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WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the best screenplays, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Ava DuVernay’s…

Oscarwatch – The Writers, Part Two: Original Screenplay

Oscarwatch – The Writers, Part Two: Original Screenplay

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In a town where there are more screenwriters than there are people you’d expect that more original screenplays would get produced. It hardly ever happens and when it does, it only sometimes turns out well for all involved. Not every great director can write, and even fewer great writers can direct. Some can do both. Most can’t. This year’s best original screenplays are almost all the work of writer/directors, with…

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

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If you care to watch.  There are a few notable writers who are glaringly missing from this.

Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere

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Collaborators. More about the film after the cut — video from Sundance.

Ava DuVernay on Fresh Air – Art Houses More Resistant than the Multiplex

Ava DuVernay on Fresh Air – Art Houses More Resistant than the Multiplex

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If you want to change the world you have to have to strong shoulders. It would never be enough for Ava DuVernay to have made Middle of Nowhere, a film she funded by herself (for around $200,000). She also had to work with her distribution company to get that film into theaters.  That proved more difficult than she thought it would.  Turns out, the art house crowd is resistant to…

Tavis Smiley Gives Ava DuVernay the Full Show

Tavis Smiley Gives Ava DuVernay the Full Show

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Tavis Smiley is probably the most interesting talk show host, as far as I’m concerned. He’s one of the few who can seamlessly blend Hollywood and the politics of Hollywood. Most of them don’t even notice, let alone talk about it. In short: I love him. Anyway, you might be interested to hear what DuVernay has to say about raising and using her own money to make the film, becoming…

More Raves for Middle of Nowhere

More Raves for Middle of Nowhere

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Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wonders whether audiences will come out to see Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere – I have no idea if they will. I’m guessing the target demo will not. But I’m hoping that anyone who wants to see a dreamy, haunting and altogether unforgettable film made for thinking adults will check this one out. Lots of really great movies hitting theaters soon, in rapid succession. A few of…

DuVernay Changes Landscape of American Film

DuVernay Changes Landscape of American Film

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If Ava DuVernay is nominated for an original screenplay Oscar for Middle of Nowhere — a slim possibility, if more people see it — she will be only the second black female screenwriter in 85 years of Oscar history to do so.  You have to yawn all the way back to 1972 to find the one and only co-writer of Lady Sings the Blues, Suzanne De Passe nominated alongside Terence…

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Richard Gere Joins the Best Actor List with Complex, Moving Portrayal in Arbitrage

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The Best Actor race is getting crowded this week, with Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs and now, Richard Gere in Arbitrage. The timely pic is a chilling illustration of the way powerful people use other people to get what they want out of life and usually win. The screenplay is flawless; no character gets the short shrift.  Every line crackles with Mamet-like intensity.  It will surely be among the…

Craig Kennedy & Anna Paquin talk about Margaret

Craig Kennedy & Anna Paquin talk about Margaret

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True Blood star Anna Paquin talks about her role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret Anna Paquin burst onto the movie scene in 1993 at age 11 when she won an Oscar for her performance in Jane Campion’s The Piano. Her filmmography since then has encompassed everything from indies to blockbusters and has featured films from a long list of great directors including Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Noah Baumbach, Cameron Crowe, Franco…