Jason Reitman

Jason Reitman has worked with some pretty big names over the course of his career, including, most recently, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. His next film, however, could star a near-total unknown.

The filmmaker has reportedly offered a big role in Men, Women and Children to newcomer Travis Tope. Though the 22-year-old has just one completed feature on his resume at the moment (the 2007 indie Divine Souls), he’s definitely on his way up: Tope is also considering roles in Sacha Gervasi‘s November Criminals and Rupert Wyatt‘s The Gambler. More about all three projects and their potential leading man after the jump.

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Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi has roped in quite a cast for Hitchcock, a film which dramatizes the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho in high style. Previous trailers have shown us Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Hitch and his wife Alma, and Scarlett Johanssen as Psycho’s first-act star, Janet Leigh.

Now, a new international trailer shows off a lot more than just Hopkins and his affectations and the film’s recreation of the shower scene. Read More »

Alfred Hitchcock was a consumate showman who had pretty specific ideas about how films should be viewed, at least when it came to using the theater experience as a promotional tool. At a time when multi-film programs were common, Hitch was the face of a marketing campaign for his film Psycho as he stipulated that audiences wouldn’t be admitted to the film after it began. That was not at all typical, but ended up working like gangbusters as audiences were curious enough to wait in line to see the film.

Now we’ve got Anthony Hopkins in promo mode for the film Hitchcock, which chronicles the making of Psycho. The marketing department has cooked up a pre-screening PSA in which Hopkins-as-Hitch calls in-theater cell phone use one of the biggest horrors around.

When you watch this piece you’ll quickly see that it is a bootleg of sorts — it’s a piece asking patrons not to use their cell phones in theaters that seems to have been captured by a cell phone in a theater. But the film’s PR reps are sending this around, so perhaps it’s a cute PSA wrapped in a not so great joke.

Update: An official embed has been released, so I’ve swapped out the “bootleg” one for the clean version.

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‘Hitchcock’ Trailer: Just a Man Obsessed With Murder

Here’s the trailer for Hitchcock, which stars Anthony Hopkins as the Master of Suspense, caught during the period in which he made Psycho. This is our first taste of Hopkins’ Hitchcockian affectation, and we can still hear quite a lot of the actor’s signature tone in there. It’s rather like Hitch by way of Hannibal Lecter. Which makes a certain sense, when you think about it.

There’s also the attempt to build a big drama around the creation of the film and the way that the people around Hitch dealt with his creative obsessions and eccentricities. Helen Mirren looks like she shines as Hitch’s wife Alma, who shoulders the burden of maintaining their marriage while also acting as a perpetual cheerleader and creative consultant.

And the rest of the supporting cast (Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Jessica Biel, Michael Stuhlbarg, James D’Arcy, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow, Kurtwood Smith) get some good moments, and the great kicker line toys with both the nature of Psycho star Janet Leigh, and that of Scarlett Johansson, who plays Leigh here. There’s also the appeal of seeing director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) recreate famous scenes from Psycho. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

We’ve seen a good bit of footage for one of the Alfred Hitchcock movies that are in post-production right now: The Girl, which will air on HBO with Toby Jones playing Hitch during the making of The Birds.

The other film is Hitchcock, from Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi, and it features Anthony Hopkins as the late director, with a focus on the making of Psycho. (The film is essentially an adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.)

We don’t have a trailer or footage for Hitchcock at this point, so we can’t yet start to compare the performance of Hopkins with that of Jones, but what you see above is a hint of the new teaser poster for the film, which has now been dated for a good award season spot on this coming November 23. See the full poster below.

Edit: I’d originally written that the film will hit in 2013, which was incorrect — it is actually set for November of this year.

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Danny Elfman often seems to be everywhere, and this year in particular he’s omnipresent with several films under his belt in 2012 already. (Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie; Men in Black III; and Silver Linings Playbook.) And while he’s already set for some films that hit in the next few months, like Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, Elfman is still lining up more films.

Two new movies that will bear music from Elfman are Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land, starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, and Hitchcock, which chronicles the efforts by the Master of Suspense to make Psycho. Read More »

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 »

While it remains to be seen whether Anthony Hopkins in Sacha Gervasi‘s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho does any better at capturing the Hitchcock resemblance than Toby Jones does in Julian Jarrold‘s The Girl, what’s clear is that the former will be surrounded by quite a high profile cast. Jessica Biel has just beat out several other actresses to land the role of Vera Miles, who played Lila Crane in Psycho. She joins a roster that also includes Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy as Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, and Helen Mirren as Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville.

Gervasi is directing from a script by John McLaughlin and Tom Thayer, who adapted it from Stephen Rebello‘s nonfiction tome of the same title. I expect the title will change at some point, since the current one sounds more appropriate for a documentary than a narrative feature, but that’s what they’re going with for now.

Biel is currently filming Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, and will next be seen in Len Wiseman’s remake of Total Recall. Shooting on Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is scheduled to begin next month. [Deadline]

After the jump, Nathan Fillion is joined by another Joss Whedon alum in Percy Jackson.

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