Riveting Documentary Chronicles the Life of Amy Winehouse
Jul19

Riveting Documentary Chronicles the Life of Amy Winehouse

It will soon be four years to the day the tragic news came down that singer Amy Winehouse had died at age 27, a death in her London flat that was later ruled as accidental alcohol poisoning. Her brief and tumultuous life is harrowingly chronicled in a new feature-length documentary, “Amy,” which utilizes home movies of her childhood and young adulthood, studio rehearsal footage and interviews with friends, family and people in the...

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A Cinderella Story for Screenwriter Chris Weitz
Mar23

A Cinderella Story for Screenwriter Chris Weitz

Chris Weitz lived with Cinderella for three years. No, not in the attic of her family home where her evil stepmother banished her, but with multiple drafts of scripts that eventually became the screenplay of Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the classic fairytale that is currently blowing up at the box office. Weitz, best known for co-writing American Pie, About a Boy, directing Twilight: New Moon and currently working on the upcoming...

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Breaking the Code Behind The Imitation Game
Feb16

Breaking the Code Behind The Imitation Game

Graham Moore’s screenplay for “The Imitation Game” just won the coveted Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay, topping a field of contenders including Jason Hall’s “American Sniper” Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman and “Wild,” whose screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. Based upon the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Andrew Hodges, the Weinstein Company film...

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The Making of ‘American Sniper:’ Screenwriter Jason Hall’s Journey
Jan28

The Making of ‘American Sniper:’ Screenwriter Jason Hall’s Journey

Writing a screenplay based on an autobiography is challenging enough. But for Jason Hall, the real-life story of “American Sniper” took a tragic and irreversible turn immediately after he finished the script for the Clint Eastwood-directing film, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whom Hall had been collaborating with in bringing his story to the screen, had just been murdered, ostensibly by a fellow Iraq...

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‘Selma’ Brings MLK and the Civil Rights Movement to Vivid Life
Dec28

‘Selma’ Brings MLK and the Civil Rights Movement to Vivid Life

Director Ava DuVernay has said she doesn’t like historical black pictures, and she’s made sure that her “Selma” stands out from the rest in its tone, in its focus and in its style of storytelling. It’s already nabbed four Golden Globe nominations and five Critics’ Choice nods that are a testament to her work. Unbelievably, although the US civil rights movement has been chronicled extensively, this is the first feature-length film with...

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