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2015 Black List screenplays revealed

2015 Black List screenplays revealed
Film execs have voted for their favourite unproduced Us screenplays.

A script about Michael Jackson’s pet chimp Bubbles and a Moon-based roadtrip adventure are both on this year’s Black List of “most liked” unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.

The annual list, which was first published in 2005, surveys around 500 film executives on their favourite unmade scripts, with a typical response rate of 60%.

This year’s list features 81 screenplays, and was revealed in a series of Youtube videos hosted by the likes of Channing Tatum, Ava DuVernay and Lily James.

2015’s top screenplay is Isaac Adamson’s Bubbles, the story of the late pop star Michael Jackson’s life told through the narration of his pep chimp Bubbles.

Previous films on the list include Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech and Ben Affleck’s Argo, all of which went on to win best picture Oscars.

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The Black List’s 2015 List of Best Unproduced Screenplays

Rounding up the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives, The Black List has been a strong resource to clue one in on projects to potentially anticipate, but first, to kickstart Hollywood on bringing them to screen. Last year’s chart-topper Catherine the Great is still waiting to be produced and today we have this year’s editiong

Topping the 2015 edition, we have Isaac Adamson‘s Bubbles, which tells the story of Michael Jackson through the strange perspective of his adopted baby chimp. Also included is the Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger, which Jake Gyllenhaal was circling, and Miss Sloane, which has Jessica Chastain attached. So, as an early look for some potential upcoming films to keep on your radar, take a looked at the full, detailing list below, along with the number of votes each earned.

Bubbles by Isaac Adamson 44

A baby chimp
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Black List 2015 Topped by Michael Jackson Chimp Script, Features JFK Drama

Black List 2015 Topped by Michael Jackson Chimp Script, Features JFK Drama
The 2015 Black List, consisting of Hollywood’s top unproduced screenplays, was announced by Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, Catherine Hardwicke, Damon Lindelof, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and other actors, producers, directors and writers via YouTube videos on Monday.

The screenplays were revealed on the Black List’s Twitter and YouTube accounts throughout the morning. This year’s 11th edition consists of 81 scripts. “Selma” director Ava DuVernay announced the very first project, Ridgeway Wilson and Chloe Castellón’s “An African Western.”

Isaac Adamson’s story about Michael Jackson’s chimp, “Bubbles,” led the list with 44 votes. Samuel V. Franco and Evan Kilgore’s “Mayday 109” script about President John F. Kennedy’s World War II days also made the list.

Black List scripts — “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech” and “Argo” — have gone on to win three best picture Oscars in recent years. This year’s award season contenders, “The Revenant,” “Spotlight
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George Nolfi Set to Direct the Bruce Lee Biopic 'Birth of the Dragon'

Since making his directing debut on The Adjustment Bureau in 2011, George Nolfi was once shortlisted to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier before the job went to Anthony & Joe Russo. Otherwise, he's been trying to find his next project with Darren Aronofsky's Xoxo, an adaptation of One Minute to Midnight and a sci-fi film from The Last Stand writer Andrew Knauer as possibilities. However, it sounds like his next project will actually be a film of a different kind. Variety has word that Nolfi has been hired to direct Birth of the Dragon, a biopic about martial arts master Bruce Lee that emerged last year. Read on! However, as we learned last year, the film will chronicle the earlier years of Lee, including the real-life fight between the famous martial artist and Wong Jack Man, China's most well-known kung fu master. The fight will serve as the launching point for a bigger,
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Exclusive: Directors Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford Talk Ghost Team One

Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford Talk Ghost Team One, in theaters this Friday

This Halloween will be the first time in five years that a Paranormal Activity movie hasn't been in theaters. If you're missing the demon, Paramount still has you covered with the found footage thriller Ghost Team One, which isn't just packed full of crazy horror, but also serves up some of the funniest jokes seen on screen this year. It perfectly captures the tension and terror of a Paranormal Activity movie. But it also does something that franchise fails to do. It gives us characters we actually care about and a story that isn't completely reliant on the next jump scare.

We're going to say it: Ghost Team One is better than all four of the previous Paranormal Activity movies combined! And we'd much rather see Ghost Team Two at this point than Ghostbusters 3.

It's a
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Ghost Team One Review [Mhhff 2013]

Flood a spoof movie with an overabundance of jokes and it can only go one of two ways – the jokes either hit or they don’t. However, if you take the time to deliver two engaging leads, not only is there a better chance the gags will be winners, but even if they’re not, the film still packs the momentum to cruise right past them because you care about characters, and so is the case with Ghost Team One.

Despite the fact that their housemate Chuck (Tony Cavalero) is striving to keep sober, Sergio and Brad (Carlos Santos and J.R. Villarreal) take pride in partying to the max and scouting out potential lady friends for flings. However, one night, their hobbies are entirely warped by two new presences in the home – a ghost and a hot girl who just so happens to have a thing for hunting ghosts.
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Ghost Team One Trailer and Release Information

Ghost Team One is a horror comedy about two roommates deathly afraid of ghosts both fall in love with a girl who believes their home is haunted. The film is directed by Ben Peyser Scott Rutherford written by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli and stars Carlos Santos J.R. Villarreal and Tony Cavalero. Ghost Team One will be released in limited theaters and VOD on October 11 2013. Ghost Team One follows two friends who are both trying to impress a girl who believes the spirit of a vengeful madam is haunting their home. They set out to make a documentary about a murder that took place in their house decades ago and much to their surprise soon capture some terrifyingand uproarioussupernatural activity that leads them to believe
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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Last Stand’ Marks Career Low for Schwarzenegger

Chicago – “The Last Stand” may mark the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger fulfilled his iconic promise, “I’ll be back,” and the general public replied, “Who cares?” Designed as a comeback vehicle for the actor-turned-governor-turned-wannabe actor, this competently made yet instantly forgettable flick has already gained notoriety as one of the year’s biggest bombs. Hasta la vista, indeed.

Several factors could’ve played a role in the picture’s swift theatrical demise. Schwarzenegger’s heavily publicized affair and subsequent divorce, not to mention his tepidly received autobiography, kept his popularity at a record low, while the film’s sneering tagline, “Retirement is for Sissies,” may have turned off a great many working class moviegoers. Yet the biggest problem, as I see it, is Arnold himself. He is simply not a good actor. At all.

Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0

Sure, Schwarzenegger had the muscular physique of a steroid-dependent movie star back in the ’80s,
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The Last Stand - Blu-ray Review

He might be a little older and a little slower, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in form with The Last Stand. It is a throwback that mixes western, action and comedy elements into an explosive stylized movie that doesn't quite fire on all cylinders, but is still an entertaining ride. Written by Andrew Knauer and directed by Kim Ji-woon (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters), The Last Stand sees Schwarzenegger joined by Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, Luis Guzmán, Jaimie Alexander, Eduardo Noriega, Peter Stormare, Zach Gilford, and Génesis Rodríguez. The Last Stand.s plot is pretty straight-forward. The world.s most dangerous drug crime lord, Gabriel Cortez (Noriega), is being transferred to
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‘The Last Stand’ Review

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, Peter Stormare, Eduardo Noriega, Luis Guzmán, Sonny Landham, Jaimie Alexander, Zach Gilford | Written by Andrew Knauer | Directed by Jee-woon Kim

After a temporary retirement and a brief stint as the Governator of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has returned to the silver screen. Schwarzenegger has had a few cameos in The Expendables franchise but The Last Stand marks the first time Schwarzenegger has taken the lead in a film since Terminator 3. With such a long layoff one wonders if Schwarzenegger could pick up where he left off. While he would never be confused with an acting savant, he brought a certain magnetic charm that made him one of the world’s biggest action stars. Perhaps it’s an issue of too much rust on the gears or a hindrance due to advanced age that has water downed his charismatic persona. His movements are achy, his punches are feeble,
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Paramount Pick up Ghost Team One for Worldwide Distribution

Paramount Home Media have acquired new found footage comedy horror 'Ghost Team One' for worldwide distribution. The project from co-directors Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford follows a couple of roommates who, after falling for a girl who believes their house is haunted by a vengeful madame, set out to make a documentary that ultimately uncovers not just a decades-old murder but a ghost that appears to be into them. Penned by Andrew Knauer and Arthur Pielli and starring Carlos Santos, J.R. Villarreal, Tony Cavalero, Meghan Falcone, James Babson and Craig Stott the project was picked up following its premiere at Slamdance. 'Ghost Team One' was produced by Flying Monkeys Entertainment and Foresight Entertainment....
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2013, Best Movies of January: ‘West Of Memphis’ leads the pack

#1: West of Memphis

Directed by Amy Berg

Written by Billy McMillin and Amy Berg

2012, USA

Following from the original Paradise Lost film and its two sequels, West of Memphis follows the events of one of the most media-covered American crime stories of the last two decades: The West Memphis Three, a case in which three teenagers (Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols, and Jason Baldwin), were arrested for the murders of three eight-year old boys. The case spawned four documentaries, several books, and a campaign from high-profile celebrities such as Peter Jackson, Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder and Henry Rollins. Much like the Paradise Lost films, West of Memphis chronicles the history of the incarcerated men, all the way up to the eventual release.

Amy Berg’s film is an ambitious mixture of documentation and investigation. Along with co-writer and editor Billy McMillin, Berg selects moments from almost 20 years of stock footage
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The Last Stand Review: A Solid, Undemanding Comeback For Arnie

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

After a decade away from the big screen, chipping away at the political arena and teasing us with several enthusiastic cameo appearances, it appears that Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for good. His first starring role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines sees the beloved action star at arguably his most self-aware, a savvy move which allows skilled South Korean director Kim Ji-woon (A Bittersweet Life, The Good, The Bad and the Weird, I Saw the Devil) to stage several kinetic firefights around the actor without causing him to stand out as some of his old-school contemporaries tend to in films such as this.

Primarily geared towards those old enough to have been reared on a healthy diet of the actor’s golden run of action movies during the 1980s and 90s, The Last Stand might not do much for younger audiences, but for those prepared to give in to nostalgia,

'Adjustment Bureau' Director Takes New Sci-Fi from 'Last Stand' Writer

After being at the helm of the underrated sci-fi film The Adjustment Bureau, director George Nolfi is teaming with the writer behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's big screen comeback The Last Stand for a new sci-fi endeavor. Heat Vision reports Nolfi will direct a currently untitled project from Andrew Knauer, but the plot is currently being kept under wraps. As of now, the plan is for Nolfi to co-write the script with Knauer as well as produce. In case you're wondering how this pairing came together, Nolfi actually did some rewrites on The Last Stand, but was impressed enough with the first draft that he wanted to collaborate. In a weird game of six degrees, Michael Hackett is also producing the film. Hackett produced Paycheck, which was based on a Philip K. Dick's short story, the author who wrote the short story on which The Adjustment Bureau was based. Nolfi
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Latest Schwarzenegger Vehicle About to Become Worst Disaster in His Movie Career

Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand: Worst box-office bomb in Schwarzenegger’s career? Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie-star vehicle since Jonathan Mostow’s Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003, the Lionsgate release The Last Stand opened in North America last Friday, January 18. Expectations weren’t high: Reviews have been mixed — The Last Stand has a 43% approval rating and a 5.3/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes‘ top critics — while pundits and distributor Lionsgate had been expecting a modest box-office debut somewhere in the low to mid-teens. Those, however, turned out to be much too optimistic. (Photo: Arnold Schwarzenegger The Last Stand.) The tale of a law-and-order U.S. border sheriff (Schwarzenegger) out to stop a drug lord (Eduardo Noriega) from reaching the lawless South (that’s Mexico), The Last Stand grossed $6.3m at 2,913 North American locations according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Once inflation is factored in, that is
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The Last Stand Review

Movie heroes tend to come and go in cycles, with inspiring golden boy Rocky eventually giving way to brooding menaces like Rambo, and vice versa. Machine gun-toting lugs of the ‘80s and ‘90s used to be the prime examples of this routine, before they aged out and special effects took their place. Now, audiences can’t settle for one guy taking on a dozen terrorists, they flock to see superheroes avert nuclear annihilation, or defend us from massive alien invasions. The comic book genre has taken the place of action movies as the purest source of refined, uncut, popcorn entertainment; they’ve even adapted the pattern of stylistic overturn, with wisecracking Spider-Man passing the baton to the brooding Batman, who in turn gave the box office crown to those lovable Avengers last summer.

So what’d the old guard do? They made their own Avengers, and did so two years before Marvel did.
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'The Adjustment Bureau' Director George Nolfi Lines Up New Sci-Fi Project Penned By 'The Last Stand' Writer Andrew Knauer

After doing some writing work on films like “Ocean’s Twelve” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” George Nolfi finally made his directorial debut with 2011’s Matt Damon-starring sleeper hit “The Adjustment Bureau.” According to THR, that film’s studio, Universal, is looking to work with Nolfi again with another sci-fi film. The studio has picked up an untitled sci-fi action film that is being developed by Nolfi and “The Last Stand” writer Andrew Knauer with the duo looking to co-write the film together as a directorial vehicle for Nolfi. The two apparently met when Nofli did uncredited rewrite work on the Arnold Schwarzenegger film. And if Knauer's film seems slightly unfamiliar, he's certainly on the rise, and in fact the horror comedy "Ghost Team One" that he co-wrote, is set to premiere in at the Slamdance Film Festival which kicks off today. And in case you missed it, you can see our exclusive trailer.
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Film Review: Arnold Schwarzenegger is Back in ‘The Last Stand’

Chicago – With enough hair plugs, bronzer and hormone injections to float a rejuvenation clinic, Arnold Schwarzenegger is back from his political meanderings and is an action star once again in the shoot-’em-up “The Last Stand.” Johnny Knoxville lends some comic relief.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

This is an okay comic book-type movie, even interesting at some points, but it isn’t anything new or special. Arnold revitalizes his stoic catch-phrase-rapping character with few steps lost, save for the furrowed face lines in close-up. The FBI’s incompetence, and the subsequent waste of tax dollars in trying to catch an escaped convict – during our ongoing debt crisis – is laughable, and the use of firearms and the way that people die is questionable timing one month after Newtown. But hell, these type of movies don’t care and neither did the preview audience in attendance, cheering each quality kill.

Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) of Sommerton Junction,
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Franco Plans Hair Stylist Biopic, Amalric Joins Polanski's Next and Redford is 'Lost' With No Dialogue

1.) Universal has picked up an untitled sci-fi project with The Adjustment Bureau helmer George Nolfi attached to direct, produce and co-write with The Last Stand writer Andrew Knauer. The Adjustment Bureau is one of my favorite movies of recent years so I've been anxiously waiting to see what Nolfi would do next and while I wish we had more information, the rest of the details are being kept under wraps. Nolfi and Knauer met while Nolfi was supervising the script for The Last Stand and was apparently so impressed with Knauer's script that he made a pitch to collaborate on this new untitled project. Before making his directorial debut with The Adjustment Bureau, Nolfi worked on the scripts for several movies including Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum. THR 2.) James Franco has been incredibly busy of late and will try to stay that way as he looks to direct and star in Beautiful People.
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The Last Stand – The Review

Schwarzenegger is back, baby!

The Last Stand is the movie you didn’t even realize you wanted to see. With his return to motion picture stardom, after a decade of “favor to a friend” cameos in movies like The Rundown and The Expendables 1 and 2, this is the action superstar’s first leading role, having left acting to serve as the “Governator” of California, and while it may not have occurred to you to miss him during that time, it’s still surprisingly good to see him on the big screen again. Korean director Kim Jee-Woon’s, working from a script by Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi, keeps things moving quickly in his American film-making debut turns out to be an extremely Schwarzeneggerish Schwarzenegger film, full of big, violent set pieces and broad comedy. Now he’s not exactly pushing himself here and he may look a little out of it these days,
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