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Tony Kushner earns National Medal of Honor for 2012

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On Tony Kushner, who should have won the Oscar last year for his incomparable script for Lincoln, the White House said: “Whether for the stage or the silver screen, his scripts have moved audiences worldwide, marrying humor to fury, history to fantasy and the philosophical to the personal.” Other honorees for 2012 include George Lucas, Elaine May, and Herb Alpert. And “Lin Arison, co-founder of the National Young Arts Foundation…

WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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4,500 PGA members, 100,000 SAG members and 14,500 DGA members went ass over elbow for Argo.  It hardly seems likely that the WGA will do any differently. Funny how uniform this has all become. It didn’t used to be that way. But a consensus vote is a consensus vote and the voters have decided that Argo is the best picture of 2012.  It is no doubt a bittersweet success because…

Tony Kushner and Others Appeal to Senators to Ease Up on Zero Dark Thirty

Tony Kushner and Others Appeal to Senators to Ease Up on Zero Dark Thirty

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The Carpetbagger reports: LOS ANGELES— Count Tony Kushner, the “Lincoln” screenwriter, among those who believe several United States Senators went too far when they suggested that Sony Pictures should somehow correct its depiction of torture in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Mr. Kushner on Monday was among 28 supporters of a letter sent to all 100 Senators objecting to the pressure exerted by three of them — Dianne Feinstein, Carl Levin and…

Screenwriter Tony Kushner Responds to Congressman

Screenwriter Tony Kushner Responds to Congressman

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The Carpetbagger has done the reporting no one else cared to do  on this story (leave it to the NY Times, that’s why I pay $20 a month to keep them around) about Congressman Joe Courtney’s “before the Oscars” plea — this year, everyone wants to tell the Academy what to do – to write their individual wrongs, whether it’s Ed Asner and Martin Sheen, or this guy.  Pulitzer Prize-winning…

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New York Film Critics Awards, 3 apiece for Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln!

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Best Film: Zero Dark Thirty Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty Best Actress: Rachel Weisz, Deep Blue Sea Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln Best Supporting Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Bernie and Magic Mike Best Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser, Zero Dark Thirty Best Foreign Language Film: Michael Haneke, Amour Best First Film: David France, How To Survive a Plague Best Nonfiction…

Tony Kushner on Colbert

Tony Kushner on Colbert

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“Is Lincoln sexy?” “Absolutely … HUGE feet” The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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The Eternal Reach: How Steven Spielberg’s evolving ideas continue to ignite cinema

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There was something very telling watching Steven Spielberg at the AFI Fest last year introducing TinTin. He did two things. He downplayed our expectations of the movie we were about to see and he breathlessly announced he was still in Virginia filming Lincoln. His enthusiasm for his subject matter might just be the thing that keeps him fumbling towards greatness nearly every year. He was releasing two films — TinTin…