"The Social Network" Wins USC Libraries Scripter Award 

"The Social Network," the movie, might have lost its luster with "The King's Speech" stealing its thunder. But the film's script by Aaron Sorkin continues to win accolades!

Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by author Ben Mezrich, Sorkin's "The Social Network" screenplay beat "127 Hours," "The Ghost Writer," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone" and emerged as the winner of the 23rd annual USC Libraries Scripter Award.

Personally, I agree that Sorkin's script was the best of 2010. It's layered, with all the characters thinking they're the heroes, and the script is peppered with smart dialogue and affecting narrative structure. (Check out my review of "The Social Network" where I made a special plea about Sorkin's script)

Here's the complete list of nominees and winner of the 23rd annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

*** "127 Hours" written by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, based on Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place

*** "The Ghost Writer" written by Roman Polanski, based on the novel by Robert Harris called The Ghost

WINNER *** "The Social Network" written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

*** "True Grit" written by Joel and Ethan Coen, based upon Charles Portis' classic Western novel

*** "Winter's Bone" written by Debrra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell

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Will James Franco Join Sam Raimi's "Oz?" 

James Franco is in early talks to join "Oz, the Great and Powerful" according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's Disney's attempt to ride "The Wizard of Oz" bandwagon with director Sam Raimi.

Once upon a time, the great and powerful Oz role was set for Robert Downey Jr. until he quit two and a half weeks ago. Then, Johnny Depp stepped in but eventually passed as well.

So now, Franco is the latest contender. And I think he can be a good choice, have you seen his Oscar-nominated turn in "127 Hours?" He is remarkable! (Check out my interview with Franco and director Danny Boyle for "127 Hours" right here)

The part calls for a young illusionist who is forced to flee a traveling circus. We know where he turns up -- to the land of Oz which is run by two magical witches! This is sort of a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz." If Elphaba can get her own story told in "Wicked," so can Oz, gosh darn it!

So will Franco return to the loving arms of Raimi who directed him in the "Spider-Man" films? Stay tuned...

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"Sanctum" Movie Review -- Should You Go Deep with James Cameron and the Film? 

Here's more info on "Sanctum" from Yahoo:

Master diver Frank McGuire has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team - including 17-year-old son Josh and financier Carl Hurley - are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: February 4th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and disturbing images.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Alice Parkinson, Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd
Directed by: Alister Grierson
Produced by: James Cameron, Ben Browning, Michael Maher

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BAFTA Embraces "Harry Potter" Franchise! 

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is honoring the Harry Potter movie franchise. Author J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will accept the honor during the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 13. (Check out the complete BAFTA nominations right here)

I say it's about darn time! "Harry Potter" will endure as a franchise for years to come.

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"Pet Sematary" to be Resurrected! 

First, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are adapting "Dark Tower," then it was "The Stand," now it's "Pet Sematary." Stephen King is being embraced by Hollywood again! Yay!

As we told you in March of last year (check out Get Buried in "Pet Sematary" Again!), Paramount has hired "1408" writer, Matthew Greenberg, to resurrect "Pet Sematary" with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider producing.

Now, Steven Zeitchik of the LA Times revealed that:

Matthew Greenberg, the writer of "1408" (also based on a King work), is set to turn in his script for a new version of the tale, according to a person briefed on the project who was not authorized to speak about it publicly. And executives at studio Paramount have put out the word to at least two representatives in the agent community that they are seeking a high-level director to tackle the material. (Paramount declined comment.)

See? Stephen King's material will always be resurrected.

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