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As what is shaping up to be quite an exciting awards season continues on, the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East have announced the nominations for outstanding achievement in screenwriting during 2017. The WGA’s film categories include Original Screenplay, Adapted Screenplay, and Documentary Screenplay.

While some of the year’s biggest contenders such as Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour were absent from the nominations list due to their ineligibility for WGA consideration, other big players such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird landed Original Screenplay nods, while James Ivory and Aaron Sorkin were nominated for Call Me by Your Name and Molly’s Game in the Adapted Screenplay category, respectively.

The awards will be handed out at the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 11, which will be held simultaneously in both Los Angeles and New York City. You can check out the complete list of nominations below.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick, Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out, Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures

I, Tonya, Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

Lady Bird, Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

The Shape of Water, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

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ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me by Your Name, Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Disaster Artist, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber; Based on the Book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell; A24

Logan, Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold; Based on Characters from the X-Men Comic Books and Theatrical Motion Pictures; Twentieth Century Fox Film

Molly’s Game, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin; Based on the Book by Molly Bloom; STX Entertainment

Mudbound, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees; Based on the Novel by Hillary Jordan; Netflix

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Betting on Zero, Written by Theodore Braun; Gunpowder & Sky

Jane, Written by Brett Morgen; National Geographic

No Stone Unturned, Written by Alex Gibney; Abramorama

Oklahoma City, Written by Barak Goodman; American Experience Films

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The worlds of ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ collide in the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

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Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for Glass, the upcoming comic-book thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, which brings together the narratives of his 2000 film Unbreakable and 2016’s Split. The trailer was first shown to a huge crowd that gathered in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H for the studio’s buzzworthy presentation.

Glass picks up just after the shocking ending of Split and finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing the superhuman figure of The Beast (James McAvoy) in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

The sequel will also see the return of Split‘s Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast, as well as Unbreakable‘s Spencer Treat Clark and Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard, who reprise their roles as Dunn’s son and Price’s mother, respectively. Sarah Paulson joins the cast as Dr. Ellie Staple.

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“I’ve been dreaming about being in Hall H since forever. This is the Mecca right here,” Shyamalan when he first walked out on stage with stars Willis, Jackson, Taylor-Joy, and Paulson. “Split was created right here at Comic-Con,” he said, describing how he first met McAvoy at a party at the convention a few years ago and that’s how they came to work together.

Glass, which Shyamalan is also producing along with Jason Blum and Marc Bienstock, is set to be released by Universal next year on January 18, 2019. You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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Disney fires James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ after old tweets resurface

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James Gunn has been fired as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after a series of old tweets from the filmmaker resurfaced in which he joked about sensitive topics such as pedophilia and rape, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday afternoon.

Guardians 3 was expected to begin shooting in Atlanta this fall and was dated for a 2020 release. The film would’ve reunited Gunn with his main cast from the first two Guardians movies including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper.

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“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn said in a statement responding to his firing. “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

He continued, “Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse. To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.”

Gunn was scheduled to participate in Sony’s San Diego Comic-Con presentation Friday evening, but sources working the event tell Silver Screen Beat that this is no longer the case and that Gunn will not have any type of involvement in the panel.

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‘Deadpool 2’ star Zazie Beetz is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker origin movie

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On the heels of yesterday’s announcement that the Todd Phillips-directed Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix will be released next October, Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz is now in talks to join the film in what is rumored to be a pivotal supporting role, Silver Screen Beat has learned.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress, who first made a name for herself starring opposite Donald Glover on the Emmy-winning FX series Atlanta, will reportedly play a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will ultimately become the Joker.

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Phillips and Scott Silver wrote the origin story, which “centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The film, which will reportedly play out more like an ’80s gangster flick than a typical superhero blockbuster, is expected to begin shooting in New York this September. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is producing the project with Richard Baratta executive producing.

Beetz has a number of other projects on her plate at the moment, including the highly anticipated next season of Atlanta, Steven Soderbergh’s sports drama High Flying Bird, Austin Vesley’s murder mystery Slice, and Noah Hawley’s untitled Fox Searchlight drama.

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