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50 Free Screenplays You Can Download Right Now, From ‘Eternal Sunshine’ to ‘Lost in Translation’

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Looking for a good read this fall? Skip a book and try a screenplay instead. Script Reader Pro has put together an incredible collection of 50 screenplays you can download right now for free. The database is categorized into five genres — drama, comedy, thriller, horror, and action/adventure — and includes 10 films per genre. Scripts featured include classics like “Alien” and “Reservoir Dogs” and contemporary favorites like “It Follows,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Bridesmaids.”

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

For aspiring screenwriters, the collection provides a masterclass in learning the ins and outs of writing for the big screen from masters such as Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, Alexander Payne, Quentin Tarantino, and more. Oscar-winning screenplays for “Lost in Translation,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “No Country for Old Men” are also available.

Click here to visit Script Reader Pro, where you can download all the screenplays for free. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Mindhunter’: The Lack of On-Screen Violence Makes the Serial Killer Drama Even More Unsettling

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Season 1 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” begins and ends with an confounding pair of bookends: The series’ opening sequence closes with a hostage-taker shooting himself in the head, while the ending view we get of Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) shows him in a cold sweat on the floor of a prison hospital. Among the many questions of human behavior the show addresses in its opening batch of episodes, maybe the biggest is how one man can be so calm in the wake of watching a horrific suicide and be so affected by a single hug.

The answer might lie in the season-long effort to reframe the way audiences think about violence on a crime show. Apart from that grisly opening, we don’t actually see any on-screen killings, only descriptions filtered through a photograph or someone’s firsthand account. As Ford, Bill Tanch (Holt McCallany), and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv »


- Steve Greene

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Gotham Awards Analysis: ‘Get Out’ is a Serious Awards Season Contender, ‘Wonder Wheel’ is Shut Out, and More

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The Gotham Awards aren’t exactly Oscar prognosticators, but a nomination builds early momentum for the long haul ahead; being left out at this stage is not good. Jordan Peele’s box-office hit “Get Out,” which led the field with four nominations (read full nominations list here), affirmed its status as a serious player. So did three hot fall festival contenders that received three nominations each: Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” (A24) and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics), both upcoming, and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” (A24), which is now in limited release.

Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” landed a special jury prize for ensemble performance. That’s significant, because while the Netflix Sundance pickup played well at festivals, its large and superb cast, much like Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” doesn’t fall into convenient lead and supporting categories; that could hurt eventual SAG and Oscar nods. »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Jungle’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Werner Herzog in a Feverish Survival Story

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In the years since hanging up his quidditch broom, Daniel Radcliffe has blazed a surprisingly adventurous trail, devoting himself to risky projects that stray far from the beaten path, some of them quite literally. For the second time in the last 18 months, the former “Harry Potter” star has wandered off into the wilderness, following the miraculously inventive “Swiss Army Man” with a true-life survival story about a restless Israeli kid who wound up stranded by himself in an uncharted stretch of the Amazon. And while “Jungle” glaringly lacks the flair and depth of feeling that defined Radcliffe’s previous stroll through the great outdoors, it’s somehow even more disgusting than “Swiss Army Man,” a movie in which the actor plays a corpse whose farts are so explosive that they propel his body across the surface of the ocean like a jet ski.

“I was desperate to escape the well-worn path, »


- David Ehrlich

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David Fincher Reveals ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Storyline

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David Fincher’s new serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has only been available to stream for a couple days now, but it’s already turned into the latest must-binge Netflix offering. The series is based on John E. Douglas’ true-crime book

“Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” and stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as FBI criminal profilers who interview some of the most notorious serial killers in history to understand what it is that makes criminals commit violent acts.

Netflix has already renewed “Mindhunter” for Season 2, and Fincher knows exactly where the story will be heading in the next round of episodes. Speaking to Billboard about the use of music in the 10-episode first season, Fincher let it slip that Season 2 will be tackling the Atlanta child murders that rocked the nation between 1979 and 1981.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and »


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‘Bellevue’ Trailer: Anna Paquin Learns the Hard Way That Small-Town America Is Full of Murder and Mystery — Watch

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Bellevue” is set in small-town America, which is another way of saying it’s a gritty murder mystery. Anna Paquin stars in the upcoming series, which she executive produced alongside co-creators and showrunners Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell. Wgn America has just released the trailer, which you can watch below if you feel so inclined.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Twenty years ago, the murder of a young woman traumatized the community of “Bellevue.” Now, the killer is back. Or is he/she? When a high school hockey star, who is wrestling with his gender identity, goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin) must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also »


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‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ Set for Awards Qualifying Run This December

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Coming off strong showings at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals, Nancy Buirski’s Augusta Films has set an awards-qualifying run for the filmmaker’s new documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” The film, which debuted at Venice last month and went on to screen at Nyff, will open in New York and Los Angeles this December to qualify for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In a statement, Buirski said, “We were stunned by reviews that not only recognized the hidden story of black women physically abused in Jim Crow South, but by how powerfully our film resonates today. From a president who gropes women to white supremacy in Charlottesville to women who courageously speak up against predatory celebrities and mogals, this film is smack in the public square. Though we’re throwing our hat in the ring late, we felt this coud not wait! An Academy »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Stranger Things’: Gaten Matarazzo Prepares You for Season 2 by Breathlessly Recapping What’s Happened So Far — Watch

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Barb and Eleven may have inspired more widespread cults of personality, but the true emotional center of “Stranger Things” was always Dustin. Now the actor who portrays that kindhearted kiddo, one Gaten Matarazzo, has taken it upon himself to recap the hit Netflix drama’s first season for the increasingly essential Teen Vogue in order to further hype up fans for the imminent release of season two. Watch below.

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Employing the use of several props/clues — a badge, Christmas lights, even an Eggo — to jog our memories, he free-associates his way through the events of the first season with a rapid-fire delivery that suggests Dustin’s diction isn’t entirely an act.

A representative example: “In a tree in the middle of the woods, there’s a small opening to the Upside Down, and Nancy, »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU

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In the grand scheme of Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credits scenes, the two sequences that close out Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” are relatively slim and mostly expected. (Remember when “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” had five of them? Those days are apparently already over.) But they still manage to pack in Waititi’s signature humor — one element that, according to early reviews, is among the best parts of the new McU feature — and a tantalizing hint as to what we can expect in from the rest of the so-called McU Phase Three, set to play out in five more films over the next two years.

(Spoilers ahead for both “Thor: Ragnarok” and its post-credits scenes.)

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Waititi’s film doesn’t shy away from the implications of its title: in Norse mythology — from which the »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Blue Velvet’ Makeup Supervisor Explains the Origins of David Lynch’s Iconic Severed Ear

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Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns to his hometown of Lumberton, North Carolina after his father suffers a stroke. While cutting through a vacant lot during a walk home from the hospital, he discovers a severed left ear in the grass. And so begins the mystery of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet.”

Jeff Goodwin was the makeup supervisor on the 1986 neo-noir masterpiece, and he looks back on the creation of that iconic ear in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Blue Velvet” sent Beaumont into an underworld populated by a seductive lounge singer and a sadomasochistic pimp, but his troubles all started with that bloody, detached ear.

“David and I approached it like a character in the film,” Goodwin tells Entertainment Weekly. “We actually called it Mr. Ear.”

Read More:David Lynch Finally Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale, Confirms Season 4 is Possible

Before joining forces with Lynch, Goodwin »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review: Marvel’s Funniest Superhero Movie Is a Dazzling Buddy Comedy That Doesn’t Need the Extra Drama

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There’s a brilliant moment late in “Thor: Ragnarok” in which Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) propels himself out of a spaceship to help his friends in the battle below. By now, most people inundated with Marvel movies over the past decade know the drill: The shock of the free fall transforms Banner into his raging alter ego, The Hulk, who lands on both feet with a domineering thud — except this time, it doesn’t. Banner face-plants on the magic rainbow bridge of Asgard, and for a moment both sides of the conflict stand agape.

This is the essence of the energetic spark that director Taika Waititi brings to the third “Thor” movie, which injects more overt comedy to Marvel’s sprawling expanded universe than ever before. That should come as no surprise: The Kiwi director’s vampire mockumentary “What We Do In the Shadows” and last year’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople »


- Eric Kohn

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

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Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film »


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‘I, Tonya’ First Trailer: Margot Robbie Is America’s Foul-Mouthed Anti-Heroine in Wild New Biopic — Watch

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“America: They want someone to love, but they want someone to hate.” So opens our first look (and listen) at Margot Robbie in character as disgraced ex-figure skating champion Tonya Harding, introducing us via gravelly voiceover to the pitch-black wonder that is Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.” The film’s first trailer appropriately sells Harding’s status as an outsider — and Robbie’s uncanny ability to slip inside the mind of one of America’s most misunderstood villains — plus its delightfully off-kilter tone.

While the film inevitably leads up to the Nancy Kerrigan knee-smashing that forever marred Harding’s legacy, but “I, Tonya” is also a “Rashomon”-influenced biopic that digs deep to find the truth about Harding and her life, painful as it so often was. “I, Tonya” also stars Allison Janney as Harding’s unhinged mother Lavona Golden and Sebastian Stan as her punchline-ready ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, along »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ Trailer: Jim Carrey Shows You How He Transformed Into Andy Kaufman

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Any list of Jim Carrey’s best performances is bound to have his turn as Andy Kaufman in Miloš Forman’s “Man on the Moon” somewhere in the top five. Carrey earned universal acclaim for his turn as the comedian and performance artist, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy, and now he looks back at the process of becoming Kaufman in the new documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.”

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Directed by Chris Smith, “Jim & Andy” features never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes of “Man on the Moon.” The documentary chronicles Carrey’s artistic process and how he fully transformed into the legendary Kaufman, which included going method and remaining in character for much of production. The documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Confirms Release Date With New Trailer That Promises to Reveal ‘The Truth’ — Watch

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Marvel’s sixth Netflix series, “The Punisher,” has been scheduled to premiere on November 17. The series is based on the Marvel Comics character, whose Mo for vigilante justice involves an intense amount of guns and plenty of vendettas.

A New York Comic-Con event featuring “The Punisher” was originally planned for earlier in the month before being canceled following the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1.

The Punisher,” a spin-off from Season 2 of “Daredevil,” “The Punisher” details the life of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), a former U.S. Marine Captain who came out blazing after the murder of his wife and child. Then, Castle emblazoned the symbol of a death’s head on his body armor and waged a one-man war upon crime as the Punisher.

Read More:‘The Punisher’ Yanked from New York Comic-Con Following Las Vegas Attack

The action-packed series begins while his family is alive and well, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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’12 Strong’ Trailer: Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth Go to War Against the Taliban

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January has become a destination for opening Afghanistan War dramas, from the nationwide expansions of “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” to the release of Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” “12 Strong” will join the club next year. The film, formerly titled “Horse Soldiers,” is based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book of same name and stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and “Moonlight” breakout Trevante Rhodes.

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“12 Strong” is set in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Hemsworth plays Captain Mitch Nelson, who joins other Us Special Forces members on a mission to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. The drama marks the directorial debut of Nicolai Fuglsig, who previously worked as a photojournalist covering the Kosovo War. Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the film’s producers.

The war drama opens in theaters on January 19 via Warner Brothers. »


- Zack Sharf

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2017 Gotham Awards Nominations: ‘Get Out’ Leads Pack, ‘Lady Bird’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Also Break Out

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Consider awards season officially started. The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation’s premier member organization of independent storytellers, has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Ifp Gotham Awards. For 2017, ten competitive awards will be presented to independent features and series.

This year’s nominees are lead by Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” which pulled in four nominations (including Best Feature, Breakthrough Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor), but the breakout debut is trailed by four other hot contenders, each with three nominations to their name. Those include Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” Kogonada’s “Columbus,” and Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project.”

The Gothams also heaped nomination glory on other films that are expected to contend this season, including Craig Gillespie’ “I, Tonya,” the Safdie brothers’ “Good Time,” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” which will be receiving a special ensemble awards. »


- Kate Erbland

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From ‘Zodiac’ to ‘Mindhunter’: 5 Visual Elements that Define David Fincher’s Cinematic Universe

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David Fincher is one of the most distinctive visual storytellers working today. On his new Netflix’s show “Mindhunter,” the director’s well-established visual style and use of film language is carried throughout the entire Season 1 arc, despite Fincher having only directed four of the ten episodes himself. IndieWire recently talked the show’s principal cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt – who was once Fincher’s gaffer, and shot 90% of “Mindhunter” – about what defines the cinematic style of the great auteur and how he built off the look of “Zodiac” to create something we aren’t use to seeing on TV.

The Color Palette

The imagery in a Fincher film is grounded in realism, but it’s a dark, stylized realism. This is most notable in the director’s use of colors. “[David] has an aversion to saturated colors and magenta,” said Messerschmidt in an interview. “The show has a desaturated green-yellow look, for sure, »


- Chris O'Falt

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‘Mr. Robot’ Star Carly Chaikin Reveals the Stress of Long Takes and Why Reacting to Rami Malek’s Voice-Over Is a Challenge

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[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3 Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz,” follow.]

When IndieWire told Carly Chaikin that we wanted to talk about the scene in Episode 2 when she confronted Mr. Robot in Elliot’s apartment, she had no trouble remembering what scene that was.

“Oh yeah,” she said. “How could I forget that?”

Like many of “Mr. Robot’s” most powerful scenes, the climactic scene between Darlene (Chaikin), Elliot (Rami Malek) and Elliot’s alter ego (Christian Slater) was a “oner” — a single shot, something which has become an iconic part of creator Sam Esmail’s directing style.

A long take like that has its advantages, but it also takes time. Chaikin estimated that the apartment scene took about 16 takes, because “one thing goes wrong, you have to do it again.”

And while some of these scenes are dependent on special effects or fancy camera tricks, so much of making that confrontation work depended on one simple thing: Chaikin not revealing, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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David Cross Says Charlyne Yi Incident Wasn’t Racist Because He Was Performing ‘A Southern Redneck Character’

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David Cross has issued a new statement defending himself against claims made by comedian Charlyne Yi that he was racist towards her when they first met a decade ago. Yi accused Cross of racism in a Twitter thread posted October 16, in which she claims Cross made fun of her tattered pants. After she refused to pay attention to him, Cross allegedly responded, “What’s a matter? You don’t speak English? Ching-chong-ching-chong.” He then asked the comedian whether or not she would fight karate with him. 

Read More:Charlyne Yi Accuses David Cross of Being ‘Racist’ Towards Her, Cross Responds to ‘Deeply Upsetting’ Claims

The “Arrested Development” star denied the claims instantly, saying Yi’s allegations seemed “crazy and way out of character” for him. “I can’t believe I have to write this but I am not a racist nor a bully and loathe them in real life,” Cross tweeted. »


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