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  1. BBC's Sherlock continues to amaze. Anyone else watching?

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I agree, Foz. And that Best Man speech felt utterly interminable. That's what I mean about these episodes being too long. The character stuff is drawn out and the mystery is rushed. Did like the very ending and the use of "Oh What A Night".

    3. Foz90

      Foz90

      Tell you what I am loving on the BBC at the moment though... The Bridge. The first season was amazing and this one looks to be great too.

    4. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I think the first season is on Netflix. I'll check it out.

  2. GOTHAM: A Batman show without the Batman. Intriguing idea, but they've got so much going against them right now it seems silly to even attempt.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Also, I think Gotham could theoretically work. Batman wasn't awesome because it was Batman; Batman was awesome because of the villains. It's an interesting idea to place the villains, who really only have an equal in Batman in a scenario where there is no Batman. Give them the upper-hand by a long stretch.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      i'm not giving him a pass, i'm saying he did BUFFY and ANGEL. and yes, FIREFLY and DOLL HOUSE, neither of which I watched all of. still... I have more faith than not.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      The only star wars prequels that are canon are the ones i've outlined in my mind. I'll say this: the villains are interesting, but a response to Batman's presence. He's the light that draws the insects out at night. This series would probably just focus on the deterioration of Gordon's faith and principles while seeing the blatant corruption going on around the city...which could really just be any cop show. I want a reason for this to be set in the Batman universe, even i...

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Flawed garbage, like test screenings. Average moviegoer doesn’t analyze a film after they exit, especially if they enjoyed it. People have been searching for ways to beat the stock market for years. There’s no free lunch in that. Same deal with movies. Con men loveth a sucker.

    3. aphid47

      aphid47

      Magic Mike performed poorly in test audiences, but killed it in the BO ... anyone who tells you they have a magical formula is selling snake oil.

    4. Mike

      Mike

      There are people telling me daily that algorithms will one day rule our lives. I can tell you for certain that THOSE people have never been in LOVE. And if they have, it's merely an anomalous affection quotient attributable to the overindulgence in substances inducing outlying, abnormal, and uncorroberatable eroginea factors...No?

  3. So, Homeland - I hate you. Incidentally, make the identity of the CIA mole more obvious. All the subtlety of a punch to the balls.

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    2. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      No he didn't Axalon. I just found Stringer's comment amusing.

    3. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      I thought he looked terrible.

    4. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      Yeah I guess his forehead was wrinkle free, smoother than a babies ass, but we've all seen worse celebs out there.

  4. This biopic trend is really wearing me out.

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    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      ddollar: says the man who wrote a biopic i can't wait to see :)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      Mysterian: agreed on Tyler Perry. Is there anyway we can send his ass to hell...NOW?! smh

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      The news of the Alice in Wonderland Louis Carroll biopic was the last straw. I just stopped caring.

  5. Seeing Gravity this evening, Prisoners next week. So it begins.

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    2. opie100

      opie100

      Honestly, having kids and searching for missing kids at school before, I'm not sure Prisoners is for me.

    3. Mysterian

      Mysterian

      Understandable Opie, I have a daughter and I know where you're coming from on this. I've followed the progress of this script for so long I feel invested in it and having read it I know what to expect.

    4. opie100

      opie100

      Eager to hear about Gravity, even though I've experienced that as well.

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    2. adlocke

      adlocke

      that is an amusing thought!

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      whatever parts of Section 6 are actually factual and historical (while connected to bond) should be fair game. right?

    4. sbbn

      sbbn

      dsjones - you are correct but more than that, just become something is similar doesn't make it a copyright violation. Among the numerous examples, look at the atrocious film Mac and Me.

  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman. That is all.

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      Shocked & sad.

    3. Hasmap

      Hasmap

      Couldn't believe it when I heard last night. Totally shocking. RIP my friend. May your work be an inspiration to others, now and forever.

    4. opie100

      opie100

      he was sober for 23 years at one point - it's a lifelong illness to be sure

  7. James Cameron isn't lying when he says that Gravity is the best space film ever made. Simple plot, lean and effective - nice use of theme, music's intense and it's a nail biter. But the visuals, my god. Several members of the audience who partook of herb were freaking out. I can't imagine what they saw but what I saw was beautiful.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      If it's a 2 story IMAX screen? Yes, see it in IMAX. I saw it in regular but have seen enough films in regular and IMAX (you're welcome WB) to compare: the film's amazing in regular but the sheer addition of scale will make it a more immersive experience. You will feel engulfed by space. My vote: IMAX 3D. (oh and snag me a poster or three if you do the midnight showing.)

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      i can't wait to see this. And it's my birthday October 4th? omg will I be buying the herb and smoking it before I watch Gravity to get the full on "freak out" experience? hmmmmmmmmm :) I can't wait to see this!

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      But will it do well on dvd or even make it to TV? 90 minutes of running out of air won't translate to these media.

  8. Finally saw Prisoners - totally called what they were going to change with re: the finale. Woot, Woot! Go see it if you haven't already!

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      It's a wonderful thing when a great script turns into great film. Terrific movie & performances.

    3. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      SPOILER -- walking out and I heard a woman say "i wish they showed him reunited with the daughter at the end." Oye. Yeah, then cut to Alex reunited with his mom. And a meadow. And a flower. And the American flag...

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      The ending was perfecto. Perfect spot to cut.

  9. So...anyone hearing the grumblings on Thor 2 re: Alan Taylor and run time? I, personally, would enjoy a two hour thirty minute cut...

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      It just sucks that innovation in this relatively new sub-genre is getting neutered by companies like Disney.

       

      Tony Stark should have dealt with alcoholism in Iron Man 3 as it would have complimented his PTSD perfectly. But Disney, from what I heard, decided to forgo this route because it was too adult.

       

      Well what the hell then? Why am I going to see these movies? There's only so much you can do with action scenes and frankly when it comes to that department there real...

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Mike: I actually really enjoyed Thor. It was the only Marvel movie to really have character development (aside from Iron Man - which was to a smaller degree) where the character starts one way and learns humility - and where the villain actually has development of his own. None of the other Marvel films really had that. I just really enjoyed that aspect and the story, while not ground breaking, was entertaining. I just want to be entertained. Now, given the fact that Thor 2 is being directed...

    4. aphid47

      aphid47

      I was tired of superhero movies ever since Batman Forever ...

  10. You know who needs more work? John Barrowman. Very entertaining. Need more Torchwood in my life.

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    2. Escapist

      Escapist

      CHILDREN OF EARTH is amazing!

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      whoarethoseguys: I watched Children of Earth before Series 1 and 2 - no foreknowledge required as it's pretty easy to figure out the relationships. Bits of information you should know going in: The lead, Captain Jack, is immortal. Torchwood is a (poorly kept) secret government program tasked with eliminating alien threats. That's all you need to know. That said, it rewards fans with little nods to the first two series.

    4. ... who are those guys?
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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      I highly doubt Steven Spielberg would value the opinion of someone like Carson Reeves.

    3. palostick

      palostick

      His review of Sniper cut to the heart of the script's problems. For better or worse SS reviews reach execs. Which is why August and co get so mad about them.

    4. Shining1

      Shining1

      Agree, dsjones. SS's "prized material" always tanks at the b.o. -- i.e. EVERYTHING MUST GO, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, and there was another (or two) I'm forgetting. Let the execs ponder that.

  11. That Dexter finale...might have been the worst finale ever conceived.

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Axalon, I agree. And Deb shooting LaGuerta, although surprising, just felt so wrong and un-Deb and just set the wrong tone for the following season.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      the show needed to end with Dex dying to protect Deb - showing he was capable of love - and Deb becoming "Harry" to Harrison, teaching him the code as he was exhibiting Dex's traits...

    4. CastorTroy16

      CastorTroy16

      What a piece of shit. I feel like I wasted yrs of my life... Worst possible ending

  12. It was a long struggle. Literally finished at the last minute. Submitted my Writer's Store entry. It was unpolished, raw and frankly not very good. I will take it as a 50 dollar lesson, harden my resolve and start deadline work early. I start my walking dead spec tomorrow.

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    2. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      I'm interested in your Walking Dead spec. PM me, eh?

    3. Jaco

      Jaco

      Thanks abcme - I went with a HANNAH meets AVENGERS type of story world.

    4. magsnow

      magsnow

      That's super cool! It's fun to see how everyone interprets the logline.

  13. No. No. No, No, No. No. No.No. No. No, No, No. No. No.No. No. No, No, No. No. No. WHY BEN AFFLECK?!

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    2. ... who are those guys?
    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      Zack Snyder should be what everyone is complaining about.

    4. adlocke

      adlocke

      ledger was the best joker ever. i don't think affleck will be able to pull that off. granted, he's definately getting his mojo back, but truthfully i can't buy in until i see him in action in cape, cowl, gloves, and boots which probably won't pass until the trailer.

  14. Anyone else see Gangster Squad? I...What the hell happened?

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    2. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      The cartoon comment is spot on. I didn't like it at all.

    3. smullan

      smullan

      Hate the digital look for period films, and with that director, not surprised it came out so...vapid.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      It's based on such a badass book. How the hell did a studio sign off on THAT? jesus.

  15. Broadchurch adaptation on Fox...seriously? Just air the original.

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    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      agreed. I just rolled my eyes. I need the broadcast networks to back off the remakes and come up with original material. There are some exceptions (John Glenn's adaption of the british mini IDENTITY is an extremely solid pilot, and a miniseries I think that COULD be easily adapted over here) but leave it alone. I'm expecting to hear CBS or ABC to remake THE FALL shortly. smh

       

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Network doesn't do miniseries - that's the problem. They're adapting works that don't have longevity. How has no one sat at the table and gone "Hang on, wait a minute here - this can't be sustained because X, Y, and Z remakes tried it and all crashed and burned."

    4. sangun

      sangun

      HBO picking up Getting On was strange. I wonder who is going to go after The Moone Boy?

  16. Anyone else read the Mayor of Shark City? Deftly handled...I'm actually really impressed. Thoughts?

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    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      ...son. Lucas came up with Indiana Smith. Spielberg proposed changing the name to Jones.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      I'm halfway in and enjoying it. Don't know about the fantasy stuff but I could see a bunch of actors having fun with these roles. With Jaws so often on the cable channels it'd be fun to have something like this for a double feature.

       

    4. Sweeney Todd

      Sweeney Todd

      Actually the broken shark was the reason it wasn't seen till the end of the movie.

  17. Having just sat through Elysium, I hereby proclaim the shaky camera genre dead to me.

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    2. Pompalompa

      Pompalompa

      o is that who they were?! so confused... I needed like three more flashbacks

       

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Axalon: it was the kinda heavy handed story I wrote in Screenwriting 101 in college. It was cringeworthy to see on screen. Two editors and they weren't able to figure out that it was cancer to the story? Just start with them as children, get all that out of the way at the start, then jump to how it all went wrong - then one really quick flashback montage (of everything we've seen right as "destiny" is achieved). He was struggling with this story and getting all the pieces and...

    4. axalon

      axalon

      Jones, I'm constantly amazed that these extremely expensive movies can't seem to figure out the little things like what you mentioned. I mean nobody said *anything* to Blomkamp?

  18. House of Cards...now THAT is television.

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    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I knew about the British rooftop scene, but they fooled me by doing it in the first episode. In any case, it had a very visceral shock effect. Loved the speech to the mirror at the end too, after 'ignoring' us the whole episode. I'm not going to binge, I'm going to savor.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Had mixed feelings about the subway scene (too State of Play) but it left my roommate and I in shock once we realized it wasn't some sort of dream sequence. Very well done to play it straight. Overall, season 2 is a fucking masterpiece.

    4. DonKasparoza

      DonKasparoza

      Claire Underwood is so hot.

  19. Hannibal Lecter did this to me.

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Interestingly enough, I remember reading the pilot and feeling underwhelmed.

       

      There was a scene in the pilot script where Hannibal approaches a teenage girl smoking a cigarette. We then cut to him pounding lung tissue in his kitchen, he samples the meat then says "pre-smoked".

       

      Hannibal with one-liners? I was afraid the series was going to be kind of a joke with lines like that but I'm glad to see they cut things like that from the show as it's definitely...

    3. axalon

      axalon

      ...one of the best things on TV.

    4. dsjones

      dsjones

      ...I don't remember that scene in the script I read. But then again it was a while ago. That said, Hannibal has an insane amount of cannibalism puns. It's like he wants to get caught... (cue feral fight scene).

  20. It appears the chat function has been disabled...what's going on guys?

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      works on firefox

    3. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      sbbn, I'm on Chrome also, and it worked fine for me the few times I've used it, FWIW.

    4. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      The Guggs, Jones, The Guggs...

  21. Jonathan Nolan/JJ Abrams team up for an HBO television remake of "Westworld". If you haven't seen Person of Interest, check it out - good news on all fronts as Jonathan Nolan is also directing the pilot.

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    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      exponential growth in terms of quality and story.

    3. ... who are those guys?

      ... who are those guys?

      Thanks, DS. I'll check it out.

    4. chandolaswinter

      chandolaswinter

      that sounds like a fantastic combo-- looking forward to that!!

       

  22. Since no one seems to be able to last in the chat, what does everyone think of "Fury"?

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    2. Jaco

      Jaco

      Well . . . didn't have no spanish in there initially. At least not until I got into my third bottle of tequila. Now there's a bad guy in the script who calls himself QUESO HOMBRE. He squirts out cheese from his ear holes to form little cheese ball gnomes who have a taste for the flesh.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      Oh noooooo. The cheeese. I'm on page 46 of Fury. Pretty damn good.

    4. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      It's pretty by the numbers, in Sgt Rock comic book beats, and I can see the crowd go wild for the new (and gettin' old fast) ultra-blood splatter effect that I felt started in the last Rambo and much overplayed in The Walking Dead. So many typos, I think perhaps they are there for a reason, to ferret out leakers with some typo-code??? But, I enjoyed it.

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