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  1. Since it's pilot filming season, here's a great video from Michael Tucker on why Breaking Bad is the perfect pilot

    1. Nic.Lishko


      Great resource, thanks!

    2. palostick


      Excellent, thanks Andrew


  2. “Remember what Bogie and my mother both used to say: ‘Character is the most important thing. All that matters is character!’ ” - Lauren Bacall

  3. 2014 Hit List Recommendation: Remember by Benjamin August. It's slow and understated, but worth the journey.

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    2. craig
    3. admin


      Read this one over the break myself, and absolutely agree with you. August has been slowly building quite a career, and it's well deserved.

    4. Ashish


      Thanks, will check it out!

  4. A lot of great screenwriting lessons can be gleaned from the musical Hamilton. Worth a listen on Spotify -- especially "My Shot"

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    2. RobertCornero


      Thanks for the recommendation.

    3. nmoher


      Guess that explains why he won the MacArthur Genius Grant.

    4. sankofa


      I need to listen to the soundtrack. Better yet, I need to plan a trip to NYC to see Hamilton! yea that!


  5. A nice, inspirational story from Jay Lavender (co-writer of The Break-Up and The Wedding Ringer): http://jaylavender.com/post/107802088632/jeremy-garelick-the-wedding-ringer

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    2. Mysterian


      All I keep seeing on twitter are quotes of people raving about how good the screeners they attended were.


      I can't see this bombing.

    3. andrewpwoodberry


      StringerBell -- It's relative. This won't make piles of money compared with Ride Along. Will be interesting to see Get Hard B.O. Even Eddie Murphy/Jim Carrey eventually lost favor as quality of their films declined.

    4. StringerBell


      Of course it's relative, but it's on course to make A LOT of money. It doesn't have to match or beat Ride Along to be very successful and keep Hart at the top of studio comedy lists for a while.

  6. A very long but insightful read on the newest film studio, STX Entertainment http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/01/11/the-mogul-of-the-middle

    1. sankofa


      thanks for this, Andrew!!!!

    2. Ashish


      Illuminating read. Thanks Andrew! Can't help but root for STX, tbh.

  7. Added all of MISFIRE to the W-I-P post. If you read it, post your thoughts. It's good for me to grow a thick skin.

  8. Any 2015 Hit List/ Black List scripts outside of the Top 10 really good and worth reading? Thanks in advance for suggestions.

    1. Mr. Mo

      Mr. Mo

      Castle Drive was a treat. Effective and creepy.

    2. drb000


      Three Months from BL

  9. Any Jeff Goldsmith fans? I recently re-found this epic interview with Christopher McQuarrie. A master storyteller, even if his movies don't always work: http://ex.fm/song/5g80x/Christopher+McQuarrie+-+Valkyrie+Q&A-Jeff+Goldsmith

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    2. rywold


      Any idea where one could get hold of all the old Creative Screenwriting Magazines? Either hard copy or PDF form?

    3. CliveBarks
    4. rywold


      Thanks. I was hoping for a PDF download somewhere, but can't seem to find one.

  10. Atlanta has the best writing on television currently. Sad we have to wait 51 weeks to see if it will win the Emmy for comedy writing.

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    2. osg


      Feels like I've been pleasantly surprised by a bunch of comedy lately, but maybe I'm just late to the game (that's the likely answer). Atlanta, Better Things, Fleabag, High Maintenance...

    3. Penelope


      I feel like the writing on this season of Halt and Catch Fire is better than Atlanta but I am enjoying both.

    4. axalon


      This latest episode of Halt was great

  11. AV Club reminded me how much I love the Aliens in America tv show. Here's the pilot script for other fans: http://www.zen134237.zen.co.uk/Aliens_In_America_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf

  12. Bored? Check out my pilot spec -- Newport News -- uploaded to Amazon Studios: http://bit.ly/Jy8oe7. Throw it some review stars to get it on the front page if you're feeling generous (#shameless)

  13. Bradley Cooper's CHEF re-titled to ADAM JONES... apparently JOHN SMITH was unavailable?

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    2. Corsairs


      I admit I'm now unhappy that MICHELIN MAN wasn't chosen. :)

    3. Bobbylaw


      perfectly understandable re; name change as Favs beat em to the punch but AJ is a terrible title. 2b clear, tho..this is NOT BC's Chef..it's STEVEN KNIGHT's


    4. mebishop2001


      How about SIMMER? It's a cooking term, plus it fits Adam's attitude problems.

  14. BREAKING NEWS: Nikki Finke to leave "Jane Got a Gun"

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    2. axalon


      I too had a smile on my face after reading this

    3. Mike



    4. benskelly2


      I have to be the stupid one. I thought Finke was a columnist, was she producing this film or what?

  15. Chrome Users: If PDF files are opening in a new tab instead of Acrobat, type "Chrome:Plugins" into browser and disable Chrome PDF Viewer. Just started happening to me and was uber annoying.

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    2. mister_7


      Thank Jebus you said that. Been annoying me like I can't explain.

    3. Foz90


      I thought it was something I'd done. Great tip. Ta.

    4. Galleria.Pictures


      Thank you ever so much for this!

  16. Cold in July is a great read. Excellent plot turns to keep the reader engaged.

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    2. osg


      Thanks for the recommend. I liked the movie but hadn't thought to add the script to my reading queue.

    3. andrewpwoodberry


      It's got a throwback style with a ton of ellipses.

    4. adlocke


      i wonder what all those ellipses were supposed to do. it was very unusual. we're the writers calling me through the pages, inviting me to read more vanilla dialogue? i had my doubts.

  17. Do you get notes saying your dialogue doesn't sound real? Read and learn from transcripts. I'm reading this FBI one of leaker Reality Winner, which is getting turned into an Off-Broadway play soon! https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015e-c5e7-ddab-a57f-cfe7d5b50002

    1. andrewpwoodberry


      BTW - If your notes say you need to work on your action lines... practice with the linked transcript by adding the currently non-existent action lines.

    2. palostick


      Thanks Andrew, this is brilliant. Plus Reality Winner has got the best name ever for a national security whistleblower...

    3. aphid47


      That's a great idea!

  18. Does Safety Not Guaranteed receive the same level of interest if it wasn't loosely inspired by a real classified ad? Just curious...

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    2. admin


      What's to say you can't take an ad out yourself :-)

    3. craig


      Red is correct. Haha. Whatever it takes.

    4. StringerBell


      I don't think it gets made without the ad. Loved the script, but the movie fell a bit flat for me.

  19. Embarrassed to say my favorite of Ted's comedy uploads was "Wendell & Vinnie." Maybe some of the network comedies will be better.

  20. Every time someone hits "Reply All" on a TB email, it validates the rest of the country's assertion that Hollywood is full of morons.

    1. typistolero


      Every time you hit "Reply All," Harvey cuts ten minutes from a good film.

    2. andrewpwoodberry


      Every time you hit "Reply All," JJ Abrams needlessly adds a lens flare to a shot.

    3. rywold
  21. Fall network tv season officially starts today. I'll start a section in chit-chat in case anyone still has a TV that gets those channels.

    1. mebishop2001


      Have to admit I'm looking forward to THIS IS US. Need a good cry to melt my cold heart.

    2. andrewpwoodberry


      Yeah, I like that show too. I know it's manipulating me, but it does a good job of that. Plus casting is A+ on the show.

    3. andrewpwoodberry


      I've updated through today. No horrible freshman ratings yet. Only Good Doctor, Young Sheldon have really exceeded though. Typical network season so far in a post-cable world.

  22. Favor Request: I just dropped into W-I-P a writing sample I was thinking of using to approach tv lit agents. If you have 10 minutes, can you read and let me know thoughts? Happy to provide feedback on others' projects as well.

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    2. craig


      I'll read it this weekend. You've been a great contributor to this site. Thank you.


    3. andrewpwoodberry


      Thanks, Craig. My contributions are minuscule compared with yours.

    4. Babzbitela


      sounds funny



  23. Finally watched Room on Amazon Prime. Great story, wonderful acting. On the script side, master class in set ups and payoffs (the bad tooth, the long hair, "i pick for both of us", the shed)

    1. GlitterKitty


      Totally agree with you. The book is a good read as well.

  24. For those interested in the nuances of telling a good story, check out this week's series in the LA Times on an Orange County relationship gone bad. Perfect example of storytelling that gets you to lean in and find out what happened next. http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-dirty-john/

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    2. benskelly2


      Thanks for both, Andrew. This is the kind of thing that I love for writers to share on here. Appreciate it.

    3. andrewpwoodberry


      Most of Pilar's podcasts are really great. This one I heard over the weekend I found particularly good for beginning comedy tv/film writers: http://onthepage.libsyn.com/523-the-comic-heros-journey

    4. rwe15


      Yeah, that was pretty wild. Did 4 and have to finish it.

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