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More Hollywood movie deals: Ron Howard, “50 Cent,” & spec script sales

Academy Award winning director set to make a film about adultery Director Ron Howard is reportedly lining up a comedy, written by Allan Loeb, about infidelity as his next project. The Hollywood Reporter says Vince Vaughn has committed to play a guy who learns his best friend’s wife is a cheater. Kevin James is in negotiations to take on the role of the best friend. Imagine Producer Brian Grazer came up with the idea. Grazer did not have far to look for inspiration with all the cheating celebrities and politicians in the news... Read More →

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Major spec script sale for new agency Verve

 The newly-minted Verve Talent and Literary Agency closed a huge script deal with Lionsgate over the weekend that included big paydays for the screenwriter, Shawn Christensen, and hot teen star, Taylor Lautner. The Internet has been buzzing with chatter about the studio bidding for this project for nearly two weeks now. Nikki Finke’s deadline.com/ Hollywood launched a play-by-play of the auction, who’s in and who’s out, when it kicked off Friday night, February 10. The screenplay, “Abduction” is a Bourne-style action drama with Taylor attached to play the teenage hero. Taylor has... Read More →

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“The Hurt Locker” wins big at the WGA Awards

The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York last night for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen, television, radio, news, promotion, and videogames. “The Hurt Locker” grabbed the major prize — best original screenplay. The awards are piling up and the momentum building for “The Hurt Locker, ” which is nominated for nine Academy Awards including best picture, best director, and best original screenplay. Here are some of the top WGA winners: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit... Read More →

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Showbiz Bytes: Hollywood movie deal, Tori Spelling, Kathryn Bigelow, & “Valentine’s Day” a record breaker

Director Steven Soderbergh’s action thriller sells to Warner Bros. The sluggish Hollywood film script market is picking up. After some bidding, Director Steven Soderbergh’s movie project, “Contagion,” sold to Double Feature Films at Warner Bros. The budget $60 million. The script, written by Scott Z. Burns, revolves around a viral outbreak. Several top notch stars are attached to the project including, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Matt Damon, and Jude Law. More on the project and the bidding at Deadline.com/Hollywood.    Actress Tori Spellings has two books coming out in 2010 Tori Spelling is having quite a... Read More →

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“Avatar” continues its winning streak at the Box Office

Movie fans continued to spend beaucoup dough at theaters on this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. After beating back a threat from the new flick, “The Book of Eli,” James Cameron’s mega-hit, “Avatar” remains the number one film in the country with a take of $41.3 million. “Avatar” is the top film in the country for the fifth straight week. “The Book of Eli” is a post-apocalyptic action adventure/drama about a drifter who fights his way across America to protect a sacred book that holds the power to... Read More →

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WGA screen award nominees revealed

Some very familiar names and some fresh talent on the Writers Guild of America’s list of nominees for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen. Here are the nominations released today. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (500) Days of Summer, Written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Fox Searchlight Avatar, Written by James Cameron; 20th Century Fox The Hangover, Written by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore; Warner Bros. The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment A Serious Man, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Focus Features... Read More →

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2009 Screenwriting Expo: the pitch meetings, the winning scripts, and the exposure

Photo:  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove. Writers crowd around a table to buy tickets to pitch to representatives for management firms, agencies, and production companies. In the background writers line up and wait for the call into the pitch room. Some up-and-coming screenwriters are getting Hollywood attention and exposure from the 2009 Screenwriting Expo. Hundreds of scribes pitched their ideas and scripts during the three day Golden Pitch Festival in a huge room at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The tickets were not cheap: $25 for a... Read More →

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It’s a wrap for the 2009 Screenwriting Expo

  The 2009 Screenwriting Expo in Downtown Los Angeles is history. What a wild, roller coaster ride it was, providing this writer with some exciting moments and a thrill or two. I joined hundreds of eager screenwriters or aspiring screenwriters at the Wilshire Grand hotel from October 15-to-18 for seminars, pitch meetings, and the all important, networking. Writers came from places like China, Canada, London, Washington D. C., Chicago, West Palm Beach, Canoga Park, and oh yes, Burbank. They got the chance to pitch their scripts to heavy hitters... Read More →

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“Zombieland” scares up Box Office gold

Movie audiences were up for something creepy and funny and apparently the new flick, “Zombieland” filled the bill. “Zombieland ” stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors trying to stay ahead of the zombies who have become a worldwide plague. The horror/comedy raked in an estimated $25 million to easily win the Box Office race and to become the number one movie in the country. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” dropped to second place, after two weeks in the top spot. The 3D animated film earned an... Read More →

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