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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 […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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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, »

- ryanlambie

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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 »

- Beth Hanna

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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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