Catching up with Black List lab writers

Reflections of writers who participated in 2013–2016 Black List labs.

2014 Black List Screenwriting Lab session in Las Vegas

Since 2013, the Black List has hosted 9 screenwriting labs. Recently Kate Hagen, director of community at @theblcklst, reached out to the writers who have participated in the labs to see how things are going. Quite well, as it turns out. Here are links to those reports:

Update: 2013 Black List Screenwriting Lab

Update: 2014 Black List Screenwriting Lab

Update: 2015 Chicago, New York, and Toronto Black List Screenwriting Labs

Update: 2015 Los Angeles and San Francisco Screenwriting Labs

Update: 2016 Black List Screenwriting Lab

Scripts optioned. Writers signing with reps. TV staff writing positions. Movies made. Nicholl winner. Lots of wonderful stories and in general, great to see the creative spirit flowing from these talented individuals.

I’m proud to have been a mentor at every single Black List writing lab event along with some incredible screenwriters who took time from their busy schedules to work with the lab participants.

To learn more about the various Black List writing opportunities, go here.

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Thursday, February 16 Filming Locations for Ballers, Chicago PD, Black Panther, SVU & more!

Here’s a look at some of the movies and TV shows filming on location on Thursday, February 16, 2017: Filming in California TV Series: Ten Days In The Valley Stars: Kyra Sedgwick Location: 1317 Willow St and 233 S Main St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 11:59 PM) TV Series: Ballers Stars: Dwayne Johnson Location: 705 W 9th St, Los Angeles (1:00 PM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Snowfall Stars: Tim Matheson Location: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles (10:00 AM – 2:00 AM) Filming in Georgia Movie: Black Panther Stars: Chadwick Boseman Location: Mitchell and Forsyth St, Downtown Atlanta Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Sophia Bush Location: 1800 S Throop, Chicago  TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kinney Location: 2213 W Grand Ave, Chicago  Filming in New York‏ TV Series: Law and Order: SVU Stars: Mariska Hargitay Location: 31st Ave and 87th St, East Elmhurst TV Series: Gotham Stars: Ben McKenzie Location: 14th St and 14th Rd, Queens TV Series: Quantico Stars: Priyanka Chopra Location:Silmvercup Studios, Long Island City Movie: Untouchable Stars: Kevin Hart Location: Grand Concourse and E Tremont Ave, Bronx Credit: ‏Adam TV Series: The Punisher Stars: Jon Bernthal Location: 45th St and 5th Ave, NYC Credit: @chrissyinwm..

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From ‘Twilight’ Star to Sundance-Winning Director: Justin Chon on Black and White ‘GOOK’

“The way I learned was just being on set.”

The unusual alchemy of Sundance Audience award-winning GOOK allows it to accomplish many things at once: it’s poignant, raw, artful, violent, and hilarious. Oh, and there are dance numbers. The film’s emotional impact comes out of left field— particularly as its director, Justin Chon, was heretofore best known as an actor in the teen vampire phenomenon Twilight.

GOOK explores the intense racial tensions in ‘90s Los Angeles from a perspective not often illuminated: Korean-American immigrants. In it, Chon, who also wrote and directed), plays Eli, who is trying to hold on to his deceased father’s failing discount shoe store, where he employs his affable but hapless wannabe soul singer brother, Daniel (David So). Enter 11-year-old Kamilla (Simone Baker), an intensely charming misfit and unlikely friend to the brothers. The layers of their relationship and those of their respective communities play out against the backdrop of the Rodney King beatings and subsequent South Central riots.

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Why ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Shot in Black and White with RED Monochrome and Lenses from ‘The Shining’

To shoot a disturbing new film that deals with pedophilia, cinematographer Nick Cooke decided to go Monochrome.

Many find pedophilia to be a black and white subject, but British filmmaker Rafael Kapelinski wants to explore the gray. Butterfly Kisses, premiering at Berlinale this weekend, is an intimate look into the dark impulses that undergird pedophilic acts. When we meet Theo, a young teenager living in a housing project in London, it’s clear that something’s not right. He takes an extreme liking to one of the neighbor’s young girls, spying on her from his window and making inroads to get close to her. But is this merely adolescent angst channeled into an object of innocence, or is Theo attempting to stave off the impulse to abuse a child?

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STX Locks Worldwide Deal for Brad Peyton Thriller, Black Hole

STX Locks Worldwide Deal for Brad Peyton Thriller, Black Hole

STX locks worldwide deal for Brad Peyton thriller, Black Hole

STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, has taken worldwide rights to Brad Peyton’s epic action thriller Black Hole, it was jointly announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, Peyton and producer Bill Block. STXinternational will introduce Black Hole to distributors in Berlin this week. The company announced earlier this week that it was also introducing Baltasar Kormakur’s unforgettable true film about survival at sea Adrift at the EFM.

Peyton, the filmmaker who brought audiences the $ 474 million international smash hit San Andreas, will direct the action thriller from a script he wrote with Philip Gawthorne. Peyton will produce through his ASAP Entertainment banner, along with producing partner Jeff Fierson. Bill Block (Bad Moms, Fury, District 9) will produce and co-finance through his Billblock Media company. Production is expected to begin in early 2018. STXfilms is co-financing the production within the company’s fiscal parameters and business model.

In the film, a black hole enters our solar system setting off natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. As cities are assaulted by gigantic meteorites, continents devastated by super-volcanos and the Earth’s shifting axis triggers a cataclysmic second Ice Age, a team of scientists, soldiers and astronauts must work together to save the planet from imminent global annihilation.

“We believe Brad Peyton’s vision for Black Hole is tremendously exciting and will be the kind of event programming that we are excited to have on our slate,” said Adam Fogelson. “The film is already attracting the interest of A-list stars and we are very eager to work with Brad and his team on this project.”

Added Bill Block, who was the producer who brought worldwide sensation Bad Moms to STX, “Having seen how this team innovates and collaborates when it comes to production, marketing and distribution, STXfilms is the perfect home for Black Hole. We know we have a deeply committed and skilled team that will pull out all the stops to make this film a huge hit all over the world.”

“Jeff and I are incredibly enthusiastic to get to work with Adam, Oren and the gang at STX, and are especially excited to be reunited with Sam Brown, with whom I worked very closely on both Journey 2 and San Andreas while he was at New Line,” said Peyton. “Additionally Bill has been an incredible partner in allowing us to develop what I hope will be a wholly original franchise-starter that is just the beginning of a much bigger story.”

David Kosse, President of STXinternational explained, “We have an amazing network of distribution partners all over the globe who are thrilled to be a part of what we are building at STXinternational. As we continue to build out our slate, Black Hole is the kind of big commercial tentpole that gets buyers and audiences excited all over the world. We are also extremely excited to distribute the film in the United Kingdom.”

Peyton is in pre-production on New Line’s Rampage, starring Dwayne Johnson, based on the popular video game franchise. He is also developing Journey 3 for New Line, the third in the successful family film franchise that has amassed $ 576 million at the worldwide box office, and a sequel to San Andreas, which was the most popular original content film of 2015. On the television side, Peyton and Fierson just launched the Netflix action series Frontier, starring Jason Momoa, and are developing for Syfy, the action/adventure series The Woods, based on the popular same-name graphic novel series from BOOM! Studios.

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Superhero Bits: Black Panther Set Photos, The LEGO Batman Movie Clip, Doctor Strange Deleted Scene & More

The LEGO Batman Movie

Will there be scenes set on Earth in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Which comic book movies got nominated for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards? Who are Kevin Sorbo and Teri Hatcher likely playing in this season of Supergirl? Will Kingpin show up on the first season of The Punisher? Could Legion end up connecting to the X-Men universe after all? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Here’s your first look at “The Man Behind the Shield,” the 14th episode of this season of Agents of SHIELD.

Believe it or not, there was a time when Spider-Man had to win a football game in order to save the universe.

The Runaways

Comic Book Resources has a good guide to learning more about Runaways before they get their own TV series.

Kevin Feige reveals there will be scenes on Earth in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., but our heroes aren’t going there.

Watch the promo for “Spectre of the Gun”, the next episode of Arrow featuring Rene Ramirez a.k.a. Wild Dog.

The working title for Inhumans is Project Next, and production begins in Hawaii next month at a former Navy facility.

LEGO Batman gets pumped to fight villains to his own theme song in this clip from The LEGO Batman Movie.

Movies like Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman are up for several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

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7 meaningful ways to celebrate Black History Month


While black excellence deserves to be celebrated every day, Black History Month offers a dedicated time to pay attention to the power and resilience of the black community. 

February’s celebration is a reminder to seek out stories and histories that often go overlooked — but it also serves as a call to recognize the various black leaders in our own lives.

Even though it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s a lot you can do to show your appreciation for the community in just 28 days. Here are a few ways you can honor black lives and culture this Black History Month. Read more…

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‘Black Panther’ filming underway in Atlanta

  Marvel recently announced the official start of filming on Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman. The movie is currently shooting in Atlanta and is using Pinewood Atlanta Studios as its home base. Here’s the official release: Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Get on Up”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”), Academy Award® winner Lupita Nyong’o (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “12 Years a Slave”), Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead,” upcoming “All Eyez on Me”), Martin Freeman (“Hobbit” trilogy, “Sherlock”), Daniel Kaluuya (upcoming “Get Out,” “Sicario”), with Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story,” “London Has Fallen”), with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and Andy Serkis (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Additional cast members include Letitia Wright (“Urban Hymn,” “Glasgow Girls”), Winston Duke (“Person of Interest, “Modern Family”), Florence Kasumba (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Emerald City”), Sterling K. Brown (“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) and John Kani (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Coriolanus”). Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) directs Marvel Studios’ Black Panther from a screenplay he co-wrote..

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