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  1. Given recent hacks, big security updates released today for Adobe Reader, Flash, and Windows.

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Those Sony leaked emails are addicting. I find it so interesting to read the inner workings of the upstairs, because at the end of the day, Eric Roth wrote Cleopatra and Aaron Sorkin wrote Jobs. Two writers at the top of food chain can't get their movies made, because of this upper level stuff.

    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      I haven't read Cleopatra, but on the surface, Scott Rudin seems dead-on in calling it a bloated vanity project that is a bomb just waiting to happen and could ruin careers. At this age, with his resume, I could see how he would want no part of it. He has nothing to prove.

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      Did you read the email from the Sony Marketing Chief on the Jobs script? He was really articulate and passionate, not at all what you expect when you hear all the complaints from filmmakers about how marketing ruins films. I'm not saying I think the marketing dept. should have too much of a say in creative, but it was surprising that he actually cared about the story, not just counting beans.

  2. I like to think of myself as bi-coastal, but I gotta say there's something good deep down about adjusting the computer clock to Eastern time.

    1. cole.akins

      cole.akins

      NY? DC? The Caribbean?

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Was just in DC. Pittsburgh now.

  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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...

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  6. Hey if you are looking for more fantasy football action, PM me. Got some vacancies in an NFL.com league, drafting Tues Sep 2 at 7p PDT.

    1. timorawe

      timorawe

      Fantasy Football hardcore here. What site do you play on?

  7. Well it started as a simple "clone all the stuff from the old hard drive to the new hard drive," but, like any story, it led to a second act of rising complications, culminating in a dark fit of defeat, which led to a "fuck it all/storm the castle of full-on reinstall-everything-from-scratch, complete with a false ending of "everything appears to be okay," subsequently culminating in a final act of triumph, with ensuing inevitable joy and satisfaction.

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

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

       

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    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      As he should be and he was essentially. This was just about greed on the part of ACD's estate and trying to shut the barn door after the horses got out. And considering how awful their "official" Holmes novel was last year, it's just as well.

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

    1. PJMAC

      PJMAC

      really i lost interest in it

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

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

    3. PJMAC

      PJMAC

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. Gang, mind the CryptoLocker virus what with all of the file exchanges you're probably doing. It's nasty. Additional geeky details: http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/cryptolocker-a-particularly-pernicious-virus/

    1. aphid47

      aphid47

      Just another great reason to be a mac person.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      Thanks for the heads up George

  12. 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!

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  13. 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.

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  14. Hey SciFi fans, did you know Omni is returning at http://omnireboot.com/? Still "coming soon" but I think it's happening this month.

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

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      What was the advice he gave you, neo45?

    2. 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.

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

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

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  16. Analyzed MY FELLOW AMERICANS last night regarding a project I'm developing and, though the humor's a bit dated at times it's a tight, solid comedy.

    1. Frobisher

      Frobisher

      "The 'voice of the people'? There is no such thing. You got 240 million voices

      all yelling for something different."

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      @Frobisher: Precisely! Great sparse political commentary seamlessly woven into the story and classic McKee "dialogue as a weapon."

  17. I am ready for summer in the PacNW, but I have to admit I'm enjoying the crackling fire on this cool rainy night.

  18. Wow anyone else getting a ton more email spam lately? Feels like someone cranked open the spigot...or maybe I'm just a magnet for crap.

  19. A good guide to what's in the public domain: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/docs/copyrightterm.pdf

    1. Raffles

      Raffles

      Always curious about what's considered copyright. Thank you!

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Yeah, "guide" is the freight word.

  20. I would like to recall the time I just spent watching the "Total Recall" remake.

    1. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      yes, it was painful.

    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Agreed. I thought that "dream" that movie started off with was some kind of joke "I won't leave you, I will find you" or whatever-the-fuck. I just remember it was cheesy as hell and thought this can't be for real. But it was... and it set the tone for how stupid the rest of the movie was going to be.

  21. Enjoyed revisiting "Love, Actually." Gaining a deeper appreciation each time I experience it.

    1. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Great script, great movie.

    2. benskelly2
    3. bcscreenwriter

      bcscreenwriter

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

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  22. 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.

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  23. Fra-gee-lay.... That must be Italian!

    1. Cyber Hater

      Cyber Hater

      Ahhhh, it's Xmas time...

    2. admin
    3. 36monsters

      36monsters

      You'll shoot your eye out!

       

  24. 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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