Taylor Lautner to Be Abducted! 


Things are going pretty well for "Twilight" actor, Taylor Lautner. He's rumored to star in a "Vision Quest" update, he's getting paid $7.5 million for "Northern Lights," and Universal Pictures handpicked the actor for its "Stretch Armstrong" superhero flick.

Now, Lionsgate has signed a deal to distribute "Abduction," a mystery thriller to star, you guessed it, Lautner. The actor's Tailor Made shingle is also producing the project.

The script by Shawn Christensen has Lautner playing a young man who discovers his own baby picture on a missing persons website.

Tan dan dan...

Isn't this the kind of films that Shia LaBeouf should be starring in?

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Marlon Wayans Wants You to Love Him as Richard Pryor 


As we reported last October, director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") picked Marlon Wayans to star in his Richard Pryor biopic to be called "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?"

Adam Sandler is attached to produce the $20 million picture along with Jack Giarraputo, Chris Rock, Mark Gordon, and Jennifer Pryor.

After Wayans was announced to play the comedian, many, including myself, doubted the actor's acting prowess. This after starring in brainless comedies like "White Chicks" and "Scary Movie" films. Playing a character in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" did not help matters.

Now, Wayans is fighting back and is saying that "he's ready" to tackle the Pryor role. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actor said, "I want to be in dramas, I want to produce, I want to write and I want to prove I can handle a role such as this one."

Apparently, Eddie Murphy, the first choice to play Pryor, gave Wayans his blessing! His publicist, Arnold Robinson, said, "Eddie thinks Marlon will be wonderful in the role and he's given his blessing for Marlon to do it...He's looking forward to seeing Marlon in the role."

I still doubt that Wayans can pull this off, but let's not forget that he was part of the acting ensemble in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream." He also starred in "The Ladykillers" for Joel and Ethan Coen aka the Coen brothers.

But why couldn't I remember his roles in the film? Could it be the actor was forgettable? If so, will he turn in a memorable performance as Pryor?

Have no fear folks, I heard that Wayans' audition for "Richard Pryor" was so great, that Condon and Sony Pictures Entertainment offered him the job. Hhhhhm, I wonder how I can get a hold of that audition tape!

To read the complete article, click here.

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Updated Awards Avenue! Your One-Stop Awards Depot Leading to the Oscars! 


From the Golden Reel to BAFTA winners to the WGA Awards winners, click here for all your awards season needs before the Academy Awards!

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Moviegoers Visit "Shutter Island" with $40.2 Million Opening! 


Director Martin Scorsese and his muse, Leonardo DiCaprio, dominated the box-office weekend with their "Shutter Island" debuting at the top spot.

The creepy crime thriller opened at No. 1 with $40.2 million. "Shutter Island" is the fourth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio and the film with the biggest opening for both the director and his star. (Check out my review of "Shutter Island" right here)

Before "Shutter Island," the duo worked in "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," and the 2006 best picture Oscar winner "The Departed."

Last weekend's box-office champ, the all-star ensemble romantic comedy "Valentine's Day" slipped to No. 2 with $17.2 million. So far, the Garry Marshall-directed film has raised its 10-day total to $87.4 million.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

"Avatar," the No. 1 box-office film of all time, is still going strong, earning $16.1 million to come in at No. 3. The sci-fi flick has its domestic total to $687.8 million.

But the good news of the week belonged to Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer (a fantastic film!). The still-incarcerated director can relish the fact that his political intrigue thriller pulled in $179,000 at only four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles for a per screen average of $44,750 compared to a $13,440 average in 2,991 theaters for "Shutter Island."

Here's the estimated Top 10 box office list for weekend of Feb. 19:

1. "Shutter Island," $40.2 million.
2. "Valentine's Day," $17.2 million.
3. "Avatar," $16.1 million.
4. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $15.3 million.
5. "The Wolfman," $9.8 million.
6. "Dear John," $7.3 million.
7. "The Tooth Fairy," $4.5 million.
8. "Crazy Heart," $3 million.
9. "From Paris With Love," $2.5 million.
10. "Edge of Darkness," $2.2 million.

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Writers Guild of America Hails "Hurt Locker," "Up in the Air" 


Writer Mark Boal was given the best original screenplay award at the 2010 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for his screenplay for the film "The Hurt Locker" beating out other nominees "(500) Days of Summer," "Avatar," "The Hangover," and "A Serious Man."

"Up in the Air" writers Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won the best adapted screenplay award beating out "Crazy Heart," "Julie & Julia," "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," and "Star Trek."

Winning the best documentary screenplay was Mark Monroe for "The Cove." Other documentary nominees were "Against the Tide," "Capitalism: A Love Story," "Earth Days," "Good Hair," and "Soundtrack for a Revolution."

Here's the complete list of WGA Awards winners (for the nominees and my accurate predictions, ahem, click here):

2010 WGA AWARDS WINNERS


SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


The Hurt Locker, Written by Mark Boal; Summit Entertainment

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Up in the Air, Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner; Based upon the novel by Walter Kirn; Paramount Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

The Cove, Written by Mark Monroe; Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMA SERIES


Mad Men, Written by Lisa Albert, Andrew Colville, Kater Gordon, Cathryn Humphris, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Brett Johnson, Erin Levy, Marti Noxon, Frank Pierson, Robin Veith, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner; AMC

COMEDY SERIES

30 Rock, Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tom Ceraulo, Vali Chandrasekaran, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Steve Hely, Matt Hubbard, Dylan Morgan, Paula Pell, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Josh Siegal, Ron Weiner, Tracey Wigfield; NBC

NEW SERIES

Modern Family, Written by Paul Corrigan, Sameer Gardezi, Joe Lawson, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Dan O'Shannon, Brad Walsh, Caroline Williams, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker; ABC

EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time

“Broken, Part 1 and Part 2” (House), Written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & David Foster & David Shore; Fox

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time (**TIE**)

“Apollo, Apollo” (30 Rock), Written by Robert Carlock; NBC

“Pilot” (Modern Family), Written by Steven Levitan & Christopher Lloyd; ABC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

Georgia O’Keeffe, Written by Michael Cristofer; Lifetime

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION – over one hour – one or two parts, one or two airing times

Taking Chance, Teleplay by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.) and Ross Katz, Based on the short story by Lieutenant Colonel Michael R. Strobl, USMC (Ret.); HBO

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time

“Wedding for Disaster” (The Simpsons), Written by Joel H. Cohen; Fox

COMEDY / VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES (**TIE**)

Saturday Night Live, Head Writer: Seth Meyers, Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketch by Adam McKay, Andrew Steele; NBC

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Head Writer: Steve Bodow, Writers Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Rich Blomquist, Tim Carvell, Wyatt Cenac, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, David Javerbaum, Elliott Kalan, Josh Lieb, Sam Means, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Jon Stewart; Comedy Central

COMEDY / VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS

Film Independent’s 2009 Spirit Awards, Written by Billy Kimball, Neil MacLennan; IFC/AMC

DAYTIME SERIAL

The Young and the Restless, Written by Amanda L. Beall, Tom Casiello, Lisa Connor, Janice Ferri Esser, Eric Freiwald, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Beth Milstein, Natalie Minardi Slater, Melissa Salmons, Linda Schreiber, James Stanley, Sandra Weintraub, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS

“Welcome to the Jungle” (The Troop), Written by Max Burnett; Nickelodeon

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL

Another Cinderella Story, Written by Erik Patterson, Jessica Scott; ABC Family

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS

“The Madoff Affair” (Frontline), Written by Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS


“The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer” (American Experience), Written by David Grubin; PBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN OR BREAKING REPORT

World News with Charles Gibson, Written by Lee Kamlet, Julia Kathan, Joel Siegel; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“A Private War: Expose: America’s Investigative Reports” (Bill Moyers Journal), Written by Thomas M. Jennings; PBS

RADIO WINNERS

DOCUMENTARY


2008 Year in Review, Written by Gail Lee; CBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING

World News This Week - July 11, 2009, Written by Darren Reynolds; ABC Radio

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE OR COMMENTARY

Paul Harvey: An American Life, Written by Stu Chamberlain; ABC Radio

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ANIMATION WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)


“Vegas” (Dateline), “The Wanted” Promo, NBC Nightly News Promo, “Iran” (Dateline), “Cheat” (Dateline), Written by Barry Fitzsimmons; NBC

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION

“Hudson Splashdown” (CBS Evening News with Katie Couric), David M. Rosen, Shannon L. Toma; CBS

VIDEOGAME WRITING WINNER


Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Written by Amy Hennig; Sony Computer Entertainment

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