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Lesson Learned: No Two Mall Cops are the Same

14 April 2009 1:56 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In our attempt to make sense of the cinematic world, we analyzed the weekend box office numbers. Our findings? We want a mall cop we can see on the TV. My mother once told me that we were all unique and beautiful snowflakes. Of course she was drunk at the time. Okay, the latter statement is a lie, but one can look at Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Observe and Report and definitely say that both films are unique in spite of their similar lead characters. This may be the only time you hear someone use Kevin James, Seth Rogen and beautiful in the same statement, but I digress. Just looking at the box office numbers, it would appear that Paul Blart is going to run away as the victor in mall cop movies. Paul Blart has made over $163 million so far, while the more recent Observe and Report has made $11 million after 4 days. But »

- Adam Sweeney

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WGA Winners Announced! "Slumdog Millionaire" impresses as does "Milk"

8 February 2009 | | See recent news »

It's award time yet again. Now, the 2009 WGA winners have been announced! Took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.   Film-wise, "Milk" won the best original screenplay, "Slumdog Millionaire" once again impressed with Simon Beaufoy winning in the adapted screenplay category.   "30 Rock" won again in TV and "Black Radio Month" written by Anthony J. McHugh, won the award in Radio for documentary.   As listed, here are the winners of the 2009 Writers Guild Awards:   Screen Winners Original Screenplay Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features Adapted Screenplay Slumdog Millionaire, Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures Documentary Screenplay Waltz with Bashir, Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classic Television Winners Dramatic Series Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, »

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WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

7 February 2009 10:21 PM, PST | Digital Media Law | See recent Digital Media Law news »

Slumdog Millionaire continued its winning streak this awards season, with Simon Beaufoy winning the 2009 Writers Guild of America award this evening for adapted screenplay. Dustin Lance Black won the award for best original screenplay for Milk. Slumdog has already won DGA, SAG, PGA and Golden Globe awards, and is a multi-award favorite for the Oscars. Milk has won SAG and PGA awards and is also a strong Oscar contender in multiple categories.

On the television side, awards went to the writers of Mad Men (drama), 30 Rock (comedy), Recount and John Adams in long-form categories, and In Treatment, Breaking Bad, and The Simpsons in various other fields. Controversially, among other awards was one for videogame writing (to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed). Some publishers declined to submit their titles for consideration, viewing the award as primarily an organizing tool for a guild seeking to gain a foothold in a non-unionized sector. »

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