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Bruckheimer Pitching Afghan "Horse" Tale

5 December 2011 11:11 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has been out this week with pitching a film adaptation of Doug Stanton book "Horse Soldiers" says Variety.

The true story revolves around twelve elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan after 9/11 and helped rebel fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban.

The project is said to be akin to the Bruckheimer-produced "Black Hawk Down". Nicolai Fuglsig is attached to direct from a script by Ted Tally and Peter Craig.

Disney bought the rights for Bruckheimer in 2009 but got rid of it to embrace their family film mandate. They also ditched the WW2 project "Killing Rommel" which Bruckheimer has also ultimately given up on. »

- Garth Franklin

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Jerry Bruckheimer Goes to War With ‘Horse Soldiers’

2 December 2011 2:38 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Because, you see, there’s that movie coming out this month about a horse.

Moving on from my non-joke, Deadline reports that mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer is pitching Horse Soldiers, an adaptation of Doug Stanton‘s book that’s been scripted by Silence of the Lambs‘ Ted Tally (and granted a Peter Craig rewrite), with Nicolai Fuglsig set as director. Based on a true story, the book tells the tale of “12 elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan after 9/11.” Soon, the soldiers “arrived on horses and helped Afghan fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban.” Disney isn’t going with their favorite producer on this one, however, because of the content, which is too violent for their liking; it’s noted that the material contains “the same level of warfare” as Black Hawk Down.

Kind of ironic, really, that Disney would push away what »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Jerry Bruckheimer Shopping Afghanistan War Story Horse Soldiers

2 December 2011 1:35 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Horses are in, apparently. Steven Spielberg’s War Horse hits theaters later this month, and now comes word that producer Jerry Bruckheimer is shopping a movie package for an adaptation of Doug Stanton’s war tale Horse Soldiers. The true story takes place during the Afghanistan War and centers on 12 elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. The operatives aided the Afghan fighters in capturing the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and toppling the Taliban. Oh, and they arrived on horses, hence the title. Deadline reports that Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs) wrote the initial script, which was subsequently rewritten by Peter Craig (The Town). Nicolai Fuglsig is onboard to direct, in what could be his feature film debut. The renowned commercials direct is also attached to direct the thriller Brass Monkey, as well as a futuristic take on Robin Hood. Bruckheimer has been out »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jerry Bruckheimer On The Pitch Circuit With Afghanistan War Tale ‘Horse Soldiers’

2 December 2011 12:55 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here’s something you don’t often see, producer Jerry Bruckheimer out pitching a movie package. I’m told the Disney-based producer has been out this week with a pitch for Horse Soldiers, an adaptation of the Doug Stanton book that has a Ted Tally script rewritten by Peter Craig, and Nicolai Fuglsig attached to direct. Disney bought the book for Bruckheimer back in 2009. The true story revolves around 12 elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. They arrived on horses and helped Afghan fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban. The project has the same level of warfare evident in the Bruckheimer-produced Black Hawk Down, which got made by Sony and Revolution. It’s not the first Bruckheimer project that Disney jettisoned because it didn’t fit Rich Ross’s family film mandate. In June, 2010, Disney put in turnaround an adaptation of »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Adapt This: Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ vs. Chuck Hogan’s ‘Prince of Thieves’

27 June 2011 2:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new feature series titled Adapt This, an in-depth look at a specific film adaptation and its original source novel. If you like this one and have any future ideas, please send them our way at editors (at) thefilmstage.com. Read on!

We all love movies. I know Dane Cook pointed it out more recently than, say, Luis Buñuel, but we all love cinematic adventures. Movies are, in the words of Susan Sarandon, the keepers of our dreams. We go to sporting events or political rallies and have a shared experience, but only movies can crowd a herd of us noisy, smelly humans into a dark room, sit us down, and shut us up by projecting someone else’s dreams for two hours.

What we tend to forgot is how often these movies are based on these things called books. Hold on, »

- Anthony Vieira

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Management 360 Ups Darin Friedman, Eryn Brown To Partner Level

22 June 2011 9:17 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Los Angeles, CA – June 22, 2011 – Management 360 today announced the addition of two new partners – Darin Friedman and Eryn Brown – a development that exemplifies Management 360’s commitment to literary as a core strength for the company and the many high-profile projects it drives. Friedman has been with Management 360 since its inception in 2002 and has been an integral part of the company. Brown joins from Industry Entertainment and brings with her an impressive list of writers and directors. “Darin is a talented and accomplished manager and his elevation to partner is in line with our tradition of cultivating and promoting talent from within the company,” said the partners of Management 360. “Eryn is a highly-respected manager with whom we have worked closely on various projects over the years. We are thrilled to bring her on board. Our literary department is one of the strongest in the business and our clients »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Martin Lawrence Says Bad Boys 3 Script Is Still Being Written, Will Smith Wants To Do It

17 February 2011 3:42 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The original Bad Boys movie launched three mainstream film careers on three wildly different paths. Will Smith went on to become one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood- an actor of surprising versatility- he can lay claim to being the most successful and recognisable African-American actors in the history of cinema. Michael Bay- who made his big screen debut with Bad Boys- became one of the wealthiest film makers in history, although he can realistically be considered to also be the worst, with a string of mindless CGI riddled blockbusters all of which seem to exist to provide him with occasion to blow up cars/planes/planets and stick his camera up the skirt of some pole-dancer or another.

The third of the trio, Martin Lawrence, has since carved out a lucrative career in the most basic of simpleton comedies Hollywood has ever inflicted upon a cinema going public, »

- Ben Szwediuk

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Blu-ray Review: The Town

11 February 2011 2:15 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Town

Stars: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite | Written by Ben Affleck, Peter Craig | Directed by Ben Affleck

As he plans a job that could result in his gang’s biggest score ever, a longtime thief plans a way out of the life and the town while dodging the FBI agent looking to bring him and his bank-robbing crew down.

That’s the simple synopsis, but this film is anything but simple. With The Town director Ben Affleck weaves a complex tale that is both high drama and old-school heist movie, and once again proves that Affleck as director is much more interesting that merely Affleck the actor. Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to enjoy many an Affleck performance, but it seems that when Affleck puts his heart and soul into a film – as you must as a writer »

- Phil

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"Inception," "The Social Network" Win Writers Guild Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

7 February 2011 7:24 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

As soon as we thought we could predict the outcome of the Oscars, here comes another surprise! This one's brought to you by the Writers Guild of America. Picked for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The director, famously dissed for not getting a Best Director Oscar nomination, may just win the Best Original Screenplay come Oscar night. Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech" was not nominated because it didn't quality under union rules which prompted Nolan to say during his WGA acceptance award that he looked forward to a time when he could accept the award "without qualification."

That could be the beginning of a great script Mr. Nolan, go write it :happy

For adapted screenplay, I'm happy to report that Aaron Sorkin's fantastic script won! Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, "The Social Network" was the only film last year that I predicted to win this very category. »

- Manny

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Inception, Social Network Win WGA Awards

6 February 2011 12:52 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The Sci-fi mystery Inception and the Facebook drama The Social Network won top screenplay honors Saturday night at the Writers Guild of America awards.

Inception writer Christopher Nolan won a Best Original Screenplay and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin won in the Adapted Screenplay category, showing they liked Aaron Sorkin’s work over that of 127 Hours screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, I Love You Phillip Morris screenplay by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, The Town screenplay by Peter Craig and Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard, and True Grit screenplay by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

Nolan and Inception beat out Black Swan screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; story by Andres Heinz, The Fighter screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, The Kids Are All Right screenplay by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, »

- Nikola Mraovic

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2011 Writers Guild Awards Winners

6 February 2011 9:05 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2011 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles and the Axa Equitable Center in New York City.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay

Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.

Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight

The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures

The Kids Are All Right, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features

Please Give, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the book The Accidental Billionaires »

- MovieWeb

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Christopher Nolan Wins WGA Award for Inception

6 February 2011 3:37 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Writers Guild of America (WGA) have revealed the winners of the awards for best original, adapted, and documentary screenplays. As previously reported, "The King's Speech," "Winter's Bone," "Another Year" and "Toy Story 3" were not eligible for the award, despite being nominated for Oscars. The big winner was Christopher Nolan for his work on "Inception," beating out "Black Swan" and "The Fighter." "This is one of things I'm most proud of," he said, noting that his script for "Memento" wasn't eligible for the WGA Awards nine years ago. Aaron Sorkin also won for "The Social Network" screenplay. "I wrote a good script but David Fincher made a great movie," he said. The list of nominees and winners (in red): Original Screenplay * Inception (Christopher Nolan) * Black Swan (Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin) * The Fighter (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson) * The Kids Are All Right (Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg »

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‘Inception’ and ‘The Social Network’ Winners at WGA Awards

6 February 2011 1:02 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As we march ever closer towards the Academy Awards, the smaller ceremonies that give us an idea of what to expect at the biggest awards show of them all continue. Tonight, the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) Awards were handed out, and the winners are…kind of who you’d expect.

And those people who you’d kind of expect to be winners are Aaron Sorkin, claiming the Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Social Network, based on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires. Nabbing the award for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan, for Inception. Additionally, Charles Ferguson picked up the Best Documentary Screenplay award for his film Inside Job.

The other nominess in the Adapted Screenplay category were Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours; John Requa and Glenn Ficarra for I Love You, Phillip Morris; Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard and Ben Affleck for »

- Nick Newman

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‘Inception’ Is The Big Winner At The Writers Guild Awards

5 February 2011 6:40 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Inception” has finally gotten some real love.

It’s been a bit puzzling as to why Christopher Nolan’s expertly structured and endlessly fascinating sci-fi tale hasn’t been getting more attention from industry award-givers. While it’s received kudos for its technical prowess, “Inception” has yet to be truly acknowledged for its significant achievements in directing, writing and acting.

Until now, as Nolan’s script was given the award for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America at the WGA Awards. “Inception” emerged the winner against some extremely strong competition, including “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Fighter.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Sorkin’s script for “The Social Network” took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay (no surprise there) and Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job” won for Best Documentary Screenplay. Both films were winners at the recent Directors Guild Awards as well.

We love everything about “The Social Network, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Inception' and 'Social Network' Scripts Top the WGA Awards

5 February 2011 6:21 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

No big surprises here as the Writers Guild of America announced their winners tonight and Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network and Christopher Nolan's script for Inception took home top honors. Charles Ferguson's script for Inside Job was also awarded for Best Documentary Screenplay.

It's important to note that screenplays for Oscar nominated films such as The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3 and Another Year were all ineligible for the WGA awards as the WGA restricts "nominations to films that are written for productions that are signatories to the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreements of several affiliated international guilds... their purpose is to honor the best films produced by WGA members, or under WGA guidelines."

So, if you currently predict David Seidler's screenplay for The King's Speech is the likely Oscar winner over Nolan's Inception script then perhaps these awards don't mean as much to you. »

- Brad Brevet

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Download Dozens of Screenplays From This Year’s Awards Contenders: 2011 Edition

5 February 2011 3:14 PM, PST | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

Last year, noticing that studios throughout Hollywood were posting the screenplays for their “Oscar movies” online for free, I compiled the download links for every screenplay I could find and posted them to this site.  The article was a hit, many of the screenplays were downloaded, and things went quiet…until a few months ago, when the page started getting a lot of traffic again, no doubt thanks to the start of this year’s Oscar season.

The problem was, a lot of those studio sites from last year have been taken down, so if, say, you try to click the link to download the Avatar script, you get an ugly Not Found error.  I won’t make that same mistake again: this year, I’ve downloaded all the new screenplays and stored them here, so the links will always work.

I found quite a few this year (thirty-six, up from last year’s thirty, »

- Michael Dance

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Final 2011 Oscar Predictions Prior to Tomorrow's Oscar Nominations

24 January 2011 8:18 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In less than 24 hours we will no longer be discussing who will be nominated for an Oscar, but rather who will win. On Tuesday morning at 5:38:30 a.m. Pst (seriously, the Academy has nailed it down to the second) the 2011 Oscar nominations will be announced.

There are certainly front-runners to this point and we've discussed them at length from The Social Network's dominance as well as the recent surprise victory for The King's Speech from the Producers Guild. Films such as The Fighter pose serious threats in the acting categories and it looks like Natalie Portman and Annette Bening will be battling it out for leading actress.

However, beyond the top categories, this is the first year I've ever attempted to predict the nominees in every single category (barring the short film categories). I opened up "The Contenders" section of the site back in April 2010, and it »

- Brad Brevet

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Predicting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations - Part 2

24 January 2011 6:25 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Tis the season to give people tiny gold statues.  Whether you have realized it or not, Oscar season is upon us all.  It's one of the biggest events in the movie industry because, regardless of the worth that these trophies have on swaying the average moviegoer to watch a film, it certainly does wonders to ones resume.  So stand up and prepare your acceptance speech; we're going on a journey.  We will explore the best and brightest that this year had to offer, from Oscar bait to crowdpleasing blockbusters, we got em' all.  And, if we're lucky, we may just be able pluck up the noble few who will be lucky enough to grace the historic Kodak Theater.  From Best Picture to Best SFX, we're running down who we think may find themselves with Oscar gold come February 27.  Without furthur ado, here's Tmp's predictions of the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominees and winners! »

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Predicting the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Before They Happen--Part 2

24 January 2011 6:25 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Tis the season to give people tiny gold statues.  Whether you have realized it or not, Oscar season is upon us all.  It's one of the biggest events in the movie industry because, regardless of the worth that these trophies have on swaying the average moviegoer to watch a film, it certainly does wonders to ones resume.  So stand up and prepare your acceptance speech; we're going on a journey.  We will explore the best and brightest that this year had to offer, from Oscar bait to crowdpleasing blockbusters, we got em' all.  And, if we're lucky, we may just be able pluck up the noble few who will be lucky enough to grace the historic Kodak Theater.  From Best Picture to Best SFX, we're running down who we think may find themselves with Oscar gold come February 27.  Without furthur ado, here's Tmp's predictions of the 83rd Annual Academy Award nominees and winners! »

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My Fierce & Fearless Oscar Nominations Predictions! Who Will Get Oscar Nods Tuesday?

23 January 2011 11:56 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 25, at 5:30 in the morning, but before then, I took a stab at who and what the Academy will pick as nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards aka the Oscars!

Without further adieu, here are my predictions for the 2011 Oscar nominations! If I'm wrong come Tuesday, blame my pesky crystal ball :happy

My 83rd Oscar Nominations Predictions

Best Picture

127 Hours

Black Swan

Inception

The Fighther

The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

The Social Network

The Town

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky -- "Black Swan"

David Fincher " -- The Social Network"

Tom Hooper " -- The King's Speech"

Christopher Nolan -- "Inception "

David O. Russell -- "The Fighter"

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges -- "True Grit"

Robert Duvall -- "Get Low"

Jesse Eisenberg -- "The Social Network"

Colin Firth -- "The King's Speech"

James Franco -- "127 Hours"

Best Actress »

- Manny

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