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2014 Black List of Best Unproduced Scripts: #1 'Catherine the Great'

15 December 2014 3:29 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It's that time of the year again. Along with awards season, key players in the industry also round up The Black List, a yearly rundown of the "most liked" screenplays floating around Hollywood, as voted on by development executives. Founded by Film executive Franklin Leonard in 2005, this has become quite the coveted accolade for rising writers, especially with previous films like Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, Juno and The King's Speech being named on the list. Movies on the Black List have earned 37 wins at the Oscars and nearly 200 nominations, and more than 270 of them have gone on to get produced. And now we have the list of the best (or rather most liked) unproduced screenplays going around Hollywood in 2014. More below! Here's Top 10 Black List 2014 screenplays with the most votes (there's more than 10 listed due to ties): 1. Catherine the Great (51) Kristina Lauren Anderson Sophia Augusta takes control of her life, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Star Trek 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; Apes Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

15 December 2014 9:10 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright's name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he's met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination. Hit the jump for more on Paramount's candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.] According to Deadline, Paramount is also considering Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3 – 6), and Duncan Jones (Source Code). Breaking down the choices, Tyldum could become a very hot director depending on »

- Matt Goldberg

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Weekend Report: 'Exodus' is Weak 'King'

14 December 2014 12:01 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Exodus: Gods and Kings missed the mark this weekend, though it still easily ruled over another very quiet weekend at the box office.Meanwhile, Chris Rock's Top Five got off to a decent start, and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice did big business at a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles.The Top 12 earned $76.7 million, which makes this one of the slowest weekends of the year. Business will pick up next weekend, though it does look like this will be one of the worst Decembers in recent memory.Playing at 3,503 locations, Exodus: Gods and Kings opened to an estimated $24.1 million this weekend. That doesn't compare favorably to this year's previous Biblical movies, as its nearly $20 million lower than Noah's debut and roughly on par with the much-less-expensive Son of God.That's not really an apples-to-apples comparison, though, as opening weekends in December are historically muted. Still, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Podcast: Screener Watching, Worst Movies of the Year Tease, the Oscar Race and More

9 December 2014 8:45 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Can you believe itc It's our final free episode of 2014 as the end of the year and holiday season quickly approach. Today we quickly discuss some of the screeners we've been watching as of late, most notably the documentary Keep On Keepin' On, discuss the Los Angeles Critics Awards as well as the current state of the Oscar race, as well as answer your questions, play some games, take a look at the new DVDs and Blu-rays out this week and a lot of just random conversation to kick off today's episode. We hope you enjoy and hope you'll subscribe to join us for the final few episodes of the year over the coming weeks. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, »

- Brad Brevet

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With No Oscar Frontrunner Yet, Here’s How Each of These 5 Films Could Win Best Picture

4 December 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Now that every awards-season contender has finally screened for the press, we're left with a most unusual Oscar outlook: There appears to be no frontrunner for Best Picture. In previous years, you could typically count on a single movie like 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, or The Artist to announce itself as the one to beat; this time around, we don't even have a clarified two-film contest, as we did in 2009 when The Hurt Locker upset Avatar, or in 2010, when The King's Speech vied with The Social Network for Oscar's biggest prize. What we have instead in 2014 is a Best Picture field where any one of five well-positioned movies can still make a case for the win. Read on, and let us know which film you think will prevail.BoyhoodRichard Linklater's 12-year coming-of-age story has had to run an awards campaign nearly as long in the making as »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Weekend Report: 'Hunger Games' Devours Undercooked Franchise Titles Over Thanksgiving

30 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 easily ruled the Thanksgiving weekend box office. At the same time, the weekend's two new titles*Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2*were both disappointments.The Top 12 earned $154.9 million this weekend; that's down over 20 percent from the same frame last year, when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen earned a combined $142 million.In its second weekend, Mockingjay eased 53 percent to $57 million. That drop is identical to Catching Fire's, albeit off of a much lower opening weekend. To date, Mockingjay ranks seventh in 2014 with $225.7 million. If it follows Catching Fire's pattern, it will wrap up with $324 million, which is a bit lower than current 2014 leader Guardians of the Galaxy ($331.9 million and counting).Playing at 3,764 theaters, Penguins of Madagascar opened to $25.4 million this weekend. For the five-day weekend, the movie earned $35.4 million.In comparison, the last two Madagascar movies »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'The Imitation Game': Another Thanksgiving hit for Harvey

30 November 2014 12:03 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Harvey Weinstein has seen great awards success in recent years by utilizing the Thanksgiving corridor to launch or go wide on his Oscar hopefuls. Films like "The King's Speech," "The Artist" and "Silver Linings Playbook" have gotten off to the right foot in that stretch ("Philomena," too), and now, "The Imitation Game." Morten Tyldum's film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as computer pioneer and tragic historical figure Alan Turing, opened to $482,000 in four theaters this weekend, a per-theater average of $120,518. That bests "Birdman's" mid-October PTA of $100,000, but "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is still chuckling over all this jockeying for per-theater positioning with its March number of $202,792. Still, this is right in the Harvey wheelhouse and playbook. He and the film's campaign have been curiously, perhaps smartly quiet since the early festival bows at Telluride and Toronto. Competitors have come and they've gone and "The Imitation Game" has never presented itself as the one to beat. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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'Mockingjay' Crushes Weak Newcomers on Black Friday

29 November 2014 9:04 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 ruled the Black Friday box office, while the two newcomers put up disappointing numbers.The third installment in the Hunger Games franchise added $24.1 million, which is off 56 percent from opening day. That's about on par with Catching Fire's drop at the same point, which is a positive sign for the movie's long-term prospects. To date, Mockingjay has earned $192.7 million, and will pass $200 million on Saturday.Penguins of Madagascar took in $10.5 million on Friday. In comparison, notorious DreamWorks Animation bomb Rise of the Guardians earned $9.2 million on the same date in 2012. With the Madagascar brand, Penguins really ought to be doing better than this. For the three-day weekend, the movie is on track to earn over $26 million.Big Hero 6 was strong in third place with $7.74 million. To date, the Disney Animation hit has earned an impressive $156.2 million. Meanwhile, Interstellar added $6.6 million, which brings its total to $137.9 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Forecast: Katniss to Fend Off 'Penguins,' 'Bosses' Over Thanksgiving

26 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2 should do decent business over the long Thanksgiving weekend, though its unlikely that the two new franchise titles come anywhere close to taking first place from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.A year ago, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 53 percent over the three-day Thanksgiving weekend. If Mockingjay matched that drop, it would earn $57 million over the three-day weekend, and around $85 million for the five-day frame (including Wednesday and Thursday).However, word-of-mouth for Mockingjay isn't quite as strong, and grosses have dropped off at a slightly steeper rate from Friday to Tuesday. Look for Mockingjay to fall 55 to 60 percent in its second frame, which would put it around $50 million ($70-75 million five-day).Opening at 3,654 locations, Penguins of Madagascar should take second place ahead of Horrible Bosses 2.Madagascar is one of DreamWorks Animation's most successful franchises: all three movies have earned over $180 million in the U. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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'Imitation Game' hits a snag as 'Selma' and 'Birdman' get the Spirits boost

25 November 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We laid out a few of the films that weren't eligible for today's Independent Spirit Awards announcement yesterday. Movies like "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Foxcatcher," etc., as well as a number of foreign players, were not going to be in the mix. But of those that were, the real shocker today is that "The Imitation Game" turned up a goose egg. According to The Weinstein Company, it was eligible. That's not getting off to a great start for Harvey Weinstein's thoroughbred this season. Looking across the nominees, as we surmised, it's the "Birdman" and "Boyhood" show with six and five nominations apiece. But Open Road also came out swinging with five nominations for Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," while the biggest boost of the announcement has to be for Ava DuVernay's "Selma." The Paramount release was screened for the committees but due to how late in the game the film wrapped up editing, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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How computers generated Alexandre Desplat's 'Imitation Game' score

24 November 2014 3:16 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The gears in composer Alexandre Desplat’s head are always turning. They have to be; even with a packed scheduled — he’ll see five films hit American screens before the end of 2014 — his artistic process is still one of care and contemplation. With each new score, Desplat chisels out a sound that’s recognizably story-driven, interwoven with theme and individual from his other works. In his new film, "The Imitation Game," the composer translates Alan Turing’s life into a fractaling piano score that encompasses both the mathematician’s achievements — cracking the Nazi’s "Enigma Code" with a proto-computer known as the Turing Machine — and an emotional frustration bubbling underneath the surface.  If Desplat’s espionage sounds click with Oscar voters, "The Imitation Game" would net him his seventh Academy Award nomination. He previously nabbed a spot in the top five with "The Queen," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »

- Matt Patches

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Podcast: Reviewing 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay', Mike Nichols, Bill Cosby and More

21 November 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We're covering a lot of ground today with the centerpiece being our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. We also dig into the Bill Cosby controversy for a second, the death of Mike Nichols, Universal's plans for at least three more Fast & Furious movies, Prometheus 2, Zoolander 2, a few of your questions, some games and a few knicks and knacks along the way. Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »

- Brad Brevet

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Tech Support: Will 'Interstellar's' woes cost it Oscar attention in the sound mixing race?

20 November 2014 1:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Normally, by mid-November, we have a pretty good idea of many of the likely nominees in most of the crafts categories. But in this year's race for Best Sound Mixing, I see things as extremely open — there's not a single film that strikes me as assured of a spot and more than a dozen appear to have very good chances. That makes for an exciting race. This category awards the overall mix of dialogue, music, effects and "everything else" into a film's soundtrack. This is different than sound editing, which recognizes the creation and editing of artificial sound effects. Being a leading Best Picture contender can certainly help a film's chances in mixing (seen in "The Social Network," "The King's Speech" and "Moneyball" in recent years), as can being a war film, a musical or a respected (or even not-so-respected) blockbuster. There are also certain mixers who score very regularly indeed. »

- Gerard Kennedy

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'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way?

19 November 2014 10:01 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Just one week ago "Selma" had very little support among the 25 noted Oscarologists at Gold Derby. Then, on Nov. 10, it broke into the Top 10 for Best Picture. Now it's zoomed up to fifth place with two experts actually predicting it to win: Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) and Christopher Rosen (HuffPo). Meantime, a few days ago David Oyelowo landed on our Experts' list of projected nominees for Best Actor (he's in fourth place with 15/2 odds) and today Ava DuVernay burst into our top five for Best Director (she's also in fourth with 12/1 odds). Yes, "Selma" is on the march and the only question left is: can it go all the way? -Break- 'Selma' and star David Oyelowo soar into Oscars race, say experts Oscar voters do love biopics, including recent Best Picture winners "The King's Speech" and "A Beautiful Mind." Just last year one with a theme similar to "Selma" – the African-America. »

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Holiday 2014 Forecast: Other Contenders

12 November 2014 5:15 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While some of the Holiday Forecast picks are locks (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, etc.), there are a handful of fringe titles (Unbroken, Horrible Bosses, Annie, The Interview) which could wind up outside the Top 12 when all is said and done.Which upcoming releases could move in to one of those spots? Here's a brief look at box office prospects for the rest of the movies set to open between now and the end of the year.Wide ReleasesDumb and Dumber To (Nov. 14): This is the movie that has the best chance of cracking the Top 12 holiday releases. The first Dumb and Dumber opened 20 years ago and earned $127.2 million; that's the equivalent over $241 million today. If the sequel sells half as many tickets, it will be one of the biggest hits of the season.Still, there are »

- Ray Subers

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Listen: Audio Interview with 'Mr. Turner' Star, Timothy Spall

12 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's interesting to look at the awards Timothy Spall has won and been nominated for and realize he's never been nominated for an Oscar. With his fifth collaboration with director Mike Leigh it's an oversight that just might be cleared up as his performance in Mr. Turner (see trailer at bottom of this post) has already earned him a Best Actor award at Cannes and is definitely in contention for Best Actor at this year's Oscars. Spall plays the titular character, the eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner, as the film focuses on the second half of his life, exploring a time following his father's (Paul Jesson) death and a subsequent relationship with Ms. Booth (Marion Bailey) a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea. I had the chance to talk with Spall, whose work most mainstream audiences will likely remember as Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter films, »

- Brad Brevet

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9 stars you forgot did I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

11 November 2014 6:33 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tinchy Strider, Gemma Collins, Melanie Sykes and Michael Buerk (What?) were all confirmed to be taking part in I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! this afternoon.

But in a few years, will we even remember them? Unless they pull some Paul Burrell or Gillian McKeith-style stunts, frankly it's unlikely.

Why? Because we completely forgot these 9 big names have been there, done that and swallowed the testicles…

9. Neil Ruddock

Long after Razor stopped playing for Liverpool, but before he was taking part in Celebrity Big Brother, we forgot that he came seventh on the ITV show. He also 'starred' in a recent episode of C5's Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away, in which he had his stuff respossessed by bailiffs. So, unlike most celebs, the jungle didn't prove to be the lowest point in Neil's career.

8. Nigel Havers

Havers was the Buerk of his day. Not just literally, »

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9 stars you forgot did I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

11 November 2014 6:33 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tinchy Strider, Gemma Collins, Melanie Sykes and Michael Buerk (What?) were all confirmed to be taking part in I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! this afternoon.

But in a few years, will we even remember them? Unless they pull some Paul Burrell or Gillian McKeith-style stunts, frankly it's unlikely.

Why? Because we completely forgot these 9 big names have been there, done that and swallowed the testicles…

9. Neil Ruddock

Long after Razor stopped playing for Liverpool, but before he was taking part in Celebrity Big Brother, we forgot that he came seventh on the ITV show. He also 'starred' in a recent episode of C5's Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away, in which he had his stuff respossessed by bailiffs. So, unlike most celebs, the jungle didn't prove to be the lowest point in Neil's career.

8. Nigel Havers

Havers was the Buerk of his day. Not just literally, »

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Mark Zuckerberg, 'The Social Network', and the "Truthfulness" of Non-Fiction

10 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Take a look at the picture above. What do you seec If you're screenwriter Aaron Sorkin or director David Fincher, you see a very clear way to begin your film The Social Network, based on the story of the development of social media behemoth Facebook. You see a way to provide an understandable motivation for your main character, Mark Zuckerberg, an event that will carry your film through to its ending. If you're the living, breathing co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Facebook the film centers on, however, you might see something else entirely. "The filmmakers just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found really hurtful," Zuckerberg told reporters in a public QandA last week. "They made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to attract girls." In the film's opening scene, Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is dumped and walked-out-on by then-girlfriend »

- Jordan Benesh

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Mark Zuckerberg: The Social Network was "kind of hurtful"

9 November 2014 10:40 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on David Fincher's The Social Network: "they just kind of made up a bunch of stuff"

A box office hit, and a film that was pipped to the Oscars by The King's Speech in the end (although Aaron Sorkin's screenplay got a gong), David Fincher's movie of The Social Network nonetheless proved to be popular with lots and lots of people.

Well, except the one person who it was actually about.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has given a Q&A at his firm's headquarters, and has said that the people behind the film "made up a bunch of stuff". "I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kind of blocked that one out", he told the crowd.

So what was the problem?

"I think the reality is that writing code and then building a product »

- simonbrew

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