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 »

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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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A week ago we heard that Danny Boyle was the top choice to direct the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. It was rumor at the time, but has now been confirmed. And along with Boyle, the  committee in charge has tapped film director Stephen Daldry to be the creative producer for the Games. Read More »

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The fiction of Jonathan Safran Foer represents a very specific way of looking at the world, and celebrate the ways in which language works and fails. Foer is extremely skilled at creating images that are both fantastic and genuine; his prose can generate such an impression of seeing things unfold that they seem like natural raw material for film adaptations.

Liev Schreiber made a solid directorial debut with an adaptation of Everything is Illuminated, and now Stephen Daldry is set to bring Foer’s follow-up novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, to the screen. Read More »

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Stephen Daldry Planning Dumbo: The Musical

Disney are reported to have at least 20 stage shows in development at the moment, though it seems unlikely that they’ll all see opening night. Of those that do, a number will not be Broadway productions, instead touring or being licensed to regional theatre companies. It’s only the select few that will see The Great White Way, though what will qualify a show to be select, I don’t quite know.

One show that does seem set for a big, lavish production is the stage musical version of Dumbo, as currently being planned by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry. It was his idea to mount the adaptation in the first place, and in the few months since he approached Disney with his pitch, he’s been in “he very initial stages” of working up what the show might entail.

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The Reader Movie Trailer

The Weintein Co has released the first trailer for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of The Reader. The romantic drama is set in a post-World War II Germany, and tells the story of “a man whose life has been shaped by an illicit affair with a passionate, elusive older woman during his youth.” The film stars Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes.

Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader has been translated into 39 languages, has garnered numerous awards, and is the first German novel to reach number one on The New York Times Bestseller List. The post production quibbles have been well documented, and Harvey Weinstein hopes to have the film in theaters on December 10th. Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple.com, or embedded below.

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Producer Scott Rudin Leaves The Reader

Scott Rudin has walked away from The Reader, and will no longer be involved in The Weinstein Co’s December release. Here is the situation, as I understand it. A couple weeks ago, Nikki Finke made claims that Harvey Weinstein had harassed both Sydney Pollack while on his deathbed and the widow of the late Anthony Minghella in an attempt to get the film into movie theaters for Oscar consideration. Finke was able to provide an email from Rudin to back up these claims. And then The Weinstein Co released a statement claiming that everything had been worked out, and that everyone involved were on the same page:

“We are issuing this statement together to emphasize the fact that we are in complete agreement on the date we have chosen to release The Reader. Working together, we developed a plan to extend the post-production schedule in order to give Stephen Daldry the additional time he needs to successfully complete the film in time to release it on December 12, 2008.”

But apparently something went wrong since then. LA Times reports that Rudin walked away and removed his producer’s credit because he was concerned that Weinstein’s dealings might cause “his long-standing talent relationships [to] be harmed.” Director Stephen Daldry is still contractually obligated to complete the film in time for the announced December 12th release date, a release date that Daldry at one point claimed “strips me of my ability to make my work good.” The whole thing is one gigantic Hollywood clusterfuck.