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On The Rise 2014: 13 Screenwriters To Watch

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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Screenwriters On The Rise, 2014
"'I loved 'Gravity,' but the screenplay sucked" went the relatively common refrain. We'd wager that the people who said that were often the same who expressed confusion when silent film "The Artist" was nominated for an Oscar nomination for its original screenplay. You can find fault with the writing in "Gravity" and "The Artist," but if you enjoyed both, that's in large part down to the writing, and the popular conception that writers are responsible only for the dialogue is just one of the reasons that screenwriting remains one of the most misunderstood and curiously unsung aspects of filmmaking.

Watch: First 3 Minutes From 'Doomed! The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 19, 2014 12:46 PM
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The Fantastic Four
First it was “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” a documentary regarding raconteur Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed adaptation of “Dune." Next was the forthcoming look at Tim Burton’s aborted take on Superman. Now another documentary focuses on the infamous Roger Corman-executive-produced rendition of “The Fantastic Four.”

Watch: 11-Minute 'The Film Before The Film' About The History Of Opening Credits

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 19, 2014 12:31 PM
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Se7en Opening Credits
Like artful movie posters, opening title sequences have been largely cast aside by an increasingly stats-obsessed studio system that cares little for the long and storied cinematic tradition. Sure, there are a few that still practice and revere the art —hello David Fincher and Edgar Wright— but if a credit sequence is made at all, it’s bumped to the end, as is the case with most blockbusters. A short documentary, “The Film Before The Film,” has been making the rounds online and it serves as both an introduction to and a welcome reminder of the power of opening credits.

Watch: Get A Blast From The '90s With Trailer For Lifetime’s 'The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • August 19, 2014 11:48 AM
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The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story
Hold on to your hats! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Lifetime has posted its first trailer for “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” and it promises all of the ego, attitude and adolescent drama you’d want in a behind the scenes look at the making of the splashy '90s Saturday morning sitcom

Watch: New Trailer For Brad Pitt's WII Drama 'Fury' With Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 19, 2014 11:32 AM
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Fury, Brad Pitt
“It sort of exploded out,” filmmaker David Ayer said about his latest film. “I wrote it for me.” Ayer’s kept largely inside the domain of police films thus far ("S.W.A.T.," "Street Kings," "End Of Watch"), but for his next trick, he’s taking on a WWII drama starring Brad Pitt. And if you think "so what? Pitt’s already done a WWII movie with Quentin Tarantino" (“Inglourious Basterds”), note that Ayer’s “Fury” sounds vastly different.

First Look: Paul Rudd Goes Gritty In 'Ant-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 11:30 AM
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Ant-Man
"The way technology has advanced just in the last few years, picturing this world, what they can do with this kind of storyline and character, I thought this could be something that could be very strange and hasn't been seen before," Paul Rudd told USA Today about taking on Marvel's "Ant-Man." "I was really excited about being a part of something like that."

Watch: 2 'Maze Runner' Clips Plus Featurette Flesh Out Film’s Castaway Vibe

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • August 19, 2014 10:25 AM
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The Maze Runner
“The Maze Runner” has already been criticized for conforming to the alternate universe YA template that has failed so many other “Hunger Games” imitators. But there are differences. Those films have basically fallen into two camps, with dystopian future social commentaries on one side (“The Giver,” “Divergent,” “The Hunger Games,”) and witch and vampire fantasies on the other (“The Mortal Instruments,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Twilight”). While this film leans more toward the dystopian aspect, it also evokes a primitive, marooned society of almost all-male island castaways along the lines of “Lord of the Flies.”

Casting: Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips To Reteam For 'Mack Bolan,' Keanu Reeves Gets Wet In 'Rain' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 10:00 AM
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Todd Phillips Bradley Cooper Mack Bolan
Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan.

TIFF 2014 Adds 'St. Vincent,' 'Winter Sleep' Plus New Films By Martin Scorsese, James Franco And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2014 9:33 AM
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St. Vincent
It's just two weeks to go until the Toronto International Film Festival, and organizers are putting the final touches on the lineup. Sorry, still no sign of Terrence Malick.

Watch: First Trailer For Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’ Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 19, 2014 9:10 AM
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Men, Women & Children
Director Jason Reitman was said to have taken his loss of an Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Up In The Air” pretty hard in 2010. Along with co-writer Sheldon Turner, he had won the WGA award, which is usually a good sign that the Oscar machine seemed would deliver similarly, but Geoffrey Fletcher won for “Precious." Reitman's “Young Adult” arrived the following year but proved too pitch-black for Oscar voters. And when Reitman stumbled a little bit with the tonally difficult “Labor Day” last year, the filmmaker shrugged it off and mounted a new film right away.

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