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‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller

‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller
“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is set to helm the Sony remake of “Miss Bala,” as reported by Deadline. According to the site, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is the front-runner to topline the film about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses various drug-related crimes and is dragged into the gang’s dangerous business.

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The original drama premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards. It was directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo, who also co-wrote it alongside Mauricio Katz. “Spectre” actress Stephanie Sigman starred as the lead role.

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The script for the English-language remake is
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Catherine Hardwicke to Direct ‘Miss Bala’ Remake for Sony

Catherine Hardwicke to Direct ‘Miss Bala’ Remake for Sony
“Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke has been tapped by Sony Pictures to direct its remake of “Miss Bala,” sources confirmed to Variety.

The film is an adaptation of the Mexican entry for best foreign-language film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. It centers on a woman named Laura Guerrero who, along with her friend, enters a Miss Baja beauty pageant. She witnesses during rehearsals a gang killing Drug Enforcement Administration agents and nightclub-goers, which turns her life upside down. She’s then kidnapped by the men and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war.

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Stephanie Sigman starred in the original movie, directed by Gerardo Naranjo.

Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz will produce the remake, while Andy Berman executive produces. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will write the adaptation. No talent is currently attached to star in the film.

Sony had
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‘Twilight’s’ Catherine Hardwicke in Talks to Direct Horror Thriller ‘Wish Upon’ for Broad Green (Exclusive)

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‘Twilight’s’ Catherine Hardwicke in Talks to Direct Horror Thriller ‘Wish Upon’ for Broad Green (Exclusive)
“Twilight” filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct the horror-thriller “Wish Upon” for Broad Green Pictures and Busted Shark Productions, TheWrap has learned. Busted Shark’s Sherryl Clark (“Cloverfield”) is producing, having previously worked with Hardwicke on the Blumhouse thriller “Plush.” Written by Barbara Marshall and voted to the 2015 Black List on Monday, “Wish Upon” follows a 16-year-old girl who finds a magic box that promises to grant her seven wishes, but with each wish comes dark and gruesome consequences. Also Read: Catherine Hardwicke in Talks to Direct 'Love Letters to the Dead' for Fox 2000 Hardwicke is best known for directing.
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Miss You Already | Review

Sisterhood of the Big C: Hardwicke and Case of the Dramatic Cancer Clause

Those who’ve been yearning for a remake of Garry Marshall’s beloved 1988 tearjerker Beaches but were afraid to admit it are in luck. Director Catherine Hardwicke has done just that with her latest film, Miss You Already, a contemporary documentation of two life-long girlfriends torn asunder by cancer. At times touching and not without a certain degree of emotional depth, there’s an odd tone of inauthenticity plaguing this melancholy friendship fantasy, enough to rob it of real dramatic integrity. It’s a rare portrait of sobering adulthood from Hardwicke, who tends to gravitate towards angsty portraits of rebellious teens, from her much loved debut Thirteen (2003) to the first chapter of the Twilight (2008) film series. But it’s another failed attempt at Hardwicke’s struggle to reinvent herself, following on the heels of fairy tale reboot
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Watch: Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore Face Life-Shattering News in Heartfelt 'Miss You Already' Trailer

Watch: Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore Face Life-Shattering News in Heartfelt 'Miss You Already' Trailer
Read More: Toronto International Film Festival Adds New Galas and Special Presentations, Including 'Mr. Right,' 'I Saw the Light,' 'Our Brand is Crisis' and 'Equals' Catherine Hardwicke has spent her post-"Twilight" years experimenting with big-budget fairytales ("Red Riding Hood") and scrappy indie rock dramas ("Plush"), but it looks like the filmmaker's new drama, "Miss You Already," should give the filmmaker her most accessible film yet. With a tearjerker-ready story and what looks to be two infectious lead performances by Drew Barrymore and Toni Colllete, expect the film to make a splash at its Tiff world premiere before opening in theaters November 6. The official synopsis reads: "'Miss You Already' is an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life's highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can't remember a time they didn't.
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Tiff Trailer: Catherine Hardwicke's Feel-Good 'Miss You Already' Starring Drew Barrymore & Toni Collette

If many awards season movies and festival flicks promise serious, sombre viewing, it's good to remember that there's always room for looser, livelier fare, and one such picture is Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already." It's slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week, and a brand new trailer is here. Read More: Catherine Hardwicke Talks Musical Thriller 'Plush,' Blockbuster & Indie Releasing & More Starring Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter and Jacqueline Bisset, the film follows the ups and down of two total besties through marriage, children and illness. Here's the official synopis: Miss You Already is an honest and powerful story following two best friends, Milly (Toni Collette) and Jess (Drew Barrymore), as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything –secrets, clothes,...
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Kristen Stewart Talks Sexism in Hollywood: "It's a Really Ridiculous Thing to Say You're Not a Feminist"

Kristen Stewart Talks Sexism in Hollywood:
Unlike some of her peers, Kristen Stewart has a grasp on the foundations of feminism. Though it can be difficult to work in a "a male-dominated and -driven business," the Camp X-Ray actress says it's also "fun to be the underdog." Still, she would like to see more women working behind the lens. Stewart agrees with The Daily Beast's assessment that women in Hollywood are given fewer chances than their male counterparts. Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, for example, had to release 2013's Plush via Video on Demand versus in theaters. "That's a thing that women have to do—you must persevere. That's what we've been doing. You need to make something that's undeniably...
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Drew & Toni together at last!

Manuel here catching up on a female-helmed, female-centered film coming our way in 2015 (one hopes!).

Have you guys heard about Miss You Already? The pic starting shooting in London just this past month and it stars none other than Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. The film is directed by Catherine Hardwicke, whose filmography seems endlessly baffling to me: Thirteen (2003), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Nativity Story (2006), Twilight (2008), Red Riding Hood (2011), and something called Plush (2013; anyone seen it? IMDb tells me it stars Cam “Amos cookies” Gigandet). I mean, I know female directors have a hard time getting passion (or any other kind of) projects made, but can someone explain to me this set of films? I guess one could make a thorough-line about Hardwicke’s interest in young women’s lives, which makes Miss You Already an interesting departure.

The film centers on Milly and Jess “who have been best friends since childhood.
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You Can Finally See Joe Carnahan’s R-Rated Party ‘Stretch’ Next Month

With Joe Carnahan‘s latest film, Stretch, Blumhouse is hoping to do for action what the production company has done for horror: make a project with low risk, high reward. Their movies cost peanuts compared to most major releases. If they make a hit, it’s a major success. If they put out a bomb, nobody is going to the poorhouse. It’s a great business model that’s mostly been used for horror movies. They’ve stepped outside of their wheelhouse every now and then, to mixed results. For example, Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush was a melodramatic rock ‘n’ roll sex thriller that, despite being Hardwicke’s most fun movie in a years, went unnoticed. Hopefully that won’t be the case for Stretch. The film was originally going to be released by Universal back in March, but they dropped the picture two months before its scheduled debut. The studio was unwilling dish out the money
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Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette to Headline Miss You Already

Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette are set to headline an upcoming comedy drama titled Miss You Already with Variety reporting that Twilight and Red Riding Hood helmer Catherine Hardwicke will direct. Scripted by Morwenna Banks, Miss You Already follows two London-based best friends whose relationship falls apart when one becomes pregnant and the other becomes ill. Hardwicke most recently directed Plush , starring Emily Browning and Cam Gigandet. Weisz, meanwhile, last appeared in Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful while Colette can soon be seen starring opposite Thomas Haden Church in director Megan Griffiths' Lucky Them . Embargo Films' Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen will produce. (Photo Credit: DC5 / Joe Kan / WENN.com)
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Blum On Carnahan's "Stretch," "Jem" Movie

"The Grey" and "Smokin Aces" director Joe Carnahan's controversial new drama "Stretch" was pulled from the release calendar a while back with many wondering when we will ever get to see it.

The story stars Patrick Wilson as a chauffeur whose new ride is a devious billionaire (Chris Pine). Their night together leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also star.

Universal had planned a wide release but essentially dropped the movie soon after scheduling it. The film's producer Jason Blum has now spoken about the release date incident and says there is a chance it could end up at Toronto this year. He tells Collider:

"What happened with it was that all of the movies that we make, we don't announce and date them wide until they're finished. We got ahead of ourselves with Stretch and dated the movie.

The movie
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Producer Jason Blum Explains Why Joe Carnahan’s Stretch Lost Its Release Date and When We Might See the Movie

I was incredibly bummed when Joe Carnahan's Stretch was pulled from the calendar. I'm a huge fan of the director (The Grey was my favorite film of 2012), and Stretch has a catchy premise: Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire, played in a cameo by Chris Pine. As the night goes on, their interaction leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also appear in the film. The movie was supposed to have a wide release, but Universal concluded it would be unwise to spend $20 million to $40 million to distribute the movie, so they dropped it. Yesterday, we spoke with producer Jason Blum for his new film, Oculus, and he also provided an update on the status of Stretch, and when we might finally see the film. Hit the jump for more. Collider: It was so disappointing
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Plush | Review

Re-Making the Band: Lovemaking and Recording Sessions with a Killer Fanboy

It may come with the advert of “From the director of Twilight…”, but Catherine Hardwicke’s disheveled, B-movie career-low Plush with its accompanying Lolita-inspired cover art offers a hackneyed story of a rock star looking for inspiration in the arms of an androgynous man after the death of her beloved brother/musical soul mate is off-putting at every juncture.

Hayley (Emily Browning) is the direct-to-video version of Hayley Williams singer the popular rock band Paramore, in fact one could even dare to say that the writer unashamedly, name included, based the character on her, but with a taste for an affair with the standard-cookie-cutter-seductive psychopath.

Once a successful band, Plush takes a step back after Hayley’s brother Jack (Thomas Dekker) dies of an overdose, leaving her hopeless and writing songs for him. Unexplainably, a guy named
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Catherine Hardwicke Talks Musical Thriller 'Plush,' Blockbuster Vs. Indie Releasing & More

Catherine Hardwicke is insane. This isn't a dig. It's a fact. Like the sky is blue and water is wet. The director of "Thirteen" and the first "Twilight" has a delightfully off-kilter aura that is positively infectious. After helping to create that blockbuster franchise (and, honestly, what would those movies be without her casting?), she directed a big studio movie for Warner Bros. ("Red Riding Hood") before going back to what she does best: dramatize the lives of young people on the edge. The result? "Plush," which after a brief theatrical run is out on DVD this week. "Plush" is a psychosexual thriller with elements of both modern melodrama and, of all things, rock musicals, starring Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch") and produced by Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity"). It concerns a rock star named Hayley (Browning) whose co-lead-singer brother dies from a drug overdose and whose replacement, Enzo (Xavier Samuel), could
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Exclusive: Go Behind-the-Scenes With Catherine Hardwicke on the Set of Her Sexy New Indie 'Plush'

Exclusive: Go Behind-the-Scenes With Catherine Hardwicke on the Set of Her Sexy New Indie 'Plush'
Writer-director Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen") gives Indiewire some exclusive behind-the scenes insight into how she shaped her edgy new indie "Plush," in a video you can view below. "Plush" chronicles the journey of Hayley (Emily Browning), a young, and married singer/songwriter, who after experiencing a death in the family hits a breaking point. Experimenting with drugs, and conflicted by two different love interests, Hayley finds herself trying to balance her personal life with that of her music and tour. Read More: Catherine Hardwicke On Her Kinky, Twisted Thriller 'Plush' and Why She Considers 'Twilight' an Indie "Plush" is currently playing in select theaters and is now also available on DVD and VOD.
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Check Out This Exclusive Clip From Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush

Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush only had a very limited theatrical release in September, but the movie is now available for everyone to watch on DVD and video on demand. It’s a tale of obsession, creativity, and what the combination of the two can do when someone has a dark, twisted past.

In Plush, Haley (Emily Browning) is dealing with the loss of her brother and her bandmate due to a drug overdose. Despite this, the band stays together with the addition of Enzo (Xavier Samuel), a guitarist and huge fan of the band’s early work. Unfortunately, their new album is a critical flop, and in an effort to spark her creativity, Haley gets involved sexually with Enzo, even though she has a husband (Cam Gigandet) and two kids at home. When Enzo begins spending time with her family, Haley realizes she may be in deeper than she can handle.
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Plush DVD Review

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Plush DVD Review
Title: Plush Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke Starring: Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel, Cam Gigandet Running Time: 100 Minutes, Rated R, Available October 15th Special Features: Half of Me Remix (Music Video); Enzo Unleashed (funny bits and outtakes with Xavier Samuel & Cast); 2 Teaser Trailers Haley and her brother Jack were the star performers of the band Plush until Jack’s accidental heroin overdose. Haley took a break from music to be a wife to her crime journalist husband and mother to her twin sons. Inspired to write music again she gets the band back together with new addition – a genius guitar player named Enzo, an original Plush fan. At a [ Read More ]

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Director Catherine Hardwicke Talks Plush, Finding Her Leading Lady, Why She’s Fascinated with the Lives of Rock Stars, Eye Candy, and More

From director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), the indie thriller Plush (now available on DVD) tells the story of Hayley (Emily Browning), a singer in the rock band Plush, who just lost her bandmate and brother (Thomas Dekker) to a drug overdose. Finding new hope and friendship in Enzo (Xavier Samuel), the band’s replacement guitarist, she is inspired to reach new creative heights, but that soon crosses the line, putting her marriage and family in jeopardy and sending her down a path darker than she ever could have imagined. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke talked about all of the different ideas and themes she was looking to explore with this film, why she became fascinated with the backstage life of rock stars, the challenge of finding a leading lady to pull off such a complex role, how she got the original songs for the film,
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New DVD Blu-ray: 'Pacific Rim,' 'The Heat,' 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain'

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:

"Pacific Rim"

What's It About? Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi adventure follows the rise of the Kaiju sea creatures, which threaten the future of mankind. In order to fight off the monstrous Kaiju, Jaeger robots are developed, which are controlled by two pilots who share a mental bond. In the face of an apocalypse, former pilot Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and trainee Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) are paired up to drive a Jaeger to save the planet.

Why We're In: Del Toro's sci-fi epic is great for every minute of its CGI spectacle ass-kicking. "Pacific Rim" was not only one of the most fun adventures of the summer, but it also featured solid performances from its two leads, along with Idris Elba. If you're looking for an action-packed film that will keep your eyes and ears entertained from start to finish, "Pacific Rim" is sure to please.
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Plush Review

Many brilliant artists have also been somewhat mentally unstable. Whether it be writers, painters, or musicians, it seems that sometimes the most incredibly creative people are also the ones with the deepest problems. Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush shows that sometimes the eccentricities of an artist move beyond harmless quirks and into full-blown, dangerous obsession.

In Plush, Haley (Emily Browning) is dealing with the loss of her brother and her bandmate due to a drug overdose. Despite this, the band stays together, with the addition of Enzo (Xavier Samuel), a guitarist and huge fan of the band’s early work. Unfortunately, their new album is a critical flop, and in an effort to spark her creativity, Haley gets involved sexually with Enzo, even though she has a husband (Cam Gigandet) and two kids at home. When Enzo begins spending time with her family, Haley realizes she may be in deeper than she can handle.
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