Archive for January, 2015

2015 Academy Award Nominations

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 Academy Award Nominations

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The 2015 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 22nd. Here are this year’s screenwriting nominees:

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

 

American Sniper – Written by Jason Hall

 

The Imitation Game – Written by Graham Moore

 

Inherent Vice – Written by Paul Thomas Anderson

 

The Theory of Everything – Written by Anthony McCarten

 

Whiplash – Written by Damien Chazelle

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

 

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo

 

Boyhood – Written by Richard Linklater

 

Foxcatcher – Written by E. Max Frye and Dann Futterman

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Written by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness

 

Nightcrawler – Written by Dan Gilroy

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2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

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The Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Saturday, February 21st. Founded in 1984, these awards are dedicated to independent filmmakers. Here are this year’s nominated screenplays:

 

BEST SCREENPLAY:

 

Big Eyes – Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

 

A Most Violent Year – J.C. Chandor

 

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

 

Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch

 

Love is Strange – Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias

 

 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY:

 

Appropriate Behavior – Desiree Akhavan

 

Little Accidents – Sara Colangelo

 

The One I Love – Justin Lader

 

She’s Lost Control – Anja Marquardt

 

Dear White People – Justin Simien

 

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2015 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

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The 2015 Writers Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, February 14th. The screen awards are for films that were exhibited theatrically in the Los Angeles area during the preceding calendar year. Additionally, scripts must be produced under the jurisdiction of the WGA or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. Here are the list of this year’s film nominees:

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 

American Sniper, Written by Jason Hall; Based on the book by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice; Warner Bros.

Gone Girl, Screenplay by Gillian Flynn; Based on her novel; 20th Century Fox

Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman; Based on the Marvel comic by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Imitation Game, Written by Graham Moore; Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges; The Weinstein Company

Wild, Screenplay by Nick Hornby; Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed; Fox Searchlight

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

 

Finding Vivian Maier, Written by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel; Sundance Selects

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, Written by Brian Knappenberger; FilmBuff

Last Days in Vietnam, Written by Mark Bailey & Keven McAlester; American Experience Films

Red Army, Written by Gabe Polsky; Sony Pictures Classics

 

SCREEN LAUREL AWARD – HAROLD RAMIS

The Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement is given to that member of the Guild who, in the opinion of the current Board of Directors, has advanced the literature of the motion picture through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screen writer.

 

 

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2015 BAFTA Nominees

Monday, January 26th, 2015

2015 BAFTA Nominees

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The 2015 British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday, February 8th. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), it is considered to be the British counterpart to the Academy Awards. With nearly 6,500 members, BAFTA identifies, rewards, and celebrates excellence in filmmaking. Here are the nominees for their screenwriting categories:

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

 

The Imitation Game – Graham Moore

 

American Sniper  – Jason Hall

 

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

 

Paddington – Paul King

 

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

 

 

Best Original Screenplay:

 

Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, & Armando Bo

 

Boyhood – Richard Linklater

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

 

Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy

 

Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

 

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Behind the Scenes of Casablanca

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Behind the Scenes of Casablanca

Written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch, Casablanca is a cinema classic. Here is a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs along with some of the memorable quotes from this consummate Hollywood film.

Behind the Scenes of Casablanca

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Rick Blaine: “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”

 

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Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

 

Rick Blaine: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

 

Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

 

Rick Blaine: I was misinformed.

 

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Rick Blaine: “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 

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Rick Blaine: “Where I’m going, you can’t follow. What I’ve got to do, you can’t be any part of. Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you’ll understand that. Now, now… Here’s looking at you kid.”

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THE BAD BATCH Announcement – BlueCat Alum Ana Lily Amirpour Announces New Film

Friday, January 9th, 2015

THE BAD BATCH Announcement – BlueCat Alum Ana Lily Amirpour Announces New Film

THE BAD BATCH Announcement – BlueCat Alum Ana Lily Amirpour Announces New Film

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2007 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Winner Ana Lily Amirpour is not resting on her laurels from the attention her black-and-white vampire drama, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night has received. Her newest project, The Bad Batch, will be jointly produced by VICE and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

 

Here’s Amirpour’s official BlueCat interview:

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