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Awards Round-up: WGA and PGA nominations

  This past week, the Writers Guild East and West put out their list of nominees for outstanding writing for the big screen in 2013. Here are the nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures   ADAPTED SCREENPLAY August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy... Read More →

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Joan Rivers in battle with the Writers Guild

Everybody knows Joan Rivers is one tough diva, but her dust-up with the Writers Guild of America pretty much proves it. Rivers is a comic veteran, writer, and entertainer. She’s also a TV personality and host for the “Fashion Police” over on E! Entertainment Television. Working on the “Fashion Police” is how Rivers got in trouble with the WGA. The show writers went on strike last April. Rivers is accused of  being a scab for allegedly doing writer’s work. Rivers is a Guild member and is now facing... Read More →

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Award Season: Oscar maker layoffs, Writers Guild and Grammy nominations

Oscar maker to axe  a lot of workers It’s not going to be a ho, ho, jolly holiday season for some employees of the company that makes Oscar. The Wrap is reporting today that R.S. Owens, a Chicago-based company, will be laying off almost 100 workers by December 17. That’s more than a third of the staff. R.S. Owens is the supplier of awards for the Emmys, MTV Video Music Awards, and “American Idol” as well. More details here. Writers Guild nominations... 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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2012 Writers Guild awards nominees

Some of the 2012 Writers Guild of America, West & East, Awards nominees are out today. On the list, nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2011 season. TELEVISION NOMINEES DRAMA SERIES Boardwalk Empire, Written by Bathsheba Doran, Dave Flebotte, Howard Korder, Steve Kornacki, Itamar Moses, Margaret Nagle, Terence Winter; HBO Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman,... Read More →

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Heated debate over Writers Guild tentative contract agreement

         The debate is heating up over the new Writers Guild tentative agreement with producers. Yesterday the negotiators for the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached the tentative agreement after only about two and a half weeks of talking. The producers must have offered a juicy deal with plenty of perks and money for the writers to jump so quick at an offer. That’s not what the critics are saying about this contract deal. Today the Writers Guild West posted an... Read More →

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Photo: DGA website -- Tom Hooper received the DGA film directing award for 2011 from last year's winner, Kathryn Bigelow on January 30, 2011

ShowBiz bits: Awards and kudos in Hollywood

 WGA 2011 awards Some of Hollywood’s top writing awards were given out last night by the Writers Guild of America. The best original screenplay went to Christopher Nolan for the smart sci-fi actioner, “Inception.”  The ceremony was held simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in the Southland and at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City. Aaron Sorkin took home the best adapted screenplay trophy for the Facebook script, “The Social Network,” which is based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” (2009) by Ben Mezrich. In accepting... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits:More awards nominations, Oprah’s new TV network & holiday Box Office

The 2011 WGA screen award nominees The Writers Guild of America today announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen in 2010. Here are some of the big screen nominees: Original Screenplay Black Swan, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures Inception, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros. The Kids Are All... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits

 Hot Hollywood Movie Deal I thought it was a bizarre combination when the novel came out last spring: President Abraham Lincoln and vampires. No matter. Hollywood is hot to take this property to the big screen. Several studios were bidding on the project, but over the weekend, 20th Century Fox came out the victor, according to Nikki Finke & Mike Fleming over at Los Angeles Author Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” has our 14th President taking out the blood suckers and their slave-owning allies,... 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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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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“Slumdog Millionaire” wins another big award

                                                                             “Slumdog Millionaire,” the rags-to-riches story produced on a mini-budget, has scored another huge victory among the top Hollywood awards. Last night, Simon Beaufoy won the best adapted screenplay honor for “Slumdog Millionaire” at the 2009 Writers Guild Awards. The film is based on the novel, “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup. The 2009 Writers Guild Awards were handed out simultaneously at ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. “Slumdog Millionaire” focuses on an orphan from the slums who gets a shot at winning it all on India’s version of “Who Wants to be... Read More →

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WGA reveals its best screenplay nominations for 2008

  Sean Penn stars in “Milk”   Today the Writers Guild of America disclosed the list of its nominees for “outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during the 2008 season.” The writers are being honored for a variety of projects, from major motion pictures to documentary films. In the original screenplay category the nominations went to Joel and Ethan Coen for “Burn After Reading,” Dustin Lance Black for “Milk,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” by Woody Allen, “The Visitor” by Tom McCarthy, and “The Wrestler” by Robert Siegel. For best... Read More →

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Writers dispute settled at Tyler Perry Studios

Terence Long/WGA –  Writers picket Tyler Perry Studios, October 4, 2008   Super-successful independent producer and now studio owner, Tyler Perry, has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America-West to allow his writers to work under a WGA contract. The settlement was reached with the aid of the NAACP-Hollywood Bureau and was announced on the WGA-West website Wednesday, November 26. It was a hard fought, bitter battle, which cost a handful of writers on the Perry produced TV shows, “House of Payne” their jobs. Frequently, some of the... Read More →

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