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Jimmy Smits Joins NBC's S.I.L.A. Pilot

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits has signed on to NBC's S.I.L.A., TVGuide.com has learned.

Special Investigations L.A. looks at Los Angeles through multiple perspectives, including law enforcement, the justice system, city hall and the criminal underworld.

Smits, 55, will play... read more

NBC Picks Up LA-Set Pilot From Traffic Writer

Stephen Gaghan

NBC has picked up a drama pilot from Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, Variety reports.

NBC orders Wonder Woman pilot from David E. Kelley

New NBC Programming Chief Bob Greenblatt has ordered a pilot for Gaghan's drama, S.I.L.A, aka Special Investigations L.A. Similar to the style of Traffic, the project looks at Los Angeles through... read more

I'm really confused by the ...

Question: I'm really confused by the fact that Syriana was nominated in the Original Screenplay category — am I crazy, or wasn't it based on a book by someone who used to be in the CIA?

I recently noticed that Gladiator was nominated for best original screenplay, when in fact it was virtually a scene-by-scene remake of The Fall of the Roman Empire, starring Stephen Boyd and Christopher Plummer. Why did it qualify as an original script? — Sami


Answer: The on-screen credit for writer-director Stephen Gaghan's Syriana screenplay says that it was "suggested by the book See No Evil by Robert Baer." Baer was a high-level, Middle East-based CIA officer, and his 2002 nonfiction book generated a lot of controversy by ta read more

I just saw a direct-to-video ...

Cry Havoc: Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips

Question: I just saw a direct-to-video movie called Havoc that was dedicated to Jessica Kaplan (1979-2003). Who was she and why is the movie dedicated to her?


Answer: When Los Angeles-born Jessica Kaplan was a 17-year-old high-school student at Santa Monica's famous Crossroads School, she sold a screenplay called The Powers that Be — about privileged white California kids who were into gangbanging ghetto culture until they run into the real thing — to New Line Cinema for a cool $150,000. This happened a full three years before 13-year-old Nikki Reed wrote a screenplay called Thirteen about her experiences as a wayward child of privilege, but Reed got far more publicity because her script was quickly produced and she costarred in the movie. Kaplan read more

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