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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Mia Wasikowska is a fantastic young actress that has a long successful acting career ahead of her. She's been in films such as Jane Eyre, Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Lawless, and several more. She was amazing in all of those, and now she's basically going to carry a whole film on her shoulders with Tracks, which is based on an inspiring true story. This looks like a beautifully shot film, and I'll be checking it out when it is released.
Tracks is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson. Robyn's phenomenal solo trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and on to the Indian Ocean saw her traverse 2700km of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert accompanied only »
- Joey Paur
Based on the acclaimed memoir from Robyn Davidson, See Saw Films. Tracks is a return to the emotional drama for director John Curran (We Don.t Live Here Anymore), whose 2010 thriller Stone just wasn.t up to snuff with the rest of his work. Here.s hoping he didn.t have to take a 2,000 mile journey to figure that out. The trailer, via EW, is quite possibly the most sunshiny thing I.ve ever seen indoors. The film chronicles the 1,700-mile trip through the Australian wilderness that Davidson took with her dog and camels back in 1977. And Mia Wasikowska is absolutely transformed for the role in a complete 180 from her dark look in this year.s Stoker. Not only is she blond, which looks rather strange, but she.s almost always completely sunburnt and covered in dirt. It.s obviously more of a passion project than a vanity project. Davidson »
An epic journey of wilderness travel and self-imposed isolation is at the heart of John Curran's ("The Painted Veil," "We Don't Live Here Anymore") new film, "Tracks." Mia Wasikowska ("Stoker," "Alice in Wonderland") stars in the true story of Robyn Davidson who in 1975 traveled 2700km across the Australian desert accompanied only by her dog and four camels. Read More: Mia Wasikowska On Having Three Films at Tiff and Why She Stuck to Indies Following 'Alice in Wonderland' The trailer highlights Australia's epic landscapes that almost seem overwhelming. National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) intermediately breaks Davidson's solitude, forming an unlikely friendship. Though there is no release date yet, The Weinstein Company is distributing the film Stateside. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think in the comments. »
- James Hiler
"I'm so alone." "We all are." Transmission Films has debuted the first full trailer for John Curran's Tracks, an Australian indie film telling the real life story of 27-year-old naturalist and adventurer Robyn Davidson, played by Mia Wasikowska. In 1977, Davidson hiked alone (along with four camels and her dog) across almost 1700 miles of desert through the Australian Outback. The film premiered at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals and earned quite a bit of healthy praise. I saw it in Toronto and fell in love with, not only the score but the incredible performance from Wasikowska (read my review). Adam Driver shows up in this too, and they use M83's "Outro" in the trailer. This film comes highly recommended. Take a look! Watch the first official trailer for John Curran's Tracks, uploaded to YouTube (via The Film Stage): Starring Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Stoker) and Adam Driver ("Girls", Frances Ha, »
- Alex Billington
Ten years ago, a movie called "Oldboy" was released in South Korea and quickly turned on the whispery allure of a forbidden cult classic. Based on a Japanese comic book and expertly directed by Chan-wook Park, whose first English language film debuted this year with the gleefully perverse "Stoker," "Oldboy" was one of those movies that seemed too extreme, too odd and too, well, South Korean to ever be adapted for American audiences. But here we are, with an American remake headed for theaters nationwide.
"Oldboy" is the tale of a man (played in this version by Josh Brolin) who is mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years and released just as mysteriously. It's upon his release that he seeks revenge for his torture and imprisonment, and attempts to figure out why he was locked up in the first place. Joining him in his quest is a helpful social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and »
- Drew Taylor
A CGI/live-action hybrid movie inspired from the Paddington Bear book series , which were first published in 1958 and have sold over 35 million copies world-wide, will be released in the United States on December 12th, 2014, two weeks after its UK release on November 28th.
The movie is produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter) and stars Nicole Kidman (Stoker), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jim Broadbent (Filth), Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter), with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) voicing the titular bear. Here's the official synopsis...
Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who »
- Gary Collinson
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
The rusted-out soul of steel-town America and the ghosts of the 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to “The Deer Hunter,” with bare-knuckle boxing substituted for Russian roulette. A much darker and less audience-friendly package than Cooper’s Oscar-winning 2009 debut, “Crazy Heart,” but graced by the same lyrical sense of worn-down American lives, this slow-burning drama should earn deserved praise for the top-drawer performances of stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and a truly frightening Woody Harrelson, but will need a lot of TLC from distrib Relativity (which opens the pic wide on Dec. 6) to break out commercially in a very crowded holiday frame.
The furnace of the title is literally the Carrie Furnace of Braddock, Penn., the real Rust Belt town where Cooper’s pic is set. But it is also »
- Scott Foundas
Here is a brief extract from editor Chris Laverty’s third ‘Fabric of Cinema’ column for international periodical Arts Illustrated. The main reason for a plug is the subject matter discussed: colour, without doubt one of the most fascinating aspects of theoretical costume study. Colour is so open to interpretation that any occasion costume designers dare to use it with intentional meaning constitutes a brave move. One of the finest costume events of the year so far, Stoker, provides just such an example. Costumers Kurt and Bart deliberately incorporated colour as a form of expression to be read alongside the film’s similarly intentional production design.
A preview of the Arts Illustrated piece ‘Colour the Narrative’ is included below. To get the entire magazine either download the issue online or subscribe to the hard copy:
‘Artistic interpretation of colour is entirely subjective. Crudely, it is based on cultural, spiritual, or even religious beliefs. »
- Christopher Laverty
Whenever something is billed as "a heart-stopping underwater adventure" and "a taut claustrophobic suspense movie," it immediately has our attention, but the question remains... will Pressure command yours? Read on for details and artwork.
Beneath the most hostile ocean on Earth and beyond the extremes of human endurance, four deep sea divers are trapped. As they face their deepest fears, hold your breath, control your fear, and experience where terror runs deep!
A heart-stopping underwater adventure. A taut claustrophobic suspense movie.
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- Uncle Creepy
After an acclaimed run on the festival circuit, the first trailer for director Jim Jarmusch's (Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers) vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive has arrived online, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis....
""Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?"
Leading the cast as the two vampire lovers are Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer), while the film also features Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Stoker), Anton Yelchin (Fright Night, »
- Gary Collinson
The first trailer for writer-director Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive is now available. The picture stars Tilda Swinton (Moonrise Kingdom) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) as Eve and Adam, two vampires who have been in love for centuries. That basic plot description is a bit bland, so it comes as a nice surprise that this first look at the film is decidedly more emotionally complex and visually interesting. Our own Phil Brown had a chance to see the film at Tiff 2013, so you can read up on his review here. Also starring Mia Wasikowska (Stoker), John Hurt (Immortals), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Only Lovers Left Alive debuts internationally early this December, but no domestic release date has been set just yet. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Check out the first trailer for Only Lovers Left Alive below (via Ontd »
- Dave Trumbore
Kate Beckinsale has been cast in D.J. Caruso's upcoming supernatural thriller The Disappointments Room. Caruso is the director who brought us films such as Disturbia, Eagle Eye, and I Am Number Four. The script for the movie was written by Wentworth Miller, who wrote the amazing script for the film Stoker.
Beckinsale plays a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial manse in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.
Miller is a hell of talented screenwriter, and I'm excited to see what he came up with for this story. This has the potential to end up being a really great film. »
- Joey Paur
Kate Beckinsale (Contraband, Underworld) is in negotiations to star in the thriller The Disappointments Room, to be directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) , from an original screenplay by Wentworth Miller (Stoker).
Hoping to repair their failing marriage, Dana (Beckinsale) and Dave move, with their son Jeremy, into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. In the course of renovating their new home, Dana discovers a small locked door in the corner of the attic that hadn’t appeared in the house’s blueprints. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the room’s terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.
- Michelle McCue
• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
• 12 Years a Slave antagonist Michael Fassbender is in talks to play a man who wants out of the family business in the gangster pic Trespass Against Us. Adam Smith, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and Skins, will make his feature debut on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, "while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times." Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York's biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years. Scott stars as Brown's wife, in a part written with her in mind. Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date. Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale's negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso's The Disappointments Room. News on Aykroyd and Scott's addition to Get On Up comes courtesy of THR. »
- Dave Trumbore
The story, written by actor-turned-writer Wentworth Miller (Stoker), centers on a woman (Kate Beckinsale) who moves her family into a countryside Colonial mansion. She begins to lose her mental faculties when she learns about the house's violent past, and begins seeing visions of a dead girl.
Another supernatural thriller is headed to this year's American Film Market, which kicks off next week. Get ready for a boatload of horror news when it goes down, but for now... Read on for the skinny!
As per The Hollywood Reporter, D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) has signed on to direct The Disappointments Room, which is being produced by Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group. Foresight will sell the movie at Afm, with Relativity in final negotiations to pick up domestic distribution.
Kate Beckinsale has the offer to star as a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial mansion in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.
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- John Squires
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) has signed on to direct “The Disappointments Room,” a supernatural thriller written by actor-writer Wentworth Miller (Prison Break).
This is only the second film written by Miller, who’s primarily known as an actor. Miller’s other writing credit was “Stoker,” the Nicole Kidman film that came out earlier this year. Interestingly, when he began submitting scripts he did so under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, which he told Movieline he did because he “just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own.”
The movie will follow a woman and her daughter who move to a colonial home in the country. The home, surprisingly, has a dark, violent past which soon starts to make the woman lose her mind as she starts having visions of a dead girl. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Serendipity) has been offered the lead role, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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