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Paul Greengrass in talks to direct new '1984' adaptation

Big Brother is still watching, as EW has confirmed that Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 for Sony.

According to Deadline, which first reported the news, Scott Rudin and Gina Rosenblum are producing, while James Graham, who wrote the book for Broadway’s upcoming Finding Neverland, will write the script. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are 'Bourne' again. Are they Hollywood's top actor/director pair?

In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, like Elysium, also failing to catch fire (or Oscar buzz), a reunion seemed to be in everyone’s best interests—and maybe sooner rather than later.

Damon and Greengrass are kindred spirits, with a similar artistic and political outlook that’s been on display in their two Bourne films and Green Zone, the 2010 action movie that poked the Bush Administration’s 2003 invasion of Iraq. Greengrass, a former TV journalist, directed Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips last year, and had been contemplating tackling a Martin Luther King biopic. But Damon and Bourne seem to be calling now, and Universal is ready to slot their next adventure together into summer 2016.

Directors and actors have a mystical way of finding each other, and when something clicks, they often seek that comfort zone again and again. The most frequently cited example of an actor and director who’ve repeatedly brought out the best in each other are Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese, who collaborated on eight films, beginning with 1973’s Mean Streets. Frequently, such relationships are between peers of the same generation, with the actor becoming the director’s on-screen stand-in. Other times, an older director takes an actor under his or her wing, as either an apprentice or a muse. (Think Woody Allen and Scarlett Johansson.)

But who are the most compelling actor/director pairings working today? Whose films become immediate must-sees when their names line up on the same movie poster? EW ranked the 20 most interesting and exciting actor/director collaborators today, with Damon and Greengrass in the mix. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass might be re-teaming for another 'Bourne'

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly returning to Bourne, according to Deadline.

The re-team would mark the pair’s third collaboration in The Bourne Identity series, and Damon’s fourth Bourne film overall. The pair are reportedly in early talks at Universal.

Universal declined to comment. A rep for Damon did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

If the re-team pans out, it will likely be the next Bourne film to go into production in order to fill the July 16, 2016 release date that the studio selected for an untitled Bourne film. In effect, it will presumably push Bourne‘s Aaron Cross spinoff sequel, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin, aside, according to Deadline.

According to THR, Greengrass would direct and write the script, which would mark his first writing endeavor with Bourne.


Matt Damon on returning to 'Bourne' series: 'I've always been open to it' -- VIDEO

Jason Bourne fans, have your sequel ideas out and ready.

Over the weekend, Matt Damon went on CNBC, where he was asked if he’d ever return to the Bourne series. “I’ve always been open to if, if Paul Greengrass is the director,” Damon answered. Greengrass directed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and Damon has said in the past that he’ll only return to the series if Greengrass is involved. “We’ve just never been able to come up with a story,” continued Damon. He went on to encourage viewers to call up Universal with their ideas.


Directors Guild Awards: Alfonso Cuaron wins for 'Gravity'

UPDATED: Gravity does not seem to be falling on the awards circuit. Alfonso Cuarón walked away with the top honor at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, beating out Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Paul Greengrass, and Steve McQueen.

“This is truly an honor and I am humbled by it,” Cuarón said to the audience of his peers after last year’s winner Ben Affleck presented him with the award. But Gravity was not the work of just one mind, and no one knows that more keenly than Cuarón. “Directing is about the work of your collaborators,” he said. Earlier in the evening, when Gravity was spotlighted amongst the five Feature Film nominees, Cuarón thanked his team including his first assistant director Josh Robertson, co-writer (and son) Jonas Cuarón, his cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and his visual effects team. Then he said: “I barely understand how we made the film.” The audience laughed uproariously.

The DGA Awards are generally a pretty decent indicator for who will walk away with the Best Director Oscar. Comprised of over 15,000 voting members, the Directors Guild does have a tendency to skew more mainstream when compared with the choices of the 377 voting members of the Directors branch in the Academy. But in the past ten years, the DGA winner has gone on to win the Oscar 90% of the time. In fact, in 65 years, only 7 DGA winners failed to win the Academy Award. Last year, however, was a major outlier when Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo after he’d failed to pick up an Oscar nomination.

The DGA did deviate from the Oscars in other fairly significant ways last year. The nominees only matched 2 out of the 5 Oscar nominees. This year, it was 4 out of 5. Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass was the odd man out — the Academy included Alexander Payne for his work on Nebraska instead.

For Cuarón, the win only seems to add to his awards momentum. In addition to a host of Film Critics awards, Cuarón also won a Golden Globe earlier this month.

The DGA doesn’t just honor features, though. Oscar nominee Jehane Noujaim picked up an award for her documentary The Square, Steven Soderbergh won for Behind the Candelabra, and Vince Gilligan was recognized for directing the Breaking Bad finale “Felina.” Check out the full list of winners from the 66th Annual DGA Awards after the jump.


Critical Mass: Tom Hanks back in command in 'Captain Phillips'


Tom Hanks has been a beloved Hollywood star for so long that it sounds like a fact-checking error when you read that he hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in 12 years. During an historic stretch that spanned from A League of Their Own to Cast Away, Hanks could do no wrong, winning two Academy Awards and starring in 10 movies that topped $100 million. But his last decade’s highlights have been animated films, a Dan Brown franchise, and the HBO historical epics that he’s produced; his last few starring vehicles underachieved.

Notable recent movies: Box-office gross, (Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes)
Cloud Atlas (2012): $27.1 million, (55/66)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): $31.8 million, (46/47)
Larry Crowne (2011): $35.6 million, (41/35)
Angels & Demons (2009): $133.4 million, (48/37)
Charlie Wilson’s War (2007): $66.7 million, (69/81)

That downward trend might change this fall, as Hanks has two promising movies that are being heralded as a return to form. In Saving Mr. Banks (Dec. 20), he stars as Walt Disney during the mogul’s contentious courtship of children’s author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to adapt Mary Poppins into a movie. In Captain Phillips, which opens Friday, he plays another real-life person: Richard Phillips, the captain of the hijacked Maesk Alabama who was kidnapped and held ransom by Somali pirates in 2009. Phillips’ sensational story felt like a movie as it was unfolding in 2009, and in the hands of director Paul Greengrass (United 93), it retains that thrilling moment-to-moment intensity.

With Captain Phillips, the critics are back in his corner, with EW’s Owen Gleiberman writing that Hanks “acts with a minimalism that speaks volumes: We’re wired into his every glance.”

Before you head to the theater, click below to see what other prominent critics are saying about Captain Phillips. READ FULL STORY

New 'Captain Phillips' trailer: Can Tom Hanks defeat a band of pirates? VIDEO

We’ll find out in this tense new thriller from Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass, which follows the true story of Richard Phillips — a cargo ship captain taken hostage when his vessel, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009.

Hanks stars as the real-life hero, while a quartet of unknowns play the pirates — one of whom gets a bit of sympathetic spotlight in the latest trailer for the film. And though Catherine Keener also appears as Hanks’s wife, the Oscar winner’s true costar seems to be his Bahston accent; hopefully, he’s had some time to work on it since Catch Me If You Can.


'Captain Phillips' trailer: Tom Hanks battles Somali pirates -- VIDEO

Would it surprise you to learn that Tom Hanks hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in more than a decade? I mention it only for two reasons. One, there was a historic stretch between Philadelphia and Cast Away where a Hanks Oscar nomination was simply taken for granted. Two, Captain Phillips, Hanks’ real-life tale about one man’s heroic actions after his giant cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates, feels like one of those classic, sure-thing Hanks movies. It seems to mix the best character traits of Cast Away‘s Chuck Noland and Saving Private Ryan‘s Captain Miller. Plus, it’s directed by Paul Greengrass, the action auteur behind the best of the Bourne films and United 93.

Take a look yourself to see if you think Captain Phillips has the right stuff. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon bearish on 'Bourne' future: Even Jonah Nolan couldn't crack it!

I keep telling myself this is how Matt Damon negotiates.

While promoting his upcoming movie, Promised Land, Damon hasn’t hemmed or hawed when asked about the future of the Bourne franchise. For the longest time, Damon had an easy out — claiming not to have seen The Bourne Legacy, the summer side-boot that starred Jeremy Renner and stretched the franchise in new, drug-enhanced super-soldier directions. But last week, he dropped the news that he had seen it… and that it didn’t exactly open the door for his return. “I think it’s going to make it harder for us to make another one,” he told IndieWire. “I love Jeremy and I’m a huge fan of him and I know him personally and love him outside of work, too. But … I could never see Bourne teaming up with anyone.” READ FULL STORY

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