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The life of a Hollywood screenwriter might sound like a glamorous one, but it's not all premieres and champagne.
As one of the smaller cogs in an often complex machine, the writer can often find his or her work changed almost beyond recognition by other hands. Such is the case with the following movies, which were all changed quite drastically in one way or another between their original draft and their final cut.
Some scripts were pressed into service as sequels. Some began in one genre and wound up in another. Rather than put together an exhaustive list, we've chosen a few examples of the script changes that intrigued or bemused us most.
Nic Cage with lank hair and a thick southern drawl. An »
Natalie Portman turns 34 on Tuesday, but the Oscar-winning actress has been appearing on the big and small screens since she was just 13 years old. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look back at the actress's most memorable roles on TV and film. She's played a precocious tween in movies like Beautiful Girls, royalty in films like Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and The Other Boleyn Girl, and tons of other characters over the years, so let's reminisce. »
The Goonies celebrates its 30th birthday today, and even after all these years we still adore this '80s classic.
Rumours have been swirling for some time about a Goonies 2 (make it happen, Hollywood!) with all the original cast returning, so with this in mind we take a trip down memory lane to find out what the stars of the cult classic are doing now.
Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.
The 44-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
It feels like we've been waiting forever, but finally Love Island is less than a week away! Yep, the brand new civilian-only reboot of the show begins on Sunday, but if you can't wait that long, you're in luck - we've got our hands on all the info you need about the 12 sexy singles jetting to Mallorca in an attempt to find love. Read on to meet them...
Job: Former athlete, model, and single mum
Turn-on: A good personality and a family man ("I tell men straight away that I'm a mum"). Physically: "They have to look good, but I've learned that's not everything. I'd like him to be tall, athletic, not with big muscles but he should work out."
Turn-off: Arrogance, untidiness, men who think they're better than everyone else, and "loud and obnoxious" behaviour. »
There are some dramas from this new Golden Age of Television that don't particularly lend themselves to the Best Episodes treatment. I mean, you could probably pick a few episodes of "The Wire" (usually ones where beloved characters die) as stand-outs, but the more intensely serialized shows of this era often have episodes that feel more like parts of a whole than like things that should be judged on their own. "Mad Men," on the other hand, has always treated each episode as its own thing. There are continuing storylines involving work and home, but each episode brings with it a specific theme and a way to apply that theme to what's happening in the lives of Don and whoever its other central characters are. (On rare occasions, like season 4's "The Beautiful Girls," Don even winds up a supporting player on his own show.) Matthew Weiner approached each episode as a standalone artistic experience, »
- Alan Sepinwall
“New Business,” the April 12 episode of Mad Men, featured one of the show’s more awkward scenes in an elevator, or anywhere else for that matter. And that’s really saying something, considering the show has perfected the art of big drama in an small spaces. (In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, the show has had nearly 60 elevator scenes.)
In the scene, Don (Jon Hamm) and his flavor-of-the-week Diana (played by Elizabeth Reaser) run into Don’s neighbor/former fling Sylvia (Linda Cardellini) and her husband Arnold (Brian Markinson), who shared his thoughts on Don’s many conquests, all while riding what can only be described as the world’s slowest, most stiflingly confined elevate in history. It was uncomfortable to say the least.
But, perhaps most shockingly, it wasn’t the most surprising thing to happen on an elevator in Mad Men. As we wind down to »
- Aly Semigran
6 items from 2015
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