Guild Screenings
AUGUST 2015

Welcome to your theater! Please feel free to arrive early and enjoy a little schmooze and fun with your fellow writers.

Summer mania continues, with eclectic studio titles from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION to VACATION to STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON to RICKI AND THE FLASH. We have a multitude of special indies, such as the acclaimed teen coming-of-age THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, the delightful MISTRESS AMERICA, and Lily Tomlin's return to feature stardom, GRANDMA. We also have a number of amazing documentaries, including LISTEN TO ME MARLON, BEING EVEL, and the too-insane-to-believe THE WOLFPACK. We also have an exciting Q&A: On Sunday, August 30, please join us as Nissar Modi speaks after a screening of his post-apocalyptic romance, Z FOR ZACHARIAH, based upon the beloved sci-fi novel.

Members may bring TWO GUESTS to all regular screenings, and THREE GUESTS to Family Matinees. As always, 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.

Click on movie titles to view trailers.

Sunday, August 2
11:00

THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL
This gutsy Sundance hit is a sharp, funny account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, as she begins a complex love affair… with her mother's boyfriend.

Written for the Screen and Directed by Marielle S. Heller
Based on the Book by Phoebe Gloeckner
Produced by Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit, Miranda Bailey

Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig

Rated R, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Sunday, August 2
2:00

LISTEN TO ME MARLON
The definitive Marlon Brando documentary, told in his own words, charting his exceptional career and extraordinary personal life.

Written and Directed by Stevan Riley
Produced by John Battsek, R.J. Cutler, George Chignell

Voice Cast: Marlon Brando

This feature is a documentary.

Not Rated, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of Passion Pictures


Sunday, August 2
5:00

UNEXPECTED
A dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students. The two develop an unlikely friendship in this intelligent, generous indie film.

Written by Megan Mercier and Kris Swanberg
Produced by Andrea Roa
Directed by Kris Swanberg

Cast: Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm, Gail Bean, Elizabeth McGovern

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Film Arcade


Sunday, August 2
8:00

THE GIFT
A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. The question begs, how well do we really know the people closest to us?

Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton
Produced by Jason Blum, Rebecca Yeldham, Joel Edgerton

Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman, Busy Philipps, Beau Knapp, Wendell Pierce, David Denman, Katie Aselton

Rated R, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of STX Entertainment


Saturday, August 8
11:00

VACATION
The next generation of Griswolds is at it again. Rusty Griswold takes his own family on a roadtrip to America’s “favorite family fun park” Walley World, in order to spice things up with his wife and reconnect with his sons.

Written and Directed by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley
Produced by David Dobkin, Chris Bender

Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Beverly D’Angelo, Chevy Chase

Rated R, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of New Line Cinema


Saturday, August 8
2:00 & 8:00

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION
Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an international rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie
Story by Christopher McQuarrie and Drew Pearce
Based on the Television Series Created by Bruce Gellar
Produced by Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Directed by Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin

Rated PG-13, 130 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures


Saturday, August 8
5:00

TEN THOUSAND SAINTS
A coming of age drama about three teenagers who break away from their messed-up parents to form their own surrogate family. Nostalgic and warm, the film is a love letter to late '80s grimy New York City.

Screenplay by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
Based on the Novel by Eleanor Henderson
Produced by Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, Luca Borghese, Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray
Directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer

Rated R, 113 minutes, Print Courtesy of Screen Media


Monday, August 10
7:30

THE WOLFPACK
An absolutely astonishing documentary.  Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world exclusively through the films they watch and recreate. Their world is shaken up after one of the brothers escapes.

Produced by Izabella Tzenkova, Crystal Moselle, Hunter Gray, Alex Orlovsky
Directed by Crystal Moselle

Cast: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Narayana Angulo, Mukunda Angulo, Krsna Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo

This feature is a documentary.

Not Rated, 89 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures


Friday, August 14
7:30

DIGGING FOR FIRE
The discovery of a bone and a gun sends a husband and wife on separate adventures, setting off a moody marital drama and possible evidence of a murder.

Written by Jake Johnson & Joe Swanberg
Produced by Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Alicia Van Couvering
Directed by Joe Swanberg

Cast: Jake Johnson, Rosemarie Dewitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Mike Birbiglia, Anna Kendrick

Rated R, 85 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Orchard


Sunday, August 16
11:00 & 5:00

RICKI AND THE FLASH
Guitar heroine Ricki Rendazzo returns home to reconnect with the family she abandoned for her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom.

Written by Diablo Cody
Produced by Marc Platt, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Gary Goetzman
Directed by Jonathan Demme

Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield

Rated PG-13, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of TriStar Pictures


Sunday, August 16
2:00 & 8:00

FANTASTIC FOUR
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical forms in unforeseen ways. They must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth!

Screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg & Josh Trank
Produced by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar, Gregory Goodman
Directed by Josh Trank

Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Rated PG-13, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Sunday, August 23
11:00 & 8:00

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
In the mid-1980s, five young men emerged from the dangerous streets of Compton and formed the group N.W.A., translating their life experiences into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority.

Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff
Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
Produced by Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre
Directed by F. Gary Gray

Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, Paul Giamatti

Rated R, 130 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Sunday, August 23
2:00

PEOPLE PLACES THINGS
Will Henry is a newly single graphic novelist balancing parenting his young twin daughters, attempting new love, and juggling a classroom full of students in this mid-life meltdown comedy.  

Written and Directed by Jim Strouse
Produced by Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne, Gia Gadsby, Aundrea Gadsby, Michael Chernus

Rated R, 86 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Film Arcade


Sunday, August 23
5:00

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Screenplay by Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram
Story by Jeff Kleeman & David Campbell Wilson and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram
Based on the Television Series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” by Sam Rolfe
Produced by John Davis, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie
Directed by Guy Ritchie

Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris

Rated PG-13, 116 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Monday, August 24
7:30

MISTRESS AMERICA
A lonely college freshman allows herself to be pulled into the wacky schemes of her impetuous future stepsister, in this spirited screwball tale.

Written by Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig
Produced by Noah Baumbach, Scott Rudin, Lila Yacoub, Rodrigo Teixera, Greta Gerwig
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Michael Chernus, Heather Lind, Matthew Shear, Jasmine Cephas Jones

Rated R, 84 minutes, Print Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Friday, August 28
7:30

BEING EVEL
The real story behind the notoriously brash, bold, and death-defying American icon Evel Knievel. Put on your seatbelts!

Written by Daniel Junge & Davis Coombe
Produced by Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Max Hoffman, Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy, Daniel Junge
Directed by Daniel Junge

Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Tony Hawk, George Hamilton, Frank Gifford, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana, Robbie Knievel, Kelly Knievel

This feature is a documentary.

Not Rated, 100 minutes, Print Courtesy of Gravitas Ventures


Saturday, August 29
11:00 & 2:00

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for, in this gloriously crackpot, surreal Aardman stop-motion adventure.

Written and Directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
Produced by Julie Lockhart, Paul Kewley

Voice Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili, Richard Webber, Kate Harbour

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11am and 2pm screenings.

Rated PG, 84 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Saturday, August 29
5:00

HITMAN: AGENT 47
Billy “The Great” Hope is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion… his brutality fueled by his feelings of inadequacy and desperate need for love, money and fame. When a tragic accident leaves his wife dead, he descends into a downward spiral. A film about masculine aggression and the thirst for revenge.

Screenplay by Skip Woods and Michael Finch
Story by Skip Woods
Produced by Charles Gordon, Adrian Askarieh, Alex Young, Skip Woods
Directed by Aleksander Bach

Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann

Rated R, 108 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox


Saturday, August 29
8:00

AMERICAN ULTRA
An action comedy about a seemingly hapless and unmotivated stoner whose life is suddenly turned upside down, when he discovers he’s actually a highly trained, lethal sleeper agent. His past comes back to haunt him, as he is forced to summon his inner action-hero in order to survive.  

Written by Max Landis
Produced by Anthony Bregman, Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder Singh, David Alpert, Britton Rizzio
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Tony Hale, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Lionsgate


Sunday, August 30
11:00 & 8:00

GRANDMA
Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter unexpectedly shows up, needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, the two go on a day-long journey to visit old friends and rattle skeletons.  Fresh with biting satire, emotional depth, and the great Lily Tomlin.

Written and Directed by Paul Weitz
Produced by Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Terry Dougas, Paris Latsis

Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott, Nat Wolff, John Cho

Rated R, 80 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Sunday, August 30
2:00

LEARNING TO DRIVE
A feel good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair -- a Manhattan writer and a Sikh instructor, who help each other overcome life’s roadblocks. Their unlikely friendship awakens them to joy, humor, and romance, with two lovely central performances.

Based on the Article by Katha Pollitt
Produced by Dana Friedman, Daniel Hammond
Directed by Isabel Coixet

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer, Samantha Bee, John Hodgman

Rated R, 90 minutes, Print Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures


Sunday, August 30
5:00

Z FOR ZACHARIAH
In the wake of a nuclear war that wipes out most of civilization, two Adams fight for one Eve in an emotionally charged love triangle.

Q&A with Nissar Modi following the 5:00 screening

Screenplay by Nissar Modi
Based on the Book by Robert C. O’Brien
Produced by Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Thor Sigurjonsson, Skuli Malmquist, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Sophia Lin
Directed by Craig Zobel

Cast: Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine

Rated PG-13, 98 minutes, Print Courtesy of Roadside Attractions


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, California 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 email Guild Screenings.

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUTSIDE FOOD & DRINKS ARE PROHIBITED IN THE WGA THEATER