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How Three Playwrights Are Making the Jump to Film and TV

21 October 2014 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It’s a well-traveled path for writers from stage to screen. There are the established crossover masters — think David Mamet and Tony Kushner — but every decade brings new playwriting talent to Hollywood, from American Beauty’s Alan Ball to Skyfall's John Logan. The Hollywood Reporter shines the spotlight on the new class of playwrights who are making their names known in film and TV. Rob Askins "It's blood, sex and Jesus, with laughs," says Askins of his playwriting, his slight drawl barely giving away his rural Texas upbringing. His home state inspired the 34-year-old first to

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt Tackle ‘American Beauty’ at Lacma

17 October 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“It’s great to be back. This is so much more fun than directing movies, I can’t even begin to tell you.”

So quipped Jason Reitman at the start of the fourth season of Film Independent’s Live Read at Lacma series on Oct. 16. Tackling Alan Ball’s Oscar-winning screenplay for “American Beauty,” the director recruited a clutch of actors from his most recent film, “Men, Women and Children.”

Adam Sandler took on Kevin Spacey’s signature role of Lester Burnham, with Rosemarie DeWitt once again playing his wife in the part originated by Annette Bening. Olivia Crocicchia read for Mena Suvari’s teenage sexpot; Travis Tope limned pot-dealer/videographer/amateur-philosopher Ricky Fitts; and Kaitlyn Dever, Dean Norris and Phil Lamarr rounded out the cast.

It would be easy to read the casting as a sort of crypto marketing stunt — as Reitman noted in an aside, “go see the film, »

- Andrew Barker

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Adam Sandler and 'Men, Women & Children' cast reunite for 'American Beauty' live-read

13 October 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

By the end of its theatrical run, Jason Reitman's Internet drama "Men, Women & Children" will likely amount to the director's least financially successful picture. No, not every film can click with the zeitgeist like "Juno" and haul in $143.5 million. But when Reitman's Kate Winslet-Josh Brolin drama "Labor Day" tapped out at $13.4 million this past winter, analysts considered it a disappointment. This weekend's specialty box office reports pin "Men, Women & Children" just under $128,500 after its second weekend — something beyond mere disappointment for Reitman and Paramount Pictures. The silver lining: With "Men, Women & Children," Reitman found actors that ignite him and perhaps vice versa. The door for future collaborations appears to remain open, with the first already in motion. As part of his on-going live-read series with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Reitman is set to direct a staged reading of Alan Ball's Academy Award-winning script "American Beauty. »

- Matt Patches

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Jason Reitman re-staging 'American Beauty' for one night with 'Men, Women & Children' cast

10 October 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Jason Reitman's L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap. Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball's Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, »

- Anthony Breznican

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Lucas' Sins Won't Wash Away in the New Teaser for Banshee Season Three

20 September 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Cinemax has renewed the Emmy-winning hit action series Banshee, executive produced by Alan Ball, for a third season scheduled to debut in 2015 with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Banshee stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood and Ivana Milicevic as Carrie Hopewell. The series tells the story of Hood, an ex-con and master thief who tracks down Hopewell, his former lover and partner in crime, who has reinvented herself as the wife of the Banshee, Pa. prosecutor. In Banshee, Hood assumes the identity of the town’s sheriff and continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Jason Reitman's 'American Beauty' Live Read Coming to Film Independent at Lacma

8 September 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

How do actors create characters? Director Jason Reitman probes the question each year with his Film Independent at Lacma Live Read series. He will kick off the Fall season with a staging of "American Beauty." The iconic Oscar-winning screenplay from writer Alan Ball will be performed on Thursday, October 16, with a yet-to-be-announced set of actors.  It's a hot ticket, and likely to sell out immediately. Film Independent staged a reading of "American Beauty" back at 2012's Tiff, with Bryan Cranston in the role of Lester Burnham (originally Kevin Spacey), Christina Hendricks as his pent-up wife Carolyn (Annette Bening), Mae Whitman as willful daughter Jane (Thora Birch) and Adam Driver as creepy-sensitive neighbor Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley). Who will it be this year? Check out new poster art Little Rock-based artist Matt Owen, below. Jason Reitman's "Men, Women and Children" just played Tiff and opens limited on October 17. Meanwhile, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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True Blood: The Complete Series & Season 7 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

8 September 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After seven seasons, the battles between vampires and humans in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps came to an end with the series finale of True Blood. For many fans of the show, it’s been difficult to say goodbye, but a return to the vampiric community is possible with HBO’s upcoming release of True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to Blu-ray and DVD.

HBO will release both True Blood: The Complete Series and True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season to home media on November 11th. The Complete Series Blu-ray box set can be purchased for $299.99, complete with 33 discs and all previously released bonus features from past seasons, including 40 audio commentaries.

The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray will include behind-the-scenes bonus features of the bittersweet last days during the show’s 10-episode final season. We have the official press »

- Derek Anderson

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True Blood finale preview: everything that happened on the vampire show

8 September 2014 4:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With the final episode airing in the UK on Monday, here are True Bloods most essential moments, from drug-addicted werepanthers to kickass fashionista vamps

Spoiler alert: this discusses plot points up to (but not including) the final-ever episode of True Blood

After seven blood-soaked seasons stuffed full of plot twists so over-the-top that Ryan Murphy would think twice, HBOs vampire drama True Blood is finally coming to an end in the UK. Show creator Alan Ball stepped down after the deranged fifth season, which fans might remember as the one which ended with a faerie giving birth to Andy Bellefleurs magical quadruplets while Sam transformed into a fly in order to kill the chancellor of the Vampire Authority, and Bill drank Liliths blood and transformed into an all-powerful vampire god (I really do wish I was making this up). Even without Ball, things did not get less crazy down in Bon Temps, »

- Sarah Hughes

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That terrible 'True Blood' finale: What went wrong?

25 August 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Maybe it’s fitting that a show about immortality just couldn’t find the right way to die.

True Blood’s last episode was the most disappointing series finale I’ve seen in a long time. And I say “disappointing” because I’ve seen worse; the final hour of Dexter comes to mind. But something about the blandness of True Blood’s finale felt almost offensive. Jessica and Hoyt got hitched, because it was Bill’s greatest wish to see his progeny married off? Bill just had to lecture Sookie about how having children makes life worth living? Sookie needed »

- Melissa Maerz

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'True Blood' Finale Recap: How Every Character Ended the Series

24 August 2014 11:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from this week's series finale of True Blood, "Thank You."] The final season of True Blood ended Sunday with a three-year time jump, bringing many of its characters to a Thanksgiving hosted by a pregnant Sookie (Anna Paquin) and a husband viewers never see.  The seventh season of the Alan Ball-created HBO drama killed off major characters Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and saw Sam (Sam Trammell) pack his bags and leave Bon Temps with Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). Here's where the rest of the series' characters ended up. Bill and Sookie Bill

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Grew Tired of True Blood a Few Seasons Ago But Want to Watch the Finale? Let Us Catch You Up

24 August 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

A lot can happen in two years. Especially for the residents of Bon Temps, where every sundown brings untold trauma, tragedy, and shirtless hugging. If we're being real, True Blood is the kind of show that dared viewers to stop watching since about minute one, but if water-cooler chatter is any indication, many viewers actually did stop watching sometime around season five, when executive producer and creator Alan Ball exited the show. Putting aside the fact that, like many big-name producers, he was much less involved or invested in the series than people might assume, his official departure was like the decaying canary in the mineshaft that caused many viewers to suddenly turn against this once beloved sex cartoon. So the question is, did you jump ship two seasons ago yet still kinda want to tune in to tonight's series finale and see how things end? Well here's what happened »

- Price Peterson

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'True Blood': Inside 20 of the final season's best moments

23 August 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

With the end in sight—True Blood’s series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Et on HBO—here’s another look inside some of season 7’s most fun and memorable scenes, which have led us there.

Episode 1, “Jesus Gonna Be Here”: Tara (Rutina Wesley) dies—again. 

“It’s kind of like the catalyst for everything else that’s gonna probably happen,” Wesley told EW. “I think it’s kinda cool that the last time you see me, it looks like I’m gonna win the fight, and then you cut to Lettie Mae. Me and that vampire went at it, »

- Mandi Bierly

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True Blood Recap: “Love Is To Die”

17 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Bill and Sookie's story in this final season of True Blood has, in many ways, mirrored that of the show and its fans.  It started out sweet and fun, and a little sexy, but then became a mess of Billith proportions.  "I have almost killed her and almost raped her … yet she still keeps running back for more," Bill confides in Eric about the reasons behind his big decision.  Doesn't that sound familiar, Trubies?  The show has done unspeakable things to its characters and its narrative, but every summer we just keep coming back for more, hoping it will be different.  Well finally, it is.  Hit the jump for why "if your crying ruins my jacket, you're paying for it." True Blood is a show that's easy to love and easy to hate, sometimes even within the same episode.  But these last two seasons without show creator Alan Ball have »

- Allison Keene

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HBO to Launch ‘True Blood’ Online Auction with 1,500-Plus Items

12 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As HBO’s “True Blood” ends its seven-season run later this month, the premium cabler is giving fans of the vampire romance-mystery series a chance to own actual props, wardrobe items, set decorations and other memorabilia from the show.

The “True Blood” auction, hosted by ScreenBid, will offer more than 1,500 items from the show. Bidding opens Aug. 20, and is slated to close Aug. 25, the night after the series finale of “True Blood” airs Aug. 24.

See Also: ‘True Blood’ Comic-Con Trailer: Cast Talks Series Ending, Sarah Palin

Items in the catalog include: Eric Northman’s Fangtasia throne; the contract Macklyn Warlow makes to “own” Sookie Stackhouse; Arlene Fowler Bellefleur’s wedding gown; Merlotte’s Bar and Grill menu; cartons of the True Blood beverage; a Fangtasia “No Biting” sign; and vampire fangs (of course).

Last fall, ScreenBid managed the auction for 337 items from “Breaking Bad” on behalf of Sony Pictures Television »

- Todd Spangler

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Carrie Preston on True Blood's "Full Circle" Finale and Her Return to The Good Wife

6 August 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Carrie Preston's signature flame-red hair is about the only thing her True Blood and The Good Wife characters have in common. The versatile actor's talent for shapeshifting roles not only won her an Emmy last year for her portrayal of quirky attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife, but has also helped her believably transform her True Blood character, Arlene, in subtle - and major - ways over the course of that show's seven seasons. With True Blood's final episode just a few short weeks away, Carrie stopped by our La studios to talk about what fans should have in mind as they experience the last installment of the HBO series and to spill some behind-the-scenes details about some of the season's most intense moments so far. We also chatted about her return to The Good Wife, which premieres Sept. 21 on CBS, and her predictions on how the »

- Lindsay-Miller

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‘Queen of Kentucky’ Movie in the Works With David Permut

29 July 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Permut’s Permut Presentations and Unbridled Films are developing a movie version of “The Queen of Kentucky,” based on Alecia Whitaker’s young adult novel.

Katie Ford, writer of Sandra Bullock’s “Miss Congeniality” and co-creator of NBC’s new sitcom “Working the Engles,” will adapt the novel. Permut will produce with Unbridled Film’s Merry-Kay Poe and Permut Presentation’s Chris Mangano exec producing.

Ford and Permut previously teamed on the Lifetime TV movie “Prayers for Bobby.”

“The Queen of Kentucky,” published in 2012, centers on a 14-year-old from a family farm in Kentucky who moves from her small rural school to the public high school, where she trades in her blue jeans for “sophisticated” clothes and changes her name from Ricki Jo to Ericka — and begins to forget who she truly is.

Permut recently sold the domestic rights to IFC of “Match,” starring Patrick Stewart, and is in »

- Dave McNary

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Watch the New True Blood “In the Weeks Ahead” Trailer

27 July 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“It is her light that pulls us in, just as she is pulled in by our darkness.” With the final episodes of HBO’s True Blood underway, a new trailer was unveiled at Comic-Con that looks ahead to the show’s last weeks.

“Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the series takes place in a world where vampires and humans co-exist, after vampires have come out of the coffin, thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood that means they no longer need humans as a nutritional source. The series follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). Alan Ball created the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.”

The post Watch the New True Blood “In the Weeks Ahead” Trailer appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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'True Blood' visits Comic-Con for the last time: Live-Blog

27 July 2014 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We're half-way through the final season of HBO's "True Blood," so this is as good a time as any for a celebratory Comic-Con send-off. Saturday's (July 26) Ballroom 20 panel is being moderated by the same guy who has moderated nearly all of the previous "True Blood" panels, so... I guess we know what to expect! Anyway, it's one vampire to another, as I just wrapped my live-blog for "The Vampire Diaries." Woo. 5:04 p.m. We begin with a clip reel of "True Blood" stars saying "Good-bye." And now they're going to do it in person. 5:06 p.m. Our panel: Nathan Parsons, The Lovely Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis, Carrie Preston, Chris "Comic-Con Virgin" Bauer, Anna Camp, Brian Buckner, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin. The loudest reaction, by a wide margin, was for Kristin Bauer van Straten, if you're curious. 5:07 p. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Karma's a Bitch in this Sneak Peek of True Blood Episode 7.06

23 July 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

"True Blood" is winding down, and "Karma" comes into play in this weekend's upcoming Episode 7.06, the synopsis of which promises shocking discoveries, unlikely alliances, and more! Here's a sneak peek.

Episode 7.06 - “Karma” (air date 7/27/14)

A shocking discovery forces Sookie (Anna Paquin) to reassess her recent involvement with Bill (Stephen Moyer). In Dallas, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) forge an unlikely alliance in their hunt for a shared nemesis.

Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Bauer) bickers with Holly (Lauren Bowles) about their children’s behavior; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) shares a vision with Lettie Mae (Adina Porter); Jason (Ryan Kwanten) owns up to his true feelings about Violet (Karolina Wydra); and Sam (Sam Trammell) finds himself in a quandary regarding Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell).

Written and directed by Angela Robinson.

Related Story: Visit our "True Blood" archive.

If you'll be at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con next week, here's the "True Blood" panel info:

Saturday, »

- Debi Moore

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True Blood's Cast Member Deathwatch Makes the Last Season Worth Watching

22 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Below are spoilers up to the most recent episode. True Blood hasn't been anyone's favorite show in a while. The once-addictive guilty pleasure is now a Hershey's Kiss from last year's Valentine's Day, a stale hunk of confection whose reappearance in your life inspires little desire to consume. And the show's writers -- led during the first five seasons by creator Alan Ball and these last two by Brian Buckner -- have no one to blame but themselves for the facts that viewership is half of what it used to be and critical reception has melted into a puddle of sticky sop as messy as a staked vampire. That's what happens after spending three seasons erecting bridges to no »

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