Aaron Sorkin in Talks to Adapt Michael Lewis’ ‘Flash Boys’: The Hollywood Reporter

41rC-xFW03LGreat news for fans of Sorkin/Lewis collaborations (Moneyball). According to THR, Sorkin is now in talks with Sony about adapting another Lewis book, “Flash Boys”, which “deals with the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system.”

Tatiana Siegel writes: “Lewis’ book revolves around a group of men on Wall Street including Sergey Aleynikov, a one-time programmer for Goldman Sachs, and Brad Katsuyama, the founder of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange.

Scott Rudin and Eli Bush are producing the film. Rudin, who has his first-look deal at Sony, executive produced Moneyball.

Rudin and Sorkin are frequent collaborators, having worked together on Social Network and the HBO series The Newsroom. They also have an untitled Steve Jobs project in the works at the studio that Danny Boyle is directing.”

Check out more from The Hollywood Reporter.

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New Trailer for Aussie Drama ‘Felony’ Starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson

felony-4Actor Joel Edgerton stars and penned the script for Felony, an Australian thriller directed by Matthew Saville, about a detective (Edgerton) involved in a tragic accident. Enter two detectives, Tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney, with conflicting motives and you’ve got yourself a tense little drama.

Melissa George co-stars in the film that had its worldwide premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and will open in Australia on August 28th.

Unfortunately, we do not have a release date for the US as of this moment, but I feel and hope this will change.

Check out the new trailer:

‘Cartoon Forum’ Europe’s Premiere Animation Pitching Conference Celebrates It’s 25th Year

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Over the last 25 years, European animation found a firm supporter in Cartoon, an international non-profit organization based in Brussels, dedicated to helping animation professionals through the creation of several year-round events and seminars.  Cartoon Forum is one such event, slated to run from September 23-26 in Toulouse.

According to their website, “Cartoon Forum is a unique event focusing on pitching sessions of pre-selected TV projects, where animation producers can find cross-border partners and speed up financial arrangements.  It allows co-productions to be finalized, pre-buys agreed, negotiation of distribution agreements, options discussed on every type of right, and licensing of secondary rights.”

This year boasts the largest submissions numbering nearly 150, up nearly 50% and out of those 150 submissions 79 animation projects will be showcased.  Each project will be given 30 minutes to convince buyers, the website continues, “The pitching sessions are the core element of the Cartoon Forum; each project is presented in 30 minutes to all potential partners gathered in the same room.  A new category has been created: Short Pitch sessions, where several projects will be pitched in 10 minutes.  The screening of trailers in front of all participants during the traditional breakfast, Croissant & Coffee Shows gives a taste of the project and encourages people to attend the pitching sessions. ”

With a track record of 1 out of 3 projects gaining funding, this is an exciting and integral avenue for creators of animated works.  Check out Cartoon‘s website for complete details, here.

Warner Bros. To Release Deluxe Uber-Editions of Library Titles

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For those completist folks out there, Warner Bros. announced they will be repackaging some not-so-old classics as Diamond Luxe Editions.  These Blu-ray editions boast swanky new slim-case packaging, new bonus features and a list price of $24.98.  Some of the films slated for the packaging makeover are The Green Mile, Ben-Hur, Natural Born Killers, Forrest Gump and Gremlins.

The titles will begin hitting stores on September 30th.  Here’s a breakdown of the bonus features:

The Green Mile: 15th Anniversary Edition

  • Walking the Mile (New Extended Version): High-def documentary feature with Tom Hanks, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, and Mr. Jingles, the mouse
  • Audio Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • The Teaser Trailer: A Case Study
  • Walking the Mile: The Making of The Green Mile
  • Miracles and Mystery – Creating the Green Mile:
    • Stephen King: Storyteller
    • The Art of Adaptation
    • Acting on the Mile
    • Designing the Mile
    • The Magic of the Mile
    • The Tail of Mr. Jingles
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Frank Darabont
  • Michael Clarke Duncan’s Screen Test
  • Tom Hank’s Makeup Test
  • Teaser
  • Trailer

Natural Born Killers: 20th Anniversary Edition

  • Natural Born Killers: Method In The Madness (New)
  • Audio Commentaries by Oliver Stone (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut)
  • Introduction by Oliver Stone (2009)
  • Natural Born Killers Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now?
  • Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers
  • “The Charlie Rose Show”
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Oliver Stone
  • Trailer

Forrest Gump: 20th Anniversary Edition

  • Greenbow Diary
  • The Art of Screenplay Adaptation
  • Little Forrest
  • An Evening with Forrest Gump
  • Easter Egg: Groom on Gump
  • The Make-up of Forrest Gump
  • Through the Ears of Forrest Gump – Sound Design
  • Building The World of Forrest Gump
  • Seeing is Believing – The Visual Effects of Forrest Gump
  • Screen Tests
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Remember Trailer

Gremlins: 30th Anniversary Edition

  • From Gizmo to Gremlins: Creating the Creatures (New) – Special effects wizard Chris Walas plus the filmmakers and cast guide us through the art of creating Gremlins, Gizmo and Stripe, how the puppets worked (or didn’t!) and how their voices came to be.
  • Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous: Making Gremlins (New) – Steven Spielberg tells how he found the screenplay for Gremlins and why it was perfect for his then-new company Amblin Entertainment. Dante, Marshall and Finnell also participate.
  • Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “Gremlins: The Gift of the Mogwai” (New)
  • Motion Comic of the 1984 Book “The Last Gremlin” (New)
  • Hangin’ With Hoyt on the Set of Gremlins (New)

Ben Hur: 55th Anniversary Edition

  • Commentary by film historian T. Gene Hatcher and Charlton Heston
  • Feature Length Documentary: Charlton Heston & Ben-Hur: A Personal Journey – Retrospective on the Ben-Hur star, written and directed by his son Fraser C. Heston, featuring never-before-available images and footage from the Heston family archives
  • The 1925 Silent Version: Thames Television
  • Restoration with Stereophonic Orchestral Score by Carl Davis
  • The Epic That Changed Cinema
  • The Making of an Epic
  • A Journey Through Pictures: Audiovisual recreation via stills, storyboards, sketches, music and dialogue
  • Screen Tests
  • Highlights from the 1960 Academy Awards® Telecast
  • Newsreels

Harlan Ellison Scripted Episode of ‘The Outer Limits’ to get Feature Release

oltitleAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Derrickson (Sinister/Marvel’s Doctor Strange) and C. Robert Cargill have signed up to pen the script for a feature film based on a single episode of “The Outer Limits” television series that ran in the 1960’s.

“Demon With a Glass Hand”, written by science-fiction scribe and legend Harlan Ellison, received two awards back in the day: the 1965 Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script for a Television Anthology and the 1972 Georges Melies Fantasy Film Award for Outstanding Cinematic Achievement in Science Fiction Television.

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The episode focuses on a man with no memory of his life before the past ten days and whose hand has been removed and replaced by an advanced hand-shaped computer. The machine demands that three of the fingers (now missing) be reattached before the man will be told what has happened to him and why he is being hunted by a group of humanoid aliens, the Kyben.

New Trailer for Simon Pegg’s ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’

hector-and-the-search-for-happiness-simon-pegg-stellan-skarsgardLooks like this fine day has graced us with a new trailer for Simon Pegg’s new film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, slated for release in the US on September 19th.

Christopher Plummer, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jean Reno join Mr. Pegg in what appears an inspirational tale of a psychiatrist struck with a bad case of the blues and sets off to explore the world with hopes of finding true happiness (I bet you he finds it, but it’s not where he think it is).

Because Simon Pegg appears to be a truly good guy in a sea of clueless nutters, any film he is in is worth mentioning in my book. So, here we are.

Enjoy.

Grand Lyon Film Festival to Present Pedro Almodovar with 2014 Lumière Award

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Thierry Fremaux, Director of the Institut Lumière announced today that on Friday October 17th, the Grand Lyon Film Festival will be honoring Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar with the 2014 Lumière Award.  Almodovar is the controversial director of films such as All About My Mother, Bad Education, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and Volver.  The Spanish director’s work has earned him considerable respect the world over, even earning him a Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay for his 2002 piece, Talk To Her.

According to the Grand Lyon Film Festival press release, “The Lumière Award was created by Thierry Frémaux to celebrate a filmmaker or personality of the cinema in Lyon, the very place where the Cinematograph was invented by Louis and Auguste Lumière, and where they shot their first film,Workers Leaving the Factory, in 1895. Because we must express our appreciation to the directors and artists of the cinema who fill our lives, the Lumière Award is a distinction reflecting time, gratitude, and admiration.”

This is only the 6th time the award has been presented, earlier recipients include Gerard Depardieu, Clint Eastwood, Ken Loach, Milos Foreman and Quentin Tarantino.

The Grand Lyon Film Festival is slated to run from October 13th – 19th.  Get all of the festival details at their website, here.