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Thursday January 29th, 2015

Damien Chazelle or Paul Thomas Anderson Could Become Fifth Adapted Screenplay Winner to Also Direct the Film


By Anjelica Oswald
Managing Editor 

Adapted screenplay nominees Damien Chazelle and Paul Thomas Anderson have been nominated for films that they also directed.

Chazelle’s Whiplash, about an aspiring jazz drummer and his sadistic instructor, is his second feature film and is adapted from a short film of the same name that he also wrote and directed. The short won the jury award for short films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Whiplash was nominated for four other awards, including best picture.

Anderson received his second adapted screenplay nomination for Inherent Vice, based on Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. The film was also nominated for costume design. Anderson previously received an adapted screenplay nomination for 2007’s There Will Be Blood, which he also directed. He received a best director nomination, and the film was nominated for best picture.

If either wins, they will become the fifth adapted screenplay winner in the 21st century to also direct the film, joining Joel and Ethan CoenPeter Jackson and Alexander Payne, who won twice.

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Friday December 13th, 2013

Reasons for Black-and-White in the Modern Era

By Mark Pinkert
Contributor
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Since 1960, only three black-and-white films have won the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Apartment (1960), Schindler’s List (1993), and The Artist (2011). This isn’t surprising considering that the form, though generally cheaper to produce, inevitably kills box office attendance and, these days, has a tough time competing with the bombastic 3D/IMAX blockbuster. Yet since The Artist took home Best Picture two years ago, there has been a small, but noticeable resurgence in black-and-white films.

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Monday April 9th, 2012

The Hunt For a New ‘Hunger Games’ Director Is On

By Scott Mendelson

The Playlist has broken a pretty major story, confirming that director Gary Ross will not be back to helm the second and/or third films in The Hunger Games franchise. There have been rumblings all week about contract negotiations, and Ross has now politely passed. The site chalks it up to both Ross’s lack of desire to stay in the same universe for the next several years combined with a somewhat low-ball offer from Lionsgate. Whatever the case, Ross is gone and the hunt for a new director is now on.

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Monday March 26th, 2012

‘The Hunger Games’ Opened This Weekend With a Scorching $155 Million

By Scott Mendelson

Besting any number of opening weekend records, The Hunger Games opened this weekend with a scorching $155 million. That’s the third-biggest opening weekend of all-time, behind The Dark Knight ($158 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($169 million). It’s also the biggest opening weekend for a non-sequel, non-summer movie, and the biggest debut in history for a film not released by Warner Bros. during the third weekend in July, for those keeping release-date score. It’s also Lionsgate’s highest-grossing film ever after just three days, besting the $123 million-debut of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. While it’s Lionsgate’s most expensive movie, it’s still an example of smart budgeting as it came it at $90 million before tax credits which brought the total exposure to just $78 million. Even if you factor in the studio’s hardcore marketing over the last month, Lionsgate is surely in the black, or will be by Friday, making everything thereafter pure profit. There isn’t too much to say because this record debut has been prognosticated to the point of tedium over the last two months, as one tracking report after another continually upped the predicted opening weekend number, to the point where the film would have been called a ‘flop’ if it hadn’t opened with at least $100 million (not by me, mind you). But, yeah, Lionsgate pulled some of the best marketing in modern history (teaser/trailer 1/trailer 2), turning a relatively popular young adult book series into a mainstream media ‘event,’ which in turn made the film adaptation into a must-sample event even for audiences who only had token knowledge of the series.

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Monday March 26th, 2012

The Immorality of ‘The Hunger Games’

By Scott Mendelson

The Hunger Games, as it exists as a film, is caught between two worlds. On the one hand, it wants to be a dramatic thriller about a totalitarian regime that picks children at random and forces them to fight each other to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy masses. On the other hand, it wants to be a series that appeals to mass audiences in order to rack up massive box-office grosses and become ‘the next big franchise.’

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Monday December 26th, 2011

Taylor Swift to be Part of Team to Create the Companion Album for THE HUNGER GAMES

By Josh Abraham

Big Machine Records recording artist Taylor Swift, a four-time Grammy® AwardWinner, including the 2009 Grammy® for Album of the Year, collaborated with the Civil Wars and Burnett to write and perform the lead single Safe and Sound, which was launched on iTunes on December 23rd. The song, released for fans to discover organically and promoted directly to Swift’s fans through her Twitter account, shot to the top ten on iTunes overall songs chart, and pop chart within twelve hours of its debut, and was the #1 song on iTunes the same day of its release. #Safeandsound became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter soon after Swift first tweeted the news of the single’s release. The single is available for purchase at: http://WWW.smarturl.it/HungerGames.

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