Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
It was a long process but I'm happy to say our friend Adam Moser is the GROOM OF THE YEAR. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for him, I know Adam appreciates it.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
UPDATE: Brides.com has written an article about Adam:
Thursday, March 26, 2009
If only all toys were so cool.
Full collection is here.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My friends Jim and Mary Beth are collecting short videos from everyday people to help support Chicago’s Olympic bid and displaying them at www.chicagostirring.org. Please take a minute to visit the site and, if you're a Chicagoan, contribute.
My friend Adam Moser has made it to the Final Round of Brides.com's Groom of the Year. Please vote for him!
It started with over 1300 nationwide entries. And now I'm ecstatic to say I'm one of two!
At stakes is a free resort spa getaway, his/her platinum Tacori wedding bands, free tuxes for my groomsmen, a 40" Sony HDTV, as well as some other Macy's related gifts.
Thank you all so much for voting and putting up with these emails every week for the last month! This is the final round, so this will be the last of these emails! If you log onto the site now, you'll see a video that each finalist had to produce explaining why they are Groom of the Year. All I'll say is, at least the dog in my video was actually part of the proposal to Yana and not just some shameless shill! :)
I'll need all the help I can get so this is the last time I'm asking for anyone and everyone to annoy their families, friends, and enemies for one final vote! Away messages, Facebook status donations, blog and twitter shout outs are of course welcomed as well!
Wish me luck!!!
Adam (groom of the year??)
This girl really understands The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Just a quick note to remind everyone that my FREE screenwriting telephone seminar about the film Say Anything is tonight at 9:15PM EST. For directions on how to participate, please visit www.ScreenWriterMagic.com.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
A hearty congratulations to my friend Steven Arvanites for winning the 2008 Terror Film Fest!
2008 CLAW AWARD WINNERS
Excellence in the Craft of SCREENWRITING
First Place (Feature Length)
Screenwriter, Steven Arvanites
For more information about his big win, please visit terrorfilmfestival.net.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Despite the fact I am not much of a college basketball fan, I found myself rooting for Western Kentucky in their win over Illinois last night. I have found that there is rarely one big reason for why we like something, but more often a lot of little things. So, here are a few of my little reasons for supporting this Bowling Green, KY team.
John Carpenter, the terrific director, is from the area and spent some time studying at the school. And after years of watching great films like Halloweeen, Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog, I'm comfortable supporting HIS team.
My good friend Kate graduated from the school and many of her experiences there have obviously influenced her entertaining writings. Check out examples of her work at www.postcardsfromkate.blogspot.com.
And, finally, I have a soft spot for their mascot Big Red because my cat shares the name.
Not the best bracketology, I know. But sometimes it's okay just to LIKE something, I think.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
My friend Rebecca Gwynne is the director of this new music video. It was shot using the RED camera on location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A big congratulations to my friend Caytha Jentis for winning the Fifth Annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS is a social satire about suburban soccer parents who live vicariously through the lives of their children. This dark comedy tackles existential themes of loneliness, lost hopes and the lives of quiet desperation, winning at all costs, and our insatiable need for stimulation. How do mountains of laundry, cyber-sex and daytime tabloid talk shows lead to a dead coach impaled with a soccer corner flag?
The play will be running at the Hunziker Black Box Theatre on:
Thursday - Saturday, April 16 - 18, 8:00 PM*Buy Tickets Now!
Sunday, April 19, 2:00 PM**
Wednesday - Saturday, April 22 - 25, 8:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 12:30 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I am fascinated by what I consider "new stories" and "new adventures." Yesterday, while flipping through The Week, I happened upon this take on what is "new." I'm interested to hear your take on Eberstandt's theory.
“Put down that cheeseburger and listen up,” said George Will in The Washington Post. In a provocative essay in Policy Review, scholar Mary Eberstandt offers a deliciously provocative analysis of the relationship between our attitudes toward sex and food. In some very fundamental ways, Eberstadt argues, food and sex have traded places. Two generations ago, most Americans observed strict moral codes regarding sex but happily ate frozen steaks and canned vegetables. Today society encourages sexual freedom but condemns those who don’t eat locally grown organic veggies and free-range chickens. So we are left with “mindful eating and mindless sex.” There’s nothing wrong with eating more healthfully, of course, said India Knight in the London Times. Eberstandt’s point is that we seem to have transferred the notion of “taboos and rules” from sex – giving the rise to an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, divorce and out-of-wedlock births.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Just a quick reminder to my NYC-based friends that I will be presenting a seminar called "The Creative Business of Screenwriting" for NYWIFT tonight.
You’re a writer working in New York and you’ve just finished that million-dollar screenplay. It’s time to take off your creative writer’s hat and focus your energy on effective marketing.
This informative seminar will show you how to assess the market for your script, find out who the players are, and discover what you need to do to establish contacts and productive working relationships. You’ll learn how to write a great logline; how to make better industry contacts and pitch to them effectively; how to prepare your bio; and how to protect yourself legally, tax-wise and story-wise. The workshop includes a complimentary workbook.
Workshop leader Marilyn Horowitz is a NYWIFT member, writer, producer and script doctor, with a large private practice. She teaches Writing A Screenplay in Ten Weeks and Rewriting A Screenplay in Ten Weeks, at NYU. Her workbook, How To Write A Screenplay In Ten Weeks is available here.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
With the end of Oscar season, I thought it would be some time before we had another inspirational story like Slumdog Millionaire. But here it is.
In an earlier post I encouraged you to vote for my friend Adam Moser for Brides.com's Groom of the Year. Well, you did. And now he's moved onto Round Two.
So, please, take another few seconds and help put him into the Semi Finals!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Many of you have heard stories about my assistant, Chris. Here's a clip of the things he did before he worked with me.
Quick reminder that tonight at 9:15PM, I will be hosting my latest FREE teleseminar, focusing on The Godfather and The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting.
If you've ever considered writing a screenplay but you're not quite sure where to start - this is the seminar for you. It will only be available to the first 100 people who follow the directions below and I hope you'll be able to join me.
For more information, please visit:
Directions How to Enter the Free Teleseminar:
STEP 1 - On MARCH 10th, at 9:15PM E.S.T. Call 1-218-936-7999
STEP 2 - You will then be prompted to enter in a 6 digit ACCESS CODE. That code is 383302
STEP 3 - The message will then read back the ACCESS CODE you entered, if it is correct press #
STEP 4 - The message will then ask you to say your name at the tone, speak your name and press #
DONE!!! YOU ARE IN THE TELESEMINAR !!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Screenwriter John Millius on screenwriting, surfing and Rush Limbaugh at CNN.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
A big congratulations to my friend Michelle Cutler, who sold her wonderful screenplay to Miramax. There's nothing I like more than passing on these encouraging updates to everyone, so please feel free to send me your own success stories.