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From 'Psycho' to 'Gone Girl': the best director/composer teams


With this weekend’s release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010’s The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher’s work. The duo’s deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher’s trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found a sonic soulmate in Ross and Reznor’s scoring.

But what about the other great director/composer relationships in Hollywood history? What other composers have had their music strongly associated with a director’s work, so much so that you can’t picture a film without hearing the score?  READ FULL STORY

Nine silent Hitchcock films added to UNESCO Registry

As if being one of — if not the – most famous director of all time wasn’t enough, the Alfred Hitchcock legacy can add another notch to its belt. On July 9th, the United Kingdom National Commission for the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (also known as UNESCO) welcomed nine of Hitchcock’s silent films into the UK Memory of the World Register, which is “a list of documentary heritage which holds cultural significance specific to the UK.” READ FULL STORY

As 'Hitchcock' arrives, here's a look back at the mystique of 'Psycho'


This post combines two earlier pieces that I wrote about Psycho: one published on June 16, 2010, to mark the film’s 50th anniversary, the other as an essay for EW University.

Eyes. Drains. Stuffed birds. Windshield wipers. $40,000. Marion Crane. The Bates Motel. Norman Bates. Mrs. Bates. “She isn’t quite herself today.” A toilet. A study. A stutter. A private trap. A peephole. A kitchen knife. Skree skree skree skree! “Mother, oh God — blood, Mother, blood!” A car. A swamp. The Bates house. A detective. A crane shot. A creased bed. A sister. A boyfriend. A detective. An attic. A cellar. A rocking chair. A lightbulb. A wig. Skree skree skree skree! A psychiatrist. An asylum. A fly. A smile of the damned….

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released in the summer of 1960, and in the half a century since, it has become the rare movie in which every image and detail and motif is now, more or less, iconic. Every moment in the movie is a piece of mythological Americana.

In a way that I couldn’t quite say about any other film, I feel as if I’ve spent most of my movie life thinking — and writing — about Psycho. Part of the film’s mystique is that no matter how many times you’ve seen it (and it may be the ultimate movie that you can watch over and over again), it keeps coming back to provoke and tantalize and haunt you. Its power of revelation never wears thin or gets old. It’s one of the only films in Hollywood history — the others, I would say, are The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and Star Wars — that is so alive, its experience so vivid and immediate and larger-than-life, that it effectively transcends time. (One of the reasons that Hitchcock, the broadly infectious, once-over-lightly new biopic about the making of Psycho, gets away, to a degree, with its filigree of factual distortions is that both Hitchcock and Psycho are now such a part of our pop folklore that to approach this chapter of film history even in a slightly exaggerated manner is to touch a certain truth.) READ FULL STORY

Watch a clip from 'The Birds: Hitchcock's Monster Movie' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Just in time for Halloween, Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection is out on DVD and Blu-ray today. And EW has an exclusive look at the behind-the-scenes extras that come with the special edition release — including the featurette, “The Birds: Hitchock’s Monster Movie,” which focuses on the influence of Hitchcock’s classic film on other horror movies.

Get a sneak peak of “Monster Movie” — with an appearance by John Carpenter — below!


'Hitchcock' trailer: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, and the making of 'Psycho'

Because the world would not be complete with just one film about the making of an Alfred Hitchcock classic, the upcoming HBO film The Girl (a.k.a., The One About The Birds) has been joined by the Oscar-baiting docudrama Hitchcock (a.k.a., The One About Psycho.) The first trailer for Hitchcock just hit the internet, and, as expected, the film looks to be a showcase for Anthony Hopkins’ Hitchcock impression. But the trailer is arguably stolen by Helen Mirren, playing Hitchcock’s fiercely devoted wife Alma. (Scarlett Johansson also appears as Janet Leigh.)

This is all well and good, but personally, I’m excited for the movie about the making of North by Northwest, which would theoretically star Ray Winstone as Hitchcock, George Clooney as Cary Grant, Michelle Williams as Eva Marie Saint, and Jon Hamm as James Mason. That movie is probably never happening, so watch this trailer and dream: READ FULL STORY

The 'love story' behind 'Hitchcock' and 'Psycho' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

It might feel creepy to call a movie about the making of Psycho a “love story,” but that’s how Fox Searchlight and director Sacha Gervasi are pushing Hitchcock, which stars Anthony Hopkins as the iconic director and bevy of beauties as his leading ladies. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, whose character Marion Crane has a date with the shower; Jessica Biel portrays Vera Miles, the level-headed heroine; and Helen Mirren is Hitch’s wife, Alma, his behind-the-scenes creative partner in every way. But the title of the film is not My Weekend With Janet or Hitchcock in Love. It’s simply Hitchcock, and for good reason. “Hitchcock’s so enigmatic in one sense,” says Gervasi, whose only previous feature was the 2008 documentary Anvil. “Someone who portrays zero emotion. We didn’t really know emotionally that much about Hitchcock, and suddenly you have this whole world that opens up when Anthony Hopkins plays the role. It’s extraordinary. And he really enjoyed tiptoeing up to people who had just arrived on the set and going, ‘Good evening.’ Making people jump. I think he really found the role quite delicious.”

Check out an exclusive first look at the new Hitchcock poster below:  READ FULL STORY

FIRST IMAGE: Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock


Cue the Alfred Hitchcock Presents music!

Anthony Hopkins is attempting to step into the shadow of the legendary director for the movie, Hitchcock, the story behind the making of Psycho, so it makes perfect sense that the first image of the Oscar-winner playing the director captures his iconic silhouette. Head titled back, heavy-lidded eyes, jowly. Not bad, Mr. Hopkins. You can practically hear the auteur’s slow, phlegmatic drawl.

The movie began shooting last week, with Helen Mirren as Hitch’s wife, Alma, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman, and Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy.

I know what you’re thinking… When will Fox Searchlight release a respectively iconic image of Johansson as Janet Leigh?

Read more:
Jessica Biel joins ‘Psycho’ movie
Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in ‘Psycho’ movie
Book review: ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’

Scarlett Johansson to play Janet Leigh in 'Psycho' movie -- report

Scarlett Johannson will portray actress Janet Leigh, the Psycho actress whose shower scene shocked 1960 audiences, in a movie depicting the making of that film, according to Variety. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho will star Anthony Hopkins as the legendary directory, Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. Sacha Gervasi, who wrote The Terminal (2004), will direct.

Read more:
Soderbergh says, ‘It’s always good to kill your stars’
‘The Psycho Legacy’

Lost Alfred Hitchcock film discovered 88 years later

Parts of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest films, 1923’s The White Shadow, have been discovered by the New Zealand Film Archive, according to the Associated Press. It is the only known copy of the silent film, which Hitchcock wrote, edited, and served as assistant director and art director. The film’s first three reels (three others remain missing or destroyed) were donated to the Archive in 1993 after the death of a projectionist who had collected old silent films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills will host a special screening of the film on Sept. 22.

Director Joe Dante talks Trailers From Hell! site and why you shouldn't hold your breath for 'Gremlins 3'

Joe Dante just can’t get away from movie trailers — although, in fairness, he isn’t trying very hard. The renowned director of Piranha, The Howling, and the two Gremlins movies broke into the movie business cutting trailers for legendary schlockmeister Roger Corman. Now, in between movie projects, he curates the hugely entertaining website Trailers from Hell!, where he and his fellow TFH “gurus” like Eli Roth, John Sayles, John Landis, Edgar Wright, and Corman himself ruminate over old clips for films of almost every imaginable stripe.

The site has just released its second DVD on which, amongst other treats, you can hear Guillermo del Toro talk up Dario Argento’s Deep Red, Mick Garris extol the dubious delights of Flesh Gordon, and Dante apply his own gray matter to cult sci-fi movie Donovan’s Brain. (Plus!!! In glorious, uh, black and white!!! The DVD also includes the shot-in-just-two-days Corman classic, Little Shop of Horrors!!!)

Below, the always jovial Dante talks about the website, the unlikelihood him ever making Gremlins 3, and why an exploding helicopter is a trailer-maker’s best friend.


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