Update: Get the most updated list of Oscar contending screenplays available for download here. It's a good day when I can bring you more screenplays to download and today we have seven new scripts added to the mix, including one of the year's most talked about movies with Richard Linklater's screenplay for Boyhood. Twelve years in the making and now you can peruse the 181-page screenplay for what many believe to be the current Best Picture frontrunner. Adding to that, Dreamworks Animation has made available the screenplay for their animation hopeful How to Train Your Dragon 2, written by Dean DeBlois and inspired by the novels by Cressida Cowell. Focus has also added one more to their list by offering Peter Landesman's script for Kill the Messenger. Finally, Fox Searchlight has released a mother-load, bringing us screenplays for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, John Michael McDonagh's script for Calvary, »
- Brad Brevet
Dave Chappelle made a name for himself with his short-lived, classic Comedy Central series "Chappelle's Show," before disappearing for a while. Now, the comedian has re-emerged into the public consciousness after a string of successful shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and in his first interview in years, talks about what other challenges he'd like to tackle.
One of them? A return to television, though not for "Chappelle's Show 2.0." No, Chappelle told GQ, he'd rather try his hand at a host of different genres, popping up on popular series across the dial.
"For one year, I want to do this thing where I guest-star on as many television shows as I possibly can," Chappelle told the magazine. " ... I'd be a zombie in 'The Walking Dead.' A corpse on 'CSI.' I'd be the first black guy to f--k Olivia Pope on 'Scandal.'"
Chappelle added that he's a huge TV fan, »
- Katie Roberts
If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Today’s big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to sit next to Martin Landau and hear his Actors Studio stories) and Mackenzie Foy, along with director Christopher Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas and brother Jonathan, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. Oh, and did I forget to mention Paramount also invited scores of Academy members to celebrate with Matthew? His family including kids and wife Camila Alves were at the ceremony, and Alves also came »
- Pete Hammond
Lost somewhere in the great morass of superhero movies, sci-fi dramas, and Oscar-bait prestige pictures, I managed to miss the fact that producer Paul Feig and director Steve Martino were making a Peanuts film! With a new batch of images being released today, I have to say that the new cinematic version of Charles Schulz’s classic comic strip looks pretty true to the spirit of the originals.
One of the great dangers of adapting a beloved strip to the cinematic milieu – even one as oft adapted as Peanuts – is the chance that the filmmakers will try to turn something sweet and genuine into a hip cash-grab. Yes, Snoopy will sell us insurance, but at least all the TV specials featuring Charlie Brown and the gang have been largely in keeping with the bittersweet spirit of the comic strip. With these images, it’s nice to see that Peanuts will maintain that spirit. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In the below short interview with Charlie Rose, Chris Rock talks about his latest, much-buzzed about film, "Top Five," as well as fame, and what he sees as the differences between "black fame," and "white fame." He summarizes, as only Chris Rock can, a subject we've long tackled on this site over the years - something we refer to as the "burden of representation" that black content creators shoulder (or choose not to). Essentially, the matter at hand is whether black artists (specifically those in the film industry – filmmakers, actors, etc) are under any obligation to “represent” the so-called black community. Should the choices they »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited "transition year," the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show's heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots. The sad news is that we »
- Jeff Labrecque
Did anyone see this coming? Not the tense standoff between Daryl and Carol (henceforth referred to as Caryl) and Noah (a.k.a. Chris Rock), or Daryl’s interest in self-help books, or even the return to downtown Atlanta — all among the highlights of this episode. The question is: Did anyone think that Carol would develop into one of the show’s best characters? She’s every bit the damaged badass as her grungy, crossbow-slinging pal. Only with Carol — especially now, thanks to a few key flashbacks last night — we have more insight into both who she was and who she’s become. There was a time when you’d think of her as little more than Daryl’s sidekick. Now they’re equals — capable not only of surviving, but saving others and making the kind of tough moral calls this new world demands.The episode starts off smartly, bringing »
- Richard Rys
Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face. On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention. Now back to why he's smiling. While the 37-year-old actor deserves all the accolades he receives for "Get on Up," and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category seems likely, there are other events in the air that may soon turn him into a household name. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bill Cosby “does not does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment,” his attorney says Bill Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, released a statement on Cosby’s website, saying: “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced." “SNL” ratings continue rebounding with host Woody Harrelson After a dismal start followed by a season high with Chris Rock, “SNL’s” ratings slipped last night, but were still solid as viewers are starting to warm to the new cast. Plus: “SNL” shows why the Internet shouldn’t write TV shows, “SNL” pokes fun at NYC’s new pot policy in epic filmed short, and “SNL” had a “True Detective” “reunion,” and happy 21st birthday, Pete Davidson! It’s a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion! James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson posed for a photo together on Saturday. Kim Kardashian to visit India’s “Big Brother »
- Norman Weiss
Hollywood Film Awards: What Went Down and Why It Mattered Host Queen Latifah, and Hollywood Career Achievement Award winner Michael Keaton, presented by Geena Davis; Hollywood Film Award winner “Gone Girl,” accepted by Ben Affleck, presented by Ron Howard; Hollywood Director Award winner Morten Tyldum for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Robert Pattinson; Hollywood Actor Award winner Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Amy Adams; Hollywood Actress Award winner Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” presented by Kristen Stewart; Hollywood Supporting Actor Award winner Robert Duvall for “The Judge,” presented by Robert Downey Jr.; Hollywood Supporting Actress Award winner Keira Knightley for “The Imitation Game,” presented by Christoph Waltz; Hollywood Ensemble Award winner “Foxcatcher” cast (Steve Carell, Channing Tatum), presented by Jonah Hill; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award winner Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars,” presented by Laura Dern; Hollywood Breakout Performance Actor Award winner Eddie Redmayne »
Perhaps President Obama and new Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell have more in common than anyone realized. This week's Saturday Night Live cold open mocked the pair's proposed bourbon sit-down by showing them sharing drinks and becoming surprisingly close pals. Watch more Chris Rock Stirs Controversy With 'SNL' Monologue About Boston Marathon, 9/11 After a few shots, they team up on a prank call to Hillary Clinton. "You've won an all-expenses paid trip to getting whooped in 2016," McConnell (Taran Killam), says over the phone as he and Obama (Jay Pharoah) both snicker. Then, things get emotional when Obama says that
- Ryan Gajewski
It’s been twenty-five years since Woody Harrelson originally hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and more than two decades since his last appearance on the show. In that time, he’s gone from "lovable bartender on 'Cheers'" to someone who is simultaneously part of one of Hollywood’s biggest film franchises (“The Hunger Games”) and co-lead in one of 2014’s most talked-about television shows (“True Detective”). What’s hosting a live sketch-comedy show on top of that already stuffed year? I’d be shocked to not see a parody of at least one (if not both) of those aforementioned pieces of pop culture, but mostly I want to see Harrelson let his comedy freak flag fly with this cast and see what happens. As always, I’ll be grading in sketch in real time. As always, you shouldn’t worry too much about the grades. We’re all here because we love “SNL, »
- Ryan McGee
The Imitation Game and Gone Girl were the big winners at this year's Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles, the first big event in the awards calendar and the place where Oscar-related speculation begins. Despite a distracting turn from a drunken Johnny Depp, the stars were smiling at a show that boded well for British talent, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Jack O'Connell all receiving praise for their acting.
Those awards in full:-
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Breakout Performance Actress
Breakout Performance Actor
- Jennie Kermode
Attended by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon and Keira Knightley, the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards were presented by Queen Latifah live from the Hollywood Palladium.
The Imitation Game was the biggest winner of the night with four awards.
Alexandre Desplat was awarded the 'Hollywood Film Composer Award' for his accompanying musical score.
The 'Hollywood Animation Award' went to How to Train Your Dragon 2, »
“You and I are both old enough to remember how difficult it was for the Golden Globes originally . We are just trying to launch the Hollywood Film Awards for TV and hope we can grow into possibly an annual event (for CBS), ” CBS chief Les Moonves told me in keeping expectations in check just moments before Friday night’s inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards was to begin . Moonves, a Motion Picture Academy voter himself who appeared to be having a good time throughout the show, was seated with wife Julie Chen at one of the two Weinstein tables at the event between Harvey Weinstein and his The Imitation Game stars Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch who both would go on to receive trophies for, respectively , Hollywood Supporting Actress and Hollywood Actor though both are British (full disclosure: I also happened to be seated at the other Weinstein table »
- Pete Hammond
Awards seasong got underway last night with the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards, which were being televised for the very first time on CBS. Taking home the top honour – the Hollywood Film Award – was David Fincher’s Gone Girl, while Benedict Cumberbatch was named Best Actor for The Imitation Game, Julianne Moore received Best Actress for Still Alice, and Guardians of the Galaxy took home the Hollywood Blockbuster Award.
Here’s a full list of the winners…
Hollywood Film Award: Gone Girl
Hollywood Career Achievement Award: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Hollywood Ensemble Award: Foxcatcher cast
Hollywood Documentary Award: Supermensch
New Hollywood Award: Jack O’Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Animation Award: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Supporting Actor Award: Robert Duvall, »
- Gary Collinson
The 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards kicked off awards season Friday night, and for the first time ever, the event was broadcasted live on CBS. Host Queen Latifah entertained the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium as viewers and attendees got a glimpse of some of this year's major award frontrunners.
"There’s never been anyone better and there likely never will be," Downey said of Duvall, who was equally effusive about his co-star.
"The reason I took the project mainly is because of Robert Downey Jr," Duvall praised. "We spent many good times together."
Duvall also thanked his wife Luciana Pedraza, laughing, "I’ve had a few better halves, but she’s the best better half I’ve ever had."
Fox’s thriller “Gone Girl” won the top award at the 18th Hollywood Film Awards, telecast for the first time Friday.
Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley have won the supporting actor and actress trophies. Duvall won for his portrayal of a aging jurist in “The Judge” and Knightley took hers for playing a mathematician in “The Imitation Game.”
Friday’s ceremonies at the Hollywood Paladium were tension-free, given that the the voting is done by an anonymous advisory panel.
'I was told there were no other nominees so I was cautiously optimistic' – @BenAffleck accepts the best picture award for 'Gone Girl'
— Dave McNary (@Variety_DMcNary) November 15, 2014
The pre-show ceremonies represented the first opportunity for a major red carpet at the start of awards season.
'As writers, we spend most »
- Dave McNary
Gone Girl won the top prize at tonight’s 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards. David Fincher’s drama starring Ben Affleck took the Hollywood Film Award. World War II codebreaker drama The Imitation Game won the most hardware, scoring four wins including best actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and director for Morten Tyldem. Julianne Moore scooped up the Hollywood Actress Award for Still Alice, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the animation prize. Michael Keaton was the lifetime achievement honoree. A complete list of winners is below.
Queen Latifah hosted HFAs, which were televised for the first time. The event always has been a private Tinseltown affair, but CBS aired the show live from the Hollywood Palladium at 8 Pm in the East and delayed at 8 Pm Pacific. Organizers like to consider the negotiated Hollywood Film Awards the first stop on the long awards-season journey, and studios seem to love »
- Pete Hammond
When Chris Rock took the mic to accept the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for Top Five, which he wrote and directed and toplines, his first thank-you wasn't to his cast, his crew or his family. See more Hollywood Film Awards: The Red-Carpet Arrivals "I want to thank, first of all thank [CBS chief] Les Moonves for having the only awards show without Pharrell all year. Thank god I don’t have to listen to 'Happy' right now," he said, referring to the singer and producer's Oscar-nominated hit. "I would stab myself!" He offered some career advice to Chadwick
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
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