4 April 2013 10:49 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Both New York and Los Angeles are peopled by struggling artists (musicians, actors, writers) working survival jobs (temp, barista, waiter) to make rent while they work toward their dreamed about big break. The statistics on how many of these daring dreamers "make it" can be pretty uninspiring. But take heart, dreamers, because today we have another story about a newly emerged artist's overnight success. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has hired waiter/writer Tom Shepherd to do a rewrite on the Tom Hardy vehicle Cicero. With this career-launching deal, Shepherd is officially a newly minted professional screenwriter. Shepherd first drew Hollywood's notice late last year when his Marlon Brando biopic script Hey, Stella! scored a coveted spot on the Black List, a collection of unproduced screenplays deemed the most promising by Hollywood power players. That project, which focuses on Brando's early days as an actor through his career-defining role in Tennessee »

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