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Could this year's Black List of unmade scripts be the picture of Hollywood to come? | Ben Walters

30 December 2009 4:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The annual list that picks the best unproduced screenplays making the rounds has in the past turned up scripts that became Juno, The Road and The Invention of Lying

The past year has been a good one for phantom films, those unfinished or never-quite-started projects that form a tantalising shadow history of cinema – witness Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon, the capacious research for which has finally reached daylight in the form of a magisterial Taschen tome, or Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, the subject of a recent documentary. BBC4's Christmas Welles season, with its focus on the decade or two after Citizen Kane, couldn't help but seem a catalogue of what-ifs and near-misses.

But shadow cinema is not restricted to the archives. Every December, Franklin Leonard of the William Morris agency in Los Angeles releases his Black List, a rundown of the best unproduced screenplays currently doing the rounds in Hollywood. »

- Ben Walters

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Could Taylor Swift Be The Next ‘Supergirl’?

22 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Hollyscoop has reported on a rumor going around that 2009 Grammy winner Taylor Swift is in talks to put on the blue and red costume in an upcoming remake/reboot of the 1984 film Supergirl, that once starred Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway. Their sources say that Warner Bros. is looking to create a new film, and/or possibly a TV series, for the character, despite the original film being a financial failure.

Since this is merely a rumor as of now, the more interesting part was what the source’s said about the scarcity of female superheroes at the moment, “Hollywood is short of female heroes and the time is right for a new Supergirl.” This part seems logical enough – despite the mandate from a couple years ago when studio head Jeff Rubinox supposedly said, “Warner Bros. will no longer feature movies with female leads.”

This comes after a number of »

- John Muth

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Last Minute Video Considerations: Clint Eastwood and Frank Sinatra

22 December 2009 5:53 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

MGM Home Video has offered up thirteen different star-centered CD packs, all conveniently priced at $24.95 but savvy shoppers can find them for as little as $14.95. Each box set features four films from the studio’s vast library and neatly packages them together.

What you pay for in convenience, though, you lose in the rich DVD experience that many aficionados want from their home video. The films come with commentary and maybe the trailer but little else. So, if your recipient is a major fan of the films and/or stars, be warned.

Having said that, two that were sent for review, are pretty nice. The Clint Eastwood Star Collection offers up A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, and Hang ‘Em High. That’s 721 minutes of Clint in his spaghetti western days and the birth of a film icon. Oddly, A Fistful of Dollars »

- Robert Greenberger

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Kristin Scott Thomas: 'I've been a very sad person, but I'm not any more'

20 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kristin Scott Thomas on self-belief, not being on the right list in Hollywood and playing John Lennon's Aunt Mimi in her latest film

The moment that Kristin Scott Thomas knew she didn't want to be a typical movie star, the moment it seems she switched from playing romantic leads to infinitely more interesting roles, was when a director told her she should make her character more appealing. The idea didn't grab her. "I just thought, I don't want to do that," she says. "I don't want to have to be pretty. I don't want to have to be adorable. Because if I'm watching that on screen I get irritated." She sits back with a sigh. "I can't bear it."

It was an astute response. After all, Scott Thomas's best work is not about looking doe-eyed and flicking her hair; instead it's defined by froideur, then thaw. There is a toughness in her performances, »

- Kira Cochrane

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Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In Mel Gibson’s Viking Movie

18 December 2009 2:20 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Mel Gibson’s untitled period drama about Viking culture. This will be DiCaprio’s first picture with Gibson.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Gibson will direct from the script by William Monahan.

The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts, “Braveheart,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Apocalypto.” [Variety]

“This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry’s finest cinematic talent, and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,” producer Graham King said in a statement.

Production is expected to begin in fall 2010.

DiCaprio just completed the Christopher Nolan-directed “Inception” and will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed “Shutter Island.”

Gibson just completed »

- Fiona

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Mel Gibson Takes A Summer Vacation

15 December 2009 2:25 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

After almost eight years away from screens as an actor and it looks like Mel Gibson is returning to starring roles in a big way.

Following the star’s forthcoming projects Edge of Darkness and the Jodie Foster directed The Beaver (alongside his own directing duties for the  forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio Viking film) comes news that Gibson will write and star in the action drama,  How I Spent My Summer Vacation.

 

According to Variety:

Summer Vacation centers on a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican authorities and is sent to a drug- and crime-filled prison, where he learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.”

The film will be the third film that the actor-director has written, following The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto – but this will be the first that he doesn’t direct. Vacation will be directed by Adrian Grunberg, who was First »

- Niall Browne

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Mel Gibson to star in Vacation and direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Viking drama

15 December 2009 11:02 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Mel Gibson has announced two film projects within a week: a self-penned starring role in crime comedy How I Spent My Summer Vacation, and another stint in the director's chair for a norse epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio

Another day, another Mel Gibson project. The veteran actor and director is to star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, based on his own script about a career criminal who learns to survive in a Mexican prison with the help of a nine-year-old boy.

Gibson usually likes to direct his own screenplays, but on this occasion he is passing the reins to Adrian Grunberg, who was first assistant director on the film-maker's most recent movie, Mayan tale Apocalypto. The movie was announced just a few days after it was revealed that Gibson's next directing project will be a film about Viking culture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The as-yet-untitled feature will be shot in the Autumn, »

- Ben Child

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part One

15 December 2009 7:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

After such success with this last year, today comes the first in a multi-chapter look at the various cinematic releases hitting the U.S. in 2010.

Each 'Volume' contains brief descriptions and editorial opinion/analysis of around 25-30 films, and at present it's looking to run around nine volumes in length.

Expect the remaining ones to go up between now and the first official weekend of releases on January 8th.

13

Opens: 2010

Cast: Jason Statham, Alexander Skarsgard, Mickey Rourke, Ray Winstone, 50 Cent

Director: Géla Babluani

Summary: A remake of 2005 French thriller "13 (Tzameti)". A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.

Analysis: Remakes are very common, the same director remaking his own film in English is rarer but still not unheard of ("Funny Games," "Bangkok Dangerous," "The »

- Garth Franklin

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Mel Gibson Spends His ‘Summer Vacation’

15 December 2009 5:20 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Just yesterday we informed you that Mel Gibson is headed back to the director’s chair to helm a new Viking film — and judging from your comments, that’s a less than exciting proposition.

This morning, karma has seen fit to deliver you a double whammy of Gibson — not only will he be directing the untitled Viking movie, but he’ll also be returning in an acting capacity in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, based on a screenplay that Gibson himself wrote for his Apocalypto team.

In a twist that seems to reflect how strangely Gibson’s mind works, the subject material of the film is less peppy than you’d think by reading the title:

“[The film] centers on a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican authorities and is sent to a drug- and crime-filled prison, where he learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. »

- John Cooper

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Mel Gibson To Star In Summer Vacation

15 December 2009 2:00 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Lordy, Mel Gibson is getting busy.Just hours after the news was announced that he will direct a Viking epic to star Leonardo DiCaprio, Variety has revealed that won’t actually be next on Gibbo’s agenda. Instead, he’ll star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, a self-penned action drama set in Mexico.This explains why Gibson was glimpsed in Mexico last week; clearly, he was scouting locations, something he’s been doing for the best part of a year. What with this, starring in Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, preparing for the release of Edge Of Darkness and prepping that untitled Viking flick, Gibson must have left very little time for his Christmas shopping.How I Spent My Summer Vacation will tell the story of a career criminal (Gibson) who gets sent to a squalid, crime-ridden Mexican prison, where he bonds with a nine year-old boy. Well, »

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Gibson to Share His 'Summer Vacation'

14 December 2009 9:45 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Say what you will about Mel Gibson’s personal behavior at times, but the man’s got a serious work ethic. Along with signing on to direct a Viking drama featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Gibson will write and star in How I Spent My Summer Vacation, a prison actioner to be financed by the actor’s Icon Productions.

According to Variety, Summer Vacation will center around a career criminal who gets caught by Mexican law enforcement authorities and sentenced to a drug and crime-filled prison. There, the character learns how to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.

This will be Gibson’s first screenplay since Apocalypto, and although he has an Oscar under his belt for helming 1995’s Braveheart, Summer Vacation will be directed by Adrian Grunberg, who served as first assistant director on Gibson’s Mayan adventure film. Stacy Perskie, who was second assistant director on Apocalypto, is set to produce. »

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Mel Gibson To Direct DiCaprio In Viking Movie

14 December 2009 10:18 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Mel Gibson may have just made his acting comeback with the yet-to-be-released Edge of Darkness and the Jodie Foster-directed comedy, The Beaver, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing his work as a director. After impressing with The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto, it looks like Gibson will be working with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time as he directs an untitled Viking movie.

Variety’s BFDealmemo reports that Gibson will direct and DiCaprio will star in the yet-to-titled movie set in the world of the Viking culture. The movie will be scripted by the award-winning William Monaghan, who penned such films as The Departed and Body of Lies. The Departed producer, Graham King, will produce the Viking movie, along with Gibson himself and Tim Headington in a co-production between King’s Gk Films and Gibson’s Icon Productions.

 

The principle people involved (Gibson, DiCaprio and King, »

- Ross Miller

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Gibson And DiCaprio Possibly Teaming For Viking Movie

14 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

According to Variety, the movie likely to be Mel Gibson’s next directorial effort will be a viking story, written by William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven), and starring once and future heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s really early in the process to be saying this – as Gibson is finishing up The Beaver with Jodie Foster, and DiCaprio just finished principal photography on Christopher Nolan’s Inception – but I got pretty excited when I read the headline to the story.

Of course, I initially had hoped that maybe Gibson was going to star in the movie as well, but he’s done well enough with the period movies where he was just behind the camera (Apocalypto). Monahan, has been on a steady role since breaking in, with KoH being his first credited feature writing gig. He also scripted the soon to be released Martin Campbell, Mel Gibson starring movie Edge of Darkness. »

- John Muth

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Mel Gibson to Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Untitled Viking Feature

14 December 2009 1:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Variety's Mike Fleming has just posted a casting article worth repeating saying Mel Gibson will direct Leonardo DiCaprio in an untitled period drama set in the world of Viking culture. The Departed's William Monahan is writing the script with shooting expected to begin fall 2010.

Graham King will produce with Gibson and Tim Headington in a co-production between King's Gk Films and Gibson's Icon Productions. "This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry's finest cinematic talent and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill," King told Variety.

DiCaprio has been linked to several roles since signing on and recently completing Christopher Nolan's Inception, which hits theaters July 16, 2010. In fact, IMDb has him attached to 30 upcoming films as either an actor, a producer or both including Brave New World with Ridley Scott, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt »

- Brad Brevet

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Mel Gibson and Leonardo DiCaprio Team for Viking Film

13 December 2009 11:18 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mel Gibson is planning to direct a new "untitled period drama set in the world of Viking culture," with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star. After some time away from the screen, with the 2006 film Apocalypto being his last directorial effort, Gibson is back in a big way. He soon stars in Edge of Darkness and has wrapped his role in Jodie Foster's The Beaver. Now's pulling together a Viking picture, and perhaps one more semi-mystery film. Variety says the Viking film is expected to begin shooting in fall of 2010, and that it will be the next directorial effort for Gibson. The Departed's William Monahan is scripting. Those are all the details we've really, got, though the trade says the film "will be as unsparing as Gibson’s other period directing efforts." There have been quite a few Viking films in the last few years. Two versions of Beowulf, »

- Russ Fischer

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Gibson To Direct DiCaprio in Viking Adventure

13 December 2009 7:09 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mel Gibson may direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Viking adventure, reports Variety. The Departed scripter William Monahan will write for producer Graham King. I like this combo. Gibson will get down and dirty with this, as he did with The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto. He’s a gifted director. DiCaprio will likely take a film before putting on the Viking horns. He just completed the Christopher Nolan-directed “Inception” for Warner Bros., and will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed “Shutter Island,” which Paramount releases February 19. Gibson just completed the Jodie Foster-directed “The Beaver.” »

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The 2008 Black List (Unproduced Screenplays) Update: Where are they Now?

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We have year end favorite film lists, we have decade lists, but my favorite list of all is the Black List. Now in year 5, the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays voted by script readers who 9 times out of 10 are forced to read utter crap, will soon be unveiled - I suggest you check out the twitter feed for updates. As the votes are being tallied up, I thought we'd go back one year and see where we were at with the top 15 projects of the list. - We have year end favorite film lists, we have decade lists, but my favorite list of all is the Black List. Now in year 5, the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenplays voted by script readers who 9 times out of 10 are forced to read utter crap, will soon be unveiled - I suggest you check out the twitter feed for updates. »

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Top Ten Unproduced Screenplays of 2009 Include Two Produced Screenplays, a Muppet Cast of Thousands

11 December 2009 12:30 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

The Black List, the annual rankings of unproduced screenplays circulated by development execs, assistants, and shifty-eyed mailroom clerks, has been released, and striding atop in the #1 position is The Muppet Man, a Jim Henson biopic by Christopher Weekes that features appearance from your favorite Muppets. (Interesting side note: Last year's chart-topper was The Beaver -- also a story about a man and the puppet that takes over his life. It's being shot now by Jodie Foster with Mel Gibson in the lead. Lesson: Hand-puppets are hot, hot, hot.)

Also in the top ten are two films currently in production -- Aaron Sorkin's Facebook origin myth The Social Network, and Cedar Rapids, about a small town man who finds himself representing his company at a Cedars Rapids insurance convention, with Ed Helms playing the man. Of the other titles, Michael R. Perry's The Voices sounds interesting (about a schizophrenic who accidentally kills his co-worker, »

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