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The Original 'Game of Thrones' Pilot Was a 'Painful' 'Piece of S--t'

5 February 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The original "Game of Thrones" pilot has become the stuff of television legend, since it featured significantly different plots, and several different main actors, from the final product that audiences saw on HBO back in 2011, and was widely considered pretty terrible. Now, the showrunners have recently discussed just how bad their first crack at adapting George R.R. Martin's books really was, and it turns out that that first pilot was "a complete piece of s--t."

That assessment came courtesy of screenwriter Craig Mazin (the "Hangover" sequels, "Identity Thief"), who together with fellow writer John August ("Big Fish") runs the podcast Scriptnotes. The pair hosted "Thrones" showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff on a recent episode for a frank discussion about the fantasy drama's pilot, which Mazin saw at a screening for friends organized by Weiss and Benioff back in 2010.

It didn't go well.

"Watching them watch that original pilot »

- Katie Roberts

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'Pandemic' Trailer Pulls You Directly Into the Zombie Apocalypse

1 February 2016 6:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in January 2015, we reported that Content Media has acquired distribution rights for a new zombie thriller entitled Pandemic, which gives viewers a first-person perspective on this apocalyptic event. Almost exactly one year later, we finally have the first trailer and poster for this movie, with Content Media setting an April 1 release date. As you can see in the trailer below, this isn't your typical zombie movie, putting you right in the middle of the undead action.

Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead the charge in the hunt for uninfected civilian survivors. Lauren's objective »

- MovieWeb

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Last Call: 39 Films Leaving Netflix This February (And 7 You Can't Miss)

25 January 2016 9:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Gaspar Noé's 'Love,' 'Dope' and More Coming to Netflix This February (Plus Indiewire's Picks) "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." Winter is about to get a little tougher now that Netflix is taking away some of its most beloved titles next month. If you've been dying to Billy Bob Thornton get his Grinch on in "Bad Santa" or Jamie Foxx in his Oscar-winning role in "Ray," now is the time to start streaming or forever hold your peace. Below are all 39 movies leaving Netflix this February, plus Indiewire's personal picks on what to see before it's too late. Synopses provided by Netflix. Leaving 2/1 "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein" (1999) "Asylum" (2005)" "Bad Santa" (2003)" "Benny and Joon" (1993) Indiewire Pick: "Big Fish" (2003)In one of Tim Burton's most resonant dramas, a reporter attempts to learn more about his dying father »

- Zack Sharf

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Guillermo Del Toro Lines Up 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark'

14 January 2016 12:17 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As he keeps hope alive for "Pacific Rim 2," Guillermo del Toro has nonetheless recognized that the monsters vs. machines movie is not in his immediate future. He recently signed up to direct a remake of "Fantastic Voyage" to be produced by James Cameron, and now he's got another project in the works. Read More: Review: Guillermo de Toro's 'Crimson Peak' Starring Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston And Jessica Chastain The Wrap reports the del Toro will produce and potentially direct "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark." The project is based on Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling short story collections, and John August ("Big Fish," "Dark Shadows," "Corpse Bride") is penning the script, but there are no details yet on what the story might be. If you never got the book through your Scholastic catalog, here's the synopsis for the first collection:  This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Scores Guillermo del Toro

14 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

An adaption of the scariest reading experience of your childhood is getting closer to the big screen. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has been in development for a couple of years now. Recently, screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie) was brought on board to write a version of the script and that script has now caught the attention of Hellboy/Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro who has boarded the project as producer and director.

Yes!

The book of scary short stories is most notable for the illustrations by Stephen Gammell which got the book banned from many libraries across the Us. Luckily, here in Canada, we didn't have that trouble and the book quickly became a fascination of mine.

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‘Big Fish’ Writer John August Honored by Writers Guild

7 January 2016 11:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screenwriter John August (“Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award.

The honor has been given in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, civic service and his role in fostering a community of writers. August will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“John is the writer we’d all want to be: wildly intelligent, deeply practical, effortlessly inventive, and generous to a fault,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“Whether he’s creating apps, campaigning for marriage equality, mentoring younger writers, podcasting with Craig Mazin, sitting on our Negotiating Committee, or constructing a school in Malawi, John has made service to the larger community a part of his second nature. Protip: when you find yourself in difficult straits, ask yourself ‘What would John August do? »

- Dave McNary

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John August To Receive WGA’s Valentine Davies Award

7 January 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Big Fish and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory scribe John August will receive the WGA West’s 2016 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and civic service, as well as his role in fostering a community of writers. He will be honored February 13 at the WGA Awards’ West Coast ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. August was cited for his work creating screenwriting blog johnaugust.com and sister site screenwriting.io, which… »

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John August To Receive WGA’s Valentine Davies Award

7 January 2016 10:48 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Big Fish and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory scribe John August will receive the WGA West’s 2016 Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and civic service, as well as his role in fostering a community of writers. He will be honored February 13 at the WGA Awards’ West Coast ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. August was cited for his work creating screenwriting blog johnaugust.com and sister site screenwriting.io, which… »

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