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Monthly Archives: March 2012

From novel to screenplay,from script to novel – making the transition

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    Wildly successful novelist Seth Grahame-Smith has three Hollywood adaptations in the works. His most buzzed about movie, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, will be released to theaters June 22, 2012 and stars Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia! and Captain America: The First Avenger)
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Popular erotic novel optioned by Universal Pictures and Focus Features

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The rights to produce popular erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Gray” by E.L James has been jointly  acquired by Focus Features and Universal Pictures. Universal will own the rights to the book trilogy, while Focus will distribute and market the film.  The story is about a billionaire business man, Christian Grey who meets an unworldly twenty-one year old...
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Weekend Box Office

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      The Hunger Games (155M), 21 Jump Street (21.3), The Lorax (13.1)
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Outlining a Screenplay

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A phenomenal idea just struck the creative center of your brain, and you know that it will make an amazing movie.  You must write the script for this masterpiece, but the question is how do you develop that fleeting concept into a well-structured screenplay?  The temptation is to just plow ahead and begin writing,...
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Stop changing my profile!

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At one time, MySpace was the most visited social networking site in the world. Then something happened. It wasn’t the advent of Facebook, as some suggested. While Facebook offered a few unique features, it was specifically designed  as a means of staying connected with high school friends. The platform had a simple interface that included...
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The Art of Reviewing

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(Written by Mary Ann Back) Congratulations! You’ve written a literary masterpiece. Surely, a Pushcart Prize awaits you! Before sending your work out into the world, you decide to do the smart thing and submit it to your online writing group for review. Let others behold its brilliance and catch the tiny nits that could...
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Nicolls Fellowship in Screenwriting contest

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It’s that time of year again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is accepting submissions for the Nicolls Fellowship in Screenwriting contest. From the web site: The Academy’s Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Up to five $35,000 Fellowships are awarded...
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Mistrial in the Nicollete Sheridan, Marc Cherry wrongful termination lawsuit

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Monday – March 19, 2012 A judge in the wrongful termination lawsuit against writer Marc Cherry has declared a mistrial after nearly a week of deliberations resulted in a hung jury. Days ago, jurors had previously informed the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked 9-4.   Source TMZ.COM
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Weekend Box Office

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This weekend in movies… 1.) 21 Jump Street (36.3M), 2.)The Lorax (22.8M), 3.) John Carter (13.6M)          
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Structure: The Framework of a Screenplay

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The most basic structure of telling a story is to have a beginning, middle, and end.  Screenwriting is a bit more complicated than this as not only do you have to tell a good story with interesting characters, but you have to adhere to a strict format including when to place various story elements....
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Weekend Box Office

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1.) The Lorax (39.1M) 2.) John Carter (30.6M) 3. Project X (11.6M) … this weeks’ box office,  March 9, 2012. Weekend Box Office 03-09-2012  – 03-11-12
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President Obama’s blog invaded by China

President Obama’s blog invaded by China

February 25, 2012 On Friday, China’s great firewall came crashing down allowing access to a number of web sites generally unavailable to Chinese internet users. Unfortunately the excitement was short lived as the firewall was up and running again on Saturday. The number of social networking sites available while the firewall was down is...
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George Clooney arrested

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May 16, 2012   George Clooney and his father Nick Clooney were arrested today while leading protestors on a march outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C.  The actor and his politician father accuses Omar Al Bashir, President of North Sudan of blocking food and aid from the Nuba Mountains, which borders South Sudan. According to the...
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Which animation program should I use to create my cartoon?

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Screenwritersdaily’s 2005 article on How to Pitch a Cartoon has been very popular over the years. When I wrote the article it was one of the first and only topics available on pitching a cartoon on the internet at that time and since, it has been used as the basis for many other popular articles on “Pitching a cartoon”. One of the questions I’ve...
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Writer Marc Cherry and Nicollete Sheridan’s court trial deadlocked

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Desperate Housewives Writer Marc Cherry and actress Nicollete Sheridan’s “wrongful termination” lawsuit is currently deadlocked according to the Associated Press  and TMZ. Jurors are unable to decide whether Cherry unfairly dismissed Nicollete Sheridan from the show after she complained to ABC executives that Cherry allegedly slapped her.  Sheridan’s character, Edie Britt was killed off of the show in 2009....
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