‘Get Out’ Director Wants Young, Black Filmmakers to Send Him Their Scripts

Jordan Peele has officially put out the call to young, black filmmakers who are looking for opportunities to climb to the next rung. “If you have a script, reach out and I’ll try to help it get made. Monkeypaw Productions is my production company and we’re really trying to promote untapped voices in genre,” he said in a recent interview, offering the following advice to those looking to break into the industry: “Write your favorite movie that hasn’t been made.” His own recent horror film, “Get Out,” has been the surprise hit of the season, earning over $113 million so far and paving the way to directing several other scripts that breathe new life into the genre by incorporating contemporary social issues.

Gary Goldman has been servicing various Philip K. Dick properties for decades, having helped write the original “Total Recall” script and produced “Minority Report.” Now he’s defending his own creative work, with a lawsuit claiming that Disney’s Oscar-winning “Zootopia” is lifted part and parcel from pitches he made to the studio in 2000, and then again in 2009, under that same title. Disney denies there is any basis to Goldman’s claims about their film (which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide), and insists his suit is “ridden with patently false allegations.”

Whether in “Big Little Lies” or the new Daniel Clowes adaptation “Wilson,” Laura Dern has proven that, at fifty, she’s still just as game for a huge on-screen freak-out as she was in her “Wild at Heart” days. The AV Club interviews her about this particular skill set, revealing that in “Wilson” Dern finally found her kindred spirit: “I hurt my neck. I fractured my knee. Because it’s hard for me not to hurl myself. Me and [costar] Woody Harrelson, we’re twins. We’re the same person. I should only make movies with him.” Dern also teases about her roles in the new “Twin Peaks” episodes and the upcoming “Star Wars” films, which will hopefully provide her with further targets to hurl herself at.

Languages serve their purpose, and then as human civilization reconfigures itself, many of them end up vanishing without a trace. This roundup of the ten oldest languages still spoken today — such as Hebrew, Icelandic, and Tamil — offers plenty of astounding trivia to chew on, but the comments offer even more, as scholars from around the world bicker over which examples should have been included instead. People usually warn you away from reading the comments; in this case you’d have to be an expert linguist in order to understand them all.

 

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