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Obit: 'Night Moves' Screenwriter Alan Sharp, Memorial Planned

I had the pleasure of talking by phone to novelist/screenwriter Alan Sharp while preparing the production notes for the 1983 Sam Peckinpah movie "The Osterman Weekend," which was to be the director's last. While that film did not mark either man's finest hour, Sharp was one of Hollywood's most respected screenwriters; he specialized in muscular western noir. He died last weekend at the age of 78 after a long illness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2013 3:40 PM
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Academy Accepting Entries for 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Up to five $35,000 fellowships will be awarded in November. During the fellowship year participants will complete a new feature length script...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 11, 2013 2:26 PM
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Screenwriter David Koepp Honored with Writers Guild's Career Achievement Award

The Writers Guild of America, East announces screenwriter and director David Koepp will receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement. The award, established in 1992, honors a WGA member for his or her body of work.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2013 2:49 PM
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'Lincoln' Screenwriter Tony Kushner Honored with Writers Guild's Paul Selvin Award

"Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner will receive the Writers Guild's 2013 Paul Selvin Award, in recognition of his script that "best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties, which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 28, 2013 4:20 PM
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In the Works: 'Assassin's Creed,' Reddit's 'Rome, Sweet Rome' and Warner Bros' Sci-Fi 'Odyssey' Get Writers

Brit playwright Michael Lesslie ("Prince of Denmark") has been enlisted to write the script for "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender and based on the Ubisoft video game. Two-year-old Ubisoft Motion Pictures is developing the film with New Regency...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 15, 2013 12:29 PM
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Writers Guild Nominations 2013: Who's on the Road to Oscar?

The trick with parsing the Writers Guild nominees is to remember which of the ones in contention for the Oscar are not WGA eligible: that includes Brit productions "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and Working Title's "Les Miserables" and "Anna Karenina," Weinstein Co.'s "Django Unchained" (Quentin Tarantino has never joined the guild), foreign imports "Amour," "Rust and Bone," and "The Impossible," and Fox Searchlight's "Beasts of the Southern Wild" among others. Animated players are usually not guild signatories. Oscar nominations are due today, so the majority of ballots have already been submitted; the announcement comes January 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2013 1:44 PM
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The Complete 2012 Black List - 'Draft Day,' 'Seuss' & Hillary Clinton Are on Top

The 2012 Black List of the best un-produced screenplays is now listed below. It comes from the suggestions of nearly 300 industry execs. To make the list, each script must receive six separate mentions...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 17, 2012 2:53 PM
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The 2012 Black List of the Best Un-Produced Screenplays Will Be Revealed on Twitter

On Monday, Decemeber 17, the 2012 Black List will be announced via Twitter. The titles will be named in a random order every minute. Once all the titles have been named, the top 10 will be announced in reverse order. Then the complete list, along with loglines, will be available on the Black List's site.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 14, 2012 5:44 PM
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The Black List's New Site Finds 'McCarthy' Screenwriter Justin Kremer a Home at CAA

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 1:36 PM
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THR Writers Roundtable: Apatow, Boal, Haneke, Krasinski, Magee & Terrio Tackle Politics, Death & Historical Accuracy

The Hollywood Reporter's Writers Roundtable -- full-length, uncensored video below -- includes writers and filmmakers Judd Apatow ("This Is 40"), Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty"), David Magee ("Life of Pi"), Chris Terrio ("Argo"), Michael Haneke ("Amour") and John Krasinski ("Promised Land").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 15, 2012 4:14 PM
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