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  1. RIP Carrie Fisher :(

    1. Climar

      Climar

      hoping she would make it through, and at one point, i thought there was hope. RIP, Carrie Fisher, you will truly be missed. Not only as Leia, but becaue you were so much more than that.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      That poor family...

    3. tinlizzie

      tinlizzie

      And now her mother too. Rip Debbie Reynolds.

  2. Blacklist read recommendations? Usually it's pretty easy for me to find scripts on the list that impress but this time, after quite a few false starts, I've been struggling to find anything I want to read (or, if I did read, glad that I did).

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    2. drb000

      drb000

      read Crater yesterday. Thought it was wonderful. Really touching and I thought the end was fantastic.

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      nothing wrong with crater, but if i’m a director, i’m noticing empty directions that are useless in my hands. the mood is created, but if i’m director, i might seriously ignore what “the writer says happens”. the writer should create only the story, because the elements of greatness are the director’s choice only. but decent framing of the story by the writer says i.

    4. Sly0712

      Sly0712

      Didn't care much for unlawful.

  3. True Detective - thoughts on how they resolved what happened at the end of last week's episode with Farrell's character? Good, bad, meh?

    1. Sly0712

      Sly0712

      meh. Vince Vaughn still not popping yet. Collin Farell is all that's keeping me.

    2. JEY

      JEY

      Thought it was well-executed (pun intended), but would have liked to get a more direct sense of what the consequences/reasons were.

  4. Just saw the trailer for Maggie. Looks great! How was the script?

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I would say...slow? But it kept my interest.

    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      The trailer struck me as much more of a drama than... zombie flick. I'm really interested to see Arnie in the role - he looks so beaten down and human; not his usual smash or shot everything role.

  5. A while back there was a Breaking Bad Official Scripts book with all the scripts from season one. Apparently, the publisher has pulled it and it's now unavailable (glad I picked up a copy). Out of curiosity, anyone know why it was pulled?

  6. Is Homeland a show about the CIA or a drama about the struggles with mental illness? I'm so confused.

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Wore than reheated 24. No one at 24 seemed to want to be taken as a serious drama like Homeland does. Every season after the first has been worse and worse.

    3. opie100

      opie100

      It's not perfect by any stretch but I still enjoy it.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      I still watch it and I still want it to be good but it just seems intent on proving how "serious" it is at the expense of being entertaining.

  7. I'm curious - is it as unsurprising to others that Need for Speed underperformed analyst expectations? I've been tracking it because it seemed like expectations were overblown from day 1 (it was definitely not under-marketed).

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    2. bladebeam1

      bladebeam1

      Box Office Mojo had an interesting analysis going into the weekend.

       

      http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3798&p=.htm

       

      Here's a bit of it:

       

      There is some cynicism surrounding Need for Speed due to its transparent similarities to the Fast & Furious series and its awful reviews (23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes). Also, the marketing has failed to show much in the way of story, which has consistently taken a back seat (get it?) to the fast cars. This is en...

    3. admin

      admin

      I think there were a handful of hypers out there parading the idea that this was going to go big opening weekend, but no one really drank that Koolaid.

    4. CrashDaily

      CrashDaily

      NFS was all about INTL. It will do great (is doing great) and watch them announce a sequel soon. 100 million all in and it will do 150-200 worldwide. It did kind of tank here though.

  8. Academy Awards or True Detective... Well, that's an easy choice. I'll find out who won the awards on twitter or something.

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    2. npquinn

      npquinn

      I don't have a TV ;)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      so who has the 411 on the Steve McQueen/John Ridley cold shoulder shade tonight? hrmmmmm

    4. ajf1

      ajf1

      nikki finke says its a dispute over screenplay credit

  9. So does anyone know why Sovereign is written in haiku? I'm really confused (and incredibly distracted when trying to read it).

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    2. hollywoodude

      hollywoodude

      I liked the style -- very reader seductive, (or in your case irritating :) I suppose the intention was that every line would be a very precise shot and the script would function like an "editor's handbook," showing how to bascially just sequence a bunch of images. My only concern was that the style may expand a thinish script: you are taking five lines to say something that could have been said in one. But having read it, I don't think, at least for this script, such was the c...

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      good omens, I'm with you. I wanted to give it a shot but it was so difficult to get past the formatting. I skimmed ahead to see if it was going to become readable. And it didn't. I can't even get to whether it's a good/interesting story because the formatting is so grating.

    4. punchdog

      punchdog

      It rips off the way Alien, and later, Wall-E, were written.

  10. DD CONGRATS on making the blacklist!!!!!

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      And the Hit List!! (I'm reviewing the lists in chunks).

    3. ddollar

      ddollar

      thanks everyone!!!

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      *audience applause* :)

  11. I really wanted to feel... *something* about what happened to Brody but the lead-up was so poor I was just kind of ambivalent. And what was with Carrie?? For the emotional wreck she's been this season she was oddly calm about everything that went down. Talking with the people responsible for Brody's outcome as though nothing happened. No attempted eye gouging or anything.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Or how about finally coming out and revealing Saul is the actual mole. The leads on Javadi came, literally, from thin air. He was speculating and it absolutely set off the alarm bells. And who gained the most from the bombing? Saul.

    3. naugehyde

      naugehyde

      An utterly disastrous finale.

       

      Not re-upping on this one. Pointe, HBO.

       

      The season wasn't a complete waste tho. Felt the season had nearly redeemed itself from the Dana shenanigans and general waywardness when Brody got to Tehran. The penultimate episode was damn good.

       

      BUT

       

      holy fuck what a shitty conclusion.

       

      Great dilemma set up for Saul, save the mission but not Brody and they almost immediately resolved it.

       

      Then that lon...

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      Opie, I believe the bomber was the guy killed and liquefied at the motel. Axalon, great point about how bizarre it was that they gave station chief to Carrie. Even if she weren't completely unstable no one at the CIA trusts her! They wouldn't give her station chief for Switzerland, let alone a high priority like Turkey. And they really did need more Quinn.

  12. Did I miss something or am I just really drunk? Isn't there some kind of list supposta be comin out today?

    1. admin

      admin

      Monday... mornin' :-)

    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      Right?! Where is the list? :)

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      Ah, thanks Red! I was having a panic attack. I could have sworn it was the second Friday of December.

  13. Watching a show about mental health issues and emotional disorders is interesting and all but I'll admit I do miss the days when Homeland was about the CIA and espionage.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Crap, my post got cut off but I agree Mysterian, I'd rather see the show focus on Quinn more as at this point he's far more interesting.

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      I agree with you Mysterian and Axalon. I think one of the huge flaws is that the show seems to be trying to go in a different direction (Saul/Quinn) but it isn't sure what to do with Brody and so Brody ends up with a weak-ass, time-wasting story line.

    4. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      I even like Virgil and the other tech guy (don't remember his name). I find them more interesting than Brody/Carrie. I say keep Virgil/sidekick and Saul/Quinn

  14. According to Gahgan, this is an old screenwriting expression: "Shall we have him pet the dog?" First, has anyone actually heard that expression before? Second, what the eff does that mean?? (and if you're speculating, fine but please say so, and if you have source, please provide)

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    2. CrashDaily

      CrashDaily

      It's also called "save the cat" which Blake Snyder re-coined with his screenwriting book of the same name. Protag does something that makes us like him right off the bat. I read Safe House (orig spec) recently and laughed out loud when the protag literally helps an old lady struggling with her groceries on page four. He "saved the cat"

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      Thanks, guys. That makes sense. I prefer it to "save the cat."

    4. punchdog

      punchdog

      Remember in Inspector Gadget when Dr. Claw has MAD Cat?

  15. I really like Max's writing and his style but... man, that interview was something else. Wouldn't want any women I know near him.

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    2. Mike

      Mike

      You just can't un-ring that bell.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      Is he of the John Landis family? I went to college with one of John Landis' nephews and he was a nice guy.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      He is the son of John Landis.

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