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Writers Guild Award Analysis: It’s Still ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester’ At the Oscars

Writers Guild Award Analysis: It’s Still ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Manchester’ At the Oscars
The Writers Guild Awards and the Academy writing nominees always don’t line up; many films are ineligible. This year, those included Oscar-writing nominees “Lion” and “The Lobster.”

This year, the WGA and the Academy differed dramatically. While the WGA deemed “Moonlight” and “Loving” as Original Screenplays, the Academy considered both as Adapted; only “Moonlight” landed a nomination.

At the WGA, as at the BAFTAs, Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” competed for the Original Screenplay Award against both Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Unlike the BAFTAs, Jenkins emerged the winner over Lonergan, a sign of strength for “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Oscars.

Read More: Yes, Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ Really Will Win Director and Picture Oscars — Here’s Why

However, in the Oscars’ Original Screenplay contest, lauded playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me,
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Final Draft Names ‘Big Eyes’ Writers To Hall Of Fame

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Final Draft Names ‘Big Eyes’ Writers To Hall Of Fame
Screenwriting software co. Final Draft will award Big Eyes duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with its 2015 Hall of Fame honors at its annual Final Draft Awards, to be held February 12 on the Paramount lot. Alexander and Karaszewski join a list of previous Hall of Famers including Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Stephen J. Cannell, Oliver Stone, Syd Field and Sydney Pollack and will be feted at the awards event hosted by writer-actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

Big Eyes, the true tale of artist Margaret Keane and her battle to win recognition for her famed paintings of large-eyed waifs from a credit-stealing hubby, stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and marks the writers’ latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski’s previous big screen portraits of larger than life characters include WGA-nominated Ed Wood, Golden Globe winning The People Vs. Larry Flynt,
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Elaine Stritch Dead at 89

Elaine Stritch Dead at 89
One of the Broadway greats has passed away.

Broadway great Elaine Stritch has passed away on Thursday morning. She was 89.

Though the five-time Tony nominee is perhaps best known for her stage presence (Bus Stop, Sail Away, Company), her TV and film resume is also quite impressive.

From 2008-2013, she was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Primetime Emmy for her role as Colleen Donaghy, the mother of Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. In 1993, she won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order.

She's also appeared in two Woody Allen movies, September (1987) and Small Time Crooks (2000). Her other more recent film credits include Monster In Law (2005), Autumn In New York (2000), Screwed (2000) and Out to Sea (1997).

As far as her musical background, Stritch has starred in No No Nanette, The King and I and I Married an Angel. She was also
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Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Reynolds To Lead 'Big Eyes'

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Reese Witherspoon And Ryan Reynolds To Lead 'Big Eyes'
Actress Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds will team up to headline Tim Burton’s art drama entitled “Big Eyes”. While Burton is producing through his company Screwed, helmers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will both co-direct the picture that chronicles the lives of artist Margaret Keanes and her husband Walter, who passed off his wife’s work as his own until the two eventually divorced. Issuing a joint statement, both directors were excited over working with Witherspoon and Reynolds on the coming art drama. “We are ecstatic to have this dream cast for our dream project. Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock...
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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds Attached to Tim Burton-Produced Art Biopic ‘Big Eyes’

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds Attached to Tim Burton-Produced Art Biopic ‘Big Eyes’
[1] Considering that each of them has done their fair share of bland romantic comedies, it's a little surprising that Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon have never starred together. But the two are set to collaborate at last in Big Eyes, an art biopic that's decidedly not a romcom. Produced by Tim Burton, the film centers around married couple Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter seemed to hit it big in the '50s and '60s when his art became hugely popular, but became the subject of scandal when the couple divorced and it was revealed in court that it was actually Margaret who'd painted all the pictures. More details after the jump. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who previously worked with Burton on Ed Wood, are set to write and direct the project and have been for some time -- Kate Hudson was attached to play Margaret way back in 2008 [2]. In a statement,
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Ryan Reynolds & Reese Witherspoon To Star in Big Eyes

Deadline say Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon will star in Big Eyes, a long-gestating indie drama that biopic specialists Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt, Man On The Moon) wrote years ago but has lately been stuck in development hell.

The film explores the relationship between innovative painter Margaret Keane and her talentless husband Walter in the 50′s and 60′s, the latter who actually took all the credit for his wife’s paintings which took the art world by storm and became mass market sensations. Walter was a marketing wizard and talked up ‘his paintings’ on TV talk shows and he lived on the luxuries and fame that they brought him. The reason Margaret let this go on was because she had self image problems, and was quite happy to hide away out of the spotlight whilst Walter lauded it up.

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This Weekend in Box Office History: Comparisons for May 14-16, 2010

In the current era, the second weekend in May is firmly considered part of the summer movie season, and it is usually dominated by summer's first big movie in its second weekend, such as this year with Iron Man 2. The summer movie season creeping so early in the year is a recent phenomenon, and, the further back one goes, the more decidedly un-summer-like movies one will find debuting prior to Memorial Day weekend. Five Years Ago - 2005 This was another modest 2005 weekend, despite three new nationwide releases. Jennifer Lopez-Jane Fonda comedy Monster-in-Law led the way with a solid $23.1 million, capitalizing on its relatable Meet the Parents-like premise. Will Ferrell comedy Kicking and Screaming didn't pack as much punch with its $20.2 million start, while Jet Li's Unleashed posted a decent $10.9 million. Kingdom of Heaven collapsed 51 percent in its second weekend to $9.6 million, while future Oscar winner
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