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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
Among the unique attributes of the Golden Globes — guests seated at round tables, eating and drinking throughout the show — its category for comedy/musical best picture stands out and offers recognition for films that often don’t make the cut when Oscar nominations are released.
Last year, “Spy” and “Trainwreck” received Globe nominations in the category, but were not nominated for best picture at the Oscars. This year, “Deadpool,” “Bad Moms,” “Love & Friendship,” “Edge of Seventeen,” “Sing Street,” “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” “Queen of Katwe,” and “The Meddler” are among the films with a shot at Golden Globes attention in the comedy/musical category.
“There’s a relief and lightness and connection and laughing at ourselves as a human race that particularly right now, »
- Rob Owen and Bob Verini
Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill for director Joe Wright in Darkest Hour, which has begun production in the U.K. Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the Working Title Films production as part of the company’s renewed global initiative.
Focus will release Darkest Hour domestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film globally, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.
The original screenplay of Darkest Hour is by Anthony McCarten, an Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner as screenwriter of Focus and Working Title’s Best Picture Oscar nominee The Theory of Everything. Mr. McCarten and Academy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner Lisa Bruce (The Theory of Everything) are producing Darkest Hour with Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and BAFTA Award winner Douglas Urbanski (Nil by Mouth), reteaming with Focus and Working Title following Tinker, »
- Michelle McCue
The domestic box office got a jolt in a very big way as Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange led the weekend with an estimated $84.9 million followed by strong performances by both Fox and DreamWorks Animation's Trolls and Lionsgate's Hacksaw Ridge. Beyond just the wide releases, the continued expansion of A24's Moonlight also contributed to a top twelve that was up a whopping 133.6% compared to last weekend, generating over $182 million collectively and a weekend that was up 20.4% compared to last year. Finishing atop the weekend box office, Disney and Marvel's Doctor Strange delivered as expected, with an estimated $84.9 million from 3,882 theaters. This is the tenth largest opening for a Marvel movie finishing just behind Thor: The Dark World, the only other film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to open in November. Compared to over single-character intros in the McU, Doctor Strange dramatically outperformed Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Regardless of the medium, courtroom stories are inherently tethered to their verdict. While some of these dramas foreground character nuance or an indictment of the justice system, the wait for a “Guilty” or “Not guilty” is the elemental fuel for the dramatic fire. “The Whole Truth,” the latest from “Frozen River” director Courtney Hunt, preserves that innocence binary for the people who populate its story. The overbearing father, the brash attorney, the misunderstood son, the junior litigator: all exist on clearly defined ends of the spectrum. The result is a film that often avoids any middle ground, making for a cut-and-dried courtroom tale that desperately wants to be anything but.
The earliest hope that “The Whole Truth” might find a path to transcending the familiar “Law & Order” rhythms is Keanu Reeves’ turn as Richard Ramsay, who manages to exude the familiar alpha male lawyer persona in a controlled (and, at times, »
- Steve Greene
Despite a film career that spans more than 30 years and countless genres, Keanu Reeves is by far best known as the star of action films like Speed, The Matrix and John Wick. Something about his calm, collected demeanor and physical precision just suits Reeves in these kinds of roles. So, it stands to reason that they would become his trademark. Yet, whenever the actor takes on anything other than the action/sci-fi thrillers people associate with him, he manages to surprise with his ability to carry stories that don’t involve a whole lot of ass-kicking. So, as the internet eagerly awaits John Wick: Chapter 2, Reeves headlines a decidedly less violent effort in courtroom drama The Whole Truth.
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
Despite the fact that the announcement of a Mary Poppins sequel was met with something of a mixed response, the way the cast has since come together understandably has a lot of people very excited. The latest addition should help ensure that continues being the case, as Bridget Jones’ Baby and Kingsman: The Golden Circle […]
The post Colin Firth is the latest addition to the cast of Mary Poppins Returns appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Josh Wilding
Variety has the scoop, revealing the British thesp is in line to land the role of William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. On board to craft what Disney hopes to be a super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious screenplay is David Magee, with Marc Platt and John DeLuca attached to produce.
Meanwhile, Sicario star Emily Blunt will takes point as the magical caretaker, headlining a story that “will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the joy »
- Michael Briers
Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
The movie is set 25 years after the original. Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) are all grown up and suddenly get a visit from the magical nanny.
The movie also stars Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda portraying a street lamplighter named Jack.
The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Firth has had a busy year »
- Justin Kroll
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
What do Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio and Reese Witherspoon all have in common? Believe it or not, these stars were once considered up and coming actors trying to get that big break in Hollywood. While they may be able to live in multi-million dollar homes or carry Oscar trophies around today, many A-list talent shining upon us now didn't become household names until the '90s. Before fans knew her as Bridget Jones, Renee Zellweger appeared in a special movie titled Dazed and Confused. And before Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow were synonymous with each other, the actor had an unforgettable role in Cry Baby. Is it all coming back to you now? In celebration of »
Mipcom got off to a glamourous start this year with world premiere screenings of Sony Pictures Television’s The Halcyon followed by Julius Berg’s Mata Hari starring Vahina Giocante, Rutger Hauer and Christopher Lambert on Sunday.
These two premieres, on the eve of Mipcom’s official opening, set the tone for a market that will be more awash than ever with high-end dramas.
In the backdrop, one of the talking points is which platforms these series will be distributed on as part of Mipcom’s overall theme of “New Television”.
Sony Corporation president and CEO Kazuo Hirai, who kicked off Mipcom’s conference programme on Monday, said content and delivery were two sides of the same coin when it came to getting viewers to pay for they were watching.
“Consumers are willing »
Her six-year hiatus complete, Renee Zellweger has now graced the silver screen twice in the last month: first with “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and now “The Whole Truth,” a courtroom drama in which everything is subtly out of order. Neither the movie itself nor Zellweger’s performance announce themselves loudly, but both acquit themselves well enough once the slow accumulation of facts comes to form a clear picture. Marked by the legalese and narrative pivots demanded by the genre, but lacking enough verve to offset its familiarity, Courtney Hunt‘s film returns a verdict of Not Bad. Keanu Reeves takes first chair as. »
- Michael Nordine
Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is set to make a movie biopic about the trailblazing Victorian mathematician and computer-science visionary Ada Lovelace. Google and The Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, are backing the project.
Owen’s credits include Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Suffragette,” as well as the upcoming “Tulip Fever” for The Weinstein Company. Hayward produced the Golden Globe-winning “Les Misérables,” and recently produced “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” starring Renee Zellweger. Hayward was formerly at Working Title Films, where she served as executive producer on such films as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Atonement,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride & Prejudice.”
Shawn Slovo, who won a BAFTA for Chris Menges’ “A World Apart” and a Writers Guild of America award for Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” will pen the screenplay of the Lovelace biopic. Slovo »
- Leo Barraclough
After May and June of 2016 saw the monthly box office fall short of 2015 by 12.8% and 11.9% respectively, July and August both saw upticks compared to last year. In fact, August delivered near-record grosses and topped $1 billion in domestic earnings for only the second time, thanks in large part to nearly $290 million from WB's Suicide Squad. That said, while September was a down month*the calendar gross was $586 million from 248 total films, down 6.4% compared to last year ($626.4m)*it was the third largest September gross ever, just behind 2015 and 2011, the only years to ever see the September box office top $600 million. Leading the September 2016 charge was Clint Eastwood's Sully, which nearly doubled its closest competitor with $99.4 million by the end of the month after releasing on September 9. In second was Sony's The Magnificent Seven remake, which grossed $50.5 million in just eight days after releasing on September 23. That same weekend also saw »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
What to see in theatres this Thanksgiving weekendWhat to see in theatres this Thanksgiving weekendJenny Bullough10/7/2016 5:09:00 Pm We are counting down the minutes until Thanksgiving weekend officially starts! Who doesn't love this holiday? Of course it's wonderful to get together with family over a big meal, and we can't wait to stuff our faces full of turkey, stuffing, and pie! But we all know the true reason we look forward to this holiday - it gives us one more extra day to see movies! That's right, Cineplex theatres across the land are open for business on Thanksgiving Monday. In case you can't decide what to see, here's our handy guide! Take the kids to see: Storks Storks used to deliver babies; now, they deliver packages! Andy Samberg voices Junior, the top delivery stork, who has to make one last baby delivery when the Baby Factory accidentally produces an adorable baby girl. »
- Jenny Bullough
Is Working Title becoming a European brand? Released by Studiocanal on Wednesday, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” notched up a first-day 137,000 admissions, about Euros 890,500 ($1.0 million) including previews, topping French box office charts.
A Universal Pictures, Studiocanal and Miramax presentation of a Working Title Films production, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” nationwide box office in France shades “Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children,” another opener on Wednesday, though Tim Burton’s family-targeting fantasy adventure can expect to perform better over this upcoming weekend.
Directed by Sharon Maguire, and starring Renee Zellweger after a six-year break from movies, “Bridget Jones’ Baby” took the co-ordinated campaign for international, where Universal Pictures Intl. (Upi) released the romantic comedy, as it has in near all international territories.
When it came to the campaign for France, Studiocanal organised 200 ladies night screenings at the end of September which attracted 40,000, said Francois Clerc, Studiocanal head of French theatrical distribution. »
- John Hopewell
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
A startling portrait of girls at risk, with a magnificent performance by gonna-be-a-star Letitia Wright. Lovely, moving, utterly unsentimental. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about girls and women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
When she turns 18 in nine months, Jamie Harrison will be thrown out of the London group home for troubled kids she’s been living in for years: she will be presumed to be capable to taking care of herself. It terrifies her, which isn’t surprising. Nor is it surprising that she has a very difficult time accepting the helping hand that comes in the form of a new social worker in the house, Kate Linton. When Kate, who has been desperate to make a connection with the girl, discovers Jamie’s not-so-secret talent — she’s an amazing singer, with a taste for Etta James »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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 »
- Jill Pantozzi
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