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Besides the fact that we love them, all these things enter into our list of the wittiest, most shocking, and awe-inspiring quotes from Hollywood’s best and brightest this past year.
Let’s take a look back at some of the soundbites that sent shockwaves through the web, and a few you may have missed. Who’s got the sharpest tongue, and who should just keep their mouth shut? Read on…
“I had been tanning a lot so that Michael would be happy with my skin tone. Every spare moment of sun that was outside, I had to be in it. It’s not going to happen again because of the damage and the possible skin cancer.” –Megan Fox on Michael Bay, before she »
- Max Evry
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Release Date: April 15, 2011
Trailer Score: 6/10
My Thoughts: Okay, lemme get this outta the way first. Um… what?
Okay, glad I got that out of my system because I gotta say, after watching this trailer, I don’t have much of an idea of what I’m in for. I mean, sure, I get that Robert Pattinson thinks that Reese Witherspoon is hot, but is that really what I’m shelling 11 bucks out to watch? Because if I really found Reese Witherspoon that attractive (or appealing at all) I’m pretty sure my time would be better spent using Google Images.
In its defense, there’s the makings of a story buried somewhere in here. When movie trailers are constantly giving too much away, it’s nice to see a little subtlety, but you gotta »
- Calhoun Kersten
Writers will tell you one of the best ways to improve yourself is to read other people's writing. So, for an aspiring screenwriter, reading a ton of scripts is an excellent exercise. It's one that John August, writer of Go, Charlie's Angels, Big Fish and The Nines (which he also directed) knows well. As a freshman at the University of Southern California, August was reading almost a script every other day and writing coverage of each, both for class and an internship. "Coverage" is basically a book report written for a superior so they don't have to read a full script themselves. A reader of August's blog  was going through a box of papers when they came across something very interesting: August's coverage of then seemingly unknown filmmaker Quentin Tarantino's script for Natural Born Killers. See and read the full document below. Here's what August had to say  upon »
- Germain Lussier
If you don't follow comedian Neil Hamburger's (alter ego of Gregg Turkington) Twitter account you've missed a golden month in the age of tweet humor. He's currently coming off a marathon of arbitrarily ripping into Axe body spray for insufficiently observing Tom Bosley's death, and yesterday he and Tim Heidecker launched a nuclear barrage of fake allegations against "Yogi Bear."
In other realms of the Twittersphere, Nasa's press conference about a new form of life captured many posters' imaginations, including those of Michael Ian Black and John August, who each reacted to the announcement differently. Find out what they said and who's about to get down to work on "Breaking Dawn."
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for December 2, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@neilhimself And they ask why I consider @thatKevinSmith to be my monstrous nemesis: http://twitpic.com/3a3rq3
- Brian Warmoth
A week or two before the current Elle hit newsstands, Jessica Alba's comments on screenplays caused a great uproar in Hollywood, particularly among sensitive screenwriter types. "Good actors never use the script unless it's amazing writing," Alba said in her interview with the magazine. "All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say." That set off a round of mockery, with screenwriters, movie buffs and critics joining together to lampoon Alba's acting "talents" and script choices, as well as to question how good these actors must be if they're not smart enough to stick to a script everyone else (producers, directors, etc.) already approve of. John August, the scribe behind so-so Tim Burton fare like Big Fish and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, struck back: "Oh, Jessica. Where to start? Scripts [...] »
She was quoted as saying, "Good actors never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say."
But August, best known for his screenwriting collaborations with director Tim Burton, is baffled by Alba's claims, and has taken to his blog to defend the job of the screenwriter.
He writes, "I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way... Oh, Jessica. Where to start?
"Following your logic, you've never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing...
"Screenwriters can be your best friends. We are pushovers for attractive people who pay attention to us. I wrote that bathtub scene in Big Fish because Jessica Lange made brief eye contact with me. So if you're not getting great writing - and honestly, you're not - ask to have lunch with the screenwriter. I've seen you on interviews. You're charming. That charm could work wonders." »
Jessica Alba recently told Elle Magazine that good actors don't need to use scripts, possibly throwing herself into the "good actors" category. Writer John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish) quickly replied in the most polite way possible. But if you read between the lines, it's obvious how he really feels about Alba. Alba said: "Good actors never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I.ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say." August replied: "I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way. Oh, Jessica. Where to start? Following your logic, you've never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, but it might hurt the feelings of David Wain, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. Screenwriters can be your best friends. We are pushovers for attractive people who pay attention to us. »
Elle magazine is featuring Jessica Alba on its December cover and boy, do they have a doozy of an article with the actress in it. Whomever interviewed Jessica must have known that the material was going to attract the interest of several groups, among them Hollywood screenwriters. Whether Jessica was self-aware enough to realize that what she was saying was going to offend people remains a mystery.
Here's what Alba did: Elle magazine is running a photo shoot showing the brunette looker in garden-y scenery. She looks great, but the quotes from Alba that accompany the photo spread aren't as flattering to the lady. Here's two quotes featuring the wisdom of Jessica Alba as printed by Elle:
"I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done. I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were." (Finally, there's an admission from someone that »
- Patrick Sauriol
Whilst on your Internet travels lately you may have spotted this amazing collection of Elfman and Burton's collaborations, a 16-cd boxset. Appreciating that $499 may be a bit too much to spend for most (well, for me at least) and given the fact that Christmas is approaching, meaning it's about time A Nightmare Before Christmas is re-watched, I thought I'd take a film by film look at Elfman and Burton's collaborations.
Elfman's first collaboration with Tim Burton came at the same time as he was still involved with Oingo Boingo, before he firmly established himself as a composer of note. He had another credit to his name with his score for Forbidden Zone, which was directed by his older brother, Richard.
The main theme for »
It wasn't unprovoked. Actress Jessica Alba dissed screenwriters to Elle magazine. Here's the posting from Big Fish and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory scripter John August's blog: Oh, Jessica I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way, because Jessica Alba couldn’t have actually said this: Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say. Oh, Jessica. Where to start? Scripts aren’t just the dialogue. Screenplays reflect the entire movie in written form, including those moments when you don’t speak. Do you know the real reason we hold table readings in pre-production? So the actors will read the entire script at least once. Following your logic, you’ve never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, »
- NIKKI FINKE
“I’ve always been a huge action film fan and a couple of friends of mine were in marriage therapy,” explained screenwriter Simon Kingberg as to the origins of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). “The way they were talking about it sounded kind of aggressive and mercenary. I just thought it would make an interesting template for a relationship inside of an action film.” Mayhem and chaos ensues when two married assassins are contracted to kill each other. “One of the ways that you write it is that all of the action sequences in the film have to be, in some form, expressions of where these characters are in their marriage… Instead of two people having a fight at the dinner table about the salt, »
"Call of Duty: Black Ops" got some help hyping itself from Metallica at Activision's launch party last night, and at least one actor from "Mad Men" was there. Ice-t, meanwhile, is trying to figure out what he needs to do to swing an early copy of the game, so if you have pertinent information and don't want to keep the game for yourself, you know where to tweet him.
In other happenings, Keith Olbermann made news instead of reporting it today by getting suspended indefinitely by MSNBC over political campaign contributions he was found to have made, not for the actions James Urbaniak mentioned. Check out what that was about down below along with Felicia Day's big concern about "The Walking Dead" and who someone thought Ludacris looked like at an airport.
I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is Twitter-Wood for November 5, 2010.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@MirandaBuzz Had an awesome show tonight! »
- Brian Warmoth
Though we knew it was coming soon, despite rumors that Tim Burton mind end up working on something else in the meantime, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros' new take on Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp starring as the vampire Barnabas Collins, will start shooting next April. Burton will be directing from a screenplay re-written by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter author Seth Grahame-Smith, as John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride, The Nines) wrote the first draft. It was originally supposed to start production this year, but was pushed to January, now all the way back to April. But at least it's pretty much ready to go now! Burton has been linked to multiple projects recently, like Monsterpocalypse at DreamWorks Animation, a Mai The Psychic Girl adaptation, and his upcoming animated Frankenweenie and Addams Family movies, but alas he's set to head into the Dark Shadows next (had to make that »
- Alex Billington
Let’s face it. The original Dark Shadows television series was a delight in spite of the flubbed lines, the visible boom mics and the wobbling sets. In fact, it was probably fun to watch specially because of how low rent it was. The concept of a crew so dedicated to making something scary failing so epically (and in turn creating something hilarious) was explored a bit on an episode of This American Life, and it’s a question that lingers for how Tim Burton will treat his film version of Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. We’ve reported before on the project, but it’s now confirmed to be Depp and Burton’s next project – one that will begin filming in April of 2011. The one major change is that John August (Big Fish) is no longer writing the script. Instead, it’s Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” The »
- Cole Abaius
It looks like Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows film is finally gearing up for production. The project has been in the works for quite a while now and last we heard, Pride and Predjudice and Zombies author Seth Grahme-Smith was writing the latest draft of the script, from a previous draft by screenwriter John August (Big Fish). Heat Vision now reports that Depp has signed on to star, with Burton definitely directing and filming to begin next April. The project is based off the 1966-71 ABC gothic soap opera that featured Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins along with (per Wikipedia) other supernatural creatures like werewolves, ghosts, zombies, man-made monsters, witches, warlocks, time travel (both into the past and into the future), and a parallel universe.
Depp would, of course, be taking on the title role of Collins. Hit the jump for more on the project, including what this means »
- Adam Chitwood
Johnny Depp has been trying for years to get an adaptation of the 1960s television series Dark Shadows made into a movie, but, a few months ago, it finally became a reality when both he and Tim Burton signed on to the project with the intention to begin filming in January 2011. Unfortunately for Johnny, it now looks like he'll have to wait an extra four months. Deadline reports that the production of the film has been set back to April, though no official reason for the move is given. The script has been written by Seth Grahame-Smith, of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies fame, who came onto the project after the departure of Big Fish writer John August. What now complicates things is Depp's involvement in Kathryn Bigelow's Triple Frontier/Sleeping Dogs (who the hell knows the real title). While the actor isn't officially attached to the film as »
Being the son of a legendary attorney, who represented some of America’s largest corporations such as Warner Bros and served as the U.S. Senate’s lead counsel in the Iran/Contra investigation, allowed the young Doug Liman to meet a variety of powerbrokers and celebrities. “He was very connected in [the] entertainment [industry],” stated the American director, referring to his father Arthur Liman. “Through him I met Steven Spielberg [Jaws] and got rides on his private plane to California. I’d see Spielberg’s people reading scripts. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to be when I grow up.’” The elder Liman was uncomfortable with the idea. “He thought I should be a studio executive. He wanted me to get married.” Attending Brown University, »
I thought you Danny Elfman/Tim Burton fans might like this. For $500 you can pre-order a limited edition collector's set of all 13 scores that Elfman compased for Burton's movies. But this is a pretty kick ass package that you're getting for $500.It's a 16 cd set packaged with artwork by Tim Burton, with over 19 hours of music, which include 7 hours of previously un-released masters, demos, work tapes and rarities.It comes with a ton of stuff, so I'll list it here for you from the official site.A Collectible Zoetrope Box A collection of music as unique as Danny Elfman’s for the film of Tim Burton needed to be housed in something equally special, wondrous, and whimsical. Designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic, The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is a work of art in itself. Grammy-winning designer Matt Taylor has transformed »
We’re just days away from the 2010 Screenwriters Expo at the Hilton La (Oct 7th – 10th).
Brought to you by Creative Screenwriting magazine, the Screenwriting Expo is the largest meeting of screenwriters in the world. In its. 9th year, this year.s Expo will bring together some of the heaviest hitters in the film industry with professional screenwriters and Hollywood execs imparting their wisdom, revealing tricks of the trade, and discussing the ever changing landscape of the business.
A Guest of Honor line-up that includes blockbuster screenwriters John August (Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory),Jennifer Salt (Eat, Pray, Love) and Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight). Three New Producer Panels. Industry producers .15 Minutes with a Producer,. .Basics of Independent Film. and .How to Make Contact as a Writer.. The Golden Pitch Fest where screenwriters at the Expo have the chance to pitch their own original screenplays to A-list producers, »
- Melissa Howland
Tim Burton fans in the Toronto area have cause to celebrate and rejoice. Tiff Bell Lightbox will be offering a major exhibition and retrospective on the director’s work. The exhibition will hundreds of pieces of Burton’s artwork going back as far to work he did as a teenager. There will be more than 700 items including paintings, drawings, puppets, costumes, storyboards, and maquettes from Burton’s personal vault, studio archives, and private collections. There will also be an “extensive film retrospective spanning Burton’s 27-year career, including his early shorts and a related series of films that influenced, inspired and intrigued him as a filmmaker, will run parallel to the exhibition.”
Hit the jump to check out the full press release. The exhibition will run from November 26, 2010 until April 17, 2011. Tickets go on sale October 26th.
Here’s the press release:
Tim Burton Exhibition And Retrospective Opens On November 26
- Matt Goldberg
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