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The Black List 2017

black listThe Black List 2017 has arrived! We have the complete list of screenplays and their writers, compiled from the suggestions of over 250 film executives.

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Not Much Movement at Box Office as “Coco” Remains #1 for Third Weekend

CocoBoxOfficeTNA24’s The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, enters the top 5 with an est. $6.4 million. Broad Green’s Just Getting Started isn’t… it bombed pretty badly its opening weekend.

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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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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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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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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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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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“Annihilation” Buzz Souring as Producers Clash Over Natalie Portman’s Sci-Fi Movie

AnnihilationFollowing a poor test screening that rankled producers Scott Rudin and David Ellison, Paramount has decided to sell international rights to Alex Garland’s new film to Netflix.

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DC Movie Universe in Turmoil as Big Changes Loom, From Batman to the Executive Suites

DC Films LogoBen Affleck isn’t long for the cape and cowl, while Zack Snyder has directed his last DC movie, and possibly his last movie ever for Warner Bros., where he still has a producing deal.

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Nicole Kidman, Jack Gyllenhaal & More Serve Up Some Scares in Horror Show Shorts

ShowExcerpt Check out a series of scary shorts starring ten of this year’s best actors and actresses.

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Another Drab Weekend at Box Office Before “Star Wars” Destroys All

BoxOffice128JGSDisasterArtistRon Shelton’s comedy Just Getting Started, starring Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, takes on James Franco’s The Disaster Artist as it expands nationwide.

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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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Will “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Be Bigger Than “The Force Awakens”?

ReyLastJediTNLucasfilm’s 2017 release is just weeks away. Advance tickets are selling like hotcakes. But few think it will break some of the seemingly insurmountable box office records set by its 2015 precursor.

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“Bull Durham” Creator Ron Shelton Returns to Theaters with “Just Getting Started” (Interview)

RonSheltonJGSExcerptShelton’s new comedy stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as rivals at a Palm Springs retirement resort.

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“Bull Durham” Creator Ron Shelton Returns to Theaters with “Just Getting Started” (Interview)

Shelton’s new comedy stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as rivals at a Palm Springs retirement resort.

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“Star Wars” Has Studios Gun Shy This Year, and For No Good Reason

star wars last jedi poster smallFive Christmas releases could be on the path to profitability right now if any of their distributors had opted to take advantage of the calm before the Star Wars storm. So why didn’t they? Neil Turitz questions Hollywood’s December release strategy in his new column.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on Hip Hop, Poetry and His New Directorial Effort “Love Beats Rhymes” (Interview)

RZACommonLBR1A departure from his earlier martial arts film, the rapper-turned-filmmaker talks about switching gears for Azealia Banks’ acting debut.

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Disney’s “Coco” Repeats At #1 While Specialty Releases Continue to Soar

CocoBOTNGreta Gerwig’s Lady BIrd and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards both expanded into over 1,000 theaters and grossed roughly $4.5 million in the slower post-Thanksgiving weekend. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist scored an impressive opening in just 19 theaters.

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Weekend Update: “Coco” Winning Its Second Weekend But No Surprise There

CocoBORTN1Wonder is giving Justice League a run for second place with a few other close races with no new wide releases or Top 10 entries.

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With the Establishment of One Blue Ribbon Panel, It’s Time for Another to Lead the Way in Post-Harvey Hollywood

Times UpWhy aren’t more publications writing about the women of Time’s Up, who reportedly include Kathleen Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Ellison and Natalie Portman?

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Launch Pad Alum Byron Burton Signs With Zero Gravity Management

Byron Burton Zero GravityBurton is currently developing an animated series, The Gang’s All Here, with voice acting and directing legend Rob Paulsen, whose credits include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and Rick and Morty.

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“Call Me By Your Name” Stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Timothée Chalamet on Their Busy Fall Seasons (Interview)

StuhlbargChalametCMBYNTwo actors, one a respected veteran, the other a newcomer, not only star in Luda Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama, but also in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and more.

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20th Century Fox’s Chelsey Summey Earns Well-Deserved Promotion to SVP of Corporate Communications

Chelsey SummeyIn her new role, Summey will oversee several aspects of the studio’s external and internal communications, including box office reporting, trade media relations and transactional announcements.

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No New Wide Releases But Many Great Prestige, Awards Candidates Debuting

Coco ExcerptFox Searchlight expands Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards further but otherwise, Disney’s Coco is free and clear to repeat at #1.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: “Runaways” Star Allegra Acosta on Playing a Teenage Latina Superhero

runaways allegra acosta “The fact that I’m representing girls my age, the struggles we all go though daily, the way she changes over the season, it’s just beyond surreal and beyond amazing,” the Hulu and Marvel star tells Tracking Board.

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Lawrence Fishburne On Working with Richard Linklater on “Last Flag Flying” and Straddling Marvel and DC (Interview)

LawrenceFishburneLFF1TNThe veteran actor talks about his career, his new movie, and his forays into television with black-ish and Hannibal.

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The MCU Celebrates 10 Years with a Photoshoot Featuring 83 Heroes

Marvel ExcerptMarvel celebrates the MCU’s 10 year anniversary with cast photos and Kevin Feige discussing the future of the franchise.

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Pixar’s “Coco” Becomes Fourth-Biggest Thanksgiving Opener

CocoBORTN1Pixar’s latest opened lower than last year’s Moana but better than 2015’s The Good Dinosaur, while Justice League dropped to second place.

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