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December 13, 2010
This year's Top 10 Black List scripts: 49 votes: "College Republicans" by Wes Jones. Aspiring politician Karl Rove leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater. Anonymous Content producing. 47 votes: "Jackie" by Noah Oppenheim. Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination. Darren Aronofsky directing for Fox Searchlight. 45 votes: "All You Need Is Kill" by Dante Harper. A new army recruit in a war against aliens finds himself caught in a time loop.
March 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Validating its reputation heading into the Academy Awards as 2013's most socially important film, “12 Years a Slave” saw screenwriter John Ridley on Sunday claim the Oscar for adapted screenplay. The film is based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, a book that fell into obscurity for nearly a century after its initial print run. To win his Oscar, Ridley beat the screenwriters of “Before Midnight,” “Captain Phillips,” “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” With its unflinching period detail and 19 th century dialogue, “12 Years a Slave” chronicles the harrowing ordeal of Northup (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor)
June 15, 1986
Considering the garbage that passes as screenplays in the majority of films today and their unctuously generated clones that never seem to end, where does one go with some truly original screenplays that have mature themes and might appeal to the broad gamut of screengoers? I can't believe that week after week I hear famous actors being interviewed who say they are looking for great stories to do. I know where there are six . . . and I can't even open a door to someone who might read them.
February 21, 2014 | By John Horn
Clint Eastwood's "Trouble With the Curve" wasn't a box-office hit, but that hasn't stopped a bitter and costly lawsuit over its authorship. On Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles will try to determine whether the baseball movie stole more than a base. Former actor Randy Brown tried for years to become a screenwriter. Finally, after almost two decades of thankless effort, he sold a baseball story to Clint Eastwood's production company.  The result was the Warner Bros. feature film "Trouble With the Curve," directed by Eastwood's longtime producing partner, Robert Lorenz, and starring Dirty Harry himself.  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013  |  Biggest flops of 2013 The film, a critical and commercial washout, grossed just $48.9 million globally.
December 13, 2010 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
One day a year, Franklin Leonard transforms from midlevel studio executive mired in development meetings, script readings and note-taking into Hollywood's most important soothsayer. FOR THE RECORD An article in the Dec. 13 Calendar section about Franklin Leonard's Black List of the best unproduced screenplays said his hometown was Columbus, Ohio. It's Columbus, Ga. The 32-year-old native of Columbus, Ohio, is the mastermind and compiler of the Black List, a compendium of the year's best unproduced screenplays.
January 24, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ugo Pirro, 87, who wrote the screenplays for two Oscar-winning films, died Friday at his home in Rome, city officials said. Pirro was a co-author of the screenplays for Elio Patri's "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion," which won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film of 1970, and Vittorio De Sica's "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," which was named best foreign-language film of 1971. Pirro was nominated for Academy Awards for the screenplays, but did not win. Born in Salerno, Italy, in 1920, Pirro began working as a journalist and novelist.
January 5, 1997
"Read Any Good Movies, Lately" by Joseph Hanania (Dec. 18) portrays Scenario, the Magazine of the Screenwriting Art, as the really only game in town for publishing multiple screenplays (four in each quarterly issue). Let me correct the record. I am Sam Thomas, a member of the Writer's Guild for almost 30 years, and editor of the ongoing series "Best American Screenplays," published in hardcover by Crown (Random House), now three collections, with a fourth planned. All of these anthologies--the first with a foreword by Frank Capra--are still happily in print since the initial work was published in 1986.
July 21, 2000
"The Fifth Annual High School Stage Readings," readings of screenplays written by teenagers and performed by theater professionals, will be presented Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Mark Taper Auditorium of the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th St. Presented by the Scriptwriters Network's High School Fellowship program, the readings are "Reflections," by Jennifer Wells; "Connections," by Susan Zeile; "Travis," by Jennifer Marmor; and "Bluff of Truth," by Stephen Gruber.
August 21, 1988
Are you sure that Kometani's "Passover" wasn't ghostwritten by Woody Allen? Or maybe it is just a Japanese translation of one of his screenplays. A. G. DOBRIN Del Mar
October 18, 1992
Jeffrey Wells' article pointing out the dust-gathering duties being performed by several big-buck screenplays provoked a series of debates between myself and some fellow screenwriters ("The Bigger the Bucks, the Longer They Need to Age," Film Clips, Oct. 4). The discussions centered not on the amount of money paid for these scripts (we always think we're undercompensated no matter how much we get) but on the rewriting policies of the major studios and how these policies may have contributed to the shelving of such excellent screenplays.
February 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the Writers Guild of America Awards last Sunday, "Captain Phillips" scribe Billy Ray paid tribute to the latter stages upon winning the prize for adapted screenplay. (The film is based on Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty's book "A Captain's Duty. ") Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie.
February 6, 2014 | By Billy Ray
I love true stories. I think it's because I'm constantly amazed, intrigued, inspired (and sometimes appalled) by genuine human behavior. Inventing characters is a lot of fun but I don't think I'm capable of creating a fictional character that could possibly be as dimensional, idiosyncratic or fully realized as the actual people I read about in the newspaper every day - which is another way of saying that when you're telling a true story, life itself...
February 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Spike Jonze has reason to hope for a bit of deja vu. On Saturday evening at the WGA Awards, the "Her" writer-director claimed the prize for original screenplay, and in doing so beat out the same nominees he will contend with at this year's Academy Awards. Jonze's screenplay for the future-set love story won against Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for "American Hustle," Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for "Dallas Buyers Club," and Bob Nelson for "Nebraska.
January 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
On a night when "American Hustle" cemented its status as an award-season front-runner, it was a number of lower-profile movies - including Spike Jonze's digital romance "Her" and the Italian drama "The Great Beauty" - that earned the designation of biggest surprises. Jonze won his first-ever Golden Globe over screenplay favorites "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave. " It was the only win for the film, and it seemed to bode well for it in the original screenplay Oscar category.
December 5, 2013 | By John Ridley / ‘12 Years a Slave'
A nearly universal desire among writers is to make themselves conspicuous in their work. It's completely understandable. When a script that you've spent months - if not years - writing has your name on the title page, who wouldn't want the material inside to crackle with style; full of snappy rejoinders that audiences gleefully repeat as they exit the theater. Moments that scream: "I wrote that. " Having worked the whole of my professional life toward achieving such, it's kind of ironic that in adapting Solomon Northup's "Twelve Years a Slave" I would end up taking the exact opposite approach.
December 5, 2013 | By Steve Coogan / “Philomena”
In 2009, I was sitting in my flat in New York on stand-by, playing Part No. 4 in yet another studio film. In the U.K. my career was healthy, but I was typecast and a little frustrated. An agent I'd just fired decided to dent my confidence by telling me that another hotshot agent had said of me, "I wish I'd gotten hold of Steve Coogan when he was 35. " I was nearly 44. I decided to experiment: I would ignore all the professional advice I was getting, like, "Steve, you need to be in a frat-boy comedy," and I would find a project and pursue it just because I wanted to. No advice, no market research, no focus groups - just something that spoke to me. I came across an article in the Guardian online titled "The Catholic Church Sold My Child.
February 26, 2009
The 14th annual International Family Film Festival kicks off tonight at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Seventy-eight shorts and features from 23 countries and 24 states will be screened through Sunday. The festival promotes "socially responsible films and screenplays suitable for a general audience that express a fundamental respect for the positive values of life." On Sunday evening, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Film will be presented to animator, director and producer Phil Roman ("The Simpsons," "King of the Hill")
October 2, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
Ever wonder how long it takes a typist to type up a screenplay? Those in the business say it requires at least 10 hours to professionally type a 100-page screenplay. It takes at least another three hours to proof the script. And typing screenplays that are handwritten can take at least twice as long, experts say. Another Hollywood industry that relies on screenwriters--and which screenwriters depend upon heavily--is the agency business.
November 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Syd Field, author of one of the most essential guides to screenwriting, has died at age 77. According to his website , Field passed away at home in Beverly Hills on Sunday. Originally published in 1979, "Screenplay" quickly became a bestselling staple of the trade. It was updated many times, most recently in 2005, and has been translated into 23 languages. He was a popular speaker and held workshops and seminars for writers hoping to grasp Hollywood's magic formula. Writers who learned from Field -- including Tina Fey, John Singleton, and Frank Darabont -- worked in all genres of film and television.
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