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Hollywood’s obsession with John Grisham-style courtroom thrillers appears to have petered out over the past few years. The last legal drama I truly enjoyed was 2011′s The Lincoln Lawyer, and I can’t even name one cinematic entry in the subgenre that has emerged since then. So, it’s about time someone put their mind to resuscitating the courtroom thriller. The Whole Truth, which will likely release next year, may be the first project I’ve seen that could have a real shot at breathing new life into the subenre, especially now that it’s gained Oscar winner Renee Zellweger in a leading role.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the project »
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, »
News Simon Brew 6 Mar 2014 - 07:00
If David Fincher's Us remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was supposed to open the floodgates to a host of Scandanavian thrillers making it to cinemas, it doesn't seem to have really happened yet. Certainly not from Hollywood anyway.
But here's one that does seem to be on its way. Jo Nesbo's book Blood On Snow was picked up by Warner Bros recently, and the movie has been nurtured with Leonardo DiCaprio in mind. He's being lined up to star as a hitman who has to go into hiding when a job doesn't go to plan. What's more, he goes into hiding taking his target with him, who just happens to be the wife of his boss.
It's still early stages for the film, »
Pop quiz, hotshot: what is cuter, Joaquin Phoenix having a flirty late-nite conversation with his computer in a Spike Jonze movie or a 3-year old doing the same scene? It’s the 3-year old every time. It’s part of the Tumblr project Don’t Call Me Oscar by Maggie Storino, whose time spent with her 3-year old daughter Sophia playing dress-up has turned into the most adorable new Oscar tradition on record. And unless next year’s ceremony is hosted by adorable kittens (sorry, Ellen), this one will probably reign supreme for a while. The idea is simple: Sophia likes to play dress up, every day, sometimes with the inclusion of her 2-year old sister Sadie. She also likes movies. And not just the usual kid movies. As mom told Mashable, “You might know that Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Sandra Bullock aren’t Disney princesses, but the girls don’t. Now »
- Neil Miller
Skarsgård's character John River is a brilliant but troubled officer whose fractured mind is the key to his crime-solving genius.
"Abi's one of Britain's most distinctive and original storytellers, and her ability to push the boundaries of the genre in surprising ways makes River her perfect debut on BBC One."
River will air on BBC One in 2015.
The Oscars are coming Sunday and as you look around the web, you can see that all the pundits are getting their final predictions in just under the buzzer. What's fascinating to me is how, really, everyone seems to mostly agree. The degrees of fluctuation in those who might disagree on this or that category is minimal. And where some might diverge in one category or another, there are certainly others there to back them up. Basically, no one is way out on any limbs alone and we're all more or less expecting the same range of activity. That means we're all, of course, Wrong — at least somewhere. So what will the surprises be? That's the question I keep hearing, even from publicists and strategists who have their ear closer to the ground than us lowly pundits. Well, it just so happens there are a couple of places worthy of »
- Kristopher Tapley
When it was revealed that Aaron Sorkin was working on a rival to Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs (which starred Two and A Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher), many dismissed that movie as simply a place holder until The Social Network scribe’s take reached the big screen.
Jobs of course failed to make an impact at the box office or with critics, and we now have yet another reason to get excited over Sony’s look at the life of the Apple founder. Based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the movie will re-team Sorkin with The Social Network director David Fincher.
Sorkin began writing the script in 2012, although the project has been in development since just after Jobs passed away in 2011. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is participating in the film as a consultant, and while Fincher is said to be only in early talks at this stage, »
- Josh Wilding
After delivering the critical and box office smash “The Social Network,” Sony has commissioned the Facebook drama’s creative team for another high-profile techie-themed biopic, this time about Apple founder and tech pioneer Steve Jobs.
Sorkin has publicly said the Jobs biopic will be divided into three long scenes, each taking place backstage before one of Apple’s infamous product launches.
“The first one being the Mac,” he told the Daily Beast. “The second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. »
- Justin Kroll
The film will focus on Hughes' assistant, played by Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) and a young woman with whom he falls in love with, portrayed by Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) as a young woman with whom he falls in love. Beatty will play Hughes, with wife Annette Bening (American Beauty) and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) also set to feature.
The project first looked to be moving ahead around three years back, with Felicty Jones (Like Crazy) set to star and the likes of Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Alec Baldwin (Blue Jasmine), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Shia Labeouf (Nymphomaniac) and Jack Nicholson (The Departed) all linked to roles.
- Gary Collinson
In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool! Of all craft categories, Best Film Editing is the one most closely tied to the Best Picture race: nominees from the latter category invariably dominate the former, and as pundits are so fond of reminding everyone, no film has won the top prize without a corresponding editing bid since 1980. That's no quirk or accident, given how heavily editing interacts with script and performance, and though Best Picture no-shows occasionally triumph here (like surprise victor "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" two years ago), that won't be happening this year. Five Best Picture nominees make up the field, and I strongly suspect they'd »
- Guy Lodge
Taken on its own, the news that NBC plans to revive Heroes – the superhero series that died unloved of its own stupidity in 2010 – is fully inexplicable. The series blew through whatever scant promise it had in the space of a single series, only to limp on so doggedly for so long afterwards that nobody can realistically ever want to see it again.
However, taken in the context of the upcoming 24 revival, the news is ever so slightly worrying. Television's big new thing, it seems, is to take shows from a decade ago and jerk them back into life by whatever means necessary. »
- Stuart Heritage
Zap2it: "House of Cards" is such a symbol of new media's place in entertainment, do you look at social media to see reactions to the show?
Kate Mara: I am on Twitter, not on anything else, and it's always really exciting to see what people are saying. As of now, I'm not afraid of that ... maybe I will be one day. I find it very interesting, and I think it's really cool that we have that outlet.
Related: 100 TV stars you should be following on Twitter
Zap2it: Your career has encompassed many independent films as well as big studio productions. How do you assess your job choices?
Kate Mara: I don't want to do anything that's not going to keep me on my toes. I've been doing this for more than half my life at this point, and now that I know what I want and will keep me interested, »
Deadline report that French actress and former Wonder Woman candidate Elodie Yung has joined the cast of Alex Proyas' Gods Of Egypt as one of the Gods (or Goddesses in this case). Hathor - in ancient Egyptian mythology she's the goddess who personified the principles of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. As well as starring as Jinx in the G.I. Joe sequel, Yung popped up as a gang lord in District 13: Ultimatum and also made a brief, but very memorable appearance in David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The story deals with a human thief (Thwaites) who cares little for the affairs of gods but when he discovers Zaya (Eaton) has been cursed by Set (Butler), he falls on the side of Horus (Coster-Waldau), hoping that Set’s death will break the curse. Proyas wrote the script with Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who are »
The story follows photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson), who strikes up an unlikely friendship with James Dean (Dane DeHaan) after landing an assignment with Life Magazine to take the movie star's picture. [Source: ]
The story centers on a special-ops team that fights supernatural beings that have taken over New York City. The tone is described as "Black Hawk Down"-esque. [Source: Heat Vision]
Untitled Heist Film
- Garth Franklin
Sneak Peek actress Rooney Mara ("The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") in a recent fashion editorial by photographer David Sims for "Vogue" magazine, plus Nsfw footage of Mara from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo":
In the new February 2013 release "Side Effects", Mara plays the wife of a jailed insider stock trader, who falls into a 'bleak depression' after a doctor over-prescribes her with drugs.
"I had a lot of anxiety growing up because I was so shy," said Mara. "But severe clinical depression is a whole other thing, and I guess I never really knew how bad it can get."
"I think that’s part of the reason I like acting...I can be someone else. I get to express a lot of things that maybe are hard for me to express in my normal life...I’d really rather hide behind the character. It’s like a party trick. »
- Michael Stevens
credit: Dan Martensen
Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love. »
- Michelle McCue
Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar-nominated original song "The Moon Song" for a global television audience on the 86th Annual Academy Awards, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC. We also have a behind-the-scenes featurette which includes a message from Karen O about how the song was created.
"The Moon Song," with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film Her, directed by Jonze. The three other nominated songs are "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go" from Frozen and "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
No big surprise here: Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars March 2, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron confirmed. “The Moon Song,” with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film “Her,” directed by Jonze. Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love.” Karen O has performed on other soundtracks including “Frankenweenie” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “I’m Not There.” Earlier: U2 will also play their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" ("Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Kudos and Channel 4's excellent conspiracy thriller 'Utopia' seems to be getting the unnecessary Us remake treatment by none other than 'The Social Network' director David Fincher. The subject matter for the new show, based on Dennis Kelly's original series, is the perfect fodder for a director like David Fincher ('The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo') but the British version is so rich with style and tension and outstanding performances anyway does an adaptation serve any purpose? Fincher will direct and executive produce alongside 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn. The original 7 episode series starred Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach, Michael Smiley ('Spaced'), Neil Maskell ('Kill List'), 'Misfits' star Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Stephen Rea. The second season will air later this year and sees new cast members Rose Leslie ('Game of Thrones') and Ian McDiarmid ('Star Wars »
News Louisa Mellor 13 Feb 2014 - 07:50
Utopia, currently in production on series two, will return to Channel 4 later this year. Wait a little longer, and like Broadchurch before it, the series will also have a Us twin. It's been that announced Fight Club and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's David Fincher will be continuing his collaboration with Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn to produce a remake for HBO.
If Channel 4's Utopia was going to end up anywhere on Us TV, then HBO is the place. Depending on how faithful a remake the Fincher/Flynn version of the 2013 series will be, there are a handful of scenes that the networks might find very difficult to swallow.
The premise of the series, »
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