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‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild

‘Fisher King’ Writer Richard Lagravenese to Be Honored by Writers Guild
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Richard Lagravenese as the recipient of its Ian Mclellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13.

Richard Lagravenese has been a WGA member since 1986 and written 17 films. He received an Academy Award nomination for original screenplay in 1992 for “The Fisher King.”

His writing credits include “The Ref,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Horse Whisperer” and “Unbroken.” He also directed many of his own screenplays, including “Living Out Loud,” “P.S. I Love You,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Last Five Years” and “Freedom Writers,” which won the Humanitas Prize.

He co-produced and co-directed with Ted Demme the Emmy-nominated film documentary “A Decade Under the Influence,” adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir about his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra,” and wrote and
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Interview: ‘The Last Five Years’ Director Richard Lagravenese

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Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”

The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.

Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick in ‘The Last Five Years

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Richard Lagravenese is an influential screenwriter of the past 25 years, who has worked with some of the most notable directors of his generation, including Terry Gilliam (“The Fisher King
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Emmys inside track: Can anyone beat 'Candelabra' for Movie/Mini Writing?

Emmys inside track: Can anyone beat 'Candelabra' for Movie/Mini Writing?
The Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" is the far-and-away frontrunner to win the Primetime Emmy for Best Movie/Miniseries Writing. Richard Lagravenese was previously nominated for an Emmy as producer of the nonfiction special "A Decade Under the Influence" in 2004, but this is his first bid as a writer, though he does have an Academy Award nomination as a scribe (Original Screenplay 1991, "The Fisher King"). "Behind the Candelabra" is an HBO production, which premiered on American television but was released theatrically in some international markets. It even competed for the top prize – the Palme d’Or – at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Of the nominees, Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake" mystery miniseries is the best reviewed by critics, earning a score of 86 on Metacritic. Co-writer Gerald Lee is nominated for the first time; Oscar winner Jane Campion ("The Pian...
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Slam Dunk Wales Review

The queue was as thick as the sun that was piling down, as long as the fringes that seemed to flop around every corner and as heavy as all those faces weighed down with sweat and piercings. Not soon enough, the beast started to chug forward and with every step that was taken up to the Solus Bar and CF10 the shade became more and more and then less and less until we (because I’m not that much of a loner, you know) were sectioned off into two queues. One queue: those with tickets. The other: those with box-office tickets and guestlist. I slotted into the latter category and after some confusion with my surname – Irish heritage does nothing for me – I was granted access to the Solus Bar, which looked bare. I could have sworn there were more people in the queue than that. But, after looking around
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Tgb Episode 32: Bump in the Night! (Guest: Gareth Edwards)

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Alex (filling in for Jeremy) are joined by special guest Gareth Edwards, writer & director of Monsters (watch a trailer), to discuss their picks of the week, the newest Blu-Ray releases, trailers for Chris Morris' Four Lions and Anchor Bay's And Soon the Darkness, recommend the IFC doc A Decade Under the Influence and so much more! Our main topic was a Q&A with Gareth regarding his sci-fi film Monsters (hence the delay this week, due to scheduling). The guys talk about the limitations/freedoms of shooting films like Gareth did and go over some of the finer themes of his film. The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30Pm (Pst). You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is
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Taking Back Sunday to release live acoustic CD/DVD entitled ‘Live from Orensanz’

HollywoodNews.com: Taking Back Sunday, who is lead by vocalist Adam Lazzara, has gone through some major band lineup changes this year, but they’re not letting that stop them from producing albums.

While they are currently working on their follow up album to “Louder Now,” the band has announced that they will be releasing a live acoustic CD/DVD entitled “Live from Orensanz” on August 17th via Warner Bros.

In addition, the band has released the album artwork and tracklisting which can be seen below:

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Below is the tracklisting for the CD/DVD:

1. MakeDamnSure

2. New Again

3. A Decade Under the Influence/Lightning Song

4. One-Eighty By Summer

5. Your Own Disaster

6. My Blue Heaven

7. Carpathia

8. Didn’t See That Coming

9. Set Phasers To Stun

10. Everything Must Go

11. Cure Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)
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Marketing exec Bock leaving IFC

Marketing exec Bock leaving IFC
The Independent Film Channel is losing its senior vp marketing after 14 years with the cable network. Caroline Bock is leaving IFC at week's end to pursue a career in writing. The network has not yet decided on a replacement. "It's been a great job," Bock said. "I was at the crossroads of my own career there, and I decided to take the opportunity to make a dramatic change." Bock recently added to her duties by taking on responsibility for the marketing of IFC's TV and film units. She spearheaded the promotional campaigns for such indie releases as Camp and Casa de los Babys as well as TV properties including A Decade Under the Influence and Bad Ass Cinema. Her past work also covered Bravo, formerly owned by IFC parent company Rainbow Media Holdings. At Bravo, she helped launch Inside the Actors Studio.

IFC in 'Search' of new tribute to helmer Demme

NEW YORK -- The Independent Film Channel has begun production on a tribute to late director Ted Demme. Scheduled for release late next year, In Search of Ted Demme will feature a cavalcade of actors remembering the filmmaker, who died in January 2002 after amassing credits that include Blow and The Ref. The film will be executive produced by Richard LaGravenese, who directed A Decade Under the Influence with Demme, as well as Denis Leary and Jim Serpico of Apostle Pictures, together with Demme's wife, Amanda Scheer-Demme. Leary will be joined onscreen by people who worked with Demme, including Kevin Spacey, Johnny Depp, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver. Search will be told with the same kind of offbeat humor Demme was known for, said IFC director of original programming Alison Bourke, who also will executive produce the project with Ed Carroll, the network's executive vp and general manager. John Walter will direct Search; Jerry Kupfer of K2 Pictures produces.

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