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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
It wouldn’t be the first time a veteran helmer with a Hollywoodized filmography cracked the line-up and seeing that he directed mainstream titles such as Field of Dreams, Sneakers and The Sum of All Fears means Phil Alden Robinson’s name is far from what we think might be part of the final Park City equation. His sixth directorial outing, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn was lensed in NYC back in September of ’12, and padded with some shooting in L.A. at the beginning of this year. With Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage and James Earl Jones cast, we think there might be some just a little wiggle room for what would be considered a high value dramedy, regardless is Williams has another high profile indie title that we mention on our list and regardless if the Lionsgate folks just picked this up for a 2014 day & date release. »
- Eric Lavallee
Happy Endings alumni keep racking up new projects. Adam Pally—already having a big year in Iron Man 3, A.C.O.D., The To Do List, and other guest appearances on television—was recently upped from a recurring role to series regular on the second season of The Mindy Project, and, like his former co-star Casey Wilson, he’s getting in on the production side of television as well. Pally will co-executive produce a single-camera comedy at NBC from How I Met Your Mother writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand. The pilot focuses on “two guys who strike it »
Adult Children of Divorce (aka A.C.O.D.) follows the story of Carter (Adam Scott) who, as long as he can remember, had to watch his eccentric and free-spirited parents fight – even after their marriage had already ended. The belittling and bickering continued even though his father Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and mother Melissa (Catherine O’Hara) had remarried but, over time, a tentative truce settled in – until Carter’s younger brother Trey (Clark Duke) announces an impulsive engagement to his girlfriend, Kieko (Valerie Tian).
Trey hopes that both their mother and father will attend the wedding, despite their ongoing rivalry, and in order to help ensure his brother’s happiness, Carter stages an intervention. In the process he discovers a long-kept secret from his childhood, one that causes him to rethink his journey to adulthood, his career, and ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Directed by Stu Zicherman
It’s not a particularly good sign that the end credits for A.C.O.D. are more revealing and poignant than the film preceding them. As the credits roll on one half of the screen, a montage of (presumably) the film’s crew members plays on the other half, as they identify as being either Adult Children of Divorce (hence the titular acronym) or not, defining when or if their parents split up, how, and why. Finally, the interviewees state whether or not they are or will ever get married, their parents’ fates clearly a deciding factor in the choice. Some of the A.C.O.D.’s have been married multiple times, some refuse to go to the altar, and others haven’t but are hopeful. In just under 5 minutes, we get a wide spectrum of humanity, in all its stubborn, »
- Josh Spiegel
Honor Warren's smile is missing something -- but don't worry, it'll grow back soon enough. The 5-year-old daughter of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren lost her first tooth recently, and her mama couldn't be prouder. Alba took to Instagram on Monday, Oct. 14 to share an adorable picture of her little girl clutching a plastic bag with her baby tooth in it and grinning wide to show off her milestone moment. "My baby is so big! Lost her first tooth!!!" the A.C.O.D. actress captioned the shot. Alba frequently [...] »
Jessica Alba brought her daughters, Honor and Haven Warren, to the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in La on Saturday. She held on to 2-year old Haven as Honor, who is already in the Halloween spirit, showed off her face paint and fancy ball gown. Jessica is just one of the stars that have visited the pumpkin patch with their kids lately - Nicole Richie and Joel Madden popped up at a nearby spot with their little ones last weekend, and Pete Wentz got his son Bronx prepped for Halloween at Mr. Bones on Friday. Earlier in the week, we even saw Olivier Martinez picking out pumpkins with brand-new big sister Nahla Aubry. Jessica is back in La after making a quick trip to Toronto to do press and host a blogger event for her Honest Company brand. Before heading to Canada, she hit the red carpet alongside Amy Poehler and »
- Brittney Stephens
The delightful Sundance movie features an all-star cast, including Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara as the divorced parents in question, Scott’s Parks and Recreation wife Amy Poehler as his wicked stepmother, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jane Lynch, and Jessica Alba.
We decided to subjected Scott and his onscreen brother to our Pop Culture Personality Test — which can really bring out generational divides. Example: One of them »
- Lindsey Bahr
Chicago – The incredibly talented men and women who make up the cast of “A.C.O.D.” make the relative failure of its script easier to bear. Just hearing brilliant actors like Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara at each other’s throats or watching remarkably likable stars like Adam Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead figure out their relationship has enough charm to get one from lights down to credits roll. And the first hour of “A.C.O.D.” is pretty damn funny, allowing one to hope that it will develop into something truly memorable. For some reason, the theme of Sundance comedies this year (“In a World…,” “Afternoon Delight,” and this one) is non-endings as “A.C.O.D.” can’t follow through on its clever set-up.
Carter (Scott) thinks he has it all together. He has a successful restaurant, beautiful girlfriend (Winstead), and has maintained a tenuous peace between his long-divorced parents (Jenkins & O’Hara) for years now. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While divorce may not be something typically associated with comedy, that didn’t stop writer/director Stu Zicherman from creating the movie A.C.O.D., detailing the after effects of divorce on a grown man – played by none other than Adam Scott. Together, these two brought laughs into the life of a man who years later discovers his childhood “therapist” was only using him for research, writing a book that predicted his future outcome. Scott’s character brags how he’d defied every one of the author’s predictions, becoming independent and successful, but starts to realize that might only be on the outside.
I recently had the opportunity to partake in a roundtable interview with both Stu Zicherman and Adam Scott, who were in New York promoting their new film. Read on to hear about their own experiences with the newly coined situation, how Stu got such a dynamite cast together, »
- Matt Donato
The small but loyal cadre of "Party Down" fans has been holding out hope that the canceled Starz series would be revived as a feature film. Series star Adam Scott, however, is not holding his breath.
In an interview with Flavorwire tied to his new film, "A.C.O.D.," Scott says there's been no progress that he knows of on turning the show into a film -- and also isn't sure it's even a good idea.
"I mean, I don't know if it ever was anywhere, but I don't know if it's a great idea to make movies from television shows, personally," he tells the site. "Has there ever been a good one?"
"I think things that are in a 22-25 minute format work really well in that format for a reason," Scott continues, "and when you apply a three-act, 90-minute structure to it, sometimes »
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 50 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new comedy “A.C.O.D.” (“Adult Children of Divorce”) starring Adam Scott!
“A.C.O.D.,” which is rated “R” and opens in Chicago on Oct. 11, 2013, also stars Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba, Jane Lynch, Richard Jenkins, Clark Duke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ken Howard, Valerie Tian, Sarah Burns, Jamie Renell and Valerie Payton from writer and director Stu Zicherman and writer Ben Karlin. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
To win your free “A.C.O.D.” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
About halfway through Alfonso Cuaron’s astonishing “Gravity,” Sandra Bullock, playing a lost astronaut stranded 375 miles above Earth, seeks refuge in an abandoned spacecraft and curls into a floating fetal position, savoring a brief respite from her harrowing journey. Of the many sights to behold in this white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity, it’s this image that speaks most eloquently to Cuaron’s gifts as a filmmaker: He’s the rare virtuoso capable of steering us through vividly imagined worlds and into deep recesses of human feeling. Suspending viewers alongside Bullock for a taut, transporting 91 minutes (with George Clooney in a sly supporting turn), the director’s long-overdue follow-up to “Children of Men” is at once a nervy »
- Variety Staff
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A.C.O.D. opens today in limited release.] In his feature directorial debut, A.C.O.D., Stu Zicherman has taken the premise for the episode of a sitcom, and turned it into a film that's not only funny, but also surprisingly relatable for audience members represented by the title's acronym, "Adult Children of Divorce". Speaking as an A.C.O.D., my parents never had the comical, over-the top fights featured in the movie, but Zicherman and co-writer Ben Karlin manage to work in a strong, emotional center to a comedy that works in broad strokes. The movie may share the same plotline as sitcom episode, but thanks to its excellent cast and willingness to push its protagonist to emotionally unpleasant places, A.C.O.D. works for kids from broken and unbroken homes alike. Carter (Adam Scott) is a happy, successful restaurant manager, and has managed to find a reasonable peace between his selfish, angry parents Hugh (Richard Jenkins) and Melissa (Catherine O'Hara) after the »
- Matt Goldberg
Editor’s note: Allison’s review of A.C.O.D. originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but we’re re-running it now as the film opens in limited release. According to Carter (Adam Scott), his parents were “married for nine years, but feels like they have been at war for a hundred.” Growing up in the crossfire of his parent’s epic fights and manipulations, it is surprising to discover Carter is now a well-adjusted adult in a healthy relationship of his own, despite being an A.C.O.D. (Adult Child of Divorce.) But when Carter’s younger brother, Trey (Clark Duke), proposes to his girlfriend after only four months of dating, Carter’s issues with relationships, marriage, and (most importantly) his parents, start to come out. Carter’s father, Hugh (Richard Jenkins), is on his third marriage with the uptight and demanding Sondra (Amy Poehler), who Carter refers to as the “Cuntessa.” Carter »
- Allison Loring
Between Parks and Recreation, Party Down, and Burning Love, Adam Scott has become something of a beacon for quality TV comedy — and ever since appearing as “male nurse” in Knocked Up, he’s been getting his share in movies, too. In A.C.O.D. (an acronym for Adult Children of Divorce), he plays a restaurateur whose ideal life implodes when his long-divorced parents (Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins) rekindle the flame. It’s a rare leading-man role for Scott, who usually stars in ensemble casts, and hopefully just one of many to come. We talked to Scott about playing the lead in A.C.O.D., predicting how Ann Perkins’s departure will change his role on Parks and Rec, and getting sneak peeks at Breaking Bad.Hope I’m not interrupting your lunch. You look so peaceful.No, not at all. I’m watching Friday Night Lights. Is it your first time or are you rewatching? »
- Mina Hochberg
In his feature directorial debut, Stu Zicherman’s hilarious new comedy A.C.O.D. captures in broad strokes the experiences of a generation that grew up with divorce being the norm, not the exception. Based on a script Zicherman co-wrote with Ben Karlin, the film focuses on a successful Adult Child of Divorce (Adam Scott) who survived his chaotic childhood but is now forced to get his bitterly divorced parents (Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara) and their new spouses (Amy Poehler, Ken Howard) in the same room for his younger brother’s wedding. Opening October 4th, A.C.O.D. features a terrific cast that also includes Jessica Alba, Clark Duke, Jane Lynch, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. At the film’s recent press day, Zicherman and Karlin talked about how the story was inspired by their childhood friendship and their parents’ divorces, how audiences will find it relatable, why the movie took so long to get made, »
- Sheila Roberts
A.C.O.D. stands for Adult Children of Divorce and, with a title like that, you’d think the movie would be more about, you know, divorce. But it’s actually about something even more common, believe it or not. It starts off with a home movie flashback to the protagonist at his 9th birthday party, preparing to blow out the candle on his cake, as the festivities are rudely interrupted by Mom and Dad bickering viciously in the background; that boy grows up to be Carter (Adam Scott), who continues to be haunted by his parents’ terrible breakup and hates the idea of marriage. That’s right — this is yet another comedy about a guy with commitment issues. When we see him with his yoga-instructor girlfriend (an energetic and delightful Mary-Elizabeth Winstead), they joke sarcastically about getting hitched. We can tell, though, that she would secretly love it if he proposed. »
- Bilge Ebiri
When you see Adam Scott and Amy Poehler together, it's not unusual to feel a warm happiness for the adorable couple the two play on "Parks and Recreation." In "A.C.O.D.," however, Poehler and Scott are far from the sweet lovebirds we know them as.
The new comedy from Stu Zicherman ("Elektra") stars Adam Scott as Carter, a grown man, or what Jane Lynch's Dr. Judith calls an Adult Child of Divorce (A.C.O.D.). When Carter discovers that as a kid he was a part of a study on children of divorced parents, Dr. Judith wants to enlist him in a follow up. Caught in the middle of his hilariously hateful parents (Catherine O'Hara and Richard Jenkins), Carter begins to question his life as his family drama brews further.
In this exclusive new clip, Scott's Carter offers to help out his step-mom, Poehler's Sondra, (yep, you read that right) but she's »
- Erin Whitney
If Adam Scott had to describe Richard Jenkins' butt in only one word, the word would be this: "terrific." Allow me to set the scene. I'm sitting with Scott and co-star Clark Duke to talk about "A.C.O.D.," the new comedy in which they play Carter and Trey, two brothers forced to navigate the ugliness of their divorced parents' contentious relationship when Trey gets engaged and requests that both of them attend the wedding. What Trey and Carter don't expect is that forcing their parents (played by Catherine O'Hara and Richard Jenkins) to be in the same room together will inadvertently lead »
- Chris Eggertsen
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