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Free Advice From the Oscar-Winning Producer of ‘American Beauty’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

18 December 2014 10:30 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

  This article is presented in partnership with Cadillac. This summer, Cadillac and the Producers Guild of America launched Make Your Mark, a short film competition that challenged producers to create compelling content with limited resources. Contestants made a short film over a single weekend in late June, and you can watch the semi-finalists’ films at the Make Your Mark website. The 30-second Cadillac spot featuring the grand prize winner’s film will air during the 2015 Academy Awards. One of those filmmaking teams was lucky enough to receive mentorship from Bruce Cohen, the producer behind American BeautyBig FishMilkSilver Linings Playbook and more. He has more than three decades of experience, and for semi-finalists Tim Wen and Chidi Onyejuruwa, all of that was a phone call away. Cohen speaks with us about his approach to mentoring aspiring filmmakers and shares some advice about finding a balance between the height of your creative imagination and the practical »

- Scott Beggs

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Big Eyes Review

18 December 2014 9:40 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When a major filmmaker decides to tell a story about a renowned artist, one expects that the director is painting a kind of self-portrait. That is the case with Mike Leigh’s splendid, thrillingly acted Mr. Turner (also out this month), and that may also be true for Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes. Take a glance at Margaret Keane’s sweet, painted children with their milky, enveloping, entrancing eyes, and you get a feeling of sadness and youthful wonder, as well as a bit of kitsch – all factors omnipresent in Burton’s offbeat fantasies, films like Beetlejuice and Big Fish.

However, Burton is no longer such a gauche visionary, his films more about the inventiveness of their atmosphere than the depth of the performances in them. Big Eyes’ opening credit sequence, which shows several of Keane’s paintings going through a press to make thousands of copies, could »

- Jordan Adler

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Tech Support: Can Alexandre Desplat land three Oscar nominations for original score?

4 December 2014 2:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Academy Award for Best Original Score is one of the categories I find most interesting and most frustrating. First, the good: I love the awarding of film music, which can immeasurably improve the experience of a film and can become iconic in its own right. There is also much about the music branch that I love, particularly its international flavor, both in terms of the composers cited and the types of music rewarded. Moreover, while the category tends to favor Best Picture nominees and epic movies, it is not excessively exclusionary in this respect. But that love of epics can sometimes lead to simply rewarding "most music." More importantly, this branch is infamously insular. Unless a composer is aboard a major Best Picture contender or has otherwise composed a simply iconic score, it is unusual to earn a first nomination. And even those features are not always enough for first-timers. »

- Gerard Kennedy

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Marion Cotillard’s Curious Career

20 November 2014 7:24 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Seven years after winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007), Marion Cotillard could land a second nomination for her role in Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit), which is Belgium’s Oscar submission. She was also in 2013 Cannes selection The Immigrant, which was released in May of this year. Since La Vie en Rose, Cotillard has mainly worked on small indie films both inside and outside of America, with the exception of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Cotillard was introduced to acting at a young age — her father was a director and her mother was an actress — and began her career acting in a variety of French TV shows and films. Her first Hollywood role was in Tim Burton‘s Big Fish (2003). She appeared »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Tim Burton scribe John August to adapt Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

18 November 2014 11:45 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Almost a year ago we caught wind that writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) would be scripting a feature film adaptation of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." Mum's been the word ever since, and it seems whatever those two concocted will never see the light of day.  Now, frequent Tim Burton collaborator John August (Frankenweenie, Big Fish) is reportedly going back to the source material to write up his version of »

- Sean Wist

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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Movie Will be Scripted by John August

18 November 2014 8:10 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Last year we leaned that the classic terrifying kids horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be getting a big screen adaptation. CBS Films is developing the project, and they picked up a pitch from Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. They were originally attached to adapt the Alvin Schwartz books, but now they’ve hired John August to take on that challenge. August is the writer who brought us films such as Big Fish, Frankenweenie, and Go.

These were three of my favorite books when I was growing up. I even had the audio tapes that were scary as hell to listen to. You can listen to those here if you want. The books consist of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1981), More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). I especially enjoyed »

- Joey Paur

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One Of The Creepiest Children's Books Ever Written Is Getting A Movie

18 November 2014 5:52 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

You grew up with them. They were the center of slumber parties and the grade school equivalent of water cooler conversations. Now Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is being adapted by one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters. Deadline reports CBS Films has hired John August to spin Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series into a horror movie fit for kids who revel in frightening films. The BAFTA-nominated screenwriter is perhaps best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton, which include Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie. CBS Films has bought the rights to all three of Schwartz's books, including Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones. Considering these were short story collections, we might well assume the Scary »

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Long Live the '90s: 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' and 'Can't Touch This' Movies Are Happening

17 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

We're only just now teetering on a wave of '90s nostalgia at the movies, and things like Dumb and Dumber To are just a sign of what's to come. And as someone who grew up in the late '80s/'90s sweet spot, I'm happy to ride this wave of nostalgia for a little while, especially since it means we're now getting a movie version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. An adaptation of the iconic kids horror series has actually been in the works for a while now, but it would seem the previously hired screenwriting duo of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw sequels) are now being replaced/supplemented by Big Fish and Frankenweenie screenwriter John August. Considering the movies he's known for, it's not risky to assume this'll be a...

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- Peter Hall

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John August Will Write ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’

17 November 2014 2:08 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

CBS Films’ adaptation of kids’ book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark now has a writer as the successful screenwriter and writing coach John August will pen the script.

Originally, it was attached to Saw’s Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton before landing on August’s desk and we think August is probably the right man for the job. His writing credentials include Tim Burton collaborations on Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Alvin Schwartz’s three book series terrified kids of the 80s and early 90s with its spooky and macabre retelling of urban legends and folklore, alongside Stephen Gammell freaky illustrations. Schwartz has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, so it looks like CBS will already have a ready-made audience.

Source: Deadline »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Gets a New Writer

17 November 2014 11:56 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The last we heard of an effort to adapt Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, CBS Films had tapped Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen the screenplay. Today, however, Deadline is saying that John August has now been brought in to write. Apparently, the producers are looking to take the film in a direction that's more in line with the source material.

August's credits include Frankenweenie and Big Fish.

First published in 1981, the first book of what became a three-book series (it was followed by More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones) is officially described as follows...

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- Ryan Turek

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John August To Pen ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ For CBS Films

17 November 2014 11:49 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: CBS Films has tapped a new scribe to spin its Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. BAFTA-nominated John August (Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Go) will adapt the iconic book series by Alvin Schwartz that had children of the ’80s and ’90s hearing bumps in the night, penning a new script based on the best-selling spooky story collection.

The three-book children’s series that’s sold more than 7 million copies worldwide began with 1981′s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, continuing with More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984) and Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment are producing, while Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will executive produce. »

- Jen Yamato

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The Electric Side of James Newton Howard

13 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

James Newton Howard is best known for his large, layered, cinematic scores for films like Maleficent, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Hunger Games series. These orchestra driven scores are perfect for epic tales of good versus evil, intense battle scenes and journeys of self-discovery. But in Nightcrawler, Howard seems to have found his more edgy, electronic side, turning in a score that sounds more like something you would expect from a composer like Cliff Martinez – and that’s a good thing. Changing up your musical style not only helps push boundaries, it can also give us great music we may not have otherwise expected from certain composers. Danny Elfman created the quirky music for films like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Big Fish, but he also created the dramatic scores for Good Will Hunting and Silver Linings Playbook and action films like Mission Impossible and Planet of the Apes. Randy Newman »

- Allison Loring

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Ewan McGregor Rumoured For Doctor Strange

14 October 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Quit your grinnin’ and drop your linen! No, your eyes are not deceiving you. According to the guys over at Badass Digest, there’s a new name in the mix for the role of Doctor Strange, and it’s none other than Scottish thesp, Ewan McGregor. Bear in mind, this is a rumour at the moment so until we hear official word, take it with a grain of salt. That being said, the folks over at Bd seem pretty certain that their source is reliable, so here’s that scoop in full:

Yesterday a new source contacted me and said that Ewan McGregor had been prepping for the role – doing the usual research actors do when looking at taking on an adaptation or existing character. I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told “They’re looking at him.”

The thought of »

- Gem Seddon

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Past Oscar Nominees Could Dominate Costume Design Category

2 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.

Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Official Full-Length Trailer for Syfy's Z Nation Shambles In

11 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

"Z Nation" kicks off tomorrow night, and after showing us a few teasers and some videos they dubbed "Wtf," the powers-that-be at Syfy have now released the official full-length trailer for the show.

"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").

The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Related Story: "Z Nation" Preview - Should You Tune In or Shamble On?

Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," "Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot.

The series premieres Friday, »

- Debi Moore

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Z Nation Preview Clips Sure To Get You To Tune In

11 September 2014 6:22 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

You can’t have enough zombie shows, and Syfy is about to bring you another one with Z Nation. Brought to you by Karl Schaefer, who brought you Eerie Indiana and Eureka, the show has an interesting combination of stories in play. Three years after the zombie apocalypse, survivors find a person who is apparently immune to the plague, and they now embark on a quest to get him across the country to the last functioning lab they know of.

You may have seen the trailer already, but check out some special clips below, and be sure to tune in.

Photo by: Oliver Irwin/Syfy

 

Z Nation – Trailer

It’s a man-eat-man world. Z Nation premieres Friday, September 12 at 10/9c on Syfy

Z Nation – Wtf Baby Moment – Clip

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In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, »

- Marc Eastman

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Z Nation Preview - Should You Tune In or Shamble On?

10 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

If a step-by-step guide were written for how to create a standard zombie narrative, it would be titled "Z Nation." Start with one part outbreak footage, and mix in some overlapping audio clips of news regarding said outbreak.

Simmer it in a stock of basic characters with one part brown-haired stubbly leader, one part love interest, two parts mysterious drifters with unexplained combat prowess, and three parts uninteresting zombie chow to beef up the cast.

Marinade in a standard post-apocalyptic world, equal parts towns trying to make it and traveling caravans with dubious intent. Bake for 45 minutes in standard character dilemmas, adding in a mission to cure the virus for some longevity. Garnish with dialogue.

I try not to be too critical of things for being standard. I can’t expect everyone watching something to have the same breadth of exposure as I do, and in my experience there’s »

- Ted Hentschke

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Enjoy a Few Wtf Moments and Several Images from Syfy's Z Nation

8 September 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Syfy's "Z Nation" premieres this coming Friday, September 12th, at 10Pm; and the network has released a slew of new photos plus a pair of videos that show off a few "Wtf" moments from the show.

"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").

The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," "Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot.

Synopsis:

"Z Nation" starts three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, »

- Debi Moore

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New Z Nation Promo Reminds You to Keep Your Friday Nights Open

18 August 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Syfy's upcoming new series "Z Nation" premieres on Friday, September 12th, at 10Pm; and the network wants to make sure you remember to keep your Friday nights open to check it out. In the meantime you can check out a new promo!

"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").

The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," "Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot.

Synopsis:

"Z Nation" starts three years »

- Debi Moore

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Trailer For William H. Macy’s Directorial Debut Rudderless Is Now Online

14 August 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

William H. Macy arrived at last January’s Sundance Film Festival with his directorial debut, a music dramedy called Rudderless. Reviews were good, the cast is solid and the story is heartwarming and inspiring – so it is strange that we have heard so little about this upcoming feature. Now, however, Rudderless has a feel-good trailer online that promises a solid run on demand and in theaters when the film releases this October.

Rudderless tells the story of Sam (Billy Crudup), a high-profile ad exec who loses his son in a school shooting, only to turn to grieving through the drink. After he finds a collection of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics, he decides to share the music with others. These tunes draw the eye of a younger rock group, led by Quentin (Anton Yelchin), who decides to enlist Sam in a rock band where the father can »

- Jordan Adler

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