10 items from 2015
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence approved an overhaul of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday. The week-old law sparked outcry with claims that it discriminated against the Lbgt community. Now for the first time in the state’s history, it has enacted protections based on sexual orientation. Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the law earlier this week as businesses and sports associations canceled conventions and governments banned travel to the state, according to the Associated Press. “Star Trek” alum George Takei called on his fans to stage a boycott of Indiana, while Isaiah Washington, »
- Debbie Emery
Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Miley Cyrus, Dustin Lance Black and Andy Cohen join a growing list of Hollywood power players who are condemning an Indiana law that critics say will allow businesses to discriminate against Lgbt customers based on religious objections. “You’re an asshole @govpenceIN,” Cyrus posted on Instagram, along with a photo of Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the controversial bill into law on Thursday. “A sad day for all in #Indiana,” “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black wrote on Twitter. “Gov. Pence, you did not lead today. You were not courageous,” he added. Also Read: George Takei Calls for Boycott of Indiana Over Anti-lgbt. »
- L.A. Ross
Looks like congratulations are in order! Olympic diver Tom Daley recently celebrated his second anniversary with boyfriend Dustin Lance Black. Both of the lovebirds happily took to social media to celebrate their special occasion by sharing their first ever selfie taken together. "2 years ago I met my [frog emoji] and my life changed forever!' the 20-year-old diver dished in his heartfelt caption. "Thank you for making these past 2 years so special." Meanwhile, the 40-year-old, Oscar-winning Milk screenwriter also swooned over the pair's relationship when mentioning their big day. "Two years ago we took a selfie just after meeting... the very moment my life »
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
10 items from 2015
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