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Helen Mirren Joins Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'

14 April 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Helen Mirren is in negotiations to join Bryan Cranston in the upcoming biopic Trumbo, based on the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

The writer was considered to be the best of his era, not to mention the highest-paid, who earned his first Oscar nomination in 1941 for writing Kitty Foyle. His burgeoning career seemingly came to a halt in 1947, when he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac), during the committee's investigation into Communist influences in Hollywood. He was one of the "Hollywood 10" screenwriters who were completely blacklisted by the studio system, although he continued to write under pen names. He won two Oscars in the 1950s for writing Roman Holiday and The Brave One, before helping to put an end to the Hollywood 10 black list once and for all. He went on to write other classics such as Spartacus, Papillon and Exodus before dying of lung »

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The Week in Spandex - Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more

6 April 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Chronicle 2, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Gotham, Son of Batman, Batman: Strange Days, The Incredibles 2, Lucy and more...

We'll jump straight this week with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened in the States yesterday and is currently tracking a domestic opening in the region of $93 million, which would put it above Marvel Studios' last release, Thor: The Dark World and overtake the $86.2 million debut of Fast Five to set a new April record. This comes after a solid $75 million international opening weekend (including a £6 million, first-placed opening here in the UK), meaning that Marvel has yet another smash hit on its hands with its third Phase Two offering. »

- Gary Collinson

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R.I.P. Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (1923 - 2014)

29 March 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

American screenwriter Lorenzo Semple, Jr. - best known for his work as co-creator of the classic 1960s Batman television series - has passed away from natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, California, aged 91. Born in New York City in 1923, Semple began his career in the 1950s, writing short stories and stage plays, including the comedy The Golden Fleecing which was produced for the screen by MGM as 1961's The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen.

After moving to Hollywood, Semple collaborated with William Dozier on a pilot entitled Number One Son, which was ultimately shelved due to concerns about having an ethnic lead. However, he would reunite with Dozier in 1965 after being approached to write the pilot episode for a Batman TV series, and subsequently served as story editor on the resulting first season of the series, which proved to be a huge success, as well as the 1966 feature »

- Gary Collinson

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'Batman' TV series creator Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies at 91

29 March 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, March 29: Lorenzo Semple Jr., who wrote the screenplays of 'The Parallax View', 'Three Days of the Condor, and 'Never Say Never Again', has passed away. He was 91.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lorenzo Semple Jr.'s daughter - Emmy-nominated comedy writer Maria - revealed that the American screenwriter died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles.

Semple's name is associated with classics like 'Papillon', 'The Drowning Pool' and 'King Kong'.

Semple, who was hired by 'Batman' producer William Dozier to create the superhero show for 20th Century Fox Television and ABC, wrote only the. »

- Amith Ostwal

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Holy jumble! Where’s the hope of the world now? Lorenzo Semple, Jr. Dies at 91

28 March 2014 5:51 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Lorenzo Semple, Jr. (1923-2014), legendary screenwriter of Batman: The Movie (1966), the Batman television series (1966-1968), Papillon (1973), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), [the vastly underrated] King Kong (1976), Flash Gordon (1980), and Never Say Never Again (1983) passed away today from natural causes in his Los Angeles home. When any current filmmaker makes a movie that even has a hint of political intrigue or conspiracy, people almost always cite Three Days of the Condor and The Parallax View as influences. It has become a bit of a shorthand, but it also speaks to the quality of those movies and how few movies since have lived up to the standard that Semple set. And while we live in a modern world in which our perception of Batman is largely defined by Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, and Frank Miller, from 1966 to the mid-80s thoughts of Batman immediately went to the 1966 movie and television series. It »

- Matthew McKibben

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Celebrated screenwriter Lorenzo Semple dies

28 March 2014 1:16 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

"Hand me the shark repellant Bat-spray!" Semple's caped crusader.

He was known for films like Papillon, The Parallax View and Three Days Of The Condor, as well as more light-hearted fare like Flash Gordon and Never Say Never Again. He was also much moved as the writer of the much loved Batman film starring Adam West and Burt Ward, and the creator of the TV series that followed it. Lorenzo Semple Jr died on Friday, a day after his 91st birthday.

After retiring in the mid-Eighties, Semple went on to enjoy a second career as a YouTube-based film critic. Though he never made much money from any of his work, Semple spoke of his joy at having the privilege to write it.

He is survived by his daughter Maria Semple, also an award winning screenwriter and producer, as well as his wife Joyce, other children Johanna and Lorenzo, and six grandchildren. »

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Creator of TV’s ‘Batman’ Lorenzo Semple Jr. Dies at 91

28 March 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the ’60s “Batman” TV series and scribe on thrillers “The Parallax View” and “Three Days of Condor,” died on Friday in his home in Los Angeles, according to reports. He had turned 91 on Thursday.

The screenwriter also had an extensive film writing career after leaving TV, including 1973′s Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman pic “Papillon,” 1975′s “The Drowning Pool” and Jessica Lange-starrer “King Kong.” (1976) Recently, Semple worked on a YouTube series called “Reel Geezers,” in which he and former studio exec Marcia Nasatir reviewed films.

Semple created “Batman,” starring Adam West as the Dark Knight and Burt Ward as Robin, in 1966, and it quickly became a hit. He also wrote the July 1966 “Batman” movie. Though he only wrote the first four episodes of the skein, he served as script or story consultant on the rest of the series.

“I think ‘Batman’ was the best thing I ever wrote, »

- Alex Stedman

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Creator of TV’s ‘Batman’ Lorenzo Semple Jr. Dies at 91

28 March 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the ’60s “Batman” TV series and scribe on thrillers “The Parallax View” and “Three Days of Condor,” died on Friday in his home in Los Angeles, according to reports. He had turned 91 on Thursday.

The screenwriter also had an extensive film writing career after leaving TV, including 1973′s Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman pic “Papillon,” 1975′s “The Drowning Pool” and Jessica Lange-starrer “King Kong.” (1976) Recently, Semple worked on a YouTube series called “Reel Geezers,” in which he and former studio exec Marcia Nasatir reviewed films.

Semple created “Batman,” starring Adam West as the Dark Knight and Burt Ward as Robin, in 1966, and it quickly became a hit. He also wrote the July 1966 “Batman” movie. Though he only wrote the first four episodes of the skein, he served as script or story consultant on the rest of the series.

“I think ‘Batman’ was the best thing I ever wrote, »

- Alex Stedman

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Ten Miscastings That Worked – or Nearly Worked!

23 January 2014 11:16 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.

There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.

In rare cases, »

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Ted Richmond, Producer of ‘Papillon,’ Dies at 103

6 January 2014 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Producer Ted Richmond, who produced more than 60 movies from the 1940s through the 1970s including 1973 thriller “Papillon” (pictured), died in Paris on Dec. 23. He was 103.

The 1973 hit “Papillon,” starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, was one of Richmond’s most successful films.

For 40 years, working for Columbia Pictures and then Universal Intl., he produced movies in a variety of genres. There were Westerns such as “The Cimarron Kid,” starring Audie Murphy, and “Return of the Seven,” as well as comedies such as “Francis Joins the Wacs,” starring Donald O’Connor. Richmond was also an uncredited producer on the Elvis Presley pic “It Happened at the World’s Fair.”

In the 1950s he partnered with his close friend Tyrone Power to form Copa Prods. The company’s first movie, “Count Three and Pray,” introduced Joanne Woodward to films. In 1959, during the filming of “Solomon and Sheba,” Richmond was devastated when Power, »

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