Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »

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The first trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tried to live in the area between quirky, endearing and sentimental. The balance didn’t work for me, especially thanks to the reliance on U2 as the score for the trailer. As a result I think that first look at the movie pegged it as little more than cloying Oscar bait.

Now there is a new trailer that goes straight for the sentiment by opening with the character played by Tom Hanks calling his wife, played by Sandra Bullock, from one of the high floors of the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11. From there, the trailer swirls into minor portraits of some of the film’s characters and situations as it follows that couple’s son (newcomer Thomas Horn) through the turbulent days that follow 9/11, but there still isn’t much explanation of the story. See for yourself below. Read More »

‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ Trailer

Here’s the trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer‘s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, based on a script by Eric Roth. The movie has been a curiosity for me for months in part because the book is a piece of post-modernism that doesn’t lend itself easily to adaptation, and in part because Daldry chose a non-actor, Thomas Horn, to play the central role of 11-year old Oskar Schell. Sure, he’s got established stars like Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock as buffers, but that’s still a ballsy move. Get the first taste of what came of that big risk-taking, after the break. Read More »

Warner Bros. is going for some Oscar gold this year, and not only with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which the studio is hoping might turn into a Return of the King-style contender. The studio also has a couple of possible prestige pictures in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Info on those, plus the date for Alfonso Cuaron‘s new sci-fi thriller Gravity, is after the break. Read More »

Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »

Briefly: 2011 could be a good year for John Goodman and his fans. He’ll be seen in Kevin Smith’s Red State, and looks to be part of The Artist (with James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller) and Thicker (with Alison Pill, Guy Pearce and Christopher Lloyd). And now he’s been cast alongside Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Stephen Daldry‘s film is based on a script by Eric Roth that adapts the Jonathan Safran Foer novel about Oskar (played by newcomer Thomas Horn), a young boy who deals with the death of his father, a 9/11 victim, by exploring New York City looking for clues related to a key left in his father’s possessions. John Goodman will play the doorman in Oskar’s building, who takes part in a crucial aspect of the boy’s story. [Reuters]

If you’re a Jeopardy! fiend, the name Thomas Horn is likely familiar; to everyone else some explanation is in order as to how the 12-year old earned his fame, and how that has led to him landing a plum role in Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Thomas Horn won $31,800 on the game show in October, and he’s obviously got some smart people working for him, too. Deadline says he’s now earned the role of Oskar Schell, the smart young artist/inventor/writer who sets off on an unusual journey of discovery when he discovers a key among the possessions of his late father, who was killed in 9/11. Read More »

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Last time we checked in on Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Daldry had just officially signed on, though he’d been working on the project with producer Scott Rudin for some time.

Now Warner Bros. and Paramount are close to a deal to co-produce the film, and Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are attached to star in the project. Read More »

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