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MGM & The Black List Announce Two-Year Film Script Writing Partnership

MGM & The Black List Announce Two-Year Film Script Writing Partnership

MGM and The Black List today announced the launch of a two-year feature film script writing partnership to discover new voices with unique perspectives from historically underrepresented communities around the world. Together MGM and The Black List are committed to identifying new writers who want to tell original stories with universal appeal for the big screen.

Every six months over the next two years, The Black List will deliver a shortlist of new feature film writing candidates to MGM for consideration. MGM will then look to select one writer from each six-month cycle to receive a two-step Guild minimum blind script deal and the opportunity to work with the iconic studio. The first opt-in period for the partnership begins December 3, 2020 and will close February 23, 2021.

Partnership Requirements:

  • Entrant must host a full-length feature screenplay on blcklst.com for at least one week during the submission period – December
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MGM And Black List Launch Two-Year Feature Film Script Writing Partnership To Discover Underrepresented Voices

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Continuing its effort to bolster stories from historically underrepresented communities, The Black List is teaming with MGM to launch a two-year feature film script writing partnership to discover new voices. The initiative is committed to identifying new writers who want to tell original stories with universal appeal for the big screen. The Black List founder Franklin Leonard revealed the news on CNBC on Thursday.

Every six months over the next two years, The Black List will deliver a shortlist of new feature film writing candidates to MGM for consideration. MGM will then look to select one writer from each six-month cycle to receive a two-step Guild minimum blind script deal and the opportunity to work with the iconic studio. The first opt-in period for the partnership begins today and will close February 23, 2021.

“Franklin Leonard has dedicated his career to advancing great

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The surreal manipulation of “Black Bear,” a comic thriller with answers that “hover out of reach”

“Black Bear” is a meta film about filmmakers and filmmaking. This compelling, funny, and offbeat drama opens with Allison (Aubrey Plaza), an actress-turned-director, arriving at a retreat run by Gabe (Christopher Abbott) and Blair (Sarah Gadon). It is irresponsible to reveal anything more than this setup except to say that a love triangle develops. 

Writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine — who last helmed the hilarious mystery-comedy “Wild Canaries” — plays with genre, mixing suspense and romance with slapstick. “Black Bear” takes viewers on a ride, and the film addresses issue of control and manipulation. 

The filmmaker spoke to Salon via Zoom about his film, his relationship with his wife, filmmaker Sophia Takal, and how he directs. 

What do you think is the appeal of films about filmmaking? 

I don’t know what the appeal is. I tend not to think that way. I tend to think: What kind of movie would I

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Watch: Viola Davis plays blues singer in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ scene

Dec. 2 (UPI) — Netflix is giving a glimpse of the new film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The streaming service shared a preview of the movie Wednesday featuring Viola Davis as blues singer Ma Rainey, known as the “Mother of the Blues.”

In the scene, Davis delivers a monologue as Rainey, who died at age 53 in 1939.

“They don’t care nothing about me. All they want is my voice,” Rainey (Davis) says. “Well, I done learned that. And they gonna treat me the way I want to be treated no matter how much it hurt ’em.”

“They back there right now calling me all kinds of names. Calling me everything but a child of God. But they can’t do nothing else ’cause they ain’t got what they wanted yet,” she adds.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is based on the August Wilson play of the same name. The

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Adam Sandler Praises Aubrey Plaza For ‘Monumental’ ‘Black Bear’ Role

It’s been a very good week-plus for Aubrey Plaza. She’s one of the best things about Happiest Season (it’s hard to stand out in a stacked cast with Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, and Mary Steenburgen, but she found a way), and Deadline reported that she’s set to star in Guy Ritchie’s next movie with Jason Statham. I’m as excited for a Plaza/Statham press tour as I am for the actual movie. Speaking of good pairings, Adam Sandler interviewed the Parks and Recreation actress for Interview magazine, and he had a lot of good things to say about Black Bear.

“This movie is unbelievable. Your performance killed me,” he told Plaza about her role in the meta-drama. “I loved you in it. I couldn’t believe what I saw. This is just a monumental performance. People are going to be so excited seeing this. You dove in

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Pharrell Launches New Non-Profit to Help Black and Latinx Entrepreneurs

Pharrell Williams is continuing his dive into philanthropy with the creation of his new non-profit Black Ambition. 

Pharrell announced the new initiative on Tuesday. In a statement, he claimed the civil unrest that suffused 2020 moved him to create an organization to support Black and Latinx entrepreneurs who are launching tech, design, healthcare, consumer products, and service startups. By doing this, the producer/rapper/singer/film composer hopes to level the playing field for minority innovators. 

“Recent events and tragedies have illustrated the always existent stark divisions in the American experience, and while entrepreneurship has long been a tenet of the American dream, marginalized people have faced long-standing barriers to success,” the statement reads. “With Black Ambition, the goal is to help strengthen the pipeline of talented entrepreneurs and close the opportunity and wealth gaps derived from limited access to capital and resources.”

Black Ambition is helping fortify this “pipeline” by introducing its 

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Twilight’s Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy, Stuns While Promoting New Movie ‘Black Beauty’

Mackenzie Foy is kicking off promo for her new movie, Black Beauty, and one of her first stops was at Hallmark’s Home & Family this week.

The 20-year-old actress, who you remember as Renesmee Cullen in the Twilight franchise, is starring in the new adaption of the classic novel and just made its debut on Disney+ this month.

Speaking to D23 recently, Mackenzie revealed the project was very surreal to her.

“You never think, ‘I’m going to ride Black Beauty on the beach.’ That was a really, really surreal moment for me,” she shared, and added that the moments that will stick with her are the ones “where a horse just trusts you enough that they bond and hook on to you, moments like that—they’re just so unique and so beautiful and personal, it’s just everything.”

Mackenzie just recently adopted a horse named Don.

“He’s adorable. I’ve had him

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Chadwick Boseman Fans Remember Black Panther Star on His 44th Birthday

Three months after his passing, fans are celebrating the life and career of the late, great Chadwick Boseman on what would have been his 44th birthday. In 2016, Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer, though he chose to continue working while keeping his condition private. Word of his cancer was made public near the end of August when Boseman died due to complications related to the illness. Fans all across the world have been mourning the loss ever since, and on the day he would have turned 44, even more tribute posts and messages are coming in.

Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman would have been 44 today,” one tweet reads. “My heart is still, so broken over his early departure in life. Happy birthday. Rest easy King.”

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“Today is an unofficial day that celebrates the life

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Chadwick Boseman Honored in Disney Plus ‘Black Panther’ Opening Credit

Disney Plus has updated the Marvel logo introduction to “Black Panther” in honor of what would have been Chadwick Boseman’s 44th birthday.

Disney Plus redesigned the Marvel logo intro to “Black Panther” to honor Boseman on Nov. 29. Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther, died on Aug. 28 following a four-year battle with colon cancer.

Walt Disney executive Bob Iger announced via Twitter that a special tribute to Boseman would be featured as part of “Black Panther” on Disney Plus. He wrote, “To all fans of #BlackPanther: watch the film on #DisneyPlus late tonight, for a special tribute to someone that was and will always be near and dear to our hearts.”

The

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The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday TV deals you can still get on LG, Sony, Samsung, TCL and more

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2020: TV deals you can still get on LG, Sony, Samsung, TCL and more (Photo: Reviewed)

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Black Friday has come and gone, folks, but that doesn’t mean you missed your chance to save on an awesome new TV. In fact, as far as we’re concerned, the TV party is just getting started. After all, there are still a ton of deals to shop for Cyber Weekend.

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Top tech retailers like Amazon, Target and Best Buy are still boasting some deep discounts on 4K/HDR/smart TVs, many of which we’ve reviewed and recommended. If you haven’t upgraded your old TV yet and need to find something that’ll make

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