September 16, 2011 |
"Bring It On: The Musical," which begins performances at the Ahmanson Theatre on Oct. 30, promises flashy dance numbers and high-flying acrobatics as rival high school cheerleading squads battle for first place at the national championships. Off stage, a different sort of battle is shaping up between the producers of the musical and the screenwriter of the 2000 motion picture "Bring It On," who is arguing that the show is based on the original movie. Jessica Bendinger, the sole credited screenwriter for the film, claims the musical's producers never acquired or received permission to use her exclusive rights, according to a request for arbitration filed by the Writers Guild of America.
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May 16, 1988 |
If the Writers Guild strike doesn't end soon, there is going to be serious trouble in our household. I am not speaking here of financial problems. I have what you might call a decent non-union job, and my standard of living, which has never been very high, is not dependent upon the vagaries of collective bargaining. But my marriage might be. I am a member of the WGA because, during times of labor stability, I write television movies on the weekends, which keeps me busy and out of trouble.
March 26, 2008 |
It's tempting to compare the tortured 17-years-in-development backstory of the "Leatherheads" script to the infamous climax of the 1982 Stanford-Cal football game, otherwise known as "The Play. " It has the same number of blocks, laterals and even the triumphant, if controversial, ending. Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly first wrote their gridiron farce in 1990, when they were covering the college football beat for Sports Illustrated and stumbled across the story of John "Blood" McNally.
September 15, 1985
Apropos the recent John Horn article "Gunfight at the Writers Guild Corral" (Sept. 1), and in order to help everyone keeps things in a proper perspective, I write to point out that all writers' guilds are subject to periodic seizures. I suppose this is because writers are naturally convulsive (particularly comedy writers: Don't they have us all in fits?). Of the three guilds of which I have good knowledge (the Writers Guild of Great Britain, Writers Guild of America, West and the Australian Writers Guild)
November 17, 2007 |
Is Ellen DeGeneres breaking strike rules? That's the assertion of the Writers Guild of America, East, which has criticized the comedian for returning to her show while her writers are on the picket lines. DeGeneres -- a member of WGA West as well as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists -- sat one day out last week until she was told by her production company that she had to go back to work or risk breaching her contract.
February 12, 2007 |
"Little Miss Sunshine," the dark comedy about a dysfunctional family, and "The Departed," a visceral gangster epic, won the top feature prizes at the 59th annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday. Michael Arndt received the original screenplay honor for "Little Miss Sunshine," also nominated for several Oscars, including best film and screenplay. It was his second win of the night -- he also won the best original screenplay prize from the British Academy Film Awards.
January 14, 2005 |
For the second year in a row, character-driven independent films dominated the Writers Guild of America award nominations announced Thursday morning. Commercial aspirations aside, there's not a blockbuster among the bunch. "The Aviator," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Garden State," "Hotel Rwanda" and "Kinsey" are the original screenplay nominees, and "Before Sunset," "Mean Girls," "Million Dollar Baby," "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Sideways" are the nominees for adapted screenplay.
March 17, 2006 |
This weekend the Writers Guild Foundation will honor writer-director Lawrence Kasdan with a two-day retrospective of seven of his films at its Beverly Hills theater. In addition, Kasdan will appear Saturday after a 7 p.m. screening of 1991's "Grand Canyon" for a Q&A session moderated by journalist F.X. Feeney. "I love movies," Kasdan said. "That's why I got into this and why I have devoted my life to it. To be in a position to make movies is a great privilege."
February 11, 2005 |
A bicoastal squabble over money has broken out between the union officials in Los Angeles and New York who represent film and TV writers. Officials of the Writers Guild of America, West, say they are subsidizing the WGA, East, by more than $1 million. They say that they are owed more than $500,000 in dues and that they provide more than $500,000 in services to East Coast writers that are not reimbursed, including arbitration disputes over credits.