Derek Cianfrance’s THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS to Film in September; Drama Stars Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

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2015 will be filled with some ridiculously-sized blockbusters, and while those are all well and good, I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on The Light Between Oceans.  The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War I and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant.  When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating.”  The adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s debut novel is being directed by Derek Cianfrance, who previously helmed the haunting Blue Valentine and the powerful, family epic The Place Beyond the Pines.  Furthermore, he’s attracted yet another talented cast.  Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are attached to play the lighthouse keeper and the wife with Rachel Weisz in talks to play the child’s mother.

That’s a lot of talent for one film, and it looks like it will start filming in September.  Hit the jump for more.

Michael Fassbender in Talks to Star in Derek Cianfrance’s THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

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An incredibly promising actor/director pairing is in the works.  THR reports that Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in the M.L. Stedman adaptation The Light Between Oceans, which The Place Beyond the Pines helmer Derek Cianfrance will direct.  The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War II and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant.  When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating.”

David Heyman (Gravity) is producing the DreamWorks drama, and it appears that the pic is firming up as a shoot in Australia is being eyed.  Fassbender most recently completed Macbeth and will also lead the upcoming Assassin’s Creed.  Of course, he’ll next be seen onscreen in X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Light Between Oceans.

For Your Consideration: This Year’s Oscar-Worthy, Overlooked Films, Performances, and Screenplays

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As part of Collider’s new column, Oscar Beat, I’ve been covering the in’s and the out’s of this year’s awards race for the past few months.  While there are plenty of excellent films contending for a number of different awards, there are also a number of films that, for one reason or another, don’t fit the “Oscar mold” but deserve recognition all the same.  The Academy is loathe to recognize any kind of comedic work despite the fact that the “Best Actor” or “Best Picture” categories lack disclaimers that would disqualify genres other than drama, and smaller pictures have a hard time drumming up support against the studio-backed fare.

After the jump, I run down a number of films, performances, and screenplays from 2013 that are deserving of awards attention despite failing to drum up serious support.

Director Derek Cianfrance to Reteam with Ben Mendelsohn on “Crazy” Clown Movie A COTTON CANDY AUTOPSY

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Director Derek Cianfrance is adding yet another project to his to-do list.  The Blue Valentine filmmaker made waves earlier this year with his stellar drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and now he says he’s going to direct a film about a clown called A Cotton Candy Autopsy.  Speaking with Jeff Goldsmith on his podcast, Cianfrance said that he will be writing Autopsy with his Pines co-writer Darius Marder, and added, “I don’t know how to describe it, except that it’ll be a crazy movie.”  He also revealed that Pines standout Ben Mendelsohn will have a role.  Hit the jump for more on Cianfrance’s upcoming schedule and news of one project that won’t be moving forward.

Producer David Heyman Talks GRAVITY, Developing the Technology to Make the Film, FABLES, PADDINGTON, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, and More

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I want to make this very clear: Alfonso Cuarón‘s Gravity is brilliant on every level.  While some movies can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or watched on an iPad or phone, this is not one of them.  Cuarón has crafted a work of cinematic genius that borders on the unreal.  For ninety minutes you will be spellbound.  You’ll feel like you’re out in space with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.  You’ll feel the weightlessness.  You’ll feel their fear.  And as soon as it’s over, you’ll want to experience it again.  Trust me, as soon as you can, go to your local theater (hopefully they have IMAX 3D), and pay to see this movie.   You will not regret it.  For more on Gravity, read Matt’s review.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with producer David Heyman.  He talked about the challenges they faced getting the film made, developing the technology, the long takes, the pre-vis, how you should see Gravity in a theater, and more.  However, since Heyman is also producing a number of other projects, I also got updates on the Page Eight sequels, Fables, The Drowned World, Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans, Paddington, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Derek Cianfrance to Direct Adaptation of Oral History ESPN: THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN

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Derek Cianfrance’s first two feature films, Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, were heavy, family dramas.  Earlier this month, he signed on to direct another one with The Light Between Oceans, which is about a husband a wife dealing with the consequences of raising an abandoned infant when it washes up on the shore of their lighthouse.  But it turns out that Cianfrance isn’t opposed to somewhat lighter fare as The Wrap is reporting he’s set to adapt ESPN: Those Guys Have All the FunJames Andrew Miller and Tom Shales’ book provides an oral history of the sports network from those who worked for it over the past several decades.  Fox originally picked up the rights in 2011, but then put the feature into turnaround, which allowed Focus Features to swoop in and develop the project.  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey) will produce, and they’re currently searching for a writer.

Hit the jump for more.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Director Derek Cianfrance to Helm THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

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Late last year, we reported that DreamWorks had acquired the rights to M.L. Stedman‘s debut novel The Light Between Oceans with David Heyman (Harry Potter) attached to produce.  The story takes place on a remote Australian island following World War II and “follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and an infant.  When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences are devastating.”  I think we’ve all been there.

Variety is reporting that Derek Cianfrance, the director behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, is now attached to helm the adaptation.  Cianfrance has shown he excels at this kind of complex, tragic relationship story, and I’m excited to see what he’ll do with the material.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for The Light Between Oceans.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Blu-ray Review

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The “family drama” genre is usually one that is relegated to saccharine films that feel like movies of the week, or small-scale character pieces that explore dynamics within a contained story.  With The Place Beyond the Pines, however, writer/director Derek Cianfrance boldly expands the scope of the “family drama” to an epic scale with an ambitious, unique structure that succeeds without sacrificing the compelling character interplay that grounds the story’s emotions.  Themes of legacy and parenthood play out across three distinct acts buoyed by a magnetically reserved and nuanced Ryan Gosling performance that reverberates throughout the entire feature, culminating in one of the best films of 2013.  Hit the jump for my review of The Place Beyond the Pines.

2013 Oscar Preview: Possible Contenders from the First Half of the Year

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It’s never too early to start talking Oscar, right?  We’re officially at the midway point of 2013, and while the bulk of awards season is normally concentrated towards the latter third of the year, there have been some strong contenders in the past that were released closer to the beginning of the year—Silence of the Lambs is probably the most famous example, having won Best Picture after being released in February of 1991.  The first half of 2013 has seen at least a couple of potential Best Picture contenders, and in addition to more than a handful of standout performances in smaller indie fare, we may very well have already seen the release of the film that will go on to take home the Oscar in technical categories like Best Visual Effects or even Best Production Design.

Hit the jump to read on as we examine the possible Oscar contenders from the first half of 2013.

TOP 5: First Trailer for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, PAIN & GAIN, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Set Visit, JUSTICE LEAGUE, ‘Breaking Down the Movie’ Episode 1

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Last night I had the opportunity to check out a late showing of Pain & Gain during which I encountered a few thoughts that I couldn’t shake: 1) I wish Michael Bay would make more films like this and less of the transforming car variety. 2) Why can’t Dwayne Johnson be in every movie? 3) This is probably the craziest “Based on a True Story” movie I’ve ever seen. I’ve heard Bay say that some of the most extreme elements of the plot are also the most true to the original story. This is good to know because had someone written a lot of what shows up in the film I would likely call it too farfetched for my suspended disbelief to withstand. Make no mistake, this is a wild, entertaining ride that utilizes layers of action, crime, comedy, sex, and even a touch of sadism to keep you invested from beginning to end.

My mini-review aside, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Pain & Gain interviews with Michael Bay, Mark Wahlberg, and more, a recap of our visit to Pixar for Monsters University, news that Zack Snyder could take the helm of Justice League pending Man of Steel‘s success, and the first entry in a new interview series from Steve: “Breaking Down the Movie” with The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each of the above is ready and waiting after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: OBLIVION Takes First Place with $38.1 Million

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It was the only game in town, so Oblivion’s first place finish this weekend didn’t come as a shock. Universal’s sci-fi release had a solid debut – earning an estimated $38.1 million from 3,783 locations, or just under what G.I. Joe: Retaliation managed three weeks back. Oblivion also topped its initial domestic projection of $35 million, though the real strength of the Tom Cruise vehicle is overseas.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Oblivion $38,152,000 $38.1
2.  42 $18,025,000 $54
3.  The Croods $9,500,000 $154.8
4.  Scary Movie 5 $6,296,000 $22.9
5.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $5,775,000 $111.2
6.  The Place Beyond the Pines $4,745,888 $11.4
7.  Olympus Has Fallen $4,500,000 $88.8
8.  Evil Dead $4,100,000 $48.4
9.  Jurassic Park 3D $4,000,000 $38.4
10.  Oz the Great & Powerful $3,048,000 $223.7

Friday Box Office: OBLIVION Has Strong $13.3 Million Opening Day

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As the only new release of the week, it should be no surprise that Oblivion took first place at Friday’s box office. The sci-fi feature, starring Tom Cruise, earned an estimated $13.3 million from 3,783 locations yesterday, though it is unclear if that includes the $1.1 million it made from Thursday and midnight previews. Oblivion is expected to take in $38 million through Sunday. That number is slightly ahead of the film’s pre-release forecasts and would stand as Tom Cruise’s highest opening since Mission: Impossible III, if realized.

The Place Beyond the Pines expanded from 514 to 1,542 theatres on Friday. The Derek Cianfrance drama fell just short of the top five and is on track for a $5 million three-day total.  We’ll have full details and analysis tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Oblivion $13,300,000 $14.4
2.  42 $5,210,000 $41.2
3.  The Croods $2,225,000 $147.6
4.  Scary Movie 5 $2,059,000 $18.7
5.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $1,600,000 $107

‘Breaking Down the Movie’ Episode 1: Director Derek Cianfrance on THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

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Over the past eight years I’ve interviewed a lot of directors, and I’ve always wanted to shake up the format.  After all, almost every interview you read in print or online consists of a lot of the same questions and answers, and I wanted to offer the readers of Collider something different.  After a bit of brainstorming, I decided to do an interview series that allows a director to talk about what they do in greater detail: directing.  Instead of focusing on the basic questions (why they cast a certain actor in a role or how tough it was to land financing) this new interview series – which I’m calling “Breaking Down the Movie” – will showcase a director speaking at length about specific footage from their movie and explaining how and why they made key decisions on set.  And for episode 1 I landed The Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance.

During the interview Cianfrance breaks down a few clips from his film and talks about how he likes to shoot a scene, the amount of improv, how many takes were used, the look of Ryan Gosling‘s character and how that affected his performance, the benefit of shooting out of chronological order and shooting a take without dialogue, trying to shoot with real people in the background, future projects, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  The Place Beyond the Pines opens tomorrow in wide release.]

Writer-director Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines is a rich, multi-layered narrative dripping with fatalism, guilt, honor, and no easy answers. It is an epic family saga that defies easy explanation, and rebels against the structure of a traditional narrative. His gripping tale shows split-second connections that last lifetimes, and old sins that reach across generations. Cianfrance has created a remarkable work that reaches a grand ambition with an intimate tale. And I have to tell you why it works without divulging the twists and turns of its razor-sharp script.

Director Derek Cianfrance Talks THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, Not Changing the Film After TIFF, Focus Features, and Deleted Scenes on the Blu-ray

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Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is one of the best films you’re going to see this year: director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.  The pic centers on a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper).  Saying more would be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it.  Pines also stars Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rose Byrne.   For more on the film, here’s images, clips, and everything we’ve previously posted on the film.

At the recent New York City press day, I got to speak with Cianfrance.  We talked about what it’s been like waiting for the film to come out after premiering at Toronto International Film Festival, if he made any changes, why he wanted to go with Focus Features, deleted scenes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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