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'The Artist' Wins Best Film & Best Director, While 'The Tree Of Life' Wins 3 From The New York Film Critics Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2011 1:18 PM
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You know what's a really good idea? Drawing out your award winners on Twitter all day. In what seems like the final act in a disastrous public relations year for the New York Film Critics Circle, they made the ridiculous decision to tweet their winners, one-by-one, as they vote today, turning the simple act of compiling a press release into a drawn-out social media exercise by people who clearly don't understand how to use it (case in point: Roger Friedman tweeted out the Best Director win before NYFCC could). Couple that with new president John Anderson's embarrassing whining that Warner Bros. wouldn't screen "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" in order to meet their arbitrary and way too early voting date (so they can be first out, and consequently first forgotten), which they had to move anyway for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and you have a 2011 the members are likely glad is over. Politics and infighting aside, the group, having got their Fincher on last night, finally met to pick their winners, and while their standing has certainly been diminished by recent controversies (there goes our invite), the results are always a strong barometer for Oscar.

The Amazing Race: Which Writers Could Adapt & Survive Their Way To An Oscar Nod?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Considering they spend the rest of their time ignored, humiliated, rewritten and robbed of credit, it's only fair that screenwriters get two categories at the Academy Awards, effectively doubling their chances of being nominated. It's also their best chance of gaining real cachet; witness the careers of recent winners Diablo Cody and Aaron Sorkin, both celebrities in their own right now, and both planning directorial debuts.

'Dragon Tattoo' Writer Steve Zaillian Was Considering Directing American 'Red Riding' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 13, 2011 3:21 AM
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Film Will Likely Condense Trilogy, Could Be Set In PennsylvaniaSomewhere near the very top rung of recent crime movies, along with "Zodiac" and "A Prophet," is the "Red Riding" trilogy. Three films, from three different directors, based on David Peace's quartet of crime novels, and starring a who's who of British acting talent including Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Sean Bean, Paddy Considine, Maxine Peake, Mark Addy, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan, they were originally made for British TV, but were so well received that they rightfully found their way into movie theaters in the U.S.

8 Minute Preview Of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Shows David Fincher Is Right At Home

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 15, 2011 11:45 AM
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Last night, advance screenings of Screen Gems' "Straw Dogs" around the country were preceded by a pleasant/nasty surprise from parent company Sony, in the form of an eight-minute preview of David Fincher's Feel-Bad Movie Of Christmas, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." While it was cut together like a trailer, and it may surface online, it was strictly for the hardcore fans, and, while un-spoilery, did indeed lean towards the R-rated end of the spectrum.

The Small Screen: Steve Zailian & Richard Price Remaking BBC Hit 'Criminal Justice' For HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 21, 2011 3:02 AM
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Plus David S. Goyer Adapting Comic '100 Bullets' For Showtime, And Sam Raimi's 'Noir' Greenlit By StarzWhen what would otherwise be a sure-fire Oscar contender teaming Todd Haynes and Kate Winslet ends up as a five-hour miniseries, when the season finale of "Game of Thrones" is the talk of the town, and when Darren Aronofsky follows up his most successful film to date with a TV pilot written by a Pulitzer Prize-winner, you know that the idea that TV as a lesser medium is long gone. In the last six months alone, names like Gus Van Sant, Mark Romanek, Jody Hill, Tom Hanks, Neil Gaiman, Aaron Sorkin, Scott Rudin, David Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Towne, Michael Mann, Ron Howard, Javier Bardem, David Fincher and Kevin Spacey have all been working on TV shows to one degree on another.

Steven Zaillian Bails On Jack Ryan Reboot, Project Stalled As Paramount Focuses On 'Star Trek 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2011 3:29 AM
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It's been a helluva merry-go-round of writers on Paramount's gestating reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise. A little bit of history: it started as an origin story penned by Hossein Amini ("The Four Feathers," the upcoming "Drive"); then Paramount picked up the spec script "Dubai" by Adam Cozad tasking the writer to re-draft it for a Jack Ryan vehicle; Anthony Peckham ("Sherlock Holmes," "Invictus") then put his hands on the script, only for Cozad to come back and give it another tinker; finally, last month, expensive and very hot screenwriter Steve Zaillian was hired to give it another rewrite but it looks like they need to find someone else.

Jason Segel Joining '80s-Era Comedy, 'Undercover Cop' For DreamWorks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 11:54 AM
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Steve Zaillian's Film Rites company is on a major roll (as is the Academy Award-winning writer himself). The production banner has "The Cold Light of Day," starring "Superman"-to-be Henry Cavill, and "Red Riding Hood" coming out later this year (the former with Summit, the latter with Warner Bros.), they inked a first-look, two-year producing deal with DreamWorks last spring and most recently they're working on the English-language adaptation of the Spanish sci-fi time-travel pic, "Time Crimes," at the studio as well.

Steven Zaillian To Rewrite Jack Ryan Reboot Starring Chris Pine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 8:32 AM
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The gestating reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise has been moving in along in fits and starts. Here's what we know so far: Chris Pine will star, "Lost" director Jack Bender joined the project last summer, and that hire was soon followed by the signing on of Anthony Peckham ("Invictus," "Sherlock Holmes") to write the script with the ambitious plan of a late 2010/early 2011 start being eyed. Looks like they'll have to put that last one on hold for now.

Steve Zaillian To Rewrite U.S. Remake Of 'Timecrimes'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 19, 2011 4:10 AM
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Already A Producer and Exec On The Project, The Academy-Award Winning Writer Is Also Getting His Hands DirtyScreenwriter Steve Zaillian, one of the most well-paid and powerful writers in Hollywood is not idly sitting by and is keeping those writing muscles toned.

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