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    Writer Updates: Cameron, Kalogridis, Tarantino, Boal

    One reason why James Cameron went out of his way to mention that he might make The Dive backstage at the Golden Globes: he was thanking screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Alexander) for all the writing she has done for him, not only on Avatar, but on Battle Angel and The Dive.

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    Writers Guild Noms Bring Surprises

    The Writers Guild Award nominations are in. Remember, as far as future Oscar noms are concerned, the list of ineligible WGA films this year was long: Inglourious Basterds, Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Me and Orson Welles, A Single Man and An Education among them.

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    What's Next for Avatar Sequels?

    It's not news that Fox, Lightstorm and James Cameron expect to push through an Avatar sequel or two. They want to capitalize on all the time and money that went into creating the Weta "rigs" for the CG characters. Now they're up and running, ready to go.

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    Oscar Watch: WGA Eligibility Issues Dog An Education, Weinstein Films

    It's good to get an Oscar boost from the various guilds, but eligibility requirements often make that attention and credibility lift impossible.

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    Avatar's Script: Derivative?

    Just to prevent James Cameron's head from swelling too much from the astonishing global Avatar phenomenon, folks keep reminding him of how derivative and clunky his script is. It's been compared to everything from Pocahontas, The New World, The Last Samurai and Dances with Wolves to Ferngully. Trut...

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    USC Scripter Award Nominees: An Education, Crazy Heart, District 9, Precious, Up in the Air

    For the first time, I participated in the annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. Voted on by a jury of screenwriters, critics and scholars, these awards honor the authors and screenwriters of the year's best English-language feature (animated or live action) adapted from a printed work. Scripter winn...

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Millenium Trilogy Movie Rights Go to Sony, Rudin

    On a recent trip to London, I picked up a copy of the U.K. hardcover edition of the third installment of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and have been lending it to my friends ever since. (It won't be published stateside until May.) T...

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    Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh Talk The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones presented a fascinating challenge for a movie adaptation of a book. But finally, the realities of commercial filmmaking may have been unmanageable in this case---much as they were with John Hillcoat's film version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. What works on the page and in our imag...

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    Ten Questions for Bright Star's Jane Campion: "I've Never Made a Crap Film"

    Bright Star was brilliantly reviewed on the film fest circuit from Cannes to Toronto. But some critics praise its undeniable visual style and directorial panache (the film won a special cinematography prize from the National Board of Review) but find the 19th-century period drama lacking in deep emo...

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    20 Questions for Up in the Air's Jason Reitman

    It's hard to believe that a filmmaker as assured as Jason Reitman is 32 and has made just three feature films, including Up in the Air, which is about to open limited December 4 after earning raves from audiences and critics on the international film fest circuit. Here he talks about his airline obs...

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