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Jimmy McGovern – 29 September
Tickets are still available for the prestigious BAFTA and BFI Screenwriters’ Lecture Series event taking place in London in September and October. Now in its sixth year, the series celebrates screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers. Thn have had the pleasure in the past of attending and it’s a wonderful insight into their talent and the process.
BAFTA and Oscar-nominated writer and novelist Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) starts the season on Wednesday 23 September at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, but unfortunately he’s sold out but there’s still time for you to book and see Screenwriter and playwright Andrew Bovell (Lantana, A Most Wanted Man), who takes to the stage at BAFTA on Friday 25 September.
Nancy Meyers – 26 September
- Dan Bullock
Oscar nominee Nancy Meyers (Private Benjamin) is back this year with The Intern, her first film since 2009’s It’s Complicated. Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway lead the workplace comedy, which heads into UK cinemas in just under two months’ time. And now Warner Bros. has released a new trailer, giving us a second glimpse
- Kenji Lloyd
London — “House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon and Nancy Meyers, who was Oscar nominated for “Private Benjamin,” will be among the speakers in the latest series of lectures by leading screenwriters organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Film Institute.
Other screenwriters featured in the series are U.K. writers Nick Hornby, who was Oscar nominated for “An Education,” and Jimmy McGovern, who created “Cracker,” and Australia’s Andrew Bovell, whose credits include “A Most Wanted Man.” The lectures will run in London between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3.
Now in its sixth year, the series “exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers,” according to a statement.
- Leo Barraclough
Bill's side. Ever since Oliver Hudson's harsh Father's Day Instagram -- which featured him with his younger sister, Kate Hudson, as kids, posing with their biological dad, Bill Hudson, and read "Happy abandonment day" -- the Hudson/Hawn family has been making headlines. Now musician Bill Hudson, 65, is telling his side of the story, in a new interview with the Daily Mail. The ex-husband of Goldie Hawn accused the Private Benjamin star, 69, of "willfully alienating" him from his two eldest children. "When we split up, she never [...] »
Hot Pursuit has opened to critical panning and unfavorable audience reactions today. The $35 million Action-Comedy’s 6% rottentomatoes score, lack of persistent marketing and generally-unfunny jokes in its major trailer all point at a financial loss for Warner Bros. But there lies the hope for women filmmakers in this article: this movie was still released amidst all the panning, the negativity generally-aimed at female filmmakers, and the recent backlash from the leaked emails between Marvel CEOs concerning the perceived lack of appeal for female superhero films.
The leaked emails remind us of the general sexist attitude towards female filmmakers, specifically directors. The major studios, including Warner Bros, nowadays produce and distribute just a few dozen films a year with an average budget of over $100 million. All those superhero and mega-expensive films we’ve come to love, hate, and blog about are the proof. By now, we’ve all noticed that a »
- Christopher Ortiz
Will we ever see a Legally Blonde 3? According to Bravo TV host Andy Cohen, "everyone" wants to know. The first film is a classic with an immense following, while the second was meh, but even I have to admit I enjoyed it a little bit through the naivety of my youth. So when Cohen had Reese Witherspoon on Watch What Happens Live with her Hot Pursuit co-star Sofia Vergara, he broached the subject. While Witherspoon doesn.t know if a third installment will ever happen, she did say that she received one offbeat idea for it. She told Cohen, Somebody pitched me an idea the other day. . Somebody thought it would be really funny if Elle went to jail. "Or into the army," Cohen suggested, referencing Private Benjamin. Well, something would have to be done to up the ante. The first film saw Elle Woods chasing her ex-boyfriend to Harvard, »
“Hot Pursuit’s” Sofia Vergara hit up her costar Reese Witherspoon for a part when Andy Cohen bandied about the idea of a “Legally Blonde 3” on Thursday’s “Watch What Happens Live.” Witherspoon confessed that people have asked about the franchise, one suggesting that lead character Elle Woods, who the actress portrayed, should go to jail. “Or into the Army,” offered Cohen, invoking another popular heroine, Private Benjamin. Also Read: 'Hot Pursuit' Review: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara's Comedy Is Adam Sandler-Bad It might not be such a bad idea to revisit Elle, the popular character from the early 2000s, »
- Deborah Day
Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »
- Emily Rome
What is it about "Clue"? Thirty years after the kooky non-hit murder mystery left theaters (along with its three original endings), it's become as much of a cult phenomenon as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Tim Curry's other mansion romp with a delirious lineup of characters. Don't believe me? Until Paramount stepped in to protest, La's NuArt Theatre conducted "shadow cast" screenings of "Clue" featuring costumed cast imitators who mimed the movie in front of the projection. That's a next-level tribute. Based on the Parker Brothers board game, "Clue" is a whodunit in a very traditional sense. It is literally a dark and stormy night, there is literally a butler who might've done it, and there are Agatha Christie-type explanations for the homicides at the end of the movie. So why is it beloved? That answer, unlike the culprit of the movie's seven murders, reveals itself quickly: "Clue »
- Louis Virtel
Hooray, Celebrity Big Brother is back!
Last night's instalment saw the celebrity contestants - including Patsy Kensit, Katie Hopkins and Perez Hilton - getting to know each other while supping free-flowing champagne and settling into their humble Elstree abode.
And most didn't hold back on their introductions, flirtations, criticisms and unleashing of too much personal information.
We've picked some of the funniest, most memorable and, in some cases, most frankly disgusting lines from the new housemates below:
1. Katie Hopkins on Perez's pee pee
"Perez needs to go for a wee. And he's calling it pee pee. Which makes me wonder what he calls his penis. Because it's probably winkie."
"You know, the guy who leaked his d**k pics. »
Former Warner Bros. executive Sandy Reisenbach has died after battling a “lengthy illness,” the studio confirmed on Wednesday. He was 82.
“Sandy was a good friend and helped me immensely when I joined the company in 1994,” Kevin Tsujihara, studo Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos)
“He was always incredibly generous with his time and expertise — not just with me, but with everyone. Sandy’s legacy lives on today at Warner Bros. and across the industry through the countless executives he helped mentor and the many careers he helped shape over the years. »
- Matt Donnelly
Sanford (“Sandy”) Reisenbach, former executive vice president, marketing and planning at Warner Bros., died in Beverly Hills on January 6 following a lengthy illness. He was 82.
Reisenbach initially joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1979 as executive vice president, advertising and publicity, guiding more than 250 marketing campaigns, including those for the Academy Award-winning “Chariots of Fire,” the “Batman” and “Lethal Weapon” film franchises and the comedies “Private Benjamin” and “Police Academy.”
After he spent a decade in the film division, Warner Bros. promoted Reisenbach to executive vice president, marketing and planning — a role created for him. For the next 12 years, he oversaw and advised the studio on worldwide marketing; he was also had oversight over Warner Bros. Family Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, the company’s kids’ programming and marketing initiative, and theme park interests.
- Carmel Dagan
12 items from 2015
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