Writer Anthony McCarten is having a very good year. The playwright and novelist spent ten years writing “The Theory of Everything,” developing Jane Hawking’s book ”Travelling to Infinity" into 2014’s critically acclaimed biopic. Festival and academy screening reactions suggest McCarten could see his first Oscar-nomination in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. And with its limited release imminent, the writer has found a follow-up to sink his teeth into project. He’ll collaborate with George Clooney on his next directorial effort.
I really one to see Alex Garland’s “Halo” movie. If anyone could abolish the video games-don’t-make-good-movie myths, Garland was a likely candidate. His science fiction writing is heady without drowning in self-importance. “28 Days Later” is a great film. “Never Let Me Go” flirts with all the right ideas and tones, even if it’s too dour for its own good. “Dredd” trounced low expectations with its tangibility and streamlined focus. Garland wrote a draft of “Halo” nearly a decade ago. It still sounds like the perfect match of writer and blockbustery source material. There’s little chance we’ll see his take, but it’s relevant because the first look at Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” will only make you wish someone with this control over the genre could step into a mega-budgeted action movie. This trailer proves that Oscar Isaac yammering about Turing tests can be just as thrilling as any exploding-car setpiece.
Universal Pictures has announced that the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!," starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson, among others, will be released on Feb. 5, 2016. That effectively removes it from much awards season discussion that year, but you could sort of gather that, given the subject matter and apparent tone of the film. Like "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading" — romps that came after heady prestige pics like "Barton Fink," "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men" — "Hail, Caesar!" looks like the boys just having a bit of fun.
LOS ANGELES — Focus Features is circling the wagons with the release of James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" imminent. Tuesday night's Los Angeles premiere was well-attended and response has the studio excited, while the film's stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, along with producer Lisa Bruce and screenwriter Anthony McCarten took part in a Wednesday afternoon luncheon in West Hollywood to bend the ear of select press.
Closing out the acting categories this week it's time for Team HitFix to turn our gaze to the supporting actresses, and like usual, it's pretty fluid here in the early stages. There aren't a ton of obvious contenders and further clouding matters is the fact that some campaigns aren't necessarily firmed up; some of these ladies could be positioned in lead or supporting, depending on the argument.
It’s unclear who dubbed Gale Anne Hurd the “First Lady of Sci-Fi,” but it’s a title she owns with every fiber of her being. James Cameron's former confidante (and wife), Hurd started as an executive assistant to Roger Corman before producing such films as "The Terminator," "Aliens," "The Abyss," "Tremors," "The Relic," "Armageddon," Ang Lee's "Hulk," "and "Aeon Flux.” Today, she’s more popular ever, the matriarch and hype woman of the highest rated cable television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” For her undeniable contributions to the world of blockbuster cinema, the Producers Guild of America has announced that it will bestow Hurd with its highest honor.
Wednesday morning, the International Documentary Association announced its nominees and select winners for the 2014 IDA Awards, an annual tribute to the best-of-the-best of non-fiction film and television. Pertinent to award season are the Best Feature contenders, including Lara Poitras’ recent hit “CITIZENFOUR” “Point and Shoot,” an American filmmaker’s look inside Libyan prisons,
It’s been a slow post-Oscar star for Hailee Steinfeld and writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black. Not disastrous, but not the typical rise to prominence and slew of work that comes with the Academy Award touch. Steinfeld earned a nomination in 2011 for her work on the Coen Bros’ “True Grit.” Two years earlier, Black won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “Milk.” Since then, neither have tackled material that’s brought them back into the awards conversation. Their next project may not have the bravado to take them back to the ceremony, but it sounds like a step in the right direction.
You know what they say: all good things must come to an end.
After two years hosting the Golden Globe Awards to stellar ratings and critical raves, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hanging up their hats after next year's show, according to Poehler during an interview on Tuesday's "Today" show:
One of the under-discussed success of 2014 (but one that won’t go unnoticed in Hollywood) is "Heaven Is for Real," the adaptation of Lynn Vincent’s New York Times Bestseller. The true story of a kid’s near death experience and the visions of the afterlife he bestowed to his parents grossed over $90 million at the domestic box office, a huge hit for Sony Pictures and a career highlight for star Greg Kinnear. Those numbers must have instilled some faith in the actor: He’ll star alongside Renee Zellweger and Djimon Hounsou in the next Vincent adaptation, “Same Kind of Different As Me.”