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"The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and Nyu screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original documentary series, which starts airing on Starz September 6. And it's a reality show competition with $250,000 going to the winner. And more material will eventually post online at The Chair Channel on Vimeo, on Starz.com and via social media. Remember "Project Greenlight"? The HBO reality TV series, produced by Miramax, Sean Bailey and "Good Will Hunting" producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore, showed audiences the nuts and bolts of indie filmmaking. A decade later Moore dreamed up another idea. "The Chair," more than a gladiator event for directors, he says on the phone, is part of his continuing quest "to show people how. »
- Anne Thompson
Attention filmmakers, the revived Project Greenlight is now accepting submissions. The fourth season of the reality series executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, returning to HBO almost 10 years after its last season aired on Bravo, is looking for a first-time director to film a “Hollywood-vetted” script with an experienced cast and crew. Oh, and the whole filmmaking process will be chronicled for the show. Photos Ben Affleck at 40: Portraits of 'Argo's' Leading Man, Director and Oscar-Baiting Auteur Filmmakers can submit a three-minute short film at the Project Greenlight website through Aug. 8 for
- Hilary Lewis
Andy Samberg is setting aside his badge and picking up a racket. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star is set to play a "superstar tennis bad boy" in a new HBO comedy event focused on a seven-day Wimbledon showdown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the one-off mockumentary, titled 7 Days in Hell, will find Samberg's character, Aaron Williams, squaring off with rival prodigy/"certified truck driver" Charles Lloyd Poole (Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) at Wimbledon 2004.
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The reality series, which sees Damon and Affleck searching for a talented new director, is now accepting entries. All first-time directors are welcome to apply until August 8.
The pair have said that the show is '"just documenting what's happening when people try to make a movie together" and that there will be no intervention from the documentary makers.
Filmmakers must submit a three-minute short film on the Project Greenlight website to be considered. Once a winner has been chosen, they will be followed by a camera crew throughout the process of making their first real film.
They will be provided with a 'Hollywood-vetted' script, »
“Project Greenlight” is coming back to HBO, and it's now accepting submissions. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck return with a new season of the reality series looking for a first-time director. It's been nearly ten years since the last season of “Project Greenlight.” It aired two seasons on HBO in 2001 and 2003 before moving to Bravo for its then-final season in 2005. Season 4 promises to follow the same basic format as the previous runs. See video: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Are ‘Very Excited’ to Mentor ‘Project Greenlight’ Winner Filmmakers can submit a three-minute short film at the official ProjectGreenlight website through. »
- Jason Hughes
The wait is Over! @HBO's #ProjectGreenlight is now accepting short film submissions! http://t.co/5ChTUpVef0 — Miramax (@Miramax) July 25, 2014 "Project Greenlight," the docu-series chronicling the search for a first-time director, while exploring the filmmaking process, is returning to HBO for a new season, it was announced in April. As the Twitter embed says above, the wait is now over, as submissions are now being accepted. In brief, filmmakers are asked to submit a 3-minute short video at Projectgreenlight.com starting today, July 24th, through August 8, 2014. Check out Official Rules here. Executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt »
- Tambay A. Obenson
HBO’s Project Greenlight, which is produced in part by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, opened its submissions window Thursday. “We’re looking to identify an incredibly talented first-time director,” Damon said in the announcement video. “We’ll mentor and guide you through the process of making this film.” The unscripted series, which has returned to HBO for its fourth season, begins with a digital competition. Applicants are invited to submit a one-to-three minute video through Facebook by Aug. 8. The top 200 selected by peer judges are then invited to submit a two-minute biographical video by Sept. 3. The top 20 directors selected then have their videos posted on Facebook, where a public vote will take place Sept. 15-26. The winner of the public vote joins nine other finalists in a fourth round of the competition where they’ll be asked to film a scene from a script provided to them. A winner »
Some nine years after going off the air, HBO, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon have revived “Project Greenlight" in a new day and age of discovery. As introduced in a quick video below, the project, in Damon’s words, remains the same: an exercise in “documenting what’s actually happening when people try to make a movie together.” (Affleck, silent, was probably mentally running his “Batman v. Superman” lines.) A more informative and non-embeddable piece can be seen here. From July 24 to August 8, “Project Greenlight” will be seeking submissions from those keen to either judge or actually produce a film. Though sure to be competitive, Greenlight asks for no more than a three-minute short — something plenty have on tap. Follow the guidelines, be sure to send in your material in some time over these next few weeks, and good luck. Have a look below: »
- Nick Newman
Starz's upcoming comedy miniseries “Survivor's Remorse” will premiere Oct. 4 at 9 p.m., while the reality offering “The Chair” will debut Sept. 6 at 11 p.m., the network said Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday. The six-part “Survivor's Remorse,” which counts NBA star LeBron James among its executive producers, revolves around Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a basketball player from a rough background who scores a multimillion basketball contract and moves to Atlanta to embark on a life of stardom. Also read: ‘Happyland’ Raises Lots of Incest Questions “The Chair,” meanwhile, was created by “Project Greenlight” executive. »
- Tim Kenneally
Starz’s original filmmaking experiment, “The Chair,” will premiere at 11 p.m. Sept. 6, the cabler announced today.
The series, created by “Project Greenlight” and “Good Will Hunting” executive producer Chris Moore, is a 10-part documentary that follows two first-time directors through the process of bringing their debut feature to the big screen. The up-and-coming directors, who have unique backgrounds and skill sets, were provided with an identical screenplay and challenged to craft their own film. The show will follow the creation, marketing and theatrical release of both adaptations, which will also air on Starz. Both directors received the same budget and used locations in the same city, Pittsburgh. Through multiplatform voting, viewers will determine which director will be awarded the $250,000 prize.
Filmmakers Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci adapted “How Soon Is Now,” a coming-of-age, feature-length comedy written by Dan Schoffer that chronicles the first homecoming on Thanksgiving weekend by a »
- Laura Prudom
Project Greenlight is coming back to HBO for a fourth season, and the cable network has released the first promo. It features Ben Affleck and Matt Damon introducing the new season and what they are looking to do with it. It's also fun to see them joke around about not having any better ideas over the past decade.
Project Greenlight was stared back in 2001, and it was developed as a way to help get first-time filmmakers the budget and promotion needed to make a feature film. The show was on HBO for two seasons where it spawned films such as Stolen Summer and The Battle of Shaker Heights. The show was then moved to Bravo in 2005, and thats where the movie Feast was developed.
I was a big supporter of the show while it was still on TV, and I think it's great that Project Greenlight is back to help more first-time filmmakers. »
- Joey Paur
Actually, wait, strike that: The Oscar winners want you to make their movie. As Damon and Affleck explain in the first promo for their revived docuseries Project Greenlight—returning to HBO after an 11-year absence—they’re not looking for screenplay submissions this time around. Instead, the new Greenlight will focus only on the trials and tribulations of a first-time director making a major motion picture. (Their pick will be helming a “Hollywood-vetted script;” no other details about the film have been released yet.)
Starting July 24, wannabe Afflecks can submit »
- Hillary Busis
A few months back, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon announced that they would be reviving the series Project Greenlight on the network it was originally born on; HBO. Project Greenlight was a contest to help a passionate artist direct a film, who otherwise might have never had the chance to do so. At that time both writers and directors could submit material, but for this new season, they're looking for just a director. Bat-fleck and Damon took some time to tell you how the process works in »
- Sean Wist
When Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Alex Keledjian teamed up to create Project Greenlight in 2001 (which ran on HBO for two seasons and then on Bravo for season 3), the entertainment business was a vastly different place that matched up nicely with a behind the scenes and unscripted look into the herculean effort that goes into making independent films.
This compatibility was due, in large part, to the indie film movement of the ’90s that had made rockstars out of filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez and both Affleck and Damon, who were launched into the mainstream by the success of Good Will Hunting. But as Project Greenlight gets ready to return to HBO for a season 4, there are a lot of questions.
- Jason Tabrys
FX's big-budget Middle Eastern drama "Tyrant" premiered to decent numbers last night. 2.1 million viewers tuned in for the premiere which ultimately had a 3.46 million total viewership for the night.
That's 20% less than the "Fargo" pilot had, but the series doesn't have that show's in-built reputation or star power. Most promising, the show retained 99% of its 18-49 viewership from the first half hour to the show’s last 22 minutes - a good sign they liked what they saw. [Source: Deadline]
The CW have announced their Fall premiere dates which are being staggered throughout October. The new season and series premiere dates are:
Thursday October 2nd: "The Vampire Diaries," "Reign"
Monday October 6th: "The Originals"
Tuesday October 7th: "The Flash, "Supernatural"
Wednesday October 8th: "Arrow"
Monday October 13th: "Jane the Virgin"
Friday October 17th: "America's Next Top Model"
Wednesday October 22nd: "The 100"
- Garth Franklin
Aspiring directors now have the go ahead to enter their submissions to “Project Greenlight,” according to a promo released Wednesday by HBO featuring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The series, which first aired on the premium cable channel in 2001, had exec producer Matt Damon and Ben Affleck at its helm.
Damon and Affleck are back again to exec produce the show that focuses on first-time filmmakers being given the chance to direct a feature film.
In the promo Affleck jokes, “Clearly we haven’t had any new ideas in the intervening 13 years.” Damon adds, “Not a fresh idea.”
The filmmaker duo, whose first film together “Good Will Hunting” received great critical acclaim, said the filmmaker who wins the series will direct a “Hollywood vetted script” through all levels of production. Damon and Affleck said they will be mentors to the winner and they will have access to industry veterans.
- Jordyn Holman
Back in April, we learned that HBO planned to bring back Project Greenlight, with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck returning as producers. This means they now need you, aspiring director. In the video below, Damon and Affleck request submissions and are forever cute together. The chosen first-time director will try his or her hand at directing a “Hollywood-vetted script,” with the help of experienced producers, directors, and other friends of these two. Generally, it’s the same idea as the early-aughts version, but technology has advanced and now the director will have Batman in their corner, instead of Daredevil. Nothing against Daredevil, but even with super hearing, he can’t watch dailies. »
- Jesse David Fox
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got their break with Good Will Hunting, and won their first major acclaim when their screenplay for that film took home the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998. A couple years later, the two produced the HBO show Project Greenlight, in which aspiring writers and directors competed to create a […]
- Russ Fischer
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are returning to “Project Greenlight,” and they look to be bringing their larger-than-life personalities with them. In a promo teasing the upcoming reboot of the HBO docu-series, aimed at helping aspiring filmmakers take their movie ideas from concept to the silver screen, the two movie stars explain precisely what they hope to accomplish. They also add in a few touches of self-deprecating humor. See video: Matt Damon Is ‘Open’ to Return as Jason Bourne “Clearly we haven't had any new ideas in the intervening 13 years,” Affleck jokingly pointed out. As TheWrap previously reported, HBO greenlit »
- Travis Reilly
Back in April, HBO announced that they are re-teaming with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon for Season 4 of Project Greenlight, where a first-time filmmaker will be given the chance to direct a Hollywood studio movie. Today, the official website was launched at ProjectGreenlight.com, which includes an introductory message from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who explain how aspiring directors can submit their short films into the competition. Take a look at the video, then read on for more details.
The official website reveals that the submission process will be open from July 24 to August 8, with all videos required to be no longer than three minutes in length. You can clickHere to read the frequently asked questions, and stay tuned for more details about the contest and the HBO reality series.
Spanning the entire filmmaking process, Project Greenlight takes a revealing, uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director. »
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