You know how it goes: a picture becomes a financial success, wins a few awards, takes home the top Oscar, and pisses off Iran. All because of that, someone is guaranteed to want to get the team back together for another round.
Ben Affleck, star and director of Argo, and Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio (also an Oscar-winner for Argo) are looking like the duo to adapt the book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, which tells the story of the battle that helped kickstart the American Revolution against the British. It probably won’t be Affleck’s next movie — that’s looking like it will be an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night — but it could be up after that. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Silver Linings Playbook duo Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell can’t get enough of each other, apparently. Just yesterday, the Oscar-nominated actress boarded Russell’s next, an untitled movie about the Abscam sting of the ’70s. Now we have word that he’s joining her in The Ends of the Earth, a fact-based love story by Argo scribe Chris Terrio about an oil tycoon and the affair that upends his life. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
In the last major pre-Oscars guild awards, the WGA followed the PGA, the DGA, and the SAG (not to mention the HFPA, the BAFTA, and most every other film-related acronym you can think of) in feting Argo, this time for the excellent adapted screenplay by Chris Terrio. Mark Boal‘s Zero Dark Thirty nabbed the original screenplay award, but at this point Argo seems a virtual lock to pick up Best Picture come Sunday.
Meanwhile, Malik Bendjelloul‘s documentary Searching for Sugar Man continued its winning streak, while critical faves Breaking Bad, Louie, and Girls all emerged victorious in the television categories. Hit the jump to see the winners.
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Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just days to go until Oscar nominations are announced, the Writers Guild of America has unveiled its list of nominees for their top screenplay awards. As expected, many of these are films that have picked up plenty of accolades already. It’ll surprise no one to see that Zero Dark Thirty, Moonrise Kingdom, and Lincoln are among the contenders. But they’ve made room for some more offbeat choices as well, including Looper, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Master. (Jason Reitman should be pleased.) Hit the jump to see the list.
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Briefly: A year ago not so many people knew Chris Terrio‘s name. He was a screenwriter with popular work on the Black List and a feature directorial credit to his name. (Heights, which went to Sundance in 2005.) But then Ben Affleck decided to direct Terrio’s script Argo, and things changed. Now Argo producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov are working with Terrio on a crime script, and they’ve got Paul Greengrass attached to direct.
Variety reports that Clooney is attached to star, and that the story is an original tale “set in the world of New York criminal syndicates.” We don’t have more detail than that. Greengrass first has to release Captain Phillips, the film he directed in which he and Tom Hanks dramatize the true story of an attack by Somali pirates. Clooney will next be in Gravity, and he’s set to direct and star in The Monuments Men, and is in talks for Brad Bird’s sci-fi film 1952.
Winter’s Bone let everyone know that Jennifer Lawrence was one of the brightest new acting talents around, but it was the stepping stone of X-Men: First Class and, more crucially, The Hunger Games that made her a star. But she isn’t sticking exclusively to big-budget mainstream films. Lawrence seems to be balancing roles between those tentpole franchises and smaller pictures. Her latest attachment is to a true-life romance called Ends of the Earth, which The Weinstein Company has nearly picked up.
Chris Terrio, who adapted Argo for director Ben Affleck, is also adapting a true story for this film. The source is the history of Ernest and Lydie Marland, an oil baron and his adopted daughter, whose familiar relationship turned into a romantic one as Lydie grew older. Read More »
Warner Bros has sent out the obligatory press release to announce the commencement of filming on Ben Affleck‘s third film as director, Argo. We’ve known most of the cast for a while: Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman, with more recent additions Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Rory Cochrane and Taylor Schilling.
Now we’ve got an official synopsis for the film, which adapts the true story of a CIA team that posed as a film crew in order to extract diplomats from Tehran in 1979. But perhaps of more interest to some who already know the story is the confirmation of cast additions that include the great Michael Parks (above), as well as Clea Duvall and Richard Kind. Read More »
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And with his third film, director Ben Affleck channeled Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock famously said that actors should be “treated like cattle” and Affleck, who previously directed Gone Baby Gone and The Town, will be herding six actors from his upcoming film Argo into a house and forcing them to live like hostages for two weeks. Over those two weeks the actors will rehearse and, hopefully, feel as helpless as their real life counterparts who were trapped in Tehran during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979. Ultimately, they were extracted when the CIA made it look like they were working on a fictional film. Read more after the break. Read More »