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Most Adapted Screenplay Winners Are Adapted From Books

5 hours ago | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Only one of this year’s adapted screenplay nominees isn’t adapted from a book, and that’s Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which is adapted from his short film of the same name that took home the jury prize for short film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The other four adaptations all come from books, three non-fiction and one fiction.

American Sniper is based on Chris Kyle’s (portrayed in the film by Bradley Cooper) autobiography of the same name, which he wrote with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice.

The Imitation Game is adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma, written by Andrew Hodges, a mathematician and author. Turing is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film.

Adapted from Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen Hawking by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything explores Stephen Hawking’s relationship with his ex-wife. The couple is played »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

23 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In addition to its swarming hordes of zombies, Capcom’s Dead Rising video games have always followed interesting human characters striving to survive the streets and buildings choked with the living dead, and now those people will come to life in Dead Rising: Watchtower, a live action film adaptation of the video game franchise from Legendary Digital Media and Crackle that’s showcased in a new trailer.

Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available to stream on Crackle beginning March 27th.

“Principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project includes Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Intelligence, Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Dennis Haysbert ( 24, Men, Women & Children).

Dead Rising: Watchtower” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. »

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First trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

22 January 2015 2:38 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Legendary Pictures and Crackle have released the first trailer for the upcoming movie Dead Rising: Watchtower, which is based upon the hit zombie video game series. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.

Dead Rising: Watchtower hits Crackle on March 27th, with a cast that includes Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) as Frank West alongside Harley Morenstein (Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Once Upon a Time), Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Meghan Ory »

- Gary Collinson

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Dead Rising: Watchtower Film Gets First Trailer

22 January 2015 12:34 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We are getting another movie based off a popular video game, and it of course includes more zombies! If you have been waiting to see anything regarding the Dead Rising movie, come check out the first trailer!

It's really hard to base an opinion off this trailer. I can't tell if it is taking itself seriously, or not. If it's not, then it looks farely decent because it looks like a low grade zombie movie with jokes. After all, how can you take Dead Rising seriously? Don't fret though, I had the same problem with the Ant Man trailer.

The good news? Even if this movie is terrible you won't waste a whole lot of money seeing it in theaters. Instead the film will debut on Crackle (Sony's ad runned video service) on March 27th. It should be free to watch, well if you don't count watching ads.

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Frank West educates in the first trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

22 January 2015 11:21 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

If you like movies based on video games then have we got a trailer for you! This also includes zombies so try to remain calm. It’s the first trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, Crackle’s original based on the popular series of games. The movie was written by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and stars Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children), and the always funny Rob »

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The Trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, Coming to Crackle

22 January 2015 11:15 AM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Legendary has revealed the trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, the video game adaptation which will start streaming on Crackle on March 27. The cast includes Jesse Metcalfe (“Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Intelligence,” “Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Dennis Haysbert (“24,” Men, Women & Children), and Rob Riggle (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street). Dead…

The post The Trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, Coming to Crackle appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

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‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ Stars Jesse Metcalfe, Virginia Madsen, Rob Riggle Are Screwed in First Trailer (Video)

22 January 2015 10:33 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The adaptation of a popular zombie survival video game is a Crackle original

“How bad will it get?” a character asks in the first trailer for Crackle original “Dead Rising: Watchtower.”

It’s hard to tell, but the movie featuring familiar faces like Jesse Metcalfe (“Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”), Dennis Haysbert (“24″), and Rob Riggle (“21 Jump Street”) doesn’t look good.

Also Read: Hollywood’s Zombie Overload: Why Flesh-Eater Pitches Are a Tough Sell

Legendary Entertainment’s Television and Digital Media division’s production looks like more of the same direct-to-dvd zombie horror the genre has seen before, »

- Greg Gilman

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Three more join Alexander Payne’s Downsizing

9 January 2015 6:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After delivering another knockout film last year with the sincere Nebraska, director Alexander Payne is busy at work gearing up to shoot his latest film, Downsizing, a science-fiction dramedy about a man  and his wife who try to reinvigorate their lives and voluntarily have themselves shrunk down. Unfortunately for the man, his wife backs out at the last minute.

During the last week, Oscar Winners Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Adjustment Bureau) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild, Inherent Vice) have signed on to play the leading couple of the film, but The Wrap is today reporting that Jason Sudeikis (We’re The Millers), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) , and upcoming Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl) have all signed on to join the project in unspecified roles.

Downsizing sees Payne re-team with co-writer Jim Taylor after their work together on Sideways and The Descendants, and is co-produced by Annapurna Pictures, the company behind American Hustle. »

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Reese Witherspoon Reunites With Election Director Alexander Payne for Downsizing

8 January 2015 9:47 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

More than 15 years ago, Reese Witherspoon gave her first really impressive performance as an ambitious, overachieving high school student in the indie comedy Election. She’d shown talent before then, but this was the moment we knew she would grow as an actress as she aged further into adulthood (she was 22 at the time, playing a teenager). Later came Legally Blonde and cemented her as a movie star, one who would go on to additional rom-com fluff like Sweet Home Alabama while only occasionally mixing in more substantial fare — enough to win an Oscar in 2005 for Walk the Line, at least. Now she appears to be focused on the latter in what some have called a career resurrection or (to borrow an idea from her Mud co-star) “Reese-enaissance” or (via the Fighting in the War Room podcast) “Reese-urgence.” And with this new era comes a reunion with her Election director, Alexander Payne »

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Reese Witherspoon Teams with Matt Damon in 'Downsizing'

7 January 2015 5:21 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Reese Witherspoon has signed on to follow up her critically-acclaimed performance in Wild with Downsizing. Ironically, the actress was initially attached way back in 2009 when we first reported on the project. Paul Giamatti and Sacha Baron Cohen were also attached to star at the time for director Alexander Payne, but it never moved forward, as the filmmaker went on to make Best Picture nominee The Descendants just a few years later. Matt Damon signed on to star back in November, playing a man who believes his life would be far better off if he shrunk himself, in what is described as a social satire.

Back in 2009, Reese Witherspoon was set to play a woman who met the shrinking man, then played by Paul Giamatti. It isn't known if she will still play the same role in this incarnation. Deadline reports that timing may be an issue with Reese Witherspoon, since »

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Reese Witherspoon to Join Matt Damon in Alexander Payne's Downsizing

7 January 2015 4:12 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

A couple of months ago, we learned that Oscar winner Matt Damon would star in Alexander Payne's upcoming film Downsizing. Now, according to Deadline, he'll be acting opposite a fellow Oscar-winner: Reese Witherspoon. The actress is coming off of solid reviews for her performance in Wild (which could earn her another Oscar nom), and this film will re-team her with Payne for the first time since they worked together on Election back in 1999.

Downsizing is described as "a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself," so it seems like Paul Rudd's Scott Lang character in Ant-Man will have some competition in the "shrinking man" category very soon. Payne wrote the script with his Sideways and About Schmidt co-writer Jim Taylor, and shooting will get underway after Damon finishes the next Bourne film for Universal.

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Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon

7 January 2015 3:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Reese Witherspoon has joined Matt Damon in the social satire “Downsizing,” to be directed by Alexander Payne.

Payne wrote the script with Jim Taylor, his partner in Fox-based Ad Hominem Enterprises. Damon joined the project in November.

The story centers on a man in the near future who realizes that he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself at a time when humans are able to do so to battle over-consumption and the depletion of the Earth’s natural resources.

Payne and Taylor won an Oscar for adapted screenplay for “Sideways.” Payne most recently directed “Nebraska.” Payne and Taylor also wrote the Oscar-nominated script for 1999’s “Election,” which starred Witherspoon.

Witherspoon has been nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe for “Wild,” which she also produced. She is repped by CAA and Rick Yorn at Lbi.

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- Dave McNary

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Reese Witherspoon ‘Downsizing’ With Matt Damon, Alexander Payne

7 January 2015 3:20 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Wild star Reese Witherspoon will star with Matt Damon in Downsizing, the next film from Alexander Payne. The pic was scripted by Payne with Jim Taylor, with whom Payne shared the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Sideways. They partner in Ad Hominem Enterprises, and their scripting collaborations also include About Schmidt. The film is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Witherspoon’s star making role as she transitioned from child actress to adulthood came in the Payne-directed satire Election.

The timing is the tricky thing here for Witherspoon, who’s squarely in the Oscar mix for her performance as star and producer of Wild. Damon first will do another installment of the Bourne franchise for Universal, and then Downsizing will happen. Witherspoon is repped by CAA and Lbi.


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