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Watch: 55-Minute Writers' Guild Interview With Legendary 'Chinatown' Screenwriter Robert Towne

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 9, 2013 12:04 PM
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He's the craftsman behind plenty of cinema's masterpieces (“Chinatown,” “The Last Detail”) in addition to the uncredited contributor for many others (Arthur Penn's “Bonnie and Clyde”). Robert Towne has collaborated with Hollywood's top tier of actors and directors throughout his decades of work in the industry, and while some of his recent slate of productions have faltered on their way to completion, a new video interview with the man himself proves he's as informative as ever.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Is there such a thing as a perfect film? Perhaps. You could certainly argue that personal taste plays into the question of perfection too much -- one man's triumph is another's disaster. And even so, there are so many possible things that can go wrong with a film -- one duff performance, one ill-conceived shot, one poorly-written scene -- that it's almost an impossible task. But dammit if we don't consider "Chinatown" to be as close as you can get to being perfect.

'Chinatown' Scribe Robert Towne To Pen 'The Battle Of Britain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 6:32 AM
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Robert Towne needs no introduction. The writer behind "Chinatown," "The Last Detail," "The Rock" and more is considered the master among screenwriters, and there are few other names on a script that bring as much reverence. So who better to pair up with a movie about one of the most famous fights of World War II?

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

Legendary Writer Robert Towne To Pen Mini-Series 'Pompeii'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2011 3:20 AM
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The 2007 writers' strike wound up either rushing a lot of films into production or killing them off completely: one of the many projects to bite the dust was an adaption of Robert Harris' "Pompeii." Set to be directed by Roman Polanski, with Scarlett Johansson and Orlando Bloom in the leads, problems with the film's spiralling budget were only compounded by the impending work stoppage and the feature film was canceled. Polanski went on to film another Harris novel, "The Ghost Writer," instead. Last spring however, "Pompeii" kicked back to life with Ridley Scott snatching up the rights and looking to take it the television mini-series route and now he's handed it to one of the most famed screenwriters of all time.

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