It looks like, for the time being, Aaron Sorkin is staying true to his word and sticking to film writing, thanks to a few rounds of poker.
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The trailers for Paddington have showcased the adorable little bear for which the movie’s named, but they haven’t actually described much of what the movie’s about. Until now.
“How was your marriage, Nick?” That’s code for “Did you kill your wife, Nick?”—the question at the center of David Fincher’s film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.
In a new trailer, the mystery of Amy Dunne’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance seems to have a simple answer: Her husband did it. At least, that’s what it looks like when Nick (Ben Affleck) is labeled the most hated man in America, while voiceovers from his wife’s diary claim, “This man of mine may kill me.” Add in a first glimpse at Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings, Amy’s creepy ex-boyfriend, and the stage is set for an equally eerie and shocking film.
As fans of the book know (and moviegoers will find out), Gone Girl is all about solving a mystery. Specifically, it’s about solving the mystery of Amy Dunne’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance.
After Amy disappears on her fifth anniversary with husband Nick (Ben Affleck), Nick becomes suspect No. 1 in the police investigation. And in new posters for the David Fincher film, we get a brief glimpse at why all signs point to Nick with a peek at some of the police evidence. So far, they’ve got a wedding photo, a scalpel, a pair of underwear, and a page from Amy’s diary.
Check out all four new posters below, which promise a new trailer will premiere today:
So this is how you finally make a movie of The Giver after more than 15 years of development hell: By aging up the characters, adding in awesome body-snatching spaceships, and setting the whole thing to a pounding score straight out of the Dystopian YA Handbook.
Lois Lowry’s classic story — one of the first modern dystopic tales written explicitly for a younger audience — takes place in a future where all of the unpleasant, messy aspects of life (war, pain, difference, feelings in general) have been wiped away. (In the book, even the concept of color has been erased… but perhaps because they feared scaring off today’s teens with black-and-white scenes, The Giver‘s team seems to have elected to ignore that part.)
Its main character is Jonas (newly turned 12 in the book, but here played by strapping 24-year-old Aussie Brenton Thwaites), a boy who is chosen to become the community’s new Receiver of Memory — the only person who can recall what life was like before Sameness descended. But as Jonas begins his training under the outgoing Receiver — a.k.a. The Giver (Jeff Bridges, who also produced the film) — he realizes everything his people lost when they elected to soften the world’s hard edges… and decides to take drastic action to change things for good.
'Much Ado About Nothing': Why Claudio is wearing a snorkel whilst sipping a martini, and more stories behind Joss Whedon's interpretations of the Shakespeare play
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, in theaters now, is a modern, lively, sexy take on the comedy by William Shakespeare. It’s an adaptation that embraces both the light and the dark moments of the play, and one that is accessible for Bardolaters and Shakespeare newbies alike. Performed in a contemporary setting but using Shakespeare’s text, the film stays true to the 16th century play while also delivering some 21st century charm.
Following directors like Julie Taymor, Baz Luhrmann, and many others who have displayed the versatility of Shakespeare’s work with fresh film adaptations, Whedon imbued his own wit and his talent for developing depth for several characters, no matter how large the ensemble, into Much Ado About Nothing, a play about the “merry war” between reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator told EW that as he prepared to shoot the film, he asked himself, “How can I augment and clarify what is in this text, and — occasionally — how can I spin it?”
Here EW delves into Whedon’s creative choices for various aspects of his adaptation, as explained by Alexis Denisof, who plays Benedick, and by Whedon himself.
SPOILER ALERT: Though the story points of Much Ado About Nothing are more than 400 years old, some might consider the ways Whedon interpreted the play to be spoilers, so do not read on if you have yet to see the film and want those to remain a surprise.
The first rule of modern moviemaking: If you’re adapting a bestselling YA book, you must — I repeat, must — cast Secret Life of the American Teenager refugee Shailene Woodley as your star.
The Fault in Our Stars did it. EW’s current cover star Divergent did it. And both are following in the celluloid footsteps of The Spectacular Now, a Sundance darling based on Tim Tharp’s eponymous 2008 novel. The story follows the romance between charming, popular, happy-go-lucky teenage alcoholic Sutter (Miles Teller) and shy, wise, pretty-but-doesn’t-know-it Aimee (Woodley, naturally), whom he meets after passing out on her lawn.
Though the plot may sound predictable, there’s more to Now than meets the eye — EW’s Owen Gleiberman praised the film’s “rich and exploratory psychological texture” in a Sundance review, as well as its talented cast, which includes heavy hitters like Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
August: Osage County (out Nov. 8) may well become the year’s fanciest movie about a trashy family. It’s based on Tracy Letts’ hours-long, Pulitizer prize-winning play (which we said was “horrifyingly, deliciously mesmerizing”) and is directed by John Wells from Letts’ adaptation. The cast is stuffed from every angle with talent: Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julia Roberts (as the favorite daughter), and Meryl Streep (as the hated mother).
As the film’s first trailer makes clear, Osage County is a Jenga-like drama of family dysfunction, with funerals and divorces piling atop dinner-table conflicts. Roberts is weary. Streep, with a frizz of black hair, has the juiciest role in the play. Edward Sharpe plays in the background.
Is it foolish to admit I’m most excited for Juliette Lewis?
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman can’t possibly have any more indie cred, right? Just look at his work: Being John Malkovich. Adaptation. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, he done outdid himself this time. Looking to forgo the big-studio process, Kaufman has teamed with recently-ousted Community creator Dan Harmon and former Community actor Dino Stamatopoulos to bring Kaufman’s stop-motion project Anomalisa to life via Kickstarter. Harmon and Stamatopoulos are the brains behind Starburns Industries, which produced the Emmy-winning stop-motion Christmas episode of Community. READ FULL STORY
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