When The Alienist was first published in 1994, author Caleb Carr said, “I was always aware that if done correctly, this could end up being a great movie.” Well, we’ll never know if a great movie could’ve been made from this material, and not for lack of trying. Paramount Pictures bought the movie rights before publication in 1993, but behind-the-scenes squabbles about budget and scripts kept The Alienist from the big screen for more than two decades.
Now Carr’s serial killer novel finds new life as a TNT TV series, with True Detective season 1 director Cary Fukunaga serving as producer and Black Mirror director Jakob Verbruggen at the helm. The verdict, after all that delay, is this: perhaps it would’ve made a better movie than TV show.
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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
In the proud tradition of Dumb and Dumber and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, the Sundance comedy Ass Backwards features two complete morons who might be tragic if they weren’t so irrepressibly pleased with themselves. June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) star as Kate and Chloe, two NYC gals who’ve been BFFs since they placed dead last in their hometown pageant as kids.
When they’re invited back to celebrate the pageant’s 50th anniversary, they embark on a road trip that, naturally, gets them tangled up in all sorts of insane shenanigans. Alicia Silverstone, Paul Scheer, and Vincent D’Onofrio also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
David Brent is coming back, as is Whose Line It Anyway? Also after the jump:
- Lee Pace, Angela Kinsey, Michael Ealy and more book pilots
- Entourage‘s Rhys Chorio will drop by Dexter next season
- Ron Livingston and Brian Geraghty join Boardwalk Empire
- FX’s Archer and Syfy’s Lost Girl get renewals
- Goodwin Games, Louis CK‘s new special get premiere dates
- The CW cancels 90210 and moves Cult to Fridays
- AMC confirms Scott Gimple as the new Walking Dead showrunner
- Dylan McDermott drops a hint about American Horror Story
- Most PaleyFest 2013 panels will stream live online
- Netflix announces the Flixies awards
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Chris Sparling wrote the ‘man in a coffin’ thriller Buried, and he followed that script up with another tightly confined thriller, ATM. Sparling’s script was directed by first-timer David Brooks, and the resulting thriller finds three people (Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve and Josh Peck) trapped inside an ATM in the middle of a parking lot thanks to the menacing presence of a murderous figure just outside.
The first trailer has just been released, and while it doesn’t look like anything truly outstanding, ATM does look like the sort of movie I’d watch just to see where the story goes. Check it out below. Read More »
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Robert Zemeckis is getting ready to make Flight, in which Denzel Washington plays a booze- and drug-addled pilot who heroically saves a troubled flight, only to face an investigation into his role in the flight’s troubles. Kelly Reilly plays another addict who comes into his life, and Don Cheadle and Bruce Greenwood are in talks for roles. Now Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) is in talks to play the flight’s co-pilot, “who finds religion after the crash.” John Gatins scripted. [THR]
After the break, the Tom Cruise thriller One Shot gets one more and Mira Sorvino is in a sordid tale of true crime. Read More »
Carlos Cuarón, brother of director Alfonso Cuarón, co-writer of Y Tu Mamá También and writer/director of Rudo Y Cursi, has directed a new short film. The Second Bakery Attack is based on the story of the same name by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and stands as one of a very few adaptations of the author’s works. The film stars Kirsten Dunst and Brian Geraghty, and these are the first stills. Read More »
Got to hand it to Collider: they’re scouring the American Film Market scarfing up info on a ton of new films being represented there this week. The latest two are Abducted, which is the first post-Twilight film for Taylor Lautner, and ATM, which is based on a script hatched by Chris Sparling, aka the screenwriter on Buried.
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Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Margarita Levieva (Adventureland) have signed on to star in David Brooks‘ ATM. THR is reporting that production is gearing up for a late-September start in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You might remember this project as it is the next screenplay from Black List scribe Chris Sparling who made a name for himself with the one-man, one-location script Buried, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to huge buzz (read my review) resulted in a bidding war which ended with Lionsgate spending millions to distribute the film.
The official logline is an action film which “centers on three co-workers who — on a routine stop at an ATM — unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives.” The story follows three co-workers driving home together from a employee Christmas party in the city. They decide to grab some late night pizza, for which they must stop at the ATM, to get some cash. Apparently, this is where the fun starts — about 15 or 20 minutes into the story. ATM exchanges the cramped 7 foot by 3 foot wooden coffin seen in Buried for a 15 square foot indoor ATM shack. The 24-hour ATM is located in a remote area of the barren supermarket parking lot, in a not-so-great neighborhood. The rest of the story is set primarily in the ATM vestibule, and never leaves the supermarket parking lot. More details after the jump.
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Editor’s Note: This video was quickly pulled offline after we posted it on Monday. Summit Entertainment now informs us that the video is back online, officially, on Hulu. So if you missed it on Monday, check out the first 8 minutes of The Hurt Locker embedded after the jump.
The first eight minutes of Kathryn Bigelow‘s amazing war film The Hurt Locker are available to watch online, and while the ideal way to see this opening sequence is obviously attached to the full feature, there may be no better way to demonstrate just how taut and involving this movie really is. Watch the sequence after the jump. Read More »