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Academy Nicholl Fellowships: Stars turn out to honor new screenwriters

There’s no such thing as a sure path to success in Hollywood, but the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting is as close as you’re going to get. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the five 2013 finalists just over two weeks ago, and already the honorees are fielding calls from agents, managers and studios eager to work with them. At least one has already signed with an agent and a manager.

The program, now in its 28th year, allows aspiring screenwriters who have never earned more than $25,000 writing fiction for film or television to submit an original script for the chance to win one of five $35,000 fellowships, intended to allow the recipients the time and money to produce another original script in the next calendar year.

In years past, the Nicholl Fellowships Committee, chaired by Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, held a dinner for the finalists before sending them off to craft their next scripts, but this year the Committee wanted to do something a little more special. So Thursday night, the Academy hosted an event at their headquarters in Beverly Hills for both Academy members and the public, and invited notable actors to read scenes from each of the finalists’ scripts. “This is something we’ve wanted to do for years,” said Hurd. Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs), directed the live reading, Julie Lynn produced, and actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Anthon Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Taraji P.Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) perform for an audience of 1,500.

“These are new screenwriters, all of whom are so fantastic and imaginative and haven’t yet had their creative edges knocked off of them by the torturous development process,”  Isaacs told EW at a reception before the reading. “All the scripts are original and interesting and have an optimism and a zing that you rarely find with someone who’s been here for too long. We need new blood and new stories and new imaginations to prop up this town. Things, and people, get stale here very quickly. We need a constant injection of fresh approaches, and every single one of these scripts has it.”

For the five finalists, it’s a pretty significant jolt from anonymity into a promising new career path, made possible partly by the pedigree and promise of previous fellows. Alums include Jeffrey Eugenides, a 1986 Fellow who won the Pulitzer for his novel Middlesex, Susannah Grant, a 1992 Fellow who picked up an Academy Award nomination for Erin Brockovich, Destin Daniel Cretton, a 2012 Fellow whose Short Term 12 wowed critics and festival audiences this year, Mike Rich, whose Nicholl script was made into Finding Forrester, Andrew Marlowe, a 1992 Fellow who created the series Castle, and many others. “One of last year’s winners, James DiLapo, said in his speech last year that he would sell his kidney to write Star Wars VII,” said Academy Nicholl Fellowship director Greg Beal. “That didn’t come about but earlier this year he signed a two picture deal with Warner Bros. The first picture was to adapt The Odyssey…in space.”

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Casting Net: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington sign on for 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'; Plus, Milla Jovovich, more

Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Sam Worthington (Avatar), and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) have signed on to join the cast of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, starring Anthony Hokpins as the kidnapped beer heir. Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire) is set to direct the true story of the 1983 kidnapping of Heineken and his chauffeur which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that point (about $50 million today).

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'Sweetwater' trailer: January Jones is anything but sweet -- VIDEO

Remember that episode of Mad Men where Betty shoots her neighbor’s pigeons? Now substitute pigeons for Jason Isaacs, and about half the Wild West, in the upcoming Sweetwater.

January Jones stars as a homesteader whose husband is killed by Isaacs’ character, a fanatical religious murderer. Ed Harris stars as a lawman on the hunt for the same man — but with different motives.

The film is ultra-violent, featuring Jones performing ruthless acts of justice throughout. With a distinct flavor taken directly from a certain other western that did well critically and at the box office (True Grit, anyone?), the trailer lauds the film as a take-no-prisoners revenge fest.

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Casting Net: Will Arnett joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'; Plus, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jim Sturgess, more

The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found another star. Will Arnett (Up All Night) has signed onto the film. Megan Fox created quite a stir last month when she signed onto the movie for the role of April O’Neil, the Turtles’ human friend. It has not yet been revealed who Arnett will play, though THR reports that he is not playing Casey Jones, another character from the 1980s comics that will be cast later. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for a June 6, 2014 release date. [THR]

Things are coming together for the long-in-development Weinstein Company project Big Eyes. For the film, the Bob and Harvey Weinstein-run outfit, a perennial favorite during awards season, has scooped up some Oscar-friendly talent. Christoph Waltz, who won this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Django Unchained, and Amy Adams, nominated for The Master, will play the film’s leads, Walter and Margaret Keane. Big Eyes is based on the real-life story of the Keane couple, whose kitsch paintings of big-eyed children gained popularity in the ’50s and ’60s. Today it was also announced that Tim Burton will direct. [Deadline]
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Sundance 2013: January Jones chases frontier justice in 'Sweetwater' -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

January Jones is ready to get her hands dirty. Best known for playing the icy and elegant ex-Mrs. Draper on Mad Men, the beautiful blonde stars as a vengeful 19th-century frontier woman in Sweetwater, an indie with Ed Harris and Jason Isaacs that premieres next week at the Sundance Film Festival. Sarah and her Hispanic husband, Miguel (Eduardo Noriega), court trouble when a sadistic local rancher (Isaacs) eyes their land and is threatened by their independence. But when Miguel disappears, Sarah proves she’s no pioneer pushover. “She reminded me of Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider, kind of dark and mean,” says Jones. “She has a stalking, predator type quality that I’d only really seen in male roles, and I tried to summon that up when I was playing her.”

Harris plays a sheriff who might prove helpful to Sarah’s plight, but they both have to face down Lucius Malfoy himself. “When I first met [Isaacs] off screen, he’s super charming and a very handsome man with very blue eyes,” admits Jones. “But there were moments in the film when he needed to frighten me, and he did a good job. There wasn’t a lot of acting involved.”

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