The Goldfinch trailer

Adapting Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch for the screen was never going to be an easy task. At 771 pages, it would make a daunting TV miniseries – and director John Crowley managed to whittle it down into an under-two-and-a-half-hour feature film. As any team adapting existing material must, the filmmakers had to make a number of choices as to how they would present the story.

While the critical consensus seems mostly aligned against the changes to The Goldfinch, I tend to align with /Film’s own Meredith Borders in her review from TIFF. “The deliberate pacing and mysterious unveiling of information appear to have alienated many viewers,” she wrote out of the festival. “The film feels more like a gorgeous piece of emotional art than a straightforward story.” Whether that’s what people wanted – or felt – watching The Goldfinch, it was certainly the intent of the filmmaking team.

Just hours before the film’s world premiere in Toronto, I sat down for an extended discussion on the post-production of The Goldfinch with editor Kelley Dixon. Being fresh off both reading the novel and seeing the film, I came ready to dive into the nitty-gritty of how some of the biggest choices in the adaptation came to be. Her answers into both the larger structural changes, as well as some of the smaller details, proved an enlightening glimpse into a film that’s inspired strong reactions from viewers of many perspectives.

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Harry Styles Acting

The pop sensation One Direction is currently on hiatus, allowing each of the British boy band’s members to pursue their own solo careers. And it sounds like Harry Styles may be taking his career in a completely different direction with his free time.

A new report indicates that Styles has an offer for a role in Dunkirk, the World War II drama that will be directed by Christopher Nolan and already has an impressive cast that includes recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy. Read More »

Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

When this film premiered at Sundance this year, it was called Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, and we even saw a trailer under that title. For regular release, however, the title has been streamlined a bit, to the more conventional The Truth About Emanuel. Jessica Biel stars as a woman whose young neighbor neighbor thinks Biel looks a lot like her dead mother. That leads to a strange friendship, and to tension as long-buried secrets are revealed. Read More »

Emanuel and Truth About Fishes

Jessica Biel has done more than her fair share of studio romcoms and actioners, but her most interesting role in recent memory could be in the Sundance indie Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.

Directed by Francesca Gregorini, the psychological thriller stars Kaya Scodelario as a troubled teen girl who begins babysitting for her new neighbor Linda (Biel). In time, Emanuel becomes ever more obsessed with Linda, in whom she sees a striking resemblance to her dead mother. That logline doesn’t sound terribly unique, I know, but the film has drawn some attention for its surprising twists and turns. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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I’m gradually becoming more interested in Francesca Gregorini‘s new film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes. The film was once set to star Gregorini’s Tanner Hall star Rooney Mara — that film was made a bit before Mara was a big name — and now features Kaya Scodelario as a girl who gets involved in a very strange family situation.

The film just added four cast members: Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor (A.I.), Jimmi Simpson (Zodiac), and Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad). They join Scodelario and Jessica Biel in the film about a woman who doesn’t realize (or doesn’t accept) that her baby is actually only a doll. Read More »

Heat Vision has gotten a hold of the short list of actors (and actresses) being considered for the lead roles in director Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer. he 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The plot summary is as follows: “When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.”

According to the report, Singer and the studio are hoping to do screen tests for the male and female leads in London within the next two weeks. Which actors and actresses are in line for the film? Find out after the jump.

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