Disney and Lucasfilm have tapped Simon Kinberg ('03 SOA) (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Jumper, Mrs. and Mrs. Smith) to pen future installments of the Star Wars franchise.
Michael Arndt will draft the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, leaving further episodes open to Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark), also approached by Disney and Lucasfilm.more
Director Kathryn Bigelow ('81 SOA) has completed her newest feature, Zero Dark Thirty, written by Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker).
The film follows the ten year chase for Osama Bin Laden and his subsequent capture and death by a Navy SEAL team in May 2011. more
"The thing that’s important about being tagged as 'controversial' or 'shocking' is that it means you touched a nerve. They may not like it, and it may be very uncomfortable, but it’s coming from somewhere."more
Agreement with Classic Stage Company Also Provides Eligibility to Two Stage Management MFA Students Annually
The Theatre Program at Columbia University School of the Arts and the Classic Stage Company (CSC) announced an agreement to make all third-year MFA students in Acting at Columbia eligible to join Actors Equity Association (AEA). In addition, two MFA students in Stage Management each year will be eligible to join.more
Antonia Grilikhes-Lasky ('11 SOA) received credit as Writing Assistant to Tony Kushner ('78 CC) on Steven Spielberg's latest film, Lincoln.
In his book, The Playwright at Work, Kushner states, "I brought her [Grilikhes-Lasky] in when I was stuck about three years ago on Lincoln, and I had to finish this immense first draft, and it was themore
Katharina Otto-Bernstein, an award-winning filmmaker (Absolute Wilson) and an alumna of Columbia University School of the Arts (1992) and Columbia College (1986), has made a commitment of $5 million to create a state-of-the-art film screening room in the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multi-arts facility now under construction on the University’s Manhattanville campus.more