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If this year’s Oscar-nominated screenwriters had a do-over, or some extra time in the editing bay, a few things would have been different in some of the top films of 2015, the scribes told a Hollywood audience this week.
“Straight Outta Compton” could have gone to a “darker and grittier and a little more honest” place regarding the past of some of its lead characters, suggested co-writer Jonathan Herman. Animated Pixar blockbuster “Inside Out” might have preserved a character from early story talks: lederhosen-wearing, irony-spewing Schadenfreude, said Josh Cooley, co-writer of the animated hit. Other panelists suggested characters who deserved more screen time — Amy Ryan and Sarah Paulson, for example, in their supporting turns in “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol,” respectively.
The spate of remake suggestions were a telling part of the discussion, as 10 of the men and women nominated for the Academy Award for best screenwriting (both originals and »
- James Rainey
If it’s Friday, it must be time for some new predictions. Yes, we’re nearing the finish line for the Academy Awards, with the ceremony only a few short weeks away. This is a pretty huge precursor weekend though, with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (or BAFTA) handing out their awards, along with the American Society of Cinematographers (or Asc), and the Writers Guild of America (or WGA). We can look to BAFTA for help in figuring out if The Revenant is going to more or less sweep the Oscars, while Asc will likely confirm the Best Cinematography category to be in its favor. As for the WGA, it’s probably going to be split between The Big Short and Spotlight. We could finally get some answers in the next few days, but we also might just wind up with more questions… First up, take a »
- Joey Magidson
The winners were announced Thursday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. The awards are voted on by users of Final Draft screenwriting software
Alex Garland’s script for “Ex Machina” won the original screenplay category, topping “Bridge of Spies” by Matt Charman and the Coen brothers, and “Inside Out” by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley.
“The Martian” won the best adapted screenplay award for Drew Goddard, based on the book by Andy Weir. The other finalists were “The Big Short” by Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, based on the book by Michael Lewis; and
- Dave McNary
It was good night for sci-fi and fantasy at Thursday’s 11th Annual Final Draft Awards, honoring the year’s best screenwriting in film and television. Alex Garland‘s “Ex Machina,” about a seductive robot played by Alicia Vikander, edged out “Bridge of Spies” and “Inside Out” for Best Original Screenplay. Drew Goddard‘s big screen take on Andy Weir’s “The Martian” survived as Best Adapted Screenplay over “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Big Short.” Also Read: Alejandro Inarritu Wins for 'The Revenant' at Directors Guild Awards In television categories, Best Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones. »
- Matt Donnelly
Final Draft announced the winners of the 11th annual Screenwriters Choice Awards (Sca) on Thursday at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot. Film honorees included Alex Garland for Ex Machina and Drew Goddard for The Martian, with TV winners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff for HBO's Game of Thrones, and Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady for CBS' The Big Bang Theory. The 2016 ceremony, hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, also honored new Hall of Fame inductee Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull).
- Hilary Lewis
Movies can transport us to sci-fi worlds with immerse viewing experiences. But when the lights come up at the end of the movie, it’s back to the real world. There are some futures that sound like sci-fi now that might be reality soon though. And there are other less likely sci-fi scenarios that we’ll never get to really experience (sorry, everyone with Avatar blues — we’re not going to Pandora). Mars, though, is within reach. But it’s not Mars that the creative minds behind The Martian dream of visiting — especially not Andy Weir, author of the book on which the successful Matt Damon-starring movie is based. At an event today on the 20th Century Fox lot featuring a panel of Weir, director Ridley Scott, and screenwriter Drew Goddard, moderator Adam Savage (MythBusters) brought up the possibility of the The Martian filmmakers traveling to Mars themselves, Weir »
- Emily Rome
More than 150 Oscar nominees came together at noon on Monday at the Beverly Hilton as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
From Left to Right:
Seated: Adam Benzine, Paul Massey, Michael Standish, Chris Jenkins, Randy Thom, Jason Smith, Josh Cooley, Maryann Brandon, Richard Williams, Patrick Vollrath, Ed Lachman, Mary Parent, David Acord, Anders Langland, Henry Hughes, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Tom Yellin
First Row: Rosa Tran, Jacqueline West, Ed Guiney, Evgeny Afineevsky, Matthew Shumway, Amy Hobby, Jonas Rivera, Gregg Rudloff, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Love Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Courtney Marsh, Nomi Talisman, Mark Ruffalo, Diane Warren, Paco Delgado, Bryan Cranston, Jistin Wilkes, Blye Pagon Faust, Roger Guyett, Basil Khalil, Drew Kunin, Sian Grigg, Andrea Berloff,
- Michelle McCue
Director: Ridley Scott
Special Features: Signal Acquired: Writing and Direction, Occupy Mars: Casting and Costumes,5 Theatrical In-World Pieces (Ares III: Farewell, The Right Stuff, Ares: Our Greatest Adventure, Leave Your Mark, Bring Him Home), Ares III: Refocused, Production Gallery, Theatrical Trailer.
Andy Reid’s novel The Martian was a cracking read and, when announced, Drew Goddard’s adaptation for the big screen was an exciting prospect, especially once Ridley Scott was involved followed by Matt Damon in the lead role of Mark Watney, the man accidentally left behind on Mars. Does this film version find that fine line between being faithful to the source material and create its own movie world as well? It does, and most importantly it keeps the essence of »
- Dan Bullock
The agonies of screenwriting were on full view Thursday night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, where 11 scribes nominated for WGA Awards took part in the guild’s Beyond Words program.
One of the biggest laughs from the full house came when “Spotlight” writer Josh Singer admitted that he and writer-director Tom McCarthy spent several years going through the Boston Globe’s investigation of pedophile priests.
“We did research for a long time,” Singer said. “Anything to put off writing.”
McCarthy admitted that interviews with the victims of the scandal was a turning point. “The story really came together once we talked with survivors,” he added.
Both “Spotlight” writers were effusive in their praise of the Boston Globe journalists portrayed in the film, noting that editor Martin “Marty” Baron (portrayed by Liev Schreiber) even supplied them with extensive emails to keep the timeline straight. They also credited the initial producers, »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight Much more competitive than the original screenplay category, the adapted race increasingly seems to be up in the air now. Aaron Sorkin won the Golden Globe, but he's not even nominated, which makes the race even more exciting. For now, this seems like close race between "The Big Short" and "The Martian," both of which have earned vast acclaim for their scripts. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best adapted screenplay. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire. Nominees:Emma Donoghue ("Room")Drew Goddard ("The Martian")Nick Hornby ("Brooklyn")Adam McKay and Charles Randolph ("The Big Short") Phyllis Nagy ("Carol") Predicted Winner: "The Big Short" Potential Spoiler: "The »
On average, it took six years to bring each of the eight WGA-nominated scripts to the screen, with Phyllis Nagy's Carol taking the longest – 18 years – and Drew Goddard's The Martian the fastest. "Two-and-a-half years ago it was still an e-book. It was a quickie," Goddard said Thursday night at the Beyond Words panel discussion with the guild's nominated screenwriters. It was a high-spirited evening, with lots of laughs and no controversy. The word 'diversity' – the… »
Representing eight of the 10 films nominated for Original and Adapted Screenplay at this year's Oscars, there's a very good chance that at least one of the nine screenwriters on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2016 "It Starts with the Script" panel will be on stage at the Kodak Theatre later this month. Moderated by Toh!'s Anne Thompson, the panel features Pete Docter ("Inside Out"), Emma Donoghue ("Room"), Alex Garland ("Ex Machina"), Drew Goddard ("The Martian"), Jonathan Herman ("Straight Outta Compton"), Charlie Kaufman ("Anomalisa"), Phyllis Nagy ("Carol"), Charles Randolph ("The Big Short"), and Josh Singer ("Spotlight"). Read our coverage of the panelists' films at the links above, and check out the full schedule of Sbiff Tributes below. This year's festival runs from February 3-13. Read More: "Santa »
- Matt Brennan
Each of this year’s Best Adapted Screenplays are all available to read online, and they’re free. In case you want to revisit or study any of them more closely, »
- Jazz Tangcay
The Martian represents Sir Ridley Scott‘s grand return to science-fiction and what a return. Unfortunately, the director behind Blade Runner and Alien was not nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. But that’s no matter, as his inspiring, exciting, and funny “comedy” (as the Golden Globes called it) will stand the test of time. Drew Goddard‘s (The Cabin in the Woods) script […]
- Jack Giroux
“It was surreal,” admits Drew Goddard during our recent webcam interview (watch above) as we talk about his Oscar nomination for “The Martian” screenplay. “When I was growing up in New Mexico it actually seemed easier to go to Mars than to go to the Oscars.” -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions As proven by the picture, while it may be easy getting to Mars coming back is no cakewalk. Based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, this 3D epic tells the story of an astronaut (Matt Damon) who must use ingenuity and optimism to survive after he is stranded on the red planet. The film gave Goddard, an avid sci-fi fan, the opportunity to work with one of the defining filmmakers of the genre, Ridley Scott. “One of the things that’s fun is that when people ask me what it’s like to work with Ridley, »
Vulture is talking to the screenwriters behind 2015's most acclaimed movies about the scenes they found most difficult. Today we spoke to writer Drew Goddard, who adapted Andy Weir's novel The Martian for the screen, about how hard it was to get Matt Damon into act three while still being faithful to the book's scientific acumen.With The Martian, I knew that the challenges came from the fact that it’s a very dense text, and the science is very dense, and you have to make it accessible for an audience. I knew that would be the question that came up over and over. I felt like, All right, just trust that if I love it, other people are going to love it, too. My job became much more about protecting what was in Andy Weir's book. I said to the studio, “Don’t come to me and »
- Drew Goddard,Kevin Lincoln
Yesterday, fans were treated to a surprise trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which many have speculated is a sequel to the 2008 hit Cloverfield. There is still very little we know about the story, but since both 10 Cloverfield Lane and Cloverfield were produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, many assume there is some sort of connection between the two. Earlier today, a user cleared the air about this mysterious project, revealing that it may not be a direct sequel, but it is set in the same Cloverfield universe.
"This film was originally made under the names Valencia and The Cellar for Paramount's Insurge division (a subsidiary for films made for under 5 million dollars like The Devil Inside), and when Paramount closed it down, this movie (shot and completed) was thrown out to the wind and orphaned. Paramount bought it back up and had Daniel Casey and Damien Chazelle do some re-writes »
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph (working from a book by Michael Lewis) for McKay's The Big Short, Nick Hornby (novel by Colm Tóibín) for John Crowley's Brooklyn, Phyllis Nagy (book by Patricia Highsmith) for Todd Haynes' Carol and Emma Donoghue's adaptation of her own novel for Lenny Abrahamson's Room, join Drew Goddard (book by Andy Weir) for Ridley Scott's The Martian as the five Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominees. Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography for Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs is a glaring omission by the Academy voters.
Jeff Daniels, the star of Woody Allen's The Purple Rose Of Cairo and James L. Brooks' Terms Of Endearment, is the thread between Oscar nominated actors Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Matt Damon in The Martian »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ridley Scott's multiple Oscar nominated film The Martian, screenplay by Drew Goddard, stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney with Jessica Chastain as Commander Melissa Lewis in charge of Nasa's mission to Mars. Dariusz Wolski's cinematography, Arthur Max's production design, Harry Gregson-Williams' score, mixed with The O'Jays, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, Donna Summer, Vicky Sue Robinson, Abba and David Bowie's Starman add to the journey. The director of Alien starring Sigourney Weaver, Blade Runner with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young, and Prometheus with Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron, is also a dog man.
The Martian: "You'd be amazed what the equipment's like … "
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Here we go again. In 2008, audiences witnessed Cloverfield, a mysterious found footage monster horror film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard (The Martian). Now comes Paramount Pictures’ surprise sequel and equally mysterious 10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg and once again produced by Abrams.
Moviegoers were shown the teaser trailer for the come-out-of-nowhere Cloverfield with screenings of Transformers. The super-secret story of a gigantic monster who destroys New York City opened in Us theaters on January 18, 2008 and grossed $170.6 million worldwide.
The movie will be released in theaters March 11, 2016.
For more on the film visit the official site: http://www. »
- Michelle McCue
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