Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, that other Alfred Hitchcock sorta-biopic that doesn’t star Toby Jones as the rotund Master of Suspense, is pulling its cast together quickly now. Anthony Hopkins has been attached to play Hitch for some time, with Scarlett Johansson set to play Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy set for the Anthony Perkins role. The film will be directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!) with its roots in the book of the same name by Stephen Rebello.
Earlier today we reported that Jessica Biel will pay Vera Miles, and now four more actors have been added to the roster: Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott. Read More »
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Toby Jones is going to get a bit of good screen time this weekend as Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games. (Well, sadly, only a little bit of good screen time.) But we’ve got a new pic of Jones in one of his next projects: The Girl, a BBC TV movie written by Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days), and directed by Julian Jarrold (Red Riding: 1974).
Jones plays Alfred Hitchcock in an account of the director’s turbulent professional and personal relationship between Hitch and model turned actress Tippi Hedren, who starred in The Birds and Marnie. Below is the first image of Jones as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Hedren. Read More »
Last week DreamWorks and Working Title Films announced that Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) will write a remake of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rebecca, or perhaps more accurately that Knight will write a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, which was adapted into Hitchcock’s film, as well as a couple others.
Now there is another Hitchcock film being remade, or re-adapted. This time it is the 1932 novel Before the Fact, by Francis Iles, which Hitchcock directed as the 1941 film Suspicion. Heading up the adaptation is The Killing showrunner Veena Sud, who will script. Read More »
Alfred Hitchcock‘s filmography reads like an all-time best of list: Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Notorious, The Birds, it goes on and on. But out of all of Hitchcock’s movies, only one received the Academy Award for Best Picture: 1940′s Rebecca. Hitchcock’s first American project, Rebecca featured Laurence Olivier as a widower whose new wife (Joan Fontaine) is overwhelmed by the spirit of his late wife, the title character. It was based on a 1938 book of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
Now, DreamWorks and Working Title are planning to go back to the source material and remake the story with Steven Knight, who wrote Eastern Promises for David Cronenberg, hired to write the screenplay. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 by Angie Han
The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) announced this week that they had discovered the first 30 minutes of The White Shadow, a 1923 silent film considered to be the first credit by Alfred Hitchcock. Although Hitchcock did not direct the movie — Graham Curtis did — the now-legendary filmmaker, then 24, served as assistant director, editor, and production designer. The British melodrama follows twin sisters — one evil, one good — both played by Betty Compson, and co-stars Clive Brook. Read more details, including information on its American “re-premiere,” after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 by Angie Han
We feature director homages all the time here at /Film, but today’s Video of the Day offers something a little different. Using bright, playful animation and a healthy serving of wit, “The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook” analyzes the work of director Alfred Hitchcock in culinary terms and lays out “recipes” for some of his most-loved classics. Now you, too, can whip up dishes like “Walk the Dog” (“the perfect meal for stakeouts or the Peeping Tom next door”) or “The Perfect Kendall-Light Dinner” (“for homesick travellers”). Watch the short film after the jump.
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As Hollywood continues to remake classic films, so far, the works of Alfred Hitchcock have remained relatively untainted. Of course there’s Gun van Sant’s Psycho, pseudo remakes like Disturbia and The Truth About Charlie and other films in development but considering the huge amount of movies Hitchcock made, it’s pretty surprising that we don’t have a new remake being released every single month. According to Moviehole, that trend might be starting, as Piranha 3D screenwriter Josh Stolberg has co-written a remake of the 1955 Cary Grant and Grace Kelly heist film To Catch a Thief, produced by Neal Moritz, and it’s already casting. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »
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The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, loved to kill people. On film, that is. Murder was pretty much Hitchcock’s calling card and in this video by UltraCulture, we see 36 of them happen simultaneously, all timed so the death’s happen at the same time. Besides the brilliance behind all of these films, what a viewer really culls from this video was how important pacing and editing was to make a death truly memorable, and Hitchcock remains the master. Check out the video after the break. Read More »