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Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing

Oscars 2018: ‘Logan’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ could make history as first comic book superheroes nominated for writing
It’s been almost 10 years since Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2009 for playing the comic book super villain the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” More and more superhero movies like it have earned critical praise on par with more traditional prestige films. So how is it possible that we’re still waiting for a comic book superhero movie to be nominated for its writing? Two such acclaimed crusaders, “Logan” and “Wonder Woman,” could change that this year.

There have been a few nominated screenplays over the years that were adapted from graphic media: “Skippy” (1931) came from a comic strip. “American Splendor” (2003) was taken from an autobiographical comic book series. “Ghost World” (2001) and “A History of Violence” (2005) both came from graphic novels. But those were all real-world-based stories, and not the fantastic realities of superhero films. And there have been plenty of scripts considered by
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Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers

Angelina Jolie to be Honored by American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Angelina Jolie as the recipient of its 2018 Asc Board of Governors Award.

The presentation will be made at the 32nd annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The Asc Board of Governors Award is given to individuals in the industry whose body of work has made “significant and indelible contributions to cinema.” It is the only Asc Award not given to a cinematographer, and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.

“Angelina Jolie sets a high standard,” Asc president Kees van Oostrum said. “She is a true artist, with a strong vision and collaborative spirit. She has also entertained us through her work, but more importantly has brought significant social issues to our attention. For her wide-ranging accomplishments, we are honored to present her with our Board of Governors Award.”

Previous recipients
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USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice

USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice
The jury vote for the 30th USC Libraries Scripter Award nominees was so close that two ties resulted for the film and television categories. Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

The winner of the Scripter Award often goes on to other honors, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Winners in recent years include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Imitation Game,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo,” which all won the Oscar in that category.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name” Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,
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USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice

USC Scripter Award Nominees Include ‘Logan,’ ‘Mindhunter’ and Margaret Atwood, Twice
The jury vote for the 30th USC Libraries Scripter Award nominees was so close that two ties resulted for the film and television categories. Due to a three-way tie in the nomination round, the writers of seven films and the works on which the films are based will compete for the honors this year.

The winner of the Scripter Award often goes on to other honors, including the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Winners in recent years include “Moonlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Imitation Game,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Argo,” which all won the Oscar in that category.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are, in alphabetical order by film title:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me By Your Name” Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,
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‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Lost City of Z,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Among USC Scripter Finalists
Finalists have been unveiled for the 30th annual USC Scripter Awards, celebrating adaptations of the written word.

Due to a three-way tie, there were seven nominees on the film side this year.

Chaired by USC professor and past president of the Writers Guild of America, West, Howard Rodman, the 2018 Scripter selection committee* selected the finalists from a field of 91 film and 28 television adaptations.

Nominees for film are:

Author André Aciman and screenwriter James Ivory for “Call Me by Your Name

Screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber for “The Disaster Artist,” and authors Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell for their nonfiction book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”

Screenwriters Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold, and authors Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr., for “Logan”

Screenwriter James Gray and author David Grann for “The Lost City of Z

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and author Molly Bloom for “Molly
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James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic Starring Elle Fanning Canceled By Fox

Well, it was certainly promising. James Mangold (“Logan,” “Walk The Line“) taking on the Patty Hearst story with Elle Fanning in the lead role? Sign us up. Alas, the powers that be have given it the axe.

Fox has canceled the biopic, which was set up at their Fox 2000 shingle. The project would’ve been based on based on the book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin (“The Run of His Life: The People v.

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Patty Hearst biopic from James Mangold cancelled

James Mangold was set to direct a biopic of Patty Hearst, an American heiress who has kidnapped in 1974 by a domestic terror group and forced to join them, for 20th Century Fox. Mangold even casted Elle Fanning in the role last month, but now the film has been cancelled according to Heat Vision.

Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book American Heiress,” the studio said Thursday.

The cancellation comes after Hearst herself blasted the project and the unauthorized bio by Jeremy Toobin the film was based on, saying it “romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure”. Toonin was also crafting a docuseries with news network CNN, a project Hearst also called out.

“I am further saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin
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20th Century Fox Cancels James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic

20th Century Fox has decided to not move forward with Logan director James Mangold‘s biopic about Patty Hearst, the publishing empire heiress whose abduction and subsequent joining of the Symbionese Liberation Army rocked the country. The studio cancelled the biopic after Hearst attacked Jeffrey Toobin‘s book American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, which would have served as the basis […]

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Fox Cancels James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic

Logan director James Mangold’s project has just been scrapped. The filmmaker had been gearing up to make a biopic based on the life of kidnapping victim Patty Hearst, but THR reports that 20th Century Fox has now scrapped the movie altogether, largely due to Hearst’s complaints about the project. The film was based on author Jeffrey Toobin’s unauthorized book American Heiress, which recounted how Hearst was kidnapped in the mid 1970s by the Symbionese Liberation Army and transitioned “from hostage to warrior” during a two-year period. The heiress was rescued when she was caught on tape …
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Logan Director’s Patty Hearst Movie Has Been Cancelled

James Mangold’s Patty Hearst movie has been cancelled by 20th Century Fox, following a damning statement from Hearst herself. The untitled film was based on the biography written by author Jeffrey Toobin and was expected to start shooting later this year. Fox officially released a statement to confirm its cancellation, shortly after Hearst’s comments were reported in the media.
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Patricia Hearst Says Cancelled Biopic And Docuseries Are ‘Romanticizing My Torture And Rape’

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Patricia Hearst is disgusted with James Mangold and CNN. Two separate productions are taking from author Jeffrey Toobin’s unauthorized biography American Heiress about Hearst’s famous kidnapping. Mangold was directing an untitled movie about the heiress and CNN is working on the docu-series “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst”. Related: Ashley Graham Shares Her Shocking #MeToo Moment “I am further saddened and appalled that Fox
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Fox Kills Patricia Hearst Biopic After She Blasts Project

Fox has decided to ditch its untitled Patricia Hearst biopic after she denounced the project.

Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book ‘American Heiress,'” a spokesperson for the studio said.

The move came a few hours after Hearst had issued a strong denunciation of both the Fox movie biopic and a CNN documentary series about her 1974 kidnapping. She blasted author Jeffrey Toobin, whose unauthorized 2016 biography “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst” was being turned into the feature film and who is an executive producer of CNN’s “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst.”

“Jeffery Toobin’s unauthorized book, ‘American Heiress,’ which cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure,’” she said in a statement released by her daughter Lydia Hearst’s spokesperson
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Fox Cancels James Mangold's Patty Hearst Biopic

Twentieth Century Fox is not moving ahead with its Patty Hearst biopic, which was to have been directed by James Mangold.

Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book American Heiress,” the studio said Thursday in a statement.

The move comes after Hearst blasted Jeffrey Toobin, the author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, which was serving as the basis for the biopic. Toobin’s work also is behind the upcoming CNN documentary The Radical Story of Patty Hearst, which is set...
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Fox Cancels Patty Hearst-Inspired Drama ‘American Heiress’ After Hearst Denounces Project

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20th Century Fox has canceled its Patty Hearst drama “American Heiress” hours after Hearst herself denounced the project for romanticizing “my rape and torture.” “Twentieth Century Fox Film and its production partners have decided to cancel the studio’s planned project based on the book “American Heiress,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. The project, which would have recounted how Hearst was kidnapped by and subsequently forced to join the left wing terrorist group Symbionese Liberation Army (Sla), was based on the 2016 book “American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin. Elle Fanning was attached to star with “Logan” director James Mangold...
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Fox Axes ‘American Heiress’ Movie After Patricia Hearst Blasted The Project

Twentieth Century Fox Film said late this afternoon that it is canceling Fox 2000’s planned James Mangold-directed biopic about Patricia Hearst after Hearst herself publicly denounced the project and its source book today. The remarkable development comes hours after Hearst issued a damning statement about the project, the Jeffrey Toobin book, American Heiress, on which it’s based, and the upcoming CNN docuseries The Radical Story of Patty Hearst on which Toobin is an…
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Patricia Hearst Denounces Fox Biopic, CNN Documentary Series

Patricia Hearst Denounces Fox Biopic, CNN Documentary Series
Patricia Hearst has slammed an upcoming Fox movie biopic and a CNN documentary series about her 1974 kidnapping.

Hearst blasted author Jeffrey Toobin, whose unauthorized 2016 biography “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst” is being turned into the feature film and who is an executive producer of CNN’s “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst.”

“Jeffery Toobin’s unauthorized book, ‘American Heiress,’ which cites one of my kidnappers as its main source, romanticizes my rape and torture and calls my abduction a ‘rollicking adventure,'” she said in a statement released by her daughter Lydia Hearst’s spokesperson.

“I am further saddened and appalled that Fox 2000 agreed to finance and produce a movie based on Toobin’s book (with a similarly themed screenplay, also written by men) and that CNN has agreed to continue to perpetuate a one-sided dialogue romanticizing my torture and rape by hosting a podcast and docuseries
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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins Elle Fanning’s Patty Hearst Biopic

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins Elle Fanning’s Patty Hearst Biopic
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star with Elle Fanning in James Mangold’s untitled Patty Hearst movie for Fox 2000.

The actor’s credits include the Netflix series “The Get Down,” and the films “The Greatest Showman” (as the acrobat W.D. Wheeler) and the upcoming “Aquaman” (as the villain Black Manta).

Variety first reported that Mangold had come on board to direct the adaptation of Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book “American Heiress” about Hearst’s 1974 kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army, and re-emergence as a bank robber and member of the left-wing terrorist group. Hearst captured the world’s attention when she was caught on tape participating in armed bank robberies and declared her allegiance to the Sla.

Her arrest and trial sparked a media frenzy. Hearst, who claimed she was brainwashed, was captured after 18 months on the run and served 22 months in prison.

The screenplay was written by Larry Karaszewski & Scott Alexander and Mangold. Mangold will produce
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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II To Star In James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II To Star In James Mangold’s Patty Hearst Biopic
Exclusive: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who currently can be seen in 20th Century Fox’s The Greatest Showman, has signed on to star alongside Elle Fanning in James Mangold’s untitled Patty Hearst project for Fox 2000. Based on author Jeffrey Toobin’s bestseller, American Heiress, the story follows Patty, the heiress who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and brainwashed into becoming a bank robber and spokesman for the radical group's causes before serving…
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Old Man Hawkeye #1 Review

Back in 2008, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven introduced fans to the world of “Old Man Logan.” This popular arc was set in a dark and violent future in which the world’s heroes had been killed by supervillains. Only two remained; Hawkeye, now blind, and Logan, who had retired from superheroism after being tricked into slaughtering the X-Men. That statement alone should really give you an idea how dark this story was.

To say it was an influential plot would be an understatement; in fact, it was so popular that it loosely inspired James Mangold’s Logan. Recent years have seen Marvel bring the titular character into the mainstream continuity and Old Man Logan is now one of several Wolverines running around; there seems to be one for every X-team.

Old Man Hawkeye is the latest attempt to cash in on the story’s success. It’s essentially a prequel to Millar’s story,
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast: Patrick Stewart Talks ‘Logan’ & How to Act Fearlessly

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! In addition to being one of the industry’s most powerful and prolific actors, Patrick Stewart has a voice of pure gold. You can hear it now, in all its grand glory, on the “In the Envelope” podcast! The Olivier-, Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and SAG Award-nominated legend, best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the iconic “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” film franchise, can be heard below chatting about audition advice, giving characters life, and the similarities between science fiction and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Born in England, where he studied classical acting and performed as a member of that company, among many others, Stewart was knighted in 2010 by
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