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Last year IndieWire shared free scripts available to download from 2016 Oscar Contenders such as “Carol,” “Spotlight,” and “Room,” among others. Now, we have a new list full of screenplays that you can skim over, read how the writer envisioned the film, and then go see how the director interpreted it on the big screen. These scripts are also great for aspiring writers to get ideas for their own stories, as well as see how a Hollywood film screenplay really looks like.
Among the screenplays included in this year’s list include “Captain Fantastic” written by Matt Ross and starring Viggo Mortensen, “The Girl on the Train” penned by Erin Cressida Wilson” and “Hail, Caesar!” written by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Read More: Free Scripts! Download 2016 Oscar Contenders ‘Inside Out,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘Spotlight’ and More
We’ll continue to update this list throughout awards season, so keep checking back for more free scripts. »
- Liz Calvario
Hitting theaters on June 30, 2017 is Despicable Me 3. Check out the brand new trailer and poster below.
The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who »
- Michelle McCue
Simon Brew Dec 15, 2016
With Minions having grossed north of $1.1bn at the global box office, making it one of the biggest grossing animated movies of all time, it’s little surprise that Illumination Entertainment is bringing the little critters to the screen again. This time, though, they’re bringing Gru – voiced by Steve Carell – back with them.
The film in question, as you’ve probably twigged by now, is Despicable Me 3, with also sees added to the voice case Trey Parker as villainous Balthazar Bratt, and Kristen Wiig too. The movie lands in UK cinemas on June 30th 2017, and the first trailer and official synopsis have landed. So, in turn, here’s the trailer…
And here’s the synopsis…
His fashion sense is dated, his devious villain tactics may be a bit unconventional, but you can’t deny he’s got style. Who is he? He’s Balthazar Bratt, the latest criminal that will wreck havoc in “Despicable Me 3.”
Illumination Entertainment released the trailer for the latest film in the animated franchise, which sees the return of Steve Carell as super villain Gru, Kristen Wiig as his wife Lucy and the adorable and wild Minions.
This time around “Grucy” (Lucy’s couple name for them that Gru hates) will go up against the nefarious villain Balthazar, voiced by “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker. Balthazar is a former child star who’s turned to a life of international crime and is still obsessed with the character he portrayed in the ‘80s. The formidable nemesis uses a Rubik’s Cube as a weapon, has a powerful keytar, moonwalks and dresses like a rockstar. »
- Liz Calvario
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released the first trailer and poster for Despicable Me 3, bringing our first look at the sequel's new villain, Balthazar Bratt, played by South Park creator Trey Parker. This footage shows Balthazar Bratt, stuck in the 80s, using a high-tech Rubix Cube and challenging Gru to a dance-off to Michael Jackson's hit song "Bad." We also get our first look at "Grucy," with Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) teaming up to take on this despicable new villain.
The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters-Margo, Edith and Agnes-and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon, and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017. The »
For the fifth consecutive year, the Whistler Film Festival, which runs Nov. 30-Dec. 4, will host Variety’s 10 Screenwriters to Watch event. This year’s honored screenwriters will share their personal stories and challenges related to succeeding in today’s film industry at an afternoon conversation on Dec. 3 as part of Wff’s Signature Series. Hosted by Variety VP & executive editor Steven Gaydos, festival goers will get the chance to hear from some of the brightest and most promising writers of the year and get the latest news and insights behind their upcoming projects. Both casual fans and aspiring filmmakers have found this event to be illuminating and instructive, making it one of Wff’s most anticipated events of the festival.
Six of the ten screenwriters confirmed to attend the festival will receive their coveted award at Wff’s Awards Celebration on Dec. 4.
Variety’s class of 2016 screenwriters and notable credits »
- Variety Staff
One of the few benefits of the frenzied awards race is Hollywood’s outpouring of materials associated with the contenders. Perhaps the biggest perk is the release of full scripts one is able to download legally, directly from the studios.
The first batch has now arrived, ranging from at least one of our favorite scripts this year (Coens‘ Hail, Caesar!) to, well, let’s say, some outside the box choices. As we await the screenplays for Silence, Manchester By the Sea, Arrival, La La Land, 20th Century Women, Moonlight, Jackie, Loving, Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals, and more contenders, one can start brushing up now.
We’ll be updating this post as these and more arrive over the coming months, so bookmark the page, but one can check out everything thus far below (right click and save to download, or open in your browser by clicking the titles). To »
- Jordan Raup
After crossing $300 million domestic and $400 million worldwide earlier today, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have announced that a sequel to The Secret Life of Pets is happening. The studio revealed that The Secret Life of Pets 2 will take the previously unspecified July 13, 2018 release date set by Illumination Entertainment. As of now, the project doesn't have any direct competition, but it is situated right between Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018) and 20th Century Fox's Alita: Battle Angel (July 20, 2018).
Variety reports that original Secret Life of Pets director Chris Renaud and writer Brian Lynch will return for the sequel, which will be produced by Illumination's founder/CEO Christopher Meledandri and his longtime producing partner Janet Healy. It isn't known if Chris Renaud's co-director Yarrow Cheney or Brian Lynch's co-writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio will return.
The Secret Life of Pets set a new box office record last month »
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy will produce the follow-up to the comedy, which set a record for best U.S. opening weekend for an original film, animated or otherwise, with $104.3 million. Chris Renaud will return to direct and writer Brian Lynch is back to write the script.
“The Secret Life of Pets” has hit $400 million at the worldwide box office with $300.3 million at the domestic box office and $103.5 million internationally, where it opened No. 1 in 18 markets to date. “Pets” is just launching its run into 48 more territories, with China opening Tuesday.
- Dave McNary
The secret to the success of The Secret Life of Pets.
While overall this summer’s box office seems pretty dismal, over the weekend we saw an historical achievement by one of the season’s unexpected blockbusters. The Secret Life of Pets became the first original movie ever to gross more than $100m in its opening weekend. How on earth did it do so well? How did it debut bigger than previous original movie record holders Inside Out and Avatar, each of which at least had a built-in audience for their brand-name studio or filmmaker? Let’s explore.
Moviegoers Want Originality
At a time when sequels are mostly doing poorly, audiences further made their case to Hollywood that they want something new, something they’ve never seen before. The Secret Life of Pets isn’t a sequel, a prequel, a spinoff, or a reboot. It’s not even based on a book or comic or TV series »
- Christopher Campbell
“The Secret Life of Pets” dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million and launching the first new franchise of the summer.
Its success is a feather in the cap for Illumination chief Chris Meledandri, confirming his status among the ranks of animation giants. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats, and other animal companions do while their owners are busy at work, cost an economical $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making animated films. Universal is backing the film, which launched across 4,370 locations.
“The Secret Life of Pets” easily supplanted Disney and Pixar’s “Finding Dory” from first place on the box office charts — it has topped rankings for the three prior weeks. The sequel to “Finding Nemo” slid to second place with north of $20 million, having made more than $422 million to become the highest grossing film of the year on a domestic basis, »
- Brent Lang
Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” is dominating the U.S. box office with a $96 million opening weekend at 4,329 locations, estimates showed Saturday.
The animated comedy took in $38 million on its opening day, five times higher than first day of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” with about $6.6 million.
“The Secret Life of Pets” will wind up dwarfing the weekend’s second-place finisher — either Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends, or Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan.” Both are heading for weekends of around $20 million.
Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” will finish fourth with about $18 million, followed by Universal/Blumhouse’s second frame of horror sequel “The Purge: Election Year” with about $11 million at 2,821 sites.
- Dave McNary
“The Secret Life of Pets” looks to dominate the U.S. box office with a $95 million opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.
“The Secret Life of Pets,” from Illumination/Universal, is heading for a $35 million to $38 million opening day at 4,329 North American theaters. “Pets” could earn up to $99 million by Sunday.
Animated films will take the first two slots as Disney/Pixar’s fourth weekend of “Finding Dory” eyes a second-place finish with about $18 million, lifting its total to about $415 million by the end of the weekend.
Fox’s launch of Zac Efron’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” looks likely to finish third with about $16 million at 2,982 locations following an opening day of about $6 million. That should edge Warner Bros.’ second weekend of “The Legend of Tarzan” at about $15 million, with the second weekend of Disney’s “The Bfg” and Universal/Blumhouse’s “The Purge: Election Year” battling »
- Dave McNary
Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” bit into $5.3 million at 3,009 theaters on Thursday night at the U.S. box office.
That’s nearly as much as the $6.2 million Illumination-Universal’s animated blockbuster “Minions” earned in previews last summer on its way to a $115 million opening weekend.
Fox’s R-rated “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, launched with $1.6 million from 2,560 locations. The figure nearly matched the $1.7 million taken in by Efron’s “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” in May, when it opened with a $21.8 million weekend.
“Pets” is expected to gross at least $70 million this weekend and dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive frames and dominated at multiplexes, grossing $396 million in 20 days.
Universal is opening “Pets” at 4,329 North American theaters on Friday. The film follows animals after their owners leave for work or school each day. »
- Dave McNary
Chicago – A promising voice cast of comedy greats is effectively neutered in the blasé animated family film “The Secret Life Of Pets.” It doesn’t have the multi-layered story of the best Pixar movies – or even the “Despicable Me” films – to satisfy both kids and grownups. The bigger it tries to be, the more exhausted it seems.
The film might have worked best as a short subject, but it simply doesn’t have enough ideas to sustain a full length animated film. It’s early scenes are the ones most likely to get your tale wagging – where we witness dogs, cats, birds, and other assorted animals in a New York CIty apartment building indulging themselves while their owners are away. They’re either nibbling on leftovers, partying with other dogs, going on walks or chasing squirrels. It’s the kind of thing that will amuse young viewers, and is »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
While Illumination Studios has certainly learned many lessons from the success of Pixar, it feels to me like they have also found their own voice in the process. Yes, The Secret Life Of Pets is basically just the first Toy Story with pets instead of toys, but what has become Illumination’s signature is the sheer number of gags per minute they throw at the audience. Far more akin to Looney Tunes than Disney in the grand scheme of things, The Secret Life Of Pets takes that Toy Story template and cranks it up to a dizzying degree, and it is largely successful. The few times the film really tries to land an emotional punch, it is clear just how deeply we all carry our feelings about pets in general, because they don’t have to do much to make it effective. Last week, I made a major life change »
- Drew McWeeny
Like a playful game of fetch, The Secret Life Of Pets finds mindless entertainment in repetitive predictability. You won’t get Pixar levels of emotional heft or glistening, hyper-realistic animation, only an Add-paced appreciation of child-pleasing, slapstick animated comedy.
Stacked against The Jungle Book‘s visual artistry and Finding Dory’s heartfelt nature, The Secret Life Of Pets opts for expected (yet always hilarious) rabbit poop jokes – not every student graduates with top honors, you know. Writers Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch, and Cinco Paul draw up a sweet owner/companion dynamic between characters, and even though scripted depth stops at “loyal companionship,” there’s still a pleasantly goofy amount of laughs worth sharing with cackling adolescent audiences. Adorable, easy laughs…but laughs nonetheless.
- Matt Donato
I don’t see nearly enough animation. For someone who sees about 350 movies a year, sometimes I barely seen a half dozen cartoons, and that’s kind of shameful. I usually hit the main Academy Award hopefuls and a few random ones besides that, but I slack when it comes to animated films. Still, I try to hit the big ones (Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, etc), though Illumination and Universal’s Despicable Me and Minions franchise has escaped my eye so far. Their latest outing, the original effort The Secret Life of Pets, however, I have seen (just yesterday, in fact). Furthermore, I’m happy to report that it’s rather adorable as well. It hits theaters this week and should be a huge hit. The film is (obviously) an animated look at what our furry friends do once we leave the house. The protagonist here is dog Max (voice of »
- Joey Magidson
Pet-loving moviegoers are expected to show strong support for the opening of Illumination-Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” with more than $70 million this weekend at the U.S. box office.
The animated comedy should dethrone Disney-Pixar’s blockbuster “Finding Dory,” which has won three consecutive weekends and dominated at multiplexes with $381 million in 18 days. Fox is also opening the raunchy comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” starring Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza, amid expectations in the $15 million range.
“The Secret Life of Pets” has grossed $31 million in six international markets and is already the second-highest animated grosser this year in the U.K.
Universal will open “Pets” at approximately 4,300 North American theaters on Friday. The film is based on the simple premise of the lives led by pets after their owners leave for work or school each day.
Expectations have been elevated by strong »
- Dave McNary
“The Secret Life of Pets” has grossed nearly $31 million in six international markets as of Monday, ahead of its U.S. opening this weekend.
The Universal-Illumination comedy topped the U.K. and Ireland box office for the second weekend with $6.3 million — bringing its 11-day total to $23.4 million. The film is the second-biggest animated title of the year after “Zootopia” at $33 million.
“Pets” opened in first place in Taiwan with $2 million, the top debut for an animated film in 2016 and the biggest opening weekend ever for an original animated pic in the market. It opened No. 1 in Hong Kong with $1.9 million.
“Pets” launched in Vietnam with $806,000 and hit No. 1 in Israel with $581,000.
The movie will launch in 60 more territories over the next three months, starting with India, Pakistan and Trinidad, along with the U.S., where it is expected to dominate moviegoing.
- Dave McNary
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