Showbiz Sandbox 84: A Black List Every Screenwriter Wants To Be On

December 20, 2010

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Since 2005 Hollywood studio executive Franklin Leonard has compiled an annual list of the industry’s “most liked” unproduced screenplays. Dubbed The Black List, past selections have gone on to win Academy Awards (“Juno”) or be turned into critically acclaimed films (“The Social Network”). Leonard talks about the project he began on a whim and how it has grown to a point where it can help launch a screenwriter’s career.

Also joining us on this week’s show is Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times. Boucher explains how he recently broke two big stories in the film world. His first scoop was about filmmaker Jon Favreau who, after helming the first two installments of the Iron Man franchise, has opted not to direct “Iron Man 3”. Instead he’ll make a big budget film about Disneyland. That’s right… Disneyland. Meanwhile, Boucher also spoke at length with director Ron Howard who is working closely with author Stephen King to adapt the writer’s “Dark Tower” series for the big screen.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had many in Hollywood scratching their heads this week after they announced their Golden Globe nominations. Exactly how (or why) they nominated an action film such as “The Tourist” in the Best Musical or Comedy category is anybody’s guess.

Of course we cover the week’s top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including MTV’s new music chart, yet another delay for the Spider-Man musical and a potential sequel for “Shakespeare In Love”.

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New Strategy For Tron DVD
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/new-strategy-for-tron-dvd/

List of Golden Globe Nominees
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/movies/awardsseason/14globes-list.html?_r=1

Is The Media Too Obsessed With A Second Rate Awards Show
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture/2010/12/golden-globes-is-the-media-too-obsessed-with-a-second-rate-awards-show.html

IndieWire’s Annual Critics Poll
http://www.indiewire.com/survey/annual_critics_survey_2010/

‘King’s Speech,’ ‘Fighter’ and HBO Actors Reign at SAG Noms
http://theenvelope.latimes.com/env-sag-awards-noms-story,0,7341246.story

Jon Favreau Explains Why He Traded Iron Man 3 For Disneyland Trip
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/12/14/jon-favreau-explains-why-he-traded-iron-man-3-for-disneyland-trip/

Ron Howard’s Plans For Dark Tower
http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/12/17/the-dark-tower-ron-howards-plans-and-passion-for-stephen-king-epic/

Cookie Monster Gets On “Saturday Night Live”
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/c-is-for-christmas-wish-cookie-monster-gets-on-saturday-night-live/

CBS Developing Twitter Based Family Comedy Produced By Jessica Alba
http://www.deadline.com/2010/12/cbs-developing-twitter-based-family-comedy-produced-by-jessica-alba/

Mickey Moves To Another Screen
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/arts/video-games/14mickey.html?hpw

“Spider-Man” On Broadway Likely To Be Pushed Back Again
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/insider-spider-man-broadway-opening-60156

MTV Lets Fans Discover Artists With Music Meter
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3i6808b564b3a3a85364267756cc7982e8

Billboard’s Top 10 Albums of 2010
http://www.billboard.com/#/features/critics-picks-billboard-s-top-10-albums-1004134327.story

Universal Pictures, Net Launch Syfy Films
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blogs/heat-vision/universal-pictures-net-launch-syfy-60120

Vevo App Debuts On iPad
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/mobile/e3i535c1d41e36156fa1f9c0b5d3a92aa9f

‘Jeopardy!’ To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12388873

Weinsteins Partner With New Miramax To Produce Sequels
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/12/weinsteins-partner-with-new-miramax-to-produce-sequels-to-films-including-shakespeare-in-love.html

Study Shows Some Viewers Were Misinformed By TV News
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/study-some-viewers-were-misinformed-by-tv-news/

Black List Showcases The Best Overlooked Screenplays
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/13/entertainment/la-et-black-list-20101214

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