6 items from 2015
We're still a few weeks out from the 87th Academy Awards, and the folks at The Academy will certainly be busy leading up to the ceremony. But Academy Originals has taken the time to post a new Creative Spark video, this time featuring screenwriter John August, writer of films such as Big Fish, Charlie's Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Go. He's a hit or miss screenwriter, but online, he's been very open about Hollywood as a business, and what it takes to get a screenplay bought and produced. This time he's explaining where his ideas come from, how he writes scenes and brings them together for a film. Watch! Here's the latest Creative Spark featuring John August from Academy Originals: For more insight into screenwriting, working in Hollywood and more, check out JohnAugust.com. If you want more insight into the screenwriting process, Oscar-winning scribe Dustin Lance Black »
- Ethan Anderton
Exclusive: Documentary filmmaker Stevan Riley (Blue Blood, Fire In Babylon) got the chance of a lifetime when he was granted access to more than 200 hours of audio tapes Marlon Brando made during the course of his life, a personal archive of never-before-heard musings, acting studies, self-hypnosis and insights the enigmatic Oscar winner had hoped to turn into an autobiographical film before his death in 2004.
With the blessing of Brando’s estate and help from Searching For Sugar Man’s John Battsek (who produced alongside George Chignell and R.J. Cutler), Riley put Brando’s own intimate thoughts on Brando to film in Listen To Me Marlon, which premieres Saturday in competition at Sundance in the World Cinema Documentary program.
- Jen Yamato
The award, named after the late general counsel to the WGA, is given each year to the WGA member whose script “best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties that are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to which Selvin devoted his professional life.”
Nagle will be recognized at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Margaret Nagle’s script for ‘The Good Lie’ raises profound issues of resilience and survival in the face of unspeakable atrocities,” said Wgaw president Christopher Keyser. “The struggles of the Lost Boys of Sudan in her film remind us how desperately all human beings strive for freedom. But what makes Nagle’s screenplay particularly heart-wrenching »
- Dave McNary
Showtime is heading to Park City, Utah armed with two hot-button documentaries about very different iconoclasts — Marlon Brando and Warren Jeffs.
The two films, “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Prophet’s Prey,” will debut in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before airing on the premium cable channel and, possibly, in theaters.
“Sundance is a great launching pad and it’s particularly good for documentaries,” said David Nevins, president of entertainment at Showtime Networks. “I want these documentaries to get seeded out in the world and for journalists and tastemakers to see them and build buzz before they go on the air.”
The premium cable channel has big ambitions for the films and believes that the Brando film, in particular, could attract Oscars and awards attention.
“Documentaries do incredibly well with our audience and they get real ratings and have cultural currency more than »
- Brent Lang
Steinfeld will play a 19-year-old genius who struggles to adapt to life after graduating from Harvard.
It was recently announced that Steinfeld will star in Dustin Lance Black's Ya film The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.
Watch a trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 below: »
Charting a course through heavy court battles, hate demonstrations and a few sweet victories, Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary “The Case Against 8″ made a stop at TheWrap’s Awards Screening Series on Monday in Los Angeles.
Cotner and White brought the film’s subjects, plaintiffs Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami in the landmark case to overturn California’s same-sex marriage ban, composer Blake Neely and editor Katie Amend to the Landmark Theaters for a screening and Q&A moderated by TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman.
- Matt Donnelly
6 items from 2015
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