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Good Evening - Fox Searchlight Is Bringing HITCHCOCK To You This November!!

The Kidd here...

Fox Searchlight must really like what they have on their hands with HITCHCOCK (formerly ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO) to drop it right smack in the middle of Oscar screening season like this, as the studio just announced on Twitter not too long ago that they'd be bringing their behind the scenes account of the making of Hitchcock's classic quite soon - November 23 of this year soon. 

Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as the titular director, with a supporting cast around him that features the likes of Helen Mirren (Alma Reville),Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh), James D'Arcy (Anthony Perkins), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Michael Stuhlbarg (Lew Wasserman), Toni Collette (Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy), Michael Wincott (Ed Gein), Kurtwood Smith (Geoffrey Shurlock), Richard Portnow (Barney Balaban) and Danny Huston (Whitfield Cook). 

HITCHCOCK opens on Black Friday, two days after RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, RED DAWN, LIFE OF PI and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK all hit theatres in time for the holiday weekend. Someone may wind up moving out, because that looks like an awfully crowded slate. 

-Billy Donnelly

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  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Michael Wincott as Ed Gein?

    by rapscallion86

    Interesting.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock?

    by Ironhelix

    Strange casting.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Dare I say it, Wincott as Ed Gein seems rather fitting.

    by Bill C.

    Insert 'The Crow' flashback here. That aside...this actually sounds like an interesting ensemble cast (never mind Hopkins and Mirren, who are...well...Hopkins and Mirren). And hell--the inevitable redo of the shower scene should be worth the price of admission.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Scarlet Johannson as Janet Leigh?

    by Raptor Jesus

    That does not compute.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    JOSH HARTNETT AS ANTHONY PERKINS!

    by Rufus

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    isnt the karate kid in this as well

    by Daniel

  • But it is an HBO production and it airs before Hitchcock, on October 20. The only problem is that Mr Jones seems a bit short to play Hitch.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Hopefully this rises above the usual made for TV movieness

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Of crap like My Weekend with Marilyn. Ed Wood is about the only film I can think of about a real filmmaker that was any good.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Or the filming of a film I should add

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    What I said was Actors should be TREATED like cattle.

    by Smerdyakov

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Andrew Garfield should have played Perkins

    by krabklaw

    They look so much alike.

  • Which I thought was the more nuanced of the two.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    I have no doubt Hopkins has the acting chops to pull this off, but...

    by Jack Desmondi

    That make up job doesn't do him any favors. Looks like they stuck a samurai fat suit and water bottle for a goiter and called it a day. Why nothing with the eyes? Hitch had that great heavy lidded look, like he was looking down to you. Not sure how are why they missed that.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Is Red Dawn gonna get delayed some more??

    by moonlightdrive

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Was there a particularly interesting story to the making of Psycho then?

    by moonlightdrive

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Gad! I hate biopics!!!

    by animatronicmojo

    The ridiculous conceit of recognizable actors playing iconic personalities- nothing destroys suspension of disbelief more. How does it all not come off as some humorless SNL skit. Hey! Joaquin , love ya' man, but you sound nothing like Johnny Cash! And the same to all of you there in The Aviator, Amelia, Ali, etc., etc., etc... I don't care what president, hero or genocidal dictator you're playin'- it's just one bit of preening stunt-casting after another. No, I hate them, hate them all, every last biopic, hate 'em! The only time it works is when they go so completely Over The Top that you can't possibly take anyone seriously- neither the actor, nor the actor playing the actor. I'd say Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest sets the bar for how so-bad-it's-good a biopic should be- but you can't set out to make camp that crazy, it just has to happen.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkins as Fred Elliot.

    by Royston Lodge

    It's about time they remake Coronation Street for the big screen.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Ditto what animatronicmojo said

    by hulkiest

    Yep. Exactly Ali? W? Johnny Cash? People we've seen on TV since forever and a day? What's the point? Watch documentaries instead. They're more better.

  • Seems like hollywood movies about hollywood are the new big thing. After My Week with Marilyn we can look forward to this, the Herve biopic, the making of Mary Poppins film and probably a dozen others. These movies smack of no effort and might as well have been directed by TV directors, as Hollywoodland was...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    OK, yes, also Ed Wood...

    by animatronicmojo

    An exceptionally great film, IMO, but one that is so over the top, original and endearing, that it in no way feels like a standard biopic. Both Faye Dunaway's take on Joan Crawford and Martin Landau's Bela are perfect case studies in creating an unbridled, wildly comedic character study. <BR> I don't mean to troll, though- obviously, this one, based on Stephen Rebello's well-reviewed "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" is going for something in that vein, maybe they'll pull it off. <BR> Some of the best films are films about film-making: 8-1/2, Sunset Blvd., Day for Night, All that Jazz, Stardust Memories, The Player, The Artist, Living in Oblivion, The Last Command, The Last Movie, Man Bights Dog, A Man and a Woman, The Stunt Man, Adaptation, Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, The Bad and The Beautiful, Boogie Nights, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Contempt, and Singin' in the Rain are among my favorites.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    How hard can it be to cast Hitchock right???

    by venvariants

    Seriously. Both Hopkins and Toby Jones are completely terrible casting.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Weird, weird casting

    by BenBraddock

    This has the potential to be a real train wreck of a movie, unintentionally hilarious that is, but whatever happens it should be interesting

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Bad Makeup Job

    by redfern

    Hopkins looks just as bad in makeup as Army Hammer did in J. Edgar. Looks nothing like Hitch. And, I agree, Andrew Garfield shoulda been Anthony Perkins. He should be Young Norman in the Bates Motel TV show as well. Too old I suppose at 29 (?).

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Michael Wincott as Ed Gein?!?!

    by D.Vader

    WOW.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Looks great - how about a trailer...

    by Darkness

    Hopkins will pretty much nail Hitchcock - like he wouldn't. It depends if director Sacha Gervasi has the skill to weave the intricate detailing of Hitchcock's masterpiece, and create an interesting dramatic narrative around it. It boasts an impressive cast and a Danny Elfman score though.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    TIMOTHY SPALL

    by Mosquito March

    I always thought he'd be a great Hitchcock, and he doesn't come with the kind of baggage Hopkins does.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    They really should make...

    by Terry Powell

    ...Bette and Joan and the making of Whaterever Happened to Baby Jane. Those two really hated each other and it could be a camp classic like Mommie Dearest(I could see Meryl as Joan). Loved the story about Joan Crawford wearing weights under her dress for scenes where Bette has to carry her. And of course, the Oscar story, which is almost too much to believe, but knowing the hatred they had, it's not. Bette once said, when someone dies you should say something good. Then she said, Joan Crawfiord died, good.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Anthony Hopkins and makeup

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I agree he does look funny, but I thought the same about him in Nixon. Then I saw the thing. He was Nixon. He's usually so damn good in these sort of things, rather than his phoned in paycheck jobs, that I bet in five minutes you'll have bought him as Hitch, or he hasn't done his job good enough. Tough game to play, but roles shouldnt always be given to the actor who looks most like the character, but the ones who play the character best. Anyhoo, Jones was the more believable Capote, too.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    too true col. tigh-fighter...

    by Terry Powell

    ...Cagney wasn't a dead ringer for Lon Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces, but he was great in it. God, I'm old.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    animatronicmojo.....

    by john

    many of the films you named were not necessarily about the making of ONE film but the life of a director, someone who happens to be a screenwriter, a movie character walking off the screen, etc. A more comparable movie might be something like Bowfinger - either way, Hopkins looks ridiculous as Hitchcock.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    renetabard...

    by Terry Powell

    ...or White Hunter, Black heart, Hooper, or even better, The Stuntman.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Andrew Garfield as Perkins... fucking brilliant

    by Raptor Jesus

    And he has the acting chops to bring it off which is pretty amazing. Perkins was incredible.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I say Ashley, I say.

    by davidwebb

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST

    The other Hitchcock movie

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    Was he really as bad as the other movie is going to make him out to be? Since seeing the trailer for it, I poked around at it and found a qoute from the real Tippi Hedren who said, and I'm paraphrasing here, that although Hitchcock destroyed her as an actress and basically ruined and ended her career, she sees it as a victory in that he didn't mentally and psycholgicaly destroy her life. Go find the exact quote; it's pretty fucking intense. Considering that Hitchcock was all about making the beautiful blondes the cetral focus of his movies in the sweet spot of his career, and that the biggest stars of the day who fit his blonde and beautiful criteria all lined up eager to do his films, I find it hard to believe that he was THAT BAD and all these years later it's not common knowledge. Sam Peckinpah, Cameron, Stone, all these directors are famous for being hard on actors and actresses. Even a director who we all know, but isn't a household name, David O. Russell, is WELL KNOWN for his antics. Now Hitch, being one of the most famous directors ever, who made some of the most famous films ever with some of the most famous actresses ever as his leads, if he was such a tyrant, wouldn't everyone with even a cursory knowledge of film know about it. I mean, Tippi is saying she was lucky to get out of there with her sanity and life intact. Yet, she did two movies with old Al. HRMMMMM

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    @renetabard

    by animatronicmojo

    Not necessarily making a comparison, just that those are my favorite movies about movie-making. Bowfinger was pretty funny, too- a lot of other good ones- it's really one of my favorite tropes, because it's so wide open and endlessly reflective- like a dream about a dream. <BR> It's just the biopics I hate, even though, and probably especially because, I am always intrigued with the idea of a movie about, say... Hitchcock- very interesting person, good source book, etc.- only to find the experience of watching someone mimic that iconic person really really painful for some reason. <BR> But it's those lifetime biopics I especially loathe for their goddam phoniness and paint-by-numbers storytelling- i.e, the troubling formative childhood trauma, the too-young first love, the first taste of greatness, the misunderstanding wife, the taboo true love, the "dark period," recovery, reconciliation, yada, yada, a Cliff's Notes version of someone's entire life pasted onto Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. <BR> Fortunately, this film does not take on Hitchcock's life story, and brought to my mind "Capote," which I did not hate- for Hoffman's awesome performance, and that it was tightly focused in on the writing of In Cold Blood. Was it a better movie than Richard Brooks' adaptation of "In Cold Blood?" Maybe it's apples and oranges, but I wouldn't say it was. Even at their best, biopics are kind of a lesser genre IMNSHO.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    He looked like Hitch in the profile shot months ago

    by D.Vader

    Who cares. All that matters is how well he acts. Come on people, smarten up.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST

    The real issue with biopics is pacing

    by D.Vader

    Its a problem when you have NO idea where the movie will end. You've got no clue if its going to encompass the historical figure's entire life or just a specific time period. That's why I ended up bored with The Aviator and Ali and Walk the Line. But, once I see those films, its much easier to revisit them a few years later now that I have an idea of where its headed. Sadly though, most biopics just go from one drama to the next and the through-line is a bit muddled. If this is just about the making of Psycho, it'll certainly be much easier to sit through.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    EDWARD NORTON WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT AS ANTHONY PERKINS!!!FACT!!!

    by CreepyThinMan

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    A crowded weekend for what? Kids movies?

    by Dursman2000

    RED DAWN - shelf-ridden remake for teenagers GUARDIANS - animated CGI kids movie LIFE OF PI - arthouse fantasy film Looks like there's plenty of room for an ADULT film like HITCHCOCK.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    The makeup doesn't look as bad from the front

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The jowls and chin prosthetics looked fake as HELL in the profile pic leaked a few months ago.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    its a good makeup...

    by RipperGiles

    ... but it looks nothing like Hitchcock. It just makes Hopkins look NOT like Hopkins.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Who's playing Bernard Herrmann?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    The Aviator

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    I wouldn't dump The Aviator with other pics like Ali, Walk The Line, or this Hitchcock movie. The Aviator was not everybody's cup of tea, but Howard Hughes is a pretty legendary and interesting character to make a film about. And I don't think many people under 40 are terribly familiar with the real Howard Hughes - I know I wasn't, at least as far as his physical appearance and mannerisms etc. Hitchcock is another story; I love him as a director, but he's sort of a caricature in itself that is too well known to not come off as parody (this poster looks like bad parody.) Unless Hopkins does another "Nixon" where he gets more into portraying the spirit of the person than the actual details.

  • Sept. 21, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    You're right, The Aviator is not a typical biopic...

    by animatronicmojo

    But then I really could not stand Cate Blanchett's horrible send-up of the great Katharine Hepburn. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role? To each their own, but it didn't work for me in the slightest. Worse still was Gwen Stefani stunt-cast as Jean Harlow. <BR> Other than that, though, it's not a bad flick- kind of a comic book vision of the man, but still pretty fun and with a fair dose of camp.