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There’s no such thing as a sure path to success in Hollywood, but the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting is as close as you’re going to get. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the five 2013 finalists just over two weeks ago, and already the honorees are fielding calls from agents, managers and studios eager to work with them. At least one has already signed with an agent and a manager.
The program, now in its 28th year, allows aspiring screenwriters who have never earned more than $25,000 writing fiction for film or television to submit an »
- Lindsey Bahr
The Academy has announced the winners of its 2013 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. The winning four individual writers and one writing team, listed below, will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment to be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 7 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Selected from a record 7,251 submissions, the winners are as followers: Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, "Legion"Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, "Joe Banks"Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, "Jersey City Story"Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, "Queen of Hearts"Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, "Sugar in My Veins" In a presentation directed by Rodrigo Garcia ("Albert Nobbs," "Nine Lives") and produced by Julie Lynn ("Albert Nobbs," "The Jane Austen Book Club"), the event for the first time ever will include live reads of individual scenes from the honored screenplays. Members from the Academy's Actors Branch will perform scenes from. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at an awards presentation on Thursday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
For the first time, the event will also feature a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts.
This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”
Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”
Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”
The winners were selected from a record 7,251 scripts submitted for this year’s competition.
Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete »
- Michelle McCue
The World Soundtrack Academy has revealed the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2013, the closing event of the 40th Film Fest Gent.
The Public Choice Award went to Rahman Altin for The Butterfly’s Dream (Kelebeğin Rüyası).
Captain Phillips hit theaters this past weekend and I would bet you could read any one of the positive reviews and they'll make reference to Tom Hanks' performance for his work as the real life captain of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama, which was hijacked by a crew of Somali pirates in 2009. The performance is one that builds, much like the narrative, to the crowning final moments and a scene where Hanks completely knocks it out of the park, but he's not the only one. Warning: The rest of this post contains spoilers for the final moments of the film. Read on with caution if you haven not yet scene it. The scene I'm referencing arrives as a bloodied Captain Phillips boards one of the Navy ships trailing the scene. He's in complete and utter shock and is soon attended to by a Naval Hospital Corpsman. She »
- Brad Brevet
Production has begun in southwest France on The Hundred-foot Journey, based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Oscar nominee Lasse Hallström, the film will be released on August 8, 2014 in the U.S.
In The Hundred-foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it.
Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own »
- Michelle McCue
Production has begun in southwest France on The Hundred-Foot Journey based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. Starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, and directed by Oscar nominee Lasse Hallström, the film will be released on August 8, 2014 in the U.S.
In The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant - the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet »
Well this isn't much of a surprise. According to LatinoReview, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, star of "Kick-Ass" and "Kick-Ass 2," has finalized a deal to star as Quicksilver in Marvel's highly anticipated sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." Taylor-Johnson first entered talks with the studio back in June and has spoken openly about the character in interviews since.
Earlier this week, Samuel L. Jackson, who plays one-eyed super-spy Nick Fury in the Marvel universe, confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen had, indeed, been cast as Quicksilver's sister Scarlet Witch (Marvel has yet to unleash any kind of official statement). So now the film's cast looks pretty locked down, save for any surprises the studio will throw our way.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will reunite Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, »
- Drew Taylor
In the first advance deal of the Toronto International Film Festival, Roadside Attractions bought U.S. theatrical distribution rights to Charlie Stratton’s romantic thriller "Therese" starring Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange. The film premieres on September 7. The feature debut of writer/director Stratton, "Therese" is based on Emile Zola’s novel “Thérèse Raquin.” Elizabeth Olsen is Therese, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille (Tom Felton) by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange). When she meets her husband's childhood friend, Laurent (Oscar Isaac, of “Inside Llewyn Davis”), she embarks on an illicit affair with tragic consequences. "Therese" was developed, financed and produced by Ld Entertainment, which previously worked with Roadside on "Albert Nobbs," "Biutiful" and "I Love You Phillip Morris." Roadside Attractions will oversee »
Exclusive: The romantic thriller Therese is based on Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange and Oscar Isaac. It also marks the feature film debut of writer-director Charlie Stratton. Roadside Attractions has now picked up rights to the period pic that was developed, financed and produced by Ld Entertainment, which originally planned to distribute the film itself. Under the new pact, Roadside will oversee marketing and distribution in collaboration with Ld distribution president David Dinerstein. Set in the lower depths of 1860s Paris, Olsen plays Therese, a sexually repressed woman trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin Camille (Felton) by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin (Lange). After she meets her husband’s alluring friend Laurent (Isaac), she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences. Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Mackenzie Crook and Matt Lucas co-star. Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and William Horberg produced. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Twitter was abuzz last night with celebrities and average Joes alike telling the world how they felt about Ben Affleck's new role as Batman. I sat for awhile last night gathering the highlights. Will he pull it off? Only time will tell!
The Dahk Knight
— Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) August 23, 2013
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) August 23, 2013
"I'm really upset about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman!" - real-life, honest-to-God grown ups
— Trevor Moore (@itrevormoore) August 23, 2013
Anybody who reads Batman comic books knows Ben Affleck's chin was born to play Batman. Everything else is wrong. But the chin is on-point
— GrooveSDC (@GrooveSDC) August 23, 2013
What Ben Affleck is feeling. pic.twitter.com/pKLC7Waqak
— Glen Mazzara (@glenmazzara) August 23, 2013
There is officially no excuse, Matt Damon as Aquaman or we riot! »
- Mick Joest
"Quality roles in studio films are just not available in great numbers for women, period," Joe Reid succinctly wrote for the Tribeca Film Festival's blog in May.
Research backs up his claim: while half of all moviegoers are female, 33 percent of all characters and only 11 percent of protagonists in the top 100 domestic grossing films of 2011 were women. A 2012 study commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media also found that, "females are not only missing from popular media, [but] when they are on screen, they seem to be there merely for decoration -- not to engage in meaningful or prestigious employment.”
This is bad news for all women who go to see and enjoy watching movies. But it's especially frustrating for actresses looking to play interesting and challenging roles. Because so few roles are available, competition for good parts is fierce. And prospects are even bleaker for actresses who are not thin, »
- The Huffington Post
Irish hunk meets American girl. Well, at least that's what would happen in a movie. Amanda Seyfried spent the day promoting her latest film Lovelace in London, followed by dinner at a restaurant where handsome actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers also happened to be dining. So were the two eating together? No, according to the Daily Mail, who was told by the actress's reps that the pair just happened to be at the same place, at the same time. The two were supposed to work together on Albert Nobbs back in 2010, but Seyfried withdrew to work on another project. The Les Mis star donned casual jeans, a black leather jacket, and red heels to dinner—a more dressed-down look from her »
Did we get our first glimpse at Glenn Close in Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday? Are Game of Thrones‘s Jon Snow and Ygritte dating in real life? And what does Natalie Portman think of Thor: The Dark World?
Oprah Winfrey is backing down on her claims of racism in a Swiss boutique. Apparently the story made such international headlines that Swiss tourism officials have reached out to her and Winfrey wants to make it clear that the experience in the shop has nothing to do with Swiss culture at large. [Eonline] Yesterday, photos from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy leaked online. The images were supposed to reveal Glenn Close‘s look as Nova Prime, but it turns out it was just a random mouse/lizard/alien/lady who resembles Albert Nobbs. [Huffington Post] You may not have known that the actors who play Jon Snow and Ygritte (Kit Harington and »
- Meghan O'Keefe
by Brett White
The indoors-only production has kept set photos and leaks to a minimum, but all that changed over the weekend. The actress was caught on camera as the film shot on London's Millennium Bridge, which were most likely the film's first scenes not shot on a sound stage. Close is pretty much unrecognizable in her Nova Prime makeup, seen above to the left, and she doesn't look like any established Marvel alien that I can think of. By her side is a Nova Corpsman, all decked out in a version of the armor that debuted back at Marvel's booth at San Diego Comic-Con International.
Check out a few more pics of Close as Nova Prime, as well as a few glimpses of other aliens, »
- Splash Page Team
After weeks of speculation on whether he was playing The Vision or Thanos, Vin Diesel finally give a hint on his Facebook page that he would be playing the voice of Groot in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Moments later Deadline confirmed that Diesel has indeed been in talks to play the tree-like alien Groot.
The character can absorb wood as food, with the ability to rebuild himself and enhance his strength. He can control trees, using them to attack others, and also appears to be resistant to fire. He is able to sprout, dramatically increasing his mass but also severely inhibiting his movement. Groot also seems to only ever say his trademark line “I am Groot!” over and over to those who cannot hear his real voice.
- Kellvin Chavez
There’s a lot we don’t know about the look and tone of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, currently shooting in London. The Comic Con footage introduced us to our main characters and allowed Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt to mug in front of a large audience on the panel (and a maybe accidental Thanos name-drop).
Now there needs to be a bunch of aliens running across the Thames on the Millenium bridge…for some reason. They’re fleeing and they’re red and yellow and pointy-headed, giving us our first look at the real elements of this Guardians world that won’t be digitally added-in come post production (like two of the Guardians, Groot and Rocket Raccoon).
Check out the set photos below. What’s up with the Yellow Bastard from Sin City looking so scared?
Janet McTeer ("Albert Nobbs"), Stephen Rea ("V for Vendetta"), Lindsay Duncan ("Under the Tuscan Sun") have signed onto the eight-part miniseries "The Honourable Woman" for Eight Rooks, Drama Republic, BBC2 and Sundance Channel.
Maggie Gyllenhaal also stars in this "fast-paced British spy thriller set against an international political backdrop." Almost one hundred cast members appear in the series including Andrew Buchan, Katherine Parkinson, Lubna Azbal and Tobias Menzies.
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
Even though Guardians of the Galaxy has been shooting for almost two weeks already, Marvel and Disney have just sent out a press release making it official. This movie is going to kick so much ass! There are a lot of people that aren't familiar with this comic book property, but they are going to flip when they see what's in store for them! The stuff shown at Comic-Con was so freakin' cool!
I think the newest piece of info to come out of this press release is confirmation that Glenn Close is playing Nova Prime in the film.
Burbank, Calif. (July 23, 2013) – “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios has started shooting at the UK’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by James Gunn (“Slither,”“Super”) from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Joey Paur
Marvel have confirmed the start of production on Guardians of the Galaxy and that Glenn Close has officially been cast as Nova Prime, a character usually seen as a male. This is another instance of James Gunn’s interesting spin on how these characters are going to be portrayed on screen and leads me to believe that they’re going to have to pull out all the stops if they are going to come anywhere close to the numbers that The Avengers achieved.
This may well be one of the crucial role announcements teased by James Gunn at Comic-Con, and is definitely a coup for the film – Glenn Close is a powerhouse actress and a bonafide star who would be unlikely to sully herself with a substandard property. If Glenn Close is on board they’ve either got a great script and a shedload of money, or a terrible script and a shedload of money, »
- Rob Batchelor
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