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Status Updates posted by benskelly2

  1. "Frankenstorm" - Glad this particular horror film is in limited release on the East Coast. Ouch. But hoping for the best for those caught in it.

  2. "The Night Of" - pilot of new series on HBO to Go, Steve Zallian & Richard Price. Excellent. Check it out.

    1. cosmojones


      Thanks for the this. Watched last night. Excellent.

    2. benskelly2


      I'm really anxious to see the next episode. Hope it maintains that level of verisimilitude.

  3. Am looking at apps for my iPad to outline stories, can anybody tell me which they think is the best? Storyist, Index Card, Cat?

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    2. benskelly2


      That was sarcasm. Hello?

    3. aphid47


      note cards resting on your ipad?

    4. admin


      Its funny, I feel like I've heard 4-5 people tell me about great apps for this... yet I cant think of or find one.

  4. America...baby, sweetheart. I take back everything mean I said. You're the best.

  5. Brooklyn is a beautiful little movie. Highly recommend.

    1. Anthony1111


      I'd love to see Saorise get a nomination for it.

    2. benskelly2


      Me too. I honestly think she has a good shot - especially since she's been nominated before.

    3. adlocke


      from the trailer, i'm damn impressed they made it for 10. you shouldn't be able to do that with the locations they used. looks huge.

  6. Damn Canadians. Too nice to hate and too good at Hockey.

    1. Mysterian


      Gold in men and women's hockey. To hell with the Canadians!


      They're like hockey pirates. They seize the frozen waters and steal all the gold.

    2. craktactor


      Come on guys... other than Orphan Black and that new comedy show called Rob Ford, what else do they have? I'm just glad real hockey starts again on Wednesday. GO KINGS!

  7. Dear North Korean Hackers - I don't care about Seth Rogen's paycheck, give me the script for Spectre. I have faith in you.

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    2. DonKasparoza


      And who said the royal family wasn't kinky?

    3. palostick


      I wonder if the hackers are sitting on Sony's database of script/project coverage?

    4. DonKasparoza


      Kim Jong and his cronies are probably eating popcorn and watching the screeners.

  8. Does anyone have COLTER'S RUN by Mark St. Germain? A friend of mine needs it - really. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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    2. sbbn


      No worries - I wasn't criticizing you for asking here. Just thought posting there might give you a bit more exposure and increase the odds of getting it. Good luck!

    3. admin


      No luck on our end. Sorry. I would post in the ISO, if you have not yet, as quite a few people subscribe to the ISO and File Exchange, so they'll get the emails about it if it's in there. (but, it is the holidays, so it may be a bit fewer ppl reading than usual.

    4. benskelly2


      Thanks for looking, Red. I'll list it in the ISO.

  9. FINALLY saw La La Land last night... That ending was absolutely brilliant. Goosebumps. The whole movie was really a set-up for that genius idea.

  10. Hmmm. Would be very interested in reading Oliver Stone's MLK script that producers just rejected. Anyone have the skinny?

  11. I know it's just a teaser, but that JOY trailer is unrecognizable as the excellent script I read. Since when does she fire a gun?? I hope David O. Russell didn't just throw away all of Annie Mumolo's work

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    2. sbbn


      I have no idea of how the script developed here, but Russell did massive rewrites of Three Kings to the point it was almost unrecognizable from where it started. I loved Three Kings so I can't say that's inherently a bad thing.

    3. benskelly2


      Yes, it looks very stylized, almost Fairy Tale like, when I thought the story's power came from it's grounded reality. But I'm definitely rooting for it and this is just a first glimpse.

    4. cosmojones


      This movie is still about a mop, right?

  12. I know this is a dead topic...but the more I think about it, it must be said: Interstellar is a complete mess.

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    2. specwriter


      Loved it. Every emotional beat was earned, for me. Loving connection between a father and daughter that transcends space and time = much better than Chinese aliens, any day!

    3. Elliott79


      ^^ Absolutely, Spec_Writer. I almost wrote the exact same response.




    4. joe_gillis


      I thought it was very good. Yes, you could pick some of it apart but compared to the average mindless $200m movie it is in a different league. Much better on the human side than Inception, as well.

  13. I'm a complete idiot. I have a couple ISO scripts to upload - how exactly do I do that?

    1. treyselman


      Gotta do it in File Exchange.


      Just start a new topic.


      Then "attach file" will be below the text box.



    2. benskelly2
    3. treyselman
  14. I'm gonna' post one of my scripts later and beg everyone to read it and give me notes. Then when you do, I'm gonna' sue all your asses! Muahahaha.

    1. Cyber Hater
    2. boynotorious


      Swesome. Finally something new. :)

  15. If somebody, anybody, has read SKYFALL, I hope they will give us a breakdown on the story and a review. Here's one Bond fanatic dying to know any tidbit.

  16. Just read Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and John Logan's RED - both Tony-winning plays and absolutely exhilarating lessons in how to craft great naturalistic-but-clever dialogue. Maybe, once in a while, we need to read quality plays to remind ourselves just how good dramatic writing can and should be.

    1. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      Sounds tasty - might you please share? Dialogue is the dickens.

    2. benskelly2


      You can read AUGUST for free right here:



      Unfortunately, RED I had to buy on Kindle for six bucks and it doesn't let you share. I'm not a big fan of Logan's screenplays but RED is great.

    3. axalon


      RED is worth the six bucks, so is August Osage.


      Really terrific plays, and as you asid benskelly, great to see how good dialogue can be.

  17. Maybe you have to be, uhm, slightly old to appreciate it, but I think that Hanx Writer app for the iPad is ubercool. With all the conveniences of modern writing, I missed hearing that sound!

    1. Elliott79


      You crazy kids!


      I use a quill.

  18. My "British Aunt" has left me high and dry on Downton Abbey. Please PM me if you can help. Thanks.

    1. Nic.Lishko


      is your british aunt "kickass torrents?" or Auntie Megashare?

    2. benskelly2


      Mrs. Sidereel actually. Crazy old bat just stopped cold. I was just looking for links to watch, not download - but guess it's not to be.

  19. Nonstop - is a pretty clever title for a flight-centered action film. Surprised nobody thought of it before. Anyone read it? Any good?

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    2. Nomadwriter


      I liked that one too!


    3. emilyblake


      It's pretty unrealistic, but if you can completely suspend your disbelief, it's a solid thriller.

    4. twofingeredtypist


      Is it up here? If not, any chance? Thanks.

  20. Now that ANT-MAN is done and dusted, can't somebody find us the Edgar Wright draft? I know it's out there somewhere.

    1. adlocke


      tied up no doubt, only growing the legend.

  21. Now that the one millionth crappy remake, THE THING, has come and gone - do you think Hollywood will take this opportunity to stop?

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    2. TheTypeBMBA
    3. kvon


      I don't think remakes will ever go away, unless the remakes start having bad tracking specifically because they are remakes.

    4. Jabbatron
  22. Okay, I know it's a cliche old standby, but... What is the best (still) unproduced script you've ever read?

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    2. sankofa


      Passengers (Pruss), Killing on Carnival Row, Godless (though Netflix snatched that up and Frank is turning it into a miniseries)

    3. Scott Crawford

      Scott Crawford

      A few action scripts I think could make good movies with a little rewriting, like MOTORCADE or THE MAN WITH THE FOOTBALL, STOPPING POWER, BLADES - they're all a little cheesy but they could be really exciting if done right.

    4. benskelly2


      Some great choices here. I'll add an oldie: Age Of Aquarius by Phil Alden Robinson. Silly title, but a great romantic drama against the backdrop of the war in Bosnia. Was to have starred Harrison Ford and Juliette Binoche, but was shut down on the eve of production and completely forgotten after that.

  23. Okay... Best funky/jazzy/propulsive "heist" music to write to? Any suggestions?

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    2. benskelly2


      Thanks, guys. I saw that Joey Alexander on 60 Minutes - amazing. And with only 7 or 8 decades of career to go! I find certain types of jazz make great writing music. Took me years to realize listening to my favorite songs (with singers, lyrics) just distracts and slows me up. Robert - that's some great propulsive music alright. Reminds me of some of David Arnold's work on the Bond films, like TND.


    3. Nic.Lishko


      Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. Specifically Tank!

    4. benskelly2


      Great theme, CB. I love that series. The end credits theme is cool as well.

  24. Only a few months late... Boy, were you guys right about The Last Jedi! WTF? Why can't anyone seem to write a smart, fun, exciting Star Wars script anymore?? None of it really makes sense and it's not even half as clever as it should be. Diminishing returns all around.

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    2. sbbn


      I know this is cliche enough to almost be trite but I think there is a lot of truth that the story was designed from the outside in, from set-pieces (casino "planet" was one of the starting concepts for the story)to story, rather than the other way around. Reminds me of how Yoda fell apart through the series: he was so memorable because unexpected - the great master who turned out to be small, frail, and seemingly inconsequential. The significance of that was lost, though, when...

    3. sbbn


      they turned him into a ping-pong ball with a light saber.

    4. benskelly2


      LOL, a ping-pong ball with a light saber. That pretty much nails it. And yes, the movie did feel like it was sort of awkwardly back-engineered from what JJ Abrams committed to in TFA...but which never made a whole lot of sense to begin with. I don't have any better idea of what Kylo Ren's goal is or why Rey has The Force or why Luke is "hiding out"...I could go on. None of it has any logic or emotional weight.

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