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James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild

James L. Brooks to Be Honored With Laurel Award by Writers Guild
James L. Brooks has been selected as the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

He will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

“James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business,” said WGA West president David A.. Goodman. “His movie scripts walk a razor’s edge; they are comedies that are tinged with tragedy, they have moments of absurdity mixed with sharply observed truths. The beauty of his work is that you never hear the writer behind it, his characters talk like real people and his scripts feel like life. We at the Wgaw Board of Directors consider it our honor to give him this award.”

Brooks is a three-time Academy Award winner, an 18-time Emmy Award winner, and four-time Writers Guild Award winner. He created “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its trio of
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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction

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‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Review: Adam Sandler Nails Noah Baumbach’s Comedy of Dysfunction
It’s tempting to call Adam Sandler “Halley’s Actor,” since he makes us endure one wretched, inane comedy after another in between his all-too-occasional impressive performances with filmmakers outside of the Happy Madison stable. But while the waiting can be agony, the payoffs are worth it, in the case of Sandler’s triumphs in “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Funny People” (and in the less overall-successful “Spanglish” and “Reign Over Me”). Add “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” to the list of movies that prove that The Artist Formerly Known as Opera Man has real chops. Not that the film is crafted as a showcase.
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'The Meyerowitz Stories' Review: All-Star Family Dramedy Is Flat-Out Brilliant

'The Meyerowitz Stories' Review: All-Star Family Dramedy Is Flat-Out Brilliant
Noah Baumbach makes family movies that feel lived in – the kind that banter, bristle and sometimes bleed. The real kind. To the company of The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding and While We're Young, you can add The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), a literate New York comedy of bad family manners in which Baumbach rarely sends out a line of dialogue without a sting in its tail.

The film plays like a series of New Yorker short stories bound by blood ties. The Meyerowitz clan lives
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DirecTV Latin America Nabs Mediaset España’s Drama ‘Forgive Me God’

DirecTV Latin America Nabs Mediaset España’s Drama ‘Forgive Me God’
Confirming its growing bet on Spanish TV fiction, DirecTV has acquired Latin American pay TV rights to Mediaset España’s drama “Perdóname Señor” (“Forgive Me God”), starring Paz Vega (“Spanglish,” “All Roads Led to Rome”).

The At&T-owned paybox, with more than eight million subscribers, will launch “Forgive Me” via OnDirecTV channel in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Perú, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, among other countries in the region, Mediaset España said in a statement.

Mediaset España’s most successful TV fiction to date this year, “Forgive Me” averages a strong 19% audience share and 2.9 viewers after seven episodes, broadcast Wednesdays primetime on Me’s core channel Telecinco. Mini-series’ eighth and last episode airs July 19 in Spain.

Created by Frank Ariza at Madrid-based Gossip Events Productions, the Andalusia-set social melodrama turns on Lucía Medina, a socially-committed nun – played by Vega- who decides to come back to her homeland to solve matters related with delinquency and drug dealing. She
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Adam Sandler’s Latest Netflix Mandate ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Use Better Management [Review]

There are essentially two types of Adam Sandler movies, though they sometimes come in varying shades. On the left side are the more casual, laissez-faire affairs, wherein the popular comedic actor/producer plays an exaggerated variation of his real-life, good-hearted slacker persona. Some of them are charming enough (“Billy Madison,” “The Wedding Singer,” “50 First Dates“), some are mixed (“Big Daddy,” “Spanglish“), and a few are, err, curious failures (“Eight Crazy Nights,” “Click,” “The Cobbler“), but the rest stink of cash-grabbing laziness (the “Grown Ups” movies, “Just Go With It,” “Blended“).

Continue reading Adam Sandler’s Latest Netflix Mandate ‘Sandy Wexler’ Could Use Better Management [Review] at The Playlist.
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Tea Leoni Signs With Wme (Exclusive)

Tea Leoni has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously with UTA.

Leoni stars as the titular top U.S. foreign policy official on Madam Secretary, which CBS has renewed for a fourth season. Her previous series regular role was as star of ABC comedy The Naked Truth.

On the big screen, Leoni’s credits include Bad Boys, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III, Spanglish, Fun With Dick and Jane and Ghost Town. The actress has been a Unicef ambassador since 2001 and served on the national board for its U.S. Fund since 2006.

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Exclusive: ‘The Good Fight’ Star Sarah Steele Says Goodbye to Teenage Roles With ‘Speech & Debate’

Exclusive: ‘The Good Fight’ Star Sarah Steele Says Goodbye to Teenage Roles With ‘Speech & Debate’
Now star of The Good Fight, the CBS All Access spinoff of The Good Wife, Sarah Steele is finally playing her own age onscreen.

The actress, who made her film debut as Bernice, the awkward-but-cute preteen in 2004’s Spanglish, has had an extended onscreen life as a teenager, playing Jenny Humphrey’s rival on two episodes of Gossip Girl, the teenage daughter to Catherine Keener in the dark comedy Please Give and, in 2013, a recent high school graduate in The To Do List. In Speech & Debate, the film adaptation of Stephen Karam’s Off-Broadway play opening in select theaters and on demand April 7 and is available exclusively on iTunes April 2, she returns to high school as a Rachel Berry-like student with dreams of becoming a star.

The new film, which she dubs her “swan song” for teenage roles, comes as Steele has evolved into an adult both onscreen and onstage. “I had this
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The Lrm Interview: Producer James L. Brooks on Making The Edge of Seventeen

Opening today is Kelly Fremon Craig’s directorial debut The Edge of Seventeen, and it is an impressive debut that works as a coming-of-age high school comedy in a way few others have

There’s a reason why it’s being compared to everything from Juno to Clueless to Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and much of that has to do with the central character, 17-year-old Nadine, as played by Hailee Steinfeld. She’s a bit of an outcast, sure, but the words that come out of her mouth, as written by Craig, makes her an immediately compelling character, as we see her face all sorts of adversity from the death of her father to other more mundane teenage angst with such a wry sense of humor.

Craig had a great mentor-of-sorts in James L. Brooks, who signed on as a producer fairly early on in order to get the movie made.
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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.”

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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild
The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.
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Toronto: Mundial, Monica Lozano’s Alebrije Unveil First Output Deal Titles (Exclusive)

Mundial, the joint sales venture between Im Global and L.A. and Mexico City-based Canana, and “Instructions Not Included” producer Monica Lozano are kicking off their output deal with Mundial introducing a trio of titles from Lozano’s Alebrije Cine y Video at this week’s Toronto Festival.

In a extended career, Lozano’s credits take in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s debut “Amores Perros.” Directed by and starring Eugenio Derbez, “Instructions” ranks as the biggest Spanish-language hit ever in the U.S. punching $44.5 million.

Underscoring Lozano’s versatility, the three Alebrije titles hitting Mundial’s Toronto sales slate range from a “She is Ramona,” a femme-centric urban comedy, to “Jeremy,” another comedy but about a winsome child genius, and “The Obscure Spring,” a tale of amour fou, from Ernesto Contreras (“Blue Eyelids”).

“We’re excited to finally kick off our output deal with the great Monica Lozano,” enthused Cristina Garza,
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Cloris Leachman Turns 90 With Betty White Joke and the Best F--king Birthday Cake Ever

Oscar winner Cloris Leachman just turned 90 on April 30, and she can't f--king believe it either.

The actress has been working steadily in Hollywood since the mid-1950s, with a filmography so long it would take another 90 years to read it. She's known for her TV roles in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the spinoff "Phyllis," plus "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Facts of Life," "Malcolm in the Middle," and "Raising Hope"; and film roles in "Young Frankenstein," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Spanglish," "The Wedding Ringer," and "The Last Picture Show," where she picked up her Academy Award. Leachman was also the oldest contestant to compete on "Dancing With the Stars," at age 82 in DWTS Season 7.

"Crazy Cloris" was a hoot then, and she seems just as sassy now. Check out her birthday cake, which she showed off on Twitter after thanking fans for their kind wishes, and gently
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Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)

Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)
Guadalajara — Mexico’s Argos Cine is teaming with both Bob Yari, producer of “Crash” and “The Illusionist,” to co-produce “Luciérnagas en El Mozote” (“Fireflies at El Mozote”) and with Spain’s Arturo Perez Reverte, author of “Queen of the South,” for a second movie, “The Man From Rome,” an English-language big-screen makeover of Reverte’s Seville-set thriller “La piel del tambor,” in deals that mark out Argos Cine and parent Argos Comunicacion as an ambitious go-to production partner in Mexico for both film and TV.

Moving forward on the series “Burn the Bridge,” Argos Cine struck no fewer than nine co-production deals at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, boarding three titles at its Co-production meeting – Chile’s “Another Lake,” Costa Rica’s “Ballroom,” and Mexico’s “Night of July” – and two genre pic projects from Spanish producer Antonia Nava, agreeing to co-produce Ahinoa Menendez’s “Eco” and Gustavo Moheno’s “Melisa.
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Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)

Argos Cine Teams With Bob Yari, Arturo Perez Reverte (Exclusive)
Guadalajara — Mexico’s Argos Cine is teaming with both Bob Yari, producer of “Crash” and “The Illusionist,” to co-produce “Luciérnagas en El Mozote” (“Fireflies at El Mozote”) and with Spain’s Arturo Perez Reverte, author of “Queen of the South,” for a second movie, “The Man From Rome,” an English-language big-screen makeover of Reverte’s Seville-set thriller “La piel del tambor,” in deals that mark out Argos Cine and parent Argos Comunicacion as an ambitious go-to production partner in Mexico for both film and TV.

Moving forward on the series “Burn the Bridge,” Argos Cine struck no fewer than nine co-production deals at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, boarding three titles at its Co-production meeting – Chile’s “Another Lake,” Costa Rica’s “Ballroom,” and Mexico’s “Night of July” – and two genre pic projects from Spanish producer Antonia Nava, agreeing to co-produce Ahinoa Menendez’s “Eco” and Gustavo Moheno’s “Melisa.
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Superficial 'News,' Mineo-Dean Bromance-Romance and Davis' fading 'Star': 31 Days of Oscar

'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks
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Fund This: ‘Spanglish’ Plans To Be A Bilingual Sketch Comedy Adventure

Project Name: Spanglish

Asking For: $8,450 on Kickstarter

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $1,361

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 22

Description: Spanglish is not a web series adaptation of a middling Adam Sandler movie from 2004. Rather, it is a sketch show that looks to bring its viewers a Hispanic point of view, a bilingual sensibility, and, of course, plenty of laughs. Its star, Mariola Figueroa, is a Puerto Rican actress who is looking to put her own spin on the sketch comedy format. In a series of videos, she and her co-creators will create ridiculous, multicultural scenes set in New York City. Judging by the project's pitch video, there will also be blood, robot eyes, and Shining references.

Creator Bio: Figueroa is one of four comedians involved in the Spanglish Kickstarter. The series' creators are all veterans of the New York comedy scene; out of all of them,
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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Stx's Coming-of-Age Drama (Exclusive)

Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Stx's Coming-of-Age Drama (Exclusive)
Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star in Stx Entertainment's coming-of-age film, previously called Besties. In the vein of John Hughes film, the story centers on two high school girls who are best friends until one starts secretly dating the other’s older brother. Director-producer James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets, Spanglish) is producing the project, while Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote the spec script, is set to make it her directorial debut, with Brooks serving as a mentor. Richard Sakai and Julie Ansell also are producing. Craig's spec, which was called Besties, was originally scooped

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Mexican Oscar-Winning Filmmaker to Head Top Venice Jury: 3D Disaster Thriller to Open Fest

'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney
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Adam Sandler: 5 Reasons He’s No Longer a Movie Star

Adam Sandler: 5 Reasons He’s No Longer a Movie Star
Is it game over for Adam Sandler? His new comedy, “Pixels,” opened over the weekend to a mediocre $24 million, a disappointing result for the $88 million project. Sandler’s latest box office lemon comes on the heels of “The Cobbler” (Sandler’s lowest-grossing title ever, which opened to just $24,000 from 20 theaters in March), 2014’s “Blended” (the Drew Barrymore reteaming that mustered $46 million), “That’s My Boy” (a pairing with Andy Samberg that eked out $37 million) and “Jack and Jill” (the cross-dressing comedy that landed some of the worst reviews of his career). His only recent hits have been the 2013 sequel to “Grown Ups” (which netted $133 million) and “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated film that didn’t require him to be onscreen.

Here’s how Sandler’s box office career went from $4 billion in ticket sales to ice cold.

1. He aged out of his material

Sandler, 48, spent the ’90s playing the eternal teenage
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Watch: Exclusive 'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' Trailer Is Stranger Than Fiction

Watch: Exclusive 'Paulo Coelho's Best Story' Trailer Is Stranger Than Fiction
Already released in Brazil, "Paulo Coelho's Best Story" recounts the ups and downs in the life of author most famous for "The Alchemist," the 1988 novel about an Andalusian shepherd boy's journey to Egypt. Starring Julio Andrade and Paz Vega ("Sex and Lucia," "Talk to Her," "Spanglish"), the film features art direction from Pedro Almodovar regular Antxón Gómez and Oscar-winning make-up artists Montse Ribé and David Marti. The film traces the prolific author's journey, which begins humbly in Brazil, to his triumph as an international literary celebrity who endured bouts of mental disorders, drug-taking and success as a rock musician and lyricist. Look for the film on July 31.
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