May 8 – Snatched

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Meet on the Fox Studios backlot on May 8th for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay SNATCHED.

Logline: After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, an impetuous dreamer persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, where they are kidnapped and must work through their differences to save themselves.

Writers: KATIE DIPPOLD was a performer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and in sketches on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before becoming a television writer for such shows as MADtv and Parks and Recreation. In 2012, Variety named her one of the “10 Screenwriters to Watch.” Her first produced feature screenplay was 2013’s The Heat starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. The action comedy grossed $159 million in the US. Dippold followed this up with the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, co-written with the film’s director, Paul Feig, who also directed The Heat. Inspired by Dippold’s own relationship with her mother, Snatched is her third feature writing credit. The film’s star, Amy Schumer, is said to have also worked on the script with her sister, Kim Caramele.

Academy Award winner Goldie Hawn stars in Snatched alongside Schumer, returning to the big screen after a fifteen year absence. Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50Warm Bodies), Snatched also features two-time Oscar nominee Joan Cusack (Shameless), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), MADtv‘s Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Wanda Sykes (The Wanda Sykes Show), and Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat).

Producers and Production Companies: Paul Feig, the director of Dippold’s first two movies, and Jessie Henderson (The Heat, Spy) produced Snatched through Feigco Entertainment. Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures producers Peter Chernin (Planet of the Apes reboot film series) and Jenno Topping (Charlie’s Angels films) also produced through Chernin’s Fox-based Chernin Entertainment. Henderson was previously an exec at Chernin before moving to Feigco.

Release Date: May 12 (20th Century Fox)

Rated R. 91 minutes. 119 pages. Action, Comedy.

DianeDrake150DIANE DRAKE will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Prior to writing the hit movies Only You (starring Robert Downey Jr. and Marissa Tomei) and What Women Want (starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt), Diane served as Vice President of Creative Affairs for Sydney Pollack (Out of Africa, Tootsie), honing her story skills while analyzing hundreds of screenplays to find and develop material for the Oscar-winning producer-director. She has taught through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and currently offers online courses and workshops at www.dianedrake.com. Her first book, Get Your Story Straight, was released in 2016. Follow her on Twitter (@dianedrake) to find out more.

February 8 – Inside Out

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Inside OutMeet on the Fox Studios backlot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay INSIDE OUT.

Inside the mind of a young girl, her emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness — must work together to find a way to help her cope with the trauma of moving to a new city and school.

Inspired by his own childhood social anxiety when his family relocated to Denmark, director and co-screenwriter PETE DOCTER noticed his pre-teen daughter exhibiting similar shyness and imagined what happens inside the human minds when emotions develop. Docter was previously nominated for six Academy Awards, including three for his work on the original Pixar screenplays Toy Story, WALL-E, and Up, winning in the Best Animated Feature category for Up, which he also directed. His other writing credits include Monsters, Inc., and he is currently working on Toy Story 4.

Other credited screenwriters on Inside Out include Meg LeFauve (The Good Dinosaur, a live-action Captain Marvel film scheduled for 2019) and animator Josh Cooley (co-director of Toy Story 4), with a co-story credit by co-director Ronnie Del Carmen.

The animated Pixar hit feature stars the voice talents of Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation) as Joy, Phyllis Smith (The Office) as Sadness, Bill Hader (SNL, Trainwreck) as Fear, stand-up comic Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) as Disgust, and Richard Kind (Mad About You, Spin City) as Bing Bong, with Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Moynihan, Frank Oz, Flea, John Ratzenberger, and Rashida Jones.

AWARDSInside Out is nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay and Best Animated Feature). The film is up for the same two awards at the BAFTAs and has already won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Animated.

The screenplay has also picked up awards from the Phoenix Film Critics Society, Utah Film Critics Association, and Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

It has 15 additional writing nominations from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Austin Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Central Ohio Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Cricits Association, Detroit Film Critic Society, Florida Film Critics Circle, Image Awards, Indiewire Critics’ Poll, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, North Carolina Film Critics Association, Online Film Critics Society, Satellite Awards, Southeastern Film Critics Association, and St. Louis Film Critics Association.

Inside Out premiered out of competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. After a U.S. premiere on June 8 at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre, the film was released wide on June 19. It has grossed over $350 million domestically and is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and streaming.

Rated PG. 95 minutes. 129 pages. Family, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure.

Barri EvinsBARRI EVINS will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. As a producer, Barri has sold pitches and spec scripts to Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, Fox, Nickelodeon, New Line, and HBO. She began her career as development executive for Bruce A. Evans & Ray Gideon (Stand by Me, Starman) and was president of Debra Hill Productions (Halloween, The Fisher King). She discovered Assassins, the first script by the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy), and has developed projects with Tobey Maguire, Shawn Levy, Frank Oz, and Mark Fergus & Hawk Otsby. Through her seminar and consulting company Big Ideas (BigBigIdeas.com), Evins teaches screenwriting from the perspective of a working producer and has taught at Pixar, Dreamworks Animation, UCLA Producers Program, and AFI. She has also contributed a chapter to the popular book Now Write! Screenwriting. Follow her on Twitter (@BigBigIdeas).

August 10 – Sleeping with Other People

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Sleeping With Other PeopleMeet on the 20th Century Fox studio lot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

Jason Sudeikis (SNL, Horrible Bosses) and Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) are a monogamy-challenged couple attempting to maintain a platonic relationship while sleeping with other people in this award-winning romantic comedy from Will Ferrell’s Gloria Sanchez Productions and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.

Written and directed by Leslye Headland (About Last Night).

Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 and was runner-up for the narrative audience award at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Also starring Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, Orange Is the New Black), Amanda Peet (The WB’s Jack & Jill), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), and Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Release date: September 11 (IFC Films).

Rated R. 92 minutes. 103 pages. Romantic Comedy.

pamelajayesmithPAMELA JAYE SMITH will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. A mythologist and award-winning producer/director with over thirty years experience in features, TV, music videos, and more, Pamela is the author of five books, including The Power of the Dark Side: Creating Great Villains and Inner Drives: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation. Her company, MYTHWORKS, offers consulting and coaching and, through her Pitch Proxy service, pitches writers’ projects at pitch festivals they cannot attend. Visit pamelajayesmith.com for more information.

May 11 – ALOHA

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AlohaMeet on the 20th Century Fox studio lot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay ALOHA.

A celebrated military defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest triumph and reconnects with a past love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him.

Written and directed by Academy Award winner CAMERON CROWE (Almost Famous, Best Original Screenplay), whose credits include Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Producers: Cameron Crowe, Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country For Old Men, The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Starring: Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Sniper), Emma Stone (Birdman, The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man), Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Mean Girls), Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, St. Vincent), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jay Baruchel (How To Train Your Dragon), John Krasinski (The Office)

Release date: May 29 (Columbia Pictures, Regency Enterprises)

Rated PG-13. 105 minutes. 139 pages. Romantic Comedy

Erik BorkERIK BORK will provide in-depth analysis and lead the discussion. Best known for his Emmy and Golden Globe winning work as a writer and producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From The Earth To The Moon, Erik has written pilots and sold series pitches at NBC and FOX, worked on the writing staff for two prime-time dramas, and written feature screenplays on assignment for companies like Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. Erik got his start as an assistant to Tom Hanks and is now represented by CAA. He also teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension, National University, and The Writers Store, and offers one-on-one consulting to writers through flyingwrestler.com.