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  1. So far Robert Zemekis is looking quite the foreseer. :) GO CUBS!

  2. The plus and minus regarding the MR. ROBOT pilot (now streaming on USA network.com) The plus: intelligent, well told, very well acted, smartest show on TV The minus: intelligent, the smartest show on TV. Just like Rubicon, too smart for the American public, and that's a damn shame.

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    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      loved the pilot.

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      i'll have to check this out also...thanks for the mini-review!!!!

    4. Jaco

      Jaco

      Just checked it out - I'm hooked!

  3. So uh, yeah. Van Halen, man. Only in L.A. :)

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    2. sometimeaftertwoam

      sometimeaftertwoam

      By the way, the 2004 "reunion" with Sammy Hagar played 80 dates, not 50. Those 80 dates grossed $50 Million. Only 3 years later, Van Halen's tour with Roth played only 76 dates and grossed $93 Million.

    3. sometimeaftertwoam

      sometimeaftertwoam

      For further comparison of the publics interest in real Van Halen, see the above mentioned Louisville, Kentucky date, then find the numbers for the bands return to that same city with the correct singer: 2/18/2012 KFC Yum! Center Louisville, KY 17048 of 17048 (100%) for a gross of $1,544,983.00. (The above mentioned date with Hagar grossed $327,979.00)

    4. specwriter

      specwriter

      Let's start debating how much Smashmouth grosses on tour with and without the fat guy with the soul patch.

  4. For all you Irish today (that means all of you)... "Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!"

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      That's a great toast! Thank you. And I'm the real deal: Fitzsimmons on my Mother's side. Why am i not drunk yet?

    2. gthomasjr

      gthomasjr

      Keep your wits about you!

       

  5. Netflix is kicking ass in the original department. Rotisserie Chicken is a brilliant work of art. It's Benjamin Button meets Kitchen Nightmare. :)

    1. Nic8767

      Nic8767

      Will have to check this out. Thanks!

    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Yeah, it's not on there anymore. There was another one on there too, an action thriller titled, Sizzling Bacon. And that's exactly what it was.

  6. The writing part seems the easy part in this industry when compared to searching for bridge money and investors. There's a reason I like to be alone in a room with nothing but my coffee/Guinness, keyboard and mindspace.

    1. axalon

      axalon

      Friend of mine who just got repped was telling me about one of his specs going out.

       

      Said that pretty much you either go the studio route where they'll most likely want to do a bunch of rewrites or you go independent and have to try to find the money yourself.

       

      The latter of course being more difficult if you're short on connections.

       

      I'm pretty ignorant on this part of movie-making, are there more options than this?

    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      The options are limited. This one I'm involved with is a US/Irish/UK co-production. That makes it even more "fun". But six weeks in Dublin in the summer is going to be a blast.

    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      No matter what you're probably doing rewrites unless you are directing and producing it yourself.

  7. Congrats to Andrew Parker for the "Worth the Read" today from Carson @ SS.

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    2. markerstone

      markerstone

      Gratz ! I'd pay to see that... screw BJK!

    3. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Well done, Andrew. It sounds like a fun script. Will certainly be reading.

    4. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      Excellent! Just popped over and read the SS review now.

  8. The lack/snub? of names and films this year is mindnumbingly confusing. I mean, The Book Thief gets one nom, original score (John Williams)? Michael B. Jordan gets nada? I guess this IS the most subjective industry.

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    2. flashsandstone

      flashsandstone

      Would have liked to see some love for Short Term 12, but knew there wouldn't be any. Only surprise to me is Christian Bale over Tom Hanks. Would have liked Spike Jonze to get a Best Director nod.

    3. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      LOL Ejiofor is one of my favorite actors! It's just, for me, Fassbender and Nyong'o were AMAZING in 12 Years. Kinda overshadowed him IMO. His wasn't the best performance in that film.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      I'm a bit surprised Prisoners didn't pick up anything other than cinematography.

  9. Just an FYI, people... after I win the lottery toonight I'll be immediately going into film funding/producing mode. Just thought I'd get that out there.

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    2. PJMAC

      PJMAC

      I had the same idea!

       

    3. Babzbitela

      Babzbitela

      me too, I would fund six of my favorite scripts that my clients have RIGHT NOW. In a heartbeat!

       

    4. Mike

      Mike

      Babz, your heart's SO in the right place.

  10. Much thanks to Kristen and Ted for the clickity-clicking. All the TB Colors for, well, being you. And a special congrats to Mr. Dollar for making both lists (equally of import). And to each and every member here, may the coming year find you all safe, sane-ish, and as near to your dreams as you can be. :)

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    2. CliveBarks

      CliveBarks

      Crak, very cool and kind of you. And yes, props to Dan!

    3. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      Thanks, and the same to you Crakactor!

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Very kind of you to say Crak. I love this community, the support shown here unparalleled.

  11. 4 8 15 16 23 42 ...

    1. rsoxfan

      rsoxfan

      Did you win the lottery?

    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      It's the coordinates of his 80 million dollars buried in the desert.

  12. "They're coming for you, Barbara."

    1. Michael L

      Michael L

      Flipping through the script has me wanting to rewatch it. It's so raw, and my memory of the film is that it was too, and it's just kind of the beginning of it all. Maybe nostalgia, but I think it fucking rocks!

    2. chandolaswinter
    3. Babzbitela

      Babzbitela

      they've arrived

  13. So... what's happening?

    1. KeatonHelm

      KeatonHelm

      Ahhhh, now, are you going to go ahead and have those TPS reports for us this afternoon?

  14. Oy frickin' vay it's hot here. You were smart to leave this place Charlie Brown.

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    2. Shining1

      Shining1

      Beautiful sunny Cali weather here in the Bay!

       

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      North Hollywood isn't as hot as everyone said it would be...And punches will be given at your request!

    4. craktactor

      craktactor

      Go hit Mike. Apparently he's "asking" for it. :)

  15. It's ovah! Cawt 'im! Wicked hodcaw!

    1. dsjones

      dsjones

      As a bostonian, all I have to say to you is...AHH YOU A CAWP?

    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Nah. But I pockt my cah in the pokin lot. ;)

  16. And then that happened. Remember people, always, always, ALWAYS BACK-UP YOUR WORK. Computers have a tendency to die. Mine did. Writing is fun.

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Had a scare earlier this week, immediately backed up my entire HD.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      Did you lose something major? Sorry to hear this happen to you. I think we've all had this happen at some point in our lives and it's never a good feeling.

    4. craktactor

      craktactor

      The one thing I did lose, and am most depressed about, was a script I had just started and was going to post the first 10 here for feedback and whatnot. Now, that ain't happenin'. It is still fresh in my grey matter, so that'll help. Other than that, I only lost what i didn't back-up since January. Lessons are fun to learn. I'm going on a weekly back-up now, PLUS, I'm sending everything I write to my email for now on, on a daily basis. :)

  17. I've come to the conclusion that attempting to find and DL evry script from every BL from '05 on is a GIANT WASTE OF TIME. Plus, I'm lazy. So there's that too.

    1. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Don't most years have Zip files? I haven't downloaded them all but I remember them floating around.

       

      Or are you just missing a few here and there?

    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Missing a few here and there. More there than here.

  18. Maybe it's just me, but, I think "George" is a perfect vehicle (and award possibility) for Jack Nicholson. Just a thought.

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    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      I watched Cuckoo's Nest last night. What an amazing film. Why don't they make them like that any more?

       

      Compare it to this year's Best Picture winner.

       

      Leagues apart.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      The bar keeps getting set lower?

    4. gthomasjr

      gthomasjr

      Caught Cuckoo's Nest a few weeks ago and wish I hadn't waited so long to see it again. So brilliant. Why don't they make them like that anymore? Risk aversion seems to be the persistent trend. I was joking with some friends the other night that somewhere right now there's an executive wondering aloud if the characters in The Fault in our Stars can be vampires.

  19. I just read The Fault in our Stars (the screenplay). And all I have to say is WOW. It's not often a script brings emotions out of me, but this one definitely did. A must read, if you haven't yet.

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    2. JessicaMayo

      JessicaMayo

      Reading now and I agree.

       

    3. anti_hero2012

      anti_hero2012

      Excellent,best I've read in a while.

    4. gthomasjr

      gthomasjr

      Yeah, really well done.

  20. Boy oh boy, effing FOX... not only is their news division bullshit, so is their programming people. Really? Ben and Kate cancelled? Suck my what, Fox!

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      So 4.5 episodes? That is weird ;)

    3. specwriter

      specwriter

      Yeah, they're idiots, I love Ben and Kate. The cast is hilarious and has so much room to grow. I've tried to watch Raising Hope and just can't get through five minutes.

    4. mikeyP_73

      mikeyP_73

      Well, Nat Faxon has an oscar and just got $10mil for he and Rash's The way, way back at Sundance... it sucks for Ben and Kate ... but Faxon and company will not be crying over their wads of new cash

       

  21. Question: If one was writing a farcical take on the Bond franchise, what are the dangers (read: legal) one would expect? And it is purely farcical. Thanks.

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    2. craktactor

      craktactor

      Jaco, sbbn, much thanks to both of you. Really. This is the reason I love this place. Well, really like. Love is... yeah. Thanks a billion!

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      No problem! And no shame in saying you love this place. I love this site! Probably my favorite bookmarked site.

    4. Escapist

      Escapist

      farce/parody is protected so it's fine. otherwise SCARY MOVIE would never been able to do it.

  22. If you haven't read "Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" yet, do yourself a favor and read it. It's a winner. My favorite by far out of both the Black and Hit lists. So there's that. :)

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    2. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      So, which one am I supposed to be reading?!?!

    3. craktactor

      craktactor

      The one I have in my 2012 BL is the Pickering script. Perchance that's a mistake? If so, shite! Sorry. It's still a brilliant story well told. *shrug*

    4. craktactor

      craktactor

      Just checked... yeah, I read the Pickering, not the Hogan (didn't have it). Oh well. I stand by my original opinion (just for the wrong year). :P

  23. Just want to wish everyone here a healthy, somewhat sane, but very safe New Years eve. And here's a toast and a wish for a prosperous and prolific year to all!

    1. sankofa

      sankofa

      Same to you!

    2. sangun

      sangun

      Here's to not waking up in your car when it's being towed.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Dude I had to scrape ice off of my morning. The cacti can't take it.

  24. I just want to say thank you to Ted and K.Ryan and the whole Color Squad from TB and each and every one of you here. You all make coming to this place on a daily basis a worthwhile affair. So thanks. That is all. Carry on. :)

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    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Merry christmas all :)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      yes thank you from me too! Thanks to everyone here. this place is a great little space on the internet to go to every day. :)

    4. punchdog

      punchdog

      Thanks for your efforts, guys! Happy holidays!

  25. Black List. Monday... via Twitter. *eye roll*

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    2. sangun

      sangun

      Hopefully they have an intern to handle the tweets because that's a lot of time to waste.

    3. Penelope

      Penelope

      Didn't they lose their assistant to a spec sale?

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      They have some sort of partnership going on with Twitter so I'm guessing that this twitter thing is motivated more by financial incentives than "this is a fucking brilliant idea!"

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