Guild Screenings
JULY 2015

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

Summer season is in full swing, and we're loaded with big studio titles like TED 2 and TERMINATOR GENISYS. We have some wonderful smaller films, such as the Sherlock Holmes fantasia MR. HOLMES, the crackling documentary BEST OF ENEMIES, and Woody Allen's newest, IRRATIONAL MAN. Also, due to popular request, we have four Family Films this month: MINIONS, ANT-MAN, MAX, and PIXELS. Bring the kids!!

This month, we also have several special Q&As. On Monday, July 6, we have Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winner Tim Talbott, following an early screening of his new film, THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. On Friday, July 17, we welcome writer Donald Margulies to discuss his nuanced profile of David Foster Wallace, END OF THE TOUR. And on Friday, July 31st, we have a Q&A with Kurt Sutter, following his gritty boxing film SOUTHPAW.

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, July 5

A family action-adventure. After a U.S. Marine is killed in Afghanistan, Max, his highly trained service dog, is too traumatized to remain in service. The Marine’s family adopts the dog and bonds with him, and they set out to unravel the mystery of their son’s death.

Written by Boaz Yakin & Sheldon Lettich
Produced by Karen Rosenfelt, Ken Blancato
Directed by Boaz Yakin

Cast: Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church

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

Rated PG, 111 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Sunday, July 5
2:00 & 8:00

Everyone’s favorite R-rated teddy bear is back for more filth and fun.

Written by Seth MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild
Based on Characters Created by Seth MacFarlane
Produced by Scott Stuber, Seth MacFarlane, Jason Clark, John Jacobs
Directed by Seth MacFarlane

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, John Slattery, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman

Rated R, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Sunday, July 5

A fascinating documentary, set during the fiery 1968 political conventions. A last-place network, desperate for ratings, hires politically opposed intellectuals William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal to debate the future of America. News was never the same.

Readings by Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow
Produced and Directed by Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon

Interviewed Cast: Eric Alterman, Ginia Bellafante, Linda Bridges, Reid Buckley, Dick Cavett, Lee Edwards, Todd Gitlin, Brooke Gladstone, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt and many more…

This feature is a documentary.

Not Rated, 87 minutes, Print Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Monday, July 6

A thriller based on the notorious strange-but-true 1971 event: 24 college students volunteer to play-act as prison guards and inmates, and within days they have transformed into cruel sadists and submissive victims. Winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance.

JUST ADDED! Q&A with Tim Talbott following the 7:30 screening

Written by Tim Talbott
Based upon the Book ‘The Lucifer Effect’ by Philip Zimbardo, PhD.
Produced by Brent Emery, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little, Lauren Bratman
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Cast: Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Erza Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Nelsan Ellis

Rated R, 122 minutes, Print Courtesy of IFC Films

Friday, July 17

A beautiful, compassionate study of a reporter’s time spent with troubled literary genius David Foster Wallace.

Q&A with Donald Margulies following the 7:30 screening

Screenplay by Donald Margulies
Based on the Book “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself” by David Lipsky
Produced by David Kanter, Matt Deross, James Dahl, Mark Manuel, Ted O’Neal
Directed by James Ponsoldt

Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg

Rated R, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of A24

Saturday, July 18
11:00 & 2:00

DESPICABLE ME’s wacky Minions finally have their own film! In this spin-off, the yellow guys work to impress their new boss – the world’s first female super-villain.

Written by Brian Lynch
Produced by Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Voice Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders, Geoffrey Rush, Steve Carell

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

Rated PG, 91 minutes, Print Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Saturday, July 18
5:00 & 8:00

More torsos. Mike and the Kings of Tampa are ready to throw in the towel. But they can only do it their way: In one last blow-out performance, with new moves that burn down the house. Watch out, Myrtle Beach!

Written by Reid Carolin
Based on Characters Created by Reid Carolin
Produced by Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs, Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin
Directed by Gregory Jacobs

Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, Amber Heard, Donald Glover, Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith

Rated R, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Sunday, July 19
11:00 (3D) & 8:00

TERMINATOR GENISYS – Presented in 3D and 2D
When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in an unfamiliar version of the past, with both a young and an old Arnold! Can he reset the future…?

Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier
Produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg
Directed by Alan Taylor

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance, Byung-Hun Lee

Rated PG-13, 126 minutes, Print Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Sunday, July 19

An activist drama about Ireland’s “Red Scare” of the 1930s, and Jimmy Gralton’s desire to fight the poverty and cultural oppression in his rural town, by rebuilding the shuttered community hall. Heartfelt and romantic, this film has been announced as director Ken Loach’s final work

Screenplay by Paul Laverty
Produced by Rebecca O’Brien
Directed by Ken Loach

Cast: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Francis Magee, Aisling Franciosi, Andrew Scott, Brian F. O’Byrne

Rated PG-13, 106 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Sunday, July 19

In this psychological sci-fi thriller, a wealthy man dying of cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure, transferring his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man. But all is not as it seems…

Written by Alex Pastor & David Pastor
Produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern, Peter Schlessel
Directed by Tarsem Singh

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Natalie Martinez, Matthew Goode, Victor Garber, Derek Luke, Michelle Dockery, Ben Kingsley

Rated PG-13, 117 minutes, Print Courtesy of Gramercy Pictures

Monday, July 20

10,000 KM
An emotionally intensive tale of a loving couple’s attempts to use Skype and technology to keep a long-distance relationship alive, this film critiques and examines the perils of modern digital living.

Screenplay by Carlos Marques-Marcet and Clara Roquet Autonell
Produced by Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Jana Díaz Juhl
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet

Cast: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer

This film is in Spanish and English with subtitles.

Rated R, 99 minutes, Print Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures

Friday, July 24

In 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes faces the end of his days and the diminishing powers of his mind. He struggles to revisit the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, using what remains of his detective skills to piece together his foggy past. Featuring a wonderful performance by Ian McKellan as the 93-year-old detective.

Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher
Based on the Book “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin
Produced by Anne Carey, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Directed by Bill Condon

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker

Rated PG, 105 minutes, Print Courtesy of Miramax and Roadside Attractions

Saturday, July 25
11:00 (3D) & 5:00

ANT-MAN – Presented in 3D and 2D
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help pull off a heist that will save the world. From Marvel Studios.

Screenplay by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish and Adam McKay & Paul Rudd
Story by Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish
Produced by Kevin Feige
Directed by Peyton Reed

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Wood Harris, Judy Greer, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas

Family Matinee: Members can bring up to 3 guests ages 3 and up to the 11am and 5pm screenings.

Not Rated, 115 minutes, Print Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Saturday, July 25
2:00 & 8:00

Woody Allen’s newest film, where a tormented philosophy professor contemplates the perfect murder. Darkly funny, offbeat, and existentially rigorous. Welcome back, Woody!

Written and Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson

Cast: Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley

Rated R, 97 minutes, Print Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Sunday, July 26
11:00 (3D) & 2:00

PIXELS – Presented in 3D and 2D
When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. The U.S. President must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders!

Screenplay by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling
Screen Story by Tim Herlihy
Based on the Short Film by Patrick Jean
Produced by Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe, Allen Covert
Directed by Chris Columbus

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Brian Cox

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

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

Sunday, July 26

The newest film based on a young adult novel by John Green. A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives, hunting for the missing girl next door, in a mix of comedy, emotion, and mystery.

Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
Based on the Novel by John Green
Produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen
Directed by Jake Schreier

Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Jaz Sinclair, Justice Smith

Rated PG-13, 113 minutes, Print Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Sunday, July 26

In this visually sumptuous adventure, a mysterious man emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a poor farmer. Hunted mercenaries and violence ensue.

Written and Directed by Pablo Fendrik
Produced by Juan Pablo Gugliotta, Nathalia Videla Peña, Gael García Bernal

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga, Claudio Tolcachir, Chico Diaz, Jorge Sesán, Lautaro Vilo, Julián Tello

This film is in Spanish and English with subtitles.

Rated R, 101 minutes, Print Courtesy of Participant Media

Friday, July 31

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.

Q&A with Kurt Sutter following the 7:30 screening

Written by Kurt Sutter
Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Peter Riche, Alan Riche, Antoine Fuqua, Jerry Ye
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rachel McAdams

Not Rated, 123 minutes, Print Courtesy of The Weinstein Co.

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.