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Screenplay Categories: Gender by the Numbers

Manuel here. Much of the conversation following the nominations has deservedly been about the way this year’s nominees function in many ways as a litmus test for the larger pitfalls of the Academy and the industry at large. Take the screenplay categories. As Phyllis Nagy urged us, we should be celebrating the fact that four female screenwriters were nominated for four different films. It sounds like a cause worth celebrating until you realize a total of twenty screenwriters were cited overall. You have to admit, those are appalling (if yes, unsurprising) numbers. Actually, in the past ten years, only 17 out of 156 nominated screenwriters have been women. Three quick stats about this year's categories and how they may show we might be turning a corner.

01 The last time we had two female nominees in the Best Original Screenplay category was in 2011 when Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo earned a nomination for their Bridesmaids script.
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UTA Agents Jay Gassner, Chris Hart, Josh Katz And Mike Jelline Get Partner Stripes

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Breaking: UTA has made partners of four of its best and brightest. The agency has given partnership promotions to motion picture talent agents Jay Gassner, Chris Hart, and Josh Katz, and also TV Talent Co-Head Mike Jelline. Collectively, the quartet reps an array of up and coming talent. The client list of the four includes: Aziz Ansari, Morena Baccarin, Lake Bell, Sarah Chalke, Dane Cook, David Cross, Chris D’Elia, Nick Frost, Brad Garrett, Maggie Grace, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Gunn, Bill Hader, Dan Harmon, Kevin Hart, Anne Heche, Simon Helberg, Sam Hueghan, Jack Huston, Jake Johnson, January Jones, Keegan Michael Key, Jane Krakowski, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Lucy Liu, Virginia Madsen, Jennette McCurdy, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobby Moynihan, Megan Mullally, Annie Mumolo, Becki Newton, Alex O’Loughlin, Jason O’Mara, Nick Offerman, Nancy Oliver, Aaron Paul, Andrew Rannells, Stephen Rannazzisi, Naya Rivera, Jordan Vogt Roberts, Craig Robinson, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer,
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The Black List 2012: Screenplay Roster

Related: Black List 2012: By Agencies Black List 2012: By Managers Breaking… Once again, Deadline Hollywood is the first to post in its entirety The Black List, which for the uninitiated is film executive Franklin Leonard’s hot unproduced screenplay pecking order which he began in 2004. Compiled every year from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives, each contributes the names of up to 10 of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, the current year and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. (This year, Leonard said more than 290 film executives voted). The Black List does catapult dozens of scripts into production and screenwriters out of oblivion. Diablo Cody’s Juno, Nancy Oliver’s Lars And The Real Girl and Scott Neustader’s and Michael Weber’s 500 Days Of Summer are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made.
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UTA Agent Tobin Babst Leaving To Become Partner In Kaplan/Perrone

Exclusive: UTA motion picture literary agent Tobin Babst is leaving the agency to partner with Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone in management and production shingle Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. Babst becomes the first new partner Kaplan and Perrone have brought into the firm, which is moving to bigger offices on Beverly Drive this summer. Babst, a 15-year UTA veteran who reps screenwriters and directors, started in the agency’s mailroom in 1997 after graduating from Nyu’s Tisch School with a Bfa in screenwriting and playwriting. Babst met Kaplan and Perrone in the UTA mailroom, and the three were assistants together in the motion picture literary department for three years. Kaplan and Perrone left to form Kaplan/Perrone in 2000, and Babst was promoted to agent. At, UTA, his client list includes Jesse Wigutow, Evan Daugherty, Melissa Rosenberg, Jonathan Tropper, Nancy Oliver and Marc Klein. “We have known and respected Toby both personally
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World War II-Set Gay Cryptographer Drama Tops Black List of Unproduced Screenplays

Based on the true story of British World War II cryptographer Alan Turing, Graham Moore's The Imitation Game topped — by a large margin (133 votes) — film executive Franklin Leonard’s Black List of best-liked unproduced screenplays as per (according to Black List compilers) 300 or so film executives/script readers. Whether or not this annual list is merely a ploy by agents and publicists to push their projects, it's interesting to see what sort of material has been floating around.

Alan Turing was the man whose code-breaking techniques helped to decipher the German Enigma machine code. Turing got his thanks from the British government when in 1952 he was prosecuted for committing homosexual acts, then still illegal the United Kingdom. Instead of prison, Turing opted to be treated with hormones that would destroy his libido (aka "chemical castration"). Two years later, he died — an apparent suicide — from cyanide poisoning.

I can't imagine
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The Black List 2011: Screenplay Roster

The Black List 2011: By Agencies The Black List 2011: By Managers A screenplay titled The Imitation Game by Graham Moore, about British WWII cryptographer Alan Turing who cracked the German Enigma code and later poisoned himself after being criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual, tops 2011′s The Black List. (I covered the screenplay sale here: Warner Bros Buys Spec Script For Leonardo DiCaprio.) Once again, Deadline Hollywood is first to post in its entirety The Black List, which for the uninitiated is film executive Franklin Leonard’s hot unproduced screenplay pecking order which he began in 2004. Compiled every year from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives, each contributes the names of up to ten of their favorite scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2011 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. The Black List does catapult dozens of scripts into
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The Rise Of Ryan Gosling

This weekend saw the cinematic release of Drive and Crazy Stupid Love, two critically acclaimed blockbusters starring Ryan Gosling. One full-pelt action, and the other romantic comedy, the two films serve as a perfect example of Gosling’s ability to work in different genres with ease. Following our feature on fellow The New Mickey Mouse Club member Justin Timberlake, Thn has turned the spotlight on Ryan Gosling to look at the actor’s career so far.

Gosling made his television debut on variety show The New Mickey Mouse Club alongside now household names Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. While the three would first break onto the scene with pop music, Gosling went straight to acting and landed his first lead role in an episode of cult children’s hit Goosebumps. (For anyone wondering, and if so you’re as sad as me, the episode was ‘Say Cheese and
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TV Review: True Blood 4.10 – “Burning Down the House”

The last few weeks’ episodes have been named after the songs which have accompanied the end credits … So, this week, I was all geared-up for some Talking Heads action … But no, it’s a cover by The Used. Devastated!

But that isn’t this week’s cliff-hanger, so I’m not giving away any secrets here. Last week’s cliff-hanger had all heck breaking loose at Nan’s ridiculous Festival of Tolerance. This, finally, galvanises Sookie into doing something that doesn’t involve showing the world her knicker collection. She gets mad and, finally, after nine weeks of, frankly, doing bugger-naff-all, she unleashes all kinds of super-powers. She saves the day – and both of her vamp bfs – and knocks all of the wide-eyed-puppy-dog stuffing out of Eric.

The collateral damage (of Marnie/Antonia’s attack, not Sookie’s retaliation) is lots of innocent human by-standers getting a nasty case of
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'True Blood': Marshall Allman talks Tommy's [Spoiler!]

'True Blood': Marshall Allman talks Tommy's [Spoiler!]
Spoiler Alert! If you’ve yet to watch this week’s episode of True Blood, stop reading now and come back when you have…

Fans have long been expecting Tommy, Sam’s screw-up brother, to exit the show. But even if you were one of the viewers who’d hoped it’d happen sooner, Marshall Allman’s death scene had to move you. At least that’s what the actor, who knows Tommy had haters, hopes. He admits it’s tough playing a polarizing character.

“To act, no matter how the character is, you have to love and have compassion
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True Blood Review, Season 4, Episode 10: “Burning Down the House”

True Blood Review, Season 4, Episode 10: “Burning Down the House”

Written by Nancy Oliver

Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

Airs Sundays at 9pm (Et) on HBO

This week, on True Blood: Sookie lays the smack down, Jason feels guilty, Marnie talks Antonia back onto the ledge, Eric’s back, Tommy and Sam reconcile, Jesus crawls through fire, Andy and Terry square off, Tara, Holly, Lafayette, and Sookie go up in light, and Bill, Jessica, Eric, and Pam do a badass strut.

True Blood continues its promising end of season run with another strong episode. This week everything centers on choices. Antonia, after a moment of doubt, is won back to the cause after a heart to heart with Marnie, who we learn had exactly this in mind all along. Jessica stands up for herself and leaves Jason to deal with the emotional aftermath of their hookup. Andy admits his V problem,
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HBO Announces True Blood Season 5 Renewal

HBO has issued a press release, announcing that True Blood has been renewed for a 12-episode fifth season. This was expected given the ratings for the current season and the fact that Alan Ball had signed a new contract with HBO, but now we have official confirmation:

Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 2011 – HBO has renewed the hit show True Blood for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.

“I am thrilled that True Blood continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” noted Lombardo. “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” says Ball. “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.
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TV Review: True Blood 4.4 – “I’m Alive and On Fire”

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Not the most action-packed episode yet, as reflected in its shorter running-time (fifty minutes as opposed to the 57 or 58 minutes of the previous three episodes) – but there are some interesting themes developing and plenty of eye-candy to keep the audience’s juices flowing.

So, Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric’s just killed Snookie’s Fairy God Mother. The blood makes him giddy, bouncing around like a ten-year-old on a cola high and pinching Sookie’s butt in his fetching hoodie and baggy shorts. She protests, but she clearly enjoys this. After all, there wasn’t a lot of spontaneous tomfoolery when she was with Bill. I like this Eric!

He runs off to play in the woods and she feels she has to go rescue him, like she’s his mother. She finds him skinny-dipping in the sunlight and loving the sensations he hasn’t enjoyed for millennia … But,
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The Way of All Flesh: Corruption and Decay on True Blood

"I'd never harm you." - Eric Northman In the world of True Blood, vampires may be a part of nature, but they also exist in their own unique sphere of the natural world. After all, their status quo is vastly different than anything else on the planet: they shun the light and their bodies retain their youthful looks after centuries--or even millennia--upon this earth. There's an unnaturalness to their very naturalness, even in Charlaine Harris' and Alan Ball's vision of the world. Which might explain why the vampires are so concerned about necromancy: it represents a real threat to the very balance of their existence. Vampires are dead, after all, and necromancers have an uncanny knack for controlling the dead. Which means that their very autonomy is at threat, and as we saw this week, necromancers like Marnie have the ability to remind the vampires that they are in fact the walking dead.
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True Blood: A Trio of Preview Clips from Episode 40 I'm Alive and on Fire

After coming out of the gate strong this season, "True Blood" hit a bit of a bump in the road last week although we have to admit that amnesiac Eric is one of the best things we've seen yet on the show. How will Episode 40 "I'm Alive and on Fire" stack up? Check out these three preview clips and let us know what you think.

Episode #40 (S4, Ep. 4): “I’m Alive and on Fire,” Sunday, July 17

Alcide helps Sookie hunt for Eric; Marnie searches for guidance to break a spell; Bill discovers a common bond with the Bellefleurs; Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot; Sam penetrates Luna’s inner circle; Arlene sees the writing on the wall; Tommy returns to his roots. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Alcide Comes to Sookie's Aid

Bill Questions Pam Marnie Is Asked to Reverse the Spell

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Alan Ball Teases Some True Blood Season 4 Plot Details

"True Blood" showrunner Alan Ball and Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Series of books on which the TV show is based, chatted with EW.com about some recent character developments, but what really caught our eye was Ball's teasing of what fans can expect as the series plays out over the coming weeks.

“It gets ugly between the vampires and the witches,” says Ball. “There’s more than one fight coming up. There’s also a very unexpected romantic attachment which you’ll start to see the beginnings of I believe in next week’s episode. We’re gonna find out a lot about Jesus’ magic that’s in his family. We’re gonna get to the bottom of what’s going on with Arlene’s baby.”

As for Ball and Harris' comments about how the show is differing from the source material, here are a few excerpts.
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True Blood: Go Inside and Get a Recap of Episode 39; Preview Episode 40 "I'm Alive and On Fire"

It's another Monday so that means we have "True Blood" videos to share from last night's Episode 39, "If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?" (both a recap and a look Inside the Episode), along with a preview of Episode 40, "I'm Alive and on Fire". So, what does everyone think of the season thus far?

Episode #40 (S4, Ep. 4): “I’m Alive and on Fire,” Sunday, July 17

Alcide helps Sookie hunt for Eric; Marnie searches for guidance to break a spell; Bill discovers a common bond with the Bellefleurs; Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot; Sam penetrates Luna’s inner circle; Arlene sees the writing on the wall; Tommy returns to his roots. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Michael Lehmann.

For more, including updates to Jessica's blog (this week's entry is "The Ethics of Glamouring"), be sure to visit "True Blood" on HBO.com.

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Katherine Helmond Ready to Show True Blood Fans Who's the Boss of the Bellefleurs!

Even more casting news has come in for HBO's hit vampire series "True Blood", which will be making its Season Four debut this coming Sunday, June 26th. So who's next to walk amongst the dead? Read on for the details.

According to TrueBlood.net, veteran actress Katherine Helmond (pictured right; best known as Mona from the sitcom "Who's the Boss?") will be playing the matriarch of the Bellefleur clan, Caroline Bellefleur, for two episodes.

Pretty neat!

Check out the synopses of the first several episodes, and click here to win yourself some "True Blood" swag!

Episode #37 (S4, Ep. 1): "She's Not There," Sunday, June 26

Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in close quarters; Sam (Sam Trammell) bonds with his
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Three True Blood Variant EW Covers For You to Feast On!

Every time a highly anticipated television or movie event comes around, Entertainment Weekly celebrates by offering fans the opportunity to buy and collect their favorite variant covers. Such is the case with HBO's "True Blood".

Check out the three different covers below the synopses of the first several episodes, and click here to win yourself some "True Blood" swag!

Episode #37 (S4, Ep. 1): "She's Not There," Sunday, June 26

Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in close quarters; Sam (Sam Trammell) bonds with his own; Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) debate the dinner menu; Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) urges Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to join a coven; and Terry (Todd Lowe) tries to alleviate Arlene's (Carrie Preston) fears about the baby.
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Synopses for the First Six Episodes of True Blood Season Four; New Video Teasers

As the clock winds down to the June 26th premiere of Season Four of HBO's "True Blood", the network has decided to relieve some of the show's fans' withdrawal pains by revealing the synopses of the first six episodes. Thank the gods - we were getting rather tired of reading and re-reading that description of Episode 1!

In addition, we've included a big batch of video teasers below, including reminders of how Season Three ended for several of the characters and a few scenes from Season Four that have played on shows like "Lopez Tonight" and "Good Day La" over the past few days.

Episode #37 (S4, Ep. 1): "She's Not There," Sunday, June 26

Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in
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DVD Playhouse--May 2011

DVD Playhouse: May 2011

By

Allen Gardner

Blow Out (Criterion) Brian De Palma’s greatest Hitchcock homage, with a dash of Antonioni thrown in for good measure. John Travolta gives one of his best turns as a sound-effects engineer who unwittingly records a political assassination, then finds himself hunted by a ruthless hitman (John Lithgow, a memorably creepy psycho) after saving the life of the kindly, albeit dim-witted call girl (Nancy Allen, excellent) who was with the deceased. Terrific blend of suspense and very black humor, perhaps De Palma’s finest hour as an auteur. Beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with De Palma, Allen, cameraman Garrett Brown; Photo gallery; De Palma’s 1967 feature Murder a la Mod; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 2.0 surround.

Kes (Criterion) Ken Loach’s landmark 1970 film is both a heart-rending portrait of adolescence, and a pointed socio-political commentary on life in the North of England.
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