National Lampoon & Stage 32 Launch Comedy Screenwriting Competition
National Lampoon has partnered with online film and TV creatives platform Stage 32 to launch the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition, with the winning script to receive a $5,000 option of 18 months by NL and the winning writer or writers placed into its mentoring program.
Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?
Over the past 15 years, three devotees of the comedy institution have attempted to restore the humor brand to its former glory. What happened instead was direct-to-video movies, lawsuits, crippling debt, and two prison sentences.
Palmstar Media has optioned rights to a pair Mary Doria Russell books on gunslinger Doc Holliday for a movie that will star Jeremy Renner. PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes will produce with Renner and Don Handfield’s The Combine.
Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen & Shea Whigham Board ‘Catcher Was A Spy’
Tom Wilkinson, Connie Nielsen and Shea Whigham have joined war drama Catcher Was A Spy, with Ben Lewin at the helm. The script, by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, is based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s New York Times’ bestselling book and follows the true story of Moe Berg, professional baseball player turned top-secret spy for the OSS.
Bart & Fleming: Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman Drive Tempting Packages As Strike Talk Looms
Why does it seem like every week in Hollywood starts with such tumultuous twists and turns? Sure, Scott Stuber is now steering Netflix’s movie moves, Jim Gianopulos starts the rebuild of Paramount Pictures, and Sony seems to have its list of candidates to replace Michael Lynton.