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WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish, especially in the 2017 contract negotiation. Without hyperbole: it’s been the honor of a lifetime. I’m looking forward to prying loose more space for family and work.”

His decision was unveiled Wednesday as part of the announcement that current WGA West VP David Goodman has been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman. Goodman is currently unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominated committee declined to run. Members can still seek the office via petition until July 21.

The election will take place in September with dues-current members eligible to vote. Results will be announced on Sept. 18. The WGA West represents about 9,000 members.

Rodman won the 2015 election over Joan Meyerson and was often the public face of guild during its contentious negotiations with production companies, which led to an 11th hour deal on May 1. He was eligible to serve another term but opted against doing so.

Marjorie David, a WGA West board member, has been nominated by the committee to succeed Goodman as vice president. Another unnamed candidate declined to run against her. Aaron Mendelsohn has been nominated to seek re-election as secretary-treasurer along with board member Carlton Eastlake.

The board’s nominating committee also nominated incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm and Zak Penn along with nine other candidates for eight open board seats. The remaining candidates are Francesca Butler, Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, John August, Adam Horowitz, Michele Mulroney, Spiro Skentzos, Patti Carr and Ligiah Villalobos.

Members seeking nomination for the office of president, vice president or secretary-treasurer must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions and submit them by July 21. Members seeking nomination for the board of directors have to obtain 15 member signatures.

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WGA West President Howard Rodman Will Not Seek Re-Election

21 June 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Howard Rodman, the president of the Writers Guild of America West, has decided against seeking re-election to another two-year term.

Rodman told Variety that he was “deeply proud” of his two decades of service to the guild and looking forward to more time for family and work.

“I began to serve on Guild committees in 1996; helped found the Guild’s caucus for writers of independent film; have served on negotiating committees, the board, then four years as vice-president, two years as president,” he said. “I’m deeply proud of the work we’ve done, of what we’ve been able to accomplish, »

- Dave McNary

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Is Tom Hardy Being Eyed For Jafar In The Aladdin Remake?

10 June 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tom Hardy’s in high demand these days, and why wouldn’t he be? He’s without a doubt one of the most talented, electrifying and downright incredible actors in Hollywood, absolutely knocking it out of the park no matter which role he finds himself in. Recently, The Dark Knight Rises star signed on to play Venom for Sony, which will no doubt be a darker and more mature outing for him, but it seems he’s looking to balance that out now with something a bit more kid friendly.

According to The Sun, director Guy Ritchie wants Hardy to play Jafar in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin. The two have worked together before, back in the hugely underrated 2008 crime comedy RocknRolla, so they do have history and that can definitely help make this a reality. From what we understand, the pair have had conversations about the project but at this point, »

- Matt Joseph

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Supernatural? Perhaps. Baloney? Perhaps Not: Dark Shadows (2012)

13 May 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Five years ago this weekend Tim Burton’s updating of Dark Shadows, the gothic/horror-themed soap opera which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC and was a seminal influence on a generation of budding horror fans (including Burton), was released on American movie screens, one weekend after Marvel’s The Avengers was still dictating the imaginations (and the wallets) of moviegoers everywhere. Given Burton’s track record with horror comedies (Beetlejuice being the primary example) and collaborations with Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands), a surprisingly low number of ticket-buyers seemed ultimately to care—the movie, which cost $150 million to make, and undoubtedly a hefty chunk of change more than that to market, would earn back only slightly more than half of that in the United States, though its final take globally came in at around $235 million. There were a few takers among critics, notably »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Guy Ritchie Says It Would Be “Tough Not To Make Aladdin A Musical”

11 May 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s probably safe to say that Disney’s push into live-action remakes has now gained a vast amount of additional momentum, with the news that this year’s Beauty And The Beast has become the highest-grossing PG film. That, combined with the fact that director Guy Ritchie is currently on the promotional trail for his latest film, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, means that many questions are being asked about his upcoming remake of Aladdin – most notably, whether it will be musical in nature.

To his credit, Ritchie isn’t shying away from the subject of his next big budget adventure. Rather, he provides a very clear, non-sensationalized update on where he is in the process of creating this new version of an old fan favourite.

“It’d be tough not make Aladdin a musical… I’ve really just immersed myself into that project. So I’m still looking for cast members, »

- Sarah Myles

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Rian Johnson Talks Taking On ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ In Scriptnotes Podcast

10 May 2017 1:18 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the latest episode of the podcast “Scriptnotes,” writer/director Rian Johnson talks about his whole career leading up to taking on the biggest project of his life, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Not surprisingly, he was just as nervous as you might imagine writing and directing the massive blockbuster, and his biggest fear was that he would “fuck up ‘Star Wars.’”

For those who haven’t listened in the past, “Scriptnotes” is a podcast hosted by Craig Mazin and John August, as they speak with other creators and discuss their careers and how they broke big.

Continue reading Rian Johnson Talks Taking On ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ In Scriptnotes Podcast at The Playlist. »

- Charles Dean

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Disney's Aladdin Live-Action Remake Will Be a Musical

9 May 2017 5:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October, we reported that filmmaker Guy Ritchie has signed on to direct Disney's live-action Aladdin remake. While no story details have been confirmed, the original report claimed that this remake will retain several musical elements, although the story will be told through a non-linear approach. While those details were never officially confirmed by the studio yet, the director himself confirmed that this new project will be a musical. Here's what he had to say, while promoting his new film King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword.

"It'd be tough not to make it a musical. It's too early, because I've really just immersed myself into that project. So I'm still looking for cast members, we still haven't found exactly which direction we're going in. I'm confident that at some stage it will reveal itself to me, but right now it's just a bit too premature."

As far as cast members go, »

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Disney Offered Kevin Hart Aladdin Genie Role Before Will Smith

21 April 2017 3:34 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is currently in the process of casting for their live-action remake of Aladdin and things are already pretty interesting. Earlier this week it was revealed that Suicide Squad star Will Smith is in negotiations to take on the role of the Genie in the upcoming remake, but it turns out he wasn't the first actor who Disney had their eye on. It has now been revealed that Kevin Hart was approached by the Mouse House for the part before Will Smith came into the picture.

The news comes from Variety reporter Justin Kroll on Twitter and, according to him, it looks like the Central Intelligence star and big-time comedian was the studio's first choice to play the Genie in this new version of Aladdin. He tagged fellow reporters Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson in the tweet, who suggested Kevin Hart for the part of Iago, Jaffar's bird, in the movie. »

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Will Smith Circling Genie Role in Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

20 April 2017 5:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Will Smith might end up working his magic for Disney after all.

Having recently flirted with but never committed to starring in the studio’s live-action Dumbo movie, Smith is now in early talks to play the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin re-imagining, EW has confirmed.

As Genie, Smith would follow in the footsteps of the late Robin Williams, whose freewheeling, side-splitting performance in the original 1992 animated film helped propel it to box office success and critical acclaim.

Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) is directing the new Aladdin movie, working from a script by John August (Big Fish). The »

- Oliver Gettell

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Will Smith up for the Genie in Disney’s live-action Aladdin?

20 April 2017 12:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

According to various reports, Will Smith is being sought to play the role of Genie in the planned Disney remake of their classic 1992 animated Aladdin movie. The Aladdin remake is being directed by Guy Ritchie for Walt Disney Studios and Smith is in line to play the role made famous by Robin Williams in the original. More on the Will Smith Aladdin news below.

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The 1992 Aladdin movie was itself based on Aladdin and the Magic Lamp from One Thousand and One Nights and was brought to the screen by Disney legends John Musker and Ron Clements, who most recently directed Moana. The Guy Ritchie remake will cast unknowns in the two lead roles of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine but will need a big star for the part of the Genie, something that Will Smith obviously is.

Deadline reported first on the Will Smith Aladdin news, saying that the »

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Disney's Aladdin Remake Wants Will Smith as the Genie

19 April 2017 1:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Could the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air be the man tasked with taking on the role of the Genie in the upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin? Looks like it. Disney seems bound and determined to lock down Will Smith for a role in one of their live-action remakes, since they were also recently trying to sign him up for Tim Burton's Dumbo. The latest news states that the actor is being courted to play the role of the Genie, originally made famous by Robin Williams, in the Aladdin remake.

The news comes courtesy of Deadline, who are reporting that Will Smith is in talks with Disney right now for the role of the Genie in director Guy Ritchie's version of Aladdin. The movie is gearing up to shoot later this year in the U.K. and, according to this report, the shoot will be six months long, which »

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You ain’t never had a friend like me! Is Will Smith the new Genie for Aladdin remake?

19 April 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

Hey, Al! Disney is moving forward quickly with some of their live-action remakes and given the success of those that have already been released, it’s hardly surprising. After Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book took the box office by storm (with the latter finishing just shy of $1billion), many more classics are getting a 21st-century makeover.

Mulan, Dumbo, Pocahontas and The Lion King, to be directed by Jungle Book helmer Jon Favreau, are all currently in pre-production but one film that looks set to follow is Aladdin. Guy Ritchie, director of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Sherlock Holmes, is taking on the new adaptation and while many have given their two cents on just how the movie will look, the biggest job is to find a Genie.

In one of Disney’s biggest challenges thus far, they and Ritchie must try to find a »

- Scott Davis

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Will Smith could play Genie in Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin

19 April 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was a little while ago that we heard Will Smith was up for a role in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo and while that may have fallen through, it seems he could appear in another live-action Disney project. Deadline has reported the actor may join Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin for Disney, taking on the role that was made famous by the late Robin Williams in the 1992 animated film.

Nothing is finalized yet as Smith has only begun early talks with the studio to star in the film, but we can expect to hear something soon. Aladdin will begin production this summer in the U.K. for a shoot that will reportedly last for six months.

Ritchie will direct from a script written by John August, the scribe who funny enough worked with Burton on Big Fish. Much like the Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast live-action remakes, Aladdin »

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Will Smith May Voice the Genie in Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Movie: Discuss

19 April 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Axelle/Bauer-Griffin Will Smith is the new Robin Williams. Well, in a way; this week it was announced that Will Smith is in talks to voice the Genie in Disney's live-action update of Aladdin. That answers our question about who will fill Williams's shoes (or lamp?), but there are still a lot of questions about the movie, which is one of many live-action reboots of Disney classics being developed. Will the musical numbers be just as magical? And how, exactly, are they going to handle the talking parrot? Here's what we know. Image Source: Everett Collection The Story So far, not much is known about the new story. Although we're sure it'll follow the same basic plot of a young thief who meets a magical Genie who grants him three wishes, it's been described as "nontraditional" and "nonlinear," so at the very least we can expect the »

- Quinn Keaney

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Will Smith Circling Role of Genie in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’

19 April 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Smith is in early talks to voice the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” reboot from director Guy Ritchie.

The role was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 classic and would mark Smith’s first voice-over work since DreamWorks Animation’s 2004  comedy “Shark Tale.”

Following a string of adult dramas and action movies like “Collateral Beauty” and “Suicide Squad,” Smith has been eyeing a family-friendly film as his next project. He was circling the lead role in “Dumbo,” but walked away from a deal due to scheduling conflicts.

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Disney and Smith were still interested in working together though so the studio shortlisted him when this opportunity arose.

The studio plans to cast newcomers as Aladdin and Jasmine.

John August, whose credits include “Big Fish,” wrote the new “Aladdin” script. Dan Lin, who produced Ritchie’s »

- Justin Kroll

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Newswire: Will Smith might show us a whole new world as the genie in Aladdin

19 April 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Things might not have worked out with that live-action Dumbo movie, but Will Smith might head up a Disney movie after all. Deadline reports the actor is in talks to play the genie in the forthcoming live-action Aladdin movie. Guy Ritchie is set helm a whole new world as the director of the film, which is currently looking for a fabulous he to star in the lead role. Disney has yet to announce who will play Aladdin and Jasmine, but the audition call was for talented actors of Middle Eastern descent, so it appears the studio’s trying to head off any casting issues. Big Fish’s John August has written the screenplay for the new film, which will reportedly begin shooting in the U.K. this July. »

- Danette Chavez

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Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin Movie Eyeing Will Smith

19 April 2017 11:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Although those early negotiations for Tim Burton’s Dumbo movie fizzled away into nothing, the Mouse House isn’t about to give up on Will Smith yet; Deadline reports today that the Suicide Squad star is circling the Genie role in Guy Ritchie’s live-action Aladdin movie.

Negotiations are ongoing, and the outlet cautions that, much like the meeting between Smith and Disney regarding Dumbo, these talks between actor and studio are in the early, early stages. Scheduling is one potential obstacle for Will Smith, given Aladdin is currently gearing up for an extensive, six-month shoot in London this summer. That’s not to say the former Fresh Prince will be required on set for the entire production – often times big-name stars will drop in and out when called upon – but given how instrumental the Genie is to Aladdin’s story, the Disney shoot may complicate Will Smith’s longstanding »

- Michael Briers

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An Aggregated Oral History of 2009 Films Ruined By the Last WGA Strike

18 April 2017 12:51 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The last time Hollywood writers walked out seeking a better deal, there were consequences for several tentpoles and would-be franchises.

Hollywood is facing the threat of another Writers’ Guild Strike, one which would immediately stop all writing and rewriting on guild signatory productions — essentially everything from the major studios. So far, negotiations have been contentious, with the WGA arguing that though the business has seen record profits, the average writer’s income has declined in this boom period. And yet, at the bargaining table, the AMPTP — who represent the producers — came offering not gains, but rollbacks. They basically asked the writers to accept less than their current contracts.

The total cost of what the writers are asking for is not particularly excessive. For instance, the cost to Disney would be $21.2 million a year — barely more than half of Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger’s $43.9 million salary last year. I don’t want to get too far »

- The Bitter Script Reader

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The myth of screenwriting credits

30 March 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Apr 3, 2017

Why the writers credited on a movie are rarely the only ones who put the screenplay together....

The Wizard Of Oz, since its initial release in 1939, has richly deserved its long-cemented status as an all-time classic. A regular resident in the IMDb top 250 films of all time, and a part of many people’s DVD collection, it’s a film that I’d wager more and more people fall in love with each year. Long may that continue.

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Lots of brilliant people were involved in bringing The Wizard Of Oz to the big screen. Some terrific writers, too, who came up with a quotable and cherished script. The film’s screenplay is credited to Noel Langley, »

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Disney's Aladdin Live-Action Movie Is Shooting This Summer

9 March 2017 5:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Guy Ritchie now set to direct Disney's highly-anticipated Aladdin remake, the studio is shifting into casting mode. A new casting call has surfaced, which reveals that rehearsals for both the Aladdin and Jasmine roles will take place next month, and that filming is slated to begin this summer. The casting notice may also put some fans at ease, since it's clear that Disney is looking for Middle Eastern actors, with the studio making good on its promise that the cast will not be "whitewashed."

Twitter user Dani Fernandez posted the casting notice, which reveals that the studio is looking for actors and actresses between the ages of 18 and 25, who "must be able to sing," with dance experience a plus. Filming is slated to begin this July, running through January 2018 in the UK, although it isn't specified which studio will be used for this live action adaptation. The fact that »

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