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New action packed trailer for “Jupiter Ascending”

A new sci-fi film is stirring up interest. “Jupiter Ascending” is directed  and written by Andy and  Lana Wachowski, two science fiction/fantasy loving filmmakers who created  the ground-breaking  special effects laden”Matrix”  movie series. “Jupiter Ascending” stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a janitor who had some tough breaks, but also has an impressive set of genes, which mark her as the next ruler of the Universe. That gets her in trouble. To the rescue, Cane, an interplanetary ex-military hunter, played by Channing Tatum.  Movie opens this summer on July 18.

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Photo: www.oprah.com -- Oprah says good-bye to her millions of fans on the finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired May 25, 2011

Web Buzz: March 26, 2014

Oprah is going on tour. The big announcement in the Media and on Oprah.com today. “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” will feature Oprah Winfrey and special guests in 8 city arenas:  San Jose, California, Miami, Florida, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia, Newark, New Jersey, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. So far, the Southland is not on the fall tour. “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement on her... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Director Garry Marshall rode on the 2014 Burbank Rose float in Pasadena January 1, 2014

“Pretty Woman” movie to be revived as a Broadway musical

On New Year’s Day, director Garry Marshall, rode on the award-winning Burbank Rose float, “Lights! Camera! Action!,” weeks later, he’s reportedly in New York working on turning one of his movie hits into a Broadway musical. Marshall and producer Paula Wagner are said to be meeting with potential composers, lyricists, and directors for a “Pretty Woman” stage production, according to the New York Post. The 1990 film starring Julia Roberts, and, Richard Gere, made big bucks at the box office, somewhere in the range of $500 million. Also,... Read More →

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“12 Years a Slave” wins big at 2014 Image Awards

Another big win for Oscar-contender, “12 Years a Slave.” The brutal depiction of slavery in America won the top honor of outstanding motion picture of 2013 at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Other wins for the film: Steve McQueen for director, Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress, and John Ridley for outstanding writing for a motion picture. Forest Whitaker took home the award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'” and David Oyelowo picked up the trophy for... Read More →

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Script Sales and Deals: “Endgame,” “Slingshot,” and “Maggie’s Plan”

  “Endgame” — In a heated bidding war, Fox has come out the victor in a $2 million dollar deal for James Fey’s book. This is a  “Hunger Games” type YA novel about young teen warriors battling in a future world. You might remember Fey’s reputation took a beating after it came out that his best-selling memories, “A Million Little Pieces,” (published in 2003) had some alleged exaggerations. Well, that controversy has not hurt Fey’s ability to get a deal in Hollywood. He will reportedly write... Read More →

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Script Sales and Deals: “Darkness” and “Selling Time”

“Darkness” — A spec script and the first sale for a couple of writers, is on the fast track “into production for 2014″… according to DoneDealPro (membership required). The spec by Francis Jay and C.B. Liffer, has a great hook. It’s a horror story about a woman with night blindness trapped in a small dark space with a corpse and four others, one of whom may be a killer.  The woman must use only her touch and hearing to decide who and what to believe.  The production... Read More →

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2014 Writers Guild Awards nominations for television announced today

Scribes for some of television’s most popular shows topped the list of nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards. The guild’s outstanding achievement in TV nominees were announced today, along with those in the radio, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation categories for the 2013 season. Here are the nominees in some of the major TV categories: DRAMA SERIES Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill,... Read More →

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Universal Pictures looking for talented new screenwriters

If you’re  a screenwriter who’s got talent, but lacks the kind of access that open doors in Hollywood — the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship Program may be the helping hand you need. The studio’s website is taking applications only until early October or once 500 eligible candidates have applied. The site says they’re looking for “… new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.” Up to five screenwriters will be selected for the program. The winners will be ” … hired under a writing... Read More →

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Donate to a good cause and get your script read by a Hollywood insider

A great campaign with heart and a rare chance for talented screenwriters — some of them right here in the Media City. I’m talking about a twofer Hollywood style. Here’s how it works. Make a contribution to the American Heart Association and get your script read by Daniel Vang — a manager at one of Tinseltown’s top production and management firms, Benderspink. Screenwriter, Joe Nienalt, is helping out in the campaign to raise money for a Heart Walk coming up this October. Past campaigns have opened some important... Read More →

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Script sales and deals: Action screenplays sell for big money

“White House Down” — Huge payday for hot screenwriter James Vanderbilt. In fact, the $3 million dollar script deal is being called the biggest so far this year. The  action spec script is described as a cross between “Die Hard” and “Air Force One.” Apparently there was some heated bidding for the script with Sony Pictures finally closing a deal this week.  Vanderbilt was the scribe on the reboot of “Amazing Spider-Man” and “Total Recall.” Also, he got the gig to pen the remake of “RoboCop.”... Read More →

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Script sales and deals

  “The Signal” — Deadline has an exclusive report on a big money deal for hot scribe, Brad Ingelsby. Just a few years ago, Ingelsby was working for his father’s Pennsylvania insurance business, then he got his Hollywood break as a screenwriter. This deal is said to be in the high six-figures and is for a pitch, which revolves around a family weekend getaway with a sci-fi twist. The AFI grad is repped by WME and Energy Entertainment. More on Ingelsby’s story and new... Read More →

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Script sales and deals

“Little White Corvette”  — Action/comedy screenplay by Michael Diliberti reportedly sold in a deal worth a cool million bucks to GK Films. It’s about money-strapped siblings who set out to peddle a load of cocaine discovered in the trunk of their late father’s white corvette. Diliberti wrote the story with David Branson Smith. Script is on the Black List 2011, a collection of unproduced screenplays favored by Hollywood executives. Emma Stone is attached to star and will executive produce along with Diliberti. Both Stone... Read More →

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Writers Guild announces nominees for 2012 screen awards

The Writers Guild of America has put out the rest of its list of nominees for 2012 awards. Yesterday, the WGA West and East, revealed the nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the big screen during 2011. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 50/50, Written by Will Reiser; Summit Entertainment Bridesmaids, Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig; Universal Pictures Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Win Win, Screenplay by Tom McCarthy; Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni; Fox Searchlight... Read More →

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Talk of the Town: The Black List

One of the most debated and scrutinized lists in the entertainment industry came out today.  The Black List is a collection of unproduced screenplays that for whatever reason rated as a “like” or “favorite” by a number of film executives. This year, 300 of them reportedly sent in suggestions to film executive, Franklin Leonard ,who started compiling The Black List back in 2004. Since then, scripts have been plucked from this list and whizzed into production, turning the lucky screenwriters into hot scribes. To many, that’s better than any award or trophy.... Read More →

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Script deals and sales

Evan Spiliotopoulos to rewrite “Asteroids” for Universal Pictures— This busy screenwriter picks up another big assignment. Universal has hired Spiliotopoulos to rework “Asteroids” based on the 1970’s Atari video game. Original script by Matt Lopez. Spiliotopoulos is repped by UTA. More here on Variety. Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair’ hired to write “The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League” — Shafer and Vicknair are two hot screenwriters on the fast track. This project is based on a Rolling Stone magazine article about the true story of a woman who... Read More →

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A call for a probe into a Hollywood movie about Osama bin Laden

A New York congressman is calling for an investigation into what kind of “cooperation” the Obama administration provided for a movie about the take down of 9-11 terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow is partnering with screenwriter Mark Boal on this bin Laden film. Apparently, the filmmakers are being accused of getting “special access” and classified information —  allegedly including data on the Navy Seal Team 6 raid which resulted in the death of bin Laden. Today Deadline.com posted reaction from Bigelow and Boal, declaring they have received help from... Read More →

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Rebecca Forster's latest novel, "Beyond Malice," is a digital release only.

A Writer’s View: Am I An Author Idiot?

Am I An Author Idiot?  Working with a freelance editor I face each new project with a combination of angst and self pity, positive I will never write a decent book again much less publish one. After 23 published novels, one indie and two scripts (one in development) you’d think I’d be over all that. I’m not. Enter, my freelance editor Jenny Jensen*. I work with her because she is in my corner and because I sell more often when I do. Still, I have to wonder, why can’t I edit myself?... Read More →

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Movie studio executive-turned-author gives advice to script writers

Columbia Pictures Vice-President, DeVon Franklin, leads a double life and he’s proud of it. Franklin is a devote Christian and a minister as well as studio executive.  Franklin has incorporated his faith into a business model, which he talks about in his new book “Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success without Compromising Your True Self.” Franklin is the executive who brought the low-budget, but very successful script project, “Jumping the Broom,” to Columbia. Produced for less than $7 million, the romantic comedy has made over $30 million at the box office in about three... Read More →

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Chick flicks hot at the box office

Chick flicks are packing them in at movie theaters. Two in the last couple of weeks have beaten projections and grabbed a lot of attention away from the front runner, “Thor”. While the superhero actioner held onto first place over the weekend, the debut of the raunchy female comedy, “Bridesmaid” is the talk of Tinseltown. The comedy about a down-on-her luck woman whose experiences as a maid of honor are hilarious, painful, and finally life changing. “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kristen Wiig, co-wrote the screenplay with... Read More →

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Another spec script is bought in the hot Hollywood market

Another spec script sale to report, the 34th this year, according to Scott Myers over on the Go Into The Story blog. Twentieth Century Fox picked up, “From Mia With Love,” a comedy about three dudes who are eager to part with their virginity. So they send-off for a Russian mail order bride, but as you can probably imagine, things do not work out the way the guys plan. The screenwriters are Seth Grahame-Smith, Bryan Shukoff, Kevin Chesley, and David Katzenberg who will direct. Katzenberg’s father is... Read More →

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Hollywood spec script market still fired up

At a time when the sale of spec scripts usually slows down — this year– those sales are still going strong.  Scott Myers over on the screenwriting blog Go Into The Story is tracking 2011 spec script buys. Myers says the 29th sale was for a spec script written by the grandsons of the actor, Dick Van Dyke. Carey and Shane Van Dyke’s “The Watching Hour” is a horror screenplay. Spec script sales in Hollywood are way ahead of  2010. Last year, the 29th spec script did not get bought... Read More →

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Spec script market still sizzling

Toss another sold spec screenplay on the stack. “Wild Guns,” a western revolving around historic characters Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Sitting Bull, has sold to Warner Bros. Scott Myers over at the screenwriters’ site, gointothestory.com, is keeping a tally on spec script sales. Myers says,”Wild Guns,” is number 23. Last year, spec screenplay sells did not reach that number until sometime in June. T.S. Nowlin is the screenwriter of “Wild Guns.” More on this script here.

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