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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

23 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes, »

- Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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Oscar Directing Nominees Help Us Trace Their DNA

7 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.

Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.

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In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”

Villeneuve’s choices:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.

Jaws” 1975: “It was Spielberg’s idea that you unveil slowly the entity, to create suspense,” Villeneuve says. “That very slow striptease is something I stole from ‘Jaws.’ ”

Our choices:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »

- Marshall Fine

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First look at war drama Sand Castle starring Nicholas Hoult and Henry Cavill

25 January 2017 12:20 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some first look images have surfaced from screenwriter Chris Roessner’s Iraq war drama Sand Castle, starring Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Glen Powell (Everybody Wants Some!!), Sam Spruell (The Hurt Locker), Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys), Neil Brown Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) and Henry Cavill (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

Brazilian director Fernando Coimbra tells Military.com’s entertainment blog why Sand Castle is different than other war movies. “The main characters of Sand Castle are part of the Civil Affairs of the U.S. Army. They are there also to fight, but their main goal is to deal with the locals and the problems caused by the Us forces. I think Sand Castle shows this interaction with the Iraqi people in a very humanist and realistic way that I haven’t seen in other films. We can see the meeting of these two different cultures, »

- Tai Freligh

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New Flash Character Is Not Human

9 January 2017 2:40 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

A new character will debut in Flash episode 13 and will stick around at least until episode 14, that being the good intentioned leader of Gorilla City (The home of the sentient Apes in the comics, and apparently the CW show Flash), another ape, Solovar. If your left hand is evil, you hold Grodd, and if your right hand has good intentions then you cradle Solovar. This ape has been around the comics for a long time, and while he has had evil tendencies at times, Solovar is typically the logically thinking leader controlling Gorilla City.

Today, we learn that Solovar will join us, and I for one being an Apetivist am happy to learn that not all Gorillas will be evil in the show. Or so we are led to believe. For all we know, Solovar could be highly irritated that Barry threw Grodd into their world, disrupting their ape-lives and Solovar now seeks revenge. »

- Drew Carlton

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Willem Dafoe joins the cast of Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express

6 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

John Wick and The Grand Budapest Hotel actor Willem Dafoe has become the latest addition to the all-star cast of this year’s Murder on the Orient Express.

The news about the Kenneth Branagh-directed film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic 1934 murder-mystery novel comes from Deadline, who claims that Dafoe will play Gerhard Hardman, an undercover detective.

Dafoe has pulled off the amazing feat of remaining relevant in Hollywood for the past 30 years, starring in an eclectic mix of films and never failing to deliver a memorable performance. Between Platoon, The Boondock Saints, Spider-Man, Finding Dory and much more, he takes risks and is better for constantly moving outside of his comfort zone as an actor.

In the future, he can be seen in Yimou Zhang’s The Great Wall, Adam Wingard’s Death Note and the Dceu’s Justice League and Aquaman.

On top of directing, Branagh will »

- Justin Cook

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Top 10 performances directed by Martin Scorsese

4 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseTop 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseShane McNeil1/4/2017 11:30:00 Am

On January 6th 2017, Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence finally hits the big screen.

Based on the Japanese novel by Shûsaku Endô, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face torture and persecution after traveling to Japan to find their mentor and spread the word of Catholicism. It's bound to be a heavy handed film, and with Scorsese directing, we wouldn't be wrong to expect another masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker.

Here he directs stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, the three of which look to be Oscar contenders for their performances. While none of them have been nominated by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild, there's a good chance the very late in the year release of Silence (it plays just in time in New York and Los »

- Shane McNeil

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The Lrm Interview with Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan

1 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

It’s the New Year, and while we have lots of cool interviews to share with you over the next twelve months here at Lrm, there was one great interview last year that kind of got away from us, and that was our very long chat with screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.

You may know Sheridan from his acting work on Sons of Anarchy, but he left that show to become a screenwriter and his first two screenplays, for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and the more recent Hell or High Water, have received a lot of well-warranted attention for their sharp writing and characterizations. Maybe that’s why the respective directors were able to get the likes of Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine on board.

Hell or High Water is a crime drama that takes place in West Texas where Chris Pine and Ben Foster player brothers Toby and Tanner, »

- Edward Douglas

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