Star Wars Terms

When you go into a project as big as Star Wars, you have to be prepared for a life of secrecy. But J.J. Abrams knew that whole drill, having helmed 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So when he and co-writer Chris Terrio came into Star Wars Episode 9, they came prepared with a few cheeky codenames. Abrams and Terrio created Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker codenames for some of the secret characters whose mere presence would spoil the film.

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jordan vogt-roberts monster movie writer

Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ mysterious monster movie has a writer. The Kong: Skull Island director has been developing a creature feature for New Regency since last year, teaming up with Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society production company to produce the movie that will be set in Vogt-Roberts’ hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Nearly a year after the project was first announced, New Regency has tapped The Boondocks writer Rodney Barnes to pen the script for the unnamed monster movie.

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2020 Writers Guild Awards logo

The 2020 Writers Guild Awards will be given out just a few days before the Oscars this year, and the full list of nominees has been announced. Some of last year’s best movies are in contention for the top prize: films like Parasite, 1917, Knives Out, Little Women, and Booksmart. Check out the full list of nominees below, and find out why Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not on the list.
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2019 Black List

The 2019 Black List has arrived.

This fifteenth annual edition surveyed more than 250 executives in the film industry, of the year’s most-liked scripts that have not started or will not begin production in this calendar year. This list has long been an indicator of great scripts which could result in great movies, and previous entries have included scripts for films like Whiplash, The Social Network, The Prestige, Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Argo, Juno, In Bruges, and countless more. Check out the full list of 2019 entries below, as well as ten of our favorites from these selections.
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scott derrickson returning to horror

Before he directed Marvel’s magical hit Doctor Strange in 2016, Scott Derrickson was a well-known name in the horror community, having shot to fame with films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister. But it has been four years since Derrickson has directed a horror film and fans had been wondering whether he intended to return to the genre at all. But Derrickson is here to ease their fears: he’s already got a horror movie lined up — after he wraps up Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

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doctor who season 12 writers and directors

Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi show in history, but it’s only in the past few years that the BBC series started to diversify behind the scenes. The 56-year-old series has long been criticized for its lack of female writers and directors — though it should be noted that it was a female producer that helped bring the show to life — but new showrunner Chris Chibnall has made it his mission to bring more women on board the TARDIS. Chibnall’s first season already saw record diversity, and the new batch of Doctor Who season 12 writers and directors is only improving on that.

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Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay

Get Out may seem like yesterday’s news, but when you think back over the biggest horror films of the past decade, Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut looms large. Now fans of the film can explore it in even more detail with Inventory Press’s Get Out: The Annotated Screenplay, a 224-page book which features the screenplay along with Peele’s in-depth notes, more than 150 stills from the movie, and behind-the-scenes information about how this modern classic came to be. Sounds like it’d be a great holiday gift for the horror movie fan in your life. Get the details below.
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Pirates of the Caribbean reboot

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has become a ghostly shadow of its former self. But its most recent entry’s disappointing box office haul evidently wasn’t enough to convince The Walt Disney Company to let this one walk the plank for good.

Disney has hired two writers to find a fresh take for its Pirates of the Caribbean reboot: Ted Elliot, who co-wrote most of the existing Pirates films, and Craig Mazin, who wrote the Hangover sequels but recently became an Emmy winner for his outstanding HBO series Chernobyl.
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doctor strange in the multiverse of madness writer

Marvel has summoned its Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer. Up-and-coming screenwriter Jade Bartlett, whose script Miller’s Girl made it to the 2016 Black List, has been tapped by Marvel to pen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the upcoming sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Roundtable Live Read

In the summer of 2008, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost, Y: The Last Man) sold a high-concept screenplay to DreamWorks called Roundtable. The movie never went into production, the script sat on a shelf collecting dust, and Vaughan went on to become the showrunner of the CBS TV series Under the Dome and continue his career in comics by writing things like the sci-fi/fantasy epic Saga. But now, eleven years later, Vaughan’s Roundtable script will finally see the light of day.

Sort of.

The Black List, the organization that publishes an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in the industry, is sponsoring a live reading of the script for one night only in Los Angeles, and this sounds like a cool opportunity to experience a story that may otherwise languish in obscurity forever. Read on for the synopsis of Roundtable, and to find out how to get tickets to the show. Read More »