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Aarrrr, matey. It's Captain Link!

14 July 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

John August Gregory Maguire (author of the novel "Wicked") looks at the original screenplay of The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Tom Huller look at this amazing commissioned poster for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Erik Lundegaard the first "Best Shot" entry elsewhere is up for tomorrow's Any Batman Movie fest. I love this article. Erik is so right about Adam West

Black Maria the nuance of silence in Ida  

Stage Buddy reviews the cast album of the Tony Winning "Lady Day"... won't someone please make it into a movie so Audra McDonald can have an Oscar?

Cinema Blend Stan Lee getting greedy in his old age - wants to cameo in DC movies, too 

The Film Stage Kurt Russell who starred in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof thinks The Hateful Eight will be going before cameras early in 2015 

The Playlist ranks all eight Planet of the Apes movies. Predictably Tim Burton »

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Saturday Shorts: ‘God’, starring Melissa McCarthy

5 July 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 1998 short God. The film is written and directed by John August, and stars Sam Pancake, Martin Yu, and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy rose to prominence with her role as Sookie St. James on the tv show Gilmore Girls, going on to roles in tv shows such as Samantha Who? and Mike and Molly, as well as movies such as The Nines (where she reprises the character from this short film), Bridesmaids, and The Heat. Her newest feature, titled Tammy, which she also co-wrote, is now playing in wide release in American theatres.

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'Tarzan' Adds Djimon Hounsou

4 June 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Djimon Hounsou has joined the growing cast of Warner Bros.' Tarzan, which includes Alexander Skarsg&#229rd, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

The Oscar-nominated actor will portray Chief Mbonga, although no specific character details were given at this time. The story centers on John Clayton III (Alexander Skarsg&#229rd), who was raised in the jungle by apes before returning to London as an adult. Margot Robbie is playing the love of John's life, Jane Foster. Although their characters have not been confirmed by the studio, Christoph Waltz is reportedly playing a military man who encounters Tarzan in the jungle, with Samuel L. Jackson playing Civil War veteran George Washington Williams, who teams up with Tarzan to overthrow an evil warlord.

David Yates is directing from a script that was most recently written by Adam Cozad. Other writers such as John August, Marianne Wibberley and Craig Brewer previously worked on the screenplay. »

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Looking back at the Matrix sequels

29 May 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark looks back at the much-reviled Matrix sequels and asks: what went wrong?

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This article contains spoilers for the Matrix trilogy.

It seem like a long time ago to some of our younger readers, but those who were there will remember that 2003 was branded “the year of the Matrix” by Warner Bros. Four years after the first film knocked everybody's socks off, Andy and Lana Wachowski made two sequels, an animated anthology, a video game and numerous other tie-ins to expand upon a world that was only hinted at in the original.

The Matrix Reloaded became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time when it was released in May and held that record until the following Easter's The Passion Of The Christ. A vitriolic critical reception and bad word of mouth undercut any chance that the final instalment, The Matrix Revolutions, had in terms of topping its predecessor when »

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David Goyer Calls She-Hulk a "A Giant, Green Porn Star" Stan Lee Defends

22 May 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Is Marvel's She-Hulk "a giant, green porn star"? Dark Knight and Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer seems to think so. He recently was a guest on John August's Scriptnotes podcast. While on the show he shared his theory about the character She-Hulk saying,

“So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids who were getting the shit kicked out of them every day…. And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart, so it was like, I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could f--- if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying?… She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk, »

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Mm Mm Oh Oh... I'm All Linked Up

22 May 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Towleroad Harvey Milk stamp unveiling live at 3Pm today!

John August's screenwriting podcast talks to the professionals about writing superheroes, masculinity and rebooting past franchises. Featuring: Conan the Barbarian, Captain America and Batman among others

The Av Club suggests that the only appropriate director for the Elvis biopic is... David Lynch?

It’s an almost biblical rags-to-riches tale infused with elements of horror, farce, and even science fiction, and while many have tried to bring it to the screen, there’s yet to be a definitive biopic.

Verité looks back at naughty precode gem Jewel Robbery (1932) with William Powell and Kay Francis

Gawker more 'celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves' feat. Julia, McConaughey, and Emma Stone 

Madonnarama V magazine features Katy Perry and Madonna in conversation for their summer spectacular

In Contention I forgot to mention The Search in my Cannes collection last night, so here's Guy Lodge on »

- NATHANIEL R

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David S. Goyer Dismisses She-Hulk As 'A Giant Green Porn Star'

22 May 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The rivalry between Marvel and DC runs deep, and has for decades. So when a creative voice associated with one party comments on record about a character in the other company.s stable, you know that their words are going to be picked over and analyzed by both fervent fan bases. particularly when the comments can be interpreted with sexist and borderline misogynistic undertones. David S. Goyer has a long history with DC Comics, having penned screenplays for motion pictures based on iconic DC characters like Superman (Man of Steel) and Batman (Christopher Nolan.s Dark Knight films). That doesn.t mean Goyer doesn.t pay attention to the Marvel stable of heroes, and he commented on one . She-Hulk . during an appearance on screenwriter John August.s ScriptNotes podcast. Goyer was one of several panel members recording in front of a live audience, including co-host Craig Mazin, as well as »

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David Goyer Calls Marvel's She-Hulk 'A Giant, Green Porn Star'

21 May 2014 4:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just because David S. Goyer is currently hard at work on DC Entertainment properties in both film (Batman V. Superman) and television (Constantine) doesn’t mean he doesn’t have any opinions about Marvel characters -- even though many fans of Marvel may wish differently. During an appearance on screenwriter John August’s Scriptnotes podcast alongside Andrea Berloff, Craig Mazin and Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Goyer talked about his theory about the character She-Hulk. Story: David Goyer Joins James Cameron for ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (Exclusive) “So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy,” he said.

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David Goyer Calls She-hulk A Porn Star & Also Knocks Martian Manhunter

21 May 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

First off, thank to themarysue.com for coming across this. John August and Craig Mazin host Scriptnotes Podcast, and on last night's broadcast they interviewed writers: Andrea Berloff, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely and David Goyer. the discussion was centered on adapting superheroes for film, and this is when Goyer chimed in with some unflattering comments regarding Martian Manhunter and She-Hulk. Let's first look at his comments about Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz. As many of you know, he's the green alien that is part of the Justice League. He conceals his identity on Earth by posing as a Lieutenant Homicide Detective for the Metropolis police department under the identity of John Jones. When Goyer was approached about adapting the character for film he harshly criticized the character, implying that Martian Manhunter was too obscure for the general audience. “How many people in the audience have heard of Martian Manhunter?” After »

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Writers Guild: New Deal Addresses TV Writer Problems

2 April 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America are touting their new contract as addressing key problems for TV writers — who are now seeing far shorter seasons.

“Importantly, we have now placed limits on the options and exclusivity requirements often imposed on episodic television writers,” said negotiating commmitte co-chairs Billy Ray and Chip Johannessen in a note to members.

“Our negotiations on these issues were complicated and protracted, but the companies worked with us to find solutions,” the duo said in the note. “As a result, the endless unpaid holds that have become more and more commonplace in television have now been addressed in the Mba (minimum basic agreement) for the first time ever.”

The tentative three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers was reached late Tuesday following two days of talks over the options and exclusivity requirements. The other issues had been settled as of the first week of March. »

- Dave McNary

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John August Launches iPhone Screenplay Reader, Weekend Read

12 February 2014 5:24 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Screenwriter and director John August and his colleagues at Quote-Unquote Apps have launched Weekend Read, a full-featured screenplay reader for the iPhone. The app imports scripts in Final Draft, Pdf, Fountain, Markdown and text formats and then creates an “optimized view” that’s perfectly sized for the iPhone’s 4″ screen. Fonts can be increased, decreased or changed; there’s a “night mode”; and scripts can be imported from Dropbox, a URL, email or any app that has an “Open in” option. I read screenplays on my iPad using Goodreader to narrow the margins and thus increase the font size. It’s a decent […] »

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‘Tarzan’ to Swing Into Theaters July 1, 2016

11 February 2014 11:28 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With deals now closed for its ensemble, Warner Bros. has slated its reboot of “Tarzan” to bow on July 1, 2016.

Alexander Skarsgard is set to star as the King of the Jungle and Margot Robbie is on board to play Jane. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are also on board to co-star.

David Yates is helming the pic. Plot details are still vague but the film will be released in 3D.

A bigscreen adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ series of novels, “Tarzan” is produced by Jerry Weintraub and Alan Riche, with Mike Richardson and Yates exec producing. Numerous scribes worked on the script, including John August, Marianne Wibberley and, most recently, Adam Cozad.

Jesse Ehrman will oversee for Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. is already seeing this as a big summer with the untitled Superman-Batman movie set to open on May 6, 2016.

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- Justin Kroll

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2007

4 February 2014 8:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...

For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.

I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.

Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »

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Alexander Payne, Julie Delpy and More Set for Film Independent Awards Season Panels

29 January 2014 9:54 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Spirit nominated Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) and scribe John August (“Frankenweenie,” “Big Fish”).Already announced panelists include Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace”), Ernest Dickerson (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”), writer-producer Scott Neustadter (“The Spectacular Now”), Jeremy Podeswa (“Boardwalk Empire,” “The Newsroom”), and Jill Soloway (“Afternoon Delight”).The panels cover the following topics:Tuesday, February 11– Alfonso Cuarón: The Force Behind GravityWednesday, February 19– Writing and Directing
Thursday, February 27– The Independent Spirit: A Conversation with Alexander PayneWednesday, March 5– Casting and Directing »

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I'm Linking As Fast As I Can

7 January 2014 9:35 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Who can keep up this week?

Vanity Fair Katey Rich on the embarassing Armond White display at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony. I seriously don't know why the Nyfcc risks their reputation this way each year?

BBC Jane Campion will head the Cannes jury this year. Yay! (Although this article weirdly states that Campion is the only female to win the Palme D'Or which is no longer true. Lea Seydoux & Adele Exarchopoulus won with their director for Blue is the Warmest Color

ScriptNotes with John August and Craig Mason wonder if filmmakers will ever be able to release a surprise feature a la Beyonce's surprise record

Time 50 things you didn't know about Nicolas Cage for his 50th birthday

The Carpetbagger Will Forte on his surprise detour into Nebraska

Towleroad Lily Tomlin finally marries longtime partner/collaborator Jane Wagner

THR hilarious interview about the forthcoming Golden Globes with »

- NATHANIEL R

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Curio: Screenwriter Love

7 January 2014 5:01 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Alexa here. Josh Abraham is a man of many hats: writer, producer, cartoonist. At his etsy shop he sells some of his artwork that has a film spin; I particularly like his Manic Pixie Dream Girl print, which is updated to include Samantha from Her. In a series of prints he's titled "Screenplay Heroes," Josh has turned his had to sketching some famous writers like Woody Allen and the Coen brothers (in the running for Oscar noms again this year) onto pages of their screenplays. His vaguely Hirschfeld-esque portraits really lend themselves to the black and white pages.

I love the idea of displaying your favorites as a collection. Here are seven fine examples of his work from Nora Ephron to John August...

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- Alexa

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