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‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes a ‘Star Trek’ Spec Script and Hitchhikes to Hollywood

‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes a ‘Star Trek’ Spec Script and Hitchhikes to Hollywood
There’s a lot going on in the trailer for “Please Stand By.”

The dramedy, set to be released early next year, follows Wendy (Dakota Fanning), a young autistic girl and stalwart Cinnabon employee who becomes consumed by a “Star Trek” scriptwriting contest. She has a sister (Alice Eve), a dog with weak bladder control, and a dream to get to Hollywood to hand-deliver her entry before the deadline. (Judging by her confident strides past Walt Disney Concert Hall, looks like she’s got a decent shot.) And hey, Toni Collette’s here too!

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Credit: “The Many and the Few” is a solid name for a “Star Trek” script. (It’s no “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum,” but it’s a start.) And, to be fair, we’re a sucker for characters knowing
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‘Please Stand By’ Trailer: Dakota Fanning Writes A ‘Star Trek’ Script

Is it time for the Dakota Fanning-aissance? The actress held the Fanning family limelight for a quite a while, but it has since been overtaken by her sister Elle Fanning. However, with a hotly buzzed new series coming soon with “The Alienist,” and now this movie, perhaps it’s time for Dakota Fanning to regain a bit of shine.

Co-starring Toni Collette, Alice Eve, Patton Oswalt, and Tony Revolori, and directed Ben Lewin (“The Sessions,” the upcoming “The Catcher Was A Spy” which is headed to Sundance), the unique premise follows a young, autistic woman who has written an epic “Star Trek” script.

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Dakota Fanning in First Trailer for Star Trek Geek Film 'Please Stand By'

"Captain: there is only one logical direction in which to go - forward." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for an indie dramedy titled Please Stand By, from director Ben Lewin, who last directed the acclaimed film The Sessions. Please Stand By is a story of a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver and heads off to Hollywood. She is on the run because she wants to hand-deliver a 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. Dakota Fanning stars in this, with a full cast including Toni Collette, Alice Eve, River Alexander, Marla Gibbs, Jessica Rothe, Michael Stahl-David, and Patton Oswalt. This is one of those surprise didn't-know-this-existed films, but I'm very curious to see it, just sounds like something fun. Plus I love the quotes about light and the unknown, good stuff. See below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ben Lewin's Please Stand By,
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Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer

Dakota Fanning Is Star Trek's Biggest Fan in Please Stand By Trailer
Magnolia Pictures has released the first trailer and photo for Please Stand By, which tells the epic story of one big Star Trek fan trying to get her story out into the world. The film had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival in October, while also screening at the Rome Film Festival and the Virginia Film Festival over the last few months. While this isn't exactly a Star Trek movie, it will be interesting to see how Star Trek fans spark to this unique story.

A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. On an adventure full of laughter and tears, Wendy, played with exquisite delicacy by Dakota Fanning, follows the guiding spirit of Mr. Spock on her journey into the unknown. "It is there for us to conquer,
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Please Stand By trailer, all about a Star Trek road trip

Joseph Baxter Dec 5, 2017

The Please Stand By trailer depicts Dakota Fanning as an autistic Trekkie, who embarks on a quest submit her script.

Upcoming indie comedy drama Please Stand By will fly a flag of fandom that Star Trek enthusiasts should appreciate. The film depicts the travails of a young woman (Dakota Fanning) in a trek of a different nature – on the road to Hollywood – to enter her original script in a contest.

To anyone unacquainted, the opening moments of the Please Stand By trailer - depicting environmental-suit-donning Kirk and Spock stuck in an alien dust storm – might briefly make you think that this was teaser for the untitled Star Trek 3. Of course, it’s really just insight into the creative mind of young Wendy (Fanning), an autistic Trekkie who’s put her creative output into a Star Trek script for a contest.

However, submitting said script requires the
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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018

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Sundance Wish List: 70 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2018
The fall is often perceived as the launch pad for awards season, as numerous prestige films compete for attention in the final weeks of the year. For much of the film community, however, it’s also the first major window into movies worth talking about next year. That’s because the Sundance Film Festival lineup typically drops in the middle of November, shaking up the holiday season with a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers who could make an impact in Park City this January. With programmers working in overdrive to complete the lineup in the coming weeks, and filmmakers praying to break through as the deadlines loom, we’ve cobbled together as much intel as we can for this extensive preview featuring dozens of promising titles that stand a good chance at making their way to Sundance this year. As usual, we’ve tried to avoid projects that are
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Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations

Toronto ‘17: Galas and Special Presentations
Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres, and eight Canadian Premieres, including works from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Egypt, and Cambodia.

This year, Tiff offers a refreshed, more tightly curated Festival, with a renewed commitment to bold, director-driven programming, continued support of female filmmakers, and enough star power to fuel 400,000 festival-goers.

Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven starring Haile Berry

Today’s announcement cements that the future is female (and so is Tiff’s programming), with Gala films from emerging and established filmmakers that include Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose 2015 Festival feature Mustang earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Film; Mary Shelley by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Dee ReesMudbound, an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel about racial tensions
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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'
Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse.

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also
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Apply Now for a Fellowship with WritersForWriters

WritersForWriters fellowship Mentor Alysia Reiner in “Orange Is the New Black

The lack of mentorship is one the largest barriers to entry women and people of color face in Hollywood. Breaking into the industry is hard, and it’s damn near impossible if you don’t have someone in your corner to provide guidance, feedback, and encouragement. This is an issue the newly-launched WritersForWriters (Wfw) program is hoping to address via its fellowship opportunities.

The year-long fellowship will see selected Wfw Fellows be paired with Mentors who share similar genre interests and availability. The Mentors — who include “Orange Is the New Black” actress Alysia Reiner, “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women” director Angela Robinson and her writing partner Alex Kondracke (“The L Word”), and “No Good Deed” scribe Aimee Lagos — are “committed to paying it forward in helping aspiring professional writers to break into the industry,” the Wfw website details.

Screenwriters are eligible to apply for the Diversity Theme and Female Theme Screenwriting fellowships. The Diversity Theme is accepting scripts from writers of color as well as scripts that explore themes of race and diversity. White writers are welcome to submit diverse-themed scripts to this fellowship. The Female Theme will consider scripts from female writers and women-centric scripts. Male screenwriters are eligible to submit women-centric scripts.

Directors, writer-directors, and filmmaking teams can apply for the Indie Filmmaker Fellowship. Applicants must be working on an unproduced, feature narrative film in order to be considered.

Applications for all fellowships cost $75 and will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 2017. Use the code JULY2017 to receive a 20 percent discount on any Wfw fellowship or individual script consultation.

Descriptions of the three available WritersForWriters fellowships are below, courtesy of the organization. Visit the Wfw website to apply for a fellowship or to find out more.

Diversity Theme

The Diversity Theme is open to all minority writers as well as writers (Caucasian writers included) whose scripts feature diversity-themed subject matter.

Female Theme Screenwriting

WritersForWriters announces their first annual Female-Theme Screenwriting Fellowship to screenwriters seeking a one year mentorship with mentors from Wfw. The fellowship is open to all female writers as well as writers (male writers included) whose scripts feature female-themed subject matter.

Indie Filmmaker Theme

The Indie Filmmaker Fellowship is open to all filmmakers attached to an unproduced, feature-length narrative film with an aim towards production. Directing teams and writer-director teams are welcome to apply on a single application. The fellows will be mentored by the WritersForWriters team as well as indie film producer Stephen Nemeth (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “The Sessions”).

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Helen Hunt to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘I See You’

Helen Hunt to Star in Horror-Thriller ‘I See You’
Helen Hunt has come on board to star in the horror-thriller “I See You” for Zodiac Features with shooting starting in Cleveland in the late summer.

Adam Randall is directing from a script by Devon Graye. Hunt will portray the well-heeled wife of the lead investigator in a child abduction case which has brought into the spotlight a similar case from years past. The investigator struggles to find a way to forgive his wife for infidelity — and while her guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, a malicious presence begins manifesting itself in their home, putting their young son in mortal danger.

Matt Waldeck will produce for Zodiac Features. Executives producers are Ben Hecht for Zodiac, alongside Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher and Patrick Howson for Bankside Films, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films.

CAA packaged the film and will co-represent domestic sales with Bankside Films,
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Cannes: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman Set for Rocket Science’s ‘End of Sentence’

Cannes: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman Set for Rocket Science’s ‘End of Sentence’
Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes and “Percy Jackson” star Logan Lerman will star as father and son in drama “End of Sentence,” which London-based sales company Rocket Science will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Market this week.

Irish actress Sarah Bolger will co-star in the film which follows a father and son as they reluctantly embark on an eventful and emotionally fraught road-trip from Alabama to Ireland, honoring a request of their late wife and mother.

“‘End of Sentence’ promises to be a warm, funny and moving story of an estranged father and son reconnecting; a road movie executed with sensitivity and humor by both the talented cast and incredible team behind the scenes, guaranteed to strike a chord with audiences the world over,” said Rocket Science founder and CEO Thorsten Schumacher.

Lerman will play the ex-con son of Hawkes’ uptight, but well-intentioned, father as the pair are thrown
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best

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Amazon Pilot Reviews: All the 2017 Entries, Ranked Worst to Best
Amazon released five new pilots on Friday, and it’s up to viewers to determine which ones get picked up. “The Legend of Master Legend,” “Budding Prospects,” “The New V.I.P.’s,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Oasis” make up the 2017 Amazon pilot season. Some are good, some are bad, but the power lies with all of us to determine which are worthy of a full season order. Read our reviews below to get a little insight into each offering, and watch the episodes for yourself right here.

The Legend of Master Legend

John Hawkes can’t catch a break. When he nabbed the lead in Charlie Kaufman’s FX pilot — Charlie Kaufman — it didn’t get picked up. He landed an Oscar nomination for “The Sessions,” but his follow-ups have meant diddly-squat comparatively. Sure, he stole a few scenes in “Lincoln” and got to take part in Amy Schumer’s amazing sketch,
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Newswire: Guy Pearce joins Paul Rudd’s baseball-and-espionage movie

The Catcher Was A Spy, the movie about a real-life baseball player turned American spy, has begun filling out its cast. The production’s already landed its lead in Paul Rudd, who will play Moe Berg, the former White Sox player who decided to follow up his baseball career with some time in the secretive service. Now Empire Magazine reports that Guy Pearce will co-star with Rudd. Pearce’s role is currently unknown, though we could see him playing a crotchety coach giving Moe a hard time at Comiskey Park, or the suave mentor who helps him figure out just how to spy on people.

The SessionsBen Lewin is directing from a script by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). While he awaits news on his role, Pearce can look forward to having the President barge in on the three-night run of the gay rights drama, When We Rise.
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Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’

Josh Hartnett In Talks To Star In Indie ‘A Moment To Remember’
Exclusive: Penny Dreadful star Josh Hartnett is in talks to star in A Moment to Remember, an indie drama to be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions). Lewin penned the screenplay with Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) about a young woman who falls in love with a brusque but sweet man, but their marriage is destroyed after she develops a rare case of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Production is set to begin in November. Jena Malone joined in May as the female lead and remains…
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Shots Fired in first trailer for Fox’s new drama

A trailer has arrived online for Fox’s upcoming drama event series Shots Fired which stars Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer; take a look below…

Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, Shots Fired is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” From Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” “Love & Basketball”) and Reggie Rock Bythewood (“Beyond the Lights,” “Notorious”), the 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Leading
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‘Prison Break,’ ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and More Trailers From Fox’s 2016-17 Season

‘Prison Break,’ ’24: Legacy,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and More Trailers From Fox’s 2016-17 Season
Fox has released the first trailers for the network’s 2016-17 lineup of shows, including revivals of “Prison Break” and “24,” adaptations of “Lethal Weapon” and “The Exorcist,” the latest musical drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels, and more.

Fall:

Lethal Weapon

Based on the hit movie franchise of the same name, “Lethal Weapon” follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. From the moment the brash and impulsive Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) meets prudent, by-the-book Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”), it seems as if this partnership is doomed. But after their first case together, both realize this arrangement might just work out after all – if Riggs doesn’t get them killed first.

The Exorcist

Widely regarded as the greatest horror movie ever made, “The Exorcist” terrified audiences around the world.
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Paul Rudd to star in The Catcher Was a Spy

Deadline is reporting that Paul Rudd has signed on to star in The Catcher Was a Spy, a World War II thriller from director Ben Lewin (The Sessions), which is based upon the bestselling book from Nicholas Dawidoff, with Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) penning the script.

Rudd will play Moe Berg, an Ivy League graduate and attorney who spent 15 years as a journeyman player in Major League Baseball for the likes of the New York Robins and Chicago White Sox whilst doubling as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services, helping the Americans win the race against Germany to build the Atomic Bomb.

Berg’s story had previously been developed by Warner Bros., with George Clooney in line to star, as well as HBO and Miramax.
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Movie News: Paul Rudd to Star as Baseball Player Turned Spy; Prequel to 'The Omen' on Its Way

The Catcher Was a Spy: Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) will star as Moe Berg in The Catcher Was a Spy. It's based on a popular book by Nicholas Dawidoff that told the true story of a professional baseball player who led a double life as a spy for the U.S. during World War II. Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the screenplay; Ben Lewin (The Sessions) will direct. [Deadline]   The First Omen: A prequel to 1976's The Omen is in the works. The original starred Gregory Peck as an American ambassador in Europe whose adopted son Damien may be the son of the Devil. It spawned two sequels and a remake, as well as a TV series that is currently airing. Ben Jacoby wrote the script for the prequel script, The First Omen. Antonio Campos is in negotiations to direct...

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Paul Rudd Takes The Lead In The Catcher Was A Spy

When assuming the high profile mantle of a beloved superhero, it is important for an actor to balance these franchise instalments with work of a very different kind, in order to remain relevant and sustain a career beyond spandex. This seems to be a lesson that Ant-Man’s Paul Rudd is taking seriously – not least with the news that he has been cast as the lead in the upcoming period drama, The Catcher Was A Spy.

Adapted by Academy Award nominee Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) from the bestselling 1994 book, The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life Of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff, the film will be directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), and will feature Paul Rudd in the role of Moe Berg – linguist, lawyer, baseball player and spy. The story tells the tale of an extraordinary life, which saw Berg born in New York City in
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