The film adaptation for Donna Tartt’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch has finally locked in Peter Straughan as its screenwriter after a months-long search. Primarily known for The Men Who Stare at Goats and his Oscar-nominated adaptation of Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy, Straughan boasts roots as a playwright and novelist himself.
The nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, both further opening up and narrowing down the 2014 awards season. As usual, a few expected favorites made the list as well as some surprises thrown in for equal measure. Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Inárritu’s dark comedy topped the field with six nominations overall, while Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma all made vivid impressions, each earning four nominations. Perhaps the biggest surprise on the list were the two out-of-left-field nods for the festival circuit favorite Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, an indie oddity starring Oscar nominee Rinki Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) that debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. As we reported previously, Amplify plans to release the film on February 27, 2015. Read more…
Every year or so there seems to be a movie or performance that comes into the awards season late and sneaks its way toward a nomination. Judging by initial critical reaction and its first trailer, Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses 2) in Daniel Barnz’s (Phoebe In Wonderland) Cake may be that performance. It stars Aniston as a woman suffering from chronic pain who attends a support group and begins to show interest in the family of a fellow support group member who committed suicide.
And just like that, 2014 is about to come to a close, but not before a massive rush of flicks enter the marketplace. December is typically one of the most crowded months of the cinematic calendar and this year is certainly no exception. So as distributors scramble to find an audience for a strong mix films – some hoping to gain awards momentum, others vying for healthy holiday sales – join us as we sort through what’s heading to the multiplexes and arthouses in the home stretch of 2014. And here we go…
There’s a point maybe two thirds of the way into The Imitation Game where Alan Turing and the team of cryptographers assigned to decypher the German Enigma code think they’ve come upon a breakthrough. To this point, the massive code breaking machine Alan has built to crack Enigma has been whirring about nonstop without results. For all intents and purposes, it doesn’t work, an intricate mass of metal and energy that does nothing productive. Based on their new insight, Alan sets a number of switches on the machine in a particular sequence, and they set the machine loose. Within a minute, it’s arrived at a solution, and the “unbreakable” enigma code is broken. Read more…
New stills have been released to Entertainment Weekly for the upcoming film Pan, along with the first trailer. Both include Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in the upcoming re-imagining of the Peter Pan story.
Emmy Award winner Michelle MacLaren has officially signed with Warner Bros. to develop and direct the Wonder Woman feature film, which will star Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) in the title role.
A third trailer for Jupiter Ascending has surfaced online. This latest trailer takes a much simpler approach than the previous version to explaining the film’s narrative, focusing more on action than plot.
The first trailer for Scott Cohen’s indie drama Red Knot has surfaced, starring Olivia Thirlby (Juno) and Vincent Kartheiser (TV’s Mad Men). The film follows Thirlby and Kartheiser as a newly married couple that boards a research vessel headed for Antarctica, and the fragility of their marriage as the trip starts to take its toll on the young lovers.
Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year) has joined the cast of Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. He will star as the villain, Apocalypse, the most powerful mutant ever and the most menacing foe the X-Men have ever faced.