20 items from 2015
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
Focus Features has released four new clips and five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage for Tarsem Singh‘s latest mind-bender, Self/less, a psychological sci-fi thriller about a dying man (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.” While most of the clips are noticeably lacking in Tarsem's distinct visual opulence, one of them finally reveals a glimpse at that aesthetic panache Tarsem is known for - but seriously, just a glimpse. The glinting gold pillow atop a sterile medical bed both feels like signature Tarsem and fits with the idea that the immortality procedure and "best of the human experience" is exclusively available to those in the highest echelons of society. These clips are also a great reminder that Reynolds is an excellent actor when »
- Haleigh Foutch
Focus Features has released a new featurette and clip for Tarsem Singh‘s latest, Self/less, a psychological science fiction thriller about a man dying from cancer (Ben Kingsley) who decides to transfer his consciousness into the body of a healthy, younger man (Ryan Reynolds). The procedure works, but he soon comes to realize that “immortality has some side effects.” I'm intrigued by Self/less. The ramifications a man faces when he tries to beat god always makes for solid ground to build a riveting science fiction premise on, and Tarsem is a compelling director with an eccentric track record, so I'm always intrigued to see what he'll do next. Stylistically, Self/less looks quite restrained for the director, who can occasionally get so immersed in his visuals that narrative falls by the wayside. When he's at his best we get The Fall, at his worst, Immortals (which I actually »
- Haleigh Foutch
Taking off the table the only Spanish-language title confirmed to date for Cannes, Arp Selection, one of France’s premier arthouse distributors, has acquired French rights to David Pablos’ “The Chosen Ones” (“Las Elegidas”).
One of 14 Un Certain Regard titles unveiled last Thursday by Thierry Fremaux, “Chosen” is lead-produced by top Mexican production house Canana, founded by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, whose credits include Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala,” Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” and the Luna-directed “Abel” and “Cesar Chavez.”
“The Chosen Ones” is co-produced by Paris-based Manny Films, founded by Philippe Gompel, which also co-produced Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor” with Argentina’s Magma Cine, Canana and Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes.
Produced by Cruz and a love story with thriller elements and ethical dilemmas, “The Chosen Ones” turns on 15-year-old, Ulises, »
- John Hopewell
After receiving an Oscar nomination for her role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and having what could be considered a banner year in 2013 -- which included starring roles in both Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Side Effects and a supporting role in Her -- Rooney Mara has quickly become one of the most highly sought-after actresses working right now, and for good reason. Today The Hollywood Reporter notes The Weinstein Co. has successfully reeled in Mara for a role in the Indian survival tale Lion, which the studio acquired for distribution at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Mara joins a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tannishtha Chatterjee, David Wenham, and Divian Ladwa. The film, which is being produced by See-Saw Films and directed by Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake") from a screenplay by Luke Davies, tells the true story of five-year-old Saroo Brierley, »
- Jordan Benesh
Through the use of satire, and a good dose of slapstick, Accidental Love attempts to show some of the more absurd aspects of society. However, the slapstick seems to undermine the gravity of the characters, as it carries the narrative too far into the ridiculous for the audience to then believe the film’s characterization of society. Although it is possible to bring satire and slapstick together in a way that works, in Accidental Love, they feel like two opposing tones. The movie is often humorous because of its astute observations through satire, but also awkward because it relies on embarrassing and meaningless sight gags, which hurt the overall plot and message that the filmmakers are trying to convey.
- Josh Cabrita
For the first time in almost 30 years a Steven Spielberg film will not be scored by John Williams. That was the sad news DreamWorks Studios tried to avoid making headlines with this morning with the announcement that Thomas Newman would compose the music for Spielberg's upcoming thriller "Bridge of Spies." According to a release from the studio through distributor Walt Disney Pictures, Williams work schedule "was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected." The 83-year-old composer has enjoyed a remarkable career winning five Academy Awards including three Oscars for Spielberg films "E.T.," "Schindler's List" and "Jaws." The duo most recently collaborated on 2013's "Lincoln" for which Williams also earned an Original Score nomination. Williams' last theatrical work was 2013's "The Book Thief" which was his 49th nomination. He has also won a remarkable 22 Grammy Awards. Williams is still expected to »
- Gregory Ellwood
DreamWorks Pictures'/Fox 2000 Pictures' upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), has been, as previously announced, titled Bridge of Spies. In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Saving Mr. Banks) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams' schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen »
DreamWorks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has been titled Bridge Of Spies.
In addition, 12-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) has been signed to score the film, as John Williams’ schedule was interrupted and he was unavailable to score the film due to a minor health issue, now corrected.
John Williams. 86th Academy Awards, The Oscar Concert
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Screenwriters Matt Charman »
- Michelle McCue
HBO Films is developing a movie adaptation of the Vanity Fair article, Rorschach And Awe, written by Katherine Eban. While this source material certainly provides a snappy title for the project, the subject matter is deeply troubling – examining, as it does, the role of two professional psychologists in the development of torture techniques for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Published in July 2007, the article begins with a clear description of how al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah was captured in April 2002, and disclosed to the FBI the identity of the person behind the terrorist attacks of September 2001 – including detail of exactly how the plot was devised and executed. The important point here is that the information was obtained through “rapport-building techniques” – also known as human kindness and empathy. The arrival of an interrogation team from the CIA heralded the employment of a different tactic, however, as they began to conduct a “psychic demolition” of the detainee. »
- Sarah Myles
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is in theaters this weekend. Have you heard? In celebration of this stunning cinematic achievement, we've trawled through all the streaming sites to bring you a list of five worthwhile erotic thrillers to watch online right now! Particularly useful for those who, you know, aren't interested in seeing "50 Shades" (they do exist!) but are nevertheless jonesing for some steely sexual tension to spice up their weekends. "Basic Instinct" (1992) The film that made Sharon Stone a star is still one of her best. Watch the aesthetically-gifted stunner command the screen with that placid, aquamarine stare. Forget the "no undies" leg crossing (or don't!) -- that interrogation scene is a classic for way better reasons than a single shot of Stone's naughty parts. "Nymphomaniac Pts. I and II" (2014) How about four hours of erotic thrillerisms? Charlotte Gainsbourg's commanding underbite does some of its best work in Lars von Trier »
- Chris Eggertsen
This weekend's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" might be the first big spy movie of 2015, but it's far from the last. This August, Warner Bros will unleash "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," based on the television series that ran for more than a hundred episodes from 1965 - 1968 (to tell you what a technologically trippy period this was, the first season's episodes were in black-and-white, the rest in color). This new version retains the period setting but seems to be ruder and more action-packed. Would you expect anything less from director Guy Ritchie?
In the new "Man from U.N.C.L.E.," Henry Cavill (summoning considerable more charm than he ever exhibited in "Man of Steel") plays Napoleon Solo, an American secret agent forced to partner with a Russian agent named Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer, forever the handsome straight man). Hugh Grant and Jared Harris are British agents and the almost painfully »
- Drew Taylor
Update: TMZ reports that Conrad Hilton voluntarily checked into a rehab facility following his alleged in-flight meltdown this past July. According to the site, the 20-year-old spent 30 days in a treatment facility shortly after the incident. Hilton was arrested on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and was released on $100,000 bail, the site reports. He was ordered to surrender his passport and remain in California. ----------- Side effects are no joke. Paris Hilton’s younger brother Conrad Hilton has been arrested after allegedly flipping out on passengers during an international [...] »
Hot on the heels of an Oscar nomination for her luminous performance as Jane Wilde in Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, Felicity Jones has eclipsed competitors including Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, The Fantastic Four‘s Kate Mara and Side Effects‘ Rooney Mara for the lead role in an as-of-yet-untitled Star Wars spinoff.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Lucasfilm and Disney zeroed in on the acclaimed actress after a series of highly secretive readings and screen tests. An offer has gone out to Jones, who is currently in talks to star.
Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) will direct from a script by the recently-hired Chris Weitz (About a Boy). The project has been in the works for over a year, with Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) having penned a previous draft for the stand-alone pic.
- Isaac Feldberg
Sold by Film Factory, “Ixcanul” world premieres next Saturday in Competition at the Berlin Festival.
Arp Selection’s acquisition marks the first distribution deal to go down on “Ixcanul,” which is raising large expectation after it made the Berlin Competition cut last month, competing with such seasoned directors’ latest as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” or Benoit Jacquot’s “Diary of a Chambermaid.”
The fact that Arp Selection has bought “Ixcanul” is noteworthy. Buying mostly from Europe, Arp targets often art films with potentially wider audience appeal: Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” with Robin J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call,” and Paulo Sorrentino’s Sean Penn starrer “This Must Be the Place.” Arp Selection’s biggest recent release was Steven Soderbergh »
- John Hopewell
After his stellar work on acclaimed Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, James Marsh is taking on another tale of a flawed individual battling against seemingly insurmountable odds. Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films have just set the helmer, whose 2008 documentary Man on Wire won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, to direct Colin Firth in a feature about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off in 1968 to win the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race.
While The Theory of Everything told the story of Hawking’s rise to prominence even as his relationship with first wife Jane Wilde eventually crumbled, this new pic will be much more tragic than inspirational. After all, Crowhurst’s efforts to win the race and claim a cash prize, in hopes of aiding his failing business, soon led him to falsify log books and plot to deceive the race »
- Isaac Feldberg
They both have Oscars sitting on their mantelpiece and now Man On Wire/The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh and King’s Speech actor Colin Firth are weighing actor for what could be another prestige project. They’ve both signed on to BBC Films’ drama about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst.If the name doesn’t ring any bells, Crowhurst entered the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 in the hopes of picking up a cash prize that would help save his faltering radio beacon business. He built a trimaran boat called the Teignmouth Electron in a hurry, but had to leave several safety features uncompleted before setting sail. He encountered problems almost immediately and began to steer erratically, eventually succumbing to conflicted psychological issues and irrationality. Though he kept filing positions claiming he was circumnavigating the globe, his boat – spoiler alert – was found adrift and abandoned on 10 July 1969.With Firth set to play Crowhurst, »
Star Wars: Reportedly, Rooney Mara (Side Effects, above right) and Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black, above left) are among a handful of actresses testing for the lead role in the first Star Wars stand-alone movie, to be directed by Gareth Edwards. Academy Award-nominated Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is also under consideration for the starring role. The movie is due out on December 16, 2016. [Heat Vision] Fables: Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) is writing a new draft of a screenplay for a proposed movie version of Fables, a long-running comic book series created by Bill Willingham. The series revolves around fairy-tale characters living in secret in New York City. A big-screen adaptation has been in development for several...
- Peter Martin
Star Wars: Reportedly, Rooney Mara (Side Effects, above right) and Tatiana Maslany (TV's Orphan Black, above left) are among a handful of actresses testing for the lead role in the first Star Wars stand-alone movie to be directed by Gareth Edwards. Academy Award-nominated Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) is also under consideration for the starring role. The movie is due out on December 16, 2016. [Heat Vision] Fables: Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret...
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Bollywood churns out on average 120 plus films a year, with 2014 reaching 142. So to think all of them will go down in history as being successful is rather naive. But what about the ones we thought would work wonders but came up short? The ones that left us thinking, “Why was this allowed past the editing board”? Even ones that somehow managed to cha-ching the money registers sky high. 2014 had its fair share of films that fit all these categories. BollySpice brings you the biggest disappointments of 2014.
A.R.Murugadoss blew everyone’s mind when he told a tale of an anterograde amnesia patient desperately seeking revenge for the murder of his girlfriend in Ghajini. Yet when it came to a follow up film, one could say Holiday fell short of all the trimmings to recreate the magic. The writer in Murugadoss failed to see the shortcomings of his story, »
- Githa Vanan
20 items from 2015
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