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Neil Strauss is having an awesome day. Earlier this morning, Robert Downey Jr. and Columbia Pictures optioned his non-fiction book Emergency!: This Book Will Save Your Life and now another one of his books has found a pair of writers to script an adaptation. The Wrap reports that Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, best known as the head writers on The Office and the guys that Bill Murray likes to make fun of, have been hired to write The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, based on Strauss' best seller. The non-fiction book is a controversial and somewhat disturbing look at the self-described "pick-up artist" Mystery, a Toronto-based magician who teaches ugly men how to pick up women (you may remember him from his short-lived reality series on VH1 from a couple years ago). Ari Sandel, who won an Oscar for his short film West Bank Story, »
I'm sure at some point while flipping through the cable stations you came across VH1's The Pickup Artist, which ran for two seasons (so far) and starred the self-proclaimed greatest pick-up artist ever, Mystery. His real name is Erik von Markovik, but in the world of pick-up artists, he goes by Mystery -- an author of several popular books, host of his own VH1 show and the guy who supposedly knows the tricks to picking up any woman at any time in any place.
Prior to the VH1 show, Mystery was also featured in a book called The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists, written by a journalist named Neil Strauss who penetrated the ultra-secretive world of pick-up artists, was mentored by an extremely dysfunctional Mystery (we're talking depression, crying fits, the whole nine yards), and went on to become what the pick-up artist community refers to »
- Erik Davis
Yesterday it was reported that Academy Award-winning USC grad Ari Sandel was in talks to direct the big screen adaptation of Neil Strauss' bestselling book The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists. So I thought it would be as good a time than any to feature West Bank Story, the short film which won Sandel an Oscar in 2007 for Best Live Action Short Film. Here is some information on the short: West Bank Story is a comedy/musical short film, directed by Ari Sandel, co-written by Sandel and Kim Ray, produced by Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ashley Jordan, Ravi Malhotra, and featuring choreography by Ramon Del Barrio. The film is a parody of the classic musical film West Side Story, which in turn is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The film follows the romance between the relatives of the owners of rival falafel restaurants, one Israeli »
- Peter Sciretta
In 2005, Columbia Pictures acquired the film rights to Neil Strauss' bestselling pickup book The Game: Penetrating The Secret Society of Pickup Artists, and About A Boy director/screenwriter Chris Weitz was at one point attached to direct. The option expired, and rights returned to Strauss. Now Variety is reporting that Academy Award-winning USC grad Ari Sandel (West Bank Story) is in talks to direct the big screen adaptation for Lionsgate with Spyglass financing and Depth of Field producing. Due Date scribe Adam Sztykiel is rewriting Dan Weiss' script. For those of you who are chuckling about the idea of a handbook for pickup artists being adapted into a big screen movie, that isn't exactly the case. While Strauss' book does have informations which claim to teach men who to pickup women, the story is a first person account of Rolling Stone writer Struss' journey into the world of pickup artists, »
- Peter Sciretta
The story follows an average and unlucky in love loser who tries becoming the world's best pickup artist with the help of professional seduction experts.
- Garth Franklin
By Steve Pond
In many ways, the Live-Action Short category is the toughest of the three Oscar short-film categories to predict. Voters’ likes and dislikes are easier to track in the animated and documentary categories, where emotional appeal often trumps everything else; the live-action nominees tend not to be as personal, mixing light and dark, rough and polished.
- Steve Pond
6 items from 2010
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