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4 items from 2014

The Definitive Original Screenplays: 10-1

16 March 2014 9:19 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end of the road. The scripts that should be studied, dissected, and taught for their quality, their timeliness, and their impact on the film industry as a whole. Some were perfect for their time and place. Some were ahead of their time. Some defined their generation. And one still rules all, forty years after it was written.

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10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Written by David Newman, Robert Benton, and Robert Towne (uncredited)

You’re just like your brother. Ignorant, uneducated hillbilly, except the only special thing about you is your peculiar ideas about love-making, which is no love-making at all.

Nothing spices up a movie theater better than a little sex and violence; Arthur Penn’s 1967 film broke new ground on that front. Fictionalizing the partnership of famous gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the film starred Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the title criminals, while »

- Joshua Gaul

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The Definitive Original Screenplays: 30-21

2 March 2014 9:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?

30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Written by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.

Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »

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Sandman Is On His Way With Jack Thorne And Joseph Gordon-Levitt

27 February 2014 3:17 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is England) has been set to work on the script for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved Sandman comic book, with David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed to be involved as well.

Having been in the works at Warner Bros. in various forms since the late 1990s, the story of Sandman follows Dream (aka Morpheus), who is a part of a group called The Endless – the most powerful beings in the universe. Each of The Endless are embodiments of natural functions and alongside Dream, the group comprises of Destiny, Destruction, Death, Desire, Despair and Delirium. Presiding over the world of dreams, our protagonist is often cruel in his actions. However, after an imprisonment of 70 years, he is soon faced with the challenge of righting his past wrongs.

The award-winning comic book series ran from January 1989 to March 1996, consisting of 75 issues, »

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Phantasm Exhumed to Dig Deep into the Mythos of The Tall Man and Company

12 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Just in time for the 35th anniversary of the classic Don Coscarelli film Phantasm comes Phantasm Exhumed. The book takes a day-by-day look at each film in the franchise's production with unprecedented access and detail...

Basically, the secrets of the sphere are about to be revealed and, as the tagline suggests, "All it took was a little digging."

Some of the book's features include:

An introduction by Angus Scrimm More than 200 rare photos, many never before seen Written from more than sixty interviews with cast, crew, effects creators, producers, and studio execs Includes unpublished excerpts from Angus Scrimm's 1977 set journals Covers the unproduced Phantasms (Roger Avary's Phantasm 1999, the Phantasm remake, various P5's) Includes a chapter on Don Coscarelli's first two films, Jim the World's Greatest and Kenny & Company Detailed information on deleted scenes and script changes for all four films

For more on author Dustin McNeill's tireless labor of love, »

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