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  1. Elmore Leonard. What a guy.

    1. Mike

      Mike

      He was a singularity.

    2. specwriter

      specwriter

      Maybe Justified will get more attention now, as it deserves.

    3. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      RIP. If ever there was a reason to rediscover his books...

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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.

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  2. 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?

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  3. As a massive Superman/Batman fan, I want to know who I have to fight to get to work on the team up movie in 2015. Seriously. I want in.

    1. npquinn

      npquinn

      I just heard the sound of all them Superman/Batman specs getting dusted off ;)

  4. Anyone here been a reader at a prodco or studio (recently or currently would be preferable)? I'd like to ask you a few questions about your experience.

    1. aphid47

      aphid47

      Read for some grants, but probably not what you're looking for.

    2. ted

      ted

      I've done it -- shoot me a message if you want.

    3. Escapist

      Escapist

      I have. feel free contact me. worked at all sorts of places, from indies to studios

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  5. Pacific Rim's fighting - let's see if it can be a hit!

    1. aphid47

      aphid47

      How long before someone makes a Pacific Rimjob porn spoof?

    2. axalon

      axalon

      We've all been thinking it Jiblings, it's only a matter of time.

    3. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Jiblings - we literally discussed this as we left. Specific Rimjob was the best thing I've got.

      Also, the flick was very enjoyable. Lots of eye candy.

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  6. Pacific Rim: 7/10. Solid concept - humor was good, liked the casting - however: needed more battles set in the daylight and less at sea. Idris Elba ftw.

    1. axalon

      axalon

      Did you get a chance to read the script or is was watching it your first exposure to the material?

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      Watching was first exposure to the material - I have a copy on my tablet but I deliberately held off reading it.

  7. Taken 3: The plot line is under wraps but said to involve Taken meets Taken 2: except this time...the person he has to find and rescue...is himself.

    1. sangun

      sangun

      Part 4 we're going into space.

    2. Jaco

      Jaco

      Part 5: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar . . . doesn't matter, Liam's gonna f you up, it was HIS cookie biatch.

    3. nazardo

      nazardo

      I'd rather have his cookie taken than his daughter AGAIN. That will be verging on Season 1 of 24 record of how often your daughter can get kidnapped.

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  8. WWZ II...

    1. Jaco

      Jaco

      Kept under wraps, but said to be in the vein of WORLD WAR Z and the "EASY" button from STAPLES.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      Jaco, I actually laughed out loud at that.

    3. jms2011

      jms2011

      Jaco, I heard it was going to be The Purge meets the Bourne series, with a twist of Die Hard. The producers said they need time to "flesh" it out.

  9. Hm, where can I get that Legendary Pictures Sweatshirt, Mr. Cavill?

  10. I don't think the general viewing public will jump for 50 let alone 150, George Lucas... http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Steven-Spielberg-George-Lucas-Predict-Movie-Industry-Implosion-38049.html

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      Predictions, predictions. Where's my frackin' jetpack?!

    2. IntotheFrayWOLF

      IntotheFrayWOLF

      I do. And I think Lucas is right. It's already $25 for an Imax 3D ticket.

    3. nazardo

      nazardo

      From the lips that brought you Indy 4 and SW prequels so take with grain of rock salt. Outside massive inflation, $50 - $150 is ludicrous. Movies aren’t live entertainment. If they cost that much people won’t go & spend said $50-$150 on live entertainment. It’s supply & demand, like any other business. If demand falls, prices go down, not up.

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  11. 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 ...

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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?

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  12. Chris Nolan offered the next Bond film? really?

    1. twofingeredtypist

      twofingeredtypist

      He's a big fan and Inception's snowy assault was basically his OHMSS homage. Interested to see if there's substance to this...

       

       

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

      I hope he jumps at the offer - It'll mean very little free time between Interstellar and Bond...Daniel Craig in a Chris Nolan Bond film...dear god.

    3. dsjones

      dsjones

      I feel like if Nolan did sign on, he'd be given the time. His name ensures a certain degree of quality and they want their follow up to be a success. They saw how extra time helped skyfall, so rushing it doesn't make sense. Also, what's the word on this is it a two parter, or just tangential story threads that link them thematically?

  13. Per Deadline: '24''s clock might start ticking again...as a limited run miniseries event.

    1. nazardo

      nazardo

      Please, God, please. It's been too long since I've seen Jack Bauer choke someone for information. I need my 24 fix!

    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      NOOOOOOOOOO!

  14. 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.

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  15. As I dig myself deeper and deeper into this 15 page hole, I prayed for inspiration and god delivered in the form of deadline and Soderbergh: http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/steven-soderbergh-state-of-cinema-address/

    1. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Awesome read. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Elliott79

      Elliott79

      Very good read.

    3. npquinn

      npquinn

      State of Cinema: Steven Soderbergh

  16. Tomorrow: BEAST MODE.

    1. Nic.Lishko

      Nic.Lishko

      Dinobot...TERRORIZE!

      ...We are doing a Beast wars bit right?

  17. Upstream Color...incredibly interesting. Not sure what the hell I just watched but it was captivating.

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

    1. 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.

    2. dsjones

      dsjones

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

    3. 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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  19. Did anyone watch the Walking Dead finale? What a mess...While there was one major scene that I loved (think you might be able to guess which - it was the big one) the idea of "resolution" in the manner presented? Horrible. Just...horrible.

    1. dsjones

      dsjones

      Wasn't even that. It was the violation of our cardinal sin: Give them a reason to tune in next season.

    2. sankofa

      sankofa

      TWD: the season finale was a reset of sorts...but, eh...Even though Andrea is still alive in the comics and fighting alongside Rick *AND* one of the strongest female characters in the comic series (next to Michonne and others), her death wasn't surprising at all since the writers were clearly running out ideas on what to do with her. In a lot of respects, Andrea was a character that the writers didn't really know what to do with and just gave her stupid things to do, etc. Even the mom...

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      I had a hard time keeping interest in most of season 3. Jumped the shark.

       

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  20. So who here is entering/has entered the Launchpad Competition? It'd be great to get an idea of how many people have entered.

    1. Jaco
    2. Cdrzewie

      Cdrzewie

      i did when they first announced but pretty much forgot until I saw that post on the homepage. They have to have a ton of scripts by now, its been open for like 6 months

    3. sankofa

      sankofa

      yikes...i missed this one. Though, I really wasn't paying attention at all. But, next year, i'm all over this! Good luck to everyone who entered!

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  21. 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.

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  22. 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.

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