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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
The British diver says he ‘couldn’t be happier’ in his relationship with a man.
Tom Daley‘s sexuality has been the subject of much speculation for years, and although he once said he found gay rumors “funny,” the 19-year-old Olympic gold medalist has bravely decided to change his tune. In a video titled “Something I want to say…” Tom candidly discusses — for the very first time — his current relationship with a man, saying, “I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And, well, that someone is a guy.”
Tom Daley Comes Out As Bisexual: Family Has Been ‘So Supportive’
Though this is the first time most of the world is learning about Tom’s sexuality, there is one person he made sure to tell before the big announcement: his mother, Debbie. He says she’s been “so supportive,” even if »
- Andy Swift
Joel Kinnaman (above), who is 34, Christina Applegate is 42, Dougray Scott is 48, Bruno Tonioli is 58, and Amy Grant is 53. Here’s Amy’s first top 40 hit, “Find A Way,” which reached #29 in July 1985.
Rick Santorum’s Christmas movie proves flop
Sandra Bullock has been named Entertainment Weekly‘s Entertainer Of The Year.
GLAAD Announces Sarah Kate Ellis as President
I don’t watch Family Guy, but I know fans are up in arms about the shocking death of ______ . Here’s a tribute the show put together.
Below you can see a report from Hawaii News Now about the »
2013 has had its gay ups (lots of marriage advancement!) and gay downs (Alec Baldwin can still speak!), but overall, we have much for which to be thankful. In this edition of Weeklings!, I teach you how to celebrate Thanksgiving like a righteous, informed homosexual. Bring on the stuffing, Wentworth Miller.
More Weeklings! here.
The post Weeklings! What Gays Should Be Thankful For appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- Louis Virtel
Wentworth Miller is once again speaking out about the struggles he endured before coming out as gay in late August. The 41-year-old Prison Break alum covers Out magazine for its December 2013 issue, and reveals that he previously felt "deep feelings of shame" before revealing his true sexuality. "I remember carrying around deep feelings of shame after I tried to kill myself, feeling like I'd stumbled or failed life's exam," the actor told the mag. (In September, Wentworth admitted during a Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle [...] »
Here is a brief extract from editor Chris Laverty’s third ‘Fabric of Cinema’ column for international periodical Arts Illustrated. The main reason for a plug is the subject matter discussed: colour, without doubt one of the most fascinating aspects of theoretical costume study. Colour is so open to interpretation that any occasion costume designers dare to use it with intentional meaning constitutes a brave move. One of the finest costume events of the year so far, Stoker, provides just such an example. Costumers Kurt and Bart deliberately incorporated colour as a form of expression to be read alongside the film’s similarly intentional production design.
A preview of the Arts Illustrated piece ‘Colour the Narrative’ is included below. To get the entire magazine either download the issue online or subscribe to the hard copy:
‘Artistic interpretation of colour is entirely subjective. Crudely, it is based on cultural, spiritual, or even religious beliefs. »
- Christopher Laverty
Kate Beckinsale has been cast in D.J. Caruso's upcoming supernatural thriller The Disappointments Room. Caruso is the director who brought us films such as Disturbia, Eagle Eye, and I Am Number Four. The script for the movie was written by Wentworth Miller, who wrote the amazing script for the film Stoker.
Beckinsale plays a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial manse in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.
Miller is a hell of talented screenwriter, and I'm excited to see what he came up with for this story. This has the potential to end up being a really great film. »
- Joey Paur
Kate Beckinsale (Contraband, Underworld) is in negotiations to star in the thriller The Disappointments Room, to be directed by D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia) , from an original screenplay by Wentworth Miller (Stoker).
Hoping to repair their failing marriage, Dana (Beckinsale) and Dave move, with their son Jeremy, into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. In the course of renovating their new home, Dana discovers a small locked door in the corner of the attic that hadn’t appeared in the house’s blueprints. The ghost of a young girl appears and beckons her to open the door. But the spirits of those who protect the room’s terrifying secret return to make sure that the room remains closed forever.
- Michelle McCue
• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
• 12 Years a Slave antagonist Michael Fassbender is in talks to play a man who wants out of the family business in the gangster pic Trespass Against Us. Adam Smith, who has directed episodes of Doctor Who and Skins, will make his feature debut on the project. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and will introduce the project to buyers next week at the American Film Market.
Beckinsale would portray a mother who moves into a dilapidated country manor near an aging Eastern seaboard town. There in the attic she discovers a small locked door — and the ghost of a young girl beckoning her to open it.
The film will be exec produced by Demarest Films’ Sam Englebardt and Bill Johnson, Foresight’s Tamara Birkemoe, PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Merced Media’s Raj Brinder Singh and Envision’s Remington Chase and Stepan Martirosyan. »
- Dave McNary
Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, "while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times." Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York's biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years. Scott stars as Brown's wife, in a part written with her in mind. Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date. Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale's negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso's The Disappointments Room. News on Aykroyd and Scott's addition to Get On Up comes courtesy of THR. »
- Dave Trumbore
The story, written by actor-turned-writer Wentworth Miller (Stoker), centers on a woman (Kate Beckinsale) who moves her family into a countryside Colonial mansion. She begins to lose her mental faculties when she learns about the house's violent past, and begins seeing visions of a dead girl.
Another supernatural thriller is headed to this year's American Film Market, which kicks off next week. Get ready for a boatload of horror news when it goes down, but for now... Read on for the skinny!
As per The Hollywood Reporter, D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) has signed on to direct The Disappointments Room, which is being produced by Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group. Foresight will sell the movie at Afm, with Relativity in final negotiations to pick up domestic distribution.
Kate Beckinsale has the offer to star as a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial mansion in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl.
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- John Squires
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that DJ Caruso (Disturbia, Eagle Eye) has signed on to direct “The Disappointments Room,” a supernatural thriller written by actor-writer Wentworth Miller (Prison Break).
This is only the second film written by Miller, who’s primarily known as an actor. Miller’s other writing credit was “Stoker,” the Nicole Kidman film that came out earlier this year. Interestingly, when he began submitting scripts he did so under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, which he told Movieline he did because he “just wanted the scripts to sink or swim on their own.”
The movie will follow a woman and her daughter who move to a colonial home in the country. The home, surprisingly, has a dark, violent past which soon starts to make the woman lose her mind as she starts having visions of a dead girl. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld, Serendipity) has been offered the lead role, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Kate Beckinsale has an offer to star as a mother who moves her family to a colonial mansion in the country. She begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home's bloody past and sees visions of a dead girl.
Relativity is in final negotiations to pick up domestic distribution.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
DJ Caruso has signed on to direct The Disappointments Room.
Kate Beckinsale has been offered the lead role in the supernatural thriller, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film centres around a woman who moves her family to a colonial mansion in the countryside.
She begins to lose her mind after being haunted by the terrible events of the house's past.
Caruso previously directed Disturbia, Eagle Eye and I Am Number Four.
D.J. Caruso ( Disturbia , Eagle Eye , I Am Number Four ) will direct The Disappointments Room , a supernatural thriller being produced by Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group, says The Hollywood Reporter . Kate Beckinsale is expected to star as a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial manse in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home.s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl. Wentworth Miller ("Prison Break," Stoker ) wrote the script. Relativity Media is in final negotiations to pick up domestic distribution rights. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) »
D.J. Caruso has signed on to direct The Disappointments Room, a supernatural thriller being produced by Geyer Kosinski of Media Talent Group. Foresight will sell the movie at Afm with Envision financing. Relativity is in final negotiations to pick up domestic distribution. Kate Beckinsale has the offer to star as a mother who moves her family to a nice Colonial manse in the country. The woman slowly begins to lose her sanity as she learns of the home’s bloody past and is afflicted by visions of a dead girl. Wentworth Miller, the Prison Break star who wrote Stoker, penned
- Borys Kit
No, The Disappointments Room is not the storage locker where Kate Beckinsale keeps the various drafts of the Whiteout screenplay. It’s actually a new supernatural thriller script she’s been offered and that I Am Number Four’s D.J. Caruso is down to direct.The Disappointments Room would see Beckinsale as a mother who moves her family to a storied mansion in the country. While it has plenty of land and lovely architecture, she discovers it also comes with a gruesome history and starts to slowly go insane when plagued by visions of a dead girl. We always hate it when the estate agents leave that off the listing.Wentworth Miller, who already demonstrated his scripting chops with Stoker, wrote this one and the project is now set to be touted at the American Film Market. Beckinsale isn’t firmly aboard yet, but the producers will be hoping she »
Does it still matter if a film's lead character is gay? And do movie-makers need to spell it out to audiences in advance?
In Italy, attitudes towards homosexuality are still pretty conservative, so the Italian distributor of Stranger By the Lake – a French thriller about a killer at large in an idyllic gay-cruising area – had to be careful about its publicity. Careful, that is, to ramp up the gay angle. Where the picture's international trailer opens with a cryptic conversation about a fish before showing glimpses of male nudity and a bit of groping in the bushes, the Italian trailer drops the fish, adds some flesh and shows two men passionately getting it on.
This wasn't an act of politically motivated provocation; quite the opposite, in fact. "In Italy, we have a lot of problems with censorship for homosexual films," says Dario de Lorenzo of Teodora Film, the distributor in question. »
- Ben Walters
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