January 28, 2010 |
"Ed Wood" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" co-writer Larry Karaszewski will present an evening with Oscar-winning screenwriter-director Frank Pierson tonight at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The program begins with the 1975 film classic "Dog Day Afternoon," directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino, for which Pierson won the screenplay Oscar. Pierson will discuss it after the screening. Rounding out the programming is a free showing of the 1992 HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn," which Pierson directed.
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July 24, 2012 |
A writer for as long as he could remember, Frank Pierson penned his most famous line, "What we've got here is failure to communicate," decades ago for the 1967 script "Cool Hand Luke. " At the time, he thought there was no way such a refined line would be allowed to be uttered by the redneck crew captain who has just taught Paul Newman's Luke a brutal lesson. To ensure the line stayed in, Pierson wrote an entire biography for the captain, one he never needed to use because no one ever questioned the quote that has since become one of the most iconic in movie history.
August 12, 2004
Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Frank Pierson has been re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
September 24, 1993 |
Pierson Wins Writers Guild West Vote: Frank Pierson was elected president of the guild, which represents film and television writers. Pierson collected 1,130 votes to 583 for his opponent, Irma Kalish. Pierson, who was guild president from 1981 to 1983, was elected to succeed Del Reisman. Contract negotiations for guild members are to start in 1995.
September 19, 2012 |
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday that screenwriter Robin Swicord ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") has been elected to the board of governors, representing the writers branch. She fills the seat vacated by Frank Pierson, who died in July. Swicord joins fellow writers branch governors Bill Condon and Phil Robinson. She will remain on the board until the next election, scheduled for July 2013. Swicord earned an Oscar nomination in the adapted screenplay category for her work on "Benjamin Button.
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January 28, 2014 |
Tom Sherak had a long career as a studio executive and was involved in hundreds of films, including "Black Hawk Down," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. " But Sherak is best known for the jobs he did for free or almost free. For three years ending in 2012, he was outspoken president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, , during which he launched initiatives but also had to deal with public controversies, including the replacement of the producer and host of an Oscar show.