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New Trailer Unveiled For ‘The Theory of Everything’

Universal Pictures International has unveiled a new trailer for The Theory of Everything film adaptation. The video embedded above features actor Eddie Redmayne portraying renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

Screenwriter Anthony McCarten based the story on Jane Hawking’s book, Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen. The United States release date has been scheduled for November 07, 2014 and a United Kingdom release will follow on January 02, 2015.

‘SNL’ Airs Parody On ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired a digital short that parodies The Fault in Our Stars movie. The video embedded above features comedienne Sarah Silverman and cast member Taran Killam starring in The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything. A Facebook post has drawn more than 13,000 “likes.” What do you think? (via Deadline)

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘American Sniper’

Warner Brothers has unveiled the official trailer for American Sniper. The video embedded above offers glimpses of lead actor Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

The screenplay is based on Kyle’s memoir. According to Deadline, the story “follows Kyle’s journey from rodeo cowboy to SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history.”

Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl: “It’s a Story About Storytelling.”

Crafting the screenplay that would take her bestseller Gone Girl  from page to reel, in a film by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gillian Flynn was comfortable with her three (yes, three) lead characters. More of a challenge was making the internalized plot points visual.

Talking to Newsday, Flynn said,

“It’s a story about storytelling, and in the 24-hour media world, no matter what the content, the media has a disproportionate voice in all our lives. I wanted it to be a third character in a way — Nick, Amy, but also the media. We all weigh in on everybody’s life no matter what. And there seems to be a constant audience monitoring our lives.”

Translating Nick and Amy’s tale — which sold 6 million copies in hardcover alone — Flynn used her third player, the media, to comment on its power to reshape perception and belief about the husband and wife. And during the screenplay-writing process, she swapped pages with director Fincher, whose notes helped accentuate the visual moments that would define their connection and alienation.

Flynn told Newsday,

“It was not the type of book you look at and think you can just slap it onto the movie screen. It’s very internalized, it relies a lot on internal narratives and first-person writing. My first challenge was to externalize what needed to be shown on screen. My concern was once I did that it would be all engine and lose those more specific, character-driven moments. I wanted to make sure I maintained the meat of the relationship.”

To convey the couple’s bond, Flynn sometimes moved beyond the Nick-Amy-media trio, and brought in the viewer’s perspective.

Newsday’s John Anderson describes the scene: Nick is being interrogated and a detective questions why he, as a loving (and non-homicidal) husband, does not know his wife’s blood type.

“‘Should I know my wife’s blood type?’ her partner asks, somewhat guiltily, after Nick has left the room. The answer, essentially, is of course not.

“‘I knew men would be squirming uncomfortably, not knowing their wives’ blood type,’ (Flynn) laughed. ‘How many people know it? I liked that idea, of voicing what every guy in the audience was going to be thinking.’”

Lions Gate Invites Female Filmmakers to Make ‘Twilight’ Short Films

twilightcoverLions Gate will host a contest for aspiring female directors to create short films based on characters from Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight saga. The participants will consult Meyers’ 2011 encyclopedic tome, The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.

Deadline reports that five winners will be selected to receive production advances to finance their short films. The five installments of “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga’” series will be released exclusively on Facebook in 2015. From there, fans will vote on which filmmaker deserves a grand prize which includes cash and career opportunities.

Here’s more from The New York Times: ”A group of female panelists, including the Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed Frozen. Certain contest details, including the length of the shorts, are still being worked out and will be made available on, a crowdsourcing platform.”

Lorde Unveils New Song From ‘Mockingjay’ Part 1 Soundtrack

Lorde has unleashed the lead single from the Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack. The video embedded above contains the full track, “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

According to Lorde’s Tumblr post, this piece is the Grammy Award winner’s attempt at getting inside Katniss Everdeen’s head. Do you think she succeeds?

Lionsgate has created several promotional videos for this movie including two “Panem Addresses” from the evil President Snow and the recently unveiled trailer. The next installment of The Hunger Games film series will be released on November 21, 2014. (via The Wall Street Journal)

Aidan Gillen Joins ‘The Maze Runner’ Film Cast

Scorch TrialsAidan Gillen has become well-known for playing the evil Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on the Game of Thrones HBO series. The actor has signed on to step into the shoes of another villain for The Maze Runner film franchise.

Gillen will portray Janson (a.k.a. Rat-Man). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gillen’s character “becomes the main antagonist of the Maze Runner books.”

Shooting for The Scorch Trials, the second installment of the series, is set to start in October 2014. A theatrical release date has been scheduled for September 18, 2015.

New Trailer Unleashed For For ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

20th Century Fox has unleashed a new trailer for the Kingsman: The Secret Service movie adaptation. The video embedded above features scenes with actors Colin Firth and Taron Egerton playing spies Harry Hart and Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin.

According to Indiewire, the story (based on a comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons) follows “a veteran secret agent who leads a protégé into the world of espionage.” The initial release date was scheduled for Fall 2014; it has been pushed to February 13, 2015.

Roxwell Films to Create Charles Manson Movie Based On ‘The Family’

The FamilyRoxwell Films has picked up the movie rights to Ed Sanders’ The Family. The book chronicles the infamous homicide cases of serial killer Charles Manson.

Guinevere Turner, one of the co-writers on the American Psycho movie script, has signed on to adapt the book. Jonas Akerlund will serve as the director.

In an interview with Deadline, Turner talks about her interest in this project: “It’s exciting to explore the psychology of the young women who followed Manson. What makes a 19-year-old in 1968 follow a man to the extreme of killing innocent people for him? We all know how it ends — people die and people go to jail — but how did it get to that?”

FilmNation Entertainment to Adapt ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’ Into a Chinese-Language Movie

Lily ChenFilmNation Entertainment has picked up the movie rights to Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily Chen.

The studio plans to adapt the story into a Chinese-language film. Brendan Deneen, executive editor of the Macmillan Entertainment Group, and Mark Siegel, editorial director of the First Second imprint, will serve as executive producers.

According to Variety, Novgorodoff drew inspiration from an article in The Economist about the Chinese tradition of port-mortem marriage. Follow this link to see pages from the book on Novgorodoff’s website.