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Movie scripts with intriguing tales about the production, cast, writer, director

Movies | Inception – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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Inception is a 2010 film which was written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. Is that all, Chris? What a slacker.

Inception movie script by Christopher Nolan Inception features an international ensemble cast starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a specialised corporate spy and thief.

His work consists of secretly extracting valuable commercial information from the unconscious minds of his targets while they are asleep and dreaming.

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Wanted for murder and unable to visit his children, Cobb is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of an original idea into a target’s subconscious.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in a scene from the movie Inception

Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard in a scene from the movie Inception

Development began roughly nine years before Inception was released. In 2001, Nolan wrote an 80-page treatment about dream stealers, and presented the idea to Warner Bros. The story was originally envisioned as a horror film inspired by concepts of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. Feeling he needed to have more experience with large-scale films,

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Nolan opted to work on Batman Begins (2005), The Prestige (2006), and The Dark Knight (2008). He spent six months polishing the script for Inception before Warner Bros. purchased it in February 2009.[8] Filming spanned six countries and four continents, beginning in Tokyo on June 19, 2009, and finishing in Canada in late November of the same year. Continue reading »

Movies | It’s A Wonderful Life – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a 1946 film produced and directed by Frank Capra and based on the short story “THE GREATEST GIFT” written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

it's a wonderful life movieThe original story THE GREATEST GIFT was written by Philip Van Doren Stern in November 1939. After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, he decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed 200 copies to family and friends in December 1943.

The story came to the attention of RKO producer David Hempstead, who showed it to Cary Grant’s Hollywood agent and, in April 1944, RKO Pictures bought the rights to the story for $10,000 hoping to turn the story into a vehicle for Grant.

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RKO created three unsatisfactory scripts before shelving the planned movie with Grant going on to make another Christmas picture, THE BISHOP’S WIFE.it's a wonderful life, james stewart, angel

At the suggestion of RKO studio chief Charles Koerner, Frank Capra read THE GREATEST GIFT and immediately saw its potential. RKO, anxious to unload the project, sold the rights in 1945 to Capra’s production company, Liberty Films, which had a nine-film distribution agreement with RKO, for $10,000,and threw in the three scripts for free.

Capra, along with writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett with Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson, and Dorothy Parker brought in to “polish” the script — turned the story and what was worth using from the three scripts into a screenplay that Capra would rename IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.    Continue reading »

Movies | Inglourious Basterds – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS script received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. And I found Tarantino to be a most gracious fellow in person.

Screenplay Inglorious Basterds Quentin TarantinoINGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent.

The film tells the fictional story of two plots to assassinate the Nazi Germany political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietor (Laurent), and the other by a team of Jewish Allied soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt).

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Quentin Tarantino director of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino photo by Gregory Mancuso

Development on INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS began in 1998, when Tarantino wrote the script for the film. Tarantino struggled with the ending and chose to hold off filming and moved on to direct the two-part film Kill Bill.

After directing Death Proof in 2007 (as part of the double feature Grindhouse), Tarantino returned to work on INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

The film went into production in October 2008 and was filmed in Germany and France with a production budget of $70 million.     Continue reading »

Movies | Memento – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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MEMENTO is a psychological thriller  with script written by Christopher Nolan adapted from his younger brother Jonathan’s short story, MEMENTO MORI. Nolan also directed.

Memento film, screenplay by christopher nolanPossessing only average intelligence, I have to admit to being somewhat confused the first time I saw MEMENTO. But the second time’s the charm, and during the repeat viewing, I found it even more fascinating and marveled at the inventive narrative structure masterfully written by Christopher Nolan.

It’s one of my favorite films of all time and one of the few I’ve seen multiple times.

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It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia, which impairs his ability to store new explicit memories. During the opening credits, which portray the end of the story, it is shown that Leonard kills Teddy (Joe Pantoliano). The film suggests that this killing is vengeance for the rape and murder of his wife (Jorja Fox) based on information provided by Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss).

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This film is often used to show the distinction between plot and story. The film’s events unfold in two separate, alternating narratives — one in color, and the other in black-and-white. The black-and-white sections are told in chronological order, showing Leonard conversing with an anonymous phone caller in a motel room.

Leonard’s investigation is depicted in color sequences that are in reverse chronological order. As each sequence begins, the audience is unaware of the preceding events, just like Leonard, thereby giving the viewer a sense of his confusion. By the film’s end when the two narratives converge we understand the investigation and the events that lead up to Teddy’s death. Continue reading »

Movies | The Usual Suspects – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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THE USUAL SUSPECTS is one of my all time favorite films and screenplays. This script won the Oscar in 1995 and Kevin Spacey snagged best supporting actor.

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The Usual Suspects is a 1995 American neo-noir  film written by Christopher McQuarrie and directed by Bryan Singer. It stars Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Spacey and Pete Postlethwaite photograph by fine photographer in Los Angeles

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The film follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a small-time con man who is one of only two survivors of a massacre and fire on a ship docked at the Port of Los Angeles. He tells an interrogator a convoluted story about events that led him and four other criminals to the boat, and of a mysterious mob boss known as Keyser Söze who commissioned their work. Using flashback and narration, Kint’s story becomes increasingly complex.  Continue reading »

Movies | The King’s Speech – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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The King’s Speech won the Oscar for best original screenplay & it ain’t a half bad read.

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After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England.

With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).

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After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

Based on the true story of King George VI, THE KING’S SPEECH follows the Royal Monarch’s quest to find his voice.

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Movies | Avatar – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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How does a gargantuan zillion dollar global blockbusting visually groundbreaking 3D tour de force get born? Little words on plain paper.

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“Avatar,” a live action film with a new generation of special effects, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of “Titanic,” first conceived the film years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist.

Now, after four years of actual production work, “Avatar” delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION – by Visual Hollywood

BEGINNINGS

“AVATAR is the most challenging film I’ve ever made,” says writer-director James Cameron. And that is a declaration with resonance, given Cameron’s global renown as a master storyteller: his “Titanic,” “The Terminator,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Aliens,” “True Lies,” and “The Abyss” were groundbreaking films featuring a mix of spectacle, compelling narratives and characters, and technical wizardry resolutely in service of story and emotion.

AVATAR’s central figure, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a relatable everyman who unexpectedly rises to become a hero, as events draw him deeper into a clash of civilizations, between the Earth corporations bent on “developing” Pandora and the indigenous Na’vi. Jake is a former Marine who places honor and duty above all, but he must eventually choose between his personal honor, in defense of what is right, and his supposed duty to those who have tasked him with his mission. Continue reading »