Blood List 2014

There are thousands of writers out there pounding away at their scripts, most of which are destined to be read by only a few people. While more movies are getting made now than ever, at the same time that reflects only a small percentage of the work put to page by aspiring writers. Anything that can help draw attention to unproduced scripts is a great thing. And while there are some well-known options for your basic drama script, there aren’t so many for genre projects. In the last five years, The Blood List has worked as a resource to highlight un-produced horror and genre scripts. The Blood List 2014 features thirteen new titles, and expands to include TV pilots, novels, and a set of new voices.

Check out a set of this year’s Blood List selections below, several of which you’ll almost certainly be seeing in theaters over the next couple years. Read More »

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Amy Adams Story of Your Life

Amy Adams has worked with some pretty impressive directors in the past, and now she’s adding Denis Villeneuve to her list. The American Hustle actress is in early talks to star in Villeneuve’s Story of Your Life, a sci-fi thriller about an alien landing. The script by Eric Heisserer landed on the Black List in 2012. Hit the jump to find out whom Adams will be playing and more.

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Hours

We’re used to seeing Paul Walker drive really fast — across Brazil, across Europe, across South Africa — but Hours has him engaged in a very different kind of race. Against Hurricane Katrina. Yup.

Walker stars as Nolan, a new dad who finds himself trapped in the ultimate worst-case scenario. His wife (Genesis Rodriguez) goes into labor weeks early, dying while giving birth to a tiny baby girl who can’t even breathe without the aid of machines.

Then, as if that weren’t terrible enough, the levees break, New Orleans is evacuated, and the power goes off. Nolan is left alone in the hospital to keep his daughter alive via a hand-cranked generator, which can only provide power for three minutes at a time. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘Hours’ Trailer: Paul Walker is a Desperate Dad

After being fairly quiet for the past few years, Paul Walker is enjoying a nice little career spike. There’s the intense anticipation for Fast & Furious 6, and he also locked up the lead role in a potential new Hitman franchise.

Before his new car-racing thriller hits, however, Walker will be seen at SXSW in the lead role of Hours, a disaster thriller set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Walker plays a new father whose child is stranded in a New Orleans hospital after Katrina hits, leaving him desperate to preserve the child’s life. Writer/director Eric Heisserer is best-known for horror scripts such as the recent A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing entries, but here he looks to have come up with something with a broader appeal.

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Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Julia Stiles is set to co-star in David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick‘s novel. The story centers around a former high school teacher (Bradley Cooper) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental hospital into the care of his mother (Jacki Weaver). Upon his release, he tries to win back his ex-wife but eventually falls into a romance with an troubled young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). Stiles has landed the role of Lawrence’s older sister.

But perhaps the more exciting bit of news is that Chris Tucker, who entered talks last month to play Cooper’s friend from the institution, is now in final negotiations to take the role. I got a little worried last week, when stories of Weaver’s casting didn’t mention Tucker’s name, but I’m happy to see I was overreacting. If Tucker finalizes the deal, Silver Linings Playbook will be his first film part since 2007′s Rush Hour 3. [Deadline]

After the jump, April Ludgate watches Charlie Harper lose his mind, and Paul Walker deals with the aftermath of Katrina.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Over the past week there has been some casting movement on 5nal Destination, aka the fifth Final Destination movie. We haven’t reported some of it because, well, the movie was called 5nal Destination. And after the last couple films in the series, mustering up enthusiasm for this one is difficult. (Though there might be some reason to hope for a better outcome this time. More on that in a moment.)

Now, in addition to a couple more names, including the returning Tony Todd and surprising addition of David Koechner, there’s vague suggestion that someone in marketing or production has come to their senses and the film could be backing away from that ridiculous title. Read More »

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