, Ray uncovers a lead that may finally allow them to resolve the case.
A tale of personal vengeance on the human soul, The Secret in their Eyes is written and directed by Captain Phillips director Billy Ray. In addition to its Oscar winning leads, the film also stars Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, and Don Harvey.
One of the first »
- Sacha Hall
Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from. In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. But, wait. There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »
- Gregory Ellwood
Remaking a classic foreign film can make any true movie fan shudder. What's the point if original was so good in the first place? Remaking a recent Academy Award winner for Foreign Language Film is almost worse. After Stx Entertainment released the first trailer for the Hollywood version of "The Secret in Their Eyes" we may have have to reconsider those initial judgements. Written and directed by Billy Ray ("Captain Phillips," "Breach"), this new version of the 2009 Argentinian art house hit looks much more like an "inspired by" endeavor than a straight adaptation. The original took place over 25 years and the political context of the different eras in Argentinian history were a key part of the movie's compelling mystery. Ray's version looks much more like a straight up revenge tale (or at least that's what Stx is selling) and makes us wonder if the twist that so delightfully stunned audiences »
- Gregory Ellwood
Back in 2010, director Juan J Campanella won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for The Secret In Their Eyes. The Argentinean thriller was a powerful drama about murder and revenge. It was one of the best movies of the year which means an English language remake was practically guaranteed. We are all apprehensive any time we heard the words remake or reboot these days, but there are still some... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
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 remake train continues to churn along in Hollywood and this time, the powers that be are taking on the 2009 Spanish thriller The Secret in Their Eyes which, upon its theatrical release in North America, made a big splash raking in a nice chunk of change and landing the movie on IMDb's top 250. All of this to say that the original is not some festival favourite few have seen.
The remake is being toted as more of a fresh take on Eduardo Sacheri's novel (which was also the basis for the first movie) about a team of FBI investigators whose lives are turned upside down they're called to a murder scene and discover the body of a teenage girl who happens to be the daughter of one of the investigators.
Writer/director Billy Ray is not prolific but his previous directing credi [Continued ...] »
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
Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Nicole Kidman round out the heavy-hitting cast of Secret in Their Eyes, the upcoming remake of the 2009 Argentinian Oscar winner, El Secreto de Sus Ojos. The trailer for the film, in theaters on Oct. 23, has been released, and it's incredibly dark. Roberts plays an FBI investigator who discovers that her daughter has been brutally killed. Thirteen years after the murder, her colleague (Ejiofor) uncovers a lead that may point to the killer. The movie looks amazing (I can already see this cast touring award season together) but extremely difficult to watch. Until it's released, check out the trailer and Eduardo Sacheri's book, on which the movie is based. »
It takes a certain kind of responsibility to carry a badge and a gun. In law enforcement, one must trust in their own moral compass enough to remain impartial and just – even when the circumstances of a particular crime are deeply, devastatingly personal. That’s the dilemma faced by Julia Roberts in this fall’s remake Secret in Their Eyes – an FBI investigator, she’s suddenly faced with her worst nightmare when someone found savagely murdered in a dumpster turns out to be her own daughter. The first trailer for the star-laden thriller fully imparts the horror of her situation.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Nicole Kidman co-star as the investigator’s partner and presiding district attorney, respectively, both of whom agonize over being forced to let the suspected killer walk free. Neither can let it go – and 13 years later, the partner comes back to the case, having gathered what he believes »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
In 2009, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for The Secret in Their Eyes, the story of the an investigation of cold case told in flashbacks to the 1970s. »
- Ryan Adams
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
In 2010, Juan José Campanella's El Secreto de sus Ojos won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. But because Hollywood can't leave a good thing alone, it's now getting an English-language remake directed by Billy Ray. The thriller stars Julia Roberts, an FBI investigator whose teenage daughter turns up dead in a Dumpster. And when Nicole Kidman, the district attorney, can't build a strong enough case against the primary suspect, Roberts's co-worker and close friend, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, goes on a 13-year manhunt for the guy they let walk. Just when they think they've found him and can reopen the case, Roberts goes all The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to exact "justice" (read: revenge). The Secret in Their Eyes opens October 23. »
- Dee Lockett
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
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