“I danced on a coffee table with my brother when the Bears won the Super Bowl in 1985.” Screenwriter Diablo Cody Vogue “There’s so many kids who only know me from the video game.” John Madden Super Bowl XI winning coach, broadcaster, and namesake of Madden NFL video games   In keeping with my football-theme […]

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“Greek classical drama frequently afflicted the hero with a blind spot that prevented that character from seeing the error of his or her ways.” Paul Lucey Story Sense Recently I read a screenwriter say that she began developing script ideas with a character flaw. I believe the concept for Jerry Maguire started with a conversation […]

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”I think sometimes in life the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen in your life.” Tom Brady Six-time Super Bowl winning QB Tom Brady and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman spent yesterday at Disney World here in Orlando. Congrats to the entire New England Patriots team. Scott W. Smith

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While it wasn’t a super Super Bowl (unless you’re Tom Brady and team), but it’s always a pleasure to listen to former NFL player Tony Romo call the game. But my favorite part of the game was the Andy Warhol commercial. It grabbed my attention because I wondered what I was looking at. Was it […]

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While Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is wearing #16 in the real-life Super Bowl today, the above photo is actor Warren Beatty wearing #16 and playing in the fictitious Super Bowl from the movie Heaven Can Wait.  Crazy coincidence—especially since the movie was in theaters 40 years ago and the uniforms are pretty similar […]

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While Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is wearing #16 in real life Super Bowl today, the above photo is actor Warren Beatty wearing #16 and playing in the fictitious Super Bowl from the movie Heaven Can Wait.  Crazy coincidence—especially since the movie was in theaters 40 years ago and the uniforms are pretty similar. […]

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Since the Super Bowl is tomorrow I thought I’d try to find a quote that tied filmmaking and football together. Mission accomplished from not only a former college football player but one who has a film up for seven Oscars this year— including Best Picture. “A lot of the things I’ve learned, I learned from […]

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In a 1981 New York Times article, Yale professor Harold Bloom was one of the authors asked what books he would have liked to have written. Here’s an excerpt of his answer: “I like to keep good books, and I would not want one of mine to elbow Mark Twain or Melville off the shelf. […]

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“I try to make my screenplays as readable an experience as I can.” William Goldman Both Aaron Sorkin and Tony Gilroy talk about one of the important things they learned personally from William Goldman was trying to give the reader of their scripts the same experience emotionally as they would get from watching the movie. […]

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“I try to make my screenplays as readable an experience as I can.” William Goldman Both Aaron Sorkin and Tony Gilroy talk about one of the important things they learned personally from William Goldman was trying to give the reader of their scripts the same experience emotionally as they would get from watching the movie. […]

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