August 10, 1997 |
For a guy who earns up to $2 million a script, Ron Bass still pushes himself like some hungry kid straight out of film school. Seven days a week, the Oscar-winning screenwriter begins work between 3 and 4:30 a.m. Skipping breakfast and most often lunch ("Digesting makes me logy," he said), he writes exclusively on yellow loose-leaf paper with No. 2 Sundance pencils made by the Blackfeet Native American tribe.
March 31, 1989 |
"Rain Man" has won screenwriter Barry Morrow an Oscar, and now the film may also earn him a belated college degree. Some 20 years ago, Morrow left St. Olaf College in Minnesota one credit short of graduation. He attended St. Olaf in the late 1960s, transferred to the University of Hawaii for his junior year, then returned to St. Olaf, but some credits were not transferred. Now, St.
May 17, 1987 |
Artistic storms continue to clutter UA's "Rainman" horizon (we recently reported Dustin Hoffman's unhappiness with the script): Director Martin Brest and producer Roger Birnbaum are declining comment--but Hoffman attorney Bert Fields confirmed rumors that Brest has left the project (which co-stars Tom Cruise). Sources close to Brest told us that he felt it impossible to control the material and the direction of the picture. At press time, the producers were seeking a replacement.
January 31, 1988 |
Steven Spielberg called for a "return to the word" at the Oscars last year--but this? In the case of "Rainman" (a one-time Spielberg project), the Dustin Hoffman-Tom Cruise starrer at United Artists to film in April with Sydney Pollock directing, Outtakes estimates it's about $10,000 per page. Writer Barry Morrow's original script was so admired, it attracted the likes of Hoffman and director Marty Brest.
March 30, 1989
PICTURE "Rain Man" DIRECTOR Barry Levinson "Rain Man" ACTRESS Jodie Foster "The Accused" ACTOR Dustin Hoffman "Rain Man" SUPPORTING ACTRESS Geena Davis "The Accidental Tourist" SUPPORTING ACTOR Kevin Kline "A Fish Called Wanda" SCREENPLAY Original Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow, "Rain Man" SCREENPLAY Adaptation Christopher Hampton "Dangerous Liaisons" ART DIRECTION Stuart Craig (art), Gerard James (set), "Dangerous Liaisons" CINEMATOGRAPHY Peter Biziou "Mississippi Burning" FILM EDITING Arthur
March 22, 1996 |
As if to emphasize that there is no paradise on Earth, "Race the Sun" takes the shtick about a dedicated teacher who meets surly but soon-to-be-inspired students, flies it to Hawaii and shows how cultural diversity and fresh plot lines are both endangered species in this country. The basic losers-win-at-sports movie has, over the past few years, appeared under such titles as "Cool Runnings," "The Big Green," "Little Giants," "Heavyweights" and "The Sandlot."