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  • - Hi, today is December 14th.

  • and that is the last Monday of the year

  • before Hollywood typically heads off

  • on vacation for the winter holidays.

  • And obviously this year by vacation I mean stay at home,

  • and if you do leave the house please wear a mask.

  • It is also as it has been

  • for the last 16 years, Blacklist day.

  • And for those of you who don't know who I am

  • or what the Blacklist is,

  • my name is Franklin Leonard.

  • I am the founder of the Blacklist,

  • an annual list of Hollywood's

  • most liked unproduced screenplays.

  • And since its origination in 2005,

  • we've grown to be an organization

  • that identifies and celebrates great screenwriting

  • and the people who do it,

  • wherever we can find them.

  • If you want to know more about us, check out our website,

  • it's blacklist.com with no vowels, that's blcklst.com.

  • We're gonna kick off very soon,

  • but before we start,

  • I'm actually gonna ask for three favors.

  • The first of which is,

  • you know, give some love to screenwriters.

  • Literally without them,

  • Hollywood has nothing to do.

  • Directors have nothing to direct.

  • Actors have nothing to say.

  • Producers have nothing to produce.

  • You get the point.

  • So when you see the movie that you love,

  • when you see a TV show that you love,

  • find out who wrote it.

  • Internet is good for this.

  • Find them on social media,

  • and show them some love.

  • They made something you love and only seems fair.

  • The second thing is that it's been a weird year, right?

  • And normally, when there's not a pandemic,

  • the night after the blacklist comes out we throw a party,

  • for all of the writers on the list.

  • But obviously this year we can't do that

  • and we will survive the absence of that party.

  • But the reason we throw it every year is to raise money

  • for an organization called Young Storytellers.

  • It is arts organization that brings Hollywood professionals

  • into, under resourced Los Angeles public schools,

  • and helps kids tell their story.

  • So, if you could make a donation to Young Storytellers,

  • it's youngstorytellers.com/donate, check out their website.

  • $10, $20, $10,000 and $20,

  • whatever you can for kids that need.

  • And more importantly,

  • deserving arts education

  • and deserve to know that their stories deserve to be told.

  • So, youngstorytellers.com/donate.

  • And the last thing also on the pandemic,

  • you know it's no secret that,

  • it's had a real impact on the film industry.

  • Things are changing and they're changing pretty rapidly.

  • I'm obviously an advocate for as many great movies

  • as from as many great perspectives as possible.

  • And, I also love going to movie theaters.

  • There is nothing quite like walking into a room

  • with a bunch of people you don't know.

  • And having the lights go down,

  • and watching the story about what it means to be human.

  • Which is fundamentally what movies are.

  • So, when this is all over,

  • when it is safe to do it again,

  • find the theater, find a movie and enjoy the show.

  • And to that point,

  • I wanna share, one of my favorite answers

  • from the Blacklist podcast this year.

  • Yes we have a podcast on Luminary.

  • And it's too a question that we ask of all of our guests,

  • the last question we asked.

  • And we always ask,

  • if logistics not withstanding,

  • if you could screen a movie

  • for every single human being on earth,

  • what movie would you screen?

  • And this is not answered.

  • But it feels so good.

  • And it's so cathartic and just to watch.

  • It's very rare to be in the movie theater

  • and actually experienced a movie with the whole theater.

  • Like you're all clapping and you're hooting

  • and you're cheering and everyone like you go see,

  • like every now and then you'll see

  • on Twitter that people recorded the audience reactions

  • to that scene and I feel like you don't...

  • Right now it's like things

  • are kind of weird right now in 2020.

  • And we need something like we don't have any experiences

  • where we can sit in a room with a group of people

  • and have that connection like we had at that moment.

  • And I would love to just somehow be able to recreate

  • that for the whole world right now in 2020,

  • because we kinda need it.

  • - So some of you will recognize

  • that voice as that of Desus Nice.

  • Which means that you also know we're

  • about to kick things off.

  • Like I said, it's been a wild year,

  • so we wanted to do something a little fun this year.

  • We gave these two the titles and authors

  • and log lines of a few of the scripts a little bit early,

  • and let them do what they do.

  • You will see all of the titles and authors

  • of the scripts throughout the video,

  • and we've got two special guests.

  • Some award-winning screenwriters themselves.

  • But without further ado,

  • they are the hosts of Showtimes Desus and Mero.

  • The authors of the New York times best-selling book,

  • God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx.

  • Their interview with president Barack Obama aired

  • just last night on Showtime.

  • So, I guess they figured they had

  • to step up the game somehow.

  • And I'm calling it now.

  • They're going to be the host of the Oscars someday.

  • I don't know when,

  • but I have a feeling let's make it happen.

  • Desus Nice and The Kid Mero.

  • - Okay I see, got it.

  • - Aight it's your boy Desus Nice.

  • - And I'm The Kid Mero and here is category one (laughs)

  • - That's right.

  • Category one, biopics and annual blacklist.

  • First we got Bikram, Bikram, Bikram.

  • - Is it Bikram, yes

  • - Bikram okay.

  • - Bikram which is hot yoga, you know what I'm saying?

  • by Silpa Kovvali. - That's right.

  • You know what I mean?

  • - It's an unbelievable true story

  • of young wife catapulting the yoga guru

  • to the heights of fame.

  • That's why you see it everywhere when you're in LA

  • in New York, you see him saying hot yoga, you're like

  • shall I do that and your body is like no.

  • - No don't do that.

  • You're, a man of a certain age.

  • You can't be doing that.

  • You're gonna fart in the middle of the class.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • - And the best part of the script,

  • we find out not only how it got to the top,

  • but how it came spiraling down.

  • - Wow!

  • - Wow! - Damn.

  • - Got to watch the whole day bro.

  • - Every empire must fall.

  • Think about it, you know what I'm saying.

  • It's wild. - That's deep.

  • - Yo, you know what I'm saying? That's what we're

  • trying to get, we're trying to get deep on yo.

  • You know what I'm saying, This is the Blacklist.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • And speaking of-

  • That's right, it's big and getting deep.

  • We're going back for a little history,

  • for the 1950s, we're enemy from within by Casco.

  • (yells)

  • You know what I'm saying. - That's right.

  • Cos it's about - Joseph McCarthy yo.

  • - McCarthyism, the red scare, you know what I mean?

  • Things like, you communist, you communist,

  • your grandmother's communist, your baby's communist.

  • You know what I'm saying? That baby is a communist.

  • You know what I'm saying, everybody is a communist.

  • - Everyone do the communist.

  • (dancing joyfully)

  • No, no it's about - You know what am saying.

  • - How him and his people just ran through,

  • you know, America just disrespecting democratic norms.

  • Like you know. - Who cares, communist.

  • - If you can even imagined a time

  • when people didn't respect democracy.

  • - Wow! That was so long ago, wow! Is the 50s, Wow!

  • I can't believe it.

  • - Wow. - You know what I'm saying?

  • Enemies within, yo.

  • (explosion mimic sound)

  • - Up next we got Excelsior, you know what I mean?

  • - By Alex Convery.

  • It's the true story of the meteoric rise

  • and subsequent fall of Marvel comics

  • and the star cross creators behind the panel,

  • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

  • You know what I'm saying? - That's right.

  • - You hear Stan Lee, Jack Kirby,

  • you think they was all like buddy buddies and stuff,

  • but they had little drama on inside.

  • You know what I'm saying? - That's right.

  • - Wow!

  • It's like love for hip hop.

  • - With two or one two... - All my comic people.

  • Shout out to my comic people enjoying this

  • and just to make things spicy.

  • Marvel was better than DC .

  • Yeah I said it

  • I said what who wants more - (screams)

  • - Say Oh,

  • - Oh.

  • (laughs)

  • - Up next we got Frenemy.

  • - Whoa! by Ariel Sayegh yeah, you know what I'm saying?

  • A Chronicles of the infamous Lindsay Lohan,

  • Paris Hilton feud of 04, 06 - What?

  • over who would be Britney Spears' best friend.

  • That's a very important topic of 04.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • Who's Britney's bestie?

  • - Everyone watching this, cos you know, you're watching it.

  • You're like who cared about,

  • who wanted to be Britney Spears best friend.

  • So we all did.

  • We all did, even I did, okay. - Yes.

  • - Don't act like- That is what we did.

  • - You wasn't there.

  • You know what I'm saying? - You wasn't there.

  • How dare you.

  • Up next week, we got Gusher, oh oh

  • (mumbles)

  • by Abigail Briley Bean.

  • - Yeah, this is base star.

  • Anna Nicole Smith

  • you remember her from on the cover of Playboy magazine

  • little thing. - That's right.

  • - You know what am saying.

  • - She was young. - You know what am saying.

  • - She's was from Texas,

  • as she went on to marry a billionaire.

  • And it was true love. - Yes.

  • - Except for the fact that he was wild old.

  • And by wild old, I mean 89.

  • - Yes, like yo, I'm digging my own grave old.

  • You know what I'm saying? - Yes

  • - And everybody thought she was a gold digger,

  • but it was true love.

  • Or was it?

  • I'm saying you don't know. - Guess we gonna find out.

  • - Okay you gotta watch it gonna be kidding me.

  • - Okay.

  • Up next to me we got Plush,

  • You know what I'm saying.

  • - By Alexandra Skarsgard.

  • It was based on the true story of Ty Warner.

  • The enigmatic entrepreneur behind the 90s Beanie Baby Craze.

  • They spoke madness murder and a billion dollar empire.

  • You know what I'm saying?