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“When we shoot these films, I don’t move my lips very much. I keep my mouth kind of closed so that when I see the film before we finish it, I can change the dialogue and make it better.” Marlon Brando during ADR session for The Godfather (via editor Walter Murch) “There’s a movie you […]

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  I had this amazing experience of being able to go into a screening room at Fox and watch [James L. Brooks] direct Broadcast News, through his dailies. I remember watching the dailies of the scene where Holly Hunter and William Hurt are in those rolling chairs, and it’s kind of a great romantic moment where […]

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Films are not essays, they’re not pieces of writing. They’re things that move and flicker and make noise. I just started with the emotion I wanted to create in an audience, the emotion that a great drum solo can create for me. . . . I knew [Whiplash] was not going to be a subtle, quiet […]

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“If I were starting now, I would not go into film at all. I would not be a screenwriter. I would go into television. I’d go into theater. I’d write fiction. I would not subject myself to the screenwriter’s existence, ‘cause you’re not really a writer. It’s a simulacrum of a writing process. You’re living […]

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“I hate all kinds of writing.” Larry David Before Larry David created Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld, he failed to impress his parents or comedy club audiences with his comic genius: I told my parents about wanting to be a comedian and my mother said, ‘You’re not funny, Larry. I’ve never heard you say anything funny.’ […]

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“Kindness is free.” Writer/director Garry Marshall Back in ’70s Jimmy Walker was a comedian and actor was at the height of his fame— famous for his role as J.J. in the hit show Good Times and his catch phrase Dy-no-mite! But here’s an account that Men in Black screenwriter Ed Solomon tells about when he was a […]

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There’s a good chance you’ve used the word flow without intellectually unpacking the word. It’s common to hear athletes talk about being in the flow. It’s the basketball players who appears to be in the zone hitting every three-point shot they take. It’s the songwriter who talks about a song writing itself. Flow is the […]

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“I had done some country [music], but more sort of tongue-in-cheek.  I didn’t really think I had a talent for country. I don’t think I was really interested in doing country until I met Gram [Parsons] and he really made me see the subtleties of it and the poetry in it. And singing with him […]

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I took this exterior photo of the Ritz Theatre in Winter Haven, Florida earlier this evening. Its roots (originally The Williamson Theatre) go back to 1925 when vaudeville theater and silent movies ruled the day. It’s survived over the years included an extended period when the theatre went dark. Local citizen not only saved the […]

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‘Uniquely familiar,’ a phrase coined by veteran producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Lethal Weapon), is the stock and trade of Hollywood. In other words, you should this outside the box, but don’t try to bring your own box to L.A., because over the past hundred years or so, Hollywood has developed a way to do business […]

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