Thursday, March 15, 2012

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, and Zoe Caldwell.

Production took place in New York City. The film had a limited release in the United States on December 25, 2011 and a wide release on January 20, 2012. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film has been nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Max von Sydow

* Thomas Horn as Oskar Schell
* Tom Hanks as Thomas Schell
* Sandra Bullock as Linda Schell
* Max von Sydow as The Renter
* Viola Davis as Abby Black
* John Goodman as Stan the Doorman
* Jeffrey Wright as William Black
* Hazelle Goodman as Hazelle Black
* Zoe Caldwell as Oskar's grandmother

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock were the first to be cast in the film A nationwide search for child actors between the ages of 9 and 13 began in late October 2010 for the role of Oskar Schell. Thomas Horn, who had won over $30,000 at age 12 on the 2010 Jeopardy! Kids Week, was chosen for the role in December 2010. Horn had had no prior acting interest but was approached by the producers based on his quiz-show appearance. On January 3, 2011 The Hollywood Reporter announced that John Goodman joined the cast. That same month Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright were cast. Nico Muhly was credited in the film poster as the composer, but on October 21, 2011 it was reported that Alexandre Desplat was chosen to compose the score.


Principal photography was expected to begin in January, but started in March 2011 in New York City. Filming went on hiatus in June. On May 16, 2011, scenes were shot on the streets of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Cranes were used to shoot scenes on the corner of Orchard Street and Grand Street. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was filmed with an Arri Alexa and was the first feature film to use Arri's ArriRaw format to store the data for post-production.

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