LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Independent films "Boyhood" and "Whiplash" as well as superhero blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" received Writers Guild Awards nominations on Wednesday in one of Hollywood's top annual honors.
"Boyhood," a coming-of-age chronicle and early Academy Award best picture favorite, earned a nod for best original screenplay for director Richard Linklater from the Writers Guild of America.
The movie, which Linklater filmed over a dozen years, will vie against wresting biopic "Foxcatcher" by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, as well as jazz drummer tale "Whiplash" by director Damien Chazelle.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - A judge in Chatham County, Ga., has denied CSX Transportation's effort to restrict the further dissemination of a Feb. 20 video of the accident on the set of "Midnight Rider."
Judge Gregory Sapp issued his order on Tuesday, according to the Chatham Court website.
The video -- taken from a CSX train that came unexpectedly as filmmakers were shooting on the tracks near Jesup, Ga. -- already has been shown on ABC News' "20/20."
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Marvel has unveiled the best (human-sized) look at "Ant-Man" yet.
The almost two-minute trailer for the superhero pic, starring Paul Rudd, was released during the "Agent Carter" premiere on ABC Tuesday night. It's the first real look at Rudd as the tiny hero, with only a short teaser having been released last week.
"I need you to be the Ant-Man," says Michael Douglas' character, Dr. Hank Pym, to Rudd's in the clip.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Twentieth Century Fox has set Channing Tatum's X-Men spinoff "Gambit" for Oct. 7, 2016.
The Gambit character, who debuted in 1990, is an expert card-thrower and has the power to manipulate kinetic energy.
"Gambit," written by Joshua Zetumer, will be Fox's eighth X-Men movie. "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuts on May 27, 2016.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Even if "American Sniper" missed out on Golden Globe nominations, it still emerged as one of the big winners of the holiday season. Clint Eastwood's drama about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has grossed a stellar $2.2 million since it opened in only four theaters on Christmas, and the Warner Bros. release expands on Jan. 16.
The Oscar lead actor race is especially overcrowded this year, but as ballots are due on Thursday, voters should take a look -- if they haven't already -- at Bradley Cooper's career-best performance. It's a transformation that had Kyle's widow, Taya, in tears the first time she saw the film, and she's been talking about how Cooper captured her husband's essence. In the last few weeks, many actors, including Ben Affleck, Jane Fonda, Julia Roberts and Jonah Hill, have also been singing Cooper's praises.
To play Kyle, Cooper spent six months working out 4.5 hours a day, but the role went beyond the physical. He practiced a Texas drawl with a dialect coach, learned how to shoot three military sniper rifles and spent time with Kyle's family and friends, who gave him access to his emails and home videos.
The power players behind Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper", "Birdman", "Whiplash" and "Night Crawler" will be among those fighting for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at this year's Producers Guild of America gala.
The producers of Foxcatcher, Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything have also been nominated for the top honor, which will be announced on 24 January at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, the producers of Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and The LEGO Movie will compete for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures, and the brains behind TV hits American Horror Story: Freak Show, Fargo, The Normal Heart, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and Sherlock have been nominated for the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Following the success of "Lucy," Scarlett Johansson looks ready to take on another action pic, this one coming from the world of Japanese anime.
Johansson is set to star in DreamWorks' adaptation of the popular anime pic "Ghost in the Shell." Deadline Hollywood had reported that the actress had the offer to star but at the time she was still undecided about taking the role. Sources now say she has agreed to star in the pic.
The story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - After months of speculation, Sylvester Stallone has finally announced the title for the fifth (and seemingly final) "Rambo" movie, "Rambo: Last Blood."
The actor simply tweeted earlier this week that he'll be filming a gangster biopic about Gregory "the Grim Reaper" Scarpa after shooting "Rambo: Last Blood."
Doing Scarpa based on Gangster Greg Scarpa after LAST BLOOD RAMBO...— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) December 28, 2014