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The Black List Names J.K. Rowling Biopic As One Of 2017’s Best Unproduced Scripts

You’ve heard of the Boy Who Lived, but what about When Lightning Strikes?

That’s the buzzworthy pitch from Anna Klassen, who has officially made the cut for 2017’s Black List – an annual rundown of the best unproduced screenplays bouncing around Hollywood. Placing a laser focus on J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter), When Lightning Strikes has been described as the “true story of 25-year-old Joanne Rowling as she weathers first loves, unexpected pregnancies, lost jobs, and depression on her journey to create Harry Potter.” For the record, Klassen’s spec script also landed on the 2017 Hit List.

All of this has led to a groundswell of support for When Lightning Strikes, which will seemingly be more of an intimate, character-driven drama than the fantastical saga of witches and wizards that cemented J.K. Rowling’s name in the history books.

No word yet on whether Klassen’s script has attracted the interest of studios,
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Stranger Things Director Shawn Levy in Talks To Helm a Sci-Fi Film Described as Stand By Me Set on The Moon

Stranger Things producer and director Shawn Levy is looking to team up with Fox on a new sci-fi film project called Crater. According to Variety, the film is a "coming-of-age story in the vein of Stand By Me, set on a moon colony." Color me intrigued!

The spec script, which was voted #1 on the Tracking Board’s 2015 Hit List and was #5 on the 2015 Black List, was written by John J. Griffin. This is the description of the story that was released:

After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

I love what I'm hearing and this seems like it would be an awesome project for Shawn Levy to take on! Sounds like the kind of film that he could also cast
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Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec ‘Crater’ (Exclusive)

Fox and Shawn Levy Team on Sci-Fi Spec ‘Crater’ (Exclusive)
Fox has bought the spec script “Crater” by John J. Griffin with Shawn Levy in talks to direct. Levy will produce along with 21 Laps’ Dan Levine.

Crater” is described as a coming-of-age story in the vein of “Stand By Me,” set on a moon colony. After the death of his father, a boy growing up on a lunar mining colony takes a trip to explore a mysterious crater, along with his four best friends, prior to being permanently relocated to another planet.

VFX vet Rpin Suwannath, who will now exec produce, originally conceived the idea and was paired with Griffin by their Wme reps to construct the story. Once the script was solid, it wasn’t long before it was put in front of Levy and 21 Laps, who quickly signed on to produce and came to Fox with the idea that it would be developed as a directing vehicle for Levy.

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Tyler Posey, Andy Garcia and Frank Grillo set for action thriller Decoy

Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey is set to appear alongside Andy Garcia (Passengers) and Frank Grillo (Wolf Warrior 2) in Decoy, a new action thriller from director Allan Ungar (Gridlocked) and based on David Benullo’s 2014 Hit List script.

THR reports that the film follows “a young identity thief (Posey) who finds himself being hunted by the Nsa after he unwittingly steals the identity of a wanted man.” Garcia will play the CEO of a private defense contractor and the architect of the protagonist’s troubles, while Grillo will potray the head of a task force hunting him down.

Posey recently wrapped the Jeff Wadlow-directed Blumhouse thriller Truth or Dare, while Garcia will next be seen in Dean Devlin’s disaster movie Geostorm, and Grillo leads the cast of Joe Carnahan’s upcoming Netflix thriller Wheelman.
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Allan Ungar Back in Action with Decoy

Director Allan Ungar might have found his next big actioner in Decoy, a project with some compelling star power in Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy), Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf). Written by David Benullo, the story centers on an identity thief who becomes hunted by the Nsa after he steals the identity of a wanted man. The script was featured on the 2014 Hit List which tracks well-liked, unproduced work. Ungar's last film was the raucous 80s throwback Gridlocked, which channeled the fun of buddy cop films like Lethal Weapon and The Hard Way. That film starred Dominic Purcell, Stephen Lang and Danny Glover and is available on Netflix. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop on the film and the fact...

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Bruce Dern joins Asphalt Jungle

Twice Oscar nominated actor Bruce Dern (Coming Home, Nebraska) has signed on to star in the upcoming action/thriller Asphalt Jungle.

The film will be directed by Minh Collins (Hit List) and features a cast that includes Gianni Capaldi (The Shadow Within), Laura Wiggins (Shameless) and Alicia Agneson (Vikings).  It is produced by Al Bravo Studios.

Asphalt Jungle follows Sheriff Alton Thorpe (Dern), a veteran city law officer transferred to a small town to investigate missing person cases in the surrounding backwoods. The film is due to start principle photography in early September 2017.
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Felicity Jones Replacing Natalie Portman in Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic

Felicity Jones in “Like Crazy”: Paramount Pictures

Felicity Jones is taking on the role of the Notorious Rbg. The “Rogue One” star is set to replace Natalie Portman as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis Of Sex.” Deadline broke the story.

Written by Daniel Stiepelman, Ginsburg’s nephew, the biopic will trace Ginsburg’s fight for equality as she establishes her law career and rises through the professional ranks. She eventually became the first Jewish female justice on the Supreme Court. Stiepelman’s script made the Hit List, the Black List, and the first ever Athena List in 2014.

Portman has long been attached to portray Ginsburg and actually lobbied for the project to hire a female director. “Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg herself said when Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) was originally attached to helm “On the Basis of Sex.” “And one thing, interesting, that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry.’”

Continuing this conversation with Marie Claire UK, Portman explained, “I don’t think women and men are more or less capable [as directors], we just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities.” She added, “We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”

No word yet on why Portman left the film, but it’s surprising to see her drop out of what was clearly a passion project.

“On the Basis of Sex” will begin production in Montreal this September. Robert W. Cort (“Save the Last Dance”) is serving as producer and Ram Bergman (“Looper”) is executive producing.

Jones recently signed on to star in an adaptation of “Swan Lake.” Black List topper Kristina Lauren Anderson is writing the as-yet untitled film. Jones’ last movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The Oscar-nominated actress’ other credits include “A Monster Calls,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Like Crazy.”

Felicity Jones Replacing Natalie Portman in Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic 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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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live TV Event Comes to NBC Next Easter
NBC is bringing is live musical event formula to Easter, revealing plans to stage “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” next year.

The event, which will air on Easter Sunday (April 1), 2018, will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – the gurus behind NBC’s other live TV events, including last year’s “Hairspray Live” – as well as Marc Platt and “Jesus Christ Superstar” originators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Read More: ‘Hairspray Live!’ Review: The Best and Worst of NBC’s Latest Musical As It Happens—Live Blog

“Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

Jesus Christ Superstar” began as a concept album then debuted on Broadway in 1971. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Performance
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Glenn Howerton is a Terrible Teacher in New NBC Sitcom from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers — First Look

Glenn Howerton is a Terrible Teacher in New NBC Sitcom from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers — First Look
Imagine “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Dennis Reynolds as an honors biology teacher in high school. That’s the basic premise behind NBC’s “A.P. Bio,” which has been firmly greenlighted to series.

Glenn Howerton stars as Jack, a philosophy scholar who goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher after he loses out on his dream job. Soon he decides, instead of actually teaching any biology, to use the honor roll students to his own benefit.

Read More: Glenn Howerton May Not Return to ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ After Season 12 Finale

Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, and Nick Peine star, while Vanessa Bayer guests in the pilot. Mike O’Brien is the writer and executive producer, while Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Michael Shoemaker are also executive producers.

Osmany Rodriguez directed the pilot, which comes from Universal Television,
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Seth Meyers Rips Trump Presidency’s Russian Connections: ‘There Are So Many Dots’ — Watch

Seth Meyers Rips Trump Presidency’s Russian Connections: ‘There Are So Many Dots’ — Watch
“As of right now there is still no conclusive evidence connecting the dots that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help him win the presidency, but there are so many dots,” Seth Meyers said last night while opening to his popular political segment, A Closer Look. “The Trump presidency is basically a six-year-old with chicken pox. And the rest of us are really f*cking itchy.”

Meyers went on to play a clip of former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn saying that if someone asks for immunity, it usually means they’ve committed a crime. (Last week, Flynn offered information to the FBI in exchange for immunity.)

Read More: Seth Meyers Thinks Donald Trump and ‘The Dude’ Are Strikingly Similar — Watch

Meyers also poked fun at White House press secretary Sean Spicer for his lightning-fast and unconvincing response to a reporter’s question about whether or not the
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New Line Pulls ‘Housebound’ Writer Out of the Walls

New Line Cinema has found the writer for their remake of the horror-comedy film Housebound, hailing originally from New Zealand and writer-director Gerard Johnstone, this tracking board is reporting. According to the site, 2016 Hit List scribe Chris Borrelli will be penning the U.S. remake. Borrelli previously wrote the 2007 film Whisper and last year’s The Vatican Tapes. His work will next be seen in […]
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Universal Taps Five for Emerging Writers Fellowship

Universal Pictures has selected five winners of its annual Emerging Writers Fellowship, now in its third year and aimed at bolstering diverse talent within the studio’s workforce.

Universal Pictures President of Production Peter Cramer, who oversees the year-long fellowship program, announced Friday that Brian Buccellato, Josephine Green, Leon Hendrix, Rose McAleese and Juel Taylor had been selected. “We continue to be thrilled with the extraordinary talent and commitment of these writers, and we are proud that the program continues to serve as a vital launching pad for new voices,” said Cramer.

Universal’s Emerging Writer’s Fellowship was an idea supported by the film group’s Diversity Council, which is led by Chairman Donna Langley. It carries the endorsement of Writers Guild of America West.

Fellows from the inaugural class include Ivy Pruss, who co-wrote an episode of Own’s “Greenleaf”; Margaret Lester, who was recently hired as a
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Roger Ailes Reportedly Had a 400-Page "Opposition File" on Fox News Biographer

In 2012, two years before journalist Gabriel Sherman published his biography about Roger Ailes, the Fox News CEO sent out a detailed memo within the news network entitled "To: Interested Parties." "Re: Gabriel Sherman." The 400-page memo appeared to be "opposition research" about Sherman, who Ailes viewed as an enemy, according to CNNMoney. The memo, sent to CNN by two anonymous sources, included a section called the "Gabriel Sherman Hit List," a rundown of his reporting and comments on Republican leaders and Fox News personnel. It included Sherman's address, voter registration information, property records and a note from researchers that

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Pandemic – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

Pandemic is a found footage film that never manages to feel like one because of it’s passion. Every little detail has been looked after here, and that might be half the reason it works. The beautiful sense of place, and gory action makes for a piece of worthwhile piece.

The plot here is simple. A few operatives are sent into a quarantine zone to retrieve a lost team. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is the protagonist, and the audience Pov character (quite literally) but is hiding something

The fact is found footage is best used to either allow for creeping horror (as in Paranormal Activity 1) or putting the audience in a full on immersive intense situation (as in Cloverfield). Pandemic might benefit from falling a little bit into both. Pandemic does have a fast pace allowing only some of the suspense to really pay off, but
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Round-Up: Predator: Life And Death #1 Preview Pages, Pandemic Trailer, Earthrise

We have not one, not two, not even three, but four preview pages (and three covers) from Dark Horse's Predator: Life and Death #1. Also in this round-up: a trailer for Pandemic and details on the release of Earthrise.

Predator: Life and Death #1: "Colonial Marines on the planet Tartarus battle extraterrestrial hunters over the possession of a mysterious horseshoe-shaped spaceship of unknown origin. The Weyland-Yutani rep wants the ship, and the marine captain wants to protect her crew. But neither objective is likely when a band of Predators attacks!

*Predator: Life and Death begins chapter one in a new story cycle involving Predators, Aliens, and the mysterious Engineers from Prometheus!

Predator: Life and Death #1 - JAN160126

Dan Abnett (W), Brian Thies (A), Sachin Teng (Variant Cover), and Chris Warner (30th Variant Cover).

On sale March 2nd."


Pandemic: "Pandemic is set in the near future, where a virus of
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High School Musical 10 Years Later: Solving the Mystery of Twinkle Towne

High School Musical 10 Years Later: Solving the Mystery of Twinkle Towne
Ten years ago on this very date, a mop-topped jock named Troy Bolton and a “freaky math girl” named Gabriella Montez auditioned for a show called Twinkle Towne. The rest, as they say, is history High School Musical.

VideosHigh School Musical Cast Reuniting for 10th Anniversary

Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of the Disney Channel original movie’s premiere, and even though it eventually spawned three spinoffs — yes, the events of Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure are canon — fans remain saddled with a slew of unanswered questions, including: Why can’t Ms. Darbus pronounce the word “musical?” Who got Gabriella’s math teacher pregnant?
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The 2015 Hit List: The Best of the Rest

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So far we’ve run through our lists of the top trailers, breakout stars, posters, and movies of the year in neatly packaged lists, but what about those note-worthy moments that defy categorization? Welcome to the Hit List, the Best of the Rest, for those movies, moments, and people that just don’t quite fit anywhere else. We’re looking at you, Mortdecai.

We’ve honoured everything from hairpieces to grills in years’ past , and this year’s Hit List covers the wacky, weird, and wonderful at the movies in 2015. Our Best of the Rest list aims to find those throw away gems and shine light on their greatness (or lack thereof) and give props to some people – and animals – who reached peak greatness this year.

Let's get started. Best Part-time Rogue: Mortdecai It’s hard to believe anyone involved in this project thought this bizarre and terribly unfunny caper was a good idea.
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The Link Awakens

Vulture every lightsaber in the Star Wars franchise ranked. Solid rankings actually and I rarely say that about other people's lists ;)

NPR talks to Harvey Keitel about his role in Youth

Coming Soon Trainspotting 2 is officially a go. The entire principal cast returns to reprise their roles. Ready for round two of Ewan McGregor as Renton?

i09 Ryan Coogler may follow up Creed behind the cameras of Marvel's Black Panther (2018)

La Times Directors of Room, Love and Mercy, Brooklyn, Sicario and more discuss nailing crucial scenes

People Sisters "The Farce Awakens". Tina Fey & Amy Poehler are going head to head with Star Wars on December 18th

Interview Magazine talks to Jake Lacy (Carol), our favorite "square" boyfriend at the movies

In Contention Laverne Cox helps with the Tangerine Oscar campaign

Awards Daily the current Bfca scores for several movies. It's always amusing to see how this lines up with their
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Chasing Life's Krysta Rodriguez Teases Vanessa's Backstory, Says Playing a Character With Cancer Is 'Cathartic'

Chasing Life's Krysta Rodriguez Teases Vanessa's Backstory, Says Playing a Character With Cancer Is 'Cathartic'
Chasing Life‘s April Carver doesn’t know it yet, but newcomer Vanessa (played by Smash alumna Krysta Rodriguez) might just be her guardian angel in disguise.

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Sure, Vanessa’s blunt manner of speaking seems off-putting at first, but as Rodriguez points out to TVLine: “Anytime Vanessa says something to April, it changes her entire life. She switched her clinical trial after a conversation with Vanessa, then she decided to dance and be free and get fired from her job because of Vanessa. My character
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Pre-Cannes Buzz: Verve Ventures to Be Run by International Sales Vet Amy Beecroft

Verve, a Los Angeles-based talent and literary agency, has announced the creation of Verve Ventures, a global business development initiative within the company that will be run by international sales veteran Amy Beecroft.

Beecroft brings to Verve a wealth of experience, having worked at many of the top companies in the international space during her career: First Look/Overseas Film Group, HBO, GreeneStreet Films, and FilmNation to name a few.

Verve Ventures will focus on creative strategic partnerships in the international and domestic film and television space, including finance and sales, digital distribution, and the development of new technologies, such as Virtual Reality, on a global scale.

“The international landscape has changed drastically in the last five years. With 70% of the box office coming from the international marketplace, savvy foreign distributors, producers, and financiers alike are looking to establish new and strategic partnerships on both the theatrical and television sides,” said Beecroft. “With Verve representing some of the best directors and writers in the business, I feel we are uniquely positioned to find new and exciting ways to expand our clients’ reach into the global marketplace. I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the Verve family.”

Verve partners said in a statement: "With the exponential growth and importance of the overseas marketplace, being able to draw from an international viewpoint will be the best way to serve our clients moving forward and we believe that Amy is the best person to lead the way in this space.”

Verve is a talent and literary agency on the vanguard of client representation. During the past five years, the agency has built an impressive roster of Oscar, Emmy, WGA, BAFTA, and Spirit Award winning writers and directors. Verve’s clients are writing and directing for every major motion picture and television studio and packaging their own passion projects for the large and small screen.

Verve is also the only agency seriously representing content creators in the burgeoning Virtual Reality space and consistently has a major presence on the coveted Black List, including 2014’s number one script, "Cathrine the Great," by Kristina Lauren Anderson. Anderson’s script also topped The Tracking Board’s 2014 Hit List, where Verve is the only agency to show positive growth over all five years of the List. Since opening its doors in 2010, the agency has gained a reputation for its white-glove, personal service and putting talent above all else
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