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Film Independent Selects 12 Fellows For 2010 Screenwriters Lab

18 August 2010 2:53 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Los Angeles (August 18, 2010) . Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the 12 screenwriters and film projects selected for its 11th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West. Taking place in Los Angeles from August 12 until September 16, the Screenwriters Lab is an intensive six-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, and take their current scripts to the next level in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment. Screenwriter and producer Meg LeFauve resumes duties as this year.s Lab Instructor, and Lab Mentors and Guest Speakers include Nicole Holofcener (Please Give), Erin Cressida Wilson (Chloe), José Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries), Josh Olson (A History of Violence), and Kay Schaber-Wolf (WGAw).

.Our Labs have always attracted a high level of talent from different backgrounds and disciplines, and this year is no exception,. said Director of Talent Development Josh Welsh. »

- Movie Geeks

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The Full and Unedited Interview with Producer Neal H. Moritz - Read or Listen Here

11 April 2010 7:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

About two weeks ago, I sat down with producer Neal H. Moritz for an awesome interview where we talked about everything he has in development and how he got into making movies.  Due to how long the interview was, I ran many articles under the headline “Seven Days With Neal Moritz”, and broke up each part by what movies we covered.

Due to how successful the articles were, I figured some of you might want to read the entire interview as it actually happened.  Also, I’m a huge fan of listening to what people have to say and not reading it as a transcript, so besides the full interview, after the jump you can also get the audio.

During the interview we talked about 3D, R.I.P.D., the Highlander reboot, Fast and the Furious 5/6, Shane Black’s Doc Savage, his remake of Total Recall, Flash Gordon, Battle: Los Angeles, Green Hornet, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Film Independent Selects 8 Emerging Filmmakers For 2010 Directors Lab

11 February 2010 12:52 PM, PST | Film Independent | See recent Film Independent news »

- Rodrigo Garcia, Keith Gordon, Catherine Hardwicke, and Alfredo De Villa to Serve as Lab Mentors -

Los Angeles (February 10, 2010) - Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 9th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak.  Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing yet challenging creative environment.  This year's Lab Mentors include Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective, Waking the Dead), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), and Alfredo De Villa (Adrift in Manhattan, Washington Heights).

"It's exciting to have a group of filmmakers in the Directors Lab that not only have such varied artistic backgrounds, »

- maint

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'Avatar,' 'Hangover' offer lessons to studios

3 February 2010 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Everyone knows that 2009 was a bad year for most of us, at least financially speaking, and a great year for pictures. Boxoffice gross and ticket sales grew to more than $10 billion and 1.4 billion, respectively. Ticket sales were the most in five years, though that was below the modern record of 1.6 billion set in 2002.

As the movie business looks at the possible lessons of 2009 in hope of learning from them in 2010, here's what we know (until this year shows that we know something different):

-- When the going gets tough, the tough go to the movies;

-- The adult drama ("State of Play," "The Informant!") is over;

-- Not every toy, comic book and graphic novel works as a movie (see "Speed Racer," "Astro Boy");

-- Torture porn is done ("Saw");

-- There can be one too many vampire movies ("Daybreakers" -- even the undead have a shelf life);

-- And Sandra Bullock is back, »

- By Jeffrey Korchek

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