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  1. Anyone else think the latest episode of Mad Men was lazy and clunky? Probably my least favorite of the entire series run, and I'm a huge fan.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I disagree, Johnson. I think the kid was telling the Black theatre employee that they were sad about MLK's death. It was his way of saying he was sorry for that loss. When Don realized what he was doing and the compassion it showed, he felt that love for his son. It was good that they finally utilized his son after seasons of being completely ignored as a character.

    3. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      Yeah it was a double meaning - he was talking TO the black guy, but talking ABOUT his own dad. So I agree he was outwardly showing compassion for the situation - but the subtext was him acknowledging his own father's sadness.

       

    4. jessefoxchaney

      jessefoxchaney

      didn't love it, and really wish they were doing more with the pete and trudy storyline, which feels like their strongest in the early going of the season.

  2. "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.

  3. Wowzers. Final Man of Steel Trailer:

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    2. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      Hey Spec Writer -- here's a couple: But I think there's prob more versions. IDK - maybe it's just me -- but the horns and percussion of the Williams theme just give me chills with Snyder's awesome images:

       

    3. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      Trailer 2:

       

      Trailer 3:

       

    4. specwriter
  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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?

  7. What's the diff between TrackingB.com and this site?

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I've heard amazing stories that have come from trackinb's contests though...

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      I don't think you have to join trackingB to enter in their contests. I've heard great things about their contests too but I wouldn't join just for that if you can enter the contest without being a member.

    4. ted

      ted

      You don't have to be a member to enter their contests.

  8. Ever heard this line before in regards to a handgun? "There's twelve in the clip and one in the throat." Raylan said it on Justified, and I've NEVER heard that "throat" reference before, wonder if it comes from Elmore Leonard or a wholly original term from the show writers?

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Hey, as fellow fans of Justified what did y'all think of the new direction they took this season? I still loved it.

    3. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      I thought it was a great season, especially loved Patton Oswalt's Constable Bob, but I kind of lost interest (and forgot why it was so important) in the hunt for Drew Thompson. The urgency and momentum slowed a bit, you know, and they kept recycling the scene of one bad guy betraying another bad guy, leading to a stand-off. Maybe they just had one too many criminal factions? And the accents are wearing on me, which is why I think they should set it outside Kentucky next season.

    4. Mike

      Mike

      I loved Cole's last cigarette. Moments like that are what drama is all about.

       

  9. Will The Hangover III be the biggest bomb of the summer?

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      I'm not surprised when a film contains the name Craig Mazin in the credits. He's not exactly the stamp of quality.

    3. SFscribe

      SFscribe

      I actually really like Craig on his podcasts. He's smart and funny and I really wish I could say the same for his scripts.I'd like to think it's the collaboration effect...

    4. SFscribe

      SFscribe

      You know what? I'm starting to think that we the movie-going public got punked with this one. I'm being serious. Like maybe it was the studio's way of saying, "Look what you suckers are willing to shell out $12 for!" Hahahaha...

      Sounds nuts but...I'm being totally serious.

  10. Wow, I really underestimated the love for Life of Pi, probably because it's one of the few Oscar movies I haven't seen. Reactions to the Oscars, guys?

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    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      I didn't get that it was a tribute to musicals and 90% of the content focused on Chicago and Dreamgirls. ???

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      ScarJo probably didn't want to put in an appearance after "I saw your boobs" took a shot at her. As for the musicals...the producers of the Oscars were the ones behind those musicals (except Les Mis) so it was blatant self-promoting/fellatio. Disgusted personally. The Bond "tribute" was astonishingly horrendous.

    4. aphid47

      aphid47

      That ceremony was one big three hour shit.

  11. And Mad Men is BACK! What an episode. Roger Sterling was on fire.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      This season has been so good so far.

       

      Hey guys, remember in season 5 when a girl having her period was a plot point? Yeah.

    3. jessefoxchaney

      jessefoxchaney

      brilliant episode. also, i love that jennifer getzinger gets to direct all the good episodes now. i worked with her a few times when she was a script supervisor doing low-budget indie features in new york. see people, dreams do come true!

    4. specwriter

      specwriter

      I always get excited when I see her name in the opening credits; she's one of, if not THE best director on Mad Men. You can just tell the energy level was so much higher this week than the previous episode (which also sported a new writer on the team, Jason Smuts? Don't remember seeing his name.)

       

  12. Is Gale Ann Hurd really querying the Google Group list?

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    2. chandolaswinter

      chandolaswinter

      what's the Google group list? or rather, where is it?

       

    3. aphid47

      aphid47

      Are we talking the google writers group list?

    4. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      @Jiblings -- "THE BULLETIN" tab along top of page

  13. 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.

  14. Damn, this Mumford & Sons album is great.

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    2. ddollar
    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I LOVE Frightened Rabbit!

    4. Jaco

      Jaco

      Hello!

       

      Just got new Rabbit album - LOVE it.

  15. Pitch Black and Chron of Riddick made $168 mil total WORLDWIDE and yet they're making a third movie? Do dvd sets of trilogies really do that much business? What's the business plan here?

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    2. Shining1

      Shining1

      Ah, good to know. Because the teaser didn't look all that great to me.

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      Hear, hear to TB White!

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Dude. My brother loves the shit out of these movies. He's seen Chronicles of Riddick more times than Return of the Jedi. Loves em.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. Was Graham Moore actually a new writer when he sold Imitation Game or is that just media spin? Does anyone know his backstory?

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    2. ddmulholland

      ddmulholland

      clearly, i was not looking at the right graham moore!

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      But, ironically, Graham Moore has the same hair as Ronald Moore. http://tinyurl.com/6qksodr

    4. Alexy
  19. 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...

       

  20. Is there an example of a feature film that was released after a TV movie version of the same source material that has been GOOD and successful? #thegreatgatsby

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    2. elevenbulls

      elevenbulls

      12 Angry Men

    3. Deadlinerwriter

      Deadlinerwriter

      Michael Mann based "Heat" (1995) on his earlier TV-movie treatment of the same premise, titled "L.A. Takedown" (1989).

    4. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      Scum (1979). TV version was banned

  21. I'm confused about the Dark Knight Rises prologue. I got tix for next Friday's M:I4 to see it, but it's actually debuting TONIGHT? And in front of which movies?

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    2. benjaminthomasyip

      benjaminthomasyip

      Nomadwriter's right. The prologue's with IMAX M:I-4 and trailer's with SH2. I think the trailer was always meant to be in front of Holmes anyway.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      Okay, well that's okay with me because I assume the normal trailer will be online by Monday, at the latest, as those things usually do, so I don't need to pay to see Sherlock Holmes. I already shelled out $18.50 plus processing fee for M:I4 in iMax... whattamI Bruce friggin' Wayne ova here? [dying trumpet noise]

    4. Hasmap

      Hasmap

      If you sign up with Seefilm first or log in, then you can watch the Dark Knight Prologue only. There's no film to accompany it, its just the first six minutes. I tried to go one in London, but last nights was sold out. And i can't make the Manchester as have induction for new job. The only one's i can see left: 10pm,12/13 at Riverfront park, Spokane. AMC, San Fran,10:30pm 12/13. Catherdal city and one in NJ.

       

  22. Awake pilot was great! I

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      The script and the show were both fantastic!

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Not to be the lone killjoy, but I really don't know how this concept is going to stay interesting over a long run. If it was done Brit style in just 12 episodes, yes - but over years? The gimmick will wear thin.

    4. treyselman

      treyselman

      Yeah but season one ends when Jason Isaacs wakes up with a beaver puppet on his hand. Then the REAL fun begins.

  23. 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.

  24. "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.

  25. What a wonderful discovery I have made! One can watch The Hobbit Blu Ray in 3D and work on a laptop at the same time without taking off the glasses. Revelation!

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    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      I can't wait until Hobbit 2 comes out.

    3. sangun

      sangun

      I'm looking forward to 4D.

    4. specwriter

      specwriter

      That's when Peter Jackson actually reaches out of the screen and empties your wallet.

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