Shia LaBeouf, the actor who came to fame on Project Greenlight‘s second season, is in an elevator at Oxford for the next 24 hours, live streaming his conversations with two other performance artists and strangers. It’s a live feed that rivals Big Brother‘s, taking place in an enclosed space with not much going on—though the conversations I’ve heard so far… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2
Chris Moore: it’s “a total lie” that the series is just about controversy. Project Greenlight 2 and The Battle of Shaker Heights producer Chris Moore says the suggestion that the series is all about controversy is “a total lie,” and says the suggestion that the directors were chosen just to make a good TV show… continue reading
Battle of Shaker Heights averages $10.4K on each of five screens. The Battle of Shaker Heights earned an estimated $52,000 on a total of five screens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, averaging $10,400 per screen. By comparison, Freddy vs. Jason, the week’s number one movie, averaged $4,462 on each of its 3,014… continue reading
Battle of Shaker Heights opens in NY, LA; Project Greenlight 2 finale Sunday. The Battle of Shaker Heights opens today in New York and Los Angeles, after having its production chronicled on Project Greenlight 2, which concludes Sunday evening. As the film’s trailer shows, the final edit definitely apparently centers on the more comedic material,… continue reading
critic: Greenlight “devalues filmmaking.” Project Greenlight 2 “devalues filmmaking itself, treating it, in a roundabout, subtle way, as an afterthought to hype–as the end product of what amounts to a multiweek infomercial,” New York Press film critic Matt Zoller Seitz argues. He says the “the system is rigged against these filmmakers” but says the show… continue reading
Erica Beeney says HBO cameras “did compromise some of my reactions.” Erica Beeney, the writer of “The Battle of Shaker Heights” and one of the stars of Project Greenlight 2, says “the series is a ‘fair but exaggerated depiction’” of the production process. “All of the events that you see did occur, and certainly we… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2 debuts tonight. Project Greenlight 2 debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. on HBO, following the sixth season premiere of Sex and the City and an episode of The Wire. The one-hour premiere follows the narrowing of scripts and directors down to the final two winners. This weekend and next, two back-to-back half-hour episodes… continue reading
cast announced as photography begins on Battle of Shaker Heights. Production on the Project Greenlight 2 film “The Battle of Shaker Heights” began last week in Los Angeles. The cast includes Kathleen Quinlan, Amy Smart, and William Sadler, according to Screendaily.com. The film and the HBO series are set to debut this summer.
Coke partners with Project Greenlight. Coca-Cola and Project Greenlight 2 are joining forces, but the outcome doesn’t appear to be American Idol-style product placement. Instead, “Coca-Cola will sponsor charity film screenings of the this year’s winning Project Greenlight film,” and producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Chris Moore will help judge the next Coca-Cola Refreshing… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2 winners selected; some claim contest was “rigged.” A grad student at Ohio State has won the Project Greenlight 2 screenwriting contest, while two 30-year-old, Maine-based directors have won the new directing contest. Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin will direct Erica Beeney’s Cleveland suburb-set “The Battle of Shaker Heights” starting in March for… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2’s finalists, 10 writers and 10 directors, announced. Project Greenlight 2 now has 20 finalists, 10 screenwriters and 10 directors. All 20 will head to Park City, Utah, in mid-January for Sundance, where the winners will be announced on January 18.
top 50 directors selected. The 50 finalists for Project Greenlight 2‘s new director contest have been revealed and their usernames posted on the site. The pool will be narrowed to 10 by Dec. 12, and those 10 will be given assignments due Jan. 2. Then the top 3 will be named on Jan. 10, with… continue reading
top 50 screenplays selected. The 50 finalists for Project Greenlight 2‘s screenplay contest have been revealed. Next, “the remaining review rounds [will be] conducted by the Contest Sponsors,” according to the site, and then the top 10 finalists will be announced one month from yesterday. PDF versions of the 50 scripts can be read on… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2’s top 250 screenplays and directors announced. The top 250 screenplays and top 250 director’s scenes (and 25 alternates for each) in the Project Greenlight 2 contest have been announced. Now, the top directors will submit videos, while the top screenwriters will evaluate each others’ work. The review period for screenplays ends Nov…. continue reading
Project Greenlight entries due tonight at midnight. If you want to enter a script in Project Greenlight 2, or if you’d like to direct the winning script, your entry is due no later than 11:59:59 p.m. PT tonight.
Affleck: Greenlight’s director/writer combination “didn’t work out.” Explaining the change in the structure of Project Greenlight 2, which will include contests to select both a screenwriter and a director, Ben Affleck tells USA TODAY that during the first season, “The idea of having a screenwriter-auteur kind of director didn’t work out.” Matt Damon told the… continue reading
Project Greenlight 2 announced; seeks both scriptwriter and director. HBO, Miramax, and Live Planet are planning Project Greenlight 2, a second season of the show that chronicled the production of a film (Stolen Summer). This time, however, the contest is looking for both a script and a director–the winning director will direct the scriptwriter’s film…. continue reading
Project Greenlight 2 may charge scriptwriters to enter the contest. It looks like Project Greenlight 2 has received a greenlight, but USA TODAY reports that “while Live Planet and Miramax say they hope to stage a second contest, they haven’t been able to agree on terms.” Presently, they’re “asking users how much they would pay… continue reading
Project Greenlight producer is planning second script contest, show. Although HBO is apparently not entirely on board, Project Greenlight producer Chris Moore is “planning to find another newbie director to star in a second season of” the show, Entertainment Weekly reports. If all goes as planned, the show will have its second director and script… continue reading