week in review digest
EmptyWGA drafts 'Sunshine,' 'Departed'
The WGA shone a bright light on "Little Miss Sunshine" on Sunday night, bestowing upon the indie comedy its best original screenplay award (HR 2/12). Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" grabbed best adapted screenplay laurels to maintain its own Oscar momentum. "Sunshine," a Fox Searchlight release written by Michael Arndt, overcame fellow category nominees "Babel," "The Queen," "Stranger Than Fiction" and "United 93." "Departed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release with a screenplay by William Monahan and based on the motion picture "Infernal Affairs" (written by Alan Mak and Felix Chong), bested "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Children" and "Thank You for Smoking."
ICM TV agents Lipstone, Wohl go int'l
ICM has promoted TV agents Greg Lipstone and Steve Wohl to head a newly created division encompassing international TV and media-related activities. They will oversee ICM's reality TV packaging and international format sales activities in addition to new-media projects and books and other literary source materials adapted for television. London-based ICM agent Pippa Lambert will work closely with Lipstone and Wohl in managing the division's European business. Lipstone and Wohl have packaged such reality hits as ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" and the CW's "America's Next Top Model."
'Beijing' could be Hong Kong opener
BEIJING — Director Li Yu's "Lost in Beijing" will open the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March, its producer and mainland China distributor said Wednesday, though a festival rep said that more than eight films are in the running for the opening spot and that the official roster won't be unveiled until Feb. 22 (HR 2/8). "We don't want to comment on this particular claim," festival executive director Peter Tsi said. "If we do, it will only benefit the film commercially, and the HKIFF refuses to be manipulated in that manner." The announcement follows a demand last week by government censors that Li cut 15 minutes from her film before it goes overseas or screens on the mainland.
Disney conjures up Cage for 'Sorcerer'
Nicolas Cage is attached to star in a live-action feature film version of the classic tale "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" for Walt Disney Pictures. Cage and his Saturn Film partner Norm Golightly are teaming with Todd Garner's Broken Road Prods. to produce. Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal are writing the screenplay, which takes its inspiration from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's original poem, which in turn was the inspiration for the classic Mickey Mouse animated sequence from Disney's 1940 classic "Fantasia."