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  1. Breaking Bad. The "wow" just keeps on coming.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      I remember a plot point in season 5 of Mad Men was Don's daughter having her period. That's it, she just had her period.

       

      Season 6 was better, but for a while there Mad Men just sat in neutral.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      I mean, let's be real: Mad Men has nothing on Breaking Bad. It's overhyped. Writing's decent, but I don't find Don a persuasive character - hell, he bored me until the season 6 finale. That speech in the boardroom was when he finally clicked for me. With BB and MM ending, AMC's only really got Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels...and Walking Dead really needs to atone for the horror that was the Season 3 finale.

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I love both BB and MM. I think they represent some of the best TV of the last 25 years. And I'm not an easy lay. I hate a lot of "hot" shows.

  2. SMASH CUT TO.... a lame transition. WTF? A cut is a cut. Who started this "smash cut" nonsense? Curmudgeonly annoyed.

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      It likely comes down to a matter of personal taste but IMO if used sparingly all things polarizing (cuts, grammar/spelling, camera directions, asides, etc) should not pull a reader out of the story. If they do the story simply isn’t working for that reader. NOTHING pulls me out of a great story.

    3. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Gotta agree, nazardo. All this "pulled me out of the story" stuff just means you didn't like the story. If you're reading Chinatown and see a "smash cut" or a misspelling and are "pulled out of the story" I'd be inclined to think one of your elementary school teachers didn't do their job.

    4. nazardo

      nazardo

      I will add one caveat: the first 10 pages. I can totally understand this stuff impeding someone from getting into the story in the first place, especially if they have read 1000+ scripts and have an itchy trigger finger.

  3. Struggling through first few episodes of Dexter season 7 -- any reason to keep watching? Totally disappointed thus far.

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Once the original showrunner left everything fell apart.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Yeah, Walking Dead already has strolled into that original-showrunner-gone quagmire.

       

    4. axalon

      axalon

      @George The second season was great for napping through!

  4. True Detective season 2: ugh.

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    2. GlitterKitty

      GlitterKitty

      Love the setting and the mood. I'd watch Colin Farrell fold laundry. I think it was clunky with some of the character introductions, but will get better with a few more episodes.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I saw this coming a mile off. Season One was often great, but also frustrating, so it was overhyped from the start. But when I heard there were four leads, it indicated a certain lack of focus.

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Episode one was tedious. Hoping it gets better...

  5. Wow, anyone else find "Now You See Me" more improbable than not? Disappointing.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      I think Eisenberg was a big issue as well. He's a good actor but was miscast as Atlas. I'm assuming this was his attempt at breaking type but I was never quite sold on it.

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      I thought Eisenberg was great in The Social Network and Zombieland but at the same time it's hard for me to imagine him playing anything (well) outside of those types of characters.

    4. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      NYSM was OK to me. Wouldn't call it horrible. Yeah, there's some major suspension of disbelief. But everyone in my theater seemed to be enjoying it so I went along for the ride.

  6. Increasingly frustrated with BlueHost. Webhosting recommendations, anyone?

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Dreamhost is good, I found Internap to be faster

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Thanks, Ax, I'll check them out. RC if I go with SiteGround I'll be sure to use your ref link.

    4. RobertCornero

      RobertCornero

      Awesome. Thanks.

  7. Hey ipad mini owners -- and those of smaller tablets -- are they too small for reading scripts?

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      Hate to put you back in the middle, but... a new one is due with better graphics, soon. Optimized for the new OS platforms - Yosemite and iOS 8.

    3. Zoned

      Zoned

      But if your eyes don't experience fatigue due to the quality of the graphics, (like, mine do) then the current models should suffice. And I can read them on my 5s phone with an app called "Weekend Read". The crisp layout and the ability to alter the background help immensely.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Thanks, Z. I'm familiar with Weekend Read but don't have any iOS products yet.

  8. Oh man, MR. ROBOT officially has jumped the shark. Increasingly uneven and increasingly disappointing.

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    2. DeadPool

      DeadPool

      I can't honestly call a show original and innovative when it's basically a ripoff of the central plan and twists of FIGHT CLUB. I'd say Sam Esmail has MAJOR BALLS for music queuing WHERE IS MY MIND in the final minutes of Episode 9. That was like a giant f**k you to the audience. If the season finale or season 2 doesn't live up to those first nine episodes, the BACKLASH will destroy that show.

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      ya hear that mr. robot. when you not special anymore, nobody watchy you. you'll be yesterday's news.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      I wouldn't rank this anywhere near Breaking Bad. And the whole "Luke I'm your father"/"Ewww I'm your sister"/figment of his imagination stuff is not original/groundbreaking. Again, loved the concept, weakening execution.

  9. A few episodes into Sense8 and compelled to watch more, though I can't explain why. Anyone else hooked? Payoff(s) worth the investment?

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    2. mister_7

      mister_7

      Especially since Orange/ Black just came out. Sense8 is now firmly on the backburner while I work my way through Orange.

    3. kjl451

      kjl451

      I went through it. It didn't get going until halfway through and I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. With everything else out there, I don't think it's worth the time commitment. Unfortunately I have to say the same for the new season of OITNB too. I was not a fan of what happened in the newest season. At all.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Thanks, TB community. Your comments were spot on.

  10. And what about fantasy football? Another go?

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    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Okay... BPL I have Chelsea repeating. The NFL I got the Bears. STOP LAUGHING!

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Ah, haven't followed the EPL in a while but Go Gunners!

       

    4. OpenWithGuyFaceDownInPool

      OpenWithGuyFaceDownInPool

      What's your favorite music to CRUSH scripts to?!!

  11. Sufficiently annoyed.

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      Very cool! Good investment, George! :-)

    3. Eric W.

      Eric W.

      damn that keyboard is sexy, geekin out over here peepin the pics on amazon. might have to cop one myself

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      The Sculpt looks flimsy but it's a meaty keyboard. Always been a fan of the ergonomic keyboards. Still adapting to its formfactor but thus far a Thumbs Up.

  12. If you missed it, Vince Gilligan was on Charlie Rose Weds night. Nothing earth shattering but a nice interview nonetheless.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      What was the advice he gave you, neo45?

    3. Allen

      Allen

      I asked him about the pilot of Breaking Bad and how people reacted to it given how much description he put in the action, which I've always read is a big no no when writing a script, and he essentially told me that people don't care what rules you break so long as what you write is good. So, go crazy people! Just write good stuff.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      Makes sense. I've heard that again and again from successful writers.

  13. Bond rights for auction? Time to get that prodco kickstarter going!

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      LOL, Manny. You nailed it.

    3. Manny

      Manny

      Hiddleston and Cumberbatch I think could both fit the next bond. Personally though, I've always been a fan of Tom Hardy, him and Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, loved that movie. That's why I was happy when they first announced Craig would be the next Bond, because I've been a fan of his and Hardy's for a long time. So, I'd like to see Hardy give it a go now. He'd jazz bond up a bit. Wouldn't mind seeing Kathryn Bigelow give directing Bond a stab either. Whoever direct...

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Or perhaps it's time for Emily Blunt as Bond. She'd kick ass.

       

  14. Brain-fail on the film.. something like.."It must feel good to be right all the time." Paraphrasing respons: "No, not really" Was it BROADCAST NEWS? Anyway, welcome to my shit-ass bullshit fuck of a day.

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    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Grandma, you promised you'd stop posting on TB!

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      @Elliott, You're trying to reason with senile. Can't be done.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Senile would not have been the cure, but the week moves on, and now I get to do a bit of catching up with my pal, Saul.

  15. Our Fantasy (American) Football league unofficially is up to 11 teams with more slots available. Learn more: https://yho.com/nfl?l=17911&k=5087813d1927a800&ikey=e62a8565a752325d

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Are you the AllduhWay team? That gets us to 14 and 2 have yet to renew. Gonna nag them again...

    3. Zoned

      Zoned

      Yes, that would be me, George. ;-)

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      @Zoned Welcome aboard! And let me know if current draft time works for you -- tentative but it seems to be working for everyone thus far...

  16. Anyone attend the staged reading of “1969: A Space Odyssey?” Curious if it was true to the script that was uploaded, which I found to be a bit dense.

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    2. atom-heart-mother

      atom-heart-mother

      Yes, I went. I believe it was the same one uploaded. Was pretty cool to see. Definitely think a script that's a little more "upbeat" is better suited for a live read though.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      No substitute for hearing talented actors give words life, however unnerving for the writer.

       

    4. Reader George
  17. Enjoyed revisiting "Love, Actually." Gaining a deeper appreciation each time I experience it.

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    2. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Great script, great movie.

    3. benskelly2
    4. bcscreenwriter

      bcscreenwriter

      It's one of my favorite movies. Great stuff. I actually just watched it again myself.

  18. The best part of the dental implant procedure was when the doctor said, "That's good -- we can drill deeper."

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      That's what Szell said.

       

      ftfy.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      No, it's not safe.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Actually what she said was, "That'll be $3,796, please." Time to ramp-up the freelance coverage again.

  19. Hmm, ENDER'S GAME felt more like watching a video game, which are more fun to play than watch.

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      Not attacking you, just curious about your comment. If you didn't like "Ender's Game"; you didn't like it. But, it was as much like a video game as any other speculative genre-driven movie. Have a good 1, George.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      No worries. For me it's a problem when the protag is physically detached from the action. There's no mano a mano and that makes for a boring action scene.

    4. Zoned

      Zoned

      Valid points. It didn't give a catharsis that matched up with the earlier set-ups that hinted at a potentially strong, physical, climax. This would allow an audience to examine Ender's approach played out in "real" battle against a traditional warrior's approach. So, in that light, I can see how it would be a letdown; and from that standpoint, the mind-link resolution with the Philip K. Dick. wounded "Wub" creature would feel sublime. I liked it as a guilty ple...

  20. Anyone know about the untitled action comedy pitch by Scott Rosenberg that just sold to Disney? Seven figures deal.

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    2. mpetrusaitis

      mpetrusaitis

      Called Dashing Through the Snow. It's about a mobster who kidnaps a detective's kid, and Santa helps the detective get his kid back.

    3. storymaps99

      storymaps99

      Ugh. I love Scott Rosenberg, but...ugh.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Ugh, indeed! But, oh, will Santa save Christmas? Or does the kid? No, wait -- no spoilers!

       

  21. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE writer Stewart Stern died yesterday. Had the pleasure of studying with him. A true titan.

  22. I love it when a system update deauthorizes my screenwriting software and then, in the process of contacting tech support to reauthorize the software, the tech dude chides me for not knowing a random system update would have deauthorized my software. Uh, no, I am not going to launch your software just to deauthorize it prior to every system update, nor is it my responsibility to do so.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      What screenwriting software and what OS? Just to prepare myself for things to come...

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      @sbbn: Movie Outline 3.1, but Final Draft and Screenwriter also have the annoying authorizations. I actually got caught in an endless loop at the Final Draft site a few months back.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      That's depressing to hear - I use Final Draft and haven't had problems yet (!) but it's never good to hear about problems like that.

  23. Glad to see Top of the Lake get some Emmy love.

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    2. PJMAC

      PJMAC

      really i lost interest in it

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      When did you drop out? I thought it was solid, with few exceptions. Reminded me of Winter's Bone.

    4. PJMAC

      PJMAC

      Just didn't engage me. I loved WINTER'S BONE.

  24. So what exactly was satisfying about the Mr. Robot finale?? The whole staff needs to watch The West Wing or Good Wife or Dexter to understand what makes for a compelling cliffhanger. Sorry, the promise of the pilot wholly unfulfilled. Thoughts?

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    2. GlitterKitty

      GlitterKitty

      Felt too much like a watered down Fight Club. But overall, I still enjoyed the season, especially the acting talent. And the music was outstanding.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      I'm kind of amazed how blatant they were about the Fight Club-esque reveal of his father. They treated it like this big reveal even though most people probably figured it out after the first or second episode.

       

      Felt like they should have just acknowledged that his dad was a hallucination from the get-go.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      adlocke, that was true for most eps, especially early, but season finale a dud in that regard.

  25. Catching up on Dexter Season 6 and realized the Showtime promo dept included a major Dexter spoiler in their DVD promo montage. So, if anyone here knows any of those dumbasses who worked on that, be sure to thank fhem for me.

    1. Sly0712

      Sly0712

      It was only last week that I realised the dexter intro was a metaphor for his killing method.

    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      I watched seasons 1 -5 marathon style and I didn't catch it immediately either sly. Oh, and season 6 may be the worst of the bunch, but it gets better again in 7.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Season 6 sucked. Ed James O totally wasted. Terrible writing. Characters all over the place.

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