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Black List Table Reads

Earwolf and Franklin Leonard

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The Black List Table Reads takes the best and most exciting screenplays Hollywood hasn't yet made, and turns them into movies, for your ears. Black List founder Franklin Leonard presents a new script every month read by a rotating cast of talented ac...Show More
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12:05 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Franklin Leonard and Kate Hagen bid listeners farewell! Please listen to the many great past Earmovies!
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1:33:16 | Jun 16th, 2017

Please enjoy the seventh Earmovie of Season 3, “The Gauntlet of Phillip Montega” by David Gay. It stars Jay Ellis, Zach McGowan, Teo Briones, Arielle Kebbel, Jose Zuniga, Michael Trevino, and Cooper Thornton.
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40:37 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Please enjoy this episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and Black List community director Kate Hagen in which they interview Lane and Ruckus Skye, the screenwriters of Rattle the Cage about their creative histories, the nuts and...Show More
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28:03 | May 25th, 2017

Please enjoy this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard with Black List community director Kate Hagen and screenwriter David Gay known for The Gauntlet of Phillip Montega which will receive the ear movie treatment. This...Show More
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2:17:35 | May 11th, 2017

Please enjoy the sixth Earmovie of Season 3, “The Promise” written by Chris Salmanpour. It stars Houshang Touzie (Ata), Omid Abtahi (Reza), Oded Fehr (Afshin, et al), Marshall Manesh (Said, et al), Charlie Weber (Tom), Adam Tsekhman (Sassan, et al), ...Show More
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38:58 | Apr 27th, 2017

Please enjoy this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard with Black List community director Kate Hagen and screenwriter Chris Salmanpour known for The Promise which will receive the ear movie treatment.
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2:05:01 | Apr 13th, 2017

Please enjoy the fifth Earmovie of Season 3, “Selznick's Folly” written by Gesha-Marie Bland. It stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Hattie McDaniel), Ryan Mulkay (David O. Selznick), M.C. Gainey (LB Mayer), Sam Page (Clark Gable), Franklin Leonard (Walter Wh...Show More
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31:40 | Mar 30th, 2017

Please enjoy this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and screenwriter Gesha-Marie Bland known for Selznick’s Folly which will receive the ear movie treatment.
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2:07:36 | Mar 16th, 2017

Please enjoy the fourth Earmovie of Season 3, “The Hounds of Rearden” written by Sean Geraghty. It stars Cooper Thornton (Peter), James Callis (Sir Julius/Cortez), Greg Itzin (Sen. Warren/Hunter), Charles Shaughnessy (Cromwell/Clark), Sachin Bhatt (R...Show More
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33:46 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Please enjoy this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard with screenwriter Sean Geraghty known for The Hounds of House Rearden which will receive the ear movie treatment.
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1:43:26 | Feb 16th, 2017

Please enjoy the third Earmovie of Season 3, “Maggie’s Dawn” written by Blaine Tyler. It stars Aisha Tyler, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Wade Williams, Jamie McShane, Blake Hood, Brett Dalton, Brian Wade, Blaine Tyler, and Daniel Hagen (narrator).
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36:53 | Feb 2nd, 2017

On this week's episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, screenwriter Blaine Tyler takes us through how he went from a kid who loved wrestling to writing Maggie’s Dawn, which will receive the ear movie treatment.
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1:34:42 | Jan 20th, 2017

This week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we don’t have one but instead TWO interviews with screenwriters. The first interview is with Allison Schroeder, screenwriter of the smash hit Hidden Figures and the second interview is wi...Show More
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53:40 | Jan 12th, 2017

Noah Oppenheim is a writer, Emmy-winning television producer, and Executive-in-charge of the Today Show. Noah joins Franklin to talk about working as a senior producer for Hardball with Chris Matthews, being a senior producer for The Today Show, movi...Show More
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39:49 | Jan 6th, 2017

Happy New Year from The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard! Please enjoy an interview with screenwriter Todd Komarnicki known for Sully, one of the best films of 2016.
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51:16 | Dec 22nd, 2016

Merry Christmas from The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard! Please enjoy an interview with screenwriter Eric Heisserer known for Arrival, one of the best films of 2016.
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2:32:24 | Dec 15th, 2016

Please enjoy the second Earmovie of Season 3, “Monsters of Mary Shelley” written by Ian Simpson. It stars Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Chike Okonkwo, Scarlett Byrne, Tom Stokes, Tommy Flanagan, and David S. Lee.This episode is brought to you by Seed &...Show More
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44:14 | Dec 1st, 2016

Season 3 of THE BLACK LIST TABLE READS continues with a sit-down chat featuring screenwriter Robert Ian Simpson, Franklin Leonard, and Kate Hagen, to talk about the origin of how MONSTERS OF MARY SHELLEY came to be, favorite films, importance of auth...Show More
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46:09 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard! Please enjoy an interview with writers Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, the minds behind the most critically acclaimed film of 2016, Moonlight.
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2:21:19 | Nov 17th, 2016

In the first Earmovie of Season 3, “Blood from a Stone” by Bill Palmer is both a tribute and a send-up of the blood-spattered heydays of irresponsible 1980's action films. Sean Sharpstone (Paul Scheer), is a muscle-bound renegade cop wrapped in acid-...Show More
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39:47 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Season 3 of THE BLACK LIST TABLE READS begins with a sit-down chat featuring Paul Scheer, star of the upcoming Earmovie BLOOD FROM A STONE, its writer Bill Palmer, and Franklin Leonard, to talk early movie memories, nostalgia and campiness in film, a...Show More
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1:03:06 | May 19th, 2016

Four short ear movies and four short interviews with four very special writers is happening on a special episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Thanks to the wonderful Young Storytellers Foundation you will hear 4 stories writte...Show More
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46:51 | Mar 17th, 2016

The Hitch screenwriter Troy Anthony Miller joins Franklin to chat about being terrified the first time he watched The Birds growing up with his mother, getting into acting in high school, traveling Europe after college, teaching English in Tokyo, Jap...Show More
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2:15:38 | Mar 17th, 2016

We asked you listeners to choose which Black List script you wanted to hear for the Season 2 finale of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard and The Hitch by Troy Anthony Miller prevailed. While visiting Los Angeles in 1927, young British ...Show More
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1:22:43 | Mar 11th, 2016

On this week's episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, screenwriter Jason Hellerman chats with Franklin about being blown away by Raiders of the Lost Ark as a child, being kicked out of an Anatomy class in college for being a cla...Show More
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1:21:43 | Mar 3rd, 2016

On this week's episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Mike Rosolio, screenwriter of the 2015 Black List script Reagan and Chad Hartigan, screenwriter of Morris from America which won him the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Sal...Show More
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28:32 | Feb 26th, 2016

Jeffrey Belanger, screenwriter of Loose Women joins Franklin this week to chat about how judging movies by their covers as a child began his lifelong his interest in movies, writing parody films in middle school, what inspired him to write Loose Wome...Show More
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2:09:26 | Feb 26th, 2016

Put your spurs on and rustle up the latest Black List Table Reads script, Loose Women by Jeffrey Belanger. The Loose Women are an infamous gang of sharpshooters led by Pistol Dick Pete Daly, but when the Women have a falling out with Pete, they're fo...Show More
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1:01:06 | Feb 18th, 2016

On this week's episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Kristina Lauren Anderson, screenwriter of Forever Jiayang, 1937 and the No. 1 script on the 2014 Black List, Catherine the Great. They’ll discuss Kristina's transition from qui...Show More
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2:19:25 | Feb 11th, 2016

This week, The Black List Table Reads brings you a powerful and poignant script set in China during the Nanking Massacre. “Forever Jiaying, 1937” by Kristina Lauren Anderson, follows an American woman who moves to Shanghai to be with her husband, una...Show More
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53:17 | Feb 10th, 2016

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads, Franklin chats with Josh Singer, the writer of Oscar-nominated sensation Spotlight. They’ll discuss Josh’s beginnings in theater, writing for The West Wing, and how working on The Fifth Estate led ...Show More
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59:20 | Feb 4th, 2016

No one knows story better than Lindsay Doran. Lindsay has been a substantial part in some of the most iconic films of the last four decades, everything from This Is Spinal Tap to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In Part 2 of Franklin’s interview with Lindsa...Show More
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22:05 | Jan 28th, 2016

Jody screenwriters Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle join Franklin this week to talk about how they met because Chris was roommates with Jason's future wife, coming up with the idea of Jody as the love story they we wanted to tell, and why writing in a ro...Show More
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1:51:45 | Jan 28th, 2016

We have another great script this week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Jody by Jason Wilborn and Chris Kyle is a great way to bridge the gap between the NFL's Conference Championships and Sunday's Super Bowl. A Black List reader ...Show More
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1:23:29 | Jan 26th, 2016

On a bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we are proud to present a live script reading of Jacob Isser's "Hosers," a half-hour television pilot recorded at The Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City. Hosers st...Show More
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56:49 | Jan 21st, 2016

On a bonus interview episode, Franklin chats with screenwriter Charles Randolph about his 2016 Academy Award nominated screenplay The Big Short (directed by Adam McKay and now in theaters). Then, Franklin talks with screenwriter Billy Ray (2014 Acade...Show More
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1:35:15 | Jan 14th, 2016

The first Black List Table Reads script of 2016 is so action packed that it comes in two parts! Angel's Flight from screenwriter Jill Isaacs has been described by a Black List reader as "An LA origin story in the high noir tradition of Chinatown. A s...Show More
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19:31 | Jan 14th, 2016

Jill Isaacs, screenwriter of Angel's Flight and 2015 Feature Writer Access Project Honoree joins Franklin this week to chat about how Angel's Flight is her homage to Chinatown with a Latin twist, her first cinematic epiphany, and why you should write...Show More
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1:32:40 | Jan 14th, 2016

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard for Part Two of the action packed Angel's Flight by screenwriter Jill Isaacs. Angel's Flight stars Ignacio Serricchio, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Anne Heche, Richard Cabral, Milo Ventimigl...Show More
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52:58 | Jan 7th, 2016

The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard is starting 2016 with a special twofer interview episode with screenwriters Phyllis Nagy and Emma Donoghue. First comes a conversation with Indie Spirit Award nominated and New York City Film Critics C...Show More
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29:09 | Jan 6th, 2016

Happy New Year from The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard! On a bonus episode, Franklin sits down to chat with Cary Fukunaga, screenwriter and director of Beasts of Nation, director of the critically acclaimed first season of True Detectiv...Show More
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1:58:15 | Dec 17th, 2015

The Holiday season is upon us and we have the perfect thing for you here at The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard this week as we present the action-comedy The Winter King from screenwriters Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris. Mickey and Bri...Show More
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35:09 | Dec 17th, 2015

Mickey Fisher and Brian Depetris are the screenwriters of The Winter King. They join Franklin this week to chat about how they met playing Santa Claus, coming up with the idea for the script walking around New York City on Valentine's Day, and their ...Show More
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1:02:51 | Dec 11th, 2015

This week Franklin chats with two screenwriters from the other side of the pond. First he sits down to chat with Abi Morgan, screenwriter of Suffragette, the story of Maud Watts played by Carey Mulligan, a working wife and mother whose life is change...Show More
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19:11 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Kimberly Barrante, screenwriter of Celeritas, joins Franklin this week to chat about how Celeritas started as her very first screenplay for a Screenwriting 101 class, writing a Sci-Fi novel titled "New Novel" as a child, and why talking to people cou...Show More
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1:51:46 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Season 2 of the new and improved The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard continues this week with the Sci-Fi/Drama earmovie Celeritas by screenwriter Kimberly Barrante. When a missing astronaut crash lands forty years after he launched havin...Show More
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40:58 | Nov 25th, 2015

In celebration of the 68th anniversary of the start of the Hollywood Blacklist, Franklin sits down to chat with John McNamara, screenwriter of Trumbo. They discuss if it was intimidating for John to write a screenplay about Dalton Trumbo, arguably on...Show More
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2:17:07 | Nov 19th, 2015

Welcome to Season 2 of the new and improved The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Expect a full earmovie in its entirety with superb sound design. There wasn't a dry eye in the house during our recording of Jared Frieder’s moving dark com...Show More
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20:05 | Nov 19th, 2015

Jared Frieder, screenwriter of Three Months, joins Franklin this week to chat about how Three Months came to be, choosing comedy as a vehicle for a personal story, and why it's important for writers to be constantly creating from a personal space.
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2:10:36 | Nov 12th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we come to the end of our Season 1 earmovie binge-a-thon with our fourth earmovie - Kent Te...Show More
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18:28 | Nov 12th, 2015

Kent Tessman, screenwriter of Chrome Noir joins Franklin this week for a one on one chat. They talk about how he came out to Los Angeles straight out of film school in Canada to write scripts, what lead to him creating the professional screenwriting ...Show More
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55:02 | Nov 10th, 2015

Ben Schwartz aka Jean-Ralphio of Parks and Recreation aka Clyde Oberholt of House of Lies joins Franklin for an in-depth conversation about how he became a writer. Ben tells us about his early days of submitting jokes to Late Night with David Letterm...Show More
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19:43 | Nov 6th, 2015

Suzanne Allain, screenwriter of Mr. Malcolm's List, joins Franklin this week for a one on one chat. They talk about Suzanne's origins in writing early on as a child growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, adapting the original Mr. Malcolm's List novel i...Show More
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1:55:12 | Nov 6th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we head across the pond and back in history about 200 years with our fourth earmovie - Mr. ...Show More
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1:59:12 | Oct 29th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our earmovie binge-a-thon with our third earmovie - Terrible Parents from scre...Show More
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36:45 | Oct 29th, 2015

Kevin Oeser, screenwriter of Terrible Parents, joins Franklin this week for a walk down his filmmaking memory lane. What do a high school field trip and financial pyramid schemes have to do with the writing of a comedy about upper middle class parent...Show More
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32:25 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Recorded in New York City, Franklin chats with The Other Side writer Stacey Maltin. Franklin and Stacey sat down and talked about how a secular Jew from San Francisco ends up a voice over actress in Israel and then returns to Brooklyn to write about ...Show More
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20:22 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Franklin chats with BALLS OUT writers Malcolm Spellman (producer of Empire) & Tim (winner of the 2015 Sundance Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award) about the origins of the script beginning in an online message board for writers, the inspiration behind th...Show More
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1:45:12 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our second earmovie - The Other Side from screenwriter Stacey Maltin. Set at t...Show More
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1:47:29 | Oct 15th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. Popular demand called for it, and we listened: Each earmovie is now a single episode. Today, we return to our first ever earmovie - the obscenely funny BALLS OUT, written by Malcolm Sp...Show More
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1:01:33 | Oct 1st, 2015

No one knows story better than Lindsay Doran. Lindsay has been a substantial part in some of the most iconic films of the last four decades everything from This Is Spinal Tap to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Lindsay joins Franklin to talk about growing u...Show More
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1:06:07 | Sep 24th, 2015

The extraordinary talented screenwriter/director/actor Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) joins Franklin Leonard for an in depth conversation on this week’s Black List Table Reads. They’ll ...Show More
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1:00:12 | Sep 17th, 2015

Academy Award winning Screenwriter Graham Moore (The Imitation Game) joins Franklin Leonard for an in depth conversation on this week’s Black List Table Reads. They’ll talk about growing up playing in a band in Chicago, how he went from a sound engin...Show More
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1:05:25 | Sep 10th, 2015

Screenwriters John August (Big Fish, Dark Shadows) and Craig Mazin (Hangover 3, Identity Thief) of the Scriptnotes podcast, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters join Franklin Leonard for a in depth conversati...Show More
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1:03:54 | Sep 3rd, 2015

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear an in depth conversation with author Uzodinma Iweala. Uzo’s novel “Beasts of No Nation” was published when he was twenty three years old. In 2006, he won the New York ...Show More
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56:06 | Aug 27th, 2015

It’s a jam-packed episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard this week with the thrilling conclusion of Chrome Noir. You’ll also hear an in-depth interview with the robot film noir’s writer Kent Tessman as well as a huge announcement...Show More
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37:36 | Aug 20th, 2015

This week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, things get more exciting in part three of Kent Tessman’s Chrome Noir. A film noir detective story with robots that will have you riveted. Bringing the world of Chrome Noir to life is Coli...Show More
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36:37 | Aug 13th, 2015

Kent Tessman’s Chrome Noir continues on this week’s The Black List Table Reads. Men in hats. Tommy guns. Robots. A film noir detective story that will have you riveted. Bringing the world of Chrome Noir to life is Colin Hanks, Zachary Levi, Rob Morro...Show More
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47:35 | Aug 6th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. Today we start something new and special. We asked YOU, the listeners to choose the next script to get the Black List Table Reads treatment and the winner is Kent Tessman’s Chrom...Show More
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54:43 | Jul 30th, 2015

It’s an action packed episode of The Black List Table Reads this week as we hear the thrilling conclusion of Suzanne Allain’s Mr. Malcolm’s List. Then we’ll hear a one on one interview between screenwriter Suzanne Allain and Franklin Leonard. Plus, w...Show More
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37:58 | Jul 23rd, 2015

This week The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard brings you episode 3 of Suzanne Allain’s Mr. Malcolm’s List. When we last left our story, Julia and Selina’s relationship was in tatters and even all of the beauty that is Mr. Malcolm’s...Show More
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34:44 | Jul 16th, 2015

Suzanne Allain’s Mr. Malcolm’s List continues on this week’s episode of The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. When we last left our story, Julia was scheming, Selina was falling in love, and the titular Jeremy Malcolm has no idea wh...Show More
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53:43 | Jul 13th, 2015

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear an in depth conversation with screenwriter and living legend Robert Towne as part of the Nantucket Film Festival’s Mentor’s Brunch Series. Robert Towne’s many credits ...Show More
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37:31 | Jul 9th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. Today we head across the pond and back in history about 200 years for Mr. Malcolm’s List. It’s a little bit Jane Austen. It’s a little bit Oscar Wilde, and it is all good. The sc...Show More
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1:08:24 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Welcome to the final installment of Terrible Parents on The Black List Table Reads! Last week, all seemed lost for our titular couple, as Lindsay thwarted their attempt at blackmail, and Howie was nearly seduced by an Oscar-winning thespian. Can they...Show More
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42:15 | Jun 27th, 2015

Welcome back to Black List Table Reads, as we continue with Terrible Parents. Last week, Howie and Stefanie finally won admission for their son Oliver to the ultra-exclusive private school Trailblazers. The only problem is Lindsay, a fellow Trailblaz...Show More
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42:40 | Jun 27th, 2015

Terrible Parents by Kevin Oeser continues this week on The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. When we last left things, Stefanie and Lindsay were beating the the ever living hell out of each other on a cooperative ropes course and reflecti...Show More
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39:33 | Jun 11th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads, hosted by Franklin Leonard. This week we return to comedy with Terrible Parents from screenwriter Kevin Oeser. One Black List reader said of the script, “The dialogue is sharp and intelligent. The character...Show More
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58:18 | Jun 10th, 2015

On this bonus episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we hear about the the story of Nightingale. On May 29th, Nightingale premiered on HBO. It was written by Frederick Mensch, directed by Elliott Lester, and stars David Oyelowo....Show More
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1:04:00 | Jun 4th, 2015

In this final installment of the Hasidic culture-clash drama "The Other Side," Jacob deals with the fallout of his decision to report the sexual assault of his brother, while navigating his deepening relationship with Hannah. After the story ends, st...Show More
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37:12 | May 28th, 2015

In the 3rd installment of Stacey Martin's Williamsburg-set drama "The Other Side," things are escalating quite a bit. When we last left off, Jacob has just fallen asleep in the apartment of the beautiful young hipster Hannah whose come into his life....Show More
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35:33 | May 21st, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads as we continue with Stacey Maltin's Williamsburg-set drama "The Other Side". When we last left the story, Jacob, a devout Hasidic Jew, had his first encounter with alluring secular girl Hannah. His older bro...Show More
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32:12 | May 14th, 2015

Welcome back to The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, this week we are overjoyed to bring you the The Other Side from screenwriter Stacey Maltin. Set at the nexus of the Hasidic and hipster communities of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it’s a co...Show More
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43:31 | May 7th, 2015

In episode four of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we finally have come to the exciting conclusion of the hilarious script BALLS OUT. When we last left Bill Simmers, he had just taken the blue pill. He’s popped a viagra, headed over...Show More
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39:04 | Apr 30th, 2015

In episode three of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we continue with the obscenely funny script BALLS OUT. When we last left Jim Simmers and the gang, things were going seemingly well. He got a new car, got revenge on his arrogant c...Show More
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30:46 | Apr 23rd, 2015

In episode two of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard, we continue with the obscenely funny script BALLS OUT. We follow the story of beleaguered businessman Jim Simmers, a pencil pusher unlucky in life and in love who just last week was ...Show More
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52:18 | Apr 17th, 2015

Welcome to the first episode of The Black List Table Reads with Franklin Leonard. The Black List Table Reads takes the best and most exciting screenplays Hollywood hasn't yet made, and turns them into movies, for your ears. This week The Black List p...Show More
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07:40 | Apr 2nd, 2015

The Black List Table Reads podcast launches on April 16th with the obscenely funny script BALLS OUT from writers Malcolm Spellman (producer of Empire) and Tim Talbott (winner of the 2015 Sundance Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award). Listen to this sneak ...Show More

00:29 | Jul 2nd, 1970

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