October 11, 2011

'The Movie Is Called Eden Rock...'

It's all in the book, so you could definitely buy it and read about it in depth, but it didn't occur to me until Brian Dupont tweeted about it ["Aspen : #OccupyWallSt :: St. Barts : Canal Zone. Every apocalypse...
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Posted by greg at 5:56 PM

March 9, 2011

From The Mixed Up Files Of Basically Everyone

What's that, dear? Oh, nothing, just some legendary but unknown drafts for the first film adaptation of Ian Fleming's Casino Royale, by veteran Hollywood screenwriter Benjamin Hecht. After reading various references to the early 60s script, Jeremy Duns decided to...
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Posted by greg at 5:43 PM

November 5, 2008

Lemme Tell Ya Story 'Bout A Man Named Todd

Palin screenwriters take note: the industrious reporters at Newsweek have spotted you an easy 100 points on your Scene and Dialogue Plausibility Test. Also, bonus shower scene!: "At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the...
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Posted by greg at 4:56 PM

August 10, 2006

It's Goldenfiddle-Meets-Golden, Waxed Chests

A scene from Livin' Strong:LANCE: Yeah, me too. Hey, Matt. MATT: What now, amigo? LANCE: How many buttons you gonna leave unbuttoned? MATT: Well, my friend. I’m fixin’ to go four deep tonight. Give the ladies a little taste....
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Posted by greg at 6:54 AM

January 20, 2006

I See Tori Spelling As The Witness

When will E! stage a Jackson Trial-style re-enactment of the Paris Hilton deposition transcript? Because seriously, there hasn't been a 200-page, skank-related legal document this readable since the Starr Report:Q. Let me just take a step back because I didn't...
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Posted by greg at 12:40 PM

August 1, 2005

On The Train From Tokyo

Around 7 o'clock on a crowded Sunday evening train away from Tokyo's destination-filled southwest side (Roppongi, Aoyama, Shibuya, etc.), a couple in their late forties/early fifties sat quietly in the car's corner seat. They were dressed, but not dressed up;...
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Posted by greg at 9:48 AM

January 5, 2005

All That And A Bag Of Chips

Who needs Vanity Fair? Sometimes a surefire pitch is just waiting for you on the side of the road: two Long Island women were arrested for selling hookups in the back of their hot dog truck, which they parked on...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 AM

Hey, It Worked For Kinsey

The must-have vanity project for 2005: your own biopic. Andy Towle reports that the NY Post reports that W Magazine reports that Bill Condon's developing a script based on a 2001 Vanity Fair article for Tribeca Films. The subject: Pepe...
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Posted by greg at 7:59 AM

December 22, 2004

A Scene Starring A Former Next Door Neighbor

"Katie Hepburn was a great friend of mine," Ms. Bacall said. "Cate Blanchett had her mannerisms, expressions, everything." Oscars? "Don't ask me about the Oscars," Ms. Bacall said. "I don't give a damn about the Oscars." A young woman...
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Posted by greg at 12:40 PM

November 3, 2004

Yeah, Your Own Little Island Off The Coast Of America'd Be Nice Right About Now

David Nash, described by his mother as an "aspiring artist," seized control of Governors Island in New York Harbor yesterday and held it in the name of the Blue Tulip Party, at least until 6:40AM, when somebody spotted the pirate...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 AM

November 2, 2004

Eagle Scout shoots, kills atheist

Don't know quite where to file this. It's from the Detroit Free Press. [via The Revealer]...
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Posted by greg at 1:33 AM

October 23, 2004

Manolo, Manolo, Manolo!

And I thought two was a trend. Manolos are breakin' out all over: "I have been feeling good lately. Monolo's got me on some new Zinc program and I am in week two of my Bowflex program." Manolo, [not] Nick...
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Posted by greg at 3:47 AM

October 6, 2004

I See Alec Baldwin as Gandolfini

Today's Boldface Names column in the Times is a ready-to-shoot script for a Hemingwayesque short. The story: James Gandolfini, who's putting the Ernest H. in HBO, gets into character by putting the moves on...on the reporter for the New York...
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Posted by greg at 12:20 PM

September 16, 2004

Now THAT'S a Health Care Crisis

"As for her walking barefoot, The Doctor's orders are for her to wear Uggs or tennis shoes and it's just too hot for that." Uggs? Uggs??? You might as well bleed her to rebalance her humeurs. Mrs. Spears. [via Defamer,...
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Posted by greg at 11:28 AM

August 20, 2004

I don't need no stinkin' Metropolitan Diary

INT - NYC Friday, 7:30AMA groggy mid-30's MAN with bedhead and a 4-day growth of beard crawls into the t-shirt, khakis, and flip-flops dropped the previous night along the trail to his bed. Alternate side parking.INT - CARSitting in his...
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Posted by greg at 3:46 AM

April 20, 2004

The Breakfast Club: IndieWIRE Edition

INT - A SCRUFFY CONFERENCE ROOM, LATE AFTERNOON One by one, the bleary-eyed IndieWIRE staffers stumble into the room, looking in vain for the bagels and coffee.JONNY LEAHANWhere's the spread? Who the f(*& schedules a meeting this early and doesn't...
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Posted by greg at 9:11 AM

November 15, 2003

M Street, or DC Eye for the NY Guy

EXT. SATURDAY NIGHT - WASHINGTON, DC A WEEKENDING NEW YORKER approaches the entrance to Agua Ardiente, an "upscale," "hip tapas restaurant" on the "DC Latin circuit." He is wearing a vintage suede jacket, black cashmere turtleneck, black Prada Sport loafers...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

September 20, 2003

Advice for Shooting Authentically in New York City

Directors: If you are concerned when your writer proposes to populate your circa 2003 New York City streetscape with the following characters, please rest assured that these are not fantastical or implausible, but just the opposite. They are as real...
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Posted by greg at 3:30 AM

July 29, 2003


A bustling Manhattan mid-day. A female EVENTS PLANNER, 30 years old, shoulder-length brown hair, Barney's Label sleeveless blouse and pantsuit, stands at a glass display counter. She shops for silkscreenable trinkets with which to reward attendees for an impending business...
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Posted by greg at 6:56 AM

November 21, 2002

A Scene from Smoke

9. INT: EVENING. THE BROOKLYN CIGAR CO. [search for "9" on the page] ... AUGGIE (Harvey Keitel)Sometimes it feels like my hobby is my real job, and my job is just a way to support my hobby. ... Screenplays for...
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Posted by greg at 12:40 PM

The Reel Truth: Getting Behind Behind-the-Scenes

Commercial production house Zooma Zooma is hosting The Reel Truth [Quicktime], a hi-larious, sodium pentathol-laced short film, set on the set of a commercial. My favorite scene is the one with the MBA client in it: INT - SOUNDSTAGE Accompanied...
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Posted by greg at 11:21 AM

September 5, 2002


An OFFICEWORKER wearing a beige dress and a thin, cream-colored cardigan talks on a phone while she gingerly picks up yogurt and carrot sticks. A MAN with bedhead and cutoff khaki shorts stands nearby, contemplating how many Diet Cokes to...
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Posted by greg at 12:42 PM

August 13, 2002


A pair of COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF are having problems with their PowerPoint presentations, berating an INTERN. They proceed and address the troops. COMMANDER Where is MRS Company? CARLA and JANE look around sheepishly and raise their hands. COMMANDER Right. You will lead...
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Posted by greg at 9:28 AM

August 11, 2002


Returning from the bathroom where he brushed his teeth using his new toothpaste, Arm & Hammer P.M. ("Fights Nighttime Mouth!"), a MAN leans over to kiss his WIFE goodnight. MAN Do you like my minty fresh breath? WOMAN You HAVE...
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Posted by greg at 4:27 AM

June 19, 2002

In the cab this morning:

In the cab this morning: A veritable weblog full of unsolicited narration from the older, female driver. "I been driving a cab 34 years." "I used to race cars. I was 14." "The tourists come to see the matinee, but...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 AM