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As we continue into the awards season in early 2012, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for 2011. We've already seen the Screen Actors Guild nominees and the Writers Guild nominees, so next up is the Directors Guild of America. The DGA has announced their nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2011. This guild chooses five nominees every year in the feature category (documentary comes a bit later) which means it's a very short list. The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 in just a few weeks. Read on for the full list.
Another potentially monumental Hollywood deal may actually go through to kick off the New Year. Deadline is reporting, with confirmation via The Wrap, that Lionsgate is moving to seal the deal on a $700 million purchase of Summit Entertainment, the studio that is already raking in the cash with the Twilight series and other hits like RED and 50/50. "As the merger talks between two of Hollywood's largest independent movie studios morphed into takeover talks and went down to the wire," many places reported it was about to blow up, but now it's likely to come through. Wow, this will be huge, and something I'm intrigued to see.
How do you follow-up a triumphant, award-winning black & white silent film that Hollywood loves? Go back and remake a 1948 film! French director Michel Hazanavicius (interview), of The Artist as well as the two OSS 117 spy films, is reportedly lined up to direct a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film The Search, but will update the setting to contemporary "war-torn" Chechnya. Variety broke the news, which comes at a key time when Hazanavicius and The Artist are aiming for some big Oscar nominations (and maybe wins). But I also find it perfectly fitting that Hazanavicius chose a classic B&W film to remake for his next project.
More ghosts. So who you gunna call? An interesting news story to report on from Bloody-Disgusting, who picked up a scoop about director Vincenzo Natali, of Cube and Splice who has been lining up numerous projects. Apparently Natali is aiming to direct a project called Haunter next, which will start shooting this March up in Toronto. The supernatural horror film, from a screenplay by Brian King (Cypher, Night Train), is a twist on the norm being told from the viewpoint of a ghost, a spirit named Lisa, who, along with her family, died in 1986 under "sinister circumstances" but remain trapped in their house. Sounds quite creepy.
"Unless you do this with an open heart, I don't think anything will come of it." This fantastic new UK trailer was debuted earlier this week found via HeyUGuys, and I thought it was worthy enough to feature today. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is an adaptation of Paul Torday's novel, starring Ewan McGregor as a man who helps bring salmon fishing to the Yemen. The film co-stars Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked as the Sheikh. It premiered to some positive reviews at TIFF last year. This trailer starts out comical, but by the end it looks like quite a wonderful charmer, and I really want to see it. Give it a shot!
Exorcism movies have pretty much run their course at this point. The idea and execution has become so bland, so predictable, that a film better have something extra to add along with all the holy water and body contortions. But, evidently, these movies make decent enough money, so we still have to have a new one every year. Usually dumped in January. Which is why Paramount / Insurge brings us The Devil Inside, directed by William Brent Bell, the latest film that tries to scare us with all the old creepy trimmings.
"Witness these true events in real time..." Not to be confused with the original Uruguayan film this is based on, The Silent House, this is the remake. Open Road Films has debuted the official trailer on Yahoo for Silent House, filmmakers Chris Kentis & Laura Lau's US remake, starring up-and-comer Elizabeth Olsen. This remake was made in the same style, presenting the film as one long non-stop take, which Yahoo dubs "real time", though one-take or one-shot is a better description. It's a lengthy trailer and shows a lot, but it's a good tease for horror fans. And more time for Olsen in the spotlight. The Silence will Kill you!
Continuing our awards season coverage, we've got the nominees in for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, as chosen by the Writers Guild of America. The winners will be announced on February 19th, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York. There are three separate categories of nominees - original, adapted, and documentary. Last year's winners were Chris Nolan's Inception and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network. This year it's a bit different as a number of great scripts were ruled ineligible, including Shame, The Artist, Beginners, Like Crazy and Take Shelter. Read on for the full list of 2012 WGA nominees.
"You better not be screwing with me." ATO Pictures debuted the official trailer in high def on Apple today for a crime drama called Thin Ice co-starring Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup, as well as Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban and Lea Thompson. This Wisconsin-set indie is essentially a Coen Brothers snowy/icy murder drama, but without the Coen Brothers touch, instead with Crudup and Kinnear. I was thinking it might even be a black comedy, but it's not really that either, just a cold, hard drama. Thin Ice premiered at Sundance last year and is just being released now. I'm not that keen on it, but give the trailer a look anyway.
I was wondering when we'd see this! With all the rather deadly tornadoes this year, I expected Hollywood to take an interest again and they have. We've reported on a project previously titled Category 6 (or Cat 6 or Category Six), a storm survival thriller being developed by New Line Cinema, who bought a script by John Swetnam. The update today comes from Vulture and says that Final Destination 5 director Steven Quale (who we interviewed here), who was mentored by James Cameron in 3D early on, is now lined up to direct Cat 6. However, they're calling this a tornado project, not a "found footage hurricane" film like we first said.
"There's nothing stopping us." One of my most anticipated movies coming up the first half of this year is Josh Trank & Max Landis' Chronicle, the found-footage superpowers film that gained everyone's attention with a rather kick ass first teaser trailer. The new trailer comes from IGN (via STYD) and is indeed only 60-seconds, as it seems like just a tease of the same footage (with a little bit more) to remind everyone of the film, since there's a preview event going on tomorrow (that I'm invited to). I think they're hiding a lot from it, but it still looks awesome, and I'll definitely keep you guys updated. In the meantime, here's a reminder.
"Take Carrie to the prom. I dare you!" Another year, and more remakes. Deadline is reporting that director Kimberly Peirce is "in talks" to take over the Carrie remake in the works at MGM & Screen Gems. Last year we reported that those studios were bringing on Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, a Broadway writer (who worked on patching up the Spider-Man musical), to work on the Carrie remake script. Peirce most recently directed the rather atrocious Stop-Loss (2008), as well as Oscar winner Boys Don't Cry. To be honest, this seems like a fairly good fit for her, and if anything I'm optimistic and curious to see what she does with this.
Why did they betray her? So if you haven't seen enough from this yet to whet your appetite, CraveOnline has posted one more additional trailer for Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, hitting theaters later this month. I believe this now makes this the third trailer, but it's still packed to the brim with action, so if you're not sold, here you go. Gina Carano stars as a covert ops agent betrayed and setup, and her father's involved, there's all kinds of weird twists and characters all over. Co-starring Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano and Bill Paxton.
Always Bet On Bond. Word is that Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film currently in production, may have found its composer as well. Bond fansite MI6 HQ is reporting that Oscar nominated American composer Thomas Newman (of The Help, The Adjustment Bureau and The Debt recently) will be scoring Skyfall for director Sam Mendes and EON Productions. Mendes & Newman are regular collaborators, with a history including scoring Mendes' films American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road previously. As always, the more news I hear about Skyfall, the more excited I get. 2012 is the year he'll finally be back!