Legal Battles Ensue Over ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

Legal Battles Ensue Over ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

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Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway version of To Kill A Mockingbird sparked controversy before its release when the Harper Lee estate sued the producers, claiming the script deviated too much from the novel. The dispute was eventually settled before the play debuted, but new legal battles followed soon after. The producer of the new adaptation, Scott Rudin, hit regional theatrical adaptations of the novel with cease and desist letters to stop production. These versions were using an older script written by Christopher Sergel, and due to a licensing agreement between Rudin and the Lee estate the productions were asked to stop. The …

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Actress Receives Standing Ovation

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Actress Receives Standing Ovation

The word ‘timeless’ is thrown around a lot when speaking about 1962’s To Kill a Mocking Bird, but the film truly hasn’t seemed to age. Logically, of course, in a way it doesn’t. When the film is on, Atticus Finch always looks like a forty-six-year-old Gregory Peck, Scout Finch always looks like a ten-year- old Mary Badham, and those bright summer days always seem to fly by.     “I have a vivid memory of watching it in my living room with my parents,” People reported  Celia Keenan-Bolger, the award-winning actress, telling a large audience. Near tears, Keenan-Bolger’s nostalgic tale drives home at what …

A Very Different Atticus Finch Awaits Us in New ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Adaptation

A Very Different Atticus Finch Awaits Us in New ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Adaptation

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In 2016, producer Scott Rudin acquired the stage rights to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and brought on veteran writer Aaron Sorkin to pen the script. Sorkin is a pretty busy guy, having just made his directorial debut with Molly’s Game. This story unsurprisingly got sidelined. But The New York Times announced its December 2018 Broadway premiere in a cartoonishly large ad.   I, too, like to place two-page ads for things that are happening next December pic.twitter.com/pwsMRO6FYG — Jackson McHenry (@McHenryJD) September 6, 2017   Vulture asked Sorkin about his take on Mockingbird at the Toronto Film Festival …

7 Screenwriting Tips from Hollywood’s Top Screenwriter

7 Screenwriting Tips from Hollywood’s Top Screenwriter

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Want to be a screenwriter? One of Hollywood’s most respected screen writers Aaron Sorkin has shared seven top tips, all of which can be found here.    Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind The Social Network, The West Wing, Moneyball and most recently Molly’s Game, starring Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain, delivered his screenwriting tips ahead of the Molly’s Game premiere in Toronto on Friday.   Image Via Hollywood Reporter    Included in these tips is some valuable advice from the late Carrie Fisher, who, while Sorkin was struggling with a drug addiction, phoned him out of the blue to tell him “I know you think …

Jessica Chastain Stars in New Trailer for ‘Molly’s Game’

Jessica Chastain Stars in New Trailer for ‘Molly’s Game’

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At 26, Molly Bloom became the subject of an FBI investigation into an underground poker ring involving Hollywood’s elite. Bloom, an Olympic-class skier ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for ten years before being arrested.   Bloom wrote a memoir of her time hosting the game entitled ‘Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.’ Stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire attended Molly’s game.     Aaron Sorkin has won numerous awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, and an Oscar. ‘Molly’s Game’ will be his first time directing.   ‘Molly’s …