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“Gone Girl” Team to Remake Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train”

Despite not getting quite the amount of current awards attention of say Birdman or The Grand Budapest Hotel, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was both a critical and commercial success earlier this year. You can chop its minimal nominations up to poor timing or the fact that there’s just been too many good films this year, but it till stands to be a fan favourite of 2014. If you happen to be one of these fans then you might be interested to know that Fincher, Ben Affleck and writer Gillian Flynn are teaming up to take on a new project together. Cool, right? Maybe, maybe not.

Deadline reports that the trio will be collaborating on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. For those who don’t know, the film was an adaptation of the novel that follows a wealthy tennis pro struggling to divorce his wife who gets entangled with a delusional socialite who suggests they swap murders to cover their tracks. Things get a little mad after that as you can imagine, culminating in perhaps the most dramatic tennis match ever captured on camera. The plot for the remake will of course be tweaked for the modern day – here is what Deadline has to say about the plot:

Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of a campaign for an Oscar during awards season whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to LA on another plane by a wealthy stranger.

The original strangers...Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.
The original strangers…Farley Granger and Robert Walker, up to no good.

Not too shabby. The only problem is that Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train is kind of a classic, so there will be double the pressure from the studio and double the resistance from audiences than there would be with a straight book adaptation. Luckily they have Gillian Flynn on the case who adapted her own novel for the big screen, so they should be in safe hands.

Toe be fair, remakes of Hitchcock novels are nothing new: Rebecca, Psycho, The Birds and The 39 Steps are just a few  of his films that have been remade years later (check out an extensive list here). Hitchcock had a knack for taking novels with juicy plots and reinventing them on screen – with that many great stories to his name, other directors are bound to come looking for them.

Considering that Gone Girl grossed $350 million worldwide on a $60 million budget, there will be high hopes for this remake. My only concern is they’ve forgone the whole title of the original book and are just calling it Strangers…makes sense for the modern day reinvention but it just seems unnecessarily trendy. Ah, what do i know?

Up for meeting some new Strangers?

“Whiplash”, “Inherent Vice” and “The Lego Movie” all up for ACE Eddie Awards

Oh, I’m sorry…did you think that award nominations were only happening in 2014? Did you imagine that the steady stream of news on the critically acclaimed cinematic achievements of the year would magically finish up when we got to 2015? Well think again man, or woman. You haven’t seen anything yet. Cos it’s on. It’s aaaall the way on.

The latest panel is the American Cinema Editors and the ACE Eddie Award nominations, now in their 65th year. If the name didn’t give it away, the awards are all about achievements in editing, which may not seem all that glamourous but it’s one of those things that if it’s done 99% well instead of 100% then that’s what gets noticed and that’s what ruins a film’s chances at all those lovely awards. A bad editing job is basically a shit actor in an otherwise well performed film.

Despite the fact that it’s a more specific achievement, the film titles are really nothing different to what you’ve been seeing the last couple of months. There are TV and Film categories, but I’ll just be showing the four film categories. Even even though there aren’t any surprises, have a look anyway. Courtesy of Deadline:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)

American Sniper
Joel Cox & Gary Roach

Boyhood
Sandra Adair

Gone Girl
Kirk Baxter

The Imitation Game
William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler
John Gilroy

Whiplash
Tom Cross

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL)

Birdman
Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione

Guardians of the Galaxy
Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne & Craig Wood

Into the Woods
Wyatt Smith

Inherent Vice
Leslie Jones

Grand Budapest Hotel
Barney Pilling

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
Tim Mertens

The Boxtrolls
Edie Ichioka, ACE



The Lego Movie
David Burrows & Chris McKay

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)


Citizenfour
Mathilde Bonnefoy

Finding Vivian Maier
Aaron Wickenden

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Elisa Bonora



Not a bad looking list really. For my money it will be either Whiplash or Gone Girl taking the dramatic feature award, Birdman or Grand Budapest Hotel for comedy or musical, The Lego Movie for animated and Finding Vivian Maier for best documentary. We’ll fond out on awards night which for ACE is January 30th.

Who’s your pick?

Happy Trails: The 15 Best Trailers of 2014

I’m sure you’ve been seeing a whole mess of “Top 10 Trailer” lists floating around as the year draws to a close, and you might be thinking “which of these lists is the best list”? Well we can put your mind at ease. Whichever one you choose, you’re wrong! No single list of trailers can fully emulate the thrill of a 12 months of great trailers…until now. Yes, this is the list for you, based solely on the criteria of how much the trailer made us want to see the film. No small feat, for a bunch of grumpy cynics. Also this list has 15 entries, that’s like…5 better than a top 10. Or 5 worse, depending on how you look at it. In any case, look at it!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Age of Ultron is the perfect example of a film that has developed a solid sense of momentum. First we had the news of a sequel, then we had a name, then we had credit sequences, then we had artwork, then we got the trailer. But the trailer wasn’t just one in a long line of promotions: it was very careful to include all the little bits and pieces we’d seen so far in their shiny, finished form. Add in a chilling James Spader monologue and you’re all done. Best Moment: Iron Man busting out his Hulk Buster Armour.

Birdman

The trailer for Michael Keaton‘s phoenix-like rebirth had a lot going for it: a strong cast, dry humour, giant mechanical birds, Keaton jumping off a roof, Keaton running naked through New York, Keaton fighting Graham Norton in their underwear. What made us want to see it more than anything was the fact that these scenes appeared to have no connection to one another whatsoever. Sure there was the general plot reveal of Keaton’s character brining his once prominent career to the stage with the character that’s been tormenting him for years, but that was it. There was no foothold , no distinction between what was real and what was fantasised. Well, we just had to find out, didn’t we? Best Moment: Keaton on his bizarre walk to the stage from his dressing room.

Godzilla

The people behind Godzilla did it right. They started with a teaser that was, in a word, disorienting. We don’t see much, but we know what we’re looking out for. Then we get the roar. So out comes the full trailer, and even though we get a lot more solid looks at the cuddly alpha predator, we’re still pausing the video every three seconds trying to catch that shape that went shooting past the building. It seems obvious and childish, but we went to see this film just to get a good look at the bloody thing! Best Moment: Hey, what was that thing flying in the sky? Was that Mothra? I think it was Mothra!

Inherent Vice

Sure, you’ve got Paul Thomas Anderson and a book by Thomas Pynchon, but the real draw of this trailer is Joaquin Phoenix. We’ve been steadily falling in love with him through The Master and Her, watching him come so close to Oscar’s but never quite reaching the finish line first. So it’s nice to see him blow off some steam in a role that is unabashedly and sometimes violently silly. The quality of the writing and directing is kind of a safety net for a film like this, but the chance to see Phoenix struggle through a town full of loonies is the big draw. Best Moment: The opening monologue that trips you into the rabbit hole.

Jurassic World

Another good example of an enticing teaser followed by an awesome trailer. But Jurassic World broke a few rules by making the gap between the teaser and the trailer as small as humanly possible – only a couple of days really. That’s another way to get an audience excited – make them feel like they’re getting more than they should. And even though you don’t see the dinosaur everyone’s running from you do get to see what everyone really wanted to see…Jurassic World itself! And a return to the classic format of a five second scene at the very end that raises so many more questions than the rest of the trailer answers. Best Moment: Wait, is Chris Pratt working with raptors now?

Whiplash

It’s a testament to a film’s intensity when the trailer freaks the nonsense out of you. There have been a lot of horror trailers this year (sorry you didn’t make the list Babadook), but the trailer for Whiplash is the only one that really put the scares on me. The real appeal goes to J.K. Simmons as the unstoppable menace of a band leader who puts Miles Teller through emotional and physical hell to make him the best of the best. I couldn’t wait for it to be over just so I could watch it again. Best Moment: J.K. Simmons is wearing a pork pie hat…nice. 

Tusk

For a film that was critically decimated, Tusk doesn’t seem to have director Kevin Smith‘s career any harm. He’s continuing with the True North Trilogy with Yoga Hosers and Moose Jaws and even getting Clerks 3 back in motion. I was in pieces at the end of this trailer: I couldn’t believe how simple it was to combine gristly horror with comedy that was on the light side of black. A monstrosity of a trailer in the best possible way, much like the film itself. Best Moment: Are Justin Long and Michael Parks having a snarling match?

Gone Girl

A more standard turnout of David Fincher directing and Trent Reznor composing there could never be. For a story that is full of twists and surprises, the trailer is pretty vacant of both. What makes this one of the best trailer so the year, along with the chilling cinematography, is the construction of the trailer itself. The whole thing isn’t that long, but plays out like a short film in itself. It could nearly be a short film! Best Moment: Seriously Ben Affleck, could your smile be any more murderous?

Nightcrawler

The unique selling point of the trailer for Nightcrawler is almost certainly the portrayal of Jake Gyllenhaal. But we don’t just see what his character is like – we see how he developed, how he changes and adapts to the violence going on around him until he can’t help but get blood all over his hands. We see an arc from desperation to inquisition to ambition to ambition becoming everything as Gyllenhaal wades through the muck of freelance crime journalism. But we don’t see him drowning in it…we see him playing around in it. Best Moment: Seriously Jake Gyllenhaal, could your smile be any more murderous?

Xmen: Days of Future Past

A surprising change of pace when you consider the trailer for its predecessor. They didn’t have to go quiet and emotional with the Days of Future Past trailer, but they did, and it worked an absolute treat. I know people who started tearing up at the back and forth between James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as past and future Xavier. What? No not me, don’t be silly. It hinted at all the mutants without feeling the need to name them all or show them all in action. For a blockbuster it was as understated as it could be, which worked in its favour. Best Moment: “I don’t want your future” (“Are you crying?” “No! shut up!”)

White Bird in a Blizzard

This is one of the few films on this list where the film didn’t quite live up to the trailer. But that doesn’t stop the trailer itself from being a gem. The whole thing plays out like a photo shoot for Eva Green, in countless 50’s household moments. But the fact that she’s the missing mother in this modern world is a bizarre turnaround. the visuals were definitely the part that I just couldn’t get my head around in the best possible way. Crime-drama, coming-of-age, all that good stuff. Shame the film didn’t quite match up. Best moment: Oh, so Eva Green is a bit nutty huh?

Snowpiercer

I’m a sucker for any film that takes place in a confined space. But weirdly enough what made the trailer for Snowpiercer – or mutiny on the dystopian future-train – magnificent was the sheer capacity and volume of action that was taking place in such a small space. The almost monochrome interior made for a very claustrophobic trailer , and only upped the ante when the guns started going off. Shame about the lack of a UK release, but that only made us want it more. Best Moment: Seriously Tilda Swinton, could your Northern accent be any more murderous?

Foxcatcher

They already had everything they needed to draw people into Foxcatcher. They had Channing Tatum, and they had Steve Carell in a serious role, which almost always works out well for him. But it was the way they focussed on Carell throughout – not on his actions, but on his presence in the background of every scene. We hear very little from him, from any of the characters really, but it’s Carell’s blank face in the corner of the room, always on the point of snarling, that made this trailer so enticing. You could have easily missed the gun in his hand at the end. Best Moment: Did Carell just slap Tatum? Is that allowed?

The Zero Theorem

You can always rely on Terry Gilliam for a giddy asylum patient of a trailer. Like Gone Girl, the trailer for Zero Theorem is almost a short in itself, with Christoph Waltz floating miserably through the scenes and every other character seeming to divert his straight line of movement. Great pops of colour and bizarrely cheeky lines, all with the underlying heartbeat of “Zero can equal 100%”. A mad treat. Best Moment: “Christoph Waltz is referring to himself in the plural. That’s weird.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The final trailer on our list represents a return to form for the balls-out action trailer. It reminded us of the pant-wettingly awesome trailer for Kick-Ass all those years ago, and how once again we were just getting wrapped up in the fast-moving snippets and the clockwork shift from dialogue to gunshots to martial arts to Colin Firth with a spy umbrella. Firth is definitely the main draw of the trailer, busting out moves we haven’t seen since the deleted scenes from Love Actually when he wins his love interest over by taking on a team of Spanish assassins invading his house. Best Moment: Why is Samuel L Jackson wearing his hat like that?

So that about wraps it up for a year of great trailers. Did we include your favourite?

Golden-eye! Here are the Golden Globe nominations

Awards! AWARDS! We all love awards! Give us more awards! AWARDS! AWAAAAARDS!

Right now that I’ve got that out of my system, here are some awards. These would be the Golden Globes ones by the way. There’s been a lot of talk about American Sniper being snubbed and Selma Director Ava DuVerny getting a best director nod, and there’ll undoubtedly be more of the same in the coming weeks. But for the moment, here’s some lists to keep you going. It’s only films, of course – you know how we operate here. courtesy of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:

BEST DRAMA
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Pride
St. Vincent

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Ida
Leviathan
Tangerines

ANIMATED FILM
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

DIRECTOR
Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

ORIGINAL SONG
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
“Glory” from Selma
“Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

So we’re starting to see some much anticipated traction with Selma, snagging nominations in Original Song, Best Drama and Director. Although many would have been expecting an Actor nomination for David Oyelowo. That is not to say that there aren’t some very deserving names in that particular mix. It’s good to see The Grand Budapest Hotel elbowing its way into four categories, and Big Eyes making a big showing. My favourite nomination you ask? Has to be Robert Duvall for Supporting Actor in The Judge.

Are you seeing gold?

David Oyelowo joins PSIFF recipients

More news from the Palm Springs International Film Festival!

The Wrap has reported that David Oyelowo, who stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, has been named as the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor. Oyelowo will join an esteemed list of winners of this award, including Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Jeremy Renner and Lupita Nyong’o.

Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inspiring march from Selma to Montgomery in 1955. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Release in theatres is scheduled for Christmas Day.

Names of award winners for the PSIFF have been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. So far the list includes Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Richard Linklater and Julianne Moore Here’s the list as it stands so far:
Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
David Oyelowo – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Selma)
J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
Reese Witherspoon – The Chairman’s Award (Tracks)
The Theory of Everything – Ensemble Performance Award
Richard Linklater – Sonny Bono Visionary Award (Boyhood)

As if this weren’t already a list that was bustling with heavyweights, we still have yet to hear who will be receiving the awards for Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, or the Icon Award. Oyelowo is definitely a deserving addtion to this list. We will keep you updated as the announcements continue.

The ceremony will take place on Jan. 3, 2015.

Excited to see Selma?

Man of the moment: richard linklater to receive visionary award for “boyhood”

And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of  the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:

1. Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)

2. J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)

3. Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)

4. Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)

The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.

Director Linklater and "Boyhood" star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.
Director Linklater and “Boyhood” star Ellar Coltrane: just two dudes hanging out in a truck.

Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.

The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.

To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.

This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .