A long time ago, on an Internet that seems far far away, two Star Wars themed films were looking at major releases. There was Kyle Newman’s Fanboys and Patrick Read Johnson‘s 5-25-77. The former was centered on the excitement looking ahead to the prequels and the latter was about how the release of the original movie shapes a young man’s Hollywood dreams. Fanboys came and went in 2009 but 5-25-77 lingered like a piece of space junk released from a Star Destroyer. That year it screened at a film festival but that was more or less the last we heard of it after several years of teases.

That all changed this weekend when Jeff Sneider of Variety sent out a tweet saying the film will be released this summer and the filmmaker responded. The saga continues after the jump. Read More »

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Each December since 2004, studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted by hundreds of execs, agency guys, and high-level assistants. Titled The Black List, the compendium highlights both established screenwriters and up-and-comers, and has served as a launching pad in the past for projects like Juno, Lars and the Real Girl, and (500) Days of Summer. Last year’s list included Margin Call, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Hunger Games, and Snow White and the Huntsman.

It should be noted that the headline is somewhat misleading — some of these screenplays have already been acquired and are already in development, though according to Leonard none will have entered principal photography by December 31, 2011. Also worth pointing out is that, as in previous years, there have been rumors that some of the participants have been accused of using the Black List to promote their own clients or friends. Finally, as Leonard reminds us each time, “The Black List is not a ‘best of’ list. It is, at best, a ‘most liked’ list.”

Regardless, we can always rely on the Black List to stir up conversation among both industry insiders and outside spectators alike, so without further ado, hit the jump for the complete 2011 list.

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Ten years ago, iconic LA crime novelist James Ellroy was signed with Paramount to write his first original screenplay, called 77. That script was eventually completed by someone else, but it has been kicking around for some time. And now Russell Crowe — who made the leap to leading man status in part thanks to his role in the James Ellroy adaptation L.A. Confidential — is looking to star in the film. He also reportedly wants to make it his directorial debut. Read More »

’77 Movie Trailer

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Before Fanboys was ever announced, there was another Star Wars-themed project in the works, an indie coming of age drama titled 5-25-77 from Patrick Read Johnson (director of Angus, writer of Dragonheart). Many geeks will reccognize that date as the day that Star Wars was released in theaters. The movie went into production in 2004, and has sat in post production for nearly five years. The film premiered at the  Hamptons International Film Festival in October of last year under a new minimalistic title, ’77.

The film tells the story of an alienated, sci-fi obsessed teen filmmaker named Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley) who must overcome his fear of leaving everything he knows and loves behind to chase his unlikely Hollywood dream. The pending release of a new movie called Star Wars on 5-27-77 is instrumental in shaping Pat’s destiny.

If Fanboys was American Pie, this movie seems much more like Almost Famous. ’77 looks like it has a lot of potential. I’m a sci-fi geek, a recovering aspiring filmmaker and a sucker for good coming of age indie, so I’m sure I’ll have no problem connecting with this film. ’77 doesn’t have a distributor yet, but it does have a new movie trailer.  Check it out after the jump.

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Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Heath Ledger Joker Munny

Lobster Johnson created this custom Heath Ledger-version Joker Munny.

Patrick Read Johnson has found financing to complete post production on his autobiographical indie “77,” (formerly titled 5/25/77) which chronicles the director’s journeys in Hollywood with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. [THR]

William Shatner claims JJ Abrams never called him back. [trekmovie]

Warner Bros has scheduled a September 19th release date for Whiteout. [shock]

JustJared has new photos from the set of Crank 2: High Voltage which show star Jason Statham with some nasty fake scars on his back.

WALL-E was given a G-Rating by the MPAA.  [animatednews]

Cineleet takes a look at the influences of Star Wars in a column titled Before the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The Incredible Hulk Bus

The Incredible Hulk has invaded New York City. Head over to Marvel for more images.

Eric Lively, Tony Todd and Gil Bellows have been cast in the “24” prequel. [THR]
MTV has the first chapter of Vern’s new book Seagalogy: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal.

Sony Pictures Classics is in final negotiations for James Toback‘s boxing documentary “Tyson,” which chronicles the life of former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. [THR]

MovieMistakes has a list of over 70 mistakes from the original Indiana Jones series.

Blockbuster Video Pizza Box

Blockbuster is advertising on Pizza boxes?! [Gizmodo]

Rotten Tomatoes takes a look at the top 20 sequels they’re still waiting for.

The Disney Movie Surfers have taken a behind-the-scenes look at WALL-E, and new footage is featured.

Fanboy has a look at all the Indiana Jones Knock-Offs in a segment they call The Hall of Shame.

Jim Hill
blogs about the lost action sequences where Indiana Jones battled samurai and a machine-gun toting warlord, that was cut from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Daily Mail has the first photo of a bald Cameron Diaz on the set of My Sister’s Keeper. Scary!

Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be rated PG for "sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking." [io9]

NBC will air a special Incredible Hulk-themed episode of “American Gladiators” with guest star Lou Ferrigno. [SHH]

Madonna‘s newest film, a documentary about the struggles of Malawi, titled I Am Because We Are, will screen at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival in August. [variety]

TMNT Mousers action figures

One of NECA’s comic con exclusives is an action figure three pack from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featuring a set of three Mousers. [mechzilla]

FestivalCentral asks people at Cannes how to pronounce the title of Charlie Kaufman‘s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. Jeff Wells reports that Kaufman says the pronunciation is “Syn-ECK-duh-kee.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Blogwarts has yet another new (but way too small) photo from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Twentieth Century Fox paid $550,000 to the Smithsonian Institution for the right to use its name in Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian. [sci-fi]

Cubecraft Indiana Jones

Build your own cubecraft Indiana Jones and Golden Idol on Cubecraft.com.

Fangoria reports that actor Glenn Morshower is set to return to Transformers 2. Morshower is best known for playing a secret service agent in 24, and appeared in the original movie as a military Sargent at the US Soccent.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine has wrapped principal photography. [iesb]

Check out these two videos from Sundance, director, writer and actor Clark Gregg discusses his new film Choke. [searchlight]

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