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Final Draft Awards: Callie Khouri, Boots Riley, Tanya Saracho To Be Honored

Final Draft Awards: Callie Khouri, Boots Riley, Tanya Saracho To Be Honored
Thelma & Louise Oscar winner Callie Khouri, Sorry To Bother You‘s Boots Riley and Vida creator/executive producer Tanya Saracho will be the honorees at this year’s 14th annual Final Draft Awards.

Khouri will be presented the Hall of Fame Award for her contribution to the art of screenwriting and devotion to writers and the writing community. Her movie credits also include Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, and she also created Nashville, which ran for six seasons on ABC and Cmt.

Previous Final Draft hall of famers include Aaron Sorkin, Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Paul Schrader, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Steven Zaillian, Robert Towne, Oliver Stone and Sydney Pollack.

Riley, who wrote and directed his feature film debut Sorry to Bother You which debuted last year at Sundance, will receive the New Voice Award for Film. Saracho, who saw Vida renewed for a second season at Starz,
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Callie Khouri, Boots Riley, Tanya Saracho Set for Final Draft Awards Honors

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Callie Khouri, Boots Riley, Tanya Saracho Set for Final Draft Awards Honors
Final Draft announced the honorees for the screenwriting software’s 14th annual Final Draft Awards Tuesday.

Academy Award winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise”) will receive the Hall of Fame Award for her prolific contribution to the art of screenwriting and devotion to writers and the writing community. Khouri also penned the scripts for “Something to Talk About” and “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” The latter marked her directorial debut. She also helmed the 2008 Diane Keaton/Queen Latifah crime comedy “Mad Money” and is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed series “Nashville.”

“Callie Khouri has left an indelible mark on both film and television with her writing,” said Final Draft president Scott McMenamin. “Her unique voice and dedication to making our industry a better environment for all writers make her the perfect candidate for this award.”

Previous recipients of the Final Draft Hall of Fame honor include Aaron Sorkin,
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Lawrence Kasdan movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Body Heat,’ ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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Lawrence Kasdan movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Body Heat,’ ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’
Lawrence Kasdan celebrates his 70th birthday on January 14, 2019. The four-time Oscar nominee has made a name for himself as both a writer of successful blockbusters and director of intimate character studies. But how many of those films are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1949, Kasdan burst onto the scene as a red hot writer with the one-two punch of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981). These highly-profitable adventures paved the way for him to make his directorial debut with the steamy neo-noir “Body Heat” (1981), which starred Kathleen Turner as a sexy seductress who convinces a small-time lawyer (William Hurt) to murder her rich husband.

SEESteven Spielberg movies: All 31 feature films ranked from worst to best

He reaped his first Oscar nomination just two years later:
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Lawrence Kasdan movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Lawrence Kasdan movies: 12 greatest films ranked worst to best
Lawrence Kasdan celebrates his 70th birthday on January 14, 2019. The four-time Oscar nominee has made a name for himself as both a writer of successful blockbusters and director of intimate character studies. But how many of those films are classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1949, Kasdan burst onto the scene as a red hot writer with the one-two punch of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981). These highly-profitable adventures paved the way for him to make his directorial debut with the steamy neo-noir “Body Heat” (1981), which starred Kathleen Turner as a sexy seductress who convinces a small-time lawyer (William Hurt) to murder her rich husband.

He reaped his first Oscar nomination just two years later: Best Original Screenplay for the baby boomer dramedy “The Big Chill
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WGA West To Honor Comedy Screenwriting Team Lowell Ganza & Babaloo Mandel

WGA West To Honor Comedy Screenwriting Team Lowell Ganza & Babaloo Mandel
Longtime comedy screenwriting partners Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, known for such hits as Splash, Parenthood, City Slickers and A League of Their Own, will receive this year’s WGA West’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. The prize is presented to guild members who have “advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter.”

“Starting in the 1980s with a string of critical and commercial hits, the imprint Ganz and Mandel have left on movies is profound,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “Their scripts are always a balancing act; funny and moving, edgy but never offensive. They understand that in order for the jokes to work, the characters have to be compelling and relatable, but never lose sight of the fact that in a comedy, you need comedy. Two truly funny, talented writers whose careers the Wgaw board of directors
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‘Splash’ Writers Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel to Be Honored by Writers Guild

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‘Splash’ Writers Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel to Be Honored by Writers Guild
Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, who wrote “Splash,” “Parenthood,” and “City Slickers,” have been named the recipients of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2019 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

The duo will be honored at the WGA West’s Writers Guild Awards L.A. show on Feb. 17 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“Starting in the 1980s with a string of critical and commercial hits, the imprint Ganz and Mandel have left on movies is profound,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “Their scripts are always a balancing act; funny and moving, edgy but never offensive. They understand that in order for the jokes to work, the characters have to be compelling and relatable, but never lose sight of the fact that in a comedy, you need comedy.”

The duo received an Oscar nomination for “Splash” and won a National Society of Film Critics Award for best screenplay.
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Darth Maul Actor Still Hopeful For A Solo: A Star Wars Story Sequel

The last Star Wars movie to hit cinema screens was Solo: A Star Wars Story, the prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich as the future scruffy-looking nerf herder which arrived back in May. In the face of well-publicized production issues and fan backlash against the idea of replacing Harrison Ford, Solo didn’t make the same splash as previous entries in the saga, ending up as the first flop of the Disney era of the franchise.

That’s unfortunate for the Mouse House, as it’s clear that Solo was supposed to spawn at least one sequel. A late-in-the-day twist revealed that none other than Darth Maul was pulling the strings in the shadows, a heavy hint that the Emperor’s former apprentice would be back for a much bigger role in Solo 2. The fans that do want to see this have been vocal about their desire for said sequel on social media and,
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Gloria Katz, American Graffiti Writer and Star Wars Script Doctor, Dies at 76

Gloria Katz, American Graffiti Writer and Star Wars Script Doctor, Dies at 76
Academy Award nominated screenwriter Gloria Katz has passed away. She was 76-years old. The screenwriter had been battling ovarian cancer and died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Katz is best-known for her work on George Lucas' American Graffiti, but she and her husband also worked on Star Wars as uncredited script doctors, helping Lucas to give the dialogue some extra humor, while also shaping the Princess Leia character into the beloved character that she is today.

Gloria Katz originally attended Uc Berkeley as an English major and later transferred to UCLA to get her graduate degree in history. However, she later changed her mind and received her master's degree in film during the late 1960s. She was one of four women in the program along with fifty men, noting that she and the other women were looked down upon by professors at the time. However, she
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Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer

Albert Brooks Once Pranked Oscar Isaac by Screwing With His ‘Star Wars’ Offer
The day Oscar Isaac learned J.J. Abrams wanted to meet him in Paris about a secretive role in his upcoming blockbuster, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the actor was hard at work filming “A Most Violent Year.” Directed by J.C. Chandor, the crime drama cast Isaac opposite Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks. When Brooks found out about the pending offer, the industry veteran decided to pull Isaac’s leg with a phone prank.

“I actually still have the voice message saved,” Isaac recently told GQ. “I remember in between shooting I got a message from an unknown caller, and it was a voice. It was like, ‘Hey Oscar, it’s J.J. Ya know, you don’t have to come all the way out to Paris. What’re you gonna do, play a droid? You don’t need to be doing that…actually, this is Albert Brooks.'”

Even with the footer,
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A Prank Almost Cost Oscar Isaac His Role In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Oscar Isaac has been a very busy man these last few years – so much so that he plans to take a break from acting after Star Wars: Episode IX. And to make things just a little more stressful, a co-star from one Isaac’s many projects this decade decided to mess with the actor as he tried to land his now-familiar role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Speaking to GQ, Isaac recalled how Albert Brooks pulled a quick prank on him while he was scheduled to meet with director J.J. Abrams in Paris.

“I was doing A Most Violent Year, and I found out that [director] J.J. [Abrams] wanted to meet with me for a part, and that I needed to fly to Paris,” Isaac recalled. “I remember, I actually still have the voice message saved, ’cause I remember in between shooting I got a message from an unknown caller,
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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87

William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter of ‘Butch Cassidy,’ Dead at 87
William Goldman, the screenwriter best known for penning “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” has died at age 87. According to Deadline, Goldman’s health had been failing for sometime and he passed away surrounded by friends and family in his Manhattan home. Goldman started his career as a novelist before making the jump to screenwriter with the script for Basil Dearden’s 1965 comedy-thriller “Masquerade.”

“All The President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” are widely considered to be Goldman’s greatest screenwriting achievements. “Butch Cassidy,” featuring the iconic pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, won Goldman the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 42nd Academy Awards. Goldman won over scripts for “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Two for the Road” that year. He earned his second Oscar for “All The President’s Men,” which won Best Adapted Screenplay at the
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Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Marcus Sakey’s ‘Brilliance’ Trilogy With The Story Factory

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Akiva Goldsman To Adapt Marcus Sakey’s ‘Brilliance’ Trilogy With The Story Factory
Exclusive: Akiva Goldsman has signed on to write and produce the film adaptations of author Marcus Sakey’s bestselling Brilliance trilogy.

Goldsman will write the adaptations and produce the films with Shane Salerno and The Story Factory. The producers will shop the book series, which has sold two million copies worldwide.

Goldsman won his Oscar for A Beautiful Mind and his script work ranges from I Am Legend to The Da Vinci Code, and most recently the Stephen King The Shining continuation Doctor Sleep as well as producing an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse as a potential star vehicle for Michael B. Jordan.

The Brilliance trilogy is set in a future world where “brilliants” — the rare 1% born gifted with superior mental abilities — are carefully tracked by the government. Federal agent Nick Cooper, himself a “brilliant,’ is tasked with using his own gifts to infiltrate a radical group and
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Cameraimage Film Festival Honors Editor Carol Littleton With Unique Visual Sensitivity Award

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Each November in Poland, the Camerimage Film Festival, which casts a spotlight on the art and science of cinematography, celebrates an editor with the Unique Visual Sensitivity award. This year’s honoree is Carol Littleton.

Littleton is known for her prolific catalog of work with directors like Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan on film such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “The Big Chill” — but the project she cherishes the most is Robert Benton’s “Places in the Heart,” the film that won Sally Field the second of her two Oscars.

“I grew up in rural Oklahoma,” Littleton says. “The sort of family life, the sense of values and the extraordinary strength of [the characters in ‘Heart’] reminded me of my childhood. I grew up with those people, so it has a real personal resonance for me.”

It’s often assumed that editing is mostly about shaping the actors’ performances, but Littleton notes her most
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The Surprising Inspirations Behind Movie Character Names

Paul Bradshaw Nov 7, 2018

Annoy the wrong director and you could have an ugly cockroach man named after you.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

It’s not easy naming your movie characters. Do you go boring (James Bond), awesome (Snake Plissken), or just plain stupid? If you’re not picking names out of a phone book, you have to base them on something, or someone, and a surprising number of movie characters have been inspired by real people, pets and places.

Some of them are nice nods (who wouldn’t want their dad to write them into Star Wars?), but most of them definitely aren’t. The best revenge, it seems, is served up on the end credits…

The Eborsisk – Willow

George Lucas didn't really like film critics. When New Yorker writer Pauline Kael said watching Star Wars was “like taking a pack of kids to the circus,
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Kevin Kline movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice’

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Kevin Kline movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Fish Called Wanda,’ ‘Sophie’s Choice’
Kevin Kline first rose to fame on the New York stage where he has continued to appear with 16 Broadway roles. He impressed critics and won the 1978 Tony Award for the musical “On the Twentieth Century,” which gave him a highly comedic role with pratfalls. That led to other roles on Broadway, most notably as The Pirate King in a revival of “The Pirates of Penzance,” which brought him a second Tony, this time as a lead actor. In 2017, he he would add a third Tony to his mantle for the lead character in “Present Laughter.”

Kline was 35 before he ventured into the world of film, but he did it in a highly notable way playing opposite Meryl Streep in her legendary Oscar-winning role in “Sophie’s Choice.” Streep dedicated her Oscar to Kline and Peter MacNicol since it was their eyes she looked into while giving her highly acclaimed performance.
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Lawrence Kasdan Will Write and Direct November Road which is Set After JFK is Assassinated

Lawrence Kasdan is pushing the Star Wars franchise off to the side for a new film project called November Road that he will write and direct. The film is based on on an upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney and the story revolves around the period of the JFK assassination. Here’s the description that was provided:

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated, and all Frank Guidry was supposed to do was get rid of the car – the same car, he realizes, that he had personally delivered to Dealey Plaza a week before. This connects him to the president’s murder and, when other loose ends begin dying all around him, Frank knows he’s next. Hunted by a ruthless hitman hired by his ex-boss,
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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’

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Lawrence Kasdan To Script & Direct Film Adaptation Of Lou Berney Novel ‘November Road’
Exclusive: Though the past several years have left Lawrence Kasdan focused in space writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Kasdan will now focus on the period surrounding the JFK assassination. Kasdan has made a six-figure acquisition of the film rights to November Road, the upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney. The novel is just being published by William Morrow HarperCollins.

Kasdan will write and direct, and will produce the film with Shane Salerno in a co-production between Kasdan Pictures and The Story Factory. The producers intend to fast-track the project, and for it to be Kasdan’s next film. Distributors are circling and that part of the deal should be made shortly.

In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated,
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Indiana Jones 5 Producer Says The Film Will Have A Global Scope

Now that Ready Player One is done and dusted, and the long-gestating Robopocalypse has been handed over to Michael Bay, the great Steven Spielberg has set his sights on Indiana Jones 5. And it’s shaping up to be a very special sequel indeed.

Not only will it mark the first Indy film in almost a decade, but the fifth installment in the beloved franchise will also herald Harrison Ford’s last hurrah as the wry, wise-cracking archaeologist. Thankfully, then, it sounds like the producers have learned from the mistakes of the previous outing and intend on sending the actor out on a high.

Whereas Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was shot almost entirely in the Us, Frank Marshall has confirmed that for Indiana Jones 5, they’ll be shooting in numerous countries, with the aim being to give the blockbuster more of a global scope. Much like the older films in the series.
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'The Big Chill': THR's 1983 Review

'The Big Chill': THR's 1983 Review
On Sept. 30, 1983, Columbia unveiled the R-rated Lawrence Kasdan ensemble drama The Big Chill in theaters. The film went on to be nominated for three Oscars at the 56th Academy Awards, including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

For anyone who remembers favorably Lawrence Kasdan's visually exciting, richly textured Body Heat, The Big Chill can only be a keen disappointment. Although clearly intended as a searching commentary on the change in values between the idealism of the '60s and the crass materialism of today, the screenplay (by Kasdan and Barbara Benedek) keeps losing its ...
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10 Killer Facts About John Carpenter's Halloween

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10 Killer Facts About John Carpenter's Halloween
It's the perfect slasher movie. Often imitated, never duplicated, John Carpenter's Halloween is a masterpiece of suspense and terror, giving the horror movie world one of its best-known masked villains: The Shape, aka, Michael Myers. Reboots, remakes, endless sequels, love 'em or hate 'em, there's no beating the 1978 original. Here we'll take a look at 10 killer facts about John Carpenter's Halloween.

The Babysitter Murders

John Carpenter nearly called this movie The Babysitter Murders. The director and his longtime producing partner, the late Debra Hill, co-wrote the script in just ten days. The production itself was remarkably short, too. Preproduction, principal photography, and postproduction took place over a combined 12 weeks. Carpenter composed the almost instantly iconic Halloween score in just three days.

Location, location, location

Haddonfield and Smith's Grove aren't real towns in Illinois, but they do exist elsewhere. Haddonfield, New Jersey was Debra Hill's hometown. Smith's Grove is actually in Kentucky,
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