December Happy Hour with the Black List

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016
6:00PM- 10:00PM
Melrose Umbrella Co.
Join us for our Holiday Happy Hour on December 7!

We're coming up on the holidays and the Black List team is looking forward to celebrating with you all at Melrose Umbrella Company here in Los Angeles! To get into the spirit (and the door), we’re once more asking that everyone bring a new toy to gift to a local kid via the wonderful Toys for Tots. And as a little gift to you as well, everyone who brings a gift will receive one free month of hosting on the Black List.

(Please note that the Toys for Tots drive is only being run in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Portland, OR.)

As usual, we'll also be hosting happy hours in... 

Albuquerque, NM | Draft Station @ 7PM
Atlanta, GA | Smith's Olde Bar @ 7PM
Austin, TX | The Mohawk @ 6PM
Brooklyn, NY | The Rookery @ 7PM
Chicago, IL | Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen @ 6PM
Denver, COThe Goods @ 6PM
Dallas, TXLOOK Cinema @ 6PM
London, GB | BFI Stephen Street Kitchen @ 7PM
Los Angeles, CA | Melrose Umbrella Co @ 6PM
Manhattan, NY | The Rookery (Brooklyn!) @ 7PM**
Miami, FL | Novecento Bar Midtown @ 6:30PM
Minneapolis, MN | Uptown VFW @ 5:30PM
Montreal, QCBrutopia @ 7PM
New Orleans, LA | Barrel Proof @ 6PM
Philadelphia, PAReef Restaurant @ 6PM
Portland, ORProduce Row Cafe @ 5:30PM
San Francisco, CA | Stookey's Club Moderne @ 6PM
Seattle, WA | The Cozy Nut (Greenwood) @ 7:30PM**
Sydney, Australia | Flow Studios @ 6PM
Toronto, ON | No One Writes to the Colonel @ 6PM
The Triangle, NC | West End Wine Bar @ 6PM
Washington, DC | Dirty Martini @ 4PM

**Please note the new venue! And in the spirit of the holidays, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Happy Hours will be hosted together at the Rookery in Brooklyn.

Black List Live! presents NEW COKE by Max Schwartz

Saturday, Nov 12, 2016
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theatre
Starring...
Bob Odenkirk
Jaime Camil
Donald Faison
Jacob Vargas
Dave Foley
Rob Huebel
Deanna Russo
Chris Sullivan
and narrated by Cooper Thornton

In the 1980s, the CEOs of Coke and Pepsi escalate the Cola Wars with outlandish TV campaigns, executive skullduggery, and an infamously ill-advised formula change. It’s a black comedy about the absurdity of certainty, and the uniquely entertaining spectacle of total disaster.

Black List Live! presents I BELIEVE IN AMERICA by Terry Clyne

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The SVA Theatre
Starring...
Paul Schneider as Robert Evans
Allison Williams as Ali MacGraw
Ben McKenzie as Peter Bart
Michael Chernus as Francis Ford Coppola
Ryan Eggold as George Lucas
Rachel Brosnahan as Diane Keaton
Paul Ben-Victor as Charles Bluhdorn
Vincent Laresca as Al Ruddy

The screenplay pulls back the curtain on the making of THE GODFATHER to reveal, in page-turning fashion, that the minds behind the film were every bit as cunning and ruthless as the fictitious mobsters onscreen. 
(Movies about movies are the best.)

Black List Live! presents HOLY MACKEREL by Trey Ellis

Saturday, Sep 17, 2016
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theatre
Hollywood. 1950s

Holy Mackerel!  The riveting true story of the rise and fall of the pioneering all-black sitcom AMOS 'N' ANDY  and the brilliant cast of comedians who, in just three years, went from being the most famous TV stars in the country to penniless obscurity.

Starring...
Mykelti Williamson
David Alan Grier
Jesse Williams
Corbin Bernsen
Yvette Nicole Brown
Reno Wilson
Bonnie Somerville
Gregg Henry
Robert Knepper
Michael Weston
and narrated by Cooper Thornton

Black List Live NYC! & Warby Parker present I'M STARTING TO SUSPECT MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER IS AN ALIEN FROM OUTER SPACE

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
7:00PM - 10:00PM
Cherry Lane Theatre
Written & Directed by Noga Pnueli

STARRING:
Molly Ringwald
Parker Posey
Scott Adsit
Sami Gayle
Jon Rudnitsky
Dan Fogler
Alysia Reiner

Narrated by Franklin Leonard

A teenager thanks her mom for making her breakfast. Forgives his dad for grounding him. Stays after school for extra credit. STARTS DOING DISHES. Now that’s some next level weird shit. So what happens when two wine-fueled, oddball mothers start to actually suspect that this means that their teenage kids are aliens from outer space? 
Josh-Peck 8 Wayne-Brady 9 Kelly Jenrette Keiko Agena Heather Matarazzo quinta b Casey Wilson Lamorne Morris Carlos Alazraqui

After Dark V in support of Young Storytellers

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016
7:00PM - 11:00PM
The Attic
Join us for the 5th Annual "After Dark" - an evening of R-rated improv, stand up and storytelling in support of Young Storytellers!

Hosted by the Young Storytellers NextGen Board in Partnership with the Black List and Color Creative.TV

7 - 8 PM – Open Bar + Networking
8 - 9 PM – After Dark Performance
9 PM - Until – After After Party ft. Sizwe the DJ

**Purchase your tickets online here**

Featuring...
Wayne Brady
Josh Peck
Casey Wilson
Lamorne Morris
Keiko Agena
Heather Matarazzo
Kelly Jenrette
Carlos Alazraqui

... and hosted by Quinta B!

About Young Storytellers
Your ticket purchase supports Young Storytellers. Each year, they bring over 1,600 volunteers into public school classrooms from 5th grade to high school to work one-on-one with students as they imagine, develop, and write their own short screenplays. At the culmination of sessions, Hollywood actors perform the students scripts on stage or film.
Their mission is to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice.

For more information, check out www.youngstorytellers.com
Cooper Thornton Chance Crawford Skylar Astin Danny Pudi Mae Whitman Alexis Bledel Shannon Woodward Zach Woods Tyler Hoechlin

Black List Live! and Warby Parker present COLLEGE REPUBLICANS by Wes Jones

Saturday, Apr 23, 2016
7:30PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theater

Starring...

Mae Whitman as KARL ROVE

Alexis Bledel as LEE ATWATER

Tyler Hoechlin as TOM REDSTONE

Skylar Astin as TERRY DOLAN

Chace Crawford as JOHN KINNEY

Danny Pudi as ROBERT EDGEWORTH

Zach Woods as JAMES COSTELLO

Shannon Woodward as KATE KING

and narrated by Cooper Thornton


Our last reading sold out so be sure to get your tickets early!



The South. 1973.

In this buddy comedy based on true events, aspiring political Karl Rove decides he wants to become the next national chairman of the College Republicans organization. But the odds are stacked against him. With the help of his campaign manager Lee Atwater, he embarks on a road trip and discovers some dirty tricks along the way... what will happen at the contested (College) Republican Convention? Join us to find out!


Black List Live! kicks off on March 5th

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theater

Written and Directed by Mike Rosolio


STARRING:

JAMES BROLIN

JOHN CHO

LENA DUNHAM

NATHAN FILLION

DENNIS HAYSBERT

ERINN HAYES

JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS

ZACHARY KNIGHTON

CHRIS PARNELL

PAUL SCHEER

and narrator COOPER THORNTON



Washington, DC. 1984.

In this hilarious political satire, when Ronald Reagan falls into dementia at the start of his second term, an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STORYTELLING WITH LINDSAY DORAN

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016
7:30PM - 10:00PM
Writers Guild Theater

Back by Popular Demand!

On March 3 at 7:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater, Lindsay Doran may change everything you think you know about screenwriting.

 

Presented by the Black List and the WGAw Committee of Women Writers, Lindsay's talk, which was the subject of the New York Times article “Perfectly Happy, Even Without Happy Endings” and which was excerpted in her TEDx Talk titled “Saving the World vs. Kissing the Girl,” examines what the field of Positive Psychology can teach us about about the secrets of writing a satisfying movie and how our deep-seated fear of the saber-toothed tiger keeps them a secret.

Lindsay is the producer of such movies as SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (for which she was nominated for an Oscar), STRANGER THAN FICTION, NANNY MCPHEE and DEAD AGAIN. (She was also the Executive in Charge of Production on THIS IS SPINAL TAP!) She does story consulting as the Script Whisperer® on high level studio projects and has appeared on the Script Notes podcast.

Spoiler Alert: This talk gives away the ending of every movie ever made.

 


 

**IMPORTANT CHECK-IN AND WAIT LIST INFORMATION**

In order to get as many people into the theater as possible, we have a new check-in and wait list policy. 

 

ALL TICKETHOLDERS
You must check in to the event by 7:15PM in order to be guaranteed admission. After 7:15pm we cannot guarantee that your seat will not be given to a member of the waitlist.

 

ALL WAITLIST MEMBERS
Starting at 6:45PM, you can stop by the Writers Guild theater to be assigned a number. When all ticket-holders are checked in at 7:15PM, we will start selling tickets for the remaining seats to the the waitlist in order of the number you received earlier in the evening

 

Black List Live! presents Ben Schwartz's EL FUEGO CALIENTE

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theater

Starring...

Roselyn Sanchez (DEVIOUS MAIDS)

Jaime Camil (JANE THE VIRGIN)

Judy Reyes (SCRUBS)

Melanie Lynskey (TOGETHERNESS)

Stephanie Beatriz (BROOKLYN NINE NINE)

Don Cheadle (HOUSE OF LIES)

Natalie Martinez (KINGDOM)

Diego Boneta (SCREAM QUEENS)

Ben Schwartz (HOUSE OF LIES)

and narrated by JANE THE VIRGIN's Anthony Mendez


Miami, Present Day.

In this hilarious remake of SOAPDISH, telenovela icon Penelope desperately dreams of Hollywood stardom. But when a jealous co-star and scheming producer bring back the ex-lover she had killed off, suddenly her life is a soap opera crazier than the show that made her famous - EL FUEGO CALIENTE.


Our writer, always the star of the show, joins the cast as well!

Check back here or follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.




Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.

Full bar and concessions are available in the lobby.
Signed, limited edition movie posters will be for sale.


THE BLACK LIST & FAST COMPANY INNOVATION FESTIVAL PRESENT HOSERS

Monday, Nov 09, 2015
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Join us in NYC for a live reading of Jacob Isser's HOSERS

Use the code FCIFINSIDER to access $15 tickets

Starring Jason Biggs, Rumer Willis, Geoffrey Arend
Katrina Bowden, Judy Gold, Anthony Ramos and Bruce Altman


Monday, November 9 at 8PM
The Skirball Center at NYU
566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY
Tickets On Sale Now

 
The last thing Flynn Parker (Jason Biggs) wanted was to come back to his hometown of Pepper Mill, Iowa, and take over as chief for the inept group of misfits at the volunteer fire station. But when he’s sentenced to community service for his inadvertent role in a Ponzi scheme, that’s exactly where he’s headed. Flynn just wants to serve his time and get out, but when he runs into his ex-girlfriend (Katrina Bowden)—who’s with someone else now—he finds it’s not all that easy to put this place behind him.

Black List Live! presents CARTOON GIRL

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theater
Starring:

James Marsden
Jessica Alba
Luke Wilson
Laura Carmichael
Gabriel Bateman
Jon Daly
and Cooper Thornton

A meteor (and baby) shower gone very, very wrong...

Saturday, Jun 13, 2015
8:00PM - 10:00PM
The Montalban Theater

Black List Live! presents THE SHOWER


Starring...

GILLIAN JACOBS

CHELSEA PERETTI

KRISTEN SCHAAL

FELICIA DAY

ADAM BRODY

RACHAEL HARRIS

ADAM PALLY

GINGER GONZAGA

and COOPER THORNTON




Meteorites are crashing down on suburban Oak Valley, turning backyards and golf courses into craters and crushing people in cars and strip clubs as they try to escape. There's nowhere to hide. Nobody is safe. All is chaos.

So what happens when the fumes from the explosions start turning men into woman-eating alien monsters...!? Can a group of college friends reunited at a baby shower save the world with just booze and confectioner's sugar...!?


**Read an excerpt from the script**




Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.
Full bar and concessions are available in the lobby.
Signed, limited edition movie posters will be for sale.

Black List Live! NYC presents BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE

Saturday, May 02, 2015
8:00PM - 10:00PM
John L. Tishman Auditorium at The New School
Black List Live! is coming to New York!

Join us on Saturday, May 2nd at the New School for a live reading of 2014 Black List script:

BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE
written and directed by Jason Orley

STARRING...
Michael Angarano (THE KNICK, THE ENGLISH TEACHER)
Alex Wolff (A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING)
Zosia Mamet (GIRLS, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT)
Julia Garner (GRANDMA, THE AMERICANS)
Timothee Chalamet (INTERSTELLAR, HOMELAND)
Jon Michael Hill (ELEMENTARY)
Giullian Gioiello (THE CARRIE DIARIES)
Amy Carlson (BLUE BLOODS, THIRD WATCH)
Michael Gaston (THE LEFTOVERS, THE MENTALIST, MAD MEN)

GIFTED: Black List Live! Reading

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015
8:00PM
The Montalban Theater

2014 Black List script GIFTED

Written and Directed by Tom Flynn


Starring 

Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE LONE RANGER)

Mckenna Grace (COOK, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, VAMPIRE DIARIES)

Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN)

Frances Fisher (WOMAN IN GOLD, RESURRECTION)

Gina Torres (REVENGE, SUITS)

Michael Beach (SONS OF ANARCHY)

Nick Searcy (JUSTIFIED)


GIFTED is the story of Frank Adler (Hammer), a deliberate under-achiever raising his niece Mary (Grace) in rural Florida. Things get complicated for both of them when he enrolls her in school for the first time and she is immediately labeled as gifted. For reasons that become boldly apparent, all Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is his formidable mother Evelyn (Fisher), and the small problem that he doesn't actually have custody of Mary.

Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch

Saturday, Nov 15, 2014
8:00 PM
The Montalban Theatre
The Black List continued their Black List Live! event series with a staged script reading of Brian Duffield’s “Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch.” Once again, over 500 audience members packed the house for the reading, which Duffield also directed.

The cast’s chemistry onstage was electric and the romantic tension between Ben Feldman (Noah) and both Adrianne Palicki (Anna) and Tessa Thompson (Kelli) had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Lamorne Morris (Skylar) distributed some much needed (and hilarious) tough love as Noah’s gay best friend; and his future brother-in-law, Michael Trevino broke the tension of the weekend as the lovable, emotionally available, and “rock hard” husband-to-be. Skyler Day (as Noah’s sister Molly) and Jack Coleman (as his dad) lovingly tortured Noah as he grappled with being back in his hometown.

Zachary Levi, playing the French Fucker Felix, brought the house down (and had fellow on-stage cast mates in stitches), “smoking” a ball point pen and “spitting” on stage as he spoofed every French character movie trope in his opening monologue. Ben followed suit with an expletive ridden vent against all the wrongs his ex-fiancee did him (“fuck you for thinking Crash was a good movie!”). Sparks flew between Feldman and Thompson as he taught her how to make dinosaur shadow puppets and she saved him from having to confront his ex just yet. And Palicki shocked everyone when she rapped the opening verse of Ludacris’s “You’s a Ho” (with Ben accompanying her on air guitar)—the audience went wild.

But in this script, Duffield’s voice is the real star and Cooper Thornton, the Black List’s in-house narrator, more than did him justice, stealing the show.

The Seekers of Perpetual Love

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
8:00 PM
The Montalban Theatre
Black List Live! returned with a bang on Saturday night. Victoria Strouse’s THE SEEKERS OF PERPETUAL LOVE, read by an amazing cast, blew the crowd away. The chemistry onstage was immediately palpable and the cast had the audience in stitches from page one. The sibling rivalry between Alison Brie (Kayla Bachman), Justin Bartha (Zach Bachman), Seth Green (Wes Bachman) and Melanie Lynskey (Scarlett Bachman) was only enhanced by Jean Smart and Dean Cameron’s masterful performances as their overbearing yet selfish parents. Add to the mix Nathan Fillion’s (Rick Delacroix’s) soothingly sincere New Age musings and you had one hell of a show.

Green’s masterful physical comedy won the audience over as he mimed passing out and flopping around the back seat of a car during a high-speed chase. As Fillion’s Rick slowly lost his cool after being ‘dumped’ by Kayla, his calm demeanor devolved into drunken, angry slurring. Brie had the audience in tears with her expletive-ridden rant as her claustrophobic character Kayla had to crawl to safety through a series of underground tunnels. And when Bartha broke out in song to distract her, the audience burst into applause.

One of the evening’s funniest moments was when Justin Bartha cracked himself up trying to describe his character Zach’s music with a straight face: “Like, where James Taylor meets John Mayer.” To which Seth Green ad libbed, “I’m not sure they do,” before continuing with the scene.

Andrew Stanton tweeted that he “probably witnessed the best script read of my career last night.” And FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey called it “the best movie I’ve seen this year and it’s not even a movie yet.”

1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014
8:00 PM
The Los Angeles Theatre
With a staged script reading of Stephany Folsom’s “1969: A Space Odyssey, or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon,” the Black List debuted its Black List Live! program on Saturday night to a packed house of over 700 at the historic Los Angeles Theatre downtown.

Donning a replica Apollo 11 spacesuit to introduce the event, Black List founder Franklin Leonard welcomed cast members Jared Harris, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Sadoski, Shannon Woodward, Clark Gregg, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Lance Reddick, Troy Ruptash, Tessa Ferrer, and Cooper Thornton before turning the proceedings over to Folsom, who also directed the performance.

Jared Harris mastered the role of Stanley Kubrick (with an impeccable Bronx accent) opposite Kathryn Hahn’s fictional Barbara Penn, the plucky White House assistant who convinces the legendary director to fake the moon landing for NASA. Hahn and Sadoski, as her NASA partner-in-crime Julian Scheer, had the audience in stitches, an effect bolstered by Mad Men duo Aaron Staton and Rich Sommer’s bickering Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Clark Gregg and Lance Reddick further cemented their reputations as authority figures with believable - yet still funny - renditions of CIA Director Richard Helms and Chief of Astronauts Deke Slayton.

The gilded decor of the 1930s movie palace, which debuted with the premiere of Chaplin’s CITY LIGHTS with Albert Einstein as Chaplin’s guest, set the mood for the evening, as did the retro movie posters featuring Kubrick in profile, designed by Fernando Reza, lining the lobby walls.