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  1. Grinder rests. I'm bummed. Really liked that show.

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Agreed. It was like a comfort food for me. I try to use "but what if it wasn't?" at least once a week.

  2. As writers, you might like this short film that I worked on. It stars Paul Scheer, Natasha Leggero, Kristen Schaal, Ken Marino & Milo Ventimiglia.

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Thanks, guys! You're the target audience, so glad you enjoyed it.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      Great work Stringer, painfully accurate!

    4. Breeze24

      Breeze24

      That is why I don't pay attention to what sells. Nice job.

  3. I often wonder what studio execs are thinking. Am I the only one who is not surprised that movies like Burnt and Our Brand is Crisis are flops?

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I agree with the sentiment, ben, that I'd prefer these movies to superhero movies, but reading scripts tells me there are many better bets out there than the ones the studios are taking.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Noted. It will just be sad if they use the failure of these few as an excuse not to make the others.

    4. egerst

      egerst

      Were those movies developed by the studio or were they negative pick ups? I think both were handled by the respective production companies (Wells and Bullock) and then the studios picked them up because "hey- Sandra bullock movie."

  4. Hey, did you guys know that Effie's made 17 movies?!

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      He shouldn't have entered the contest if he wasn't willing to work within the constraints of "the system". It's simple math, you give up some freedom for more money and higher profile. It's a stepping stone to an actual career. But then, did you see his apt in New York? The guy is a trust fund baby that's never had to make those real world compromises.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I agree about Effie though. I would fire her too, because it's only going to get worse.

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Ben, I'm not sure he shouldn't have entered given that a) he won, B) he convinced them to shoot a different script and c) seems to be getting whatever he wants. As a director, he should fight as hard as possible to realize his vision, but he can't push "too far." As of now, he doesn't appear to have done that yet. No one on the project has to love the director; they just have to respect him and his vision and it appears that they do (for now).

  5. Does anyone here have a contact at IMDB? If so, please contact me. Thanks!

  6. Does anyone have any comedic mystery script recommendations with good twists and turns?

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    2. mebishop2001
    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Thanks, guys!

    4. rwe15

      rwe15

      It may be old but The Ghost Breakers is very polished. Considering Bob Hope played Liar Liar 56 years before Jim Carey, maybe worth a look. Hell, Paramount should hire me to redo all their old classics :)

  7. Next question for writers: have you ever received payment for net points on the back end of a deal? I'd be stunned if anyone has, but asking anyway.

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    2. JessicaMayo

      JessicaMayo

      I can only echo what TB Red said.

    3. palostick

      palostick

      eddie murphy called net points monkey points. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_accounting

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      points ain't nuttin but some dumb shit. get everything upfront is what i'm sayin!

  8. Question for the writers on TB: have you ever had an optional writing step exercised? (I haven't and am curious.)

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    2. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      Haha - I first read Shadows response a direct to adlocke and not the OP.

       

      Makes more sense as a reply to Stringer. Maybe.

    3. JugglingJamie
    4. JessicaMayo

      JessicaMayo

      I work at an ent law firm, and in my experience, they usually just get their guaranteed steps. Sometimes we do see their optional steps exercised. But not often. And it's usually with the bigger clients.

  9. Anyone else mildly annoyed by the spec "racing into territories" hype? Producers bring specs into territories. That's just the way it works. A spec going into territories is not particularly newsworthy.

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Exactly, Scott. And when there's a sale, I'm all for celebrating that.

    3. Jaco

      Jaco

      Hyperbole or not - any news about a writer seems like good news to me.

    4. Jaco

      Jaco

      Yeah - maybe I'm a curmudgeon - but if newbs are gonna get a skewed view of the screenwriting world, I put it on them. Not that hard to figure out how things work.

  10. WHIPLASH was the best movie of 2014. UNBROKEN was the most disappointing.

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    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Just saw this. Brillinat film. The music is what really makes it, but I digress.

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      By the way, the funniest movie of the year was WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS.

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      McGeek and TB Red are both dead on: most of the films that stood out to me were the smaller indie/foreign films and smaller horror/thrillers, etc. Like my 2014 list, not even one big studio awards bait film made my list....and when i go back to revise it, studio films probably won't even crack my list. It definitely has inspired me with my writing too...but yes, studio bait films were dull as fuck this year...but the smaller budgeted/indie/mid budgeted/foreign films were outstanding

  11. I'm contemplating a move to a Macbook after not finding a PC laptop I really like. I have a PC desktop, so the laptop will not be my primary machine. I'm looking for portability but need enough power for writing/surfing, maybe some Netfilx. I'd appreciate hearing users' thoughts on Macbook Airs and Pro retinas. Thanks!

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    2. Preminger

      Preminger

      Yeah, I know about the shortcuts on Mac.... it's just that PC has a lot of those keys and other user friendly designs more available. Sometimes, I'm on the phone or doing something with my free hand and liked how PC made it so easy. I would switch to Macs because they are the future, but just be aware of some of the less user friendly aspects when deciding on the Macs. Next time, I will play around with each version and even spend more just to get one that's comfortable. I kin...

    3. Preminger

      Preminger

      (continued) I kind of hate my mac.

    4. Preminger

      Preminger

      My biggest gripe is with organization of the files and saving. I've asked every Mac expert and they have all told me that soeme of those features just not available with Macs. Like if you have 10 word documents and you want them to be linked in one document with many sccaded tabs instead of 10 separate tabs that take up space.

  12. I need a new lightweight 13-14" laptop (I'm not interested in Macs). Anyone using one they love? I'm looking at the Yoga 3 Pro and the Asus UX301LA, but open to other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I got the E440. Not their high end, but like I say, perfect for work. Good luck with your search. Asus has a first-rate reputation as well.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      I've got the Lenovo x220 -- which probably has been replaced with a newer model. Big fan of portability and power, nice battery life.

    4. Reader George
  13. Besides Urban Dictionary, do you know any good resource for current teenage lingo?

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    2. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      Googling the words "teens" and "blow jobs" will ALWAYS turn up something. Maybe just not something pertinent to your script.

    3. jtthieme

      jtthieme

      "Actually" is another horribly misused word (by teens and adults). Ex: I actually found that funny = That was really funny.

       

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      imgur, reddit and tumblr. It's fucking gold! THEY NEVER SHUT UP!!!

  14. Didn't want to hijack Fsalmon's post about Serial, so adding this post. I'm new to podcasts (other than film-related ones). Do any of you have any great podcast recommendations?

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    2. CliveBarks

      CliveBarks

      Terry Gross/Fresh Air, KCRW The Treatment

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Thanks for the recs, everyone. I'll check out all of these!

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      The Moment, The Treatment by Elvis Mitchell, The Read, Radiolab (done by two guys who are alums of my undergraduate alma mater), etc. so many to choose from :)

  15. I used to print up articles about my projects from Varety or THR and have them mounted, but now things are primarily just reported on Deadline. Do any of you print Deadline articles? If so, what's the best way to go about doing that so it's high-res and clean of ads, etc.?

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      I downloaded the free app on my iStuff. Android probably has it, also.

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Pomp, when my diamond shoes no longer fit, I toss them in the trash and get new ones. Thanks Mysterian and Zoned!

    4. Zoned

      Zoned

      YW, Bell. I find my paper clutter is the contemporary version of the typewriter. When I scan some handwritten notes through my printer to convert to .pdf; retrieving a jotted idea is no longer a scavenger hunt. But, I have to get a lot better at consistently scanning stuff.

  16. Feathers will be ruffled by this statement, but here goes: Louie sucked this season.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      To be honest, I've never quite gotten what all the fuss was about. I like that it's so iconoclastic and his personal vision, but the execution has always left me a little cold.

    3. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      The doubling up on episodes didn't help. I fell behind after the elevator episode too.

    4. craktactor

      craktactor

      Ben's use of "iconoclastic" fits this season to a tee. I saw every epi, I saw nothing wrong with it. If anything we got deeper into his and his kids characters. Plus, he was a hero. ;)

  17. I'm looking for romantic comedy/dramedy movies or scripts about a married couple who break up and get back together at the end of the movie (e.g. The Ex). Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    2. bladebeam1

      bladebeam1

      Also a bit of a stretch, but Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

    3. flashsandstone

      flashsandstone

      All a bit of a stretch, but here you go!

      The Story of Us

      Like Crazy

      Green Card

      Mr. Wonderful

      What Happens in Vegas

      Twister

      Hope that helps!

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Awesome - thanks Axalon, funforall and flashsandstone!

  18. There are not many better feelings than typing FADE OUT. I'm headed out for several drinks because I just had the pleasure of typing those words.

  19. It's strange, exciting and humbling to be rewriting writers whose work I really admire and whose quote is quadruple my own.

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    2. Zoned
    3. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Sweet. Best wishes for it.

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Thanks. Great way to look at it, electroglodyte!

  20. Watch out, studios! The WGA means business this time.

    1. DarthVader

      DarthVader

      As a fellow WGA writer, heck yeah to stopping late payments if they can do it

  21. AMERICAN HUSTLE is the best movie of the year. Bale, Russel and Lawrence should be locks for Oscars. I'd give best supporting actor to Jonah Hill for TWOWS.

  22. Scorsese needs a new editor he trusts. WOLF OF WALL STREET suffers from its length and just about every scene runs too long, sapping the film (and audience) of its energy.

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    2. joe_gillis

      joe_gillis

      I have no idea why Shutter Island was longer than 100 minutes. The story was decent genre stuff but pretty shallow at the end of the day.

    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      I think a current Scorsese movie is STILL better than most movies out there. The problem we have is that we expect masterpieces at this point and bemoan the lack of another Mean Streets, or Raging Bull, or basically everything he made up until the early 90's. The man is still an amazing craftsperson. Just my two cents...

    4. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      BTW, I usually find myself on the other side of this argument, so I totally know where you're coming from. I just felt I had to stand up for Marty today :)

  23. There have been several references lately on TB about buyers circling projects, but the "buyers" listed are actually just prodcos. Is the site implying that the prodcos are using discretionary funds to make offers or are the article writers just wrong about buyers being involved?

    1. admin

      admin

      I actually asked the guys the same thing this past week. Apparently, if they're listed as "buyers" it is implying that either it is their funds, or the territories they are taking it in to. I also noticed most of the prod co buyers they are referencing do also finance in some capacity.

    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Thanks for the reply, TB Red. IMO, it's still weird to make grandiose pronouncements about scripts gaining momentum/heat when studios or major financiers aren't involved.

  24. Hypothetical: If you just completed a high concept, rated R comedy, would you take it out wide now or wait until January?

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    2. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      Fiscal budgets and spending power when it comes to buying scripts late in the year. And you just don't go out between Thanksgiving and Feb cuz town is essentially shut for holidays then slow to roll until after Sundance.

    3. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      That said -- if they REALLY want it -- they'll find a way to buy it.

       

    4. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      Conventional wisdom also says that August is dead because everyone's on vacation, but this August was the biggest spec sales month in years (according to Jason Scoggins). Go figure.

  25. I can't wait to see THE MASTER. PTA is in a class of his own.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Haven't heard of it. S&M porn fetish video, huh?

       

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      PTA is, and always has been, GOD.

    4. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      He's one of the greats.

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