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  1. Just posted the review in W-I-P for the lowest rated Black List script I've ever seen. (HINT: It's mine).

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    2. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      You have my sympathies and admiration, Andrew. ONWARDS!

    3. palostick

      palostick

      Andrew Woodberry AKA the smartest guy in the room.

    4. macaggiano

      macaggiano

      Chock it up as a learning experience. Kick ass on the next one.

  2. TB'r Dominic Morgan in the news again! Crushing it: http://www.deadline.com/2014/06/roger-spottiswoode-hyperbaric-narco-sub/

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    2. npquinn

      npquinn

      Excellent news, well done chaps.

    3. palostick

      palostick

      cheers guys!

       

    4. Mike

      Mike

      Not surprised in the least, but delighted for you guys.

  3. It's a slooow burn, but HBO's The Night Of is engrossing. Watch the pilot for all the great setups that will be paid off later.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      The 5th amendment right against self-incrimination includes the right to not have a prosecutor try to insinuate guilt from silence or requesting counsel.

    3. axalon

      axalon

      Very interesting. Especially the part about refusing to talk never being brought up in court. Seems like it's always insinuated in movies and television just how bad you'll look for requesting a lawyer.

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      Yeah, the right against self-incrimination and the right to counsel are huge so anything that even begins to challenge exercising them (e.g., refusing to talk or requesting an attorney) doesn't come in. And if the prosecutor tries to slip it in, that's grounds for mistrial or being overturned on appeal. It's a very serious thing that police/prosecutors shouldn't mess with.

  4. 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

      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

      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

      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.

  5. Has anyone read the first 10 of "Nathan Decker"? Could Fogelman have crammed in more exposition? He's really putting the "tell" in "show not tell." I wonder if selling this as a pitch lessened his motivation or something. Very unlike Fogelman.

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    2. psc44

      psc44

      I have to say that in this one instance "telling" nstead of showing actually worked nicely to set up the character.

    3. AlexGorelik

      AlexGorelik

      I would agree. I thought it was very effective and I am sure a major page saver.

    4. sankofa

      sankofa

      hmm...it just got an "Impressive" over at Scripshadow.blogspot.com which means something or nothing...but i'll have to download this and read it over the weekend...

  6. 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

      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

      rywold

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

  7. Time for the BlackList game. Guess what the top 3 will be. I'll start...1. Story of Your Life 2. Somacell 3. White House Down

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    2. BrianCD

      BrianCD

      Looks like DEVILS AT PLAY, DRAFT DAY and scripts about SEUSS and Hilary Clinton are making the list. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324024004578173742359909344.html

    3. LeftyJones

      LeftyJones

      BrianCD -- you mean a "low" placing would be a PR nightmare right? Because after all the touting of the script as proof that the BL site is a godsend - McCarthy HAS to place high for Franklin to be able to stand tall and say "See I told you" we found a script the whole town likes.

    4. BrianCD

      BrianCD

      It's really a double edged sword. If it places really high or at all, he'll get a lot of "this guy paid/was an intern". People will doubt the honesty of the list (both Black and Hit anytime someone who paid anything shows up. At the same time, both need to prove they have a monetary value and scripts they push/discover showing up on their industry wide lists is a great marketing tool.

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

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    2. Corsairs

      Corsairs

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

    3. Bobbylaw

      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

      mebishop2001

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

  9. 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

      admin

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

    3. craig

      craig

      Red is correct. Haha. Whatever it takes.

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

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

  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

      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

      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

      axalon

      This latest episode of Halt was great

  11. Fun Fact: If you ever go on Done Deal Pro, the Forum with the most eyeballs is always Agents, Lawyers & Managers. People want to look for easy answers outside of themselves.

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    2. axalon
    3. egerst

      egerst

      I think that's a great point. I actually left a writers group too because all we ended of doing was talking about different ways to 'land' an agent or mngr. I am of the mind that's so secondary all we really should be talking about is how we can improv as writers.

    4. sometimeaftertwoam

      sometimeaftertwoam

      That forum is nothing but whiners complaining about not being able to break in. This forum is the most nourishing place I've found yet. None of the negativity of that hell hole.

  12. IDENTITY THIEF seems to be crushing it again at the B.O. For those that went, what compelled you to go? Melissa McCarthy? Jason Bateman? The trailer? Word of Mouth? Very curious...thx.

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    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Haven't seen it yet but initially liked the casting of Bateman and McCarthy. The TV marketing I've seen, though, is not anything that would have me rushing to the theater.

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I love Jason Bateman and wanted to support Craig because I'm a fan of his podcast.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      Great podcast. Both are so generous. Craig said he'd be posting the script soon but haven't seen it yet.

       

  13. If want to write network pilots, you should be reading Ashish's Runway Series every Thursday for the next 4 weeks: http://www.tracking-board.com/the-runway-your-2017-pilot-survival-guide-nbc-dramas/

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    2. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Kinda fun to also follow Deadline's "buzz" articles. By the end of pilot season, Nellie basically just lists every pilot as likely to get picked up. http://deadline.com/2017/04/pilots-2017-more-early-buzz-1202071998/

    3. aphid47

      aphid47

      I've always enjoyed reading the runway articles.

    4. lauriestark

      lauriestark

      Ooh awesome, thanks!

  14. Not sure how long this will last, but Black Irish Books is allowing people to download Steven Pressfield ("War of Art")'s new book "Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh--" for free here http://shop.blackirishbooks.com/pages/nobody-wants-to-read-your-sh-t-download

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    2. kittyketchup

      kittyketchup

      Hey, thanks!

       

    3. palostick

      palostick

      Read the first 30 pages. It's excellent, thanks for the heads up, Andrew.

       

    4. ChristianSavage

      ChristianSavage

      I'm a little late, but thanks, Andrew! Big War of Art fan, so I'm excited to read this. :-)

  15. I updated my BL reviews in the Review/Coverage section. So far the winner for Best in Show is "A Monster Calls".

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    2. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I thought 1969 was good. Writing solid. Kubrick had a consistent, strong voice. But it just didn't keep me on the edge of my seat or make me laugh or make me feel something emotionally. And without any of those three emotions, I can't do anything more than say the writing is good.

    3. hollywoodude

      hollywoodude

      Will have to check out monster calls! My fav so far has been Frisco

    4. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      I loved Frisco too. The dialogue was so crisp, some great setups/payoffs, and a protag we could root for. I probably did like that one better than Monster.

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

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    2. osg

      osg

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

    3. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

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

    4. adlocke

      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. 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

      benskelly2

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

    3. andrewpwoodberry

      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

      rwe15

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

  18. 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

      mister_7

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

    3. Foz90

      Foz90

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

    4. Galleria.Pictures

      Galleria.Pictures

      Thank you ever so much for this!

  19. TBS comedy execs are running laps around HBO these days. What happened?

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      I think the problem is Lena Dunham is what HBO thinks is funny.

    3. Icarus

      Icarus

      Y'all are crazy! Have you seen Barry?

    4. egerst

      egerst

      Agree. HBO is under the impression that the rest of the country is as fascinated by the struggles of creative professionals trying to make it NY/LA as creative profesionals in NY/LA are.

  20. Revisiting West Wing this week. I really miss that show.

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    2. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      BTW #3 - Great mix of serialization and self-contained episode conflicts.

    3. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      BTW #4 - I'm up to Emmy award winning episode "In Excelsis Deo". Great back and forth argument between co-writer Rick Cleveland and Aaron Sorkin over who deserved credit for episode here starting Nov 2000: http://www.westwingepguide.com/S1/Episodes/10_IED.html

    4. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      BTW #5 - Interesting how Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford and Allison Janney all ended up on network sitcoms in recent years.

  21. I don't quite understand the economics of movie making. So many of the movie packages selling at Cannes seem non-commercial, despite the strong talent involved. Would love a comprehensive breakdown of $ paid at Cannes vs. foreign pre-sales recouped vs. box office performance.

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    2. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Wait wait, go back to the other status about ABC. They literally cancelled every show I watched on that channel. WTF

    3. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

      Only Nashville surprised me. They screwed Castle by firing Stana Katic & Agent Carter's ratings were sagging. Unlike CBS/Supergirl, no secondary channel for ABC to show Agent Carter on + Hayley Atwell had Conviction in first position regardless.

    4. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Still. I loved Galahad (I know, I know, shhhhh) and Agent Carter. Was just disappointed to see em die.

  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

      craig

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

       

    3. andrewpwoodberry

      andrewpwoodberry

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

    4. Babzbitela

      Babzbitela

      sounds funny

       

       

  23. Works in Progress Experiment... I'm gonna try some fun writing sprint exercises in W.I.P. section this weekend. Will go from Idea->Title->Outline->Completed 1st Draft Pilot. Follow along and watch me fail (or succeed).

  24. Question: Do feature comedy specs sell anymore? I can't remember the last one that sold to a studio. Seems like everything is developed in-house or with attachments. Am I wrong?

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    2. KeatonHelm

      KeatonHelm

      Thanks so much, Mike. Technically ours does have an attachment, Chris D'Elia. But I think andrewpwoodberry is probably referring to someone huge like Robert Downey Jr. or Will Ferrell.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      It seems to me there are more comedy pitches from established writers that are selling. Anyway, if you think you've got a funny concept don't let that stop you. I'm working on an action comedy now. If it's funny/good enough then hopefully top folks will attach.

       

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      You're not wrong, Andrew.

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