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Catch Up on Films That Leapt from the Black List to the Oscars Stage with a New iTunes Room

Already this week, the 2017 edition of the Black List was released, and two of last year’s selections — “I, Tonya” and “The Post” — became Golden Globe nominees. Completing a trifecta of recent Black List developments, iTunes has curated a page for cinephiles to watch more than 100 films that graduated from the annual list of unproduced gems. Since former development executive Franklin Leonard created the Black List in 2004, more than 325 of its entries have resulted in movies.

Read More:Attention, Female Filmmakers: The Black List and Women In Film Want You For Two Exciting New Labs

Half of the past 20 Best Screenplay Oscars have been presented to writers who first saw their scripts on the list, including Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”), Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”); among the represented Best Picture winners are “Argo,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “Spotlight.” These features can all be found in iTunes’ new Black List “room,
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Blueprints: "Juno"

This week Juno celebrated its tenth anniversary, so Jorge takes a look at how Diablo Cody’s iconic dialogue was inflicted with meaning by the cast.

Juno first hit theaters ten years ago as a low budget indie hopeful. It ended its run as a major box office hit and Oscar favorite. It was the movie that put Ellen Page on the map, boosted Jason Reitman’s career, and gave us arguably the definitive Jennifer Garner performance.

Screenwriter Diablo Cody won the Oscar for her debut screenplay, and she instantly became a recognizable name, the way many directors but few writers are. And not without merit. One of Juno’s biggest legacy is its quick-witted, snarky dialogue that, many times since then, has tried to be replicated...
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The Cast of 'Juno,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'Juno,' Then and Now
Juno was released 10 years ago, on Dec. 5, 2007.

The film, written by Diablo Cody (who won an Oscar for her work) and directed by Jason Reitman, grossed more than $231 million worldwide as it took a comedic route to tell the tale of teen pregnancy and adoption.

Below, take a look at what the cast of the coming-of-age story has been up to since the movie first hit theaters.

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Mister Rogers Documentary Gets Summer 2018 Release Date

Focus Features has acquired the worldwide rights to Won't You Be My Neighbor, the new documentary about the life and work of Mister Fred Rogers. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), the documentary is a Focus Features presentation of a Tremolo Production, in association with Impact Partners and Independent Lens/PBS. It is set to be released on June 8, 2018. Focus chairman Peter Kujawski made the announcement today, with the following statement.

"Morgan once again avoids making a traditional biodoc and instead takes us behind the curtain to see how Fred Rogers navigated the cultural and social issues of the second half of the twentieth century with his own brand of forward-thinking, compassionate wisdom far beyond his time. Mister Rogers makes us all want to be better people, and we couldn't be more proud to be a part of telling his story today."

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
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Peak TV Treasure: One Mississippi

Peak TV Treasure: One Mississippi
Are you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

One Mississippi

Network | Amazon

Created By | Tig Notaro and Diablo Cody

Number Of Episodes | 12

Episode Length | 30 mins.

Premise | Stand-up comic Notaro borrows heavily from her own life for this Southern-fried comedy, which sees “Tig Bovaro” move back to her Mississippi hometown after she faces a life-threatening illness and her mother passes away.
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Athena Film Festival Announces 2018 Awardees: Barbara Kopple, Amma Asante, & Bridget Everett

Asante

The Athena Film Festival has announced its 2018 awardees: two-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple, BAFTA-winning writer and director Amma Asante, and cabaret artist and actress Bridget Everett.

The annual fest, now in its eighth year, celebrates the leadership and creative accomplishments of trailblazers in the entertainment industry. The festival showcases films about powerful and courageous women leaders in real life and the fictional world; it is a weekend dedicated to elevating female voices and stories to inspire and empower a new generation of filmmakers and individuals.

This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” director Kopple will receive the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to a woman in the film industry whose leadership demonstrates vision and courage and sets a standard for other women to emulate. Past recipients include Jodie Foster, Mira Nair, Sherry Lansing, and Gale Anne Hurd.

A United Kingdom” helmer Asante will be honored with the Athena Award.
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Toni Collette to Star in Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One

Collette in “Enough Said”: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Toni Collette is returning to the small screen. A press release announced that the “United States of Tara” alumna will topline Netflix and BBC One’s “Wanderlust,” a six-episode, hourlong family drama.

Currently in production in Manchester, England, the series “looks at how we build and maintain happy relationships and asks whether lifelong monogamy is possible — or even desirable,” according to its official synopsis. Collette plays Joy Richards, “a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark alive with her husband after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbors, and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust, and forbidden desire emerge.”

“Constellations” playwright Nick Payne penned the script and Luke Snellin (“My Mad Fat Diary”) is directing.

“I am honored and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on ‘Wanderlust,’” said Collette. “It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love, and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.”

Collette won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying a woman with dissociative identity disorder in “United States of Tara.” The Diablo Cody-created dramedy aired on Showtime from 2009–2011. Since then, her TV credits include “Devil’s Playground” and “Hostages,” and she’s appeared in films such as “Enough Said,” “Tammy,” and “Miss You Already.” Collette scored an Oscar nod in 2000 for “The Sixth Sense.”

Earlier this year Collette nabbed the rights to “The Rosie Project” author Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for romance “The Best of Adam Sharp,” and she’s also developing Julia Dahl’s award-winning novel “Invisible City” for TV. In addition to optioning the murder mystery, Collette penned the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers.

Collette has described Hollywood’s gender imbalance as a “grave problem,” and said it’s something she’d like to “help address.” She explained, “I think there’s a real imbalance in terms of storytelling, the stories being told. I want to try and help even that out.”

Toni Collette to Star in Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Craig T. Nelson Signs With UTA

Former Parenthood and Coach star Craig T. Nelson has signed with UTA for representation as an actor, director, writer and producer. Nelson, known for his most recent starring role as the Braverman patriarch Zeek on the praised NBC family drama Parenthood, won an Emmy for his starring role in the long-running ABC sitcom Coach. He’s also set as the male lead opposite Georgia King in ABC's single-camera pilot Raised by Wolves, from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti…
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Liz Friedlander to Write and Direct Female-Centric Cop Drama for ABC

Jennifer Lopez as Detective Harlee Santos in NBC’s “Shades of Blue

Conviction” creator Liz Friedlander is looking to bring more women in blue to the small screen. Her as-yet untitled female-led police drama has received a put pilot order from ABC, Variety reports.

Described as a “character-driven procedural,” the project follows “the first female partnership in an elite division of the Lapd, where the two detectives use their particular set of skills to tackle the most high-profile cases as well as a system that doesn’t necessarily want them there,” the source writes.

Friedlander will pen and direct the pilot, as well as serve as executive producer. Earlier this year she helmed the pilot of a detective drama toplined by Sonia Braga for ABC, but the network passed on the project.

Hayley Atwell-starrer “Conviction” was cancelled during its first season on ABC. The drama centered on a rebellious former First Daughter of the United States working in law.

Stalker,” “The Following,” and “The Vampire Diaries” are among Friedlander’s previous credits.

Other female-centric cop projects in the works include a drama in development at Fox from “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody and “Finding Carter” co-creator Emily Silver and a Melissa McCarthy-led movie about Boston’s first female cops in the 1970s.

Liz Friedlander to Write and Direct Female-Centric Cop Drama for ABC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Hugh Hefner Biopic Wants Margot Robbie

Hugh Hefner Biopic Wants Margot Robbie
Just a week after it was announced that RatPac Entertainment's Hugh Hefner Biopic will star Jared Leto as Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, another report claims the actor may be joined by a very familiar partner in crime. The method actor's Suicide Squad co-star Margot Robbie is considering an offer to play one of Hugh Hefner's wives in the movie, although it isn't clear which wife she'll play. Ironically, the actress turned down an offer from the real Hugh Hefner to appear in his Playboy Magazine, but this offer is one she's actually considering. Here's what an unidentified source had to say about Margot Robbie taking on the role.

"Margot turned the offer down before but this is different. She's considering it. Jared is working on the movie with his buddy Brett and they're really pushing for Margot to have a major role. She's perfect for a part and he's
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before
The following article contains minor spoilers for “Blade Runner 2049.”

In addition to a pair of memorable performances from Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, cinematographer Roger Deakins’ stunning visual work, and director Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian vision, “Blade Runner 2049” has one more element worthy of excitement: a supporting cast of new and rising stars. Many of them have already made their mark on indie cinema, like the perpetually working David Dastmalchian or the irreverent Carla Juri, while others will likely use Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic as a springboard for even bigger careers (like Ana de Armas, the film’s biggest find).

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling

It’s only appropriate that a future-oriented world like the one on display in the “Blade Runner” franchise would spawn new stars, but they’ve shined quite brightly before. Here’s where you
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Shaun Of The Dead Los Angeles Outdoor Screening Announced by Focus Features and Fandango

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If your zombie apocalypse plans include having a pint of cold lager or you find yourself peeking through your curtains to see if there is a girl in the garden, then you'll want to take note of a special outdoor screening of Shaun of the Dead at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on October 26th. Not only will horror fans get to watch Edgar Wright's rom-zom-com under the stars right before Halloween, but they are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Shaun of the Dead character, so start looking for your cricket paddle...

Press Release: Los Angeles, September 29, 2017 – Focus 15, the initiative commemorating the founding 15 years ago of worldwide film company Focus Features, has partnered with Fandango, the leading digital network for all things movies, and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a special outdoor zombie screening of Shaun of the Dead the week of Halloween on Thursday,
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Diablo Cody and Emily Silver Collaborating on New Cop Drama for Fox

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Just over a week ago Diablo Cody signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, and now comes word that the Oscar winner has a new project in the works at Fox. Variety reports that the “Juno” screenwriter is executive producing “Two Nights,” a cop drama penned by “Finding Carter” co-creator Emily Silver, who will also serve as an Ep.

Fox has ordered a script for the series, which centers on Sunday Night, a former cop with memorable name and a smartass sense of humor “who lives on a shrinking island with her pet squirrel and not much else,” the source summarizes. “But when her foster father asks for help in the kidnapping case of a young girl, Sunday is pulled back into the world of law enforcement, forcing her to confront her own demons as she solves cases for the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI.”

Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped earlier this month. Cody’s feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”

Best known for co-creating MTV teen drama “Finding Carter,” Silver’s other credits include writing and producing on “The Flash” and “Bones.”

“Not to burst any bubbles, but this business is brutal,” Silver has warned aspiring TV writers. “Especially for the early stages of someone’s career. I started as an assistant, and while it’s not the only path to being a writer, it’s the one I would recommend for young people just starting out.”

Chief among her own inspirations is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “I can categorically say I wouldn’t be a writer if it wasn’t for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’” she’s said. “I was 12 or 13 when the show first aired, and I felt like it was talking directly to me. Adolescence is hell, at least it was for ill-fitting glasses, retainer wearing, frizzy-haired me. I loved the strength of Buffy’s character, but I also loved that she made mistakes.”

Diablo Cody and Emily Silver Collaborating on New Cop Drama for Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Diablo Cody and 'Finding Carter' Creator Team for FBI Drama at Fox

Diablo Cody is entering the world of crime solving.

The Juno screenwriter has sold an hourlong drama about an ex-cop to Fox, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Titled Two Nights, the project follows an ex-cop named Sunday Night who simply wants to be left alone with her pet squirrel. However, when her foster father asks for help in the kidnapping case of a young girl, Sunday is pulled away from her island home and back into the world of law enforcement. She must confront her own demons as she solves cases for the criminal investigative division of the FBI.

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Exclusive: From 'Undressed' to 'StartUp,' a Career Retrospective With Adam Brody

Exclusive: From 'Undressed' to 'StartUp,' a Career Retrospective With Adam Brody
For better or worse, Adam Brody will always be remembered as Seth Cohen from The O.C. The affable and awkward teen is easy to find inside the weathered and wiser 37-year-old Brody, but the San Diego native might never be able to shake his early-aughts pop culture iconography. Despite that infamous role, Brody has had a pretty consistent career over the last two decades, playing opposite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, being directed by famed playwright Neil Labute and making guest appearances on beloved TV shows like House of Lies and The League. This month, he’s in the buddy comedy Big Bear, where he gets to sport a pretty mean mustache, and returns with the second season of StartUp on Crackle.

With two such diverse roles coming out in the same month and nostalgia for shows like Gilmore Girls and The O.C. at an all-time high, Brody sits down
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Hugh Hefner Remembered by Friends, Celebrities and Playboy Bunnies

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Hugh Hefner Remembered by Friends, Celebrities and Playboy Bunnies
Hugh Hefner, the legendary founder of Playboy magazine, has sadly passed away. Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday night at the age of 91 and now celebrities and former Playboy Bunnies are paying tribute to the legendary cultural icon via social media. Hefner helped to launch the careers of many models and actresses through the magazine including Pamela Anderson, Jenny McCarthy, and Donna D'Errico, just to name a few. In addition to the models and actresses, Hefner also helped boost the careers of writers and comedians while fighting for freedom of speech.

Drew Barrymore, Farrah Fawcett and Linda Evans are among those who have posed for Playboy. Several Playboy Bunnies became celebrities, too, including Blondie singer Deborah Harry and model Lauren Hutton, both of whom have good memories of their time with Hugh Hefner and Playboy. Hefner ran Playboy from his elaborate mansions, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles, and
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Kim Kardashian, Jesse Jackson, Jenny McCarthy and More Mourn the Death of Hugh Hefner

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Kim Kardashian, Jesse Jackson, Jenny McCarthy and More Mourn the Death of Hugh Hefner
He was a pioneer of the ’60s sexual revolution, a champion of civil rights and free speech, and created one of the most popular magazines and brand that not only became a playground for Hollywood’s biggest stars, but also changed publishing and pop culture forever.

So it’s fitting that in the wake of the news of Hugh Hefner‘s death, everyone from celebrities to politicians to former Playboy cover models would take to social media to express their condolences and honor Hefner’s legacy.

There were those who admired him and enjoyed time at his infamous Playboy mansion,
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Diablo Cody Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

Cody: Dp/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood/ YouTube

Diablo Cody is taking the next step in her relationship with Warner Bros. Television. The Oscar-winning “Juno” screenwriter has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She recently worked with them on an ABC comedy pilot, “Raised by Wolves.” Unfortunately, the U.S. adaptation of Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran’s UK series of the same name didn’t get a series pickup. The new pact will see her creating and developing new projects for Warner Bros.

Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped on September 8. Her feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”

“I’m perhaps alone amongst my colleagues because I like talking about women’s issues in film, and feminism,” Cody said back in 2013, before inequality on-screen and behind-the-scenes was being discussed as openly and frequently as it is today. “I think a lot of women don’t like to do that. It’s usually, ‘Can we please turn the conversation back to my work?’ For me, it’s an important part of who I am.” She explained, “I feel like so much of the reaction to my work and to me is connected to the fact that I’m a woman, so I can’t avoid that conversation. A part of my career is that I am a woman and I’ve committed myself to writing roles for women. I cannot separate myself from that and say, ‘Oh, can we please just talk about my work?’ That is my work.”

Diablo Cody Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Diablo Cody Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV (Exclusive)

Diablo Cody is pushing harder into television.

The Oscar winner (Juno) has signed a multiyear overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Under the pact, Cody will create and develop new projects for the independent studio.

The deal extends Cody's relationship with Peter Roth's Wbtv following the studio's ABC comedy pilot Raised by Wolves. The Greg Berlanti-produced comedy about a tough mother (Georgia King) struggling to support her five kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town narrowly missed a series pickup in May. The Craig T. Nelson-starrer was based on the U.K. series of the same name created...
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Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’ Serves Up Revelatory Humor As Dark And Sweet As Pecan Pie [Bingeworthy Breakdown]

It’s time for another Bingeworthy Breakdown, where we look at the hottest new TV shows and separate the wheat from the chaff. The biscuits from the grits. The chicken-fried steak from the regular steak. The crawfish pie from the file gumbo. If you’re wondering why my proverbs just went South, it’s because today we’re entering the weird and witty world of Amazon’s “One Mississippi.” This hard-hitter co-created by legendary comedian Tig Notaro and irreverent screenwriter Diablo Cody launched its second season just last week, which means it’s high time for an evaluation.

Continue reading Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’ Serves Up Revelatory Humor As Dark And Sweet As Pecan Pie [Bingeworthy Breakdown] at The Playlist.
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