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David Simon’s Vision of America

If you were paying attention to HBO during the pay-cable giant’s breakthrough stretch at the turn of the century, it became a running gag that all the best shows came from a David. There was of course David Chase with The Sopranos, and David Milch with Deadwood. And in between, there was David Simon with The Wire. If not for its Seinfeld pedigree, one could be forgiven for assuming Curb Your Enthusiasm only got on the air because its creator and star was named Larry David.

In the years
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David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’: How Director Paul Haggis Controlled Chaos

David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’: How Director Paul Haggis Controlled Chaos
HBO limited series “Show Me a Hero” is noisy. Cacophony reigns in crowded city council meetings packed with yelling onlookers and jostling media microphones. It’s hard to figure out just what is going on. Oscar Isaac as beleaguered Nick Wasicsko, the youngest mayor in America, pounds his gavel to no avail. Adapted from Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book by David Simon and his “The Wire” collaborator Bill Zorzi, “Show Me a Hero” digs into the unsexy ’80s true story about the pitched battle between the haves and have-nots in Yonkers, New York over court-ordered public housing. When HBO finally greenlit the series, it was with the knowledge that this story is as resonant as ever.

While the WGA-nominated writing is brilliant, a pivotal member of this team of storytellers earning rave reviews is DGA-nominated Paul Haggis, who directed all six episodes. Haggis said he eagerly leapt at his first television
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David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’: How Director Paul Haggis Controlled Chaos

David Simon’s ‘Show Me a Hero’: How Director Paul Haggis Controlled Chaos
HBO limited series “Show Me a Hero” is noisy. Cacophony reigns in crowded city council meetings packed with yelling onlookers and jostling media microphones. It’s hard to figure out just what is going on. Oscar Isaac as beleaguered Nick Wasicsko, the youngest mayor in America, pounds his gavel to no avail. Adapted from Lisa Belkin’s 1999 book by David Simon and his “The Wire” collaborator Bill Zorzi, “Show Me a Hero” digs into the unsexy ’80s true story about the pitched battle between the haves and have-nots in Yonkers, New York over court-ordered public housing. When HBO finally greenlit the series, it was with the knowledge that this story is as resonant as ever.

While the WGA-nominated writing is brilliant, a pivotal member of this team of storytellers earning rave reviews is DGA-nominated Paul Haggis, who directed all six episodes. Haggis said he eagerly leapt at his first television
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‘The Big Short’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘Show Me A Hero’ Nabs TV Honor

‘The Big Short’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘Show Me A Hero’ Nabs TV Honor
Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph and author Michael Lewis took home the big prize tonight at the 28th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala at the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus. This year, for the first time, the Scripters also honored the writers of a TV show adapted from another medium. The inaugural TV Scripter went to HBO’s Show Me A Hero writers William F. Zorzi and David Simon, and…
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‘The Big Short’ Wins USC Scripter Award For Adapted Screenplay; ‘Show Me A Hero’ Nabs TV Honor

Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph and author Michael Lewis took home the big prize tonight at the 28th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards. The winners were announced at a black-tie gala at the Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus. This year, for the first time, the Scripters also honored the writers of a TV show adapted from another medium. The inaugural TV Scripter went to HBO’s Show Me A Hero writers William F. Zorzi and David Simon, and…
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28th Annual USC Scripter Awards Nominees

The USC Libraries have announced the nominees of the 28th annual Scripter Awards honoring each year's best adaptation of the printed word to film. And this year, TV category has been added. Winners will be revealed on February 20th.

Here's the nominees of the 28th annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards:

Film

The Big Short

Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis.s nonfiction work .The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton

Brooklyn

Novelist Colm Tóibín and screenwriter Nick Hornby

Fox Searchlight and Viking

The End Of The Tour

Screenwriter Donald Margulies, adapted from David Lipsky.s memoir .Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.

A24 and Broadway Books

The Martian

Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard

Twentieth Century Fox and Crown Publishing Group

Room

Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay

A24 and Little,
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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the
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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths
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Toh!'s Year-End Television Awards

Toh!'s Year-End Television Awards
Though I selected my top ten TV series and top ten TV episodes of 2015 earlier this month, neither list quite satisfies my desire to shout what I love about television from the rooftops. And so, with only one more TV Watch column to file this year, here's a grab-bag of year-end awards that includes just about everything but the best series and episodes. Best Miniseries: "Show Me a Hero" (HBO) Edging out "Wolf Hall" by a whisker is another period piece about the ruthless machinery of politics, this one much closer to home. With distance, David Simon's kaleidoscopic account of the battle over public housing in Yonkers, N.Y., in the 1980s and 1990s—adapted with William F. Zorzi from reporting by the New York Times' Lisa Belkin and directed by Paul Haggis—is more than the "necessary history" I described in my initial review. Rather, the miniseries' deftly
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Here Are the 2015 WGA Awards TV Nominations

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The Writers Guild of America announced some of its nominees for its 2015 awards on Thursday, including television, new media, and radio, and among the TV nominees are series both new and old, and all beloved.

In the comedy series category, freshman Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" scored a nomination for best series, as well as an overall best new series nod. "The Last Man on Earth" also landed in that latter category, and was singled out for its pilot episode writing, too.

On the drama side of the equation, lauded "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" also got best series and best new series nominations, in addition to a an episode writing nod. Newly-minted Emmy winner "Game of Thrones" also scored a best drama citation, as well as an episodic writing nomination.

The full list of nominees released this week are below. Nominations in the theatrical and documentary categories will
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Review: 'Show Me a Hero' Parts 5 and 6 Reframe the Argument With a Sobering Finale

Review: 'Show Me a Hero' Parts 5 and 6 Reframe the Argument With a Sobering Finale
First Item of Business"Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy." F. Scott Fitzgerald's fateful words — verbalized by a reporter after Nick's failed reelection bid in Part 4 — summed up co-writers David Simon and William F. Zorzi's tale of politics gone awry almost too simply — a somewhat ironic note after hours and hours of council chamber complexities. After all, the six-part story of one man's ill-timed and all-consuming bid for political power was about much more than one quest. Though the screenplay conveyed as much a little too bluntly from time to time, it's the gray lines shading our hero that made him such a fascinating figure to follow. Despite losing his political career (in part) because of what happened, it can't be said Nick was a martyr. He died for his own sins, not the town's. Nick Wasicsko didn't believe so strongly in the housing
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Top 5 TV: 'Mr. Robot' Fries Our Circuits & HBO Shows Us a 'Hero'

Top 5 TV: 'Mr. Robot' Fries Our Circuits & HBO Shows Us a 'Hero'
For the past several weeks, TV critics and creators gathered in Beverly Hills for the annual Television Critics Association press tour, where the networks previewed the upcoming season and everyone talked a lot about the state of the medium. One of the big topics of conversation was whether the recent boom in original programming has led to an unmanageable glut. In short: Are we so bombarded with quality these days that clearing out our DVRs is becoming a chore?

That's a valid question. Yet looking down our "Top Five TV" list below,
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‘Show Me a Hero’ Writers David Simon and William F. Zorzi on Lengthy Development, HBO, and More

On HBO's willingness to greenlight such a non-commercial project, 'The Wire' creator Simon says, "It almost suggests that they don’t know what they’re doing, or they just don’t give a good God damn."

The post ‘Show Me a Hero’ Writers David Simon and William F. Zorzi on Lengthy Development, HBO, and More appeared first on Collider.
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Daily | David Simon’s Show Me A Hero

David Simon's Show Me a Hero is "based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book, directed (with a subtlety you might not anticipate) by Crash’s Paul Haggis, and co-written and co-created by Simon and William F. Zorzi, a longtime writer for Simon’s The Wire," notes Matt Zoller Seitz in Vulture. "It’s about how a court order to build affordable housing in Yonkers tore the city apart in the 1980s and early 1990s. It tells its story in the most Simon-esque way imaginable: by treating all of the characters as social, if not necessarily dramatic, equals, and letting people and institutions be more or less what they probably were, without bending them to fit into a conventional template." We've got the trailer and we're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson
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Daily | David Simon’s Show Me A Hero

David Simon's Show Me a Hero is "based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book, directed (with a subtlety you might not anticipate) by Crash’s Paul Haggis, and co-written and co-created by Simon and William F. Zorzi, a longtime writer for Simon’s The Wire," notes Matt Zoller Seitz in Vulture. "It’s about how a court order to build affordable housing in Yonkers tore the city apart in the 1980s and early 1990s. It tells its story in the most Simon-esque way imaginable: by treating all of the characters as social, if not necessarily dramatic, equals, and letting people and institutions be more or less what they probably were, without bending them to fit into a conventional template." We've got the trailer and we're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson
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The Radical Humanism of David Simon

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The Radical Humanism of David Simon
A couple of episodes into Show Me a Hero, I realized that I owe David Simon an apology. The six-part HBO mini-series, which premieres Sunday, is based on Lisa Belkin’s nonfiction book, directed (with a subtlety you might not anticipate) by Crash’s Paul Haggis, and co-written and co-created by Simon and William F. Zorzi, a longtime writer for Simon’s The Wire. It’s about how a court order to build affordable housing in Yonkers tore the city apart in the 1980s and early 1990s. It tells its story in the most Simon-esque way imaginable: by treating all of the characters as social, if not necessarily dramatic, equals, and letting people and institutions be more or less what they probably were, without bending them to fit into a conventional template.In the foreground, you have a dynamic and immediately involving story about ex-cop turned city councilman Nick Wasicsko
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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'

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Review: Oscar Isaac shines in David Simon's 'Show Me a Hero'
David Simon is the resident civics professor of American cable drama, with projects like "The Wire," "The Corner," "Generation Kill," and "Tremé" offering thoughtful takes on the drug war, the Iraq invasion, New Orleans post-Katrina, and the generally rotten state of urban America. He is a TV producer by trade, consciousness-raiser by passion, and journalist at his core, and the showmanship side of the job has always come across as a necessary evil for him. He's glad that "Wire" fans came to love Omar and Bubbles and Wallace, but if they didn't grasp the larger lesson he was trying to teach, then what was the point? But he's also understood that his work needs a spoonful of Stringer to make the medicine go down. "The Wire" may be a powerful commentary on policing, politics, and so much more, but it's also a cracking piece of entertainment, as are all of
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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries

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'Show Me A Hero': David Simon and Paul Haggis Might Have Made This Year's Most Important Miniseries
So, a six-hour miniseries about a young mayor struggling with the legal and political complexities of low-income housing might sound like a hard sell... until you find out that it's being directed by Paul Haggis and produced by David Simon, the architect of one of modern television's greatest legacies, "The Wire." Read More: Nobody Quits 'The Wire': How TV's Greatest Drama Became a Family   "Show Me A Hero," based on the 1999 non-fiction book by Lisa Belkin, features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder, with Oscar Isaac as Nick Wasicsko, the mayor who grappled with public opinion and private business in 1987 Yonkers, New York. It's a story about a small community in turmoil, but when you talk to the men behind the scenes, it's actually about a whole lot more than just Yonkers or the 1980s. So at this year's TCA summer press tour,
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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string.
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James Franco Playing Twins in 'Wire' Creator's HBO Porn Series

James Franco Playing Twins in 'Wire' Creator's HBO Porn Series
HBO has ordered two pilots from The Wire creator David Simon, the first of which, entitled The Deuce, has brought on James Franco to star as twins. Breaking Bad director Michelle Maxwell MacLaren has been set to take the helm on the pilot episode, which explores the 1970s porn industry centered in New York City's Times Square. The second pilot, which doesn't have a title yet, is set in present day, following politicians on Capitol Hill and exploring how money influences the government. Here's what HBO programming president Michael Lombardo had to say in a statement regarding both of David Simon's projects.

"We are thrilled to continue our longstanding relationship with preeminent producer David Simon, whose keen eye and visceral perspective on today's socio-economic ills have set him apart from all others. No one else creates with such authenticity, integrity and brilliant realism. We are so fortunate to
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