2/21 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Seidler’s Oscar virgin confessions, Bier on ‘Better World,’ the close races

Posted by · 8:58 am · February 21st, 2011

• David Seidler: Confessions of a 73-year-old Oscar virgin. [Los Angeles Times] • Ageism and the Oscar party Bollywood would throw. [The Huffington Post] • Anne Thompson talks to “In a Better World director Susanne Bier. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Posted by · 10:33 am · January 31st, 2011

The race for Best Original Screenplay is full of worthy competitors this year.  Four Best Picture nominees and the year’s best screenplay period make up the field, and even if there are a few that should have been in the mix, I find it difficult to argue with what squeaked through in the end. The […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Writers on writing

Posted by · 4:01 pm · January 29th, 2011

Today saw Santa Barbara’s annual “It Starts with the Script” writers panel, moderated by Anne Thompson.  Participating were Michael Arndt (“Toy Story 3”), Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”), C. Gaby Mitchell (“Get Low”), David Seidler (“The King’s Speech”), Scott Silver (“The Fighter”) and Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”). I was a little late […]

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‘The King’s Speech’ heading to the stage?

Posted by · 1:57 pm · October 27th, 2010

At Telluride in September, Geoffrey Rush revealed to me that the script for “The King’s Speech” originally came to him in play format.  Writer David Seidler had penned the story of King George VI overcoming a speech impediment in broad theatrical strokes.  But it was too vast and, the actor thought, the central idea would […]

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LONDON: ‘The King’s Speech, ‘Neds’ and the Brit pack

Posted by · 11:27 am · October 22nd, 2010

Unlike, say, the Venice fest – where the jury’s failure to reward any of the (lousy) Italian films in competition is cause for a media strop — the London Film Festival has often seemed somewhat embarrassed by the homegrown portion of its programme, perhaps granting a big red-carpet date to the odd bit of tony […]

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INTERVIEW: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Hooper

Posted by · 12:28 am · September 6th, 2010

Telluride Film Festival For actor Geoffrey Rush and director Tom Hooper, David Seidler’s script “The King’s Speech” came to them by serendipity. Still in stage play format, it arrived at Rush’s Melbourne residence with a note apologizing for a cold call avoiding the traditional agency pipeline. For Hooper, it came to him because his mother […]

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