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Ron Howard Will Direct a Thrilling Adaptation for the Unreleased Book The Girl Before

Ron Howard's latest project pick-up involves another book-to-screen adaptation, Deadline reports. This one will be based on J.P. Delaney's The Girl Before, a thriller novel (which the trades say might really be best-selling author Tony Strong's) that hasn't come out yet, but is coming soon. The Ballantine Bantam Dell Random House book will tell the story of "a traumatized woman [who] falls in love with an extraordinary minimalist house and with the man who designed it," according to Deadline. "But when she discovers that three years earlier another damaged woman died here, she starts to wonder if her own story is just a re-run of the girl before."

Even though it hasn't been released, something about Girl Before's scaled-back Crimson Peak approach or trendily simple-but-cryptic-Girl title evidently caught Howard's eye (that or he's really trying to busy himself to avoid future Star Wars offers). The director's also reportedly attached to help produce, along with Brian Grazer, Michael De Luca, and Erica Huggins, for Universal Pictures. Girl Before is set for publication next fall.

The Big Short Will Make You Furious All Over Again About 2008

“Can we get a shot of the napkin?” Adam McKay asked his director of photography, pointing toward the table where an uncharacteristically angry-looking Steve Carell was seated, doodling fiercely. The cocktail napkin in question bore the name of Okada, the glitzy Japanese restaurant in the Wynn Las Vegas where New York hedge-fund manager Steve Eisman first encountered Wing Chau, a smug manager of collateralized debt obligations (investment vehicles composed mostly of home loans), in January 2007. It was Chau’s ignorance of the toxicity of these products that cemented Eisman’s belief that the housing market was doomed and ultimately persuaded Eisman to double down on his bet on its collapse, a bet that was later immortalized in financial journalist Michael Lewis’s best-selling book The Big Short.


  • Posted 11/29/15 at 8:59 PM
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Brad Pitt on Producing and Starring in The Big Short, the Financial Crash, and What Keeps Him Up at Night

Adam McKay’s new financial-apocalypse comedy The Big Short — the subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — was produced by Brad Pitt, who also took a small role in the film to help ensure the production got properly funded. Here, Pitt talks about his sideline as a genuine prestige-movie mogul (with his company Plan B), what it means to team up with author Michael Lewis again, and his personal outrage in 2008.


  • Posted 11/29/15 at 8:59 PM
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Ryan Gosling on The Big Short, Finding the Humor in the Financial Meltdown, and Why He’ll Probably Never Wear a Wig Again

Adam McKay’s The Big Shortthe subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — stars Ryan Gosling as a version of Greg Lippmann, a slick Deutsche Bank trader (he also gives some interstitial, direct-to-camera informative narration). We spoke with him about how to play a guy who bets against the American economy, how to order drinks like a “Tony Robbins on His Day Off,” and the importance of his hairpiece.


The Big Short Turns the Financial Meltdown Into a Heist Comedy

How do you make an exuberant comedy about the financial apocalypse of 2008 that also manages to elucidate — with documentary-like rigor — the labyrinthine fraud at the heart of the U.S. economy? It’s a challenge that the director Adam McKay leaps to in The Big Short (see our story here), which he adapted (with Charles Randolph) from Michael Lewis’s book on the collapse of the subprime-mortgage market. It’s a rollicking bad time!

McKay invents his own glorious goofball syntax: part business thriller, part stand-up comedy, with a liberal dash of NPR didacticism. »

  • Posted 11/29/15 at 8:59 PM
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The Big Short Author Michael Lewis on Watching His Book on the Big Screen and What Hasn’t Changed Since the Crash

This week’s Vulture cover story, on Adam McKay’s The Big Short, asks whether America is angry enough for a Hollywood version of Occupy Wall Street, and if McKay’s brand of dick jokes can actually teach us something about the financial crisis and what went wrong in 2008. The man who really knows what went wrong is Michael Lewis, the author of the book on which the movie is based and a few other masterworks of financial journalism. Here, he talks about the Hail Mary long shot of making of the movie, its chances to make audiences furious about bailouts, and why no one really got all that furious the first time around.


  • Posted 11/29/15 at 8:58 PM
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Steve Carell on The Big Short, Studying Hedge-Funders, and His Style Advice to Ryan Gosling

Adam McKay’s The Big Shortthe subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — stars Steve Carell as Steve Eisman, a hedge-funder who shorted the market spectacularly during the crisis. We spoke with him about following up his Oscar-nominated turn in Foxcatcher and “workout pizza.”


  • Posted 11/29/15 at 8:58 PM
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Christian Bale on The Big Short and Meeting the Real-Life American Psychos

Adam McKay’s The Big Short — the subject of this week’s Vulture cover story — stars Christian Bale as Michael Burry, a California doctor who, despite having only one functioning eye, saw the crisis before anyone else. Here he talks about his character research, shadowing real-life subjects, and his performance in the film, hailed by Big Short author Michael Lewis as “borderline creepy."


Daisy Ridley Says J.J. Abrams Called Her Acting ‘Wooden’ on the Force Awakens Set

It can't be easy to start off your career in the heart of a multi-billion dollar franchise. In an new interview with Glamour UK (via NME), 23-year-old Ridley revealed director J.J. Abrams criticized her for her "wooden" acting when she first started filming The Force Awakens. "He probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden," she said, "This was the first day! And I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe. And there was so many crew there, because obviously all the creatures [had stand-ins], and there were loads of extra crew making sure everyone was safe ’cause it was so hot. It was awful." Things seem to have improved as shooting continued, however, and Ridley said that "My experience has been incredible," both with the rest of the cast and crew, and with Disney's PR team. "I’ve felt supported and respected the whole way through. I’ve not been told not to do anything. My Instagram has not been ... what it’s called when they keep tabs on it? Yeah, it’s not monitored.” This is wonderful news, as Ridley's Instagram is a Great British Bake Offfilled delight. Let's hope she sticks to the advice of her co-star/interview mom Carrie Fischer and remains as candid as ever.

Tom Hanks Says He’s Recording His Lines for Toy Story 4, Which Comes Out in 2018

"So, uh, how long is this gonna take?" Al McWiggin asks in Toy Story 2. "You can't rush art," replies Geri the Cleaner. That seems to be what the producers of the Toy Story films think, as it took them 11 years to make Toy Story 3, and it was totally worth it. Now, five years later, Tom Hanks has some big news that was also worth the wait. While speaking with Graham Norton (as well as Peter Capaldi — why hasn't anyone made a buddy comedy with Tom Hanks and Peter Capaldi yet?), Hanks said, very matter-of-factly, almost as an aside, that he's recording his lines for Toy Story 4, and the film will be out in 2018. More specifically, he has a recording session on December 2. Watch the video below, in which Hanks impersonates an excited child as well as the excited child's mother, and shares a story of the time he told off a Disney lawyer. To 2018 ... and beyond!

Moviegoers Feasted on Mockingjays, Dinosaurs, and Boxers at the Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

Forget turkey, stuffing, and those weird, amorphous, jiggly piles of canned cranberry sauce that your mom continues to put out every year even though no one likes it: This Thanksgiving weekend, moviegoers feasted on Mockingjays and Dinosaurs. Also a boxing movie, but it sounds kind of weird saying moviegoers feasted on boxers. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay— Part 2, the final installment in the massive movie series that certified Jennifer Lawrence's universal box-office appeal, finished in first for the second straight week, earning $51.6 million for a $198.3 million cume. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur nom-nom-nomed $39.1 million in its first week for a second place finish, while the acclaimed Creed slugged moviegoers for $30.1 million. Spectre made $12.8 million in its third week for a $176 million domestic cume; it's slightly underperformed in the US, but is about to break $750 million worldwide, which ain't too bad. The Peanuts Movie rounds out the top five with $9.7 million, $116.7 million domestic cume.


  • Posted 11/29/15 at 12:16 PM

Idris Elba Doesn’t Want to Talk About James Bond

When the Sony hack hemorrhaged damning emails from execs arguing over whether Idris Elba should play the iconic spy-cum-seducer of women James Bond, everyone had an opinion, some uglier than other. Anthony Horowitz said that Elba was "too street" to play Bond, surely the phrase that will haunt him the rest of his career; Elba casually brushed aside the slight with a suave Instagram saying, "Always keep smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the street!!" with a smiley face emoji at the end. Since then, everyone has either campaigned for Elba (like us) or against him, but Elba himself has remained oddly mum. Now, in an interview with the Telegraph, he says, "Enough is enough." He's simply done talking about James Bond:


Gods of Egypt Director Apologizes for Depicting the Whitest Egypt; Ava DuVernay Subsequently Tweets About It

Discussing the whitewashing of the decidedly not-white country of Egypt in his new film Gods of Egypt, director Alex Proyas said, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”


  • Posted 11/27/15 at 4:03 PM

Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue Are Two of the Year’s Best Documentaries

Two really good documentaries, Killing Them Safely and Janis: Little Girl Blue (about the great Janis Joplin), open this weekend in limited release and take their places on the honor roll of really good docs to open in 2015. (A year-end round-up is coming soon.)


  • Posted 11/27/15 at 1:12 PM

Ridley Scott Will Follow Up Alien: Covenant With Two More Prometheus Sequels, More Convoluted Mythology, More Explanations

When Ridley Scott announced his return to science-fiction with the mammoth production Prometheus (2012), rumors immediately began to eddy: Would it be a prequel to Alien? Scott wouldn't say, though the answer was obviously, "Yes, it is a prequel." Now, following the announcement that his Prometheus sequel will actually be another Alien prequel called Alien: Covenant, Scott has ditched the enigmatic ambiguities of his Prometheus marketing and is playing this one straight: he will follow up Alien: Covenant with two more Prometheus sequels, finally tying it all in to his 1979 opus Alien.


Watch the Jar Jar Binks Episode of ‘Will It Blend?’

Worried you're going to see Jar Jar in the next Star Wars trilogy? Don't worry — even if he's a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and/or the truest villain George Lucas ever created, Jar Jar's still no match for Tom and Blendtec. Heesa gone now.

Ben Affleck Is Feeling Lots of Pressure for Batman v Superman to Be Good

Ben Affleck is very aware people are looking forward to his forthcoming Batman v Superman — and to whether it will be any good. So much so, the actor's not even trying to hide the nerves tied to unspooling such a popular undertaking. "There is a ton of pressure on it," Affleck told Variety recently, as part of a story on Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara. "I mean I would be bullshitting you to say there isn't."

He says Warner Bros. has a great year coming up: »

Victor Frankenstein Is Not Alive, Is Not Alive, Is Not Alive

“You know this story. A crack of lightning. A mad genius. An unholy creation.” Those are the words that start off Victor Frankenstein. They’re repeated at the very end, at which point you might be muttering to yourself, “If only we’d seen that story instead.” A catastrophic miscalculation of a movie, Victor Frankenstein is a perfect example of a Hollywood revision that, in trying to outsmart an original, reveals what worked about said original in the first place.

The movie is mired in shrill impatience. »

The Good Dinosaur Isn’t Pixar at Its Best, But the Film Still Awes and Entertains

The Good Dinosaur has as its premise two witty reversals of the kind Pixar has become known for: What if the asteroid that allegedly hit the Earth 65 million years ago and killed off the dinosaurs missed our planet; and what if, millions of years after that near-miss, the still-extant dinosaurs had become civilized, and the humans were the wild animals that had to be domesticated? The resulting film is amiable, pretty, and charming in all the right ways — even if it ultimately settles for a fairly typical tale of a late bloomer finding his way.

The real attraction here is the gorgeously animated scenery. »

13 Movies to See (or Not) This Thanksgiving

There will inevitably come a point during the Thanksgiving holiday when, despite the love you have for your family, you'll just need some time to yourself. So why not spend it in the comfort of a cool, dark movie theater or on a chaise lounge with your laptop? (You could theoretically include the whole family, whom you really do love, in this plan, though the chaise may get crowded.) Anticipating your needs, we have compiled a list of view-worthy films that are currently in cinemas across the country or available with VOD. (For older movies, be sure to check out the list of movies about to leave Netflix on December 1.) Grab some lukewarm turkey leftovers and enjoy.

So, what should I watch? »