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'Her' & 'Captain Phillips' Surprise At WGA Awards, 'Gravity' Takes Cinematographer Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 9:22 AM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
We're a month away from the Oscars—aka the Cinephile Super Bowl—and the crystal ball continues to get a bit clearer with precursor awards. And last night, both the writers and cinematographers of the industry honored their own.

Watch: 2 Deleted Scenes From 'The Great Gatsby'; F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Last Tycoon' Headed To HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 11:39 AM
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The Great Gatsby
It might seem like it was ages ago, but it's only been a few months since Baz Luhrmann's 3D, glitter encrusted "The Great Gatsby" did the Charleston in theaters across the country. And while reviews may have been mixed and the final result certainly spotty (we discussed The 5 Most Ridiculous Things About 'The Great Gatsby'), audiences seemed to love it, with the final tally north of $340 million worldwide. Not bad at all. And if you needed a little more Fitzgerald in your life, some good news is on the horizon.

Oscars: Which Films Will Pick Up Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 23, 2013 5:09 PM
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Oscars 2013: Original & Adapted Screenplay Nominations
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Twilight Zone. As long as almost anyone can recall, the Adapted Screenplay category has been more far more competitive than the original script slot. In general, more Academy-friendly films tend to have been adapted from novels, non-fiction books, plays, articles, or from other material, with the competition for original fare proving thinner. As a result, the Original Screenplay category has quietly been one of our favorites, allowing foreign-language films, tiny indies or genre fare to pick up nominations where they'd otherwise have difficulty.

Universal Hires 'Hunger Games' Writer Billy Ray To Pen Competing Script For 'The Mummy' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 4:46 PM
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Oh, what a rollercoaster you're taking us on Universal! Last spring, with "Prometheus" still buzzing on everyone's minds, the studio snapped up that film's original writer Jon Spaihts to pen their reboot of "The Mummy." Okay, if it's gonna happen, he's a decent enough choice. And then in September, they bizarrely announced that Len Wiseman, coming off the stink of "Total Recall," was going to direct. Far from our first choice, but we get it, he can do effects stuff in his sleep. But now it seems like they're still not sure what they want to do.

Billy Ray The Latest Writer To Tackle Martin Scorsese's Developing 'Sinatra'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 5:06 PM
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Even as he gears up "The Wolf of Wall Street," the ever-busy Martin Scorese is keeping the fires burning on a handful of projects, including his long-developing biopic "Sinatra." In the spring of 2011, powerhouse producer Scott Rudin ("The Social Network," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") decided to throw his weight behind the endeavor, with plans to find a new writer to draft a script after Phil Alden Robinson's (”Field of Dreams,” “Sneakers”) take got the ball rolling. And back in April, Scorsese revealed he was taking some meetings, and now it seems he's found his man.

Tony Scott No Longer Involved In '24' Movie, Production Aiming To Begin In First Half Of 2012

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 5, 2011 6:16 PM
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It's been a fairly wild ride for 20th Century Fox and Brian Grazer's big screen version of the popular television series "24," which starred Kiefer Sutherland as a tough-as-nails counter-terrorist secret agent with a penchant for torturing people. After shooting down "Breach" screenwriter Billy Ray's script almost a year ago (something we still can't figure out), all parties remained optimistic, with both Sutherland and Grazer pegging 2012 as the year when the eventual film would shoot. Somehow, the perceived development hell that the film was mired in didn't get to any of the principles. And, as it turns out, they were right. Deadline is reporting that Sutherland, Fox, and Grazer are all pulling the "24" movie together, to shoot as early as this spring.

Johnny Depp To Produce & Possibly Star In Biopic About Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 3:58 AM
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Billy Ray Is Now The Third Writer Hired For 'The Thin Man'Well, why not? With a penchant for playing writers on film, Johnny Depp has already portrayed Hunter S. Thompson, J.M. Barrie and John Wilmot on the big screen (and played a novelist in "Secret Window"), and it looks like he may be adding another famous figure to list.

J.J. Abrams & Billy Ray Sell Mystery Adventure Pitch To Paramount

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:42 AM
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While pundits wondered if J.J. Abrams could really keep the monster and mystery at the core of "Super 8" under lock and key until it hit theaters, and still draw a mainstream audience to a film with no name stars that was largely sold on the Steven Spielberg association, the proof was in the pudding. Earning over $250 million worldwide, Abrams proved that not all summer blockbusters need to be preceded by endless clips and posters, and moreover, moviegoers are willing to go into a movie a little bit blind if the payoff is worth their time and money.

Sony Picks Up Channing Tatum's Horrible-Sounding Peter Pan Prequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 8, 2011 2:53 AM
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If you'll beg our indulgence for a second, we've got a pitch that we want to put out there, one that we think is our ticket out of this film blogging racket. It's called "Rick," and it's a prequel to the all-time-classic "Casablanca." See, Rick Blaine, as played by Humphrey Bogart, is one of the all time great screen heroes, but you don't really get that much of his backstory. When told that he came to Casablanca "for the waters," a baffled Captain Renault asks "The waters? What waters? We're in the desert." To which Rick replies, in one of the all-time-greatest pieces of screenwriting, "I was misinformed."

Channing Tatum & Billy Ray Team For 'Peter Pan Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 12:26 AM
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Have you been itching for an origin story about Peter Pan? No? Well here comes one anyway.

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