The first, tentatively titled Fred and Marilyn, is inspired by the real-life relationship between writer Scott Prendergast (Kabluey) and his formidable mother.
The second is based on the best-selling Joey Pigza book series by Jack Gantos and is being billed as a high-definition family comedy. Claudia Silver (Jungle Junction) will pen the script.
Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie will shepherd the projects — both of which are only in the pilot script stage — through their In Cahoots production company.
On July 31st on her blog, Amber Benson insinuated that the unlikely similarities between her indie film Drones and the new SyFy Channel series Human Relations was way toooo coinicdnetal, especially since SyFy.com itself had aired the trailer to Drones back in January 2010.
"Human Relations is an original concept that was brought to us by Scott Prendergast, a respected independent filmmaker," Syfy said in a statement issued to the media only in the past few days. "It was in no way inspired by Drones. We pride ourselves in our professional integrity and take suggestions of plagiarism very seriously."
"Our initial concern was if there was any truth to this," SyFy's Mark Stern said to www.airlockalpha.com. "If that were the case,
.Our Labs have always attracted a high level of talent from different backgrounds and disciplines, and this year is no exception,. said Director of Talent Development Josh Welsh.
- Rodrigo GarcíaRodrigo Garcia
Los Angeles (February 10, 2010) - Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the filmmakers and film projects for its 9th annual Directors Lab, sponsored by Kodak. Taking place in Los Angeles from now until the end of March, the Directors Lab is an intensive nine-week incubator designed to assist directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing yet challenging creative environment. This year's Lab Mentors include Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child), Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective, Waking the Dead), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen), and Alfredo De Villa (Adrift in Manhattan, Washington Heights).
"It's exciting to have a group of filmmakers in the Directors Lab that not only have such varied artistic backgrounds,
Film Independent Now Accepting Applications
For 2010 Directors Lab
* Deadline is October 5, 2009 -
Film Independent’s 9th Annual Directors Lab is an intensive eight-week incubator designed to help directors who are prepping their feature films, and is sponsored by Kodak.
Taking place in Los Angeles during the winter, the Lab assists directors with strong, original voices develop new narrative feature films, improve their craft, and advance their filmmaking careers in a nurturing, yet challenging creative environment.
To apply, please visit: http://filmindependent.
Today, they’ve announced a new group of writers who will participate in this year’s lab. Here’s all the info about the lucky 9 participants from the official press release.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced the screenwriters and film projects selected for its 10th annual Screenwriters Lab, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America,
The Lovely Laura Linney has been absent from (big) screens this year. I kinda miss her, though having her at the Oscars last February was more than I could have asked for in a way so it's all good. Maybe The Other Man will get a real release next year? This getup makes Katharine Heigl look more matronly than her 30 year old self should look I think. She's not one to hold her tongue so do you suppose she has a few words for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists who recently gave her 27 Dresses their "Hall of Shame Award" for 2008? Speaking of weddings... is Goldie Hawn finally getting hitched after 25 years of...? No, it's just a white dress. All the same Jennifer Aniston is purposely not looking at her whilst putting on her "I'm so happy! I'm really so happy!
Competing for the Best Drama Film category are The Reader", "Slumdog Millionaire", "Revolutionary Road", "Frost/Nixon", "Milk" and "Frozen River". Meanwhile, "Happy-Go-Lucky", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Tropic Thunder", "In Bruges" and "Choke" are listed as the contenders for Best Comedy or Musical Film.
The nominations also see actresses, like Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Kat Dennings and Debra Messing, and actors, such as Mickey Rourke, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Ricky Gervais, Michael Cera and Mark Ruffalo, in the performers categories.
This 4th of July week finds Will Smith's belligerent man of steel sending the rest of the summer tentpole movies running scared, leaving only the indies to offer any alternative.
Does the horror genre need its own "This Is Spinal Tap"? Ready or not, here comes "Brutal Massacre," a mockumentary comedy about a once-successful horror director (played by "An American Werewolf in London"'s David Naughton) attempting to make his big comeback film against increasingly insurmountable odds. Be on the lookout for appearances by Gunnar Hansen ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre"'s Leatherface), Ellen Sandweiss ("The Evil Dead") and other horror movie stalwarts.
Opens in limited release.
Terry Kinney made a name for himself as Tim McManus, the idealistic but world-weary warden of Emerald City in the hard-hitting prison drama "Oz." "Diminished Capacity," his debut as a director, also finds Matthew Broderick
Lisa Kudrow has joined Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle in DreamWorks' live-action canine caper Hotel for Dogs. Johnny Simmons also is joining the film, which is being directed by Thor Freudenthal.
Dogs, based on Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book, revolves around two orphaned teenagers who secretly house nine stray canines in an abandoned hotel.
Kudrow will play a foster parent to two siblings, one of which is Roberts' character.
Simmons will play the love interest of Roberts' character.
Lauren Shuler Donner, Jack Leslie and Jon Gordon are producing the film, which is set to begin shooting early next month. Jeff Lowell penned the screenplay.
Kudrow's upcoming feature projects include the comedy drama P.S., I Love You and Kabluey. She also will star in and produce the black comedy Intense Girl Scouts for Sony.
Simmons, who recently joined Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson in Frank Miller's The Spirit for Lionsgate, next appears in Columbia's horror feature Boogieman 2. He also appeared in Universal's Evan Almighty.
Kudrow is repped by Endeavor and attorney Mark Gochman.
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