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Free Scripts! Download Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence,’ Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ and More

22 December 2016 6:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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

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Kevin Curran, Emmy Winner and Longtime ‘Simpsons’ Writer, Dies at 59

25 October 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Kevin Curran, a veteran comedy writer who spent 15 years on “The Simpsons,” died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 59.

Curran graduated from Harvard College in 1979, where he served as an editor for the Harvard Lampoon. While at Harvard, Curran met Al Jean, who would go on to become the showrunner of Fox’s “The Simpsons.” Curran had been on staff at “The Simpsons” since 2001, most recently serving as co-executive producer.

“He was one of the funniest guys I ever met,” Jean said. “He also had one of the sweetest, biggest hearts. He really was a terrific guy.”

Notable episodes Curran wrote for “The Simpsons” include “Don’t Fear the Roofer” (2005) and “I’m Spelling as Fast as I Can” (2003). He conceived the idea and co-wrote the 2002 “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween episode “The Island of Dr. Hibbert.” Curran won three Emmy Awards during his tenure on the show.

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Download the 2016 Awards Season Screenplays

19 October 2016 7:51 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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 »

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Bridget Jones's Baby makes Working Title first British film company to take $1bn in UK

3 October 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Blooming box office for third film in Helen Fielding franchise helps push Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan’s outfit to a new British record

For a film which was a decade in gestation and whose script was at one point reportedly poor enough that a key star quit, Bridget Jones’s Baby has turned out well.

Related: Bridget Jones's Baby review: Zellweger delivers in fun romp heavy with expectation

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- Catherine Shoard

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The UK has chosen its favorite book-to-film adaptations

27 September 2016 3:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

To the surprise of no one, Harry Potter has just topped a UK list of fan's favorite book-to-film adaptations. How did your favorites fare? J.K. Rowling's adaptations also topped a similar list last year. Considering she's British and writer of one of the biggest franchises in history, I would assume Rowling's work will easily continue taking the top spot for years to come. Unless they decide to do a reboot which somehow turns out terrible. Let's not think about that. According to The Guardian, 32% of 2,000 cinemagoers put Harry Potter at the top of their lists. It's a relatively small sample of people living in the UK, but something tells me it would stay on top even if it were larger. Here's the full list as they voted: 1. The Harry Potter series (Jk Rowling) 2. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) 3. The Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King) 4. The Lord of the Rings saga »

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Bridget Jones's Baby still the daddy in UK as Finding Dory hits motherlode

27 September 2016 5:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Third big-screen outing for Helen Fielding’s much-loved comic creation holds on to the top spot thanks to rapturous word of mouth, with Disney’s animation continued to get tills ringing

The residual affection for endearingly self-sabotaging singleton Bridget Jones meant it was always likely that a large audience would show up on opening weekend, which it did, resulting in an impressive UK debut of £8.11m. What happened next was always going to be harder to call – word-of-mouth would play a big factor in Bridget Jones’s Baby’s continued fortunes.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby Movie Review

24 September 2016 1:34 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Bridget Jones’S Baby Universal Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: C- Director:  Sharon Maguire Written by: Emma Thompson, Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer, based on characters created by Helen Fielding Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent Screened at: AMC Empire, NYC, 9/13/16 Opens: September 16, 2016 If you’re not the target aud for “Bridget Jones’s Baby” you may be sorely disappointed by a film that caters to people who might be curious about the paternity of the title character.  However there is a possibility that you could go for some of the dialogue in which, despite the movie’s not being a Judd Apatow  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Giveaway – Win Run Of Engagement Passes for Bridget Jones’S Baby in St. Louis and the Soundtrack CD

23 September 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favorite singleton in Bridget Jones’S Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can »

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Past and present by Anne-Katrin Titze

21 September 2016 11:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Savannah Guthrie, Eric Fellner, Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Sharon Maguire, Helen Fielding Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films lunch honouring Bridget Jones’s Baby at Lotos Club, I spoke with Sharon Maguire and Helen Fielding on carrying on the tradition of Jane Austen.

Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Baby beautifully plays out the contradictory feelings raging inside her. Katharine Hepburn in George Cukor's Pat And Mike comes to mind. She knows what is going on and still can't help it. Mr. Darcy's (Colin Firth) competition, Jack (Patrick Dempsey) is a variation of a Disney prince.

Renée Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Colin Firth: "Look what that resulted in, you see! Pregnant, two men! That ended well."

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's inventive birth mother, who co-wrote the screenplay with Emma Thompson and Dan Mazer, knows what she is doing and director Sharon Maguire does too, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Sully Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $22 Million

18 September 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend's box office winner, the hit biopic Sully, squared off against three newcomers in theaters, the horror sequel Blair Witch, the comedy sequel Bridget Jones's Baby and the biopic Snowden. We had predicted that Sully would drop roughly 50% in its second weekend, allowing Blair Witch to take the top spot. That didn't happen, though with Sully dropping much less than expected, triumphing over the three under-performing newcomers to win this weekend with $22 million.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sully dropped just 37.2% this weekend, and its 3,525 theater count was still the widest release of any movie this weekend. This weekend's tally brings its domestic total to $70.5 million, with an addition $23.4 million from overseas territories for a worldwide total of $93.9 million from a $60 million budget. All three newcomers took the second, third and fourth spots at the box office, with Blair Witch taking second with $9.6 million, with a $3,092 per-screen average from 3,121 theaters. »

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Box Office: ‘Blair Witch’ Stumbles With $4 Million Friday, Fights ‘Bridget Jones,’ ‘Snowden’ for Second

17 September 2016 8:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

What was shaping up to be a race between the superhuman and supernatural is looking less so now that “Blair Witch” has stumbled in its opening weekend box office. Earning reports from Friday night show “Sully” will steer clear of its competition and remain on top.

Blair Witch” will conjure about $10 million this weekend, which is far below earlier projections from outside distributors which stood at about $23 million as recently as Tuesday. The Lionsgate horror film with a $5 million price tag made $4 million Friday night at 3,121 locations.

In its second weekend at the box office, “Sully” earned $6.6 million at 3,525 locations on Friday, and is aiming at $21 million this weekend. That’s following an opening weekend that won the box office with just over $35 million.

The highly-anticipated romantic comedy threequel “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is now neck and neck with “Blair Witch” as it looks to produce about $9 million this weekend at 2,927 screens. »

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Trapped in an ideal world by Anne-Katrin Titze

16 September 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fred Schepisi with Mary Schepisi, on casting Andorra: "Clive Owen, Joanna Lumley, Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, and I can’t say the other names …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Before the Universal Pictures and Working Title Films Bridget Jones’s Baby lunch with Renée Zellweger, Sharon Maguire, Helen Fielding, Eric Fellner, and Colin Firth at Lotos Club, there was a screening of the film arranged by Peggy Siegal at the Park Avenue Screening Room. When I arrived I noticed director/writer Fred Schepisi with his wife Mary.

Geoffrey Rush with Alexandra and Fred Schepisi for The Eye Of The Storm Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In 2012, Alexandra Schepisi, Geoffrey Rush and the filmmaker met me at The Regency Hotel in New York for a conversation on The Eye of The Storm. And last year, I saw him at the Monkey Bar reception for Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet with Matthias Schoenaerts, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Film Review: ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Offers Labored Attempt at Humor

16 September 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is the kind of geriatric sequel that makes you retroactively question whether the original film that inspired it was all that good to begin with – it’s less a film than a labored collection of contrived situations involving pregnancy and pratfalls. It’s not painfully unwatchable, but it’s unlikely to inspire anything remotely resembling amusement in its audiences.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Renee Zellweger is back in the role that won her her first Oscar nomination, as a now 43 year- old single woman in London. I only mention her age because the film does, almost incessantly. So this time around after splitting from her on and off again beau, Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), she’s out to take London by storm. And when I say taking the town by storm, I mean she goes to an English music festival, gets drunk, falls in the mud and has »

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Bridget Jones's Baby: Renée's face and daddy issues – discuss with spoilers

16 September 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The belated third instalment in the franchise is released in cinemas this weekend. Here’s your chance to talk about it without risking the wrath of those who don’t yet know that the baby’s father is …

• This article contains spoilers

Bridget Jones’s Baby has been a long time cooking. The last movie – the ropy The Edge of Reason – was 12 years ago, and talk of a third has been around since around 2009. Gestation was bumpy. Paul Feig and then Peter Cattaneo were on board to direct, but the role went to Sharon Maguire, who did the first one. In 2013, Colin Firth braced fans for a “long wait”, and the following year Hugh Grant said he was out, based on his dislike for Helen Fielding and David (One Day) Nicholls’s script.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

15 September 2016 2:49 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Looking back, it’s amusing to think that the casting of the very American Renée Zellweger as author Helen Fielding’s British heroine was such a bone of contention for fans when Bridget Jones’s Diary was released in 2001. That film kicked off Zellweger’s three-year dance with Oscar, culminating in a Supporting Actress win for Cold Mountain (her third consecutive nomination). Yet, in the years since, Zellweger’s profile has diminished, and her Oscar-winning performance is remembered more for her over-the-top accent than as a career highlight.

Instead, her role as neurotic self-professed “spinster” Bridget Jones remains one of Zellweger’s most indelible, in part since she reprised it for the ill-received sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004. However, now poised to return to the spotlight full-force after a six-year absence, Zellweger circles back to the character with Bridget Jones’s Baby, »

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The diarist by Anne-Katrin Titze

15 September 2016 1:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Renée Zellweger on Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy: "He is pretty brilliant." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Universal Pictures and Working Title Films Bridget Jones’s Baby lunch at Lotos Club, Savannah Guthrie moderated a discussion with stars Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth, director Sharon Maguire, producer Eric Fellner and Helen Fielding.

Renée Zellweger chats with Frozen River director Courtney Hunt, as Eric Fellner, Bill Blakemore and Fred Schepisi share a laugh Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Bridget Jones’s Baby, co-written by Fielding, Dan Mazer, and Emma Thompson, Mark Darcy's (Firth) competition for Bridget Jones (Zellweger), is Jack, an American dating website guru, played by Patrick Dempsey as a variation of a Disney prince. Jack comes across like the product of his own algorithms, the perfect light-as-air fantasy catalyst for the other two. If this film were directed by Stanley Donen or Vincente Minnelli, he would do magic tricks while dancing. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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'Bridget Jones' Baby' Review: Renée Zellweger Is Back, Better Than Ever

15 September 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Bridget Jones is a goddess. At least she was in 2001, when Texas-born Renée Zellweger introduced author Helen Fielding's weight-obsessed, love-starved, accident-prone British singleton to the screen in Bridget Jones' Diary. Zellweger deservedly nabbed an Oscar nomination as Best Actress; award talk evaporated, however, for the 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The actress was back juggling her affections for snobbish barrister Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and her caddish boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). But the follow-up played like it'd been attacked by a charisma-killing virus. And so for a dozen years, »

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Movie Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby doesn’t deliver

14 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third movie in the series based on Helen Fielding’s comic novels, is the kind of sequel that wants to get a laugh by firing up a song cue before the credits even roll. The song in question is “All By Myself,” used in the first Bridget Jones film, but Baby has plenty of others to choose from. Sure enough, it switches to a different kind of gag tune shortly after a few bars, having Bridget (Renée Zellweger) jump around her apartment to the strains of, yes, “Jump Around” by House Of Pain.

Relying heavily on soundtrack cuts chosen almost exclusively from wedding-reception songs and easy-listening hits is a Bridget Jones series signature, along with glacial pacing and poorly staged slapstick. Baby eases up on the latter, and in doing so immediately outclasses the wretched second film, 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason ...


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‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Delivers a Sassy, ‘Knockabout Comedy,’ and 7 Other Delightful Reviews

14 September 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Lovable, accident-prone Brit, Bridget Jones, trying to figure out who fathered her unborn child is a return to the charm of the original “Bridget Jones’s Diary” — and away from the silliness of 2004 sequel “Edge of Reason.” “Bridget Jones’s Baby” received a solid 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as most critics found Renée Zellweger‘s 12-year hiatus from the role based on Helen Fielding’s novels didn’t stop her from returning in a blaze of glory — and raucous laughter. TheWrap’s movie critic Jason Solomon said Zellweger “still delivers choice comic expressions and re-creates a much loved, lived-in character. »

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‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Brings Back The Charm Of The Original Movie [Review]

14 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There’s an unassuming charm to 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” one that turned a relatively average rom-com into one of the most beloved chick flicks of the past decade. Sure, the jokes were broad, the set-ups were obvious and the love scenes were schmaltzy, but there was a purity to its lovesick convictions. Based on Helen Fielding’s bestselling novel of the same name, inspired loosely by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” it was anchored with love and care by Renee Zellweger’s winning, Oscar-nominated lead performance and Sharon Maguire’s gently assured direction.

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