Announcement: PRESENTING THE 2017 HIT LIST – THE BEST SPEC SCRIPTS OF THE YEAR

Hit-LIst-2017-Excerpt-Image-200x133With the release of our eighth annual list, we’re incredibly proud to shine a light on this year’s writers, and the projects that made them the talk of the town in 2017.

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Sony’s Animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Gets a First Teaser (Video)

SpiderVerseTeaserShameik Moore from Dope voices Miles Morales in the animated film produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie).

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Why the Academy Should Reduce the Best Picture Nominees Back Down to Five

Ocsars900507Looking at a few reasons why the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences can cut back on the Best Picture nominees to make the main Oscar race seem that much more special.

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Under the Radar: 2017 Films That Deserve More Love

patticakesreviewxcerpt13 movies you might have missed or maybe some you’ve never even heard of, but hopefully will have a chance to watch before year’s end.

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Fox and Disney Sitting In a Tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G, But Is This Really a Good Idea?

Disney Fox DealOne has to wonder if Disney is interested in spending the money required to help James Cameron see through his ambitious vision for Avatar, which has staked out four December release dates that would coincide with more than a few Star Wars films.

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“Godless” Tells a New Tale of Women in the Wild West

godless michelle dockery“In a lot of ways, [Godless] took some huge leaps forward in terms of female characters and character development, even if it wasn’t everything I needed it to be they were still necessary and wonderful steps forward,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Unveils Season 2 Teaser, Release Date (Video)

JessicaJonesSeason2Krysten Ritter stars as the super-powered P.I. created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Jessica Jones is only the second Marvel/Netflix series to get a second season so far.

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Golden Globe Film Predictions – What Surprises Might be in Store?

Golden GlobesWe examine ten of the main categories in the annual awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press before nominations are announced Monday.

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A24 Is On Fire This Year, From “Moonlight’s” Oscar Win to Its Current Awards Crop

LadyBirdTrailerOne of the more successful newer indie distributors has discovered the secrets of marketing and distribution to the point where they might have their best year yet with Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist.

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Weekend Update: “Coco” Remains Atop the Box Office

CocoBoxOfficeTNJames Franco’s The Disaster Artist faring well in first weekend of wide release, while Justice League and Wonder are in a close race for second place.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Fox-Disney Merger, Tarantino’s “Star Trek” and Trouble In the DCEU (Video)

MTMP 12-8Our own Neil Turitz joins the guys to discuss two movies mired in controversy — 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek, and Paramount’s sci-fi film Annihilation starring Natalie Portman.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (12.08.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMApple nabs Jason Katims’ development exec Michelle Lee, Zac bright joins MoviePass, and 20th Century Fox and NBC promote from within. Keep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go.

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TriStar’s “The Phantom Tollbooth” Has Found “Game of Thrones” Director Matt Shakman

PhantomTollboothMattShakmanNorton Juster’s 1961 children’s book, illustrated by Jules Pfeiffer, is considered a beloved classic. Shakman is best known for his television work on Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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The Action-Packed Final “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” Trailer Makes It Look Like “Fast and the Furious” (Video)

MazerunnertrailerThe finale to Wes Ball’s adaptation of James Dashner’s sci-fi series hits theaters January 26.

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Internships of the Week (12.08.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PMA round-up of this week’s Film and TV industry internships. FlynnPictureCo., Silent R Management, Everyman Pictures, and many more are all looking for interns!

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Jobs of the Week (12.08.17)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 4.07.48 PM A round up of this week’s Film and TV industry jobs! Studiocanal, IFC, Live Nation, and more are looking for new hires!

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Screen Media Films Scores Chicago Bears Documentary “85: The Greatest Team in Football History” (Exclusive)

85 BearsThe film features interviews with famous Chicagoans from all walks of life, including President Obama, Bill Murray, Michael Wilbon, Bill Kurtis, Chris Myers, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Veep star Matt Walsh, who also serves as the narrator.

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The First Trailer for James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez’s “Alita: Battle Angel” (Trailer)

battleangelalitaThe remake of the Japanese manga by Yukito Kishiro stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

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“Big Little Lies” Season 2 Officially a Go With Andrea Arnold Directing

big little lies The premium cable network believes most of the cast will return and Andrea Arnold is stepping into Jean-Marc Vallee’s shoes to direct all seven episodes.

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“Narcos” Director Jose Padilha to Develop Art Heist Movie “Master Thieves” for Sony

Master ThievesIt’s based on the true story of the Isabel Gardner Museum Heist in Boston, which is the single biggest property crime in the history of the United States.

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Showtime Puts “Kilroy County” into Development with Alexander Payne Producing

AlexanderPaynePayne and his production partners are joined by director Miguel Arteta, writer Roberto Benabib (Weeds) in this venture to adapt the Dutch series Holland’s Hoop.

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THE SANDMAN (FILM RIGHTS)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings) A detective investigates a sick man in the hospital whom she discovers was supposedly murdered years ago by a serial killer.

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ARROW Review: “Irreconcilable Differences”

Arrow ExcerptSeason 6, Episode 9 – On this week’s Arrow, Black Siren and Cayden James kidnap Quentin Lance. Team Arrow, meanwhile, struggles to stay together.

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S.W.A.T. Review: “Octane”

Season 1, Episode 6 – One of S.W.A.T.’s own is kidnapped and a character we haven’t seen since the pilot drops in, for a fun but unevenly paced episode

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Actor Richard Jenkins on the Magic of Making “The Shape of Water” (Interview)

JenkinsShapeofWaterExcerptGuillermo del Toro’s fantasy might put Jenkins back in the Oscar race for his supporting role as the friend and neighbor of a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins.

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The First “Loveless” Trailer Plays Up the Tension of the Russian Drama (Video)

LovelessTrailerThe new film from Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan) already received an award at Cannes and is likely to receive many more accolades in the coming months.

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THE ORVILLE Review: “Mad Idolatry”

the orville excerptSeason 1, Episode 12 – The season finale of The Orville gives us nothing to think about.

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VAN HELSING Review: “Wakey, Wakey”

Van Helsing ExcerptSeason 2, Episode 9 – Dmitri fights Doc and Julius on the trail of Van Helsing while Axel and Scarlett face big trouble against The Sisterhood.

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GOTHAM Review: “Queen Takes Knight”

Gotham ExcerptSeason 4, Episode 11 – Penguin calls extra help to Gotham to fight Sofia and The Sirens but gets betrayed by someone close, while the billionaire brat turns Wayne Manor upside down.

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“Doctor Who Christmas Special” Gets a New Teaser, Peter Capaldi Gets a Farewell Special (Video)

DoctorWhoXMasExcerptBBC America will kick off this year’s annual tradition with a 7-day 24-hour marathon covering the last three actors that played the Doctor. Capaldi will be replaced by Jodie Whitaker for the next season.

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