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If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.

Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013′s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.

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Briefly: There’s not a lot of information available yet, but the names alone here are pretty exciting. John Krasinski (The Office) and Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) just sold an “action-adventure spec script” to Warner Bros. which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon‘s production company, Pearl Street, will produce. There are no details on the plot but Krasinski and Damon teamed up for last year’s Promised Land so there’s already a working relationship there. Plus, more adventure films are always good. We’ll provide an update when more is known. [Deadline]

The Black List 2013

Most year-end best-of lists consist of things that have already been produced, released, and consumed. But the Black List stands apart in that it’s all about the films that haven’t come out yet. Created by Franklin Leonard and Dino Sijamic, the annual compilation shines a light on the “most liked” unproduced screenplays of each year, as voted on by hundreds of Hollywood executives.

Not all of these films will get made, let alone made well, but the Black List still serves as a good indication of what projects are being buzzed about. Last year’s list included Transcendence and RodhamDjango Unchained and Saving Mr. Banks were among the highlights the year before that. Three out of the last five Best Picture winners were Black List scripts, as were seven of the past twelve screenwriting Oscar winners. Hit the jump to read titles and descriptions for the 72 that made the cut this year.

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20th Century Fox’s remake of the musical Guys and Dolls is starting to get lucky. Earlier this year, the studio closed a deal to remake the Broadway musical turned award-winning Hollywood film starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were mentioned as two possible stars. However, at that time, no one was officially attached because there was still no script and Fox has now hired someone to remedy that. They’ve tapped Danny Strong, who adapted The Hunger Games: MockingJay into two films, to put the tale of Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson on the page. Read More »

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Curious why the calendar has almost turned and we still have little to no information about Star Wars Episode VII? Because the people paying for it don’t have much information either. Alan Horn, the Chairman of Disney, was speaking at a Variety event Friday morning and revealed he expects to finally see a script for J.J. Abrams‘ film in January. Because of that, the budget for the film hasn’t been set, but they’re expecting something in the $200 million range.

Horn also discussed the recent Indiana Jones news at the event. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Kevin Hart Lebron James Ballers

NBA superstar Lebron James has been attempting to make his big screen debut since 2009. That’s when the reigning MVP first signed on to do a film called Fantasy Basketball Camp, however years have passed with little movement. Now there’s a major update that might finally get James into theaters. Comedian Kevin Hart has signed to co-write and eventually co-star in the film, which has been renamed Ballers. Brian Grazer will co-produce for Universal. Read More »

Vince Lombardi

The National Football League is known for a slew of iconic names, but only one has his name on the championship trophy. When a team wins the Super Bowl, they received the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary and innovative coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959-1967, a run during which they won both the first and second Super Bowls.

Now, writer/director J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, Margin Call) has been hired by Legendary Pictures to write and potentially direct a film based on the most celebrated coach in NFL history. Read More »

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Over the last few years, Quentin Tarantino‘s filmmaking process has accelerated just a bit. We’d grown accustomed to the guy taking a good bit of time between films, but his announcement of Inglourious Basterds was followed just a year later by the film’s first screening, and then Django Unchained came relatively hot on the heels of the war movie. (OK, it was a couple years, but that’s better than four or five years.)

Every round of promotional tours that takes place leads to Tarantino talking about possible new script ideas, and now we’ve got a new one. While making an appearance on The Tonight Show just hours ago, kind of as a 20th anniversary of his first time on the show, Tarantino said that the script he’s finishing now is a new western.

Update: Video of the segment has been added below.

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