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Writers Guild Film Nominations: ‘Roma’, ‘Black Panther’, ‘Eighth Grade’ & More

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Big commercial hits and a number of awards-season regulars made the cut as the WGA announced its 2019 Writers Guild Awards nominees for outstanding achievement in screenwriting writing during 2018. Check out the full list below, which also includes video games. The Original Screenplay category covers comedy, drama and horror as the scribes behind Eighth Grade, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma and Vice will vie for the hardware. The Adapted Screenplay race is among BlackKkla Read

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‘Green Book’s Best Screenplay At Golden Globes Latest Milepost In Story’s Long Road

In a surprise win, Universal/DreamWorks/Participant Media’s Green Book took best original screenplay at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Many awards season bloggers were betting on Fox Searchlight’s The Favourite or Annapurna’s Vice, but Green Book‘s win here is a potential indicator of what could be a best picture musical/comedy win for the Peter Farrelly-directed film (which many award season prognosticators are expecting) by the end of the night. Farrelly co-wrote Green Boo… Read

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Brady Corbet Taps Into His Punk Spirit, Coloring Outside The Lines With The Audacious ‘Vox Lux’

When Brady Corbet took his debut film The Childhood of a Leader to the Venice Film Festival in 2015, it was immediately embraced. Winning two prizes—the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film, and the Venice Horizons Award—its reception at this prestigious festival seemed to herald the emergence of a startling and exciting new voice. An artist with grand ambitions, an experimental spirit and plenty of ideas, the writer/director managed to assemble an impressive cast… Read

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Elizabeth Chomko Explored Loss & Found Everything To Gain In Directorial Debut, ‘What They Had’

On the road to making her feature debut with What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko faced two crises. On one hand, there was the existentential—the potency of loss, and the inevitability of decline, experienced firsthand. On the other, a crisis of identity, in her work as an artist. A Bleecker Street release starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga, the drama could hardly be more personal. Out of five acclaimed actors, it forged a… Read

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‘Destroyer’ Scribes Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Take Big Swings With Their Portrait Of “Female Rage”

A singular detective story and genre-defying showcase for star Nicole KidmanDestroyer weaves its tangled web with confidence. With its immaculate structure and an array of finely drawn characters, the film pursues a fresh, uniquely shadowed corner of a familiar screen world, reflecting with great clarity the values and interests of its inventors. Along with his wife, director Karyn Kusama, and longtime writing partner Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay has always pursued stories… Read

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Mark R. Harris Options ‘Darby Holland’ Crime Series, Kate Orsini To Adapt

EXCLUSIVE: Mark R. Harris’ Los Angeles-based production shingle, The Harris Company, has optioned the crime series Darby Holland from veteran tattoo artist and crime novelist Jeff Johnson for six-figures in a bidding war that took place over the holiday. Harris, whose credits include Gods and Monsters (which won Best Adapted Screenplay for Bill Condon) and the Academy-Award winning Best Picture Crash (2004), is producing. Kate Orsini (The Bold and the Beautiful, The Honor… Read

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Writer David Magee Discusses “Incredible Luxury” In Movie Musical Collaboration

As the writer of Mary Poppins Returns, David Magee embraced the major opportunity he saw before him, putting his stamp on an iconic character that meant so much to him. A sequel to Disney's 1964 musical classic—based on a series of children's books by P.L. Travers—Mary Poppins Returns circles back to the titular, magical nanny, and the Banks children whose lives she forever changed. Now fully grown, with children of his own, Michael Banks has lost his wife, and stands to… Read

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Joan Meyerson To Receive WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award

Joan Meyerson, an award-winning TV writer-producer and a longtime WGA West board member, will receive the 2019 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of her decades-long service to the guild. She'll be honored at February 17 at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony. "I had the pleasure of serving on the board of directors with Joan for many years, and no one better exemplifies dedication to our guild and its members than she does," said WGA West president David A. Goodman. "She… Read

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Sinatra, Spielberg, & Archie Bunker: ‘Green Book’s Viggo, Mahershala, Farrelly & Vallelonga Tell Great Road Trip Tales

Even before the people chose Green Book at the Toronto Film Festival and anointed Peter Farrelly's film a surprise Oscar contender, the film survived a road trip as overflowing with twists and turns as the story onscreen. Green Book recreates the concert tour of piano virtuoso Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a black man touring the Deep South in 1962 with only a Bronx-bred burly Italian driver and temporarily unemployed Copacabana bouncer, Tony 'Lip' Vallelonga (Viggo Mo… Read

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Fox Searchlight Sets ‘Terrified’ Remake: Guillermo Del Toro, Sacha Gervasi, Director Demián Rugna Team

EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has set Sacha Gervasi to write Terrified, a remake of the 2017 Argentinian genre film Aterrados. Demián Rugna, who wrote and directed the original, will helm the English-language remake. The film will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, extending his relationship with Searchlight that was capped last year by Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water. Del Toro followed by making an overall Searchlight deal last April. When strange events occur… Read

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‘The Idea Of You,’ ‘Everything Must Go’ & Other Female-Strong Projects Join Welle Entertainment Slate

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Women in Film president Cathy Schulman, now president/CEO of Welle Entertainment, doesn’t only talk the talk but is walking the walk about getting more female-strong projects into the pipeline. The executive and producer has been on a buying spree of late, acquiring six new, female-facing IP titles which are being developing for both film and TV — one with Gabrielle Union. They come in the form of five books and one play. In the list of female-oriented… Read

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‘Harvey’: Netflix Working To Pull 6ft. Rabbit Out Of Hat

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EXCLUSIVE: There have been many attempts in Hollywood to bring the classic Jimmy Stewart dramedy Harvey to the big screen, the latest being about nine years ago with Steven Spielberg (and Tom Hanks’ name being bandied about) under a Fox/DreamWorks machination. Now Netflix is readying to pull the 6 ft. rabbit out of its hat with writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss who are set to adapt a remake of the 1950 film. Fábrica de Cine, which is in business with Netflix’s… Read