Joins Hollywood Fest to Honor Scibe

Share Article Chairman John Culton announced today that will be participating as the Presenter Sponsor for this yearÂ?s Screenwriter of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival Gala October 18, 2004. This yearÂ?s recipient will be John Logan who penned The Last Samurai.

Following his WGA Award and nominations for an Oscar® and an Emmy, screenwriter John Logan’s run continues with the Hollywood Film Festival’s Screenwriter of the Year honors. “FilmStew is particularly pleased to be

Sponsoring this year’s Screenwriter Award; it runs hand in hand with our business of helping writers and showcasing Hollywood’s Master Storytellers.” Culton said.

Much has been made about Logan’s latest script and the all-star cast of actors reprising Hollywood greats in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, one that includes Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner, Jude Law as Errol Flynn and Stanley DeSantis as Louis B. Mayer. The upcoming Christmas release is but the latest triumph for screenwriter John Logan, who received a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award® nomination for his work on Gladiator. Logan will accept Hollywood Screenwriter of the Year honors at this fall’s 2004 Hollywood Film Festival. Last year the prize went to screenwriter Ron Bass (Rain Man / Entrapment). is the presenter sponsor and Kate Beckinsale will present the Award.

The busy 39 year-old Illinois native, who was recently tapped with a little help from his friend Brent Spiner to pen Star Trek: Nemesis, has also been engaged to write the screenplay for the 2005 Sam Mendes musical Sweeney Todd and the 2006 Michael Mann/Tom Cruise war drama The Few. The latter represents a reunion of sorts with Cruise, for whom Logan wrote The Last Samurai.

Intriguingly, Logan garnered his Emmy nomination and WGA Award for a project not unlike The Aviator, the HBO TV movie RKO 281. It featured Liev Schreiber as Orson Welles, James Cromwell as William Randolph Hearst, Melanie Griffith as Marion Davies and Olivier Pierre as Sam Goldwyn.

Logan began his career with the 1996 TV Movie Tornado!, timed to coincide with the big budget theatrical release of Twister, and moved on to the 1999 Lou Diamond Phillips horror thriller Bats before landing the RKO 281 assignment. He has also contributed to Any Given Sunday, The Time Machine and last year’s Dreamworks animated picture Sinbad: The Legend of the Seven Seas.

For Further Information Contact:

Carlos Abreu

Founder, Executive Director

Hollywood Film Festival

Tel: 310.288.3040


John Culton


Tel: 323 978 1800


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