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  • Tye-Grr
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    Tom Ford’s next film after his directorial debut ‘A Single Man’ (which earned Colin Firth his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor) will be ‘Nocturnal Animals’, an adaptation of the novel ‘Tom and Susan’ by Austin Wright. George Clooney is producing and Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are being considered for the leads. Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also rumored to be up for leading parts. I really liked ‘A Single Man’, and IMHO Firth’s Oscar should’ve been for this film (he did win Best Actor at Cannes). Ford is a talented director, so I’m really interested to see his follow up (especially if he locks down this cast). Hollywood Reporter scoop here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jake-gyllenhaal-amy-adams-circling-784502

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    KyleBailey
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    I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS. Tom Ford gave us one of the best debut directorial achievements with A Single Man. I loved the style of that movie and have been dying for a follow up. This cast is wonderful and I am really really excited! 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I AM SO PUMPED FOR THIS. Tom Ford gave us one of the best debut directorial achievements with A Single Man. I loved the style of that movie and have been dying for a follow up. This cast is wonderful and I am really really excited! 

    Me too! I was wondering not too long ago when we would get a follow up film, and then this news came about and made my week. I’m very excited for this.

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    Perfectly Weird
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    I’m so excited for this! Ever since I saw A Single Man that I’ve been patiently awaiting his next movie… And now it comes with the chance of having Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal working together… What could be more perfect?!?! (I really hope they make that happen…) And with George Clooney producing and a really interesting story, this is shapping up to become a fantastic movie… Which is great, because I still can’t believe that A Single Man only got one oscar nomination!!!!

    My first post, btw…

    1st place - Emmy Awards Nominations 2016

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    Malick
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    Damn, so those rumors of Julianne Moore circling the the lead female role weren’t true.

    On the bright side, I look forward to seeing what Ford can evoke from Gyllenhaal and Phoenix.

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    I do not take Amy Adams as a middle age woman. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m so excited for this! Ever since I saw A Single Man that I’ve been patiently awaiting his next movie… And now it comes with the chance of having Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal working together… What could be more perfect?!?! (I really hope they make that happen…) And with George Clooney producing and a really interesting story, this is shapping up to become a fantastic movie… Which is great, because I still can’t believe that A Single Man only got one oscar nomination!!!!

    My first post, btw…

    Welcome to the forums!

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    Perfectly Weird
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    [quote=”perfectlyweird”]

    I’m so excited for this! Ever since I saw A Single Man that I’ve been patiently awaiting his next movie… And now it comes with the chance of having Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal working together… What could be more perfect?!?! (I really hope they make that happen…) And with George Clooney producing and a really interesting story, this is shapping up to become a fantastic movie… Which is great, because I still can’t believe that A Single Man only got one oscar nomination!!!!

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    Welcome to the forums! [/quote]

    Thank you so much!

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    I’ve read this book. Really intense, really different from everything I’ve ever read. The concept is very interesting (and disturbing) and the stories of the lead characters are so distinct yet so similar in the topics of life alienation and everything… I’m on board to see what Tom Ford brings to the table. The cast is terrific.

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    Macbeth
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    I’ve read this book. Really intense, really different from everything I’ve ever read. The concept is very interesting (and disturbing) and the stories of the lead characters are so distinct yet so similar in the topics of life alienation and everything… I’m on board to see what Tom Ford brings to the table. The cast is terrific.

    Ooooohhhh – who has the baitier role? Jake or Joaquin? Is it possible for one of them to go supporting?  

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    [quote=”tomhardys”]I’ve read this book. Really intense, really different from everything I’ve ever read. The concept is very interesting (and disturbing) and the stories of the lead characters are so distinct yet so similar in the topics of life alienation and everything… I’m on board to see what Tom Ford brings to the table. The cast is terrific.

    Ooooohhhh – who has the baitier role? Jake or Joaquin? Is it possible for one of them to go supporting?  [/quote]

    If Jake plays Tony then it’s him. Tony is the baitiest character in the novel. He goes through hell and back and is forced to change from a very nice heartwarming person to a ruthless desperate revenge seeker. The transformation is incredible. He’s a lead (along with Amy Adams) but it will depend on the way Tom Ford adapts it to the screen. The book is almost unfilmable if you know what I mean. He could make Jake supporting but it would definitely alter the structure of the story. Gosh Tony is such a heartbreaking character. His story arc creeped me out and disturbed me to the point that I had to put the book down for a few minutes.

    I think Joaquin will most likely play Edward. Another baity character but its definitely supporting. On the hands of a director like David Fincher, Phoenix would be a shoo in for a nom but with Tom Ford I don’t know… The character is there but in order to be baity Ford would have to kill it in the flashback scenes (unless he shoots the film in chronological order). The possibilities are endless.

    Amy Adams is a lead of course. Her character came across as shallow, despicable and not sympathetic (at least imo) but I know people who understood her and connected with her. It’s the trickiest role to play and it takes an actor of a certain pedigree to play it perfectly. Amy Adams has it in her but I wonder if Julianne Moore wouldn’t be better suited. It’s a great book nonetheless. Creepy enough to be borderline terror, thoughtful enough to make you wonder if you’re living your life to the fullest or just half of it, like a spectator.

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    While I’m kind of indifferent about A Single Man, I am not about Tom Ford’s directorial crafts. He is someone to watch. And Nocturnal Animals seems like a fascinating project with great leads. Postmodern Noir? I’m in. 

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    Just caught a screening of this and there’s a lot to digest (which I haven’t had time to yet – heading to another screening here soon) but here are some initial thoughts:

    – Jake Gyllenhaal is definitely a lead here and maybe Amy Adams, but it would not be full on fraud if she went supporting. Of course they were both as great as you’d expect however I could see them getting nominated or being left out. Gyllenhaal has the much meatier role, but he’s been left out for better (Southpaw, Nightcrawler).

    – Michael Shannon should land a supporting actor nomination for this, he is exceptional. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also really strong, tho I doubt this gets them both in. Laura Linney also just nails her performance but it’s much too short to get her in – however if this were Margo Martindale she’d probably win.

    – The film itself is a roller coaster of emotions and anxiety. Shocking, sad, harsh and those first 5 minutes made my eyes bleed. A really fine film but definitely not a Best Pic winner (a nominee tho, sure).

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    This film is fantastic. The three stories are effortlessly interwoven, a great skill as both a writer and director there for Tom Ford.

    The various looks, production design and costumes are stunning. I really hope that it gets nominations here – though the contemporary nature of the film may make it a taller mountain to climb.

    In terms of performances, Jake Gyllenhaal for me is the stand out. He gets the emotional range, and has the audiences support throughout. Amy Adams is also fantastic, though at times feels like a sort-of-Emily-Blunt-in-Sicario reactionary role rather than being the creator of the drama (even though her character is the root of the drama across all three stories).

    Michael Shannon has moments of excellence, and I fully expect a Supporting Actor nomination. Though I have to say Aaron Taylor Johnson for me is stronger. He plays this grimy, sickly being and I could not take my eyes off him. In his first scene, he made my skin crawl. In fact, that whole opening scene of the fictional narrative is right up there with the best scenes/acts of the year.

    Tom Ford has created a slick, stylish, gritty masterpiece. The style gorgeously equals the substance, making for a thrilling two hour journey. I cannot wait to see this again.

    My only gripe is that there is a question around one significant area of the plot. If anyone else has seen this, let me know – I need to know if I missed something or not!

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    Saw this a few days ago and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. Love almost everything about it. Should be a big contender but it’s pretty out there in some ways so who knows what the Academy will think.

    One of the biggest standouts to me, actually, was the score. Sounds like a beautiful love child of Bernard Hermann and Philip Glass. Incredible and hypnotic.

    Curious what question you have^ AMG.

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