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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
After the success of the previous movie, the Nightmare on Elm Street series was back on track and the demand for Freddy was at its peak. While the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises were floundering with poorly put together cash-ins, New Line Cinemas had a chance to carry on their successful line of movies with a film that could stand amongst the first and third entries.
Sadly what they produced was nothing more than a cash in on the franchise.
Which really comes as no surprise when you figure that producer Robert Shaye gave Brian Helgeland (who had worked with Robert Englund on his directorial debut 967-evil) just four weeks over the Christmas period to turn in a full script. If he missed his deadline, »
The race is on. The Hollywood Film Awards gala ceremony lit up the night with a star-studded turnout at its 17th anniversary show on Monday night at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills. The A-list event attracted Hollywood’s elite to honor excellence in the art of filmmaking, as well as creative talent within the global creative community. The evening was hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell. A full list of the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards honorees is listed below. Honorees recognized for their achievements at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards gala included: Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Coldplay, Lupita Nyong’o, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dan Scanlon, Michael De Luca, John Knoll, Steve McQueen, Jerry Weintraub, Lee Daniels, Michael B. Jordan, Sophie Nelisse, David Oyelowo, Michael Wilkinson, Judy Becker, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, »
- Josh Abraham
Awards-watchers were positively drunk with excitement during the Venice-Telluride-Toronto fests, but a month later, everybody has started to sober up as additional contenders are being screened.
Only a handful of industry people have seen Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks”; Sony’s “The Monuments Men” and “American Hustle”; and Universal’s “Lone Survivor.” But those insiders are predicting big things for those pics.
These newbies have cooled the buzz for Universal’s “Rush,” WB-Alcon’s “Prisoners” and Weinstein Co.‘s “Philomena,” which were described as certain to be best-pic-nominated when they debuted in the Venice-Telluride-Toronto window.
- Tim Gray
Indiana Jones star to receive Zurich Film Festival’s ‘Golden Eye’ Award for lifetime achievement.
The tribute will take place on Oct 4 with Ford in attendance, as he tours Europe ahead of the release of his next film, the sci-fi action adventure Ender’s Game, directed by Gavin Hood.
Zff directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht said: “Harrison Ford has had one of the most remarkable careers of any actor in cinema, helping to propel two of the greatest movie franchises by bringing to life iconic roles that have become just as famous as the films themselves.
“Few actors have commanded the leading man role that Harrison Ford has embodied throughout his career, and continues to showcase in every new project. We are honored to present him with our Golden Eye award at this »
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Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that they will be honoring Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The actor—who earlier this year earned critical and audience raves for his outstanding portrayal of baseball trailblazer Branch Rickey in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ hit drama “42″—has been an international box office favorite for four decades.
The award will be presented at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a great honor to celebrate Harrison Ford’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career with our ‘Hollywood Career Achievement Award,’” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Film Awards.
- Melissa Thompson
Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that they will be honoring Academy Award®-nominated actor Harrison Ford with this year’s “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The actor—who earlier this year earned critical and audience raves for his outstanding portrayal of baseball trailblazer Branch Rickey in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ hit drama “42”—has been an international box office favorite for four decades. The award will be presented at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. “It is a great honor to celebrate Harrison Ford’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career with our ‘Hollywood Career Achievement Award,’” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Film Awards. In addition to his recent appearance in Brian Helgeland’s widely praised drama “42,” the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, »
This Jackie Robinson biopic is heroic but doesn't quite do justice to its source material
In the still-segregated 1940s, Jackie Robinson made history by becoming the first African-American to compete in major league baseball in the modern era, and you'd have to work pretty hard to make a Horlicks of his heroic life story. It's in safe hands here with Brian Helgeland, whose no-nonsense direction recalls the straight-bat delivery of late-period Clint Eastwood.
Imposing Chadwick Boseman (stepping into shoes previously filled on screen by Robinson himself) is well cast as the stoical hard-hitter whose presence on the field both inspires and outrages; while a scene of prolonged racist haranguing rattles and alarms, it's the quieter institutionalised slights that really hit home. Harrison Ford gets to growl with avuncular gruffness as team leader Branch Rickey, the man calling the shots on Robinson's ascent to greatness whose proclaimed desire to win hides a far more noble aspiration. »
- Mark Kermode
In the tyre tracks of Senna comes another Formula One thrill ride, dramatising the Hunt vs Lauda rivalry that peaked in 1976. And again, it's hard to resist, even for non-fans. There's track action aplenty but the core is a clash of opposites: Hunt the debonair playboy vs Lauda the cold calculator (Brühl is terrific). To watch, it's more of a Hunt: playing fast and loose with the facts, but easy enough on the eye to get away with it.
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Bell creates a fine showcase for her own versatility with this satire of the cut-throat »
- Steve Rose
★★★★☆ The best sports films are often those where enjoyment is not entirely dependent on a love of the game in question, and Brian Helgeland's 42 (2013) fits that criteria perfectly. Unflinching in its depiction of the legendary Jackie Robinson's journey from the Negro leagues to Major League Baseball, the stirring material is matched by some pitch-perfect performances. That journey begins in 1945, where Brooklyn Dodgers Gm Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) seeks out Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) in a bid to break the colour barrier in baseball. For daring to break that unwritten law, both manager and athlete are branded outcasts.
Robinson bearing the brunt of the abuse from players and fans alike. As Rickey repeatedly warns, Robinson must “have the guts not to fight back” if his talent is to shine. Helgeland does a great job at showing Robinson's prowess on the field; the well realised baseball sequences show a clear love of the game, »
- CineVue UK
UK audiences might be a bit non-plussed by this solid account of how Jackie Robinson broke through racial barriers in 1940s Us baseball
The week's other sporting true story – how, in 1946, Jackie Robinson became major league baseball's first African-American player – will have had greater resonance across the Atlantic; its small, optimistic UK release is like distributors asking audiences in Poughkeepsie to gather for The Laurie Cunningham Story. Writer-director Brian Helgeland has given it a faultlessly sincere treatment, sounding a few pragmatic notes – dramatising how Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) was initially recruited by Brooklyn Dodgers chief Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford, blustering) to tap an emergent black fanbase – before charting Robinson's trial by, and triumph over, racist crowds, team-mates and opposition managers; rousing climaxes, mostly well-earned, arrive every half-hour. Amid a roster of valuable supporting players (Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, Alan Tudyk), Boseman hits his key scenes out of the park, making a »
- Mike McCahill
Here's today's latest casting news: Willem Dafoe (John Carter) will join Keanu Reeves in hitman thriller, John Wick. Amber Heard (Paranoia) joins London Fields, an adaptation of the Martin Amis novel directed by Matthew Cullen. Director Jeremy Garelick's previously-untitled comedy is now officially The Wedding Ringer. Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco are joined by an impressive cast. Hit the jump for more. First up from Deadline is news that Dafoe will hunt Reeves in John Wick. Reeves stars in the title role - a former contract killer - whom Dafoe's Marcus is hired to take out. Marcus and John have a history as the former convinced the latter to leave the assassin life after a tragic event. It sounds like it's got shades of Richard Donner's 1995 film, Assassins, starring Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas, which was written by the Wachowski siblings and Brian Helgeland. Deadline also »
- Dave Trumbore
Uplifting tale of Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) - Number 42 - and the first black player to take on the racist regime of American baseball under the tutelage of supportive Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford). La Confidential and Green Zone writer Brian Helgeland crafts a well-told, unadorned story of a quietly courageous man who weathered the poisoned barbs of the public, press and even his fellow players. »
Director: Brian Helgeland.
Running time: 128 minutes.
Synopsis: Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is the first player to ever cross the colour line in Major League Baseball, and his historic signing by team manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) causes controversy amongst his team mates.
There’s something about baseball movies that resonates with audiences across the globe, as these films tend to have more to them than just the sport. 42 tells many stories: that of an American hero, an important part of the history of baseball, and the fight against racism.
Jackie Robinson is the first black man to break Major League Baseball’s infamous colour line. 42 follows Robinson’s journey from signing with the Dodgers’ minor league affiliate, the Montreal Royals, to and beyond April 15th 1947, the infamous date in baseball history when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, »
- Ellen Daniels
While baseball dramas will always be a tougher sell on this side of the pond, Brian Helgeland's earnest biopic has a better wide-appeal hook than did 2011's Oscar-nominated Moneyball. It follows the little-known-here story of Jackie Robinson, the African American baseball player whose entry into the Major League in 1942 ended six decades of racial segregation within the sport. He's portrayed affably and respectfully by newcomer Chadwick Boseman, in a performance that shuns histrionics in favour of simmering righteous anger.
Robinson is warned early on by Harrison Ford's avuncular Branch Rickey, the team executive who signs him to the Brooklyn Dodgers and becomes his mentor, that he can't afford to get mad. Despite the constant barrage of provocation from all sides - from discriminatory bathroom policies to »
“If they really knew who you are, they’d be ashamed” says Rachel Robinson (Nicole Beharie) to her husband Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) – the first African American, Major League Baseball player, subject to racist abuse from the ignorant and uneducated punters. It’s this very notion that exists throughout this Brian Helgeland drama, as 42 is a touching, heartfelt and inspiring movie of a man unfairly judged on the colour of his skin, combating the vitriolic abuse by playing baseball – and being damn good at it.
Set in the 1940s, forward-thinking executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) decides he wants to sign a black player for his team the Brooklyn Dodgers, to reach out to a wider crowd and inspire the black population to get more involved in the sport. When he stumbles on the immensely talented Jackie Robinson, in the face of adversity he recruits him in an instance, going against the »
- Stefan Pape
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
The greatest testament to 42 is that it strikes home as an emotionally impactful drama regardless of your knowledge of baseball or the legacy of Jackie Robinson. I knew nothing of either before seeing the film, but I can certainly recommend it for anyone looking for an uplifting film experience.
Writer and director Brian Helgeland is a major player as a screenwriter in Hollywood, having written successful scripts such as L.A. Confidential, Payback, Mystic River, and Man on Fire but 42 is certainly his most earnest and heartfelt. Based on the true story of Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson for »
- Flickering Myth
Helgeland’s upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic 42 has been gathering pace and already given us quite a lot of posters, but now we’ve got a whole selection of new stills to share with Thn readers.
Forgive me regarding any baseball puns because I know nothing about the sport, and I still find it amusing that you play the World Series and you’re the only country involved, but in 42 there’s important things at stake and to be shared. Robinson’s place in history is majorly important as this fact-based film concentrates on the early shame of racism in the sport but also, the tremendous role that he played in how he broke the colour barrier for black players to cross into the Major League in 1947.
I still think film can be underrated in bringing vital stories to the mainstream, so I’m very interested by this. 42 is released in »
- Dan Bullock
A pair of pre-awards season 2013 film releases, in the shapes of Brian Helgeland’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and Lee Daniels’ The Butler (inspired by the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen), have drawn from real-life stories in order to examine the black American experience during the 20th century, but Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (arriving this fall) goes back further in time to some 20 years before the U.S. Civil War began. 12 Years a Slave has started to amass rave reviews following its premiere at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival, with select critics indicating that McQueen’s film is all but an Oscar nominee shoo-in.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity) stars in McQueen’s film as the real-life historical figure Solomon Northup, a free black man and professional violinist who lived with his family in New York until the year ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
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