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In the second episode of Season One of Mad Men, one of the copywriters is showing the agency to a new secretary, trying to impress her: “You know . . . there are women copywriters!” he claims. – “Good ones?” – “Sure,” he says. “I mean, you can always tell when a woman is writing copy. But sometimes she may be the right man for the job, you know?” Not much has changed since the days depicted in Mad Men. Or at least, not enough. This is still a man’s world – and sometimes a woman will get a writing job not because she is “the right man for the job” but because she is a woman.
In the writers’ rooms I have worked in it was usually myself and a bunch of guys. So I was in charge of the female perspective – and I did not want to be that. I knew that what »
- Christina Kallas
So how can you stay true to yourself as a writer, especially when one is supposed to be imitating another writer’s voice? For one thing, one can stop chasing fads or writing what one think the showrunner might want to see. Jane Espenson, who has written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones and has also created her own Web TV show, Husbands, talks to me about how important it is to trust your own instincts and your own good taste. She is not the only one: Jenny Bicks encourages “writing what you want to write, going towards the love” and Tom Fontana goes as far as to very simply state that “being successful is being faithful to oneself.”
Tom thinks that people often look to being successful as opposed to being faithful: “And when I say faithful, I mean faithful to themselves and to the truth within them. »
- Christina Kallas
One thing’s for sure: people don’t go to writing to be rewritten. But they still are, first and foremost by the showrunner. The showrunner is the writer who tells the writers what to do, and who will eventually do it herself.
So should a showrunner polish the final draft of every episode to preserve the “voice” of the series, or should each individual writer be allowed to use their voice to bring out new sides to the characters and the series? The conventional wisdom seems to come directly from auteur theory and wants everything to be from one mold, carrying a single signature and voice – so as to pretend that one person wrote it.
- Ted Hope
The Television Academy today announced this year’s honorees for the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors. They are The Big C: hereafter, Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, The Fosters, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God, Mom, Screw You Cancer and Vice. The recipients are being honored for using the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues. For the first time this year, beginning the week of May 25, the recipients will be celebrated with special daily content on the Television Academy’s digital platforms and on Yahoo TV. Dana Delany will host the awards ceremony set for June 1 at the Sls Hotel in Beverly Hills. Click over for a description of the honorees: Recipients of the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors are: · The Big C: hereafter (Showtime) – The Big C: hereafter is the fitting conclusion to Cathy’s (Laura Linney) journey of battling Stage Four melanoma. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Another toy story is coming to theaters near you! The world's most famous doll, Barbie, will soon be brought to life in a new, live-action comedy movie by toymaker Mattel and film studio Sony Pictures, Deadline revealed earlier this week. (And no, it won't be anything like the YouTube video shared by Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova on Wednesday.) Screenwriter Jenny Bicks, whose credits include the HBO series Sex and the City and the Amanda Bynes feature film What a Girl Wants, has been tapped to pen the [...] »
She’s made some ironic appearances in the Toy Story franchise and her image has been satirized by everyone from The Simpsons to Legally Blonde. But now Mattel’s legendary doll is to make her proper Hollywood debut in a live action movie from Sony Pictures.
Boasting no less a combination than powerhouse production partnership Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Gladiator, Catch Me If You Can) and with a script by Jenny Bicks (The Big C) it seems this is a project with some weight behind it. With the success of The Lego Movie toy lines are now a more serious proposition for the studios than ever before. Mattel has even announced it is having another stab at a Masters Of The Universe film, decades after Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella inadvertently ordered nails for their career coffins as He-Man and Skeletor.
The story of Barbie The Movie reflects these makeover-obsessed times, »
- Steve Palace
Buddy comedy will team her up with an overworked bureaucrat, and play on Mattel-manufactured doll's passion for fashion
Barbie is set to hit the big screen for the first time in her own movie, with the debut instalment in a new live-action series tipped to enter production by the end of the year.
The Hollywood Reporter says the new film will team the doll, first marketed in 1959, with an overworked bureaucrat looking for an assistant. It is being billed as a contemporary buddy comedy and will be based on a screenplay by Jenny Bicks, sometime writer on the TV version of Sex and the City. Producers Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will work with studio Sony on the project.
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- Ben Child
A Barbie live-action comedy movie is in the works with Sony Pictures and Mattel.
Sony's production president Hannah Minghella said: "We've always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept.
"It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character."
The Barbie movie marks the second collaboration between Sony and Mattel, who are working on a Masters of the Universe project together.
According to Deadline, the Barbie storyline will see the character utilise "her personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, »
News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2014 - 07:13
We've had The Lego Movie, we're getting Minecraft. And now? It's time for the Barbie film...
It would be fair to say that the success of The Lego Movie, and the Toy Story trilogy before that, has had some ramifications in Hollywood. Right now, films are in the works based on Trolls and Minecraft for a start. And now we hear that Sony has picked up the rights to make a movie based on Barbie dolls.
With an eye firmly on a big movie franchise, the studio has already hired Jenny Bicks (Sex And The City, The Big C) to pen a script for the first Barbie film. The plan will be to get the movie into production before the end of 2014. It'd be lovely to think that Barbie, and Ken, are treated in the same witty way as they were in Toy Story 3, »
With the long-gestating Masters of the Universe live-action reboot seemingly stuck in development hell, Sony has now turned its attention to another popular Mattel toy line, with Deadline revealing that the studio is pushing full steam ahead on a Barbie movie. The script for the adaptation is being written by Jenny Bicks (What a Girl Wants), with Sony looking to fast-track the film into production before the end of the year.
“Barbie has entertained children and inspired their imagination and creativity for more than 50 years,” said Tim Kilpin, Mattel’s Evp of Global Brands. “Now is the right time in Barbie’s celebrated history for her to star in a live-action, contemporary comedy that brings her playful personality to life for generations of fans.”
Naturally Sony is eyeing a franchise from the $3 billion a year brand, and is planning a contemporary take where the character of Barbie uses “her personal »
- Gary Collinson
Who says Barbie couldn't possibly resemble a real woman? The iconic flaxen-haired doll will be the namesake of a live-action comedy sometime in the near future, according to Los Angeles Times. Production on the film will begin at the end of the year.
The film, which will be written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2, What a Girl Wants) and produced by husband and wife Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men in Black 3), will draw from the mythos of Barbie in her many guises. »
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Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation today announced a partnership on a live-action comedy featuring the beloved and dynamic icon Barbie.
The studio sees this as its next big, global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks (Rio 2) and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (Men In Black 3, Flight), the film will be executive produced by Parkes+MacDonald’s president Marc Resteghini alongside Julia Pistor, who will executive produce for Mattel’s Playground Productions.
From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie® has done it all – through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman.
In her live-action big screen debut, Barbie will inhabit many of these roles, utilizing her personal and professional »
- Michelle McCue
It's a Barbie world, and we're all just Barbie girls, you know?
Well, that's what Sony and Mattel are hoping with their deal to make a Barbie franchise. Not just one movie, nope, but an entire franchise dedicated to the live-action adventures of the irrationally proportioned doll. To be fair, Barbie has had pretty much every job under the sun, traveled the world, and owned her own house and car for quite some time now, so the narrative possibilities are endless.
On the other hand, Mattel's sales of Barbie aren't looking so hot; the toy company made a pretty penny from "Frozen" tie-ins, but Barbie sales are down 14%. Will a Barbie movie lure in younger moviegoers and the adults who played with her back in the day? Do we really believe that Barbie has always been about "female empowerment," as per Deadline and the pitch that won over Mattel?
For now, »
- Jenni Miller
Barbie is constantly being talked about. Whether it’s a debate about body image issues, human Barbie, or just another day at the toy store, the iconic toy is nothing if not recognizable. And now, Barbie will expand her enterprise when she takes over the big screen.
EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has partnered with Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation for a live-action comedy featuring Barbie. Sony considers this its next “big, global franchise” and plans for the project to go into production by the end of the year, according to a press release.
The live-action film will »
- Samantha Highfill
Los Angeles (AP) — Barbie is coming alive. Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll. The companies said Wednesday the comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks ("What a Girl Wants") and produced by husband-and-wife team Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald ("Men in Black 3"). Executive producers will be Parkes+MacDonald president Marc Resteghini and Julia Pistor for Mattel's Playground Productions. Sony sees the film as a global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year. It's the second collaboration for Mattel and Sony. The companies are developing the film adaptation of "Masters of the Universe," based on Mattel action figures. Copyright © 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. »
Not content with having gone through more jobs, outfits and houses than any normal person (only one serious boyfriend, though), as well as starring in a series of animated adventures, Mattel’s Barbie has her sights set on movie stardom. Sony has put together a fast-track deal that could see production starting on a Barbie movie before the year breathes its last.Clearly hoping for a franchise to rival other toy-based megaliths like Transformers, Sony jumped at the chance to secure the rights after Mattel decided to finally open up a pitch process for a variety of producers, which led to a deal with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. They brought in writer Jenny Bicks to cook up a contemporary tale that casts the title character as a sort of modern day Mary Poppins, who swoops into peoples’ lives and uses her personal and professional skills to make them better. »
Sony Pictures and Mattel are teaming up for a live-action comedy feature based on the hit Barbie toy line. Jenny Bicks has been hired to write the script, with Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald producing.
This isn't a standard development deal, since Sony is putting this project together very quickly. They hope to get production started by the end of this year, kicking of a potential franchise. Sony president Amy Pascal oversaw the deal herself with production president Hannah Minghella.
Walter F. Parkes, Laurie McDonald and Jenny Bicks won over Mattel for the rights to this property with their contemporary pitch that finds Barbie using her personal and professional skills to improve the lives of others, somewhat like a modern-day Mary Poppins. The story allows the studio to find a young cast to play Barbie, Ken and her best friend, while putting major stars around them to play supporting »
Mattel and Sony Pictures are teaming up to produce a live action contemporary comedy movie based on the most famous doll in the world - Barbie.
Jenny Bicks ("Rio 2," "The Big C") is penning the script, though plot details are unknown. Considering the doll has had 150 careers throughout her decades of existence, it's hard to say what will be included beyond her signature pink Malibu mansion.
Universal Pictures has previously tried to get a "Barbie" movie off the ground in 2009 but it didn't happen. This will mark the second Mattel and Sony film adaptation in the works, the other being the He-Man reboot "Masters of the Universe".
There's also the issue of finding an actress who would fit Barbie's physiologically impossible measurements of 39-21-33 and size 3 feet, as amusingly »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount will distribute the film worldwide on July 1, 2015.
Skydance Productions head David Ellison and colleague Dana Goldberg are producing and Skydance’s Paul Schwake serves as executive producer alongside Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison, Kalogridis and Lussier.
The Terminator franchise launched in 1984 and famously starred Schwarzenegger in the title role (pictured). That film spawned three more and the franchise has grossed more than $1bn worldwide.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation are to partner on a live-action feature based on the Barbie property. Production will kick off at the end of the year based on a screenplay by Jenny Bicks. Walter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Of course a Barbie movie was going to eventually happen, and this isn't the first attempt to get the classic kids toy line to the big screen. Back in 2009 Universal Pictures was set to adapt it, but for one reason or another it fell apart. Mattel has now set up the project at Sony Pictures, and the plan is to give is a live-action adaptation. The studio is looking to start shooting the film by the end of the year, from a script written by Jenny Bicks. She was a writer on the HBO series Sex in the City, and also wrote the film What a Girl Wants, so I guess she's qualified to write a movie about Barbie.
Obviously I was never a big fan of Barbie's, but I did get one as a gift for Christmas once when I was a kid as a joke my uncle played on me. »
- Joey Paur
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