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For the first time in 52 years, two spellers were declared co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday. Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, shared the title after a riveting final-round duel in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words. After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they both were named champions. Earlier, 14-year-old Sriram opened the door to an upset by 13-year-old Ansun after he misspelled "corpsbruder," a close comrade. But Ansun was unable to take the title because he got "antegropelos," which means waterproof leggings, »
- Associated Press
When brainstorming movie ideas, “raunch comedy” and “spelling bee” are not two things that one would expect to come together. And yet it’s exactly that combination that landed the script for Bad Words on the Blacklist. And now a film of that script, directed by and starring Justin Bateman, is hitting theaters. Unfortunately, the film is of the variety of comedy that mistakes shock value for quality humor, and it’s mostly insufferable as a result. If there’s a cinematic spelling bee itch that you must scratch, look no further than Spellbound. Filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz and his crew followed eight kids as they prepared for and later competed in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. It turns out that spelling is much more than just memorizing words. These contestants dive into whole histories of languages and get to understand English in and out. There’s a reason they’ll ask for a word’s language of »
Though he’s usually been found directing comedies such as Bridesmaids and The Heat, Paul Feig is planning a musical, with 20th Century Fox picking up a new project for him to produce and potentially make.The plot is being kept quiet according to Variety’s report on the nascent film, though we do know that Feig came up with the concept – an original idea – and Spellbound editor Yana Gorskaya and short story writer Maia Rossini have created the initial pitch for an ensemble piece.Feig, who may have had his musical bug fed by directing a trailer for this year’s Oscar ceremony that featured host Ellen DeGeneres dancing down a street to Fitz And The Tantrums’ The Walker, will likely wait and see how the script/music turns out before making a final decision.Besides, it’s not like he’s not busy with other things already – he »
20th Century Fox has acquired a pitch for a new musical that will be produced by Paul Feig's Feigco Entertainment banner. Details of the pitch, which hails from Yana Gorskaya and Maia Rossini, are being kept under wraps, though the film will feature an ensemble cast. Feig and Jessie Henderson are producing the untitled movie, which is based on Feig's original idea. Also read: ‘The Heat’ Director Paul Feig Producing ‘Peanuts’ Gorskaya is a well-respected editor who cut “Celeste and Jesse Forever” and the Oscar-nominated documentary “Spellbound.” Rossini is a novelist and short story writer. The duo have been best friends and collaborators since. »
- Jeff Sneider
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project, based on an original idea by Feig, is described as a musical that will feature an ensemble cast.
Feig will produce with Jessie Henderson.
Gorskaya is best known for her work as a film editor, including the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Spellbound.”
Rossini is a novelist and short story writer. The team have been best friends and collaborators since grade school.
Feig and Fox continue to build their strong relationship after Feig delivered last year’s hit comedy “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The pic grossed more than $130 million at the domestic box office and has a sequel in development.
Feig is currently his next comedy with the studio “Spy” that reteams the filmmaker with Melissa McCarthy.
Gorskaya and Rossini are represented by CAA, »
- Justin Kroll
Fox has acquired a pitch for an ensemble musical to be scripted by Yana Gorskaya and Maia Rossini. Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment will produce. Feig hatched the idea and will produce with Jessie Henderson. Gorskaya is best known for her work as a film editor, including the docu Spellbound and Celeste And Jessie Forever. Rossini is a novelist and short story writer. The two are best friends and have collaborated since they were kids. CAA reps them and Feig and the duo’s also repped by Mxn Entertainment and Karl Austen and Michael Auerbach. Feig’s directing Melissa McCarthy in the comedy Spy. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Paul Feig’s relationship with Fox is as busy as ever, with the studio picking up a new untitled pitch for the comedy hitmaker’s Feigco Entertainment to produce. Feig, the creator of Freaks & Geeks who directed Bridesmaids and The Heat, came up with the idea for the pitch, which will be written by Yana Gorskaya and Maia Rossini. Gorskaya is an award-winning film editor who’s worked on documentaries such as Spellbound and comedies such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Rossini is a novelist and short story writer. The two have known each other and been co-conspirators
- Borys Kit
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