The team behind Gone Girl is going to give a modern twist to an old classic. Director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck are set to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. However, this version will be updated and simply called Strangers. Gone Girl author / screenwriter Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the script.
The title and concept change makes sense, because honestly who travels by train anymore? Here’s the twist: it’s basically “Strangers on a Plane.” Affleck will play an Oscar contender whose private plane breaks down. He’s then forced to catch a ride with a mysterious, wealthy stranger. From there, you can imagine what murderous twists and turns might be inspired by the 1951 Hitchcock film. Read more about David Fincher Strangers below. Read More »
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Guillermo del Toro is building a carnival over at Amazon. Many years ago Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham sold a script called A Killing on Carnival Row, and Guillermo del Toro was soon attached to direct. That film never happened, and other directors such as Tarsem and Neil Jordan flirted with making the movie, which is scripted as a noir-influenced fantasy mystery set in a city that is somewhat like London of centuries past. Now the project has been revived, but as a series for Amazon rather than a feature film. Read More »
Not unlike Ryan Reynolds‘ character in The Voices, you have a dilemma. You can watch the latest trailer for the dark comedy, which opens February 6, and get spoiled on some of the film’s bigger surprises. Or you can not watch it. But once you know more about the film, the latter option might be difficult to deny.
In The Voices, directed by Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds is a likable factory worker who talks to his animals. His dog and his cat are his own personal version of the angel and devil on his shoulder. As he goes through life interacting with these two animals, his actions become increasingly shocking and disturbing. The Voices co-stars Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterto, Jacki Weaver and we liked it at Sundance. You can read our non-spoiler review there or, if you so choose, you can watch The Voices trailer below. Read More »
Back in September word leaked out that director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have been planning a series at HBO that would be “ts that “a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” Now deals are done, and the show is moving forward under the title Shakedown.
And it isn’t just a show featuring some of the same noir ideas Ellroy explored in novels such as L.A. Confidential. It is actually based on the life of a real LA crime figure named Fred Otash, who (in fictionalized form) featured in two of Ellroy’s other novels and one novella, and upon whom the Jack Nicholson character in Chinatown was partially based. Read More »
Inherent Vice begins its limited rollout tomorrow, and the excellent and unusual film should be on your must-see list for the end of the year. (Or for early January, if you’re in a market that doesn’t get it this month.) As prep for that release there has been a new trailer, a handful of clips, and now writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a minute to talk the New York Times through one scene in the film. The upshot of that is, you can listen in. Check out a brief Inherent Vice scene commentary from the director below. Read More »
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After finishing off Harry Potter, author J.K. Rowling started to explore some different territory, but her efforts are all leading to movie and TV projects. Her first “adult” novel, The Casual Vacancy, was quickly put into development for television as a joint effort between HBO and the BBC. Now there’s a Cormoran Strike TV series in the works, centered on the character of the same name who is a former army officer turned private investigator and based on the books published under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The first effort in the BBC series will be The Cuckoo’s Calling, based on Rowling’s debut novel as Galbraith. Read More »
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Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are bundling up and heading up north. The two actors have just joined the cast of Fargo Season 2, Noah Hawley‘s FX anthology drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen‘s 1996 film. More details on the Fargo season 2 Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst casting after the jump. Read More »
Showrunner Ryan Murphy has made a name for himself by freaking people out. Whether it’s the twists of American Horror Story, the tension of Nip/Tuck or the singing in Glee, he loves to put something provocative on the screen. His latest project is going to do something similar, but in a very different way. We already knew he was starting a new miniseries called American Crime Story for which each season will be about one specific real-life crime drama from American history. We also knew season one would be about arguably the most famous case in recent memory, titled American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Now we know the players. Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson in the FX miniseries and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) has been cast as lawyer Marcia Clarke. Read more about the OJ Simpson TV series below. Read More »
Paul Thomas Anderson‘s newest film, Inherent Vice, opens limited on December 12, but for the markets that don’t get the film until January Warner Bros. is offering sneak preview screenings this coming Saturday, December 13. You can get theater info here, and there’s a great new Inherent Vice trailer that tells of the upcoming screenings. It also has some footage you haven’t seen before, a digitally-altered version of a shot from the film (above, with extra details added to the painting) and a little bit of the awesome Can song ‘Vitamin C’ that is used to good effect in the film’s opening.
This is a really good representation of the film condensed down into two minutes. Check it out below. Read More »