September 19, 2015
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“Unbroken” by Angelina Jolie: Best Adapted Screenplay contender

As you fine folks all must know by now, it’s one thing entirely to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what pundits like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that specific regard, I’m continuing to run down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet to have in your back pocket.
Today I’m continuing on from the acting categories and hitting the writing ones…starting with Best Adapted Screenplay
Here are the ten particular films/scripts that I have in play for Best Adapted Screenplay, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Unbroken – Angelina Jole’s World War II epic has a heavyweight group of writers involved, namely Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, William Nicholson, and Richard LaGravenese. That’s perhaps the most A list screenplay ever, and one of the many reasons why I have this as a huge Oscar contender. Right now, it has to be one of the top players in Adapted Screenplay. I have it winning right now, but some other options could certainly wind up heavily challenging it before all is said and done.

2. Inherent Vice – Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson has never won an Oscar, despite having a few screenplays in contention previously, but maybe this is the year for him. PTA seems like more of a hopeful in Best Director usually, but his move from Original to Adapted (There Will Be Blood was his first) screenplays might give him a new and better opportunity. If the movie winds up a big player, I can see him potentially getting the win here.
3. Rosewater – Can Jon Stewart write a film? We know he can write comedy, but this is something completely different. I’m cautiously optimistic, since if he hits this one out of the park, it’s a surefire contender. We won’t know for a while now about this hopeful, but once […]

“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his ?Blade Runner? success with the screenplays, ?The Mighty Quinn? (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and directed by Scott following […]

Oscars: Viola Davis circling role in “Beautiful Creatures” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell A few weeks from now, we might be referring to her as Academy Award winner Viola Davis. Until then, she’s remains an incredibly gifted actress deserving of challenging roles, and she appears ready to add another one to her resume.
Davis, star of “The Help,” is in discussions to join writer-director Richard LaGravenese’s planned adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s “Beautiful Creatures,” the first of three novels centered around Ethan and Lena, a Southern couple contending with the fact that he’s human and she has superpowers. reports that Alcon Entertainment will finance and produce the project, which woud cast Davis as Amma, described as “a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan’s mother’s death.”
“This story successfully uses the bucolic, peaceful world of the Gothic South and the stories of families that have been rooted there for generations to tell a story of fated love,” producer Erin Stoff said in a release.
“Our intention is to create characters that are so rich, and a world that is so inviting, that audiences will desire to have the story continue beyond this movie,” she added.
Filming is set to begin in New Orleans in April.
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Matt Damon, Michael Douglas cast in Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic

By Sean O’Connell Steven Soderbergh’s long-rumored Liberace project finally is moving forward with Michael Douglas in the lead role as the legendary pianist and showman.
“Behind the Candelabra” will be filmed for HBO Films by Soderbergh from a screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, THR reports. And in the key role of Liberace’s young lover, Soderbergh has lured his regular collaborator, Matt Damon (“Contagion,” “The Informant!”)
“This is a story that’s going to surprise a lot of people,” HBO Films president Len Amato said in an announcement. “It’s funny, heartbreaking and always fascinating, and we are delighted that Jerry [Weintraub] and Steven brought the film to HBO. With Steven at the helm, directing such accomplished actors as Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, this is a dream project for us.”
“I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on ‘His Way,’ I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie,” Weintraub said. “I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderberg — it doesn’t get better than that.”
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Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon in first “Water for Elephants” photo

By Sean O’Connell Adaptations of bestselling novels can be a gamble. Sometimes you land on a “Harry Potter” franchise. Other times you swing for the fences on an “Eat Pray Love” adaptation and miss out on a huge chunk of the book’s followers (for whatever reason … I’m still a fan of Ryan Murphy’s “Eat Pray” adaptation and believe it will do better on DVD).
But Francis Lawrence’s planned adaptation of sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” has three things in its favor, and that would be Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Heck, if half of Pattinson’s “Twilight” fans show up to see the actor play a young veterinary student in the period piece, “Water” will earn serious bank.
We recently stumbled on a promotional image for the film (on Collider, via Algonquin Books) which show the three leads in period garb. Check it out below.
The drama also stars Hal Holbrook, James Frain, Ken Foree, and Paul Schneider. The script credit goes to Richard LaGravenese (“Beloved,” “The Horse Whisperer”).
“Water for Elephants” will be in theaters on April 15.

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Robert Pattinson in Oscar-winning company with “Water for Elephants”

By Tracy Rosenfield Though Robert Pattinson has yet to be nominated for an Oscar, his latest project, “Water for Elephants” is chock full of Oscar contenders.
The credits list reads like a who’s who of recent Oscar winners and nominations:  Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”), Christoph Waltz (“Inglorious Basterds”), Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”, ironically with Kristen Stewart), director Francis Lawrence, screenwriter Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King”), production designers Jack Fisk and Jim Erickson (“Their Will be Blood”), costume designer Jacqueline West (“Quills” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (“Brokeback Mountain”).
Being surrounded by this much Oscar potential, is Robert Pattinson more likely to receive a nomination, or perhaps be a part of an Oscar-nominated picture?  Pattinson has stated that he picks parts based on when he can really get a feel for the character he’s portraying (i.e. not for Oscar potential) and then completely immerse himself in the role.  But when everyone around you is striving for that level of work, will it bring a new level intensity for Pattinson?
No one will be betting until the reviews start to come in, but regardless of the number of Oscar winners and nominees, this is the first film where Robert has literally surrounded himself with some of the best of the best in the business.  “Water for Elephants” might just have what it takes to get a few nods.