DEPP After a 10-year hiatus, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards will return on February 15th at Paramount Studios. A new category will make its debut at the ceremony, the Distinguished Artisan Award, which the guild will bestow upon superstar actor and physical chameleon Johnny Depp. Said guild president Susan Cabral-Ebert in a statement, "Make-up and hair artisans agree that Johnny Depp is a wonderful selection to receive our first Distinguished Artisan Award. He, probably more than any other actor working today, uses the skills of our members to delineate his characters... A great artist himself, he allows others to shine."
GRAMMYS The 56th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday night was the gift that keeps on giving for Daft Punk. In addition to beating out Taylor Swift's "Red" for album of the year with "Random Access Memories," the French electronic duo took home awards for Record of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and also saw plays of their music on Spotify rise 205% following the telecast.
GITS A passion project of Steven Spielberg's appears to have been resurrected after several years in limbo. Deadline reports that DreamWorks has tapped Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders to helm a live-action adaption of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell for the studio.
Originally published as a manga (Japanese for "comic book") in 1989, Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic thriller that details the exploits of sexy cyborg Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9, the elite covert crime unit she leads. DreamWorks acquired the rights to adapt the property in April 2008, with Steven Spielberg declaring, "Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories. It's a genre that has arrived, and we enthusiastically welcome it to DreamWorks." Jamie Moss (Street Kings) and Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) both took turns at writing the screenplay adaptation, but the latest script is being credited to William Wheeler (The Hoax).
BANKS A sequel to the 2012 hit comedy Pitch Perfect is in the works and Elizabeth Banks, who produced and starred in the original, will direct, reports THR. Banks has directed shorts in the past, but Pitch Perfect 2 will be her feature directorial debut. She will also reprise her role in the sequel, alongside "likely" returnees Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. Kay Cannon, writer of the first movie, an adaptation of the book by Mickey Rapkin, will write the sequel.
SUED Gawker Media is being sued by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino for linking to leaked copies of his new screenplay, The Hateful Eight, a planned Western that is now dead in the water due to the leak. The complaint reads:
Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entireScreenplay illegally. Their headline boasts "Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script" — "Here," not someplace else, but "Here" on the Gawker website.
In an article titled "Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Link to Script He Wants Online," Gawker editor John Cook defended the site, clarifying that Gawker did not "leak" the script, only pointed out to where it had already been leaked online.
Our publication of the link was a routine and unremarkable component of our job: making people aware of news and information about which they are curious.
The result of this lawsuit could have far-reaching implications for digital publishing. Stay tuned.