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Winners Announced For 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Competition

3 October 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Three individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.

Each individual winner and the combined writing team will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 13, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

For the second consecutive year, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts by members of the Academy.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”

Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”

Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”

Sallie West, Charleston, Sc, “Moonflower”

The winners were selected from a record 7,511 scripts submitted for this year’s competition.  Eight individual screenwriters and »

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Academy Taps Four Scripts for Nicholl Screenwriting Prize

3 October 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three individual writers and one writing team have been named winners of the 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  Each of the five writers will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation Nov. 13, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

For the second consecutive year, the event will also feature Academy members reading selected scenes from the winning scripts.

This year’s winners are, alphabetically:

Sam Baron, Cambridge, United Kingdom, “The Science of Love and Laughter”

Alisha Brophy, Los Angeles, CA, and Scott Miles, Austin, TX, “United States of Fuckin’ Awesome”

Melissa Iqbal, London, United Kingdom, “The Death Engine”

Sallie West, Charleston, Sc, “Moonflower”

They were selected from a record 7,511 scripts submitted.  Eight individual screenwriters and two writing teams were chosen as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately chose the winners. »

- Tim Gray

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'Forrest Gump' and 'Benjamin Button' Screenwriter Eric Roth Talks About His Writing Process

24 September 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has been releasing a series of Academy Originals for quite some time now and they are varying degrees of interesting, and this latest installment, sitting down with screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) I found particularly interesting, perhaps if only because he tells us he uses a piece of screenwriting software that still requires Dos and there's only enough memory for 40 pages. He likes the limits of the program, however, saying, "I like it because it makes you make acts. If I haven't said it in 40 pages, I'm starting to get into trouble, you knowc" Once he's done, he sends the studio a hard copy of the screenplay, which they have to scan into their computers. I also liked his approach to writer's block, which he says he combats by simply doing something as easy as changing the weather in a scene, which »

- Brad Brevet

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Ranking the Film's of David Fincher: From 'Alien 3' to 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

23 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »

- Brad Brevet

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'Forrest Gump' screenwriter Eric Roth uses a Dos program to write scripts

22 September 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

AMPAS' Academy Originals series continues to be not just a dynamic peek behind the creative process for filmmakers and actors, but a nice look into what makes inspires some of the most gifted individuals working in the sphere, what makes them tick, and screenwriter Eric Roth is a great subject. I've known Roth for close to 10 years now. He's a fascinating writer to me, and reading his work on the page can be exhilarating. He has such a way with painting a picture for you, navigating the waters of a screenwriting format that can often be unbending, rigid and dry by its very nature. Roth is also rather old school. He writes his script in a Dos program without any access to the internet while he's fleshing out his work. It eliminates distraction (not that Eric's surfing Twitter at any given moment), but it also keeps the script from leaking out or anything. »

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Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa

21 September 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With her second directorial effort Unbroken set to hit cinemas later this year, Angelina Jolie is already at work on her third, By The Sea which co-stars hubby Brad Pitt. Now she has locked in a fourth, targeting another true-life story with Africa.Eric Roth has written the script, based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his battle with the ivory poachers who threatened the African elephant population. The emotional story appears to be part of a trend in Hollywood at the moment: Tom Hardy, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio are all developing another anti-poaching drama. But Jolie’s attachment to this Skydance Productions films means it could have an even higher profile.“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant »

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Angelina Jolie to Next Direct Africa

20 September 2014 2:54 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Angelina Jolie has been focusing more on directing than acting recently. She will release "Unbroken" this Christmas and is currently filming "By the Sea" with Brad Pitt. And now comes word that she found her next directing project. The new movie is called "Africa" and is based on a screenplay by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich) about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life," said Jolie. "And was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him." »

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Angelina Jolie Is Set To Helm "Africa"

19 September 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Angelina Jolie has set up "Africa" at Skydance Productions as her next directorial project.

The film deals with paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey who set out to stop the African ivory poachers whose practices nearly put the noble elephant on a path to extinction.

In a statement, Jolie says: "I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man's footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him."

Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Insider") is writing the screenplay while David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing. Roger Deakins will serve as cinematographer.

Jolie is currently shooting "By the Sea" in which she also stars alongside husband Brad Pitt.

Source: Variety »

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Angelina Jolie Will Direct Elephant Poacher Drama 'Africa'

19 September 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Angelina Jolie has set up her next directorial project, teaming with Skydance Productions for the biopic Africa, based on the life of paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey.

The story follows Richard Leakey's quest to stop the African ivory poachers whose practices nearly put the noble elephant on a path to extinction. Richard Leakey was a fossil hunter who helped find the bones of an early man, before turning his attention to stopping elephant and rhino poachers.

Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump, The Insider) is writing the screenplay, with Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters producing.

Here's what Angelina Jolie had to say about the project in a statement.

"I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with »

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Angelina Jolie Will Direct Another Biopic

19 September 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Jolie has lined up "Africa" as her next directorial project, based on Kenyan fossil hunter and politician Richard Leakey's longtime battle against ivory poaching on the continent. It will be produced by Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, along with Jon Peters and Angelina Jolie. She will work from a screenplay by Oscar-winning "Forrest Gump" writer Eric Roth. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who shot "Unbroken," is also on board to shoot "Africa." (Read our Deakins interview here.) Jolie had admired Roth's adaptation of Stacy Schiff bestseller "Cleopatra," which has been seeking a director. Is this now back-burnered at Sony as Jolie favors directing over acting? Jolie, who already had quite the year with box office hit "Maleficent" ($700 million and counting worldwide) is currently directing the mid-70s romance "By the Sea," in which she stars alongside Brad Pitt as a former dancer traveling in France. »

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Angelina Jolie to direct Africa

19 September 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The multi-hyphenate, expected to be an awards contender this season with the upcoming Unbroken, will direct Skydance Productions’ epic.

Africa will be based on Eric Roth’s screenplay about paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population.

Skydance head David Ellison will produce alongside Jolie, Dana Goldberg and John Peters. Jolie will reunite with her Unbroken cinematographer Roger Deakins.

“I’ve felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric’s beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper understanding of man’s footprint and a profound sense of responsibility for the world around him,” said Jolie.

Jolie is currently in production on By The Sea for Universal, which she is directing from her original script. She will star alongside husband Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent and [link »

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Watch: 15-Minute Talk with Richard Leakey, Angelina Jolie To Direct Biopic 'Africa' About Conservationist's Life

19 September 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

She tackled the Bosnian war in her feature debut, "In The Land Of Blood And Honey," this holiday season she tells the WWII survival story "Unbroken," and now Angelina Jolie has lined up yet another directorial project, based on another true-life topic. With a script by Eric Roth ("Ali," "Munich," "The Good Shepherd"), Jolie is set to helm the biopic "Africa" based on the life of Kenyan Richard Leakey. Coming from a line of archaeologists, Leakey turned his attentions to paleontology and most famously to conversation efforts. He became the crucial face of the anti-poaching movement, working to save endangered African wildlife, but it also found him making enemies with those either within the illegal trade, or who couldn't handle his brusque manner. A fascinating subject to be sure, but this one is likely a bit of a way off. Jolie is currently helming "By The Sea" co-starring her husband Brad Pitt (first look. »

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Angelina Jolie signs on to direct biopic 'Africa'

19 September 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Angelina Jolie has only just offered a first look at her next project By the Sea, and her upcoming biopic Unbroken hasn’t yet hit theaters. But already the busy actor/writer/producer/director has lined up her next project.

Jolie has signed on to direct and produce Africa, which is written by Oscar-winner Eric Roth, whose last film was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close before he delved into television with projects like Luck and House of Cards.

Africa is another biopic for Jolie, and will tell the story of Kenyan politician and paleoanthropoligst Richard Leakey, who battled with elephant »

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Angelina Jolie continues directing streak with elephant poaching drama ‘Africa’

19 September 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Angelina Jolie refuses to luxuriate in the Oscar buzz surrounding her upcoming WWII drama 'Unbroken.' On Sept. 8, the actress-turned-director started on her third feature, 'By the Sea,' a romantic drama touting her first self-directed leading role and her first pairing with husband Brad Pitt since 2005's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". Showing no sign of slowing down, word is in that Jolie's fourth film has taken shape. According to Deadline, Jolie has signed on to helm "Africa," a drama based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s fight against ivory poachers in Kenya. Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth ("Forrest Gump," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") wrote the script, which Jolie plans to shoot soon after wrapping "By the Sea." David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, known for blockbusters like the "Mission: Impossible" series and the upcoming "Terminator: Genisys" trilogy, is behind the picture. “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and »

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Angelina Jolie to Next Direct Richard Leakey Biopic Africa; Roger Deakins Will Act as Cinematographer

19 September 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker.  After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken.  She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt.  But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa.  Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Hit the jump for more on the project, including the »

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Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Drama ‘Africa’ for Skydance

19 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Angelina Jolie has signed on to direct “Africa,” about the paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey's battle with ivory poachers that threaten the existence of the African elephant population, Skydance announced on Friday. “Africa” is based on Eric Roth‘s screenplay. Roger Deakins, who just worked with Jolie on “Unbroken,” will be the director of photography. See photos: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt First Look in ‘By the Sea’ “I've felt a deep connection to Africa and its culture for much of my life, and was taken with Eric's beautiful script about a man drawn into the violent conflict with elephant poachers who emerged with a deeper. »

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Angelina Jolie To Direct Elephant Poaching Tale ‘Africa’ For Skydance

19 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Angelina Jolie has found her next movie to direct. The actress and now busy helmer has signed on to for Africa, an epic tale for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Written by Oscar winner Eric Roth, the pic is based on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey’s late-’80s battle with ivory poachers in Kenya that threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the soul of Africa.

Ellison, Jolie, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters will produce. The pic also reteams cinematographer Roger Deakins and Jolie after the pair did the Louis Zamperini biopic Unbroken, which Universal releases on Christmas Day. The plan is to ramp up production on Africa soon after Jolie wraps her current gig, directing her script By The Sea for Universal in which she stars opposite husband Brad Pitt.

Her first feature helming effort, 2011’s In The Land Of Blood And Honey, served as her calling card »

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Angelina Jolie to Direct ‘Africa’ for Skydance Productions

19 September 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although her highly-anticipated Louis Zamperini biopic “Unbroken” doesn’t bow for another three months, Angelina Jolie already has another true story in the works. Jolie has been tapped to direct “Africa” for Skydance Productions from a script by Eric Roth.

The pic is based on the true story of paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey’s battle with ivory poachers, who threatened the existence of the African elephant population and the very soul of Africa. Jolie, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Jon Peters are producing.

“Based on Richard Leakey’s inspirational life, ‘Africa’ is a story that deserves to be told,” Ellison said. “It is very close to my heart, and I know that it will exceed my expectations in Angelina’s hands. She is an incredibly talented filmmaker and is sure to turn Eric Roth’s impeccable script into the project I’ve always wanted Skydance to be involved in.”

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Angelina Jolie to Direct Richard Leakey Biopic for Skydance Productions

19 September 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the World War II drama Unbroken readying for a release later this year, Angelina Jolie has set her sights on her next directorial project. And just like her previous movies, it is another true-life drama. Jolie has signed on to direct Africa, Skydance Productions’ drama centering on paleo-archaeologist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant. The script by Eric Roth is described as a “sweeping epic” which tells the story of African-born Leakey, a fossil hunter who helped find bones of early man but later turned his attention to combating elephant and rhino poaching. The

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Angelina Jolie Wants to Make a Movie About Elephant Poaching

19 September 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Angelina Jolie isn't giving up the director's chair any time soon. The multihyphenate just tossed another high-profile project onto her to-do pile, and it's serious business. "Africa" is about paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey's fight against ivory poachers in the '80s.

When Leakey was the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service, the organization was given "presidential permission to shoot poachers on sight," which made Leakey a target himself. "When I was head of the Kenya Wildlife Service I had five bodyguards, night and day, 24/7," he told Newsweek. "And I needed them. There were many, shall we say, interesting incidents." Screenwriter Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for "Forrest Gump" and nominations for "The Insider," "Munich," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," will pen the script.

Of course, Jolie's got plenty to do before tackling "Africa." Her next film, "Unbroken," is a prestige picture about the life of »

- Jenni Miller

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