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‘Bitch’ Stars Jason Ritter, Jaime King and Marianna Palka On The Making Of Their Feminist Midnight Pic — Sundance Studio


From writer/director Marianna Palka and producer Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision, Bitch is a film shaking up Sundance’s Midnight audiences like none other. Marking Palka’s return to the festival following 2008’s Good Dick—featuring an earlier collaboration with Jason RitterBitch follows a trapped housewife and mother (Palka)’s descent into insanity. Ignored by her philandering executive husband Bill (Ritter), Palka’s Jill finally breaks down, assuming a vicious canine… Read


Susannah Grant To Receive WGA West’s Paul Selvin Award For ‘Confirmation’ Script


Susannah Grant is set to receive the WGA West’s 2017 Paul Selvin Award for her Emmy-nominated Confirmation script. The award named for the guild’s late longtime general counsel is being presented for a work that "best embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere." An Oscar nominee for her original screenplay for Erin Brockovich, Grant’s writing credits also include The 5th Wave, The Soloi… Read


Stephen Susco Adapting Hot Thriller ‘Rattle’ For Archery Pictures


EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Susco, the writer behind hit thrillers The Grudge and The Grudge 2, has been set to adapt Fiona Cummins' upcoming debut novel Rattle for television. Kris Thykier's Archery Pictures acquired rights to the former Daily Mirror showbiz reporter's first book in 2015, beating off fierce competition after it caused a stir when it was introduced at book fairs that year. Dark and compelling, Rattle is about a sinister bone collector who has a macabre obsession… Read


WGA Unveils Videogame Writing Nominees


Twelve weeks into the actors' strike against selected video game companies, the WGA announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in videogame writing during 2016. None of the nominations are for on struck games. Brian Bloom was nominated for Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and while SAG-AFTRA is on strike against five Activision games, Infinite Warfare isn't one of them. Winners will be announced February 19 at the WGA Awards in New York and Los… Read


Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For ‘Green Lantern Corps’


EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC are moving aggressively on a new screen version of Green Lantern. They’ve set David Goyer to write the script with Justin Rhodes for Green Lantern Corps, with Goyer and his Phantom Four banner producing, with DC heads Geoff Johns and Jon Berg exec producing. The new version is described as Lethal Weapon in space, and it’s based on a comic book origin story. The focus will be on two characters: Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The latter is an… Read


Jelani Cobb To Receive WGA East’s Inaugural Walter Bernstein Award

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Jelani Cobb, whose Frontline documentary Policing the Police explored the Newark Police Department's fractured relationship with the city's African-American community, has been named the first recipient of the WGA West's newly created Walter Bernstein Award. In the documentary, Cobb embedded with two Newark police detectives in the department's gang unit to witness firsthand how undercover officers operate in what's been called "the most dangerous city in the… Read


‘Deadpool’ Scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick On This Awards Season’s Biggest Surprise Candidate

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20th Century Fox Presents the New York Fan Event for 'Deadpool'

In a year filled with high achievements in entertainment, the Ryan Reynolds-starring Marvel film Deadpool was among the greatest and most surprising; and while T.J. Miller’s Weasel thinks it sounds like a “f*cking franchise,” to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the extent of the film’s success was as startling as it was to anyone else. Released February 12 with a typically tongue-in-cheek Valentine’s marketing campaign, the movie about the “merc with a mouth” went on… Read


USC Scripter Award Nominees Announced


The screenwriters and authors behind Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, Lion and Moonlight have been nominated forthe 29th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The honor is bestowed upon the authors of printed works alongside the screenwriters who adapt their stories. For a second year in a row, the group has included TV noms, recognizing awards-season regulars including Game Of Thrones and The People Vs OJ Simpson. A total of 80 films and 45 TV adaptations were considered… Read


For ‘Sing Street’, Director John Carney Cast Musically-Oriented Non-Actors Who Could ‘Drive It Like They Stole It’

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Breaking onto the global stage with 2007's Once, a minimalist Irish musical which took the Oscar for Best Song, writer/director John Carney has had great success with a string of original musicals, including the Mark Ruffalo-starring Begin Again, and his latest, the Golden Globe-nominated Sing Street. In tandem with La La Land helmer Damien Chazelle, Carney is among a select few revitalizing the Hollywood musical. Sharing certain influences with that director—Singin’ in th… Read


Dan Wilcox Set For WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award


Veteran TV writer Dan Wilcox has been named this year's recipient of the WGA West's Morgan Cox Award, which is given in recognition of "exemplary service to the guild." The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on February 19. "Dan Wilcox has been, in a sustained and deeply moving way, a voice for the voiceless," said WGA West president Howard A. Rodman. "His work, at once passionate and effective, has been on behalf of those who might… Read


The Black List & Cassian Elwes Name Two For 2017 Screenwriting Fellowship

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EXCLUSIVE: The Black List and Cassian Elwes have unveiled John C. Hoffler and Keely Wise as the 2017 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows. As part of the fellowship, the two will join the organizations on an all-expense paid trip to the upcoming Sundance Film Festival happening this month. Said Elwes , "I'm so excited to meet Keely and John. I absolutely loved their scripts and I hope I can help them get to the next step of their careers. I’m incredibly… Read


Zach Dean To Script Bill Graham Film For Fox & Shawn Levy

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EXCLUSIVE: Zach Dean has been set to pen for 20th Century Fox and director Shawn Levy a film based on the life of legendary rock promoter Bill Graham. It is Dean who will find the movie in Bill Graham: My Life Inside Rock and Out, the autobiography Graham wrote with Robert Greenfield that Fox bought early last year. Levy will produce through his 21 Laps banner, and Greenfield, David Graham and Alex Graham are executive producing. Graham came to prominence in the 1960s… Read