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The Black List Update: Picks 15 to 11 of 2007

4 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

What I like most about the annual Black List is that there isn't any favoritism according to the projected financial size of a screenplay. For fun, you could scan down any list since its inception and you'll find equal parts indie/Sundace/small budget and studio/multiplex/limitless budgets. If you look at the price tag for 2007's top screenplay (Recount) and say picks #14 and #15 which have a budget that range somewhere between 50 to 100 times more. Here are updates on picks 15 to 11 of 2007. 15. Edwin A. Salt (Votes: 11) Writer: Kurt Wimmer Status: Released July 23, 2010. An already established writer, I'm sure Kurt Wimmer was somewhat surprised that he'd have to re-tailor his original screenplay to switch the gender of the lead role. Columbia Pictures coined the new version Salt, and had Phillip Noyce direct Angelina Jolie, who took on the newly named character of Evelyn Salt. Released July 23rd this year, the »

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'Project X' Star Miles Teller Sheds Light On Todd Phillips' Comedy

3 December 2010 2:27 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Hard details about "Project X," the Todd Phillips-godfathered comedy starring a largely unknown cast of college-age kids, have been hard to come by these past few months. In general terms, the plot seems to have at least some connective creative tissue with Phillips' 1998 documentary, "Frat House," but in late August he told us, "It's not necessarily a return to that but a fresh approach to a really f--ked up incident."

What exactly that incident is — and how it ties into the movie's much-hyped "high concept" — Phillips wouldn’t say. No one, really, knows what the heck the movie is about. But now MTV News has learned details about one of the characters, played by Miles Teller.

We caught up with Teller on the red carpet for "Rabbit Hole" and asked him about "Project X."

"I play a kid who graduated from the high school the year before, kind of like the cool guy, »

- Eric Ditzian

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Jonathan Levine Adapting a Pulp Fiction Novel 'Little Girl Lost'

28 September 2010 7:05 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After delivering quite the slice of life in the 90's with The Wackness, director Jonathan Levine moved on to the dark comedy Live With It (formerly known as I'm With Cancer) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Seth Rogen. Now the director will be diving into pulp fiction as Heat Vision says Levine will direct an adaptation of the hard-boiled crime novel Little Girl Lost by Richard Aleas (writer Charles Ardai's pseudonym). Actor & writer Michael Bacall is adapting the story about a private dick who discovers his high school girlfriend became a stripper and is now dead. To find her killer he has to get his hands dirty in the shady part of town. Bacall may be better known for his acting, but recently his work on the page has resulted in Scott Pilgrim vs The World as well as the Todd Phillips produced comedy Project X as well as the adaptation »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tiff 2010 Top 10 New Faces: #3. Miles Teller

23 September 2010 3:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#3. Miles Teller - Rabbit Hole Rabbit Hole is one more example of a film I didn't care for, but where someone broke out and I took notice. Acting school for Miles Teller was taught by principle Nicole Kidman and in one of the film's heavy dramatic outbreaks via professor Aaron Eckhart. In the little number of scenes that Teller is in, he manages to convey what an emotionally and physically scarred teenager looks like. It's a restrained, nuanced performance, that need to be well calibrated to be pulled off correctly. If I'm his agent, I'm excited about Teller's future prospects. He'll next be seen in Nima Nourizadeh's Project X and Craig Brewer's Footloose. Here's an interview clip of the young actor, and if someone has a still of Teller from the film, please send it to me.      »

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Jillian Reynolds Joins Project X

23 August 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

It's been a few months since it was announced that producers Joel Silver and Todd Phillips were teaming on the mysterious low-budget, R-rated raunchy comedy Project X , the secretive film which would be made for $12 million with a cast of unknowns. The film was said to begin shooting in mid-June with commercial director Nima Nourizadeh at the helm, but we've heard surprisingly little since then. The latest news comes in the form of Jillian Reynolds née Barberie, the former weathergirl for "Fox NFL Sunday" and current co-host of "Good Day La," who opined on her Twitter feed about scheduling conflicts: "Trying to clear up @gregfitzshow appearance. I told Greg I would do his show not knowing movie was shooting my scene same day and time!!" »

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Todd Phillips tackles Belushi pic

11 August 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

John Belushi may be getting a (second) second life on the big screen.

"The Pursuit of Happyness" screenwriter Steven Conrad and "The Hangover" director-producer Todd Phillips are developing a biographical film about the late comedian's life. Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights from Belushi's estate.

Conrad will script the project and Phillips will produce, though he has not yet committed to directing it. Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are also producing.

In a typically difficult process that saw the rights deal come together, then fall apart, then come back together again, the project would be the latest attempt at a full-scale biopic about the "Saturday Night Live" cast member and film star who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at age 33.

Belushi's life was famously detailed in Bob Woodward's 1985 biography, "Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi." That book is not part of the rights deal, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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Todd Phillips' Secret Comedy Casts All Unknowns

3 July 2010 11:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Hangover director Todd Philips wasn't lying when he said he wanted to cast a whole bunch of unknowns for his last project, temporarily titled Project X. And we're not talking "unknown" like Robert Pattinson was pre-Twilight, when he still had a heart-throbby Harry Potter stint under his belt. We're talking never-seen-on-the-big-screen actors, ones who just might make a splash like the Hangover dudes and start giving the early twenty-something celebs a run for their money.

Get ready to hear more about: Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor, Thomas Mann, and Alexis Knapp. (See images of the cast after the jump.) These lucky folks have been tapped to star in the project that is still shrouded in secrecy, but luckily with the casting, some nuggets of information have slipped out. Namely, what on earth this potential laugh fest will be about.

Filed under: Comedy, »

- Monika Bartyzel

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Various Unknowns Cast In "Project X"

2 July 2010 12:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor and Alexis Knapp have all signed on to Todd Phillips' secret new feature "Project X" reports Variety.

The story revolves around a group of kids trying to document a college house party when things go awry. Though filming will follow the "Cloverfield" first-person format, the actual tone is being described as a 'stripped down, more naturalistic college comedy'.

Matt Drake penned the script while Phillips, best known for directing "The Hangover", will produce. Nima Nourizadeh will make his feature film directorial debut on the project which begins filming on Tuesday. »

- Garth Franklin

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Todd Phillips' Project X Finds Its Cast

2 July 2010 11:05 AM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

As promised, the conspicuously titled Project X -- the Todd Phillips/Joel Silver co-produced guerrilla comedy -- had found its no-name cast: Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor, Thomas Mann and Alexis Knapp will all hope to become the next McLovin' -- or Zack Galifianakis -- when they take part in the Nima Nourizadeh-directed comedy. Precious few details about Project X are available, but it reportedly "revolves around a group of kids documenting a house party that suddenly goes awry," and that "like Cloverfield, the movie would unfold from the point of view of the person videotaping the party." So this is the Cloverfield sequel you've been waiting for! It's gonna be the best night ever, etc. [Variety] »

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A Bunch Of Unknowns Cast, As Promised, In Todd Phillips' Project X

2 July 2010 9:11 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Hangover director Todd Phillips' next film Due Date will be fairly star studded-- Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, etc.etc.-- but as a producer he's taking a turn toward the unknown. We've already told you a little about Project X, the fairly secret comedy project that Phillips is producing about a house party gone awry. There was an open casting call to find unknowns to star in the film, and now Variety reports that they've stayed true to their word and cast a bunch of people I have never, ever heard of. The lucky newcomers are Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor, Thomas Mann and Alexis Knapp. Dax Flame is apparently the kid you see pictured above, who is popular enough on YouTube that he's inspired tribute videos (embedded below). Blanton has a few credits »

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Unknown Cast & Plot Details Revealed for ‘Project X’

2 July 2010 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

If you’re one of the many people who enjoyed the raunchy 2009 comedy hit, The Hangover, then you may be interested in what director Todd Phillips has up his sleeve for a new film he’s producing (though Not directing) along with Joel Silver, entitled Project X.

One of the major aims for Project X was to get complete unknowns to headline the film. An open casting call was even held awhile back where anyone could send in audition tapes (although known actors could audition the normal way as well). Today we know which unknown faces will be populating Project X.

Variety reports that the following unknown actors have been cast: Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, Thomas Mann and Alexis Knapp.

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- Ross Miller

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Todd Phillips casts newcomers for his low-budget college comedy Project X

1 July 2010 11:30 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Last we heard of Project X, a low-budget college comedy from Todd Phillips and producer Joel Silver, there was a nationwide talent search put out by the filmmakers for unknown would-be actors looking to become stars. Now, according to Variety, those "unknowns" have been found: Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor, Thomas Mann, and Alexis Knapp.. Kirby Bliss Blanton is the chick pictured here. And this Dax Flame kid »

- George Merchan

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Hangover Director Todd Phillips Casts Newcomers in Project X Including YouTuber Dax Flame

1 July 2010 5:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

True to his word, The Hangover director Todd Phillips stuck to a mostly unknown cast for the enigmatic college comedy he’s producing, Project X.  Pre-production has been shrouded in secrecy: we know that helming duties will be handled by commercial/music video director Nima Nourizadeh (making his feature debut), from a script by Matt Drake and Michael Bacall.  But neither an official title nor a comprehensive logline have seen the light of day.

The casting process was fairly unique: in addition to the usual in-person sessions, young actors were able to submit their own agent-free audition online.  In the end, Phillips and Co. landed on Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O’Connor, and Alexis Knapp.  More after the jump:

Variety does provide a vague outline for the story, which “revolves around a group of kids documenting a house party that suddenly goes awry. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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First Casting and Plot Details for Todd Phillips' Project X

1 July 2010 3:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

New details on Todd Phillips' Project X We haven't heard much about Todd Phillips' secretive new film project since it was announced back in April and now some new details on both the cast and storyline have been revealed. Variety is reporting that young actors such as Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame, Nichole O'Connor and Alexis Knapp signed on to Project X.

Plot details have been kept under tight wraps thus far, but the site is now reporting that the film revolves around a group of kids who are trying to document a house party, when things start to go bad. It was said that the project could be akin to Cloverfield, the film will be told from the point-of-view of the cameraman.

The site is also reporting that the film is scheduled to start filming on Tuesday, although no release date plans have been set. »

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Exclusive Interview: Director Todd Phillips on Project X, Due Date and The Hangover 2

5 June 2010 8:51 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Just an hour ago I was on the red carpet at Spike “Guys Choice” Awards at Sony Studios.  While most of the big name actors didn’t walk the red carpet, I did manage to talk with director Todd Phillips.  As most of you know, Phillips is hard at work completing his next comedy, Due Date, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis as two people forced to make a road trip together.  I saw some footage at this year’s ShoWest and thought it looked awesome.

Anyway, during my extended red carpet interview (thank you Todd), we talked about not only Due Date, but what’s up with the mysterious comedy Project X (read more about it here) and The Hangover 2.  Here are some of the things I learned.  Hit the jump to watch the video interview.

Project X starts filming July 6 and they have definitely cast unknowns for the lead roles. »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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'Sherlock Holmes 2' to Face-Off with 'M:i-4' and 'Chipmunks 3'...

3 June 2010 2:01 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Sherlock Holmes 2, the sequel to last year's hit Sherlock Holmes, is now officially scheduled for release on Dec. 16, 2011. The studio also slated the mysterious comedy known as Project X for Nov. 23, 2011. While it isn't official yet, it appears that at least star Robert Downey Jr. and director Guy Ritchie will return for Sherlock Holmes 2 (Downey Jr. was forced to back out of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens due to scheduling conflicts with the Holmes sequel). Plot details are not currently available, though it's widely assumed that the movie will pit Holmes and his associate Watson (Jude Law) against their nemesis Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes opened Christmas Day 2009, setting the single day Christmas record with $24.6 million. The movie continued to play well throughout the holidays and in to 2010, ultimately closing a month ago with just over $209 million. Add in over $307 million from foreign markets, and Sherlock Holmes »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Producer Joel Silver on Splice, Logan’S Run, Swamp Thing, The Apparation, Project-x, Unknown White Male

22 May 2010 8:58 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After seeing just one still of the movie in a trade paper, and then being sent the finished film, producer Joel Silver thought it was so effective that he ended up acquiring the rights to the horror feature Splice. Although he was always open to the possibility, acquiring an already-finished product was something he had never done before, under his Dark Castle banner.

While at the press day for the disturbing thriller, which stars Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, the prolific producer also discussed a long list of other projects that he currently has in various stages, including Unknown White Male, The Apparition, The Factory and Project X.  He also talked about the disappointing box office for The Losers, his hopes to get Logan’s Run and Forbidden Planet into production, what’s holding up Swamp Thing and his thoughts on 3-D, as well as confirming that he is no longer working with The Wachowskis. »

- Sara Wayland

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Todd Phillips’ Project X Comedy

30 April 2010 2:09 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The Hangover director Todd Phillips will pair with producer Joel Silver for a project so shrouded in mystery that is known only by its working title Project X.

So, what we actually now at this moment is, that both of them are on board to help put together a low budget R-rated comedy for the feature directorial debut of Nima Nourizadeh.

And if this name doesn’t sound familiar to you, well, let us tell you that Nourizadeh directed only videos and commercials.

We don’t have some big info about the whole thing yet – high concept story being kept under wraps – but the film is described as a party movie.

Todd Phillips said to Collider that the term “party movie” is very vague and that they’re just hoping to make a film that is “a new and interesting approach” to storytelling in the comedy genre.

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- Fiona

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Shia Labeouf In The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman

30 April 2010 1:08 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

This time we’re here to inform you that Shia Labeouf is set to show his romantic side in The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures.

The Transformers star has signed on to star in the film, an original romantic action project to be directed by Dante Ariola, an award-winning commercial director. Check out the rest of this ineteresting news…

So, everything starts this way: “…Charlie Countryman (Labeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal.

Armed with little more than his wit and naive charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of »

- Fiona

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Shia Labeouf To Star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

29 April 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mandate Pictures just announced that Shia Labeouf would star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, the feature directorial debut of award-winning commercial director Dante Ariola (check out some of his commercial work in our commercial director spotlight). The original screenplay was featured on the 2007 Black List (a Hollywood insider listing of the top unproduced screenplays of the year) and is written by Matt Drake, the scribe behind Tully (which was nominated for four Independent Spirit awards including Best Screenplay and Best Feature) and Todd Phillips' Project X. Here is the official plot synopsis for the romntic action film: Charlie Countryman (Labeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. »

- Peter Sciretta

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