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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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Film Review: ‘Freak Show’

Film Review: ‘Freak Show’
“Buckle up, darlings,” warns Billy Bloom, the adolescent protagonist of “Freak Show,” with his most salacious Bette Davis sneer. “I’m gonna take you on a little ride I call my life.” For a second, you sense some affectionate irony in Trudie Styler’s well-intentioned but woolly directorial debut: After all, many’s the privileged suburban teenager who has declared their life wilder and wackier than anyone else’s.

It doesn’t take long to realize, however, that “Freak Show” takes Billy (gamely played by British rising star Alex Lawther) entirely at his word. An out-and-proud, drag-loving high-schooler who delights in subverting masculine norms — and wears his resulting social isolation as a badge of honor — he’s certainly a beautiful misfit. Yet Styler’s surface-level adaptation of James St. James’ queer bildungsroman shows us more of Billy’s eye-popping wardrobe than his soul, as his superficially defined exceptionalism tilts ever less endearingly into narcissism; we leave this carnival-colored
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Official Trailer for Underrated Indie 'Freak Show' Starring Alex Lawther

"What am I going to do with you?" IFC Films has debuted an official Us trailer for an underrated indie dramedy titled Freak Show, which played under-the-radar at a few festivals this year after premiering in Berlin. But I'm guessing most people haven't heard of it. Freak Show is about a "fabulous, glitter-bedecked, gender-bending teenager" named Billy Bloom, played by up-and-coming young actor Alex Lawther, and his experiences at a public high school. It tells a very peculiar story of how to be who you are and not let it affect you, even if you're a freak or weirdo or whatever. His mother is played by Bette Midler, and the cast includes Laverne Cox, Ian Nelson, Abigail Breslin, and AnnaSophia Robb. This is actually a very entertaining film that is worth seeking out, no really. I first saw this at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the summer, and wrote a review here.
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‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)

‘Freak Show’ Trailer: Laverne Cox & Bette Midler Support a Gender-Bending Teen’s Run for Homecoming Queen (Exclusive)
Notorious club kid James St. James was canonized in the 2003 film “Party Monster,” which saw an adult Macaulay Culkin return to the screen for the first time since 1994’s “Richie Rich.” In his controversial comeback, based on St. James’ memoir and directed by “RuPaul’s Drag Race” producers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, Culkin played a drug-addled party promoter who becomes embroiled in a murder. Fifteen years later comes “Freak Show,” which is based on the eponymous novel by St. James. “Freak Show” has a lighter take on a similar character, although not one without his demons.

From first-time feature director Trudie Styler, “Freak Show” releases its flashy first trailer today.

Read More:Beanie Feldstein’s Family Values: The ‘Lady Bird’ Breakout on Lessons from ‘Big Sister’ Greta Gerwig and Brother Jonah Hill

Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”) plays Billy Bloom, a teenaged version of Culkin’s Michael Alig. The
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Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones

Ron Shelton Directing ‘Escape Artist’ Movie on Ed ‘Hacksaw’ Jones
Gold Star Films and Signature Films have hired Ron Shelton to direct “Escape Artist,” a project about Ed “Hacksaw” Jones, whose claim to fame is that he broke out of 14 prisons.

Jones became the first person to ever be put on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list without ever committing a violent crime. The project was announced Friday at the American Film Market.

Gold Star Films co-chairman, Joey Tufaro, Signature Films founder, Marc Goldberg, and production executive Sarah Gabriel are producing the film. John Watson and Kellie Davis will also be producing alongside Gold Star Films co-chairman, Todd Trosclair, who will serve as an executive producer. The film is slated to be shot in the greater New Orleans area.

The story will center on Jones being falsely sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in a chain gang, then escaping and beginning a life on the run as a master escape artist. Described as handsome,
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Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)

Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (Exclusive)
Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards, and Michael Madsen are starring in the independent comedy “Saturday at the Starlight,” currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The project is an ensemble comedy, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy “Dazed and Confused,” set in a roller rink on a single night in the mid-’90s. The story traces a canceled prom, a tween birthday bonanza, and a drug money pick-up gone awry.

The cast that includes Tony Cavalero (“School of Rock”), Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”), Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”), Brenna D’Amico, and veteran comedian Brian Huskey along with newcomers Dylan Summerall and Breaker Novogratz.

Phillip Clark Davis is directing from a screenplay by Jake Disch and Nick Gligor. Producers on the project include Lee Eisenberg (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office”), Linne Radmin, and Jimmy Summerall.

The project is the first feature film from Brat, a digital company that’s released more than a dozen series on YouTube with recognizable
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Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon
It’s this year’s little indie movie that could. In the last two weeks, audiences have gotten the chance to experience “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, funny, lyrical, heart-wrenching drama about a little girl and her punk-rebel-slattern mother living in a lavender-walled Orlando motel along a tourist strip on the outskirts of Disney World.

Anyone who sees the film is bound to be struck by the extraordinary qualities of its acting. Brooklynn Prince, who plays 6-year-old Moonee, whiling away the summer by getting into the sort of mischief that seems all too genuine in its destructive innocence (even when it involves the soiling of car windshields or the burning of abandoned real estate), gives one of the most vivid child performances in memory. You never doubt, for a moment, that Moonee is a real kid, with true-blue feelings that didn’t come out of a screenwriter’s manual, yet by the
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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17 films to catch at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017

Den Of Geek Aug 22, 2017

Horror Channel FrightFest takes place in London this weekend. Here's our pick of films to look out for...

Summer’s almost over and what better way to welcome in the spooky season than by hiding from the heat in a darkened room, with five days of wall-to-wall horror? Yep, it’s August Bank Holiday and that means the 18th annual London Horror Channel FrightFest is upon us. For some, this is a familiar pilgrimage. Veterans will be used to bloodshot eyes, numbness in the spine, a lack of nutrition and an acute anxiousness every time there’s a loud noise. For others, it may be their first visit and these are things to look forward to. Either way, FrightFest promises probably the biggest, purest, uncut dose of horror you can endure without going insane, complete with special guests, world premieres, live events and at least a couple of parties.
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Abigail Breslin Sued by Ex-Assistant, She Canned and Stiffed Me

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Abigail Breslin blindsided her assistant by canning him out of nowhere and stiffing him on his final paycheck ... according to a new suit. Michael Helms claims he worked as an assistant for the "Scream Queens" actress until she fired him on August 4. Problem is -- he'd already invoiced her for July, but was told he wasn't going to get paid for that month ... according to the docs. Sources connected to Michael tell us Abigail spoke
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2017 Outfest Lgbt Film Festival Lineup Revealed

The 2017 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival will kick off July 6 with Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, a drama about a Yorkshire sheep farmer and his relationship with a Romanian immigrant, which debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The fest, celebrating its 35th anniversary, will close July 16 with IFC’s Freak Show, Trudie Styler’s directorial debut starring Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laverne Cox and Bette Midler.

Additional gala screenings include the U.S. centerpiece Strangers, written and directed by Mia Lidofsky; the international centerpiece Close Knit,...
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Review: ABC's Dirty Dancing Remake: The Good, The Bad, and The Johnny

The original Dirty Dancing is a favorite movie to women of all ages. The magic of the film was created by the music, the spark between Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, and of course, the dancing. It was a movie we watched when we were young, fantasizing about growing up and falling in love, and we watch it now that we're grown and remember our first loves and those magic summers of our youth. 

Remaking a movie so iconic is a big risk, so I watched this ABC remake with a grain of salt. I knew it wouldn't be the Dirty Dancing of my youth, but I wanted to see what it had to offer. Here's the lowdown. 

The cast: Abigail Breslin (Signs, Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland) as Baby Houseman was a perfect fit. She's cute and youthful. She played the naive and inexperienced, yet intelligent Baby really well.
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‘Dirty Dancing’ With Abigail Breslin TV Musical Remake Fails To Impress

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ABC created a remake of Dirty Dancing as a television musical, but the project fell flat. Dirty Dancing ABC Remake Fails The remake aired on Wednesday and featured contemporary performances and a longer runtime. The original film was an hour and 40 minutes, while the new TV version ran for three hours, including commercials. “This thing […]

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Did Not Give Viewers Time of Their Lives: ‘Worst Remake Ever’

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Did Not Give Viewers Time of Their Lives: ‘Worst Remake Ever’
If it’s not broken, why try to fix it? A lot of fans have a major bone to pick with ABC’s new TV musical version of the beloved 1987 classic movie “Dirty Dancing,” which originally starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Wednesday night’s remake, featuring Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin, had people airing complaints on Twitter, and the results are nothing short of hilarious. Some viewers thought up ways other remakes could ruin an original. “Titanic remake: Jack lives!!!” one user tweeted. Others were nearly speechless, simply saying that ABC’s version was the “worst remake ever.” Also
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Dirty Dancing Remake is More Proof Patrick Swayze Needs to be Left Alone

Thank God it’s over. That’s all I can say. You might remember about a month ago I wrote how absolutely wrong it was that Dirty Dancing would be remade into an awful TV movie starring Abigail Breslin. I said it back then and I’m happy to say it now, it’s horrible. I stuck to my guns and didn’t watch one second of this flop. All I did was smile and read all the horrible reviews. I mean seriously. Did anyone even remotely think this would be pulled off? No offense to Abigail Breslin here but she hasn’t been good in

Dirty Dancing Remake is More Proof Patrick Swayze Needs to be Left Alone
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18 People Who Felt Personally Victimized by the Dirty Dancing Reboot

ABC's Dirty Dancing reboot aired Wednesday night, and Twitter had a damn field day. The new movie changed a few aspects of the original, and no one was happy about it. The biggest complaint, though, seemed to be the lack of chemistry between the leads, Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes. At least the new soundtrack was Ok . . . right? Even if you didn't tune in for the supersized movie, you'll crack up at these tweets.
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The 2 Biggest (and Most Annoying) Changes in the Dirty Dancing Reboot

ABC made the questionable decision to reboot Dirty Dancing in celebration of the film's 30th anniversary - because nothing honors a work of art more than trying to replace it - and it's certainly something. While the majority of the new film's scenes are less passionate replicas of the original's iconic moments, there are two notable tweaks to the story. First of all, the movie doesn't start at Kellerman's Summer retreat; it starts in New York City, 1975. Baby (Abigail Breslin) walks up to a theater on Broadway where the marquee proudly displays Dirty Dancing: The Musical. As she sits down to watch the show, her voiceover tells us that "you never forget your first love," and suddenly, we're back in the Summer of 1963. The movie continues on as usual, but rather than ending with the whole cast dancing to "Time of My Life" in the lodge, we again flash forward to the theater.
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Dirty Dancing: 10 Most Wtf Moments from ABC's TV Remake

The original 1987 Dirty Dancing is a movie that worked against all odds. Eighties sensibility (and hairstyles and theme song) shoehorned into a Sixties nostalgia piece, a miniscule budget, a cast of unknowns, and a troubled production – not to mention a heroine named … Baby. And yet it positively crackled, thanks to Eleanor Bergstein's deeply personal script, crazy chemistry between leads Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, and the ethereal gyrations of the late, great Swayze.

So how do you re-create that magic? The short answer is: You don't. The long, much
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'Dirty Dancing' Fans Had Some Harsh Words for New Remake -- Check Out the Best Twitter Reactions

'Dirty Dancing' Fans Had Some Harsh Words for New Remake -- Check Out the Best Twitter Reactions
ABC's Dirty Dancing remake aired Wednesday, and fans had a lot to say about the dubious redux -- and not a lot of it was super positive. However, that didn't stop the wave of feedback from being super funny.

The musical, which is a remake of the beloved 1987 romantic drama, starred Colt Prattes as Johnny Castle -- a role originated by Patrick Swayze -- and Abigail Breslin as Frances "Baby" Houseman -- first portrayed by Jennifer Grey.

Watch: Review: 'Dirty Dancing' Remake Is Less About Dancing, More About Singing -- Let's Break It Down!

Many fans of the original were apprehensive before the remake even hit the airwaves, and their response during and after the debut was swift and furious.

"What Is This Abomination @ABCNetwork I Demand A Thousand Apologies For This! #DirtyDancing We Did Nothing To Deserve This!!" one Twitter user exclaimed.

Another Twitter user evoked the "shame nun" from Game of Thrones to make
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