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  1. Let the Evil Go West review is up, Script Club!

  2. Hey script reading club, let's chat on Sunday about this coming week's script. If you can't make it, just post here.

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I'm gonna read Let The Evil Go West and do a write up of it on Sunday.

    2. lauriestark

      lauriestark

      A bunch of us read or are reading Moonlight so I'll start a convo for that if no one has done it yet!

  3. HBO's new fellowship is getting ready to launch for everyone...except white males.

    1. Ronando

      Ronando

      Just say you identify as female.

    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      You only count if you are non-white when you identify as a female. It's very precise mathematism.

    3. filmandtech

      filmandtech

      Trump's policies will trickle down and eventually white-males will get equal access. It's a movement ya' know!

  4. Script reading club has a new spec to read. Blonde Ambition!

    1. benskelly2
    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      What time is the Sunday chat-it-up?

    3. lauriestark
  5. Script club chat tomorrow night to decide next week's script!

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      That is to say, tomorrow in the abstract way. I'll be hanging around most of the day.

      ...

      Anyway, here's wonderwall.

    2. Ashish

      Ashish

      Hi CB, Might not make it for the chat 'cause I'm on holiday. My vote is on Blonde Ambition. But I'm pretty much happy to read anything. :)

    3. Nic.Lishko
  6. There's something crushingly confusing about reading great specs and learning from them, only to see them actualized in the theaters and get railed over by audiences and critics alike. Read: Nobody. Knows. Anything.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      I was so shocked when the first Passengers trailer came out...it looked like a really expensive perfume commercial. Or like that fake movie they were talking about in Thank You For Smoking with Angelina Jolie smoking in space.

       

      This is the second good script Morten Tyldum has made a bland realization of.

    3. andrewpwoodberry
    4. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      Axalon nails it.

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  7. Script reading club launches on Sunday. Bash is in charge of starting the conversation on I, Tonya. Please read and participate in the conversation. Let's all start reading more this new year!

    1. Ashish

      Ashish

      Just started a thread in Chit Chat! We're live, woo-hoo.

    2. npquinn

      npquinn

      #TBScriptClub klaxon!

  8. Should we do a new topic for each script in the chit chat? Or should we post them in Member Reviews? I added all the people who've messaged me into the list on chit chat. Want to start next week?

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Sounds good. Whatever you decide. Is it a rotating thing where each member gets a chance to choose a script or by votes, what?

    2. tinlizzie

      tinlizzie

      Love to start next week. Posted a few suggestions for organizing on chit chat.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Excellent! I'm all about each member choosing for the first round and then starting off the discussion

  9. Current list of people in the reading group below. Anyone else interested?

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    2. Naijaman

      Naijaman

      Hi Charlie. Kindly add me to the list. It's about time I grow as a writer through peer exercises like this one. Thanks

    3. lauriestark

      lauriestark

      I would love to join! It's lonely reading scripts by myself with no one to discuss them with!

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      Please add me. Thank you.

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  10. Anyone interested in starting a script reading club? Trying to read more this coming year.

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    2. aphid47
    3. mikeyP_73

      mikeyP_73

      Sure.... it all starts with "Script Reading Club" and the next thing you know, you're all in Bora Bora looking for your pants... ;-)

       

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I'LL TAKE IT AS YOU'RE IN MISTER DEAFBLANK (awful awful i'm so sorry)

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  11. Black List 2017: Harry Carey biopic (dibs), Cubs world series multi-biopic (bobbylaw), Cubs world series win 1908 (Gary Graham)

    1. GlitterKitty

      GlitterKitty

      We barely managed it here in Chicago. I'm a life-long Cubbies fan and I'm thinking that after that game, I might never need to see another baseball game ever again. Nothing will ever top that.

    2. drb000

      drb000

      Congratulations, it must feel pretty remarkable. I'm reminded of that great quote from Almost Famous - "They don't even know what it is to be a fan. Y'know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts." You can say they same about being a sports fan - it's really difficult work.

    3. rwe15

      rwe15

      Unbelievable now they didn't make it with Banks, Santo, Jenkins, Williams, etc. but they certainly did it in memorable style this time around!

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  12. No one will agree (I don't think), but I love The Great Indoors. It's hysterical. http://www.cbs.com/shows/the-great-indoors/video/

    1. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Well, it's no People of Earth! It's OK, IMO. Just seems like Joel McHale doesn't believe in the show -- like he's going through the motions. Good fit for CBS though.

  13. Here's an ISO stretch: Anyone got any manuscripts for published books?

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      I've got some good fiction/non-fiction from a few years back when I was actively doing coverage. At the time they had heat at the big Frankfurt Book Fair.

       

  14. What was the last "fun" script you read?

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    2. ideafeast

      ideafeast

      Thanks for the rec drb! "Sell Out" was highly enjoyable!

    3. drb000

      drb000

      Wow, you read that fast. Glad you liked it. Simon Rich is hilarious. Check out "The Ultimate Foosball Championship" by him. Just google it. It's also on the New Yorker. You can read it in literally 5 minutes, but it's hilarious.

    4. ideafeast

      ideafeast

      Thanks! Will check it out!

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  15. What shows are you anticipating this fall?

    1. aphid47

      aphid47

      WestWorld, the pilot of the exorcist was really damn good so I'm interested to see how the series is

    2. Ronando

      Ronando

      The Young Pope

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      I have high expectations for Luke Cage and hoping Designated Survivor delivers.

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  16. FINALLY. A NEW COLUMN ON WORDPLAYER: http://www.wordplayer.com/columns/wp55.Time.Risk.html

    1. Scott Crawford

      Scott Crawford

      It's a miracle! And thanks for sharing, Charlie.

    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Thanks for sharing - I used to really enjoy this site but forgot it existed after it went un-updated for what felt like several years.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      Wow, great read! One of the best insights into the industry I think I've ever read. Thanks for sharing, wish I had something this straight to the point when I started out.

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  17. Send some good vibes to fellow TB'r Larry Lasky: He's got a spec going out! http://www.tracking-board.com/rift-spec/

    1. Larry_Lasky

      Larry_Lasky

      Thanks!! I've never posted in the forum before, so this is a nice place to leave my first comment!

    2. zkendall

      zkendall

      Go kill it Larry. Sounds like it will find a home easily

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Best wishes, Larry! And great title, too.

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  18. Black List 2016 predictions: every celebrity that died in 2016.

    1. Mr. Marbles

      Mr. Marbles

      That and anything to do with politics this year. Biopics and et cetera.

  19. Got a job in Colorado working for Comcast Spotlight. In other news, my student loans best be counting their days. I PLAN ON KILLING THEM FIRST.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Yeah, the plant houses are good to go. The soil is gentle and the undead obnoxious.

       

      As a sidenote, if you're going to be working in Denver I wouldn't live in/commute from the Springs. I've lived in both Denver and the Springs (love both but Denver is more for me) and that's a rough commute to making regularly. Castle Rock is about as far south as I would go for a Denver commute.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Castle Rock?! I haven't sold ten scripts yet, ha! Thanks for the info man, I'll be in touch with ya more about it in the coming weeks and months :D

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      Shoot me a pm when you need more info - I'm happy to help with my thoughts on the area.

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  20. Super behind on TV pilots, but I've read a few and what the hell people? 69 pages for a network pilot with VERY TIGHT as your spacing settings? Who are you kidding?

    1. zacksmith8

      zacksmith8

      Presumably they intend to cut after the initial draft the network reads, as an excuse to include ideas they could repurpose for later episodes, or to test out characters/plotlines that might be iffy. A TV writer friend told me a good length for a spec pilot is 65 pages. I've seen shooting scripts for recent hour-long dramas (regular episodes, not pilots) that are as short as 42.

  21. Good Morning America mentioned the tracking board today. Made me do a double take.

  22. Any good comic book scripts? By that I mean what the artist takes from the writer and interprets into the panels/pages? I'm surprised there are no books of side to side comparisons...

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    2. Charlie

      Charlie

      I posted a few more. Hope it helps. Good luck.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks a lot, Charlie!

      Full disclosure, I wrote a steampunk/gearpunk pilot with two other friends that has been very favorably received and we're looking to potentially turn it into a graphic novel or a comic book series as the budget would be high and no one would take a risk on it.

      We were planning 13 episode seasons and about 5 or 6 seasons worth of story. Advice from friends in the business suggest going the comic route so we're exploring it currently and are just in...

    4. Charlie

      Charlie

      No problem. Checkout Lady Mechanika or Iron West for steampunk comic examples. Even the Trigun anime has steampunk elements. Good luck with the adaptation.

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  23. On phone with producer regarding comedy series. He wants us to cut down on the drama, but wants "drama like stakes" in the pilot. #WTF

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      And the next one up the chain will want alien zombies. Good luck!

    3. Mike

      Mike

      A note that stupid does not come from someone who has a clue what they are talking about. So walk away. You won't lose as much as you will by staying. It's literally nonsense.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      If only it were so simple. The guy happens to be a friend and this is 3 years worth of free rewrites. This is the last one before I let it go for good. Thanks everyone for all the excellent comments!!

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  24. Anyone know anyone who works for Starz?

    1. Eric W.

      Eric W.

      good luck nic!

    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      i was born in colorado, but moved when i was one so i can’t say much about it except you drive in that third gear thing on automatic cars when you're in the mountains. i've been waiting my whole life to go back there one day, especially with recent additions to freedom lol. alas! hope you find what you want with your stearch.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Thanks. Wife is getting transferred at some point this year so I'll be closer to LA for writing on one hand and on the other there's more entrainment opportunities there than Michigan.

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  25. Happy Christmas, Ron!

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