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J.J. Abrams Joins A-Listers Urging Yes Vote On WGA’s New Agency Code Of Conduct

J.J. Abrams Joins A-Listers Urging Yes Vote On WGA’s New Agency Code Of Conduct
J.J. Abrams has joined the ranks of nearly 800 prominent writers and showrunners who have signed a pledge to vote for the guild’s proposed new Code of Conduct that would ban packaging fees and force agencies to sever their ties with affiliated production companies. Voting on the Code begins tonight, and it is expected to be approved by a wide margin. The Code would replace the guild’s current franchise agreement with the Association of Talent Agents if a new deal can’t be reached by April 6.

Here is Abrams’ message to his fellow WGA members:

“Last week I missed my opportunity to sign the Showrunners and Screenwriters Statement of Support. But I’m not going to miss my chance to vote. Please do the same. Please vote.

“And if you agree with me that it’s finally time to end agencies’ conflicted practices, I urge you to join me and Vote Yes.
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Almost 800 Writers Sign Statement Vowing To Fire Agents If WGA Gives Order

  • Deadline
Some 778 showrunners and screenwriters have signed a statement saying that they will fire their agents if the WGA fails to reach an agreement with the Association of Talent Agents for a new franchise agreement. Signers include a slew of A-listers, including Greg Berlanti, Alfonso Cuaron, James L. Brooks, Aaron Sorkin, Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, Seth MacFarlane, Mike Schur, Tina Fey, Joss Whedon, Kenya Barris, Peter Farrelly, Oliver Stone, John Wells, Matthew Weiner, Noah Hawley, Vince Gilligan, John Singleton, David Chase, Barry Jenkins, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Colin Trevorrow, Eric Roth, David Shore, David Simon, Shawn Ryan, Lena Waithe, Paul Haggis, Mindy Kaling, Drew Goddard, Jenji Kohan, Carlton Cuse, Howard Gordon, Kurt Sutter, Krista Vernoff, Mara Brock Akil, Danny Strong, Rob McElhenney, Jason Katims, Terence Winter, Peter Lenkov, Michelle and Robert King, Al Jean, Robert Towne, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Kevin Williamson, Darren Star, Rashida Jones, Pamela Adlon, WGA West president David A. Goodman
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David Chase Always Planned to End ‘The Sopranos’ With Tony’s Death, Then Changed His Mind

David Chase Always Planned to End ‘The Sopranos’ With Tony’s Death, Then Changed His Mind
The Sopranos” is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its premiere episode this month, and nearly 12 years after it signed off the air its final moments remain one of the most debated seven minutes in television history. The infamous cut to black used by creator David Chase left the fate of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ambiguous, dividing fans between those who thought he lived and those who thought he died. Chase continues to be elusive about the ending, but he did reveal to Deadline that the original plan was to kill Tony.

“I had another scene that was going to be Tony’s death, that we were going to do,” Chase said. “That was two years or three years before we came up with the other one. So, there was a death scene. Tony drives back into the Lincoln tunnel, he goes for a meeting with Phil Leotardo, and he’s killed.
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‘Sopranos’ Cast And Creators Reunion: 5 Things We Learned

Settling into a seat at a theater in New York City’s Chelsea district last night, Sopranos creator David Chase was asked how he felt about celebrating the show’s 20th anniversary. “Confused,” he murmured, after a pause. “I never expected this to happen.”

But two decades after it premiered, the mythology and power of The Sopranos remains. To mark that milestone and weigh the series’ impact and legacy, Chase, along with many of the surviving actors and alumni like producer-writer Matthew Weiner, assembled for “Woke Up This Morning,” a group public conversation.
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Inside ‘Scarface’s’ Sometimes Rocky Road to Becoming a Classic

  • Variety
Inside ‘Scarface’s’ Sometimes Rocky Road to Becoming a Classic
Scarface,” which opened Dec. 9, 1983, made money at the box office but wasn’t immediately profitable. In the 35 years since then, the film has been embraced as a classic. On April 6, 1982, Variety announced star Al Pacino and director Sidney Lumet were working on a remake of the 1932 film, but before long Brian De Palma stepped in as director. The original budget was $13 million-$14 million. When production wrapped in summer 1983, the cost had ballooned to $37 million.

Just before its holiday launch, Universal held a New York premiere screening and a party at Sardi’s, with guests including Cher, Raquel Welch, Lucille Ball, Eddie Murphy and Kurt Vonnegut, “who walked out during the grisly chainsaw shower scene,” Variety reported. The story added that an on-screen dedication at the end to Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks of the 1932 original “elicited a few angry boos from the mainly trade audience.”

The project started as a 1929 pulp novel by Armitage Trail,
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LeBron James Movie Based on His Book ‘Shooting Stars’ Taps Director Chris Robinson

  • Variety
LeBron James Movie Based on His Book ‘Shooting Stars’ Taps Director Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson, best known for his work on the Fox TV series “Star,” has been tapped to direct Universal’s untitled LeBron James movie.

Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmaier wrote the script for the film, which is based on James and Buzz Bissinger’s book, “Shooting Stars,” and the events of James’ life. Taylor is an alum of the Universal Writers Program, which aims to find up-and-coming and experienced creators who incorporate diverse and global perspectives into screenwriting.

Frank E. Flowers wrote a previous draft.

James and Maverick Carter will produce for their SpringHill Entertainment alongside Terence Winter and Rachel Winter, who will produce for Tangerine Pictures and Cold Front Productions, respectively.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production on behalf of Universal. Jamal Henderson and Spencer Beighley will represent SpringHill Entertainment.

James and Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment continues to build a strong slate of films,
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Martin Scorsese believes Vinyl could have succeeded if he directed all of it

  • JoBlo
HBO's Vinyl had plenty of potential; a $100 million budget, a star-studded cast which included Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, and the talents of Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese. The series revolved around Richie Finestra (Cannavale), founder and president of American Century Records, as he tried to save both himself and his company during the dawn of punk,…
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Martin Scorsese Believes ‘Vinyl’ Would Have Succeeded If He Had Directed Every Episode

There were many, many problems with HBO's bloated 70s-set drama Vinyl, but director Martin Scorsese puts the blame on himself. The series had a budget of $100 million and big names behind the scenes, including Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter, the latter of whom served as the series' showrunner. Scorsese directed the two-hour pilot, but in speaking to THR at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday, that perhaps wasn't enough: “It was ultimately tragic for me because we tried for one year. I did the pilot. We tried for one year with HBO, …
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Martin Scorsese: HBO's 'Vinyl' Failed Because I Didn't Direct Everything

Martin Scorsese: HBO's 'Vinyl' Failed Because I Didn't Direct Everything
Martin Scorsese thinks his short-lived HBO series Vinyl would have turned out differently if he had directed the entire show, instead of just the pilot.

Scorsese executive produced the high-profile project, which centered on the adventures of a 1970s-era New York music executive, with Mick Jagger, with Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) serving as showrunner.

But despite the pedigree and its $100 million budget, the series was a flop and HBO dropped it after a single season. The show's two-hour premiere attracted just 764,000 viewers, one of the smallest ever showings for an HBO debut. The pay cabler cut ties ...
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‘Krystal’, ‘Aardvark’, ‘The Rider’ & ‘Submergence’ Among Weekend Newcomers – Specialty B.O. Preview

  • Deadline
William H. Macy returns to the big screen for the third time as director with comedic drama Krystal, in which he appears with stars Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, Kathy Bates and Felicity Huffman. The feature, being released via Great Point Media/Paladin Friday, first caught the attention of producer Rachel Winter in 2002. Krystal is one of two Great Point Media titles hitting theaters this weekend, the other being Brian Shoaf’s Aardvark with Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate, Sheila Vand and Jon Hamm, which the U.K. based company is releasing with partner Paladin. Sony Pictures Classics picked up writer-director Chloé Zhao’s festival favorite The Rider out of last year’s Cannes Film Festival in a late-night deal following its first screening. The critically lauded feature heads to New York and L.A. in a planned slow roll out starting this weekend. And Samuel Goldwyn Films is opening Wim Wenders
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Antoine Fuqua May Get The Money & Power To Direct ‘Scarface’ After All

Universal Pictures has been spinning in circles in their efforts to get a contemporary version of “Scarface” off the ground. The journey so far has seen directors David Ayer, David Yates, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua, and then David Ayer again, all move in and out of the director’s chair. Meanwhile, Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter, and the Coen Brothers, have all taken a pass at the script.
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Martin Scorsese Teams Up With ‘Vikings’ Writer for ‘The Caesars’ TV Series

Martin Scorsese Teams Up With ‘Vikings’ Writer for ‘The Caesars’ TV Series
Martin Scorsese is returning to the small screen. The legendary director is not shying away from testing new cinematic mediums, juggling projects released through both streaming websites and the regular old studio system. His past two TV projects have been prestigious period projects released through HBO and developed with Terence Winter, but Scorsese seems […]

The post Martin Scorsese Teams Up With ‘Vikings’ Writer for ‘The Caesars’ TV Series appeared first on /Film.
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Martin Scorsese Set to Team with ‘Vikings’ Writer for ‘The Caesars’

While Martin Scorsese has continued to put out some of the best films of the decade in his later years, his forays into TV have been a bit of a mixed bag. Boardwalk Empire, which he worked on with Terence Winter, remains one of the best series that HBO has yet to put out, boasting career-best work from the likes of Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt. That's not an easy act to follow but even putting that into account, his second HBO series, Vinyl, was only remarkable in its ambitions. In reality, the series was politically problematic and …
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TV Critics Share Their Best Interview Experiences — IndieWire Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which is the interview you are proudest of? Not only who you got to speak to, but how the interaction and final product turned out.

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Freelance

My immediate thought was this interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin, who I was obsessed with as a child and who still remains in my top three wrestlers. He was kind and insightful, but most of my favorite excerpts are from after the official interview, when we just chatted about politics and writing styles — a lovely surprise from a guy who is perhaps best known for dumping beer on his own head! But I’m most proud
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Christopher and Heather McQuarrie sign TV deal with Gaumont

Christopher and Heather McQuarrie sign TV deal with Gaumont
First project under pact is drama series Stl, based on Gaumont’s French-language feature 36 Quai Des Orfèvres.

Gaumont, the studio behind the Netflix drama Narcos, has finalised a first-look agreement with screenwriter, producer, and director Christopher McQuarrie and producing partner Heather McQuarrie.

McQuarrie will write, direct, and produce multiple scripted drama projects for the studio under the new pact, Gaumont’s president of television Us Gene Stein announced today.

The first project to go into development under the pact is Stl (working title) a TV drama series adaptation of Gaumont’s César Award-nominated feature film, 36 Quai Des Orfèvres, centred on the gritty criminal underworld, and the ruthless competition between the cops at the Criminal Investigations Division.

Chris McQuarrie will direct, with both Chris and Heather attached as executive producers. Ben Ripley, know for Source Code and Flatliners, will serve as writer and executive producer.

Chris McQuarrie co-wrote and is currently directing and co-producing the latest installment of [link
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Christopher McQuarrie to direct con man thriller The Chameleon for Netflix

It looks like Christopher McQuarrie may have found his next directorial project after the upcoming spy sequel Mission: Impossible 6, with Deadline reporting that he is attached to an adaptation of David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature The Chameleon, which is being scripted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos) and Carl Capotorto.

Described as a psychological thriller along the lines of The Silence of the Lambs and Making a Murderer, The Chameleon tells the true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a young French con man and serial impersonator of missing teenagers who lived with a family in San Antonio, Texas for a time during the mid-1990s, posing under the guise of being their long-presumed missing brother.

McQuarrie is currently in production on Mission: Impossible 6, which is set for release on July 27th 2018.
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‘The Chameleon’ Acquired by Netflix; Christopher McQuarrie to Direct the Feature Adaptation

Christopher McQuarrie, who's currently filming the latest installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, is already setting up what might be his next directorial effort. And he's assembled quite the supporting crew to tackle it. McQuarrie will develop to direct The Chameleon, an adaptation of David Grann's 2008 "New Yorker" feature of the same title that chronicled the story of a serial impersonator and accomplished con man. Deadline reports that Netflix has acquired the rights to the feature and has set McQuarrie to develop and direct from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter (The Wolf of …
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Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Team With Rachel & Terence Winter On David Grann’s ‘The Chameleon’ For Netflix

Christopher & Heather McQuarrie Team With Rachel & Terence Winter On David Grann’s ‘The Chameleon’ For Netflix
Exclusive: Netflix has acquired rights to David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker feature The Chameleon, in a package that has Mission: Impossible MI6 helmer Christopher McQuarrie developing to direct, with Wolf of Wall Street and The SopranosTerence Winter co-writing the script with Carl Capotorto. Winter and his wife Rachel Winter will produce with McQuarrie and his producing partner, Heather McQuarrie. The Chameleon is the chilling true story of Frédéric Bourdin, a young…
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Scarface-off: why another reboot would be a shot in the dark

Scarface-off: why another reboot would be a shot in the dark
Hollywood has already had two cracks at the gangster tale – here’s hoping they look to the 30s original, not De Palma, for inspiration

Just how hungry are we all for another remake of Scarface? I have to say I’m pretty happy with the ones we’ve already got, but that won’t stop Universal from remaking it again. They’ve been trying for most of this decade, churning through directors of the reboot persuasion such as Antoine Fuqua of The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and top-table screenwriters of a gangsterish inclination like Paul Attanasio, Terence Winter and the Coen brothers. But now it looks as if they might be getting somewhere, thanks to news that the studio is currently in talks with Training Day scribe and Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

Related: From Gladiator to Scarface: five film heroes to bring back from the dead

Continue reading.
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Say hello to my little friend! David Ayer in talks to take the helm on Scarface remake

Author: Zehra Phelan

Say hello to my little friend! Well, Suicide Squad’s David Ayer to be precise. More news of the Universal press comes in the form of Ayers in deep negotiations to step into the director’s chair for the reimaging of Scarface, a chair which was left vacant by Southpaw and The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua.

The reimagining of the Brain De Palma’s 1983 classic which starred Al Pacino in the lead as Tony Montana, will hit screens thirty-five years after De Palma’s version with a scheduled release date of August 2018 and currently has Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Diego Luna attached to play Montana, but with a new director set to take over the helm’s a cast shake-up could very well be on the cards for the remake of a film which should be left very well alone.

The Wolf of Wall Street writer,
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