The Guild Screenings

December 2016

Welcome to your theater! Please feel free to arrive early and enjoy some wit and repartee with your fellow scribes.

Happy Holidays from the Guild Screenings! We’ve got a great month of studio films, unique indies and docs, family films and…, oh yeah, a new STAR WARS movie! We also have a host of amazing Q&A events to gift you with.

On Saturday, December 3rd, join us for a screening of the biopic JACKIE, followed by a Q&A with writer Noah Oppenheim. The following Saturday, December 10th, we’ll be screening GOLD and welcoming writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman to the theater stage. Sunday, December 11th we’ll have writer/director Mike Mills on hand for an early afternoon screening of his new film, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. Then on Monday, December 12th, writer/director Damien Chazelle returns to discuss his much-anticipated Hollywood musical, LA LA LAND.

On Friday, December 16th, we’re excited to have producer/director/star Denzel Washington join us for a screening of his adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning drama FENCES and a discussion of the life and work of acclaimed playwright/screenwriter August Wilson. Sunday, December 18th brings a screening of the historical drama HIDDEN FIGURES, followed by a Q&A with writer Alison Schroeder and writer/director Theodore Melfi. Finally, on Friday, December 23, writer Jon Spaihts will join us, following his sci-fi opus PASSENGERS.

As always, members may bring TWO GUESTS to all regular screenings and RSVPs are not necessary unless we specifically note they are. We ask that members frequent the food and drink offerings from Homeboy Industries before the film. On weekends, we serve popcorn, beverages, salads, sandwiches, and fresh pastries. Only popcorn and water are allowed inside the theater, and patrons may not bring in outside food. Also, if you have any friends who say, "How come I never get invited to the Guild Screenings?"...please have them call the Membership Department and give us their email!



Saturday, December 3
11:00 (3D) & 2:00 (2D)

In a world populated by animals, a koala tries to restore his once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times, by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Written and Directed by Garth Jennings
Produced by Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Voice Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, Jennifer Saunders, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Leslie Jones, Jay Pharoah

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11am & 2pm screenings.

Rated PG, 110 minutes, Print Courtesy of Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures


Saturday, December 3
5:00 & 8:00

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy struggles with grief, trauma, and overwhelming media attention as the nation mourns his death.

Q&A with Noah Oppenheim following the 5pm screening.

Written by Noah Oppenheim
Produced by Juan de Dios Larraín, Darren Aronofsky, Mickey Liddell, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel
Directed by Pablo Larraín

Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Saturday, December 10

In this interplanetary adventure, the first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.

Screenplay by Allan Loeb
Story by Stewart Schill and Richard Barton Lewis & Allan Loeb
Produced by Richard Barton Lewis
Directed by Peter Chelsom

Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, BD Wong

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to this screening.

Rated PG-13, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of STX Entertainment and Huayi Brothers Pictures


Saturday, December 10
2:00 & 8:30

A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple, after he gets lost on a train that takes him thousands of kilometers from India. 25 years later, he sets out to find his birth family.

Screenplay by Luke Davies
Adapted from the Book "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley
Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
Directed by Garth Davis

Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Deepti Naval, Sunny Pawar

This film is in English, Bengali and Hindi with subtitles.

Rated PG-13, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Weinstein Company


Saturday, December 10

In this epic tale, a failing businessman and modern-day prospector journeys to find gold in the uncharted jungles of Indonesia.

Q&A with Patrick Massett & John Zinman following the screening.

Written by Patrick Massett & John Zinman
Produced by Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Nozik
Directed by Stephen Gaghan

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Tobey Kebbell, Craig T. Nelson, Stacy Keach, Bruce Greenwood

Rated R, 120 minutes, Print Courtesy of TWC-Dimension


Sunday, December 11
10:30 & 8:00

After the tragic death of his child,  a once brilliant advertising executive retreats from life and questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. When he unexpectedly receives answers, he learns that even the deepest losses can lead to moments of beauty and meaning.

Written by Allan Loeb
Produced by Bard Dorros, Michael Sugar, Allan Loeb, Anthony Bregman, Kevin Scott Frakes
Directed by David Frankel

Cast: Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Peña, Naomie Harris, Jacob Latimore, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren

Rated PG-13, 96 minutes, Print Courtesy of New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures


Sunday, December 11

In Santa Barbara in the 1970s, a determined single mother in her mid-50s decides the best way to raise her adolescent son is to enlist her young tenants to serve as role models, in a time of cultural change and rebellion.

Q&A with Mike Mills following the screening.

Written and Directed by Mike Mills
Produced by Megan Ellison, Anne Carey, Youree Henley

Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup

Rated R, 118 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24


Sunday, December 11

A brilliant and ruthless lobbyist, notorious for her unparalleled talent and desire to win at all costs, faces off against the powers in Washington in this thriller that pulls back the curtain on Capitol Hill games.

Written by Jonathan Perera
Produced by Ben Browning, Kris Thykier, Ariel Zeitoun
Directed by John Madden

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow

Rated R, 132 minutes, Print Courtesy of EuropaCorp


Monday, December 12

Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this  contemporary musical centers on the relationship of an aspiring actress and a dedicated jazz musician, who struggle to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

Q&A with Damien Chazelle following the screening.

Written by Damien Chazelle
Produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt
Directed by Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Finn Wittrock, Callie Hernandez, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothe, Tom Everett Scott, Josh Pence

Rated PG-13, 128 minutes, Print Courtesy of Summit Entertainment


Friday, December 16

An adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, set in 1950s Pittsburgh, which centers on a black garbage collector who struggles with race relations while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Q&A with Denzel Washington following the screening.

Screenplay by August Wilson
Based upon the Play "Fences" by August Wilson Originally Produced on Broadway by Carole Shorstein Hays
Produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington, Todd Black
Directed by Denzel Washington

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney

Not Rated, 138 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Saturday, December 17
10:30 (3D), 2:00 (2D) & 8:00 (2D)

In a time of conflict, a group of rebels bands together on a mission to steal the secret blueprints of the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction, setting up the epic saga to follow.

Screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
Story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta
Based on Characters Created by George Lucas
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel
Directed by Gareth Edwards

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker

Rated PG-13, 133 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd.


Saturday, December 17

A documentary about how failure can strike the most talented people.   In 1981, theater legends Stephen Sondheim and Hal Prince opened "Merrily We Roll Along," which closed after only 16 performances.  This film revisits how this experience affected the cast and creators of this legendary troubled show.

Written by Ted Schillinger, Kitt Lavoie and Lonny Price
Produced by Bruce David Klein, Lonny Price, Kitt Lavoie, Ted Schillinger
Directed by Lonny Price

Interviewed Cast: Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along 

This feature is a Documentary.

Not Rated, 95 minutes, Print Courtesy of Abramorama


Sunday, December 18

A 12-year-old boy attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a world of monsters and fairy tales in this fantastical, imaginative film.

Screenplay by Patrick Ness
Based upon the Novel Written by Patrick Ness from an Original Idea by Siobhan Dowd
Produced by Belén Atienza
Directed by J.A. Bayona

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson

FAMILY MATINEE: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the this screening.

Rated PG-13, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Focus Features


Sunday, December 18
2:00 & 5:00

The story of three brilliant African-American women whose groundbreaking calculations helped NASA catch up in the Soviet "Space Race” and launch an astronaut into orbit.

Q&A with Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi following the 5pm screening.

Screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
Based upon the Book by Margot Lee Shetterly
Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams, Theodore Melfi
Directed by Theodore Melfi

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons

Rated PG, 125 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox 2000 Pictures


Sunday, December 18

When a 59-year-old British carpenter with a heart condition finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother in a similar situation. Together, the duo discovers the hell of negotiating through red tape.

Written by Paul Laverty
Produced by Rebecca O'Brien
Directed by Ken Loach

Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Dylan McKiernan, Briana Shann, Kate Rutter, Sharon Percy, Kema Sikazwe

Not Rated, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sundance Selects


Friday, December 23

A spacecraft traveling to a distant planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers, awakening two passengers 90 years early. When the ship has further malfunctions, they race to try to save everyone onboard.

Q&A with Jon Spaihts following the screening.

Written by Jon Spaihts
Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, Ori Marmur
Directed by Morten Tyldum

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

Rated PG-13, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Columbia Pictures


Saturday, December 24
11:00 & 5:00

Set in the roaring ‘20s during Prohibition, this story centers on the prodigal son of a prominent police chief, who gradually descends into the criminal underground network of gangster-run speakeasies.

Screenplay by Ben Affleck
Based on the Novel by Dennis Lehane
Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd
Directed by Ben Affleck

Cast: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, Chris Cooper

Rated R, 129 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Saturday, December 24

In this adaptation of the popular video-game series, Callum Lynch discovers he is descended from a mysterious Assassins society, then amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the powerful Templar organization.

Screenplay by Michael Lesslie and Adam Cooper & Bill Collage
Based on the "Assassin's Creed" Game Series
Produced by Jean-Julien Baronnet, Gerald Guillemot, Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Michael Fassbender, Conor McCaughan, Arnon Milchan
Directed by Justin Kurzel

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Michael K. Williams

Rated PG-13, 140 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Saturday, December 24

When the CEO threatens to close the branch of her hard-partying brother, he and his chief technical officer throw an epic Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and save their jobs.

Screenplay by Justin Malen and Laura Solon and Dan Mazer
Story by Jon Lucas & Scott Moore and Timothy Dowling
Produced by Scott Stuber, Guyman Casady, Daniel Rappaport
Directed by Will Speck & Josh Gordon

Cast: Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Jillian Bell, Vanessa Bayer, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Sam Richardson, Randall Park, Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Aniston

Rated R, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Friday, December 30
6:30 & 9:30

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again.

Screenplay by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer
Story by Peter Berg & Matt Cook and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Produced by Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Hutch Parker, Dorothy Aufiero, Michael Radutzky
Directed by Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, Michelle Monaghan

Not Rated, 130 minutes, Print Courtesy of CBS Films

As a courtesy to your fellow members, please turn off all cell phones, pagers, etc., and refrain from talking during the screenings.

Screenings are held at: Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills 90211

Seating is on a first-come first served basis.

WGAW Membership cards are required to attend The Guild Screenings and must be presented by the WGAW member. Your WGAW membership card allows you to bring TWO guests. If you are not a member of the WGAW, you will not be allowed admittance. For recorded Guild Screenings information, please email Guild Screenings or call (323) 782-4591. Please read our Rules and Regulations before attending the screenings.

Guild Screenings Office: (323) 782-4508 or e-mail Guild Screenings.