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Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”
While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”
Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide
Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening. »
- Kate Erbland
Now that’s a loaded title! Perfectly designed to stand out amongst all the glowing Logan reviews in your MySpace timeline. Some will call it ‘clickbait’. Those people probably don’t understand what ‘clickbait’ is.
I write the title with a heavy heart, though. I wanted to love Logan. Everybody else seemed to. It’s a superhero Western with blood and swearing and Jean-Luc Picard. It’s like James Mangold looked up my Netflix viewing history, saw High Noon, Star Trek: The Next Generation and RuPaul’s Drag Race and thought, ‘let’s make a Wolverine solo movie specifically for this guy!’
Actually, ignore that whole RuPaul’s Drag Race part.
My reasons for not enjoying Logan are coming, but before we get there, I need to devote at least 500 words to over-establishing context. »
- Oli Davis
As well as some of you, I'm excited to see Daniel Espinosa's Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson. While it doesn't come out in theaters until next month, a new vignette has been released courtesy of Sony Pictures that gives us a closer look at the "encounter."
Synopsis: "Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected."
Directed by Daniel Espinosa from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ryan Reynolds. Columbia Pictures will release Life in theaters on March 24th, »
- Tamika Jones
Sony Pictures Entertainment has released a new preview and poster for their sci-fi thriller Life, which examines some of the big issues the film tackles. Instead of having stars such as Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal talk about the movie, the studio has enlisted a pair of real-life scientists, Dr. Kevin Fong, a space and emergency medicine expert, and Dr. Adam Rutherford, who shed some light on the plot and discuss how the issues told in this film would be examined in real life. This should certainly pique the curiosity for sci-fi fans out there, as we get closer and closer to the March 24 release date.
Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. »
Deadpool 2 details are still reasonably scarce, but the movie is expected to shoot this year and the production team is currently casting some major roles for the upcoming sequel. The movie is going to be adding the time-traveling mutant Cable, who is a fan favorite and has long been someone X-Men fans have wanted to see on the big screen. The movie is also bringing in Domino, a very powerful female mutant/mercenary. Recently, it was revealed that Scandal actress Kerry Washington is the frontrunner for the role and thanks to some excellent fan art, we now know what that could look like.
Artist BossLogic decided to do a rendition of Kerry Washington as Domino shortly after the news broke and took to his Twitter account to share what he came up with. The results are pretty hard to argue with. Not only does the 40-year-old actress really look the part, »
Leave it to PhotoShop genie BossLogic to produce a mock-up of Kerry Washington as Domino. On the heels of yesterday’s Deadpool 2 casting rumor, the prolific concept artist has published a new piece of fan art that imagines Washington, who is purportedly in talks for the villainous part after Sienna Miller (The Lost City of Z) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw dropped out of the race, as the badass Neena Thurman.
Per Screen Rant, this is by no means BossLogic’s first rodeo in the superhero genre, after envisioning what Megan Fox would look like as Poison Ivy in Gotham City Sirens. Now, the spotlight has shifted over to Deadpool 2 and, specifically, the currently vacant role of Domino. We know that Thurman is all set to feature in David Leitch’s follow-up alongside long-time love interest Cable – Pierce Brosnan is the latest (and final?) candidate to emerge for that one »
- Michael Briers
It’s worth noting that Ths’ report goes on to stress that negotiations are still ongoing, but it would seem Washington has come into contention after Sienna Miller (The Lost City of Z) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast) both passed on the role. What’s interesting here is that this purported shortlist emerged alongside a description of Domino as she’ll appear in the David Leitch-directed sequel. If nothing else, it gives us some indication of the criteria Fox is adhering to during Deadpool 2‘s ongoing casting process, and providing today’s report holds true, fans of Marvel Comics can look forward to a faithful rendition of the hardened mercenary.
The purported character breakdown reads as so:
“Female, All ethnicities; Late 20s – early 30s. »
- Michael Briers
With screenwriting comes notes — from stars, directors, producers and studio executives — and stories about notes that make no sense.
Nominees for this year’s Writers Guild Awards bonded Thursday night on a panel that delved into many topics including the “worst notes ever” — helpful hints from collaborators that were not helpful at all.
“Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins shared a couple of “worst notes” memories from the making of his film about a young African-American man growing up poor in Miami. The biggest clunker: “So where are the white people?”
That non sequitur drew peals of laughter from the crowd at “Beyond Words,” the Writers Guild of America West’s annual panel with the wordsmiths nominated for awards the organization will give out on Feb. 19.
Jenkins appeared with eight other writers and one producer at the event in Beverly Hills, which was co-presented by the Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Variety. »
- James Rainey
A new trailer has come our way for the Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal starring Life, a new sic-fi thriller from the minds of scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the mad geniuses responsible for the script to Deadpool) and director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). Carrying a serious Alien vibe with it, there is something genuinely unnerving about Life, continuing the fine tradition of close quarters sci-fi-horror that began with Ridley Scott’s aforementioned classic. Check it out for yourself below. Released: March 24th Synopsis: Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Author: Jon Lyus
Last night’s Superbowl gave us a wave of new TV spots and teaser trailers for this year’s biggest films. We saw the return of Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell made an appearance concerning the Fate of the Furious (The Fast and the Furious 8’s confusing title), and in our favourite spot Stranger Things are happening in season two of Netflix’s smash hit 80s show. Another film which may not have had the same level of hype orbiting it is Life, a new sci-fi disaster film concerning a crucial discovery that initially seems to have huge implications for the human race. Of course things don’t turn out so well and everything goes wrong, a race for survival begins.
‘I’ve told you, I don’t want my windows cleaned.’
- Jon Lyus
Their discovery could change the world… if they can survive the consequences of their find. Astronauts go up against an otherworldly threat aboard their space station in the new trailer for Sony Pictures’ Life.
Synopsis: “Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.”
Directed by Daniel Espinosa from a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Life stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ryan Reynolds. Columbia Pictures will release Life in theaters on March 24th, 2017.
- Derek Anderson
With so many reboots and sequels happening in Hollywood, there is a lot of desire for some original, or at least non-franchise related movies. Sony is going to provide sci-fi fans with something original next month in the form of Life, which features Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds dealing with a deadly new form of life discovered on Mars. Now, Sony has released a brand new, full-length trailer for Life that gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the new sci-fi thriller.
Sony Pictures uploaded the brand new trailer online, which gives us our best look at Life yet. The studio is also airing a couple of Super Bowl spots for the movie, which have also been released online already. This new trailer expands on what we saw in the first teaser and looks to be a serious homage to Ridley Scott's original Alien. In the video, »
The film follows team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. The trailer starts off light-hearted enough, but once the crew realizes that the life form they discovered may be more than they bargained for, the stakes set in.
“Let’s kill the thing, »
- Alex Stedman
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the main villain in Wonder Woman potentially being leaked, Ben Affleck stepping down as The Batman’s director, an update on Jurassic World 2 and more…
The Week in Movies is an excerpt from the weekly Flickering Myth Super Newsletter. Subscribe here to get it delivered to your inbox every Sunday.
The Batman franchise is in need of rebuilding.
After week several weeks of negative DC Extended Universe stories – Justice League being “discombobulated”, Wonder Woman being “a mess” – last Sunday actually offered a rare piece of positivity. Someone had heard “good things” about those aforementioned tentpole releases.
*Sharp intake of breath*
DC finally had a break! Some momentum! This is the studio with the rights to the world’s most iconic superheroes – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg (Ok, maybe not Cyborg) – how will Warner Bros. capitalise?
- Oli Davis
One. More. Day. - At this time tomorrow, we'll be deep into the second half of Super Bowl Li where hopefully the game is going exactly how we want it to go... Earlier today, Sony Pictures released a very tense new TV spot for their upcoming space sci-fi thriller Life, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) in the lead roles as three astronauts who discover the hard way that some things are better off left alone. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directed with a script from Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Plot details, for the most part, have been kept under wraps until now, but the new synopsis does shed some light on the extinction-level horror our six protagonists will face: "Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission »
The scribes behind seven of the year’s top awards contenders came together at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Saturday to discuss the most challenging scenes they had to write, their unique writing processes and crafting stories that fly in the face of conventional wisdom.
Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water”) said he learned how to write by taking note of what didn’t work. And he confessed, as a former actor, that he had plenty of practice working through bad material.
“I spent most of my time on TV shows kind of spewing exposition,” he said. “When I write I almost never use dialogue to move the plot forward because I understand painfully the traps. I try to have the lines tell you something about the character.”
He said he wasn’t sure what genre you could call his film, but that part of the fun for him »
- Kristopher Tapley
“Life” tells the story of an international space crew discovers life on Mars. And from the teaser, the the crew severely underestimates the power of their finding.
The film — directed by Daniel Espinosa from a script by Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese — also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Olga Dihovichnaya. “Life” is produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.
The movie, from Columbia Pictures and Skydance, hits theaters on March 24.
Watch the Super Bowl spot for “Life” below:
On March 24, we were better off alone. Stay tuned for a new #LIFEmovie trailer tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/qA6obHsfj4
— Life Movie (@LifeMovie) February 4, 2017
- Seth Kelley
2017 is the year we’re going to be freaked out in space at the multiplex. Ridley Scott‘s “Alien: Covenant” will once again bring galactic terror to the big screen, but coming first is the simply titled “Life,” where a bunch of astronauts face something definitely not human.
Read More: What Will Be The Biggest Box Office Blockbuster Of 2017?
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson, from the pens of “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and directed by Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” “Easy Money“), the action takes place on board an international space station where things start going very, very wrong.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, the film takes places on a cutting edge space station and follows the crew as they discover the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on the red planet. The latest trailer, which debuted a day before Super Bowl Li, shows how the discovery of one new specie could mean the end of another.
“Life” is co-written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and also co-stars Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya. As the six-member being their research, their methods up having deadly consequences as the life form begins to attack them and be more intelligent than they expected.
Columbia Pictures and Skydance will »
- Liz Calvario
Ryan Reynolds got a big boost to his career last year with Deadpool, and while we have to wait a while for Deadpool 2, we are going to be seeing him back on the big screen very soon. He is going to be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the new sci-fi thriller Life, which just so happens to be written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the screenplay for Deadpool. Now, Sony Pictures has released their brand new Super Bowl spot for Life online.
Sony clearly has a lot of confidence in Life, or at the very least they want to get as many eyeballs on it as possible, since a 30-second slot of ad time cost an average of $5 million. In any case, this new video gives us a nice, brisk look at what to expect from the movie, which will be hitting theaters late next month. »
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