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Tribeca Film Institute & Sloan Foundation's Screenwriting Award Goes to Grainger David's 'Penny Stock'

The winner of the Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's $50,000 screenwriting award for a science-themed script goes to Grainger David of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2012 4:38 PM
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Screenwriter James Vanderbilt Is On Fire: 'White House Down,' 'RoboCop,' 'Total Recall,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' & More

"Zodiac" writer-producer James Vanderbilt is hot. He wrote "The Amazing Spider-Man" (July 3). He is adapting Brit mini-series "Red Riding" for producers Steven Zaillian and Ridley Scott, and shares screenwriting credit on upcoming "Total Recall" and "RoboCop" remakes. This week, his "White House Down" screenplay was picked up by Sony.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 3, 2012 4:59 PM
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Melissa Leo Heads Into 'Oblivion' with Cruise, Freeman, Riseborough, Kurylenko

Melissa Leo is joining Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseboroigh and Olga Kurylenko in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion." The "TRON: Legacy" director wrote the comic book upon which the film is based with Arvid Nelson, while William Monahan ("The Departed") wrote the screenplay with him...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 23, 2012 7:48 PM
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Michael Bacall Scores with '21 Jump Street' & 'Project X'; Sequels in the Works, Plus Cruise's Len Grossman

It's good to be Michael Bacall. The actor-screenwriter's "21 Jump Street" and "Project X" have both raked in a pretty penny at the recent box office. "21" opened this past weekend to $35 million, while "X" has come out of two weekends with $48 million - and both are getting sequels. Bacall shares story credits with "21" star Jonah Hill (who revealed that the sequel had been greenlit last month), and Matt Drake for "X," but he's currently credited as the sole writer of the latter's sequel. Check out GQ's interview with Bacall here, in which he explains how he boarded "21" (through Hill) and applauds Channing Tatum; "He annihilates in the movie. It's as if we wrote the role specifically for him, which we didn't."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 20, 2012 8:30 AM
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Deadlines Approach for Academy's 2012 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

Proof-reading your screenplay? The deadline for the Academy's 2012 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition is approaching.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 15, 2012 12:51 PM
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Tribeca 2012 Shorts Lineup includes Men-Hattan Program with Labute's 'Bff' and Burns' 'Doggy Bags'

Tribeca announces the lineup for its 2012 shorts program. Of the sixty shorts (selected from 2,800 submitted films), twenty-six will be making their world premiere. The films will play in nine thematic programs - five narrative, three documentary and one experimental...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 13, 2012 1:00 PM
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Sundance's Film Forward Heads to India, Announces Mumbai Mantra Screenwriters Lab

Sundance's Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue is traveling to India March 15-22--hitting Mumbai, New Delhi, Aligarh, Noida and Gurgaon. Film Forward will bring their selection of ten films (listed below) to India...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 12, 2012 3:53 PM
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The Long Gestation of Cannes-Bound 'On the Road,' From Coppola to Salles

After 44 years, possibly the longest gestation period in cinema history, the film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel "On the Road" is finally hitting the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola, then a rising director-screenwriter still in his 20s, bought the film rights to it back in 1968...
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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Watch Pitt & Clooney in Dustin Lance Black's '8'; Complete Play & Reviews

On March 3, Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theater was treated to a star-filled reading of Dustin Lance Black's play, "8," about the Federal District Court's trial to overturn Proposition 8. The benefit was presented by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:34 PM
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Now and Then: Gay Biopics 'J. Edgar' and 'Milk' Reveal How History Is Made

"We must never forget our history," growls aging anti-Communist lion J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) near the end of "J. Edgar." "We must never lower our guard." Here, Janus-like in their fusion and opposition, lay the film's two faces: To narrate the past and hopefully to redeem it.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • February 27, 2012 7:30 AM
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