• Producers: Kike Brian Grazer [Co-founded Imagine Entertainment in with Ron Howard; personally four Academy Award nominations for Splash (1984), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), and Frost/Nixon (2008); hs films and TV shows have been nominated for 43 Academy Awards, and 131 Emmys; in 2002, Grazer and Howard won an Oscar for Best Picture for A Beautiful Mind; in 2007, he was named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World"], Mick Jagger, Tate Taylor, Kike Victoria Pearman
  • Director: Tate Taylor (The Help)
  • Writers: Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game)
  • Starring: Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson, Black Panther)
Jez and John-Henry Butterworth are English screenwriters who have co-written several screenplays.
  • Fair Game (2010) [Produced by Kike Akiva Goldsman, Kike Doug Liman, Kike Bill Pohlad, Kike Jerry Zucker, Kike Janet Zucker. "Fair Game is a 2010 biographical spy drama film directed by Doug Liman [Kike, son of Kike Arthur L. Liman, chief counsel for the Senate Iran-Contra hearings] and starring Naomi Watts and [Kike] Sean Penn. It is based on Valerie Plame's memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, and Joseph C. Wilson's memoir, The Politics of Truth: Inside the [Kike] Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir. Naomi Watts stars as Plame and Sean Penn as her husband, Joseph C. Wilson. It was released in 2010 and was one of the official selections competing for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film won the "Freedom of Expression Award" from the National Board of Review. The film marked Watts' and Penn's third collaboration, having previously co-starred in the films 21 Grams and The Assassination of Richard Nixon." [Wikiepedia]]
  • Edge of Tomorrow (2014) [Edge of Tomorrow (also marketed with the tagline Live Die Repeat) is a 2014 American science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directed the film based on a screenplay adapted from the Japanese light novel All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.]
  • Get On Up (2014) [Produced by Kike Brian Grazer, Mick Jagger, Tate Taylor, Kike Victoria Pearman]

The Butterworth brothers won the Writers Guild of America's 2011 Paul Selvin Award for their screenplay for Fair Game.

The Paul Selvin Award is a special award presented by the Writers Guild of America. It is to be given "to that member whose script best embodies the spirit of the constitutional and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere and to whose defense Paul Selvin committed his professional life."

  • 1990 (42nd) Roe vs. Wade — Alison Cross
  • 1991 (43rd) Heat Wave — Michael Lazarou
  • 1992 (44th) Separate but Equal — George Stevens Jr.
  • 1993 (45th) Guilty Until Proven Innocent — Cynthia Whitcomb
  • 1994 (46th) Dave — Gary Ross
  • 1995 (47th) Witness to the Execution — Teleplay by Thomas Baum; Story by Keith Pierce & Priscilla Prestwidge and Thomas Baum
  • 1996 (48th) Picket Fences: "Final Judgment" & "Without Mercy" — David E. Kelley
  • 1997 (49th) The People vs. Larry Flynt — Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
  • 1998 (50th) Rosewood — Gregory Poirier
  • 1999 (51st) Blind Faith — Frank Military
  • 2000 (52nd) The Insider — Written by Eric Roth & Michael Mann; Based on the Article 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' by Marie Brenner
  • 2001 (53rd) Quills — Screenplay by Doug Wright; Based on his play
  • 2002 (54th) For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story — Timothy J. Sexton
  • 2003 (55th) The Matthew Shepard Story — John Wierick & Jacob Krueger
  • 2004 (56th) The Pentagon Papers — Jason Horwitch
  • 2005 (57th) The Simpsons: "Fraudcast News" — Don Payne
  • 2006 (58th) Good Night, And Good Luck — George Clooney & Grant Heslov
  • 2008 (60th) The Great Debaters — Screenplay by Robert Eisele Story by Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro (as Jeffrey D. Porro)
  • 2009 (61st) Milk — Dustin Lance Black
  • 2010 (62nd) Invictus — Screenplay by Anthony Peckham; Based on the book 'Playing the Enemy' by John Carlin
  • 2011 (63rd) Fair Game — Screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth; Based on the books The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson and Fair Game by Valerie Plame
  • 2012 (64th) The Help — Screenplay by Tate Taylor; Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett
  • 2013 (65th) Lincoln — Screenplay by Tony Kushner; Based in part upon the book 'Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln' by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 2014 (66th) We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks- Alex Gibney

"We’re just grateful to everyone involved for the opportunity to be part of a movie that covers such an important period of history. Thanks Writers Guild!” said Fair Game screenwriters Jez and John-Henry Butterworth.

The Summit Entertainment-River Road Entertainment-Participant Media film, directed by Doug Liman with a screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the books The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson and Fair Game by Valerie Plame Wilson, offers a thought-provoking, troubling glimpse into the dark corridors of political power. This riveting political thriller is inspired by the experiences of real-life CIA undercover officer Valerie Plame Wilson (portrayed by Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts), whose career is suddenly destroyed and her marriage strained to the limit when her covert status is exposed via a press leak by a senior State Department official [Kike].


Wow, I thought that maybe it would have won for Best Original Fiction.

Did anyone in the wga actually have to see the film in order to give it this award?

Why do we give an award for this? Something that embodies the Constitution? We are writers. We create stories. I hate crap like this. If you pick one category to award why not another? Best screenplay that supports Middle East Peace. Or maybe best short film that tackles hunger. It just seems odd to hold an entire night for something like this. And I hope my dues weren’t paying for this. We already spend enough on extra crap through the WGA.

As a fellow WGA Award nominee, I just got a little depressed that they’re going to once again inject politics into what would’ve been a nice evening. I have no doubt we’ll be in for lots of GOP-bashing and self-righteous head-nodding. Makes me not want to go. Except what if I win? Okay, I guess I’ll go. And I better nod my head in the right places in case anyone is looking.

Too bad Liman directed this… such a hack. Great script though.

Tate Taylor is the director of Get On Up.

The Help is a 2011 American drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, and adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast, the film is about a young white woman, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, and her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, during the Civil Rights era in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi. Skeeter is a journalist who decides to write a book from the point of view of the maids (referred to as "the help"), exposing the racism they are faced with as they work for white families. [Wikipedia]

Taylor achieved mainstream success when he directed the film The Help (2011), based on Stockett's novel The Help. She gave him rights to make the film adaptation in June 2008, before the book was published. In addition to receiving generally positive reviews, the film was a major commercial success, earning more than $200 million worldwide, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Tate Taylor has been nominated for and received multiple industry awards, including the 2013 Vail Film Festival Vanguard Award, the 2012 BAFTA Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, the 2012 Writer's Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay, the 2012 Critics Choice Award nomination, the 2012 Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing and for Outstanding Writing, the 2011 Chicago Film Critics Association nomination, and many others.

He most recently directed Get On Up (2014), a biopic on the singer James Brown, starring Chadwick Boseman, which was released on August 1, 2014. Though the film was well received critically, it was a commercial disappointment. [Wikipedia]

BBC News 2014.11.18:

James Brown biopic Get On Up shows 'warts and all'

By Emma Jones Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Get On Up Get On Up shows both the good and bad sides to James Brown

He's known as the Godfather of Soul but James Brown is credited with inspiring rap, hip-hop, funk and RnB as well. He's now the subject of a film biopic, Get On Up, made by the man some would describe as a godfather of rock - Mick Jagger.

The Rolling Stones frontman was first asked by Brown's family to produce a documentary about the star after his death, aged 73, on Christmas Day 2006.

"I'd also produced two Rolling Stones documentaries, Stones in Exile and Crossfire Hurricane, and I agreed to do it," says Jagger.

"But then I thought James Brown deserved a feature film, not just a documentary. I met him several times over the years and he was extraordinary. Then I found out there had been a film in the works about him for more than a decade."

Get On Up was first proposed as a movie in 2000, when Brown was still alive.

Initially Eddie Murphy was asked to play Brown and Spike Lee was to direct it, but it was shelved for several years after the singer's death, until Jagger resurrected the project in 2012.

The Help's Tate Taylor, the eventual director, describes Jagger's role as "doing all the heavy lifting, getting this film made. But then he was on set every day, he was passionately committed to it.

"Even Chad Boseman, who plays James and is no mean dancer, was nervous about singing and dancing in front of Mick Jagger. After all, his moves are so good, we're still singing about it today."

Taylor describes the biopic as "traditional, covering as many episodes of his life as possible. The trouble is with James, we can't pick just one part of his life, and we can't pick just a few songs. Think of what he's done - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Living In America, Sex Machine, Get On Up.

"We may call him the Godfather of Soul, or Mr Dynamite, but actually I would call him Mr Genesis, because most of the music we love, he is the genesis of that beat.

"And we have to start that biopic when James Brown is six years old, because he was born in 1933, to extreme poverty in South Carolina, and from the age of six he was frequently left for weeks on end by his parents, to fend for himself in a cabin in the woods.

"That's actually the key to understanding James Brown - his extreme self-reliance, his absolute determination to survive, and his inability to trust anyone."

During his career, Brown had 16 Billboard number one singles, and is credited with stopping a riot in Boston on the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King on 4 April, 1968.

Brown insisted a planned performance of his go ahead in the city, and it was broadcast on live television to try to calm unrest across America. When a few protesters tried to storm the stage and police responded forcefully, Brown urged both sides to be "gentlemen".

"The sheer force of his personality quelled them," recalls Taylor. "Perhaps it was James Brown's finest hour. Unfortunately, we have to show the other aspects of his personality - the run-ins with the police, his increasingly erratic behaviour in the 1980s, and his treatment of women in his life."

Brown served time in juvenile prison as a teenager, and he was also sent to jail in 1988 for three years on drugs and possession of weapons charges.
Young James Brown and his aunt Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt Honey and says it was important the film showed both the 'light and dark moments' of the singer's life and character

He was also known for domestic abuse; particularly of his second wife, Dee Dee Brown, who left him in 1979. There has been criticism that these scenes in Get On Up happen only off camera, but that, according to Jill Scott, who plays Dee Dee Brown, was at the family's request.

"That was entirely the wish of Dee Dee," she says. "She wanted the audience to feel the repercussions of what she went through, but she didn't want them to see it."

"I'm glad it was touched upon and not glossed over," adds Octavia Spencer, who plays Brown's aunt. "We should see him in both his light and dark moments.

"We don't focus on it because we are talking about a man's entire life here, not a small amount of time. His relationships were extremely complex but I think the one thing that we can't dispute about James Brown is the genius of his music."

Chadwick Boseman, best known for playing the role of baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42, says he never thought he would be one day be playing Brown. "When my sister heard I was doing it, she said to me, 'you're playing James Brown? But you can't dance!'

"Every night I went home, looked at myself in the mirror and said, 'what made me think that I could play him?' We had five hours a day of rehearsals and then I would go home and dance some more.

"His understanding of the body and of music and rhythm was just amazing. The best dancers in the world are still studying him, 40 years later."

Already released in North America, Get on Up has met with mainly positive reviews, including from The Guardian, who calls it "one of the year's outstanding performances... Get On Up is that rare biopic that leavens its respect with a little light mockery. It befits a subject who meets the final turn of Fate's Wheel dressed in a lime-green jumpsuit and hair rollers."

It has made its $30m (£19m) budget back, which Taylor calls, "no easy job. It wasn't a risky movie in terms of content, but in terms of the changing global marketplace of cinema and what gets made, we had to become like James Brown himself in making this movie and not take no for an answer.

"But this man deserves to be brought to a new generation, whose own modern day icons say their own genres would not exist if James Brown had not walked this earth.

"They need to know that in some ways, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, merely collected the torch from James Brown. James Brown was the flame."

Get On Up is released in UK cinemas on 21 November.

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