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Oscar Winner Takes On Salt Script

21 December 2008 4:47 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Brian Helgeland isn't the kind of screenwriter most moviegoers know by name-- but then again, how many screenwriters can anyone really name? But even if he flies under the radar, he's one of the bigger ones out there, having won an Oscar for writing L.A. Confidential as well as writing the words of Mystic River, A Knight's Tale and Conspiracy Theory. Now he's bringing his expertise to Salt, that spy project that was once about a man named Edwin Salt played by Tom Cruise, and now is Angelina Jolie playing Evelyn Salt. Moviehole says Sony has hired Helgeland to give the Salt script a pass, specifically to improve on the dialogue. Apparently Sony has a lot riding on Salt as a potential franchise-starter, getting Jolie away from "serious movie" mode and more into the ass-kicking role that made her famous. The Moviehole guys point to L.A. Confidential's script »

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Donner says Gibson is Out of 'Lethal Weapon 5'

14 October 2008 12:25 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Richard Donner has an impressive resume as a director but he seems forever linked to two franchises: Superman and Lethal Weapon.  While chatting with Geoff Boucher at the Los Angeles Times about the former, he let slip the news that Mel Gibson has refused to be in the fifth installment of the latter.

We recently reported that the project may be fast tracked but with Shane Black working on another film, people were concerned that Lethal Weapon 5 may be stalled.  Then we heard it was happening.  Now, Donner said, "Mel turned it down," Donner said. "I would like to think that Mel turned it down because I wasn't involved. Knowing Mel, I would like to think that. Would that be the kind of thing he does? It sure would be." Gibson’s representatives refused to confirm this for the Times.

"Joel Silver tried to ace me out of it, »

- Robert Greenberger

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Mel Gibson Ditches Lethal Weapon 5, Leaves it Dead in the Water

13 October 2008 2:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

One of the movies on the reboot slate that has gained quite of bit attention is Lethal Weapon 5. First, it was confirmed that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang screenwriter Shane Black had written the script, then it was confirmed that Columbus Short was attached to star and that Warner Brothers was fast tracking the project. But an update today from director Richard Donner over at the La Times kills any more speculation about its progress in the studio. Donner claims that "Mel turned it down." He's talking about Mel Gibson, who plays Officer Riggs and is the same actor that Donner directed in all four Lethal Weapon movies in addition to Conspiracy Theory and Maverick. Without Mel Gibson, this probably won't happen at all, right? Donner explains that the problem is WB ended up choosing Joel Silver to produce the project instead of him. And in turn, Gibson didn't take »

- Alex Billington

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Paul Sylbert to be honored by ADG

30 September 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Frankfurt, Germany -- Fifty-year production design veteran Paul Sylbert, who won an Academy Award for his work on 1978's "Heaven Can Wait," will receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sylbert received an additional Oscar nomination for "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Other credits include "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975), "Kramer Vs. Kramer" (1979) and "Conspiracy Theory" (1997). He wrote and directed the 1971 feature "The Steagle" and TV episodes of "The Defenders" and "The Nurses." In addition, the screenplay for "Nighthawks" (1981) was based on Sylbert's writings.

Sylbert is the identical twin brother of the late Richard Sylbert, an Oscar winner and Adg Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose credits include "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) and "Dick Tracy" (1990).

The award will be presented at the 13th annual Adg Awards on Feb. 14 at the Beverly Hilton. »

- By Carolyn Giardina

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