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  1. Hey who will be in Austin? I'll be there and signed up to pitch.

  2. Hmm, ENDER'S GAME felt more like watching a video game, which are more fun to play than watch.

    1. Zoned

      Zoned

      Not attacking you, just curious about your comment. If you didn't like "Ender's Game"; you didn't like it. But, it was as much like a video game as any other speculative genre-driven movie. Have a good 1, George.

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      No worries. For me it's a problem when the protag is physically detached from the action. There's no mano a mano and that makes for a boring action scene.

    3. Zoned

      Zoned

      Valid points. It didn't give a catharsis that matched up with the earlier set-ups that hinted at a potentially strong, physical, climax. This would allow an audience to examine Ender's approach played out in "real" battle against a traditional warrior's approach. So, in that light, I can see how it would be a letdown; and from that standpoint, the mind-link resolution with the Philip K. Dick. wounded "Wub" creature would feel sublime. I liked it as a guilty ple...

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  3. I am ready for summer in the PacNW, but I have to admit I'm enjoying the crackling fire on this cool rainy night.

  4. I like to think of myself as bi-coastal, but I gotta say there's something good deep down about adjusting the computer clock to Eastern time.

    1. cole.akins

      cole.akins

      NY? DC? The Caribbean?

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Was just in DC. Pittsburgh now.

  5. I love it when a system update deauthorizes my screenwriting software and then, in the process of contacting tech support to reauthorize the software, the tech dude chides me for not knowing a random system update would have deauthorized my software. Uh, no, I am not going to launch your software just to deauthorize it prior to every system update, nor is it my responsibility to do so.

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      What screenwriting software and what OS? Just to prepare myself for things to come...

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      @sbbn: Movie Outline 3.1, but Final Draft and Screenwriter also have the annoying authorizations. I actually got caught in an endless loop at the Final Draft site a few months back.

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      That's depressing to hear - I use Final Draft and haven't had problems yet (!) but it's never good to hear about problems like that.

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  6. I would like to recall the time I just spent watching the "Total Recall" remake.

    1. Mr Cakes

      Mr Cakes

      yes, it was painful.

    2. sbbn

      sbbn

      Agreed. I thought that "dream" that movie started off with was some kind of joke "I won't leave you, I will find you" or whatever-the-fuck. I just remember it was cheesy as hell and thought this can't be for real. But it was... and it set the tone for how stupid the rest of the movie was going to be.

  7. I'm in London for the McKee genre seminar and lingering a few extra days. Who needs a pint?

  8. ICYMI - Netflix internal analysis of when viewers get hooked on series http://bit.ly/1jfuzzN

  9. If you missed it, Vince Gilligan was on Charlie Rose Weds night. Nothing earth shattering but a nice interview nonetheless.

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      What was the advice he gave you, neo45?

    2. Allen

      Allen

      I asked him about the pilot of Breaking Bad and how people reacted to it given how much description he put in the action, which I've always read is a big no no when writing a script, and he essentially told me that people don't care what rules you break so long as what you write is good. So, go crazy people! Just write good stuff.

    3. sbbn

      sbbn

      Makes sense. I've heard that again and again from successful writers.

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  10. Inadvertently caught the "ESCAPE/3-screen experience" of Star Trek: Beyond. Gimmicky and annoying. The main screen was smaller, to accommodate the additional left and right "wrap around" screens, and only parts of the film projected on all 3 screens. Not a fan.

  11. Increasingly frustrated with BlueHost. Webhosting recommendations, anyone?

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    2. axalon

      axalon

      Dreamhost is good, I found Internap to be faster

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Thanks, Ax, I'll check them out. RC if I go with SiteGround I'll be sure to use your ref link.

    4. RobertCornero

      RobertCornero

      Awesome. Thanks.

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  12. Kudos to the whoismrrobot.com marketing team. Well done, thus far.

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      Lost interest and left the site because it was took too long to fake "load." I don't have that kind of patience.

    2. Reader George

      Reader George

      Ah, I think it was the fake load that appealed to my inner geek. I'm interested to see how it plays out.

  13. Nice to see Portlandia back on track.

  14. Oh man, MR. ROBOT officially has jumped the shark. Increasingly uneven and increasingly disappointing.

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    2. DeadPool

      DeadPool

      I can't honestly call a show original and innovative when it's basically a ripoff of the central plan and twists of FIGHT CLUB. I'd say Sam Esmail has MAJOR BALLS for music queuing WHERE IS MY MIND in the final minutes of Episode 9. That was like a giant f**k you to the audience. If the season finale or season 2 doesn't live up to those first nine episodes, the BACKLASH will destroy that show.

    3. adlocke

      adlocke

      ya hear that mr. robot. when you not special anymore, nobody watchy you. you'll be yesterday's news.

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      I wouldn't rank this anywhere near Breaking Bad. And the whole "Luke I'm your father"/"Ewww I'm your sister"/figment of his imagination stuff is not original/groundbreaking. Again, loved the concept, weakening execution.

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  15. Our Fantasy (American) Football league unofficially is up to 11 teams with more slots available. Learn more: https://yho.com/nfl?l=17911&k=5087813d1927a800&ikey=e62a8565a752325d

    1. Reader George

      Reader George

      Are you the AllduhWay team? That gets us to 14 and 2 have yet to renew. Gonna nag them again...

    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      Yes, that would be me, George. ;-)

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      @Zoned Welcome aboard! And let me know if current draft time works for you -- tentative but it seems to be working for everyone thus far...

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  16. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE writer Stewart Stern died yesterday. Had the pleasure of studying with him. A true titan.

    1. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      As he should be and he was essentially. This was just about greed on the part of ACD's estate and trying to shut the barn door after the horses got out. And considering how awful their "official" Holmes novel was last year, it's just as well.

  17. SMASH CUT TO.... a lame transition. WTF? A cut is a cut. Who started this "smash cut" nonsense? Curmudgeonly annoyed.

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    2. nazardo

      nazardo

      It likely comes down to a matter of personal taste but IMO if used sparingly all things polarizing (cuts, grammar/spelling, camera directions, asides, etc) should not pull a reader out of the story. If they do the story simply isn’t working for that reader. NOTHING pulls me out of a great story.

    3. ThaVillain

      ThaVillain

      Gotta agree, nazardo. All this "pulled me out of the story" stuff just means you didn't like the story. If you're reading Chinatown and see a "smash cut" or a misspelling and are "pulled out of the story" I'd be inclined to think one of your elementary school teachers didn't do their job.

    4. nazardo

      nazardo

      I will add one caveat: the first 10 pages. I can totally understand this stuff impeding someone from getting into the story in the first place, especially if they have read 1000+ scripts and have an itchy trigger finger.

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  18. So what exactly was satisfying about the Mr. Robot finale?? The whole staff needs to watch The West Wing or Good Wife or Dexter to understand what makes for a compelling cliffhanger. Sorry, the promise of the pilot wholly unfulfilled. Thoughts?

    1. GlitterKitty

      GlitterKitty

      Felt too much like a watered down Fight Club. But overall, I still enjoyed the season, especially the acting talent. And the music was outstanding.

    2. axalon

      axalon

      I'm kind of amazed how blatant they were about the Fight Club-esque reveal of his father. They treated it like this big reveal even though most people probably figured it out after the first or second episode.

       

      Felt like they should have just acknowledged that his dad was a hallucination from the get-go.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      adlocke, that was true for most eps, especially early, but season finale a dud in that regard.

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  19. Struggling through first few episodes of Dexter season 7 -- any reason to keep watching? Totally disappointed thus far.

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    2. aphid47

      aphid47

      Once the original showrunner left everything fell apart.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Yeah, Walking Dead already has strolled into that original-showrunner-gone quagmire.

       

    4. axalon

      axalon

      @George The second season was great for napping through!

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  20. Sufficiently annoyed.

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    2. Zoned

      Zoned

      Very cool! Good investment, George! :-)

    3. Eric W.

      Eric W.

      damn that keyboard is sexy, geekin out over here peepin the pics on amazon. might have to cop one myself

    4. Reader George

      Reader George

      The Sculpt looks flimsy but it's a meaty keyboard. Always been a fan of the ergonomic keyboards. Still adapting to its formfactor but thus far a Thumbs Up.

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  21. The best part of the dental implant procedure was when the doctor said, "That's good -- we can drill deeper."

    1. sbbn

      sbbn

      That's what Szell said.

       

      ftfy.

    2. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      No, it's not safe.

    3. Reader George

      Reader George

      Actually what she said was, "That'll be $3,796, please." Time to ramp-up the freelance coverage again.

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  22. TO BE TAKEI on Netflix. Oh my.

  23. True Detective season 2: ugh.

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    2. GlitterKitty

      GlitterKitty

      Love the setting and the mood. I'd watch Colin Farrell fold laundry. I think it was clunky with some of the character introductions, but will get better with a few more episodes.

    3. benskelly2

      benskelly2

      I saw this coming a mile off. Season One was often great, but also frustrating, so it was overhyped from the start. But when I heard there were four leads, it indicated a certain lack of focus.

    4. StringerBell

      StringerBell

      Episode one was tedious. Hoping it gets better...

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