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45 Genre Screenplays to Download For Free, From ‘A Clockwork Orange’ to ‘Goodfellas’

The best way to learn the tricks of movie screenwriting is to read as many movie scripts as possible. Script Reader Pro made headlines last year for debuting 50 screenplays online for free, and now the team over at Shore Scripts has done the same by making 45 genre screenplays available for free online. Shore Scripts picked five scripts in nine different film genres to feature, which means you now have free access to films written by Stanley Kubrick, Tony Kushner, Rian Johnson, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey.

Shore Scripts is an organization made up filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States that seeks to help emerging screenwriters break into the industry. The team is offering free downloadable scripts for films as classic as “The Iron Giant,” “Goodfellas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

The full list of free screenplays by genre is below. Click here to
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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Gave Birth to a New Breed of Terror When It Premiered 50 Years Ago
June 12 marks the 50th anniversary of “Rosemary’s Baby,” which still remains a gold standard for suspense movies. Though Ira Levin’s novel was a hit, the film adaptation “remained a big question mark until its initial screenings,” Variety wrote on May 29, 1968. The skepticism was because director Roman Polanski’s 1967 “The Fearless Vampire Killers” lost money, while star Mia Farrow was unproven at the box office. But Variety reviewer A.D. Murphy predicted it would be a success and praised the film’s “brilliant” work, above and below the line. With a budget of $3.2 million, the movie was one of the year’s biggest winners, bringing $12.3 million in rentals to Paramount. It was also subtly radical: While other 1960s shockers took place in isolated locations or creaky old homes, “Rosemary’s Baby” found horror in everyday urban settings. And after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy that year,
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Feature: TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz on His Father & 50 Years After Robert F. Kennedy’s Death

Chicago – It was 50 years ago today – June 6th, 1968 – that Robert F. Kennedy died, struck down by an assassin’s bullet while in California on the presidential campaign trail. His press secretary, Frank Mankiewicz, delivered the news to the media, emphasizing that Rfk was only “42 years old.” Frank Mankiewicz was the father of Ben Mankiewicz, the current host of Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

”It’s On to Chicago, and Let’s Win There”: Robert F. Kennedy, Moments Before He was Shot

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In 2012, Ben Mankiewicz was touring on behalf of TCM for their Classic Film Festival, and sat for a duo interview with with actress Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”). After talking movies, the subject turned to his father’s work with Bobby Kennedy during that fateful campaign of 1968. Kennedy entered the race as incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson dropped out, leaving the Democratic nominee field wide open.
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Universal Aims to Restore More Classic Silent Films

Universal Pictures' silent film initiative, first announced in 2012, has led so far to the restorations of films like All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds and Touch of Evil. On Wednesday, at a screening of a restoration of The Man Who Laughs at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, the studio revealed that it will be restoring 10 new titles in the next few years as part of the ongoing project.

The 10 titles will be included in an initiative first announced in 2015, which declared the restoration of 15 films such as Outside the Law, Oh, Doctor!, The Last Warning and Sensation Seekers.

"These ...
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3 New Films that Expand the Possibilities of Documentary Cinema — The Art of the Real 2018

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It’s only been around for five years, but The Art of the Real has already established itself as one of the world’s most essential showcases for game-changing, rule-breaking, genre-busting new cinema. Dedicated to films that blur the line between fact and fiction — or reveal to us how blurred that line is and always will be — this annual Film Society of Lincoln Center series is the kind of thing that makes you want to put quotation marks around reductive terms like “documentary” and “non-fiction.” These are unclassifiable works of freeform cinematic innovation, movies that are more accurately defined by their inclusion in this program than they are by any of the words we often use to describe them.

The 2018 edition of The Art of the Real is predictably stacked with strong work, from a movie about a tennis player that reimagines how we think about sports, to a movie
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Alan Cumming Sings Of American No-Know-How In Latest Jordan Roth Video

Broadway producer Jordan Roth is schooling us with another episode of his mostly-animated The Birds and the Bs, the kids show for adults that routinely features some of Broadway’s biggest voices. This time around: Alan Cumming. The subject: The American Dream. The cartoon Cumming stops by the show to refute Roth’s suggestion that the American Dream has “shriveled up like a xenophobic raisin in the sun.” Not so, counters the former Cabaret emcee. These days, you don’t even…
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Last Remaining Seats 2018: L.A.’s Historic Theater Event Lineup Includes ‘Mr. Smith,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Roger Rabbit’

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The Los Angeles Conservancy is back with the 32nd season of its “Last Remaining Seats” festival, and the full lineup for the event (which begins June 2) has been revealed. The seven films included cover a wide range of classic, more recent and Oscar-winning films, all screened at Los Angeles’ historic theaters, particularly on Broadway, which is the first and largest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The event will also return to downtown’s historic State Theatre for the first time in 20 years, and will expand to San Gabriel, at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, for the first time ever.

Here’s the full list, including dates and locations:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Saturday, June 2, 8 p.m.

State Theatre (1921), downtown L.A.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Saturday, June 9, 8 p.m.

Million Dollar Theatre (1918), downtown L.A.

In the Heat of the Night (1967)

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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 7 Recap: We Have To Be Better Teachers

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.This one’s a keeper. The latest X-Files episode—titled “Rm9sbG93ZXJz” (Base64 code for “Followers”), directed by series executive producer Glen Morgan, and co-written by Shannon Hamblin and Morgan’s wife Kristen Cloke—begins with a story surrounding the story. An unseen narrator tells us that an artificially intelligent Talkbot was released on Twitter in 2016. Meant to mimic the half-formed mind and naïve locutions of a teenage girl, it quickly adapted its replies to all responses and retweets, thinking (or perhaps “thinking”) more and more for itself. The problem was that the bot mirrored the worst of us rather than the best of us, promoting half-assed conspiracy theories and spouting racist rhetoric, among many bad virtual behaviors. Its knowledge became, like so many of those who live the majority of their lives online,
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Sutton Foster Preaches Radical Kindness In Jordan Roth’s Latest Toon

Name-calling gets us nowhere – except maybe the Oval Office, but let’s call that a fluke. So in the spirit of radical, extreme kindness, actress Sutton Foster schools Broadway producer (and sometime Deadline pundit) Jordan Roth in the latest episode of Roth’s animated web series The Birds and The Bs. In case you didn’t see the first one, here’s the premise: Roth plays himself as a sort of sardonic, modern-day, besweatered Mr. Rogers, answering kids’ questions and…
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Berlinale 2018. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Second Alien Invasion

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Last year, Kiyoshi Kurosawa made one of his most purely fun pictures, Before We Vanish, adapted a play by Tomohiro Maekawa into a genuinely zany science fiction film, a chance at a bigger budget the Japanese filmmaker relished through a clever homage to 1980s blockbusters, an elastic tone of silly graveness, and vibrant dashes of special effects. Kurosawa has unexpectedly returned to this same material (another play by Maekawa, who co-wrote the script) with a new film set in the same world: Foreboding, a 5-part miniseries shown in Japanese TV last September and trimmed by an hour into a straightforward but terrific and phantasmal thriller that premiered at the Berlinale. The premise is the same across the films: in advance of an invasion, aliens are quietly inhabiting the bodies of normal people, finding human guides to escort them around, and harvest “concepts” (work, love, death) from the minds of those
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The Forgotten: James Whale's Zip-up Straitjacket

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The Impatient Maiden (1932) is an almost entirely overlooked film, and it's easy to see why, falling as it does between Frankenstein (1931) and The Old Dark House (1932) in director James Whale's Universal career. Those two films are important classics of the horror field, whereas Maiden is a modest romantic comedy that probably nobody had any particular hopes for. Still, as some of Whale's other, lesser-known movies are getting more attention (The Road Back has been restored, and Whale's own favorite film, By Candlelight, has had recent revivals; I'd like to see more attention paid to The Great Garrick and The Man in the Iron Mask) this one might reward attention—or at least I supposed so.How it came into the world: Universal had bought the novel The Impatient Virgin as a vehicle for fading star Clara Bow, who promptly rejected it. The censors mandated a change of title, despite
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Injured Eagles Qb Carson Wentz Proposes to Girlfriend After Super Bowl Win: We 'Both Got Us a Ring'!

Wedding bells are ringing for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The 25-year-old athlete revealed in a Tuesday Instagram and Twitter post that he proposed to girlfriend Madison Oberg — and she said ‘yes!’

“She said Yes! And now Maddie and I both got us a ring can’t wait to marry my best friend!” he captioned the photos. “God is doing some amazing things and I can’t thank him enough!”

In the main shot, Wentz is shown down on one knee, looking into Oberg’s eyes. In other photo, the couple embrace and Oberg shows off her sizable engagement ring.
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From Tippi Hedren to Uma Thurman, being a muse means being abused

As Thurman recounts how she fought off Weinstein’s advances and was injured in a car crash filming Tarantino’s Kill Bill after she says she was refused a stunt double, it seems some directors put female stars on pedestals just to pull them off

Alfred Hitchcock used to go berserk if he saw Tippi Hedren talking to other men. He had a mask made of her face. A couple of times he threw himself on top of her and assaulted her. When they were making The Birds, he told her mechanical birds would not work and she would have to be attacked by live ones. They were attached to her body with elastic bands. One almost pecked out her eyes. Unsurprisingly, she broke down.

She is still spoken of as his muse.
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Do You Hear It? A History of Soundtracks in The Movies

Music and storytelling are perfect bedfellows. Storytelling appeals to our sense of adventure, while music appeals to our emotions.

Way before the movies, music, and storytelling had forged into a marriage of symbiosis – opera, ballet, theatre; they all used music to help drive the narrative. Throughout the history of narrative storytelling, music has been the protagonist, the antagonist and the elephant in the room. Through leitmotif; variations in pulse; and appropriate tonality, tempo, and texture; music manipulates the audience’s emotional response through the spectrum from fear to despair, and from desperation to triumph.

A great soundtrack should be there, and not there. If you notice the music, it’s usually for a good reason.

From humble beginnings

The advent of the moving image brought grand possibilities for a more intimate, visual method of storytelling, monopolizing upon the wider possibilities of location, the speed of the edit and the intimacy of the eyes.
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BBC News Reporter Adorably Mobbed by Lemurs During Report From Zoo (Video)

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BBC News Reporter Adorably Mobbed by Lemurs During Report From Zoo (Video)
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” would’ve been a lot cuter if the director had used lemurs. And because these ring-tailed marsupials are so cool, one BBC reporter thought it would be a good idea to pose with them during his live shot. It went predictably badly. BBC NewsAlex Dunlop was doing a report on an annual count of the animals at the Banham Zoo in Norfolk, England, when he was mobbed by the group of lemurs. Also Read: Watch TV Reporter Get Puked on While Covering Beer-Based Ironman Competition (Video) “You little nipper,” Dunlop says in the video as the animals leap in...
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Listen To Alfred Hitchcock Fascinatingly Talk About The Birds For 8 Minutes

To be a director, your mind has to work a certain way. To be a legendary director like Alfred Hitchcock, you really have to be on another level. Just listening to this guy talk about the importance of certain things that happened in The Birds that most people would watch and not even pick up on is amazing, and it makes me wonder just how much work certain directors put into scenes that go unnoticed by others. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think of The Birds:
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Dakota Johnson on Growing Up in Hollywood: "I Keep My Therapist on Speed Dial"

Golden Globe-winning actress Tippi Hedren (The Birds) joined daughter Melanie Griffith (also a Golden Globe winner, for Working Girl), granddaughter Dakota Johnson, star of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and Dakota's Golden Globe-winning father Don Johnson (Miami Vice) for The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood Legacies issue.

Griffith and Don divorced in 1996 but remain good friends. When asked who her first celebrity crush was, Griffith giggled, looking to Don, saying, "He's sitting right here!"

Don told THR he would love to work with his daughter Dakota, saying, "She's a great actress. I would be honored."

Hedren praised her Griffith's performance in Working Girl, choosing...
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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot


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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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