ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

‘La La Land’, ‘Rogue One’, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees

In the Motion Picture Live Action category, the nominees are Doctor Strange, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Sully. Meanwhile, in the Animated category are Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia. To read more, click here.

‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Fences’ Nab Producers Guild Nominations

“Arrival,” “Deadpool,” “Fences,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hell or High Water,” “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” “Lion,” “Manchester by the Sea,” and “Moonlight” have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award. Awards contenders “Silence,” “Jackie,” “Sully,” “Loving,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “20th Century Women,” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” were overlooked by voters for the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 28 at the guild’s 28th annual awards show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. To read more, click here.

BAFTA Film Award Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads Race

HACKSAW RIDGE is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Editing and Best Hair and Makeup! To read more, click here.

The art of politics in a 'Great Society'

The arts don't exist in a vacuum.

When he picked three shows set in the "swamp" of Washington, D.C, for Asolo Repertory Theatre's new season, producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards knew they would start around the inauguration of a new president. But there was no way he could have anticipated how the tough election campaign would divide the nation.

 

The unexpected (in some quarters) election of Donald J. Trump may well impact how audiences respond to Robert Schenkkan's "The Great Society," his follow-up to last season's hit "All the Way"; John Strand's "The Originalist," about controversial but respected Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and even Garson Kanin's classic 1948 comedy "Born Yesterday" about a businessman trying to influence political decisions to benefit his companies. To read more, click here.

Why does director Mel Gibson see 'Hacksaw Ridge' as a love story?

Poducer Bill Mechanic tried to convince Mel Gibson to make “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2002, when Gibson was still at the height of his career, and again in 2010, four years after the Oscar-winning director and star had been all but exiled for anti-Semitic comments made during a drunk-driving arrest in Malibu. Gibson says something about the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in combat as a medic during World War II, finally clicked for him when Mechanic reached out a third time in 2014. Gibson took a fresh look at Doss and saw a man who transcended the horrors of war, tending to both American and Japanese soldiers alike without regard for his own safety. He saw Doss as an example of “what we’re capable of in our venality, that we have a higher self.” To read more, click here.

HACKSAW RIDGE nominated for 2017 Humanitas Prize!

Thirty two writers have been named as finalists in nine categories for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize. Honoring film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope, and understanding, the nominees will be competing for $100,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon, set for Wednesday, February 22, at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. To read more, click here.

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Gets Rare Extended China Release As Local B.O. Crosses $50M

Mel Gibson’s pacifist WW II drama Hacksaw Ridge has had an incredible run at the Chinese box office since its December debut and has just been granted a rare release extension. The film, which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival this past September and has become a force during awards season, has officially crossed the RMB 350M ($50.8M) mark in the Middle Kingdom. The global reported gross to date is $137M. To read more, click here.

5 Amazing Things The Hero of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Did That Aren’t In the Movie

Most movie adaptations of true stories exaggerate for effect, condensing timelines and adding action to heighten drama. In “Hacksaw Ridge,” the story of a World War II conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic duty as a medic, director Mel Gibson and producers had the opposite problem. “There were things that left us thinking ‘Who would believe that?’” producer Bill Mechanic told “Deadline.” To read more, click here.

ACE Nominations for HACKSAW RIDGE and ALL THE WAY

ACE nominations announced today with Carol Littleton nominated for Best Editing for TV Movie/Miniseries for ALL THE WAY, and John Gilbert nominated for Best Editing for Drama for HACKSAW RIDGE!

Mel Gibson Named Director Of The Year For ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ At Capri Hollywood Fest

The Capri Hollywood International Film Festival is honoring Mel Gibson with its Director Of The Year Award, in recognition of his pacifist WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge. Producer Bill Mechanic, who was already named by the festival as its Producer Of The Year, is accepting the prize on Gibson’s behalf. To read more, click here.

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