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Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins started his career as an actor. He played small roles in films like Leprechaun 3, Varsity Blues and Meet Dave before (and while) writing screenplays for Summer Catch, Coach Carter and Real Steel. Gatins may have originally come to Hollywood to be an actor, but it’s his screenwriting that’s made him a star. And with the release Flight (out on Blu-ray and DVD February 5), his star is suddenly shining just about as brightly as it’s ever going to get. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, Gatins masterful screenplay for Flight not only turned a movie with a major plane-crash set piece into a small, human drama, but it also garnered the young writer an Oscar nomination. Movies.com recently sat down with...
- Scott Neumyer
By Scott Neumyer
It took nearly ten difficult years for screenwriter John Gatins' story of an alcoholic pilot who pulls off an impossible move to save the lives of many of his passengers but comes under scrutiny for his personal life to achieve lift off. But one phone call from Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and the support of director Robert Zemeckis finally helped get "Flight" (out on Blu-ray and DVD February 5) off the ground.
An incredibly human story about addiction, wrapped inside a miraculous action set piece, the film features a great performance from Washington, a hilarious John Goodman, and Gatins' own Oscar-nominated screenplay.
MTV News recently spoke with Gatins to discuss the transition from acting to screenwriting, his upcoming films, and the pressure of a writer's acceptance speech.
MTV: The first thing I have to ask is how does one go from acting in "Leprechaun 3" to writing an Oscar nominated screenplay? »
- MTV Movies Team
My overwhelming thought following tonight’s rippling terrain of pricey Super Bowl commercials was that Doritos missed a great cross-promotional opportunity by not joining forces with Calvin Klein. There’s always next year. Below, zip through a bunch of 2013′s most memorable — best And worst! — Super Bowl ads.
Budweiser Clydesdales, “Reunion”
Aggggghhhhh. Unstoppable Cuteness. Set to the dulcet tones of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” a baby foal (seven days old at the time of filming) leaves his devoted trainer and grows up to roam “free” in the streets of downtown Chicago to find proud papa again! This spot has everything »
- Annie Barrett
Those who follow stand-up comedy and the ever-revolving mantle of club and concert-hall performers know that Kevin Hart is a huge star. Like, .Eddie Murphy. big. But he hasn.t had Murphy.s luck when it comes to crossing over to mainstream movie success. Hart has appeared in a handful of good movies, from Death at a Funeral and The Five-Year Engagement to The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Murphy, ironically, even used Hart for a supporting role in Meet Dave. Hart is putting in his time. Even though he has a few high-profile fictional projects on the horizon, Hart.s going to see if his stand-up act will help him knock down a few more doors. Lionsgate revealed plans to release the stand-up comedy movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain on July 4, Variety reports. The trade explains that Lionsgate is hoping to counterprogram Hart against the major tentpole pictures The Lone Ranger »
4 items from 2013
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