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I needed a jolt after the July 4th weekend to get back in the saddle and I found it yesterday listening to Marc Maron’s interviews with Carl Reiner (2013) and Jerry Seinfeld (2020). It was like a mini-lesson in peak history in American comedy for the past 70 years. Before Seinfeld became the most financially […]

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I needed a jolt after the July 4th weekend to get back in the saddle and I found it yesterday listening to Marc Maron’s interviews with Carl Reiner (2013) and Jerry Seinfeld (2020). It was like a mini-lesson in peak history in American comedy for the past 70 years. Before Seinfeld became the most financially […]

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The following question and answer is from the Creative Screenwriting magazine article “Frank Darabont on The Green Mile” by Daniel Argent and Erik Bauer: Q. When it came down to translating The Green Mile into a screenplay, how did you put it together? Did you work with paradigms, three-act structures, reverse structures? Frank Darabont: I don’t think I’d […]

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[M]ost of the characters I’ve known as a writer have traveled something of a path from darkness to lightness. Those are the characters that I love: those who seek some kind of enlightenment or betterment, a nobler sense of themselves. Those are the characters I tend to write. It’s a recurring theme in my work. […]

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“Blue Mind, a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness and satisfaction with life in the moment.” —Wallace J. Nichols Blue Mind, Chapter 1 “Why Do We Love Water So Much?’ While walking through the Minneapolis airport about 10 years ago I saw a Hobie Mirage Adventure Island […]

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I took this photo around 6:45AM yesterday just about 15 minutes after sunrise. A massive dust storm off the coast off Africa—nicknamed “Godzilla”—made its way across the Atlantic to Florida this week causing unusually hazy conditions. The Spanish moss hanging from trees is not only common in central Florida where I took this photo, but […]

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“I was going into hiatus on Rawhide, a month layoff. And they said, well, we got this western we want to make in Europe. Italian company. Made in Spain. German co-production. About a $200,000 budget. And I said, I don’t think so. I‘d really rather take the time off. I got a job and I’m […]

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“Originality is just undetected plagiarism.” —Anonymous (Some version of this quote is attributed to William Ralph Inge, Mark Twain, Herbert Paul, Paul Chatfield, Katharine Fullerton Gerould, and others.) “I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it—if my work has anything it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them […]

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Director Joel Schumacher died a couple of days ago and while he’s known for many films (St.  Elmo’s Fire, The Client, A Time to Kill, Phone Booth, Batman Forever, Phone Booth) the first film of his that came to find when I heard he passed was Falling Down. Written by Ebbe Roe Smith and starring […]

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” —Martin Luther King (Rephrasing a 1853 sermon by abolitionist minister Theodore Parker.) Over the weekend I saw the screenwriter Paul Schrader posted on his YouTube page this interview with Marlon Brando and Johnny Carson from May, 5, 1968. Except that this two […]

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