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Robert De Niro & Eric Roth Reteam To Bring 'The Good Shepherd' TV Series To Showtime

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 6:02 PM
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If there is one movie in the past few years this writer feels was underrated and dismissed too easily, it's Robert De Niro's 2006 effort "The Good Shepherd." Running way ahead of more critically acclaimed fare like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," De Niro's film was an equally cold and sober look at the spy game, which quietly but effectively explored the moral and emotional toll it takes. For a while, he had been talking up a sequel -- and was even dreaming of a trilogy -- but considering the film cost about $80 million, only grossed $59 million domestically and topped out around $100 million internationally, it's no surprise Universal wasn't in a hurry. But it seems the project hasn't left his desk, and now has found some intriguing new life.

The Cast Of 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' Talk Navigating The Emotions Of 9/11

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 23, 2011 2:59 PM
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In Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,” the author tells the story of Oskar Schell, a school-age boy who grapples with the passing of his father in the 9/11 attacks. Adapting such difficult material was never going to be easy, and with Stephen Daldry’s new film of the same title, the obstacles were twofold. One must have fidelity not only to the source material, but to the tragedies of the event itself. Gathering together to talk with the press in New York City recently, the cast and filmmaker related the importance of being true to the emotions that still linger from that fateful September day.

Screenwriter Eric Roth Says '8 1/2'-Style Spin-Off From Scorsese & De Niro's 'The Irishman' Never Came To Pass

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:57 PM
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Like an arrow straight to the pleasure center of the brain of Scorsese fetishists was the announcement a couple of years back of "The Irishman" a film that would potentially reunite Martin Scorsese with Robert DeNiro, for the first time since 1995's "Casino," for a film about real-life hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran.

2011's Potential Oscar Nominees For Acting, Directing & Writing Get Together To Talk At THR's Awards Roundtable

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • December 9, 2011 2:33 PM
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One of the necessities for any Oscar candidate is to do a lot of smiling, gladhanding interviews where they answer the same questions over and over again. An antidote to this madness is the annual Hollywood Reporter Roundtable Interviews. They’re awesome. You take six leading Oscar potentials in the categories of writers, directors, actresses and actors, put them in a room for an hour and see how they interact.

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.

Believe It Or Not, Paramount To Revive 'Ripley's' With Eric Roth Rewriting, Jim Carrey Still Onboard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 4:26 AM
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One film that has been through the ringer time and time again in the past few years is trying its luck once again. Paramount is attempting to give “Ripley's Believe It Or Not” one more shot this time with Academy Award winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Insider," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button") behind the pen. Word is Roth is being brought in to do a complete rewrite of the entire script in hopes of finally getting the film off the ground.

John Goodman Joins 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close' With Sandra Bullock & Tom Hanks

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 1:56 AM
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Adaptation Aiming For Fall Release That Will Coincide With 10 Year Anniversary Of 9/11Looks like John Goodman is on a bit of a roll.

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