Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Scarlett Johansson has really kept us guessing with her career choices over the past few years. One minute she’s starring in an experimental indie about a man-eating alien; the next, she’s co-headlining a massive blockbuster. Now she’s mixing things up again with a stint on TV.
Johansson is set to star in and executive produce The Custom of the Country, envisioned as a miniseries for cable. It’ll be her first major small-screen gig over the course of her 20-year career. Hit the jump for more on the Scarlett Johansson TV project.
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In the thriller Before I Go to Sleep, a conceit a bit like the one at the heart of Memento is in play. Specifically, Nicole Kidman plays a woman recovering from a severe trauma, who experiences total amnesia upon waking each morning. Anything she learns during the day goes away at night, including the identities of her husband (Colin Firth) and her doctor (Mark Strong) and all the details of the accident that took her memory. Check out the Before I Go to Sleep trailer below.
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Warner Bros. has worked on a new version of The Stand for a few years, using Stephen King‘s post-apocalyptic novel as a basis for work by a few different creative teams. Most recently Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), a lifelong fan of King’s work, came on board to write and direct a single-film adaptation of the novel. A single film — even a three-hour R-rated one — seems insufficient to properly adapt the novel which felt heavily condensed when done as a 360-minute mini-series for television. Now King himself suggests that we could see The Stand split into more than one film, though he’s cautious about saying too much. Read More »
The fifth season of The Walking Dead returns this weekend but, almost a week before that, AMC has already renewed the show for another. Not a surprise for what continues to be one of the most popular shows on all of cable TV. Read more about The Walking Dead Season 6 below. Read More »
Antoine Fuqua has The Equalizer in theaters now, and this week set up a new film to direct. He’s now attached to direct a film based on the book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, which as the title suggests tells the story of a young man who made it to Yale, only to face a violent end. Read More »
Robin Hood will never die, at least not at movie studios where a recognizable royalty-free character concept is a big deal. (Above you see Russell Crowe as the character in Ridley Scott’s 2010 film.) A new pitch has been making the rounds and Sony is now putting up some big bucks for the story. Just how much the character will be seen is open to question, as the pitch is described as being set “in the world of Robin Hood.” Get the available details on the potential new Robin Hood movie below. Read More »
I’ve always loved hearing filmmakers discuss movies. We’ve often printed interviews where we ask filmmakers about their favorite films and the /Filmcast has tried to bring on directors to review the latest big screen movies. That hasn’t been as constant of a feature as David Chen and I originally planned, because as it turns out, people in the movie industry generally don’t like to publicly bas other filmmaker’s projects and we generally only got yeses from those directors who had a positive take on the film at hand. But I’ve always enjoyed hearing filmmakers discuss the movies they love and the current state of cinema.
Richard Kelly, writer/director of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, and The Box, has always made his opinions and himself very accessible (actually, I almost wish he wouldn’t have explained the intentions and meanings behind his films, as they serve better as mysteries with no definitive answer). And this week, like many of us, he saw David Fincher‘s latest film Gone Girl and wrote a bit about it on his blog. Find out more about the Richard Kelly Gone Girl review, after the jump.
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Every day, conversations in the film community gravitate to how DC, Marvel and Lucasfilm are working on huge, interconnected universes on the big screen. Innumerable other franchises are emulating this blueprint too, whether it be the Universal Monsters or Ghostbusters. But a similar franchise largely kept out of the conversation is Harry Potter.
In the next decade, we’re going to get at least three new films in Potter’s universe. The spin-off series, set years before Harry’s story, is called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. J.K. Rowling herself is writing the screenplay and David Yates, who helmed the final four Potter films, is returning to the world of witchcraft and wizardry. Warner Bros. has set a release date of November 18, 2016 for the film and latest news on the series comes from the series creator herself.
Rowling took to Twitter to confirm she’s now “tweaking” the Fantastic Beasts screenplay. Read her quotes and more on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them below. Read More »
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