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Everything posted by AliM

  1. New Disney-owned Star Wars trilogy starting 2015 -- Not a big SW fan, but it'd be cool if they went 'Mission Impossible' on the franchise and let a different director tackle each installment.

    1. kate


      can feel the fan boys heads imploding from here ... Your not a fan of Star Wars? How is that even possible.

    2. storymaps99


      The smart move would be to go with a director who's known for performances and story, not VFX, and let ILM handle the VFX, a la Marvel -- Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh, Shane Black, etc. ILM has tons of TD's and video game guys who can design amazing action sequences, but what they need most is a director who will cast good actors and actually direct them. Less Phantom Menace and more Empire, please.

  2. Someone should write a spec called KEPT UNDER WRAPS.

    1. Galleria.Pictures
    2. sangun


      Isn't that the title of the Spaihts' Mummy reboot?

    3. AliM


      LOL @ sanguine!

  3. Hope A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is the start of a hilarious new trend for spec titles.

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    2. sangun



    3. Sly0712



    4. ThaVillain


      Kind of brings back to mind the recent spec, A MAN DIES. Looks like this is indeed the new trend...

  4. TED - Very funny, with more hits than misses. The flick does hit some dry spots during the second/third act, but MacFarlane's ability and chemistry with Wahlberg really helps.

  5. "A Monster Problem"/"Monster Problems" -- Totally different movies, but you gotta love how synchronicity works :)

  6. Question for working screenwriters here: What would be your key advice for career longevity? Ie. What do you think the difference is between the folk who get one big sale and/or a Black List mention and then flame out forever, and the folk who are actually putting their kids through college with screenwriting?

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    2. sangun


      1. Write something that makes a ton a money or gets an Oscar nomination early in your career. 2. Be able to write for production and not just for a reader. Very different things. 3. Listen with your brain and not your ego. 4. Figure out who you want to be early and don't take every stupid thing offered if it doesn't fit your plan. Don't dilute the brand.

    3. Escapist


      be your own agent as well. keep in touch with your contacts.

    4. Penelope


      Learn how to take notes.

  7. PROMETHEUS - Stunning to look at, extremely engaging in parts, fantastic Fassbender, but ultimately muddled and pointless. Shame. Wanted it to be phenomenal.

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    2. jdef75


      Cinemotography excellent. Some superb performances, notably Fassbender's. However, sad to say, the screenplay ultimately sucked. It seems character development has gone out the window lately. We're given stick figures instead of people.

    3. RazorBlade1968


      Wanted to love it. Didn't. Never delivers on the promise of the premise, sub plots are muddled, as are character motivations. Supposedly educated characters doing stupid things just to service the plot... I could go on and on.

    4. gutspin


      Agreed. I hated to admit I was bored. How could such a cool idea have been so dully executed? But yeah -- great film to look at. With the sound off.

  8. Just stumbled upon the hidden 'Katamari' game built into the main TB page. Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the tiny "pi" symbol. #EasterEggs!

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    2. admin


      Whoa. Even I didn't know about this. I love that!

    3. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      Fucking cool... Good catch!

    4. dietgreentea


      This ate up far too much of my morning and I'm in no way upset about it.

  9. - New 'Dark Knight Rises' trailer. Looking like classic Nolan. Restrained, deliberate, awesome!
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    2. specwriter


      Was this a FUCK YOU to Disney so they don't get people going to The Avengers to see the trailer, or Disney took time out from counting the money from Avengers pre-sales to say "hey, release your little trailer, whatever?"

    3. Hasmap


      CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. As hard as I thought it was to believe possible, this could topple the dark knight.

    4. Hasmap


      CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS. As hard as I thought it was to believe possible, this could topple the dark knight.

  10. http://bit.ly/HCtlsp - Whoa! The Eszterhas letter to Gibson on his anger issues. A must-read!
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    2. specwriter


      Yes, we MUST get this Eszterhas script!!

    3. benskelly2


      I remember Mike - all too well. Really a "coincidence" that his letters never stay private and always get leaked. The guy is almost as bugshit as Mel.

    4. Mike


      Angry birds of a feather.

  11. Ted looks hilarious! McFarlane looks like he's jumped to the big-screen no sweat! Looking forward to it.

    1. Hasmap


      Yeh, couldn't agree more. A foul-mouthed teddy bear. Only Macfarlane could pull it off in such style. But he was wonderful as Johann Krauss in Hellboy 2.

    2. AlexGorelik


      Yeah. Strong concept.

  12. Project X - Front runner for worst film of 2012! My god! Most bland, overly-long, unfunny, 88 mins of my life!

    1. Hasmap


      Its not out here in the uk until Friday. I thought it looked rubbish from the trailer alone. Ghost Rider is probably the worst film i've seen this year so far. Was so disappoint with it.was expecting more from the Crank duo.

    2. admin


      Yeah, but the afterparty was INSANE!

  13. Anyone know the deets of the new Melissa K Stack project? TV show? Feature film?

  14. 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' - Beautifully shot & performed, overrated nonsense.

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    2. admin


      Enjoyed it. Very slow burn classic film. Will not play for a large chunk of audiences for sure.

    3. AliM


      Didn't mind the pacing, love slow-burn flicks. But the editing and chronological presentation of the narrative was unnecessarily convoluted. And the ultimate reveal of who the mole was ended up being anti-climactic.


      Felt like it was made for people familiar with the source material already.


      Eff this film. Eff this film in the fayce! [Lol, not nearly that vitriolic about this flick, but pretty damn close :P]

    4. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      fell asleep during it...twice

  15. What's the quickest you guys have ever churned out a spec? 'Decent' to 'Sellable-ish' quality?

    1. Nic.Lishko


      It took me one month to do it. I was unemployed at the time and was writing 8 hours a day :D.

    2. Nomadwriter
    3. reecejones


      F. Scott Frazier recently sold AUTOBAHN, which was originally written as a rough draft in 10 hours. No idea how long he had it in prep, and how long he took to rewrite it though. Still, impressive.

  16. Anyone know if the 2005 blacklist scripts are available anywhere?

    1. Penelope


      Only 114 of the 286 are even out in the wild so yeah, 114 of them are out there.

  17. 'How To Get Over That Bitch' -- Just read. I give it a 5ish out of 10. Decent enough potential to be an entertaining 'bro comedy', just needs a solid revision or two.

  18. Anyone read 'Holy Fuckin' Matrimony'? Worth a look?

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    2. Nic.Lishko


      Man, asked the question and took the hit...THANK YOU!!

    3. LeftyJones


      Whooaaa. Just read the first 5 pages, to see if the reaction was over the top or not... I can already tell... It's not. Anon called it true. How does any self respecting rep send something like this into the marketplace?

    4. Elliott79


      ... sent to the recycle bin, yes.

  19. Bigups to kLO for the newest batch of uploads to the File Exchange. Dudes like you are what make having a TB account worth it!

    1. CookieMonster


      I was just about to make a similar comment. Thanks to kLO. Now I have a lot to read this week.

  20. Anyone know what X-files creator Chris Carter's new project 'Fencewalker' is supposed to be about? Is it sci-fi? Heart-warming, talking-animal, family comedy?

    1. aphid47


      will it actually have a sustainable plot for the series, or will he make up a mythology as he goes along? ;)

    2. SueSi84


      i know exhibit the rapper is supposed to be in. it's been a few years, but with chris carter...it's only natural.


  21. Anyone read any decent limited-location ghost/supernatural specs they can reccomend?

    1. Cdrzewie


      Haunted was pretty good, but I think WB has bought it already


    2. Elliott79
    3. Nic.Lishko


      I did a review of Ethan by Craig. Should check it out, quite good.

  22. Anyone know of good modern heist films to read? Already read 'Now You See Me'. Looking for glossy, 'big' visuals stuff. Any recommendations?

    1. boynotorious


      Thomas Crown Affair. Absolutely nothing like the sneaky paw and grab. It's literally the only thing in my head for some reason.

    2. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      Why go modern, when classic is REALLY where it's at. And read/watch whatever you can... So without further ado -- DRUM ROLL PLEASE:


      -Rififi (masterpiece)

      -Le Cercle Rouge



      -Point Break (Katherine Bigalow's 1st semi-classic)

      -The Killing (Kubrick's 1st masterpiece aka Tarantino's father)

      -Reservoir Dogs

      -City On Fire (Reservoir Dogs REAL father)

      -Sexy Beast

      -Thief (Mike Mann pre "Heat")

      -The Ital...

    3. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      -The Italian Job

      -Oceans 11 Trilogy


      Mini list...enjoy

  23. Just read 'Amaranth' - Boooring.

    1. Jabbatron


      At least you made it. I got to page 60 and gave up.

    2. SeeriousTimes


      dang I had high hopes for this one =/


  24. Horrible Bosses trailer is LOL. Looks like they stuck pretty closely to the script. Great stuff.

  25. How the hell did the writer of 4 Sale By Jerks get repped!? That thing was full of grammar/spelling/formatting typos. And it was boring as hell! Can't believe this thing was actually sent out to studios!

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    2. treyselman


      script hasn't sold yet.


      haven't looked at it much.


      though i do remember the writer took a spec out with 6-17 called funemployment, or something close to that.

    3. treyselman


      hasn't sold yet, i don't think i should say.

    4. StringerBell


      Read it and agree. That script was just bad.

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