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The most fervent of the detractors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. prefer to obsess over the group’s Golden Globes balloting lapses, while obstinately overlooking the org’s real awards voting history.
For every Pia Zadora, there are dozens of Globes winners that consistently demonstrate a seriousness of purpose that regularly matches or surpasses the Academy’s Oscar champions.
The HFPA’s track record of rewarding edgier, more demanding achievements in the dramatic film category is ironically the benefit of the group’s recognition of comedies and musicals.
Cynics will say having both film drama and comedy/musical Golden Globes categories means more stars on the HFPA’s red carpet and awards TV broadcast and more tables sold to the producers. Those are certainly byproducts, but the more significant impact of the acknowledgement of lighter efforts is the ability to double-down on rewarding the more demanding serious fare.
- Steven Gaydos
Carrie Fisher has had a long career in Hollywood, spanning from her breakout role as Princess Leia in "Star Wars: A New Hope" in 1977, to various guest spots and voice over roles on "30 Rock", "Family Guy", and the new series "Catastrophe". In addition to her many acting roles, Fisher is also an accomplished screenwriter, specifically earning her stripes in Hollywood as a script doctor. For those unfamiliar with the term, a script doctor is someone called in to make changes to a script. Typically a script goes through a few writers, but sometimes a writer is called in to "punch up" jokes, dialogue, characters, or other story elements. Script doctors are often the unsung heroes of the screenwriting business, as they seldom get credit for their contribution to the project. Other famous script doctors include Joss Whedon, Aaron Sorkin, Patton Oswalt, Tom Stoppard, and Quentin Tarantino. News of Fisher's career »
- Lauren Gallaway
Content Media has hired industry veteran Tom Butterfield as the film division’s head of production.
Prior to joining Content, Butterfield founded and ran independent production outfit Culmination Productions where he produced “Life at These Speeds,” starring Billy Crudup and Tim Roth and “London Town,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He also executive produced films “Welcome to Me,” starring Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell; “47 Meters Down,” staring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt; and “Wild Oates,” starring Shirley Maclaine and Jessica Lange.
Previously, Butterfield worked for Zide/Perry Productions in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the “American Pie” trilogy as well as the “Final Destination” series. Butterfield also worked for the UK Film Council in the New Cinema Fund.
Content’s current slate includes Lorenzo di Bonaventura-produced “Higher Power”; “Janis: Little Girl Blue”, directed by Amy Berg; Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller “Too Late,” starring John Hawkes; Joel David Moore »
- Dave McNary
Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Mark Pellington‘s upcoming dramedy “The Last Word,” which stars Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. Stuart Fink wrote the script, which follows a retired businesswoman (MacLaine) who wants to control everything around her, including her own obituary, so she writes her own to ensure her life story is told her way. Seyfried portrays a young writer at the local newspaper who takes up the task of finding out the truth about MacLaine’s character — resulting in a reawakening of passions for MacLaine’s character and a life altering friendship for Seyfried’s. »
- Jeff Sneider
The project was unveiled in September at the Toronto Film Festival.
MacLaine plays a retired successful businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end, so she decides to write her own obituary to make sure her life story is told her way. Seyfried will portray a young writer at the local newspaper assigned to writing the obituary who insists on finding out the truth — resulting in a reawakening of passions for MacLaine’s character.
Myriad is selling international rights at the American Film Market, »
- Dave McNary
Production is scheduled for early 2016 and Myriad is financing the project and will continue talks with international buyers at the Santa Monica market this week.
Mark Pellington directs from a screenplay by Stuart Fink about the unlikely friendship that arises when a retired businesswoman conscious of her mortality meets a local newspaper reporter eager to get the scoop on her life story.
Kent Sanderson, president of acquisitions and ancillary distribution for Bleecker Street, brokered the deal with D’Amico and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the production. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried to Star in Dueling Obits Dramedy 'The Last Word' Bleecker Street has announced its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to "The Last Word." The dramedy, directed by Mark Pellington, will star Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. MacLaine stars as an elderly businesswoman who, in an effort to control her image, preemptively writes her own obituary on her own terms. Seyfried portrays a writer for a local newspaper that takes an interest in MacLaine's odd behavior and begins to investigate, leading MacLaine to a rediscovery of herself, and Seyfried to a life-altering friendship. Production on "The Last Word" is set to begin in early 2016. Read More: Amanda Seyfried Joins David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' In New Pivotal Role »
- Ryan Anielski
Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Mark Pellington's The Last Word, a dramedy that has Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried attached to star. The pic, written by Stuart Fink, centers on MacLaine as a retired businesswoman who wants to control everything around her, including her own obituary, so she writes her own to ensure her life story is told her way. Seyfried portrays a young writer at the local newspaper who takes up the task of finding out the… »
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Ok, on Tuesday, on your laptop - the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer revealed a host of new titbits to intrigue and torment us. As well as, among the new and familiar faces, our first proper look at Carrie Fisher returning as Princess Leia.
And yet Fisher isn't all doughnut-hairdos and gold bikinis. After the original trilogy was released, she became as well known for her incredible life off-screen - not least for her turbulent love life and struggles with bi-polar disorder and substance abuse - as her roles on-screen.
So as she turns 59 this week, what better time to look back at some of the stranger things you probably didn't know about her:
1. She was born into Hollywood royalty
Carrie wasn't just some unknown ingénue plucked from obscurity by George Lucas - she was born »
Read More: Watch: Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer's Love Has No Age Limit in 'Elsa & Fred' Trailer Christopher Plummer will be honored for his lengthy and prestigious career at the upcoming 42nd annual Film Fest Gent in Belgium with the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award. Meant to celebrate those who have made a special contribution to the art of filmmaking, the award seems a perfect fit for Plummer, who has appeared in films as varied as "The Sound of Music," "Beginners" and "A Beautiful Mind." "If there is one actor deserving of the Joseph Plateau Award, then it is this immensely versatile and talented Canadian icon," says Patrick Duynslaegher, the festival's artistic director. Film Fest Gent will also screen Atom Egoyan's latest drama "Remember," which features Plummer's turn as a vigilante whose own battle with dementia threatens to upend his search for justice. The festival will run from »
- Aubrey Page
The 29-year-old actress - who sports thick-rimmed glasses and a knitted tank top in one of the photos for InStyle magazine - also speaks to the fashion publication about her love for Edith and her awe at working with Shirley MacLaine.
"I've always loved her," she enthused of her downtrodden yet determined character. "But there are moments when you have to take a breath from someone who is so unhappy all of the time and remember it's pretend.
"She's catty and vulnerable, but brave and resilient."
On starring alongside Oscar-nominee MacLaine, who played Lady Cora Crawley's brash mother Martha Levinson in the ITV period drama, she recalled: "Our director spoke to us quietly and said, 'Girls, can you look less in awe? She's meant to be your grandmother.'
Do you groan when a romantic comedy ends with one lead character making a mad dash in pursuit of the other? The "race for your love" denouement (as classified by TV Tropes) is definitely overused in the movies, but it's also so common now that it's almost more of an expected convention rather than a problematic cliche. That doesn't mean it's not great fodder for parody, however. Below, check out the latest spoof on the trope, in which talk show host Seth Meyers goes after guest Anne Hathaway to ask a question (or two) for a cute Late Night With Seth Meyers sketch. After that, we've selected a few favorite actual examples of protagonists racing for their loves. The Apartment: Fran (Shirley MacLaine) decides not to be...
- Christopher Campbell
With the Toronto Film Festival in full swing, there are naturally projects still looking to score distribution deals before the cameras roll. One such example is Mark Pellington’s The Last Word, which has Amanda Seyfried and Shirley MacLaine attached to star.The Last Word finds MacLaine as an opinionated woman who has decided that, far from leaving her obituary in the hands of someone else, she’ll work on it now, before she dies. She’s teamed up with a young writer (Seyfried) from the local paper, who thinks they should dig deeper to find the real story. Cue a journey that will help MacLaine’s bitter character find her passion for life again. "This is a funny, heartwarming and emotionally tender tale of life,” says Pellington. It explores the true source of power for independent women, and is a riotous life affirming film about the lessons learned through »
Mark Pellington will direct The Last Word from a screenplay by Stuart Fink about a retiring successful businesswoman and a young local reporter who become friends as they prepare the former’s obituary.
“This is a funny, heartwarming and emotionally tender tale of life,” said Pellington. “It explores the true source of power for independent women, and is a riotous life affirming film about the lessons learned through time and the generational gifts that are bestowed.
“We’re thrilled to be making this film with the very talented Mark Pellington, and we can’t wait to see Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried shine in these two roles which seem to be tailor-made for them »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried will have “The Last Word” thanks to Myriad Pictures, who will finance and handle international sales on the unlikely buddy drama. Directed by Mark Pellington, MacLaine stars as Harriet, a successful control freak in the twilight of her life who elects to write her own obituary. Seyfried stars as a young reporter named Anne assigned to the task who refuses to take Harriet’s accounts at face value. The pair set off to examine Harriet’s entire life, and bond along the way. “This is an actor’s piece with MacLaine and Seyfried taking the audience on an entertaining and. »
- Matt Donnelly
Adele Exarchopoulos ("Blue Is the Warmest Color") and Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") are set to star in Michael R. Roskam's noirish romance thriller "The Faithful" at Wild Bunch, Savage Films and Pathe.
Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre's script is set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels. Filming is slated to begin next year. [Source: Variety]
MacLaine will play a controlling woman who wants to pre-write her obituary and is teamed up with a young writer at a local paper. The writer, however, wants to find out the real story and the reluctant partners begin a journey that will reawaken the older woman’s passion for life. [Source: THR
- Garth Franklin
Myriad Pictures announced Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival that it will finance and handle international sales. Pellington, whose credits include “Arlington Road” and “The Mothman Prophecies,” is directing from a screenplay by Stuart Fink.
MacLaine plays a retired successful businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end, so she decides to write her own obituary to make sure her life story is told her way. Seyfried will portray a young writer at the local newspaper assigned to the task who insists on finding out the truth — resulting in a reawakening of passions for MacLaine’s character.
“This is a funny, heartwarming and emotionally tender tale of life,” Pellington said. »
- Dave McNary
Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried are teaming up to star in The Last Word, a comedic drama that will be directed by Mark Pellington. Myriad, who is financing, will begin sales on the film at the Toronto Film Festival. MacLaine will play a controlling woman who wants to pre-write her obituary and is teamed up with a young writer at a local paper. The writer, however, wants to find out the real story and the reluctant partners begin a journey that will reawaken the older woman’s passion for life. Producing are Pellington, Anne-Marie MacKay of Wondros and
- Borys Kit
Myriad Pictures stepped up to finance and handle international sales for the comedy-drama The Last Word from director Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies) and starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. Written by Stuart Fink, the story is about a retired businesswoman named Harriett (MacLaine) who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end and decides to write her own obituary to make sure her life is told the way she wants it to… »
When Jessica Lange announced that she wouldn't be appearing in American Horror Story: Hotel, fans were distraught. She's been an integral part of the show since its inception, first appearing in a pivotal supporting role in Murder House and then taking the lead with bravado in Asylum. In Freak Show, she basically performed showstoppers exclusively, including her super-uncomfortable versions of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?" and Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters." She's starring in the road-trip comedy Wild Oats this fall, opposite Shirley MacLaine and Demi Moore, and will return to Broadway next year for a revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. But Lange isn't gone from American Horror Story for good. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Ryan Murphy said: "It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. »
- Greg Cwik
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