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Kristen Wiig to Direct and Co-Write New Comedy

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The writing team behind the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, have come up with a new project that Wiig will direct. Very exciting news, especially since directing is often entrusted to the male half of our species. The project is described as: “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” The…

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Oscar Voting for Dummies – The Screenplays

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It seems to me that there are some categories where voters will have likely seen most of the nominees. How hard is it, for example, to see all five of the Best Director contenders? Likely you’ve seen them: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street. If you haven’t seen those five by now you’re probably the wrong person to be voting on the highest…

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Writers Guild Nominations

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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 Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company Before Midnight, Written by…

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WGA Preview and Predictions

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The WGA will announce their nominees tomorrow morning. Usually this happen around 10am. The rules for inclusion at the WGA awards usually exclude many of the year’s best scripts – and thus, can sometimes render the WGA awards not useful come Oscar time. Kris Tapley announced the films that would be excluded this year and that includes John Ridley’s 12 years a Slave, the likely winner, or certainly the strongest…

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

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Two years ago, A Separation took Asghar Farhadi from being an acclaimed filmmaker in his native Iran, to a renowned figure in global cinema. The film won dozens of awards worldwide, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in addition to Farhadi being nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Farhadi’s latest film, The Past, came roaring out of the gate at Cannes this year where it won two awards. It…

Kill Your Darlings, The Best Movie No One is Talking About

Kill Your Darlings, The Best Movie No One is Talking About

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I caught a screening of Kill Your Darlings last night as was surprised to find a film that had been written off by most of us who blog about the Oscars. The film received some good notices by critics but nowhere near enough to make it stand out amid the more buzzed about films this year. But it is a movie that should not be overlooked, no matter what the…

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Enough Said Scores Box Office, Enters Oscar race for Screenplay

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Indiewire writes of Enough Said’s box office: $240,000 in 4 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $60,000 Though not unheralded, this new comedy from Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give,” “Friends With Money”) was not expected to open among the top platform grosses for the year, nor to be so clear a winner over “Rush.” It turns out to be Fox Searchlight’s top limited opener since “The Tree of Life” (the company often opens…

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Lake Bell’s Writing Earns Notice, Naked Bod Doesn’t Hurt

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Lake Bell’s new film, In a World, has been getting mostly good notices – a rave from the NY Times’ AO Scott, and pretty good reviews from other critics. But what seems to have gotten her more attention is the nude cover on New York Magazine: Sex is maybe the most powerful weapon a woman has and she only has it for a short window of time.  This is one…

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Mud Opens Today — High Praise from LA, NY and Wall St. Journal

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The two things that ought to be remembered come Oscar time are probably the standout writing of Jeff Nichols as an American original, and the performance of Matthew McConaughey. The New York Times’ AO Scott makes it a “Critic’s Pick,” writing: The central image in “Mud,” Jeff Nichols’s deft and absorbing third feature, is of a boat in a tree. It’s the kind of phenomenon — a caprice of nature…

Poll for Original Screenplay

Poll for Original Screenplay

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[polldaddy poll=6907742] After the cut you can think outside the Oscar box and choose from among the top 25 Original Screenplays of 2012.