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First Lincoln, Now Washington: NBC Prepping Presidential Series, Barry Levinson To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 11:20 AM
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Forget vampires and zombies...the hottest new trend? Presidents. Okay, so it's not quite a full-on phenomenon yet, but clearly we're in a bit of moment where the nation's founders are getting their due on the big screen. Of course, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is now speechifying in theaters across the country and if NBC has its way, each week you'll get the first President of the United States Of America piped into your home.

'The King's Speech' Writer David Seidler Adapting Pushkin's 'Queen Of Spades'; Pavel Lungin To Direct

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 7, 2012 9:42 AM
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Despite taking home the Academy Award last year for Best Original Screenplay, David Seidler's writing credits are nowhere near as impressive as you'd imagine for an Oscar-winning writer of his age. The oldest ever winner of the Original Screenplay Oscar had found himself mostly writing TV movies in recent years, and his most notable credit came back in 1988 with Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream." But winning such a big award for "The King's Speech" opens a lot of doors, and it makes sites like this one pay attention to what the writer's next project might be.

'King's Speech' Oscar-Winner David Seidler To Pen WWII Pic 'Games Of 1940'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 23, 2011 11:39 AM
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After waiting to write the "The King's Speech" for almost 28 years, David Seidler was 73 years old when he won his statuette for the original screenplay. He granted the Queen Mother, the widow of King George VI, her wish that he not write the film while she was alive, as it would be too painful for her to see. Many thought Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker" would be his last credit, but patience is a virtue and he emerged on the other side with the biggest highlight of his career. And with an Oscar now under his belt, Seidler has lined up his next gig.

'The King's Speech' Writer & Director Potentially Reteaming On 'The Lady Who Went Too Far'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2011 2:35 AM
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For all the success of "The King's Speech," there's been one behind-the-scenes story that's almost as heartwarming as King Bertie's: that of the film's screenwriter, David Seidler. A relative unknown, who hadn't racked up a major credit since he wrote "Tucker: The Man And His Dream" for Francis Ford Coppola thirty years ago, Seidler was a former stammerer himself, who finally started to write the script that he'd been planning for years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and looks likely to win an Oscar for the first time, at the age of 73, next weekend.

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