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Newswire: A My Cousin Vinny book sequel is in the works

In the 25 years since My Cousin Vinny was released, there’s been one Oscar win for a cast member (Marisa Tomei) and one real attempt at a sequel. In 2012, Dale Launer, who wrote the original script, proposed a follow-up to Vincent Laguardia Gambini’s (Joe Pesci) surprise Alabama victory that would see the Brooklyn native practicing law in the United Kingdom, where he would undoubtedly run afoul of procedures and protocols, with possibly hilarious results. Pesci and Tomei had reportedly signed on for Vinny and Mona Lisa’s ongoing adventures as fish out of water, but the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress eventually dropped out, and the project was shelved.

There’s still hope for people who are just dying to know what life would look like for the bumbling, occasionally brilliant lawyer who misrepresented himself in a capital case—The New York Post reports that a My Cousin Vinny ...
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Comedy Classic ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Updated By New Novel, ‘Back To Brooklyn’

Comedy Classic ‘My Cousin Vinny’ Updated By New Novel, ‘Back To Brooklyn’
Fans of the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy My Cousin Vinny have always wondered what happened to the characters played by Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei when they rode off at the end of the film. Author Lawrence Kelter is attempting to provide the answer. The Brooklyn attorney obtained the rights and absolution from screenwriter Dale Launer, the Writers Guild, and 20th Century Fox to do a new novel based on the characters. The result is Back to Brooklyn (Down and Out…
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We Just Found a Huge Flaw in ‘My Cousin Vinny’ – After 25 Years

We Just Found a Huge Flaw in ‘My Cousin Vinny’ – After 25 Years
It turns out it wasn’t just the defense that was wrong, as Marisa Tomei so famously recites as spitfire car expert Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny.” Vito is renowned in the movie world for her automotive knowledge (“my father was a mechanic, his father was a mechanic…”), but it turns out, one of her statements on the witness stand — the one that arguably clinched Tomei’s Oscar win — wasn’t entirely accurate. In speaking with TheWrap for the 25th anniversary of the classic courtroom comedy, which also starred Joe Pesci, screenwriter Dale Launer explained that there were three cars made in.
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Calm down, 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' was already a remake of another movie

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Calm down, 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' was already a remake of another movie
As with any actor whose work I love, there are films that stand out as particularly great in the career of Steve Martin, and one of those films is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. There are many great things about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Michael Caine is a perfect foil for Martin, whose work as nascent con man Freddy Benson is inspired. Frank Oz does a terrific job of creating this romantic, beautiful French fantasyland where people are going to believe the incredible lies told by Freddy and Caine’s master bullshit artist Lawrence Jamieson. Glenne Headly gives one of her most nimble performances as Janet Colgate, the poor defenseless tourist who ends up targeted by Freddy and Lawrence. Ian McDiarmid, best known to the fanboy nation as Emperor Palpatine, is dry and deadly as Arthur, Lawrence’s manservant. Miles Goodman’s score is terrific, one of the great comedy scores of the ‘80s,
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‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members

‘Annie Hall’ Named Funniest Screenplay by WGA Members
Annie Hall” has been named the funniest screenplay in voting by the members of the Writers Guild of America.

The script by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman topped “Some Like it Hot,” “Groundhog Day,” “Airplane!” and “Tootsie,” which make up the rest of the top five. “Young Frankenstein,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” and “National Lampoon’s Animal House” rounded out the top 10.

The awards for the 101 funniest screenplays were announced at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood at the conclusion of two hours of panel discussions and clips, hosted by Rob Reiner. He noted that his “This Is Spinal Tap” script had finished at the No. 11 spot — a coincidence that recalled the “go to 11” amplifier joke in the film.

The “Annie Hall” screenplay won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1977. Allen had six other scripts on the list — “Sleeper,” “Bananas,” “Take the Money and Run,
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About: Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

The Hollywood Film Awards® was founded in 1997 and honors excellence in filmmaking and traditionally signals the Official Launch of the Award Season®. The HFAs showcase to the public at large previews of quality films released during the calendar year. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 18 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.” 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley,
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Hollywood Film Awards – Criteria and Selection – Launching the Awards Season

The Hollywood Film Awards honor established Hollywood artists. The criteria for these awards is based on the recipient’s body of work and/or a film that they have coming out this year. These awards are bestowed in all disciplines of filmmaking*: Career, Leadership, Producer, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Film Composer, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Animation, and Visual Effects. Our award/tribute recipients are selected by our Advisory Team which is comprised of a cross section of Hollywood professionals. To read more about the Hollywood Film Awards The selection process for our honorees takes multiple elements into consideration and involves attending pre-press private industry screenings, press screenings, festival screenings, and research. It also includes the support and participation of established entertainment industry executives, from agents, critics, directors, managers, producers, publicists, screenwriters and studio execs to members of the craft guilds. With participating Hollywood insiders,
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This is a "Blind Date" Worth Showing Up For

Buckle up Walter, you're in enough trouble as it is!

Blake Edwards, the middle brow genius, if you don't mind my calling him that, behind The Pink Panther (1963), brings us an entry in that excellent comic sub-genre, the worst night ever.  But unlike After Hours (1985), the night from hell in Blind Date (1987) is just the beginning.  Edwards takes Dale Launer's screenplay and finishes with a final act that is uniquely his own in style.  One significant difference is that while the Pink Panther films ended on ambiguous notes for hero and love interest, the 1980's will not allow for anything but a set up for a final kiss and a happily-ever-after.  The original music by Henry Mancini runs exactly parallel with its 80's-ness.

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The Truth Behind 'Men in Black III' Debacle

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the troubled production of director Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black III, reporting on the myriad writers, the troubled script being hammered away upon by those myriad writers, as well as the various delays and cessations of filming. Well, my friends, people working on the film are starting to talk, and it seems things are even worse than we thought.

In a recent article, The Hollywood Reporter has pulled back the curtain surrounding this plagued movie and given us a peek at a production completely out of control.

In our previous piece, we mentioned that the flick's start date had been pushed from October to November 2010 due to concerns about the script — and, man, were those concerns valid. We now know that when filming began in November, only the first act of the screenplay was actually complete. The current ongoing halt in production,
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A closer look at why Men In Black III has had delays

If you have read the site, you have likely noticed our reports about the delays and scripting issues surrounding Men In Black III.  The production is currently on hiatus until March 28 and David Koepp is hard at work fixing complex script issues. These delays are costing Sony millions of dollars, but those cost are reportedly more than offset because the studio started shooting early enough in 2010 in order to save millions for New York tax breaks, according to THR. 

The decision to delay the production has caused fans and Hollywood insiders to question what Sony is thinking! A top executive at one production company said that "the tax break is covering the chaos cost," adding, "There isn't any tax break that would convince me to do [what Sony did] -- ever!" Wha

According to Steve Elzer, Sony's  Mib spokesman, the studio decided to shoot the film to gain the tax break and added
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