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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Congratulations screenwriters - posted by Don

Congratulations to William Monahan for best adapted screenplay – The Departed – Thanks to Warner Bros.

Congratulations to Michael Arndt for best original screenplay – Little Miss Sunshine – Thanks to DailyScript.

Interesting that the two winners were two of the three nominated scripts available on the ‘net.
Read other Oscar scripts. – Don

The Departed and other screenplays from Oscar nominated movies - posted by Don

Thanks to Matt for the heads up on a reappearing movie script this one, nominated for best adapted screenplay, William Monahan’s The Departed brought to you by Warner Bros.. This just in Daily Script has two more Oscar scripts up – Little Miss Sunshine (thanks T.M.) and Blood Diamond (thanks NoName)

For those keeping score on what nominated screenplays are on the ‘net:

Best Adapted Screenplay:
# Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, Borat
# Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, Children of Men
# William Monahan, The Departed (pdf)
# Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, Little Children
# Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal

Best Original Screenplay:
# Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
# Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, Letters From Iwo Jima
# Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine (pdf)
# Guillermo del Toro, Pan?s Labyrinth (pdf)
# Peter Morgan, The Queen

Screenplays of other Oscar nominated films: (pdf)

# Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Art Direction) – Thanks Word Player)
# The Prestige (Art Direction) – Thanks Daily Script)
# The Devil Wears Prada (Actress, Costume Design) – Thanks Daily Script)
# Blood Diamond (Actor Leading, Actor Support, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Sound Mixing) – Thanks Daily Script)

Read oscar winning screenplays from the past on the Oscar Winners page. And, of course, read other movie scripts on the Movie Scripts Page. – Don

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Ten from the Golden Age of Radio - posted by Don

Thanks to Marie for the heads up on these ten transcripts of radio shows from the golden age of radio. Vic and Sade.net has a pretty complete collection of transcripts from Vic and Sade. Generic Radio has a script from the Popeye radio show. And, thanks to Early Radio we have two more Quietly Yours scripts and Columbia Workshop scripts. Find these on the Radio Scripts page. – Don

Monday, February 19, 2007

30 Unproduced scripts and My Science Fiction Life - posted by Don

On the unproduced scripts page there are thirty new or revised original screenplays up. We are heavy on the shorts this week which is perfect for those of you with short attention… Hey, let’s go ride bikes!… spans.

Thanks to Eleanor and the BBC for the heads up on this. The BBC has started a web series about how Science Fiction films have influenced your life. Take for example, Twelve Monkeys. Write about your recollections of the film and its influence on you. You have until April of 2007 to share your recollections about the place science fiction has had in your life. The aim is a collective, user-written autobiography of science fiction. – Don



Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Stunt Man - posted by Don

Thanks to Daily Script and David, read this draft of the 1981 Oscar nominated screenplay (for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium) The Stunt Man. Check it out on the Movie Scripts page.

Oh, by the way, The Prestige is coming out on DVD this Tuesday, the 20th. This is definitely one movie that you have to see more than once. Brilliant. – Don

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I’m not dead, yet - posted by Don

Hi, here in Virginia in the good ole’ U. S. and A, we have snow and ice and cold weather. On the Unproduced Scripts page we have thirty seven original scripts up for your reading pleasure. (Well, actually, I put them up about 3 days ago, but failed to let anyone know that there was more reading fodder). I’ve been traveling and arrived back to a couple of thousand e-mails (80% of which was spam). I’m still wading through and trying to get an update up and out. I’ve got sitting in my inbox some great stuff (well, in my opinion)

Whilst traveling I listened to quite a few audio books from Podiobooks.com (free registration and you don’t need an iPod to listen tot he stories). Let me recommend Lester del Ray’s Badge of InfamyDaniel Feldman was a doctor once. He made the mistake of saving a friend’s life in violation of Medical Lobby rules. Now, he’s a pariah, shunned by all, forbidden to touch another patient. But things are more loose on Mars. There, Doc Feldman is welcomed by the colonists, even as he’s hunted by the authorities. But, when he discovers a Martian plague may soon wipe out humanity on two planets, the authorities begin hunting him for a different reason altogether.

I also recommend Matt Wallace’s The Failed Cities Monologues which tells the story of a hardboiled dystopian future of an American city divided in two – rich on one side and poor on the other. This is a very meaty, noir story told from different perspectives.

- Don

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Hardware 2: Ground Zero, other scripts and 40 unproduced scripts - posted by Don

Four new scripts up on the Movie Scripts page.

Thanks to Laurie, who has the best Richard Stanley fan website on the ‘net with Between Death and the Devil, you can read Hardware 2: Ground Zero the unproduced sequel to Hardware. Richard Stanley wrote, among other things, Hardware and the screenplay adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Laurie was fortunate enough to get a copy of Richard Stanley’s sequel (courtesy of Richard Stanley himself, I believe) Hardware 2: Ground Zero. You can find the script to both Hardware and The Island of Dr. Moreauon Laurie’s site or head over to the ‘H’ scripts or ‘I’ scriptssection.

Russell, who previously gave us the heads up on two versions of Pan’s Labyrinth, points us to a cutting continuity script of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights courtesy of the British Film Institute. I strongly suspect that this was written up long after Chaplin’s 1931 movie came out. Nonetheless, an interesting read.

The consistently excellent Daily Script has two new scripts up. There is Anthony S. Cipriano’s Twelve and Holding which premired at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. This is a “Stand by Me” story of four twelve year old children who learn to deal with a personal tragic event. There is also Jeff and Tom Zuber’s Little Athens (The film starred, among others, Jorge Garcia of “Lost”.) Little Athens follows a whirlwind day in the hapless lives of small town youth caught in a dead-end post-high school void. The journeys of four groups of late teens/early twenty-somethings unfold through four different storylines, their separate trails converging at an explosive house party. You all have “Script Chick” to thank for their appearance on the ‘net.

On the Unproduced Scripts page there are nearly forty new and revised scripts up that run the gamut from shorts to full length scripts, from action to thriller. Can’t decide? Why not start with the Unproduced Script of the Day? Once a day a randomly selected script appears. I can not promise you anything about the daily selection – it could be good, bad or indifferent. When you are done reading, you can talk about it on the discussion board – Don

Friday, February 2, 2007

Pan’s Labyrinth - posted by Don

Thanks to Russell for the heads up on this. Courtesy of the official Pan’s Labyrinth website, you can read Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar nominated screenplay El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) . The script was written in Spanish. You can read the an undated, unspecified draft of El Laberinto del Fauno in the original Spanish OR you can read an English translation of the unspecified draft script of Pan’s Labyrinth. You can read more scripts on the movie scripts page.

Last year, Syriana was the only Oscar nominated screenplay that the studio posted to the web. Pan’s Labyrinth marks the only award nominated screenplay (Oscars or Golden Globes) posted to the web by the studios. I’d hoped there would be more.

To refresh, here are the nominees for writing.

# Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, Borat
# Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, Children of Men
# William Monahan, The Departed
# Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, Little Children
# Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal

Best Original Screenplay:
# Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
# Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, Letters From Iwo Jima
# Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
# Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth
# Peter Morgan, The Queen

– Don

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