9 items from 2010
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the second of a five part feature... read part one here.
In an effort to gain access to their son, Ila Fae Holiday and Robert Dent kidnapped a patrolman causing them to be pursued by a massive Texan police convoy; the 1969 incident was a media sensation and served as the inspiration for the theatrical debut of Steven Spielberg. “The Sugarland Express  is partly based on truth and partly on the wonderful cartoon imaginations of two genius writers, Hal Barwood [MacArthur] and Matthew Robbins [Mimic], with whom I collaborated,” stated the acclaimed American filmmaker. “In the true story, about 90 police cars from 11 counties, and God knows how many tank towns and four-way stops fell into this rag-tag formation. Our budget only allowed us 40 police cars, but I had to make it look like 100.” The story is reminiscent of a Hollywood classic by the legendary Billy Wilder. »
Last month, film historian Bruce Crawford held a special 35th anniversary screening of Jaws in Omaha, Nebraska. Among those attending were screenwriter Carl Gottlieb and Clarence Hupka, a survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the legendary and tragic ship that was sunk in the final days of WWII- only to have many of its crew killed by sharks. The incident was memorably woven into the film as the inspiration for Quint's obsession with shark hunting. Click here for photos of the event »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
35 years ago today a movie opened that changed the motion picture business. Plagued by numerous difficulties during its production including going over its shooting timeline by 100 days, a ballooning budget and a mechanical shark that broke down more often than being operational, Jaws went on to become the highest-grossing movie of 1975 and eventually all-time (a record that was surpassed two years later by Star Wars.)
Directed by a 28-year-old second-time feature filmmaker named Steven Spielberg, Jaws was the first movie to be given a wide release in 464 theaters and was the first movie to break the $100 million dollar barrier in box office ticket sales before going on to end its run with $470 million dollars worldwide. Today, when movies like Avatar can earn $740 million dollars in North America alone, the box office gross for Jaws sounds alright but not exceptional. Think again: if you adjusted the $470m that Jaws took back »
- Patrick Sauriol
The father of the modern blockbuster summer film — and one of the greatest movies of all time — Jaws, is coming up on its 35th Anniversary this summer. Released in North America on June 20, 1975, the film was nominated for Best Picture and ultimately won three Oscars for film editing, sound and original score. It also launched director Steven Spielberg on a Hollywood career trajectory unsurpassed to this day.
But it was Jaws' impact on moviegoers that was perhaps its most profound legacy. Peter Benchley's 1974 novel — upon which the film was based — terrorized readers on a primal level, leading sunbathers to fear going in the water lest they become a "hot lunch" for the oceans' most fearsome predator: the Great White Shark.
Spielberg thoroughly captured the visceral terror of the novel in his film through a combination of an intelligent and suspenseful screenplay from Carl Gottlieb, tremendous performances from a cadre of top-notch actors… »
Cinema Retro has received the following press release:
On Friday May 21st. Bruce Crawford will host his 26th classic film salute in Omaha Ne. A 35th. Anniversary screening of the 1975 blockbuster adventure, Jaws which will be screened with a newly restored print. Special guest will be Golden Globe nominee for best screenplay from Jaws, author, actor and screenwriter Carl Gottlieb. Gottlieb also appears in Jaws as the character "Meadows", and is the best selling author of "The Jaws Log". Tickets are $20 each, on sale at all Omaha Hy Vee food stores. This fantastic event will take place at 7:00 Pm at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall theater, 2200 Dodge st. Omaha Ne. For more information call 402-558-1546. It is a benefit for the Omaha Hearing School for Children. For more click here »
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The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) and the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.
The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions »
The 2010 Writers Guild Awards were held simultaneously on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The WGA ceremony outcome, in this unending Awards Season, saw no big surprises and another feather in The Hurt Locker’s cap. Does this, combined with all the other precursor awards (PGA, DGA, Ace, Adg), add up a Best Picture win on March 7th at the Academy Awards? With two weeks go, it would seem so, but I can’t help but sense a huge upset in the making.
The big WGA winners were:
“I’m honored and stunned,” and “to Kathryn Bigelow for backing an unpopular story about an unpopular war. I want to thank the soldiers in Baghdad who I was embedded with….”
Mark Boal was handed the Writers Guild of America award for best original screenplay Saturday night for his explosive drama script, "The Hurt Locker." The journalist-turned-movie-scribe spun his harrowing time embedded with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team in Baghdad in 2004 into a taut action thriller directed by DGA award winner Kathryn Bigelow.
Adding to their cache of frequent-awards miles, "Up in the Air" writers Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner flew off with the WGA's adapted screenplay honor. The pair has already taken home the Golden Globe for best screenplay and several critics' honors. Reitman was nommed by the WGA once before, in 2007, for his adaptation of Christopher Buckley's novel "Thank You for Smoking."
Mark Monroe was awarded the documentary screenplay award for "The Cove." The nonfiction writing nominees included Michael Moore for "Capitalism: A Love Story"; Robert Stone for "Earth Days"; Chris Rock, Jeff Stilson, Lance Crouther and Chuck Sklar »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
Gottlieb will be presented with the Morgan Cox Award at an awards ceremony held by the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) in Los Angeles on 20 February.
The screenwriter served on the Wgaw board of directors from 1983-1991 and 1996-2002, and as vice-president from 1991-1995 and 2004-2005. He also served as the chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (Iawg) from 2005 through 2009.
9 items from 2010
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