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Anthology Film Archives Tribute To Novelists/Screenwriters

5 September 2012 4:53 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Deborah Kerr in the classic ghost story The Innocents, screenplay by Truman Capote.


The Anthology Film Archives in New York is holding a unique film festival throughout the month of September honoring screenwriters who were best known for their work as novelists. Here are the details:

On this calendar we are highlighting the screenwriting work of writers best known as novelists – including pulp novelists like Richard Matheson, Donald Westlake, and Elmore Leonard, cult figures such as Don Carpenter and John Fante, and such highly respected authors as Truman Capote and Joan Didion. Paying homage to the long tradition of novelists trying their hand at writing for the movies, we will present a selection of films based not on these writers’ novels, but on their original screenplays (which are sometimes adaptations of other novelists’ work).

From The Pen Of is programmed in close collaboration with author/musician Alan Licht.

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Todd Field To Co-Write Political Thriller 'As It Happens' With Joan Didion

11 August 2012 6:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

News about writer/director Todd Field generally comes in fits and stars, but when it does arrive, it's usually pretty exciting. Earlier this month, his long-developing "The Creed of Violence" got a big boost when Christian Bale stepped into the lead role, and now comes another intriguing project, although it's not one he'll direct (for now). Field is teaming up with acclaimed author and essayist Joan Didion to write the political thriller "As It Happens." Jennifer Fox ("The Bourne Legacy," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Michael Clayton") will co-produce the project with Field, but it's Didion that truly has us intrigued. While she has dipped her toes into screenwriting, the bulk of it came in the '70s ("The Panic In Needle Park," "A Star Is Born" and an adaptation of her own novel "Play It As It Lays") and her last produced screenplay was 1996's "Up Close and. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daily Briefing. Béla Tarr, "Swoon" @ 20 and Catherine Robbe-Grillet

3 February 2012 2:23 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

New York. The Last Modernist: The Complete Works of Béla Tarr opens today at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and runs through Wednesday, and R Emmet Sweeney has a wide-ranging talk with the retired filmmaker. "Whether or not The Turin Horse turns out to be Béla Tarr's last film, as the gnostic, gnomic Hungarian master has claimed it will be, the sense of finality is absolute," writes the L's Mark Asch. Aaron Cutler for Moving Image Source: "Primo Levi writes in Survival in Auschwitz that the lowest point a human can reach is when he or she is forced to act without choice, performing tasks purely for his or her own survival. Freedom of choice is what separates humans from other animals. The Tarr crew (which, beginning with him and partner, Ágnes Hranitzky, has gone on to include a regular screenwriter [László Krasznahorkai], composer [Mihály Vig], and cinematographer [Fred Kelemen]) began by comparing humans to each other, »

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals Title of New Album

19 January 2012 5:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Bruce Springstreen has announced his new album title: Wrecking Ball, an angry-sounding name fitting for what The Hollywood Reporter learned will be his "angriest" offering yet. The record, scheduled to drop March 6 through Columbia Records, was produced by Springsteen and Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Jars of Clay); Jon Landau, the singer's manager, also is on board as executive producer. It's the first time working on a Springsteen record for Aniello, who co-produced Play It as It Lays, the 2007 album by the singer's wife, Patti Scialfa. The track list for the album, recorded with the E Street Band:

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