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Tate Taylor To Direct DreamWorks Studios’ The Girl On The Train

22 May 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Tate Taylor, who directed DreamWorks Studios’ Oscar-winning film, The Help, returns to direct its adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train.

DreamWorks acquired the rights to Paula Hawkins’ debut thriller in 2014, prior to the novel’s publication, and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer.

In “The Girl on the Train,” Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

“With ‘The Help,’ Tate deftly adapted a beloved novel into a compelling film that stayed true to its origin while pleasing fans and moviegoers alike,” said Holly Bario, »

- Michelle McCue

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Week in Review: The New York Times will no longer review every movie opening in NY

22 May 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.

“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.

In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »

- Brian Welk

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Tate Taylor To Helm "Girl on the Train"

22 May 2015 4:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Tate Taylor ("The Help") will direct the DreamWorks' adaptation of Paula Hawkins' debut novel "The Girl on the Train".

The story follows a woman devastated by a recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day.

One morning, she sees something shocking there and becomes entangled in a mystery. Erin Cressida Wilson will adapt the work for the screen while Marc Platt will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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The Girl On The Train heading to the movies

22 May 2015 12:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Help's Tate Taylor is to direct the film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' The Girl On The Train...

Paula Hawkins' thriller The Girl On The Train has become one of the breakout bestselling novels of the past year or two. And, with one eye we suspect on the numbers generated by bringing Gone Girl to the screen, a film version is now accelerating.

DreamWorks (the live action bit) picked up the rights to the novel, and Marc Platt is producing. Both were aboard a possible film take on The Girl On The Train prior to its publication, and since it hit big, it would be fair to say their enthusiasm has not dampened.

Furthermore, things are moving quickly. The Help director Tate Taylor is already aboard and will helm this one, whilst Secretary scribe Erin Cressida Wilson is penning the screenplay.

We won't spoil the book by talking about its plot here, »

- simonbrew

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‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor Boards ‘Girl on the Train’

21 May 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tate Taylor, who directed DreamWorks’ “The Help,” will direct the studio’s adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ novel “The Girl on the Train.”

DreamWorks acquired movie rights to Hawkins’ debut novel last year prior to publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt for the screen. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Prods. will serve as executive producer.

The book centers on a woman devastated by her recent divorce who spends her commute fantasizing about a seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning, she sees something shocking there and becomes entangled in a mystery.

“With ‘The Help,’ Tate deftly adapted a beloved novel into a compelling film that stayed true to its origin while pleasing fans and moviegoers alike,” said Holly Bario, DreamWorks’ president of production. “We are excited to have Tate back at DreamWorks and »

- Dave McNary

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Tate Taylor To Direct ‘The Girl On The Train’ For Dreamworks, Marc Platt

21 May 2015 3:38 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Tate Taylor (The Help) is returning to DreamWorks to direct the NY Times bestselling novel, The Girl On The Train. Deadline exclusively revealed the news earlier this year that Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary) was adapting  Paula Hawkins' thriller. Mark Platt and DreamWorks moved early to acquire the buzzy novel in 2014, prior to its publication. Marc Platt will produce the film, while Jared LeBoff of Marc Platt Productions will serve as executive producer. The… »

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‘The Help’s’ Tate Taylor to Direct ‘The Girl on the Train’ for DreamWorks

21 May 2015 3:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Help” filmmaker Tate Taylor is returning to DreamWorks, which has hired him to direct its adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller novel “The Girl on the Train,” the studio announced Thursday. DreamWorks acquired the rights to “The Girl on the Train” in 2014 prior to its publication and set Erin Cressida Wilson to adapt the book. The story follows a woman named Rachel who is devastated by her recent divorce. She spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until she sees something shocking happen there one. »

- Jeff Sneider

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The Help's Tate Taylor Catches The Girl On The Train

21 May 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Looking to jump on the bandwagon – or maybe the bookshelf – of novel adaptations such as Gone Girl, DreamWorks is turning to director Tate Taylor to help bring Paula Hawkins’ thriller tome The Girl On The Train to cinemas. Taylor is no stranger to novel adaptations – he made The Help into a huge, Oscar-winning hit for DreamWorks and more recently directed James Brown biopic Get On Up. Hawkins’ novel follows a recently divorced woman struggling with her life and sinking into alcoholism to try to cope. She sees a seemingly perfect couple from her London train ride every day and starts to fantasize about their lives. But things take a turn when she returns home covered in blood after a blackout drunk spree, and may have become intertwined with their lives...With roughly two million copies of the tome sold so far, it’s easy to see why DreamWorks might see the potential in this one, »

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Emmys cliffhanger: Will Viola Davis be first African American to win Best Drama Actress?

20 May 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Viola Davis is poised to make Emmys history for her starring role in the freshman hit "How to Get Away with Murder." The two-time Oscar nominee ("Doubt," "The Help") and Tony winner ("Fences") sits atop our Best Drama Actress prediction chart. If she prevails, she will be the first African American to win this award.  -Break- Davis has the votes of six of our seven Emmy Experts as well as five of our seven Editors, 13 of the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's nominations) and two-thirds of all Users. All of that support translates into leading odds of 10/3. Her closest rival is Golden Globes champ Robin Wright for the third season of "House of Cards." With the votes of one Editor, 6 of the Top 24 and 15% of all Users, she has odds of 9/2. In third place is another past Oscar nominee, Taraji P. Henson »

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Watch The First Trailer For Nancy Meyers’ The Intern With Robert De Niro & Anne Hathaway

13 May 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From writer/director Nancy Meyers (It’S Complicated, Something’S Gotta Give), watch the new trailer for ‪The Intern‬ starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

The film’s cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”), Celia Weston (“No Reservations”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).

Meyers also produced the film, with Suzanne Farwell. Celia Costas served as executive producer.

Meyers’ behind-the-scenes creative team is headed by Oscar-nominated director of photography Stephen Goldblatt (“The Prince of Tides, »

- Melissa Thompson

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Star Anna Camp Boards Drama ‘The Serpent’s Bite’ (Exclusive)

12 May 2015 2:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anna Camp will co-produce and star in the film adaptation of Warren Adler’s family drama “The Serpent’s Bite” for Grey Eagle Films.

It’s the first producing gig for Camp, whose credits include “The Help,” both “Pitch Perfect” films and HBO’s “True Blood.” Grey Eagle is planning an announcement soon on a director and screenwriter.

Adler is best known for the novel “The War of the Roses,” which starred Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito in the 1989 movie adaptation.

“The Serpent’s Bite” centers on a father attempting to reunite with his older children during a nostalgic horse trek through the wilds of Yellowstone. The story explores how an obsession for celebrity and blind ambition can distort familial love and turn a beloved child into a grotesque monster.

Camp will portray the adult daughter, Courtney Temple.

Other Grey Eagle projects include “The War of the Roses: The Children, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: New Breed of Producer Mines Niche Films That Studios Are Snubbing

12 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While the topic of wealth inequality is a hot-button issue, the indie market place has blossomed as a new breed of producer — several are independently wealthy, all are smart, savvy — has stepped in. They are making the kinds of mid-budget movies that Hollywood isn’t making anymore, self-financing their own projects and making an effort to fill the void created by the studios’ overall change in strategy to one that focuses on tentpoles.

Producers like Megan Ellison, Jeff Skoll, Gigi Pritzker and Teddy Schwarzman have lately been joined by new players like Monika Bacardi and Todd Courtney, with their own philosophy about filmmaking, as well as specific criteria about the kinds of projects they choose to develop and, ultimately, produce.

Ellison is famed for working with strong filmmakers, and her track record over just the past five years includes collaborations with the Coen brothers, Kathryn Bigelow, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar Wai, »

- Neil Turitz

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Watch: Exclusive 'Bending the Light' Clip Explains Why It's Liberating to Shoot Digitally

7 May 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: This Theater's Final Screening on Film (Before Switching to Digital) Will Break Your Heart What does it take to craft an image? Michael Apted ("Gorillas in the Mist") contemplates the answer to this question in his latest film, "Bending the Light," which focuses on  how world-class photographers and cinematographers use certain types of lenses to get just the right "look." In the exclusive clip that appears at the top of this page, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, who has been shooting films for nearly thirty years now and boasts a rich roster of credits on major motion pictures such as "Lethal Weapon," "Batman Forever," "Charlie Wilson's War" and most recently, "The Help," explains why he has embraced the switch from film stock to digital. Shooting digitally, Goldblatt says, reduces his stress level because he doesn't have to wait to have the film developed in order to see the dailies. »

- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Finds a Savior in Participant

29 April 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Socially minded billionaire Jeff Skoll could be just the savior that Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks needs. As first reported by THR on April 24, Skoll's Participant Media is nearing a deal to make a $200 million-plus equity investment in DreamWorks and officially partner on a slate of films. The companies have flirted for years, with Participant co-financing and co-producing a slew of DreamWorks titles, including The Kite Runner, The Help, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies, the

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- Pamela McClintock

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Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in HBO movie from 'Entourage' producer

27 April 2015 5:31 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The life of Harriet Tubman has been screaming for the feature film treatment for ages. Outside of — what, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?" — there's never really been a movie depiction of the famed abolitionist. Well, thanks to HBO and Amblin, that's all about to change. And Viola Davis is going to knock this out of the park. The Oscar-nominated star of "Doubt" and "The Help" will star in the TV film, based on the Kate Clifford Larson biography "Bound for the Promised Land. Writer Kirk Ellis ("John Adams," also at HBO) will pen the script and Doug Ellin ("Entourage") will produce. Two other projects about the Underground Railroad have also been in the works: Wgn's miniseries "Undeground" (produced by Akiva Goldsman) and NBC's "Freedom Run" miniseries (produced by Stevie Wonder). So obviously something is in the water. I take from all of this a fantastic role for Davis, who has popped »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Jessica Biel’s ‘Devil in the Deep Blue Sea’ Sails for Cannes

24 April 2015 7:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Content Media has acquired international sales rights to romantic drama “The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea,” which stars Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and Jessica Biel. Justin Timberlake will be scoring the film.

Content will unveil the first footage of the film, which is in post-production, in Cannes as the company introduces it to international distributors for the first time.

Bill Purple (“New Girl”) directed the movie from a script he wrote with Robbie Pickering.

Biel produced the film through her Iron Ocean Films banner with partner Michelle Purple, along with Mike Landry and Carlos Velazquez of C Plus Pictures and Chuck Pacheco of Nine Nights, respectively.

The cast also features Orlando Jones (“Evolution” “Sleepy Hollow”), Paul Reiser (“Aliens,” “Whiplash”) and Mary Steenburgen (“The Proposal,” “The Help”).

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- Leo Barraclough

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David Ayer Gets The Cameras Rolling On Suicide Squad, Blockbuster Rumored To Appear

14 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

End of Watch and Fury helmer David Ayer has banded together his super group of villains to commence filming, as the director announced that the cameras are now rolling on the set of Suicide Squad, which entered its first day of production in Toronto.

Ayer confirmed that the ball was now rolling through his personal Twitter account, and shared the following image from set. Interestingly, it appears the film has entered production with the codename Bravo 14.

Day 1 #SuicideSquadpic.twitter.com/rEo5qCMfAh

David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 13, 2015

Given the grand nature of the adaptation – not to mention the ensemble cast already on board – there are suggestions that a handful of parts are yet to be filled. In fact, according to Latino Review, there is one, rather high-profile “outstanding” role in the form of Mark and Roland Desmond, brothers who play two variations of the villain Blockbuster in the DC source material. »

- Michael Briers

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk resigned Friday after more than eight years atop the multimedia company, with founder Jeff Skoll announcing he would serve as temporary chief executive of the company he built to pursue both profits and social change.

News of Berk’s departure – which took effect immediately — surprised many employees, although tensions had been mounting inside the company as Skoll pushed for quicker expansion into foreign markets and advances by Participant’s television and digital operations.

Variety reported exclusively last month that Skoll had ordered a strategic review of his 11-year-old company, which McKinsey & Co. began last month. He also planned to appoint a board of directors to help the company map a path forward.

Skoll, a 50-year-old tech billionaire and former eBay CEO, had pushed more aggressively for the changes than his chief executive, Berk, according to several sources inside Participant.

Current and former Participant employees also »

- James Rainey

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Manganiello Out! Suicide Squad Has A New Deathstroke; Hugo Strange & Ravan Also Cast

8 April 2015 7:25 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Earlier tonight, director David Ayer (Fury) tweeted out our first look at the Suicide Squad cast (sans Jared Leto) assembled for a table read. The photo featured the main cast members including headliners Will Smith (i, Robot), Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Viola Davis (The Help), Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher), and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), and also more or less confirmed the involvement of many other players who had been rumored for parts in the upcoming DC adventure. Additionally, a few mystery parts had also seemingly been cast as previously unannounced actors Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), Jim Parrack (Fury), and Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens) were also pictured. Their roles were a mystery for an hour or so before Latino-Review's El Mayimbe dropped another major scoop shedding some light on how the trio play into the picture. It looks like due to a snag in negotiations (and a »

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