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Disney is developing the dramedy movie “Dumplin'” based on the upcoming Julie Murphy young adult novel, Variety has learned.
Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively and is in talks with Michael Costigan to produce the film. HarperCollins is scheduled to publish the Texas-set novel through its Balzer + Bray imprint on Sept. 15.
The novel centers on a confident teen girl — named Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom — taking a job at the local fast-food joint. She meets a former jock whom she likes and he seems to like her back. When she begins to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering a beauty pageant to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any skinny girl does.
- Dave McNary
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
After a six-year absence, director Chan-wook Park comes back to Korean cinematic storytelling. The Oldboy filmaker began production on his latest, the lesbian drama Fingersmith, last week near Nagoya, Japan. This serves as the filmmaker's follow-up to his English-language debut Stoker, which earned fairly mixed reviews and didn't particularly wow me as much as I would have wanted it to either, and his first native-language feature since 2009's Thirst. A re-interpretation of Sarah Waters Victorian-era novel of the same name, Park's latest relocates the action to Korea and Japan within the 1930s, which looks at a time when Korea was under the strict gaze of Japan's occupation. Fingersmith returns the director with his long-time screenwriter Seo-Gyeong Jeong, whom previously penned Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I'm a Cyborg, But That's Ok and the aforementioned Thirst with the filmmaker. Though it seems this adaptation is the writer's first solo writing credit. That's »
- Will Ashton
After a foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook is taking inspiration from an English-language source for his next Korean-language film. He’s currently at work on Fingersmith, based on a 2002 lesbian crime novel by Sarah Waters. Get all the details on the Park Chan-wook Fingersmith movie after the jump. Variety reports production on […]
- Angie Han
Acclaimed director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst, Stoker) has begun production on his latest project – a Korean adaptation of the 2002 novel by Sarah Waters, titled Fingersmith. While Park has been working on English language projects since 2009’s Thirst, that film took the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize – making Park’s return to Korean language filmmaking a very exciting prospect indeed.
The source novel, Fingersmith, is set in Victorian-era London, and centres on the troubled and complex romantic relationship between Sue and Maud. Told in three parts, giving different perspectives on the tale, the layered plot weaves deception, manipulation, theft and murder through a larger story about love and trust. As older generation characters attempt something of a ‘long con’, the younger Sue and Maud find themselves being used as unwitting pawns in a disturbing and bitter game – to the tragic detriment of their affair.
The novel was previously adapted in 2005 as a two-part BBC drama, »
- Sarah Myles
A Korean reinterpretation of Sarah Waters’ Victorian-era lesbian novel of the same title, Chan’s movie relocates the scene to Korea and Japan in the 1930s, when Korea was under Japanese occupation. The adaptation is written by Park’s long-term screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung (“Sympathy for Lady Vengeance,” “Thirst”).
“Fingersmith” is Park’s first Korean-language directorial piece in six years, since the Cannes-winning vampire film “Thirst” in 2009. In between he made his English-language debut, the ill-fated “Stoker,” in 2013.
The film is co-produced by Park’s Moho Film and producer Lee Yong-seung’s Yong Film. The production budget is set at Krw 11 billion ($9.94 million), excluding P&A.
Other regular Park collaborators onboard include cinematographer Jeong Jeong-hun (“Oldboy, »
- Sonia Kil
The film is described as a Korean reinterpretation of Sarah Waters' Victorian-era lesbian novel "Fingersmith". Chan's movie relocates the setting to Korea in the 1930s when it was under Japanese occupation.
Kim Min-hee and Kim Tae-ri are the two female leads in the film alongside Ha Jung-woo in the male lead role. Park's long-term screenwriter Chung Seo-kyung ("Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," "Thirst") penned the adaptation.
The $10 million-budget project is currently filming in Nagoya, Japan with production to run for just over two months. The completed film hits cinemas next year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The commissioning of television projects is always a gamble. A pitch that sounded like a guaranteed win can all too easily become the first casualty of pilot season, if the magic formula of talent – both onscreen and off – is not achieved. In these uncertain economic times, when regular broadcast channels are competing more and more with original content produced by streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon, an aversion to such risk could well explain the current trend of revisiting past glories. As The X Files gears up for a limited season, and a 24 spin-off is rumoured, TVLine has exclusively revealed that the popular Fox series Prison Break is also officially in development for a limited series.
Prison Break began airing in January 2006, and quickly found a fan-base with its increasingly claustrophobic tale of conspiracy, political intrigue and family drama. Starring Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield and Dominic Purcell as his brother, »
- Sarah Myles
Read More: Watch: 'Crimson Peak' Trailer Traps Mia Wasikowska in Guillermo Del Toro's Haunted House Anticipation for Guillermo del Toro's gothic horror film "Crimson Peak" has been building for over a year now, and the involvement of the visionary writer-director, plus actors Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston, has made it the rare studio film to capture the attention of both casual moviegoers and indie diehards. Following the effects heavy bombast of "Pacific Rim," "Peak" finds del Toro back in dark fairytale mode. The haunted house pic stars Wasikowska as an aspiring author torn between the love for her childhood friend (Charlie Hunnam) and the temptation for a mysterious outsider (Tom Hiddleston). Trying to escape the ghosts of her tragic past, she gets swept away to a house where things aren't exactly as they seem. We've seen the supernatural sides of Wasikowsa and Hiddleston in indies like "Stoker" and "Only. »
- Zack Sharf
Josh has to face up to his troubled past in order to explore his passion for music and find love with a local girl (Katrina Norman).
Bravetown opens on May 8 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be set. »
Revisiting the work of the Australian actor, who stars as a mysterious bank manager in this week’s Lost River
Related: Ben Mendelsohn: 'I don't do talky-talky chummy-chummy'
The striking crime thriller Animal Kingdom has been responsible for launching a range of Australian actors in Hollywood, from Jacki Weaver (who has since starred in Silver Linings Playbook, Stoker and Magic in the Moonlight) to Joel Edgerton (roles in Warrior, The Great Gatsby and Exodus: Gods and Kings followed).
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- Benjamin Lee
The last feature film score that composer Clint Mansell delivered was for Darren Aronofsky's Noah, and it was certainly one of the finer points in of the Biblical epic. Before that, he delivered the haunting scores for Stoker as well as music for the thriller Filth. But otherwise, he's laid pretty low key, and isn't working as frequently as some of his colleagues. But coming up we're likely to get some magnificent work from Mansell as Film Music Reporter (via SlashFilm) reports that he will be composing the score for High Rise, the adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name from Kill List and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. The composer himself confirmed the news on Twitter and is thrilled with the response: Blown away by the love shown to my involvement with @mr_wheatley & #HighRise It means a lot to me and I'll do my best to not fuck it up! »
- Ethan Anderton
Eighteen film and TV screenplays have been shortlisted for the inaugural Gateway La Script Development Program launched by Australians in Film (AiF).
The winner will get a cash prize to facilitate development of the script, a flight to Los Angeles, meetings with producers and executives and table reads.
AiF will announce the winner and runners-up, who will form an .Aussie List., determined by a panel of expert judges, and the value of the cash, in a month.
The projects were selected from more than 500 scripts submitted to the L.A.-based Australian entertainment industry guild. The program aims to provide Australians living and working in the Us with more opportunities for support and resources and to help Australian projects secure exposure to the best networks in the business.
"We're incredibly proud of the projects coming out of Australia and thrilled to be able to offer writers an opportunity to showcase »
- Don Groves
Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.
The Busan International Film Festival (Biff) held a general public hearing for the “vision for the future and reform” of the fest, led by a panel of directors Im Kwon-taek and Park Chan-wook, producer Jaime Shim, professor Min Byung-lock, producer/distributor Stanley Kwak and Biff director Lee Yong-kwan yesterday (March 10) in Seoul.
The hearing was held in part owing to a mandate from the Busan city mayor’s office that the festival create a proposal for reform ahead of its 20th anniversary. This was in response to a large-scale film industry backlash against the mayor’s request that Lee step down following the controversy of The Truth Shall Now Sink With The Sewol [see separate story here].
Panelists and observers deplored Busan City’s efforts to interfere with the festival’s programming, advised Biff stop taking government money if necessary, and criticized »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
What’s the Matter with Havana?: Cronenberg’s L.A. Story a Hot Mess of Tangled Ideas
Couched within its episodic instances of harpooning Hollywood stereotypes, there is a rather interesting tale in Maps to the Stars contending as a wobbly family saga of vacuous types tainted by their desperate attempts to maintain a certain visibility within celebrity culture. But it’s an idea lost in its own maddening attempt at actually engaging in the mythos pointedly laid out in its own subtext as pertains to provocative motifs like incest, nepotism, and (literally) ghosts from the past. The result is a maudlin brew of wacky circumstances and over-the-top flourishes that sometimes work, but, more often than not, fall flat the longer running the time wears on. While it very much feels like a Cronenbergian endeavor, its pointed critique of a particular empty headed culture ends up feeling like a series of wink-wink potshots, »
- Nicholas Bell
Hello again, dear readers. I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day weekend, and that a lot of you got out to see Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is totally awesome. This coming Sunday also brings us the 87th Academy Awards, during which I’ll be both hoping Michael Keaton wins Best Actor for Birdman, and cursing the Academy for not giving a Best Animated Feature nomination to The Lego Movie. But in this meantime, this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ is our first look at one of my most anticipated films of the fall, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.
Premise: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, a young author is torn between the love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers. »
- Timothy Monforton
The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak has just arrived, offering a first look at the director’s gothic horror story starring Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Alice in Wonderland), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Year), Tom Hiddleston (Marvel’s The Avengers, Only Lovers Left Alive), Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy,” Pacific Rim) and Jim…
The post The Crimson Peak Trailer is Here! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
Update: An official version has now launched and can be seen above.
Though it was initially slated to release this coming Tuesday, a low-res recording of Crimson Peak‘s maiden trailer has appeared online, offering fans an early glimpse at Guillermo del Toro’s latest exercise in gothic fantasy.
With a star-studded cast that includes Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Pacific Rim‘s Charlie Hunnam, the horror flick has undisputedly earned its title as one of the most anticipated scarefests of the year — and for good reason. With del Toro behind the lens, Crimson Peak marks the reputable filmmaker’s first return to the genre while in the director’s chair since the beloved Spanish civil war film, Pan’s Labyrinth.
- Michael Briers
Robert Pattinson is joining his “Rover” co-star Guy Pearce in another violent thriller. The “Twilight” star and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) have been added to the cast of “Brimstone,” a Western in which Pearce plays a diabolical preacher on the hunt for Mia Wasikowska (“Stoker”). Also Read: Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Rover’ Flops in Box Office Expansion Pattinson plays an outlaw in the tale of retribution that begins shooting in May. Embankment is offering up the film, written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), to buyers at the European Film Market. Also Read: Charlie Hunnam Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Lost City. »
- Greg Gilman
In The Voices, Ryan Reynolds portrays Jerry, a mentally ill factory worker who ends up becoming the world’s nicest serial killer on accident. His comedic misdeeds are guided by the voices of his cat and dog and as Jerry’s body count grows, he struggles to maintain some kind of normalcy as his life begins to spiral even further out of control.
Written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2) and directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), The Voices also stars Jacki Weaver (Stoker), Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect). The darkly comedic film arrives in theaters and on VOD today courtesy of Lionsgate and, recently, Daily Dead chatted with Satrapi about her experiences collaborating on this unique project with Reynolds and much more.
Fantastic job on the movie, Marjane. It’s really rare to have a movie about a serial killer that leaves a »
- Heather Wixson
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