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2:00 PM on 01.01.2014

Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk!

I first heard about Film Crit Hulk about a year ago. I had written an article about why Tom Hooper should have been drawn and quartered for his butchering of Les Miserables, and one of the commenters, rather than say anything...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

10:00 AM on 12.12.2013

Safe House writer in talks to write Bad Boys 3

Now that Jerry Bruckheimer is freed from Disney and is producing things like Top Gun 2 and Beverly Hills Cop 4, one of the sequels in the pipeline is also Bad Boys 3. It's still extremely early on in production (and mind you ...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Trailer: The Counselor starring Fassbender, Pitt, Bardem

In The Counselor, Michael Fassbender stars as a lawyer who finds himself in way over his head when he gets involved with the dangerous world of drug trafficking. Judging from this trailer, things go awry pretty badly, and Fa...

Liz Rugg

9:00 PM on 08.08.2013

Bret McKenzie writing a fairy tale comedy musical script

In an interview with the dudes over at Collider, Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets fame, revealed that he is in the process of writing a script for a "fairy tale comedy musical" with "singing dragons a...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 04.04.2013

Interview: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead)

[This interview was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of Evil Dead.] Finally, the last of my SXSW Evil Dead roundtable interviews s...

Geoff Henao

7:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Legendary already has a Pacific Rim sequel writer

In a move that surprises only the most naive of moviegoers, Legendary has announced that work has begun on the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's (probably) blockbuster hit, Pacific Rim. According to the Hollywood Reporter, they'...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 10.11.2012

Fox didn't like Chronicle 2 script, says John Landis

Chronicle was a huge surprise in how genuinely amazing it was. But I thought its ending (which I won't spoil here in case you haven't seen it. See it damn you!) was pretty much as far as the premise could go. It felt complete...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 09.21.2012

Jenny Slate is writing a Looney Tunes reboot for WB

To go along with all of the other recent live action/CG reboot nonsense, Jenny Slate (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Saturday Night Live) has been tapped for write a future reboot of the Looney Tunes franchise (known f...

Nick Valdez

Comment or tweet to enter to win Savages swag! photo
Comment or tweet to enter to win Savages swag!
by Liz Rugg

*Congratulations to our winner - Lonemoose!* Stay tuned for more contests soon!

Hey there fine readers! This time we're bringing you the opportunity to win a bunch of stuff for Universal's upcoming Savages! If you win, you'll receive an official Savages t-shirt in your choice of size, an official Savages Day of the Dead bracelet, as well as copies of Scarface and Born on the Fourth of July on DVD!

All you have to do to enter is comment below with your favorite Oliver Stone movie - can be produced by, directed by or written by - or retweet this tweet that just went live! If you do both, then you'll be entered twice! The contest is continental U.S. only and will end Sunday, August 8th, so get on it!

Then go see Savages when it comes out on July 6th and let us know what you think about it! You can also check out Savages' Twitter, Facebook and website.

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Charlie Kaufman is writing his first novel photo
Charlie Kaufman is writing his first novel
by Hubert Vigilla

I know we're a film site and all, but it's hard not to get excited about this news. Yes, Charlie Kaufman has signed a deal with Grand Central Publishing to pen his first novel. I would have assumed he'd sign with McSweeney's for his first book. Shows what I know.

Details about the novel are being kept under wraps. Given Kaufman's films, I'm sort of expecting a playful bit of metafiction and/or fabulism, maybe along the lines of Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Donald Barthelme, Flann O'Brien, Steven Millhauser, or Vladimir Nabokov (specifically Pale Fire). Maybe it'll be a big old Thomas Pynchon, Umberto Eco, or Haruki Murakami kind of book. Or maybe he'll just write a bodice-ripper with an airbrushed, shirtless Fabio atop a white unicorn ready to seduce a female centaur.

In the meantime, we await Kaufman's next film as a writer/director: Frank or Francis, a musical. If you're a writer, by the way, I encourage you to check out Charlie Kaufman's BAFTA speech on writing.

[Via Deadline]

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Beetlejuice 2 writer updates us on sequel photo
Beetlejuice 2 writer updates us on sequel
by Jamie R Stone

In an interview with ShockTillYouDrop, author Seth Graham-Smith, writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and the controversial new Beetlejuice sequel, gives us an update on the ghost with the most. Apparently things are moving along swimmingly. He even met with Michael Keaton last week. "I met with Michael Keaton last week," See? "We talked for a couple of hours and talked about big picture stuff. It's a priority for Warner Bros. It's a priority for Tim," said Graham-Smith.

When asked to gauge Michael Keaton's excitement level in the whole project, he said "[Michael]'s been wanting to do it for 20 years and he'll talk to anybody about it who will listen.  I really told him, I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general.  I don't think we should do it if we sh*t on the legacy.  He agrees.  So, right now, it remains to be seen, I have a couple of story ideas, but we're very early out."

That sounds to me like they're taking this whole sequel business seriously. So maybe you guys should stop poopin' and listen to what this young man has to say. Honestly, I think considering the amount of care they seem to be taking and the passion of all parties involved in the development of this film, I really doubt we're getting a flop out of this. I'm actually pretty excited, considering they're already following my How To Do It: A Beetlejuice Sequel to a tee right now by casting Michael Keaton. As a great man once said, "hope is a good thing, and no good thing ever dies."

[Via DarkHorizons, ShockTillYouDrop, Black Sheep, The Shawshank Redemption]

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8:00 PM on 02.02.2012

[UPDATE] Russell Crowe cast as the new Robocop?

[UPDATE: Well, looks like it's the week of the police cyborg known as Robocop. Just the other day, we told you that Nick Schenk was hired on to write the Robocop remake for the big screen. Today we're reporting that Russel Cr...

Jamie R Stone

7:00 PM on 01.30.2012

[UPDATE] Kaufman's Frank or Francis gains three people

[UPDATE: Well, turns out Kate Winslet ISN'T in this, despite earlier reports. We'll make up for it though by reporting that hottie Elizabeth Banks has joined the comedic ranks on the film... which would be awesome enough, but...

Jamie R Stone