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Tom Hardy says his character James Keziah Delany in FX’s new show Taboo was based on a conversation he had with his dad about Bill Sykes from Oliver Twist. The actor says the idea came about when he and his father Edward “Chips” Hardy asked each other: “Wouldn’t it be great to take Bill Sykes and put him in a gentleman’s body?” After the pair talked about flipping the social status of the iconic Charles Dickens character, blending both the upper and tougher lower classes of London, Hardy says he went straight to his Peaky Blinders producer/creator Steven Knight to flesh...read more »
- April Neale
In Daniel Handler’s s Lemony Snicket books, the three Baudelaire children (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) are cycled through an endless sequence of cruel horrors — baby Sunny is threatened at one point with being dropped from a roof — all concocted by their greedy relation, Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris).
Netflix’s version, which covers the first four books, preserves some of the 2004 film’s style (a blend »
Bleecker Street bought the true-life story directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite from Ld Entertainment. In the film Mara portrays Leavey, a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Producers are Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. The film recounts Leavey’s life following the death of her best friend to enlisting in the Marine Corps. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, she identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. »
- Dave McNary
The maxim that good scripts are essential to making good movies is especially true in animation. In this medium, scripts and storyboards provide blueprints for completely invented worlds, and dialogue is recorded before the animation is done.
There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. Prior to that, animated movies typically were likelier to be recognized for song. Thus far, writer-director Andrew Stanton tops the list of Oscar-nominated animation screenwriters with four to his name (including “Toy Story,” “Wall-e,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Toy Story 3”), and he could compete again this year with the Disney/Pixar billion-dollar winner “Finding Dory.”
There’s another billion-dollar baby attracting awards buzz this season, too. Disney’s computer-animated “Zootopia” nabbed 11 Annie Award nominations (including writing) and a Golden Globe nod for animated film. It’s also the only animated feature among AFI’s 2016 honorees. »
- Ellen Wolff
4 items from 2017
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