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  1. BLOODLINE!!! Got through all 13 eps. on Netflix. One of the BEST THINGS EVER ON TELEVISION. Incredible writing and performances and top-notch production, anchored by great on-location shooting in the Florida Keys.

  2. Looking for a current list of Managers that accept unsolicited subs/queries? I searched and only found an old list from 2011, plus it didn't specify if they accept unsol. subs. Thanks guys!

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    2. Jaco

      Jaco

      You are much more likely to run up against the "no unsolicited material" response from agents and prodcos.

    3. DonnieBrasco

      DonnieBrasco

      Honestly you should just cold submit wherever. What's the worst that can happen? They don't respond (which is identical to a co. that does take unsolicited). Believe me if your pitch is actually strong that won't stop people from requesting it.

    4. Escapist

      Escapist

      Placing in some sort of decently prestigious or recognized script competition will help you greatly...

  3. Jobs movie will be released in October. Anyone got the script yet? PM me if it needs to be hush-hush. I'

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Definitely with you on that

    3. Writer

      Writer

      I'm good at keeping secrets too! I swear! Someone please PM me into the loop too. :)

    4. alexanderpacheco

      alexanderpacheco

      Someone posted it in File Exchange and then took down the thread. I'm assuming -- a) he/she posted the wrong script -- or B) he/she got told to pull it off the site.

       

      So... anyone know what happened?

  4. Question on cursing in a single-cam sitcom pilot script: Is it okay if I write in a cheeky *note to the reader* like "the curse words can be bleeped if it ends up on network and if it's HBO, then fuck it and let it ride?" I don't want the reader to immediately assume when they see shits and f-bombs that this has to be pay-cable. They do plenty of bleeping now on ad-supported networks. Seen this done before?

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      If you're trying to write to any network you may end up writing to none of them, and your script's tone may suffer.

    2. DonKasparoza
    3. Zoned

      Zoned

      Fugg't, man. I say write it... all over the goddamn place. Then, when you do a rough polish, after you have distanced yourself from it enough, and before you actually send it out to anybody, edit it out.

  5. Interview with the prankster who wrote the fake "Batman V Superman" script: http://thebibleofsnyder.com/2014/batman-v-superman-v-the-internet/ Is that script on here?

  6. Watched the pilot for "The Strain" today. It's good, but I had hoped for better. It doesn't hit with the impact of Darabont's Walking Dead pilot. Del Toro directed and the casting and performances are a bit rough. Only the first ep, so I'm sure it will find its groove.

    1. DarthVader

      DarthVader

      I agree. Was unfortunately disappointed. Not bad, just not anything to get super excited over.

    2. smullan

      smullan

      That's disappointing to hear. I feel like the setup was the best part of the book.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      I'm going to stick with it, as I read the books and there's a great mythology there. It has top-notch vfx, I'll say that, and Cory Stoll as always is great.

  7. Has anyone had any experience with applying to a Sundance lab? I'm getting Franklin Leonard's referral to apply to the first Sundance Episodic Content lab and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips?

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      I'm thinking that Sundance judges will look more for artistry and craft than "commerciality" in the current industry climate. E.g., I get told a lot that my script won't sell as a one hour drama and I should cut it to half hour.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      But will Sundance judges care about that? Hopefully not, and they will judge purely on the material.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Can't worry about expectations. Stay true to the story and it will be reflected on the page. Whatever subjectivity there is to their selection isn't anything you can anticipate anyway.

    1. axalon

      axalon

      It's so perfect in so many ways. The coincidence of Cooper actually asking Sean Penn a question is fantastic.

    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      Now the only question is, was Cooper a "plant" that had already broken through and they knew he was going to be a star? Cynical thought, I know. ;-)

       

    3. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Woooow... LOL that's crazy! Although the cynical side of me thinks Bradley was CGI'd in lol.

  8. FX is putting three of its shows on hiatus for 10 days due to the Winter Olympics. Are they really that big of a deal? Half the time it's some event that is totally boring so it's a welcome escape to turn to a scripted show.

  9. I, Frankenstein...Tomorrow when the war began...What the HELL happened to the Stuart Beattie of Collateral and the first Pirates movie?!

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    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      whered u find gears of war?

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      adlocke got it a while ago. Let me see if I can find it in my archive...

    4. npquinn

      npquinn

      I've been looking forward to I, FRANKENRANKEN for ages pic.twitter.com/9rVYhvXXD1

  10. Hey guys, does anyone know how to sign up for these events at the YouTube Space L.A.? I don't see any links on this page, do you? http://www.youtube.com/yt/space/events-la.html

  11. Gravity. HOLY SHIT.

    1. Writer

      Writer

      No kidding.

       

      *Possible spoiler*: That beat with Bullock in weightless fetal position is going to be seared into my brain forever. Gorgeous.

    2. SeeriousTimes
  12. Webinar today on structuring TV dramas: http://tinyurl.com/pdph57s

  13. I need to know if anyone's seen a structural paradigm for a one hour TV drama? Like a Blake Snyder beat sheet but for TV. I can't find one, could use help. Thanks!

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    2. admin

      admin

      100% agree with Jiblings. While there are A, B storylines, and seasonal, and episodical arcs you aim to hit in a series, overall, the structure has become increasingly different per series over the years. Heck, some shows are up to 6-7 acts now per episode.

    3. naugehyde

      naugehyde

      Tv is changing radically thanks to Netflix etc.

       

      There are no paradigms. World of difference between episodic and serial. World of difference between ad breaks and straight through.

       

      Write the show you want to watch.

       

       

    4. Frobisher

      Frobisher

      Try and find the bible for the show you want to emulate. Some of them lay out the structure each episode should follow.

  14. How does Joshua Jackson (Pacey!) keep getting roles? He has the personality and acting chops of lead paint.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      He hasn't burnt any bridges, at least that I know of, and he has a familiar face - pretty much all you need to be a working actor.

    3. Taragel

      Taragel

      He had a lot of charisma on Dawson's Creek but hasn't picked great roles since. (Fringe included.) He needs to do lighter comic stuff. Not sure about The Affair but will tune in! My "I-don't-understand-how-he-keeps-getting-work" actor is Michael Trucco. Delightful in person, so blah on screen.

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Trucco is probably easy to work with on set and looks nice on screen. In terms of acting, well, I mean as long as he can say the lines even remotely believably...

       

  15. Cosplay Piano? This exists. From Stan Lee's channel, apparently. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hplyu6JTJA8&list=PLp3Kk8tovQCqQqXWBesYaatWnE8h1peGh

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      d'fk? That seems like an exorbitant amount of money to spend making a three minute youtube video.

  16. The Disney D23 Movie slate presentation was awesome. Lots of stars, and Lindelof and Brad Bird gave a great live teaser for "Tomorrowland." Cap America: Winter Soldier and Saving Mr. Banks look fantastic.

  17. Extant: remind me again, was it the T-B contest that Brooklyn Weaver found it in?

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    2. Coz

      Coz

      Brooklyn does a little of both. He'll work with a writer, really testing them out for a while, and then may decide the relationship may not work. However, it could also work out the other way, with Tranquility Base being an example of this.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      How many scripts should you have under your wing before trying to reach out to someone like Brooklyn?

       

      I've always heard two.

    4. Coz

      Coz

      Two? Absolutely not. Try, like, ten. And you better be ready to toss around multiple ideas, including ones you've already mapped out completely. He's a nice guy, but tough in a room.

  18. The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. What happened to the smiley guy at the end of The Avengers?

    1. favorsham

      favorsham

      That plotline is being advanced by Guardians of the Galaxy (Benicio Del Toro and Karen Gillan's characters are connected to him).

  19. "The Conjuring" is a joke, right? It's gotta be a spoof of those house haunting movies. Gotta be!

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      The movie could be great, I'm just reacting to the concept and the ad campaign. It sounds like the film is original, but they're making it look exactly like other recent films in the "ghost house" and "exorcism" genres and that bugs me. I'll check it out when it hits VOD.

    3. admin

      admin

      Yeah, Spec I agree with a lot of what you're saying, but all the films the trailer makes it seem like all went on to make lots and lots of money. Keep in mind, sadly, the American movie going audience is not looking for smart provocative film, 95% of the country wants big + dumb + explosions.

    4. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      Starred review from the NY Times as well. I was pretty surprised.

  20. Pacific Rim was FRIGGIN' AWESOME! Audience clapped in multiple places. Look for a huge Saturday bump.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      3D was done in post and the movie is dark enough already, be careful sankofa. Outside of that, enjoy the ride!

    3. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      just saw the movie... easily one of the worst movies i've ever seen. every scene that didn't involve a giant monster fight made me cringe. so glad its over

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      So, Pompalompa, how do you really feel?

  21. It's official. I'm the only film buff on Earth who doesn't think Oldboy is the greatest film ever.

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    2. Shining1

      Shining1

      I'm also a fan, and the hallway scene was a ton of fun! And the twist at the end made my skin crawl.

    3. ira schmira

      ira schmira

      The hallway scene, the consuming of the octopus... the whole premise why release a guy after x amount of years? And then, of course, the twist and the final hypothetical. There's some much going on. You don't get this kind of ambition in hollywood.

    4. specwriter

      specwriter

      The hallway scene didn't look real, it was obviously stunt men. The long single take felt like the director intruding, it pulled me out. Same with the octopus; I wasn't watching a character eat an octopus, I was watching an ACTOR push himself to prove that he was tough. And the final twist...adds up to what? What's the point?

  22. Hoping tracking is wrong and Grown Ups 2 BOMBS and Pacific Rim BRINGS IT. http://variety.com/2013/film/box-office/pacific-rim-looking-grim-with-25-million-35-million-opening-1200560676/

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      fingers crossed for Pacific Rim.

    3. sangun

      sangun

      David Spade is working for his opening. He made a promotional appearance at the K-Mart across from The Grove last week.

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Just the fact that ANYONE will go see Grown Ups 2 is depressing to me. In fact, Adam Sandler's entire career...

  23. "The Bridge" from FX is fantastic. Seen the first three episodes, good stuff.

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    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Yeah, the original was great.

       

    3. Jrt82590

      Jrt82590

      The original was awesome!!

    4. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      Yup. Saga Noren was one of he best TV characters in many a long year.

  24. What's the tracking on Lone Ranger? If it bombs, I'm picking up Disney stock. But it looks good so I don't WANT it to bomb, despite my lust for gold, ya know?

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Jones, do you think it'll do as well as PotC at the box office?

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Hard to say, really - it definitely fits the four quadrants marketing needs it to. It's Disney and Depp, so that should help...assuming star power isn't dead. I'm going to go with a soft "yes".

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Currently 22% on RT, but at the end of the day won't word of mouth matter more? I for one am curious to see Depp as Tonto, and the TV ads I've seen suggest a fun ride.

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