Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables: The Writers

I posted a snippet from the Writers’ Roundtable back in January; today I’ve got the full Hollywood Reporters roundtable featuring writers of some of the year’s most acclaimed screenplays: Allison Schroeder who adapted the nonfiction book Hidden Figures—one of this year’s nominees in the Writing/Adapted Screenplay category, Tom Ford who tranformed Austin Wright’s Tony & Susan into Nocturnal Animals which he also directed and Noah Oppenheim whose script for Jackie began with extensive research about Jackie Kennedy before, during and after the president’s assasination. Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) and Taylor Sheridan (Hell or Highwater) whose original screenplays are both Oscar nominees and the great Pedro Almadovar (Julietaround out the panel. 

Nominated in Adapted Screenplay Category

Hidden Figures
Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi

Screenplay by Eric Heisserer

Screenplay by August Wilson

Screenplay by Luke Davies

Screenplay by Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Nominated in the Original Script Category

Hell or High Water
Written by Taylor Sheridan

Manchester by the Sea
Written by Kenneth Lonergan

La La Land
Written by Damien Chazelle

The Lobster
Written by Yorgos Lanthimos

20th Century Women
Written by Mike Mills

What, as the greatest English playwright might say,
thinkest thou?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Matinee: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Have you seen the ads for Feud: Bette and Joan? The upcoming FX limited series is based on the onset rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the making of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? It's a star-studded affair with Susan Sarandon as Bette, Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Stanley Tucci as Warner Bros studio boss Jack Warner, Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell, Catherine Zeta Jones as Olivia de Havilland, Sarah Paulsen as Geraldine Page and Alfred Molina as Robert Aldrich, the director of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

All that being said ... can you guess the title of today’s Saturday Matinee?

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is based on the novel by Henry Farrell about a former child star and her paraplegic sister living unhappily—to say the least—in the mansion they share.

Academy Award Winning Costume Design by Norma Koch

Feud: Bette and Joan
debuts here in the US on March 5th. I plan on screening What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? sometime before then. The film was nominated for 5 Oscars, including one for Bette Davis as Best Actress. That must have inflamed the feud between the two actresses! Good thing Davis lost. The film ended up taking home Best Costume Design; I think it’s probably worth watching for that reason alone.

You can stream What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? on iTunes, YouTube, Vudu and GooglePlay for about three bucks.

Check out the vintage trailer ...

And here’s the trailer for Feud: Bette and Joan

Can you wait?

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