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The Bitter Script Reader
Los Angeles, CA
A Hollywood script reader working to save writers from their mistakes
Interests: screnwriting, filmmaking, comic books, movies
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My two picks: Sarah Shahi and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Frankly, I'm not too wild about any of them on your list. The height issue can be overcome with clever blocking and both women have played roles in the past that have required them to be tough and kick ass.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2010 on Casting WONDER WOMAN at GeekWeek
As a Daily Show fan I'm not too thrilled with this. Maybe it's just a persona but Olivia's been giving off a "too good for this" attitude on AOTC for a while now and it's hard to see that meshing with TDS's cast. I think she might be a better fit on Colbert where they could use her as a spoof of Fox News's fembot correspondents.
Great interview, Wil. As I am about to embark on my own webseries (assuming a few pieces fall into place) I found the discussion of DVD authoring and distribution most interesting. Since you'll be hooking up with some of "the old gang" this weekend in Phoenix, what are the odds of a brief interview/roundtable with them in an upcoming podcast?
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Coincidentally, I just watched Season 3 of The Guild last night was debating if it was worth tweeting you to see if there were any plans to bring you back next season. I eventually figured, "Eh, Wil will drop that spoiler when he's ready." Nice timing. Loved the beetle bit on the blooper reel!
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Deadline.com didn't break this story. Geekweek had it several days ago. http://www.geekweek.com/2010/05/rosie-huntingtonwhiteley-to-replace-megan-fox-in-transformers-3.html
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I followed the link here from Go into the Story. As a fellow reader I just want to nod my head in agreement.
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I never miss a Seinfeld quote. That's from the Kramer anecdote about sitting in mud, a story which he sold to J. Peterman.
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Thanks Tim! Glad you enjoy it.
Toggle Commented Apr 13, 2010 on GeekWeek: meet CHAD, MATT & ROB! at GeekWeek
Great write-up on some genuinely funny guys.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2010 on GeekWeek: meet CHAD, MATT & ROB! at GeekWeek
As a Superman fan for nearly three decades, I'm with you on all of these except for #2. Using Welling brings as much baggage as using Brandon Routh would. The new movie doesn't need to be burdened with SMALLVILLE's backstory as its history, so even if Tom Welling was a stellar actor casting him wouldn't give the series the fresh start that WB wants. Welling's grown on me over the years, and granted he's had to deal with a lot of crap writing on SMALLVILLE, but I don't think he'd cut it as a big screen Superman. I'd love to see Routh get another shot at it, but that brings with it the same problem, as Warners wants distance from SUPERMAN RETURNS. (I rather liked RETURNS, but it's clear this new film is going to be a fresh start.) As for Lois, I'd love to see them cast someone like Sarah Shahi from NBC's LIFE. She's able to play tough and assertive without coming across as bitchy. Lois doesn't have to be a total unknown but it should be someone who isn't already a major movie star.
Not true. In John August's blog post - the one that stirred up this hornet's nest - he refers to how ScriptShadow covered one of his scripts with a "largely laudatory" review and the studio still went nuts. So it isn't just a negative review that has the potential to upset writers or hurt their careers. It's the fact that the material is being disseminated and reviewed at all on a widely-read blog. Though I don't doubt that a negative review could be FAR more damaging. Ask J.J. Abrams about how his SUPERMAN project pretty much got killed by a detailed script review on AICN a few years back.
Sorry about the atrocious grammar above. Part of a sentence accidentally got deleted before posting and now it's apparently too late to edit. I just want to add that there are a lot of pros who have taken the same position as John, such as Crag Mazin (linked in in Silly String's post) and Ted Elliott.
Shax, I'll do you one better. In addition to the writers who have spoken out in support of John on various other threads, several of them signing their names: Michael Gilvary - http://johnaugust.com/archives/2009/how-scriptshadow-hurts-screenwriters#comment-174980 Marianne Wiberly - http://artfulwriter.com/?p=1018#comment-22316 Gary Whitta talks about how violated he felt when his script reviewed without permission online. http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showpost.php?p=602346&postcount=129 And here are some anonymous claims: From a writer who says he was hurt by the site - http://johnaugust.com/archives/2009/how-scriptshadow-hurts-screenwriters#comment-174994" An agent who posts at Done Deal under the name Darylyo offers this horror story. Someone with more experience at Done Deal could probably vouch as to how credible this guy is. - http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showpost.php?p=602356&postcount=137 As I have said elsewhere, I don't think ScriptShadow intended to have this effect on writers' careers, but this isn't a debate about his motives - it's a discussion of the effect of his site and review sites like his.
Those interested in the Done Deal Pro 84-page argument/discussion about this topic can find it here
Bravo. This issue might be a few months old, but it certainly bears repeating. I blogged on this issue twice back when John August first went after SS, and I was shocked at the ignorance displayed in many of the comments. And though I didn't follow it closely, somewhere on the Done Deal Pro boards there's a long thread that's swimming in equal ignorance. I used to link to ScriptShadow, but I don't any longer and I no longer visit there regularly. I'm willing to trust that he didn't foresee these problems when he started. Now that he's been made aware of the issue I am disappointed he hasn't made significant changes. Thus, I don't wish to support his site for fear of contributing to future horror stories like those of the writers who had deals go south directly because a review (whether it was positive or negative) and the script "got out of the tube."
There are some great examples here. As someone who reads a lot of scripts by aspiring and "baby" writers, I see this genre done wrong a lot more often than it's done right. It's not easy to write about writers (especially screenwriters) and not end up with a script that's utterly self-indulgent. Fortunately, most of the creators involved in these films not had decent careers under their belts before they started writing about writing. Someone shouldn't write one of these films until they're in a position to know what they're talking about.
Toggle Commented Feb 1, 2010 on 20 Greatest Movies About Writers at GeekWeek
Yeah, when I watch the Donner Cut, I like to pretend it ends with "Up, up and away." It means losing the comeuppance against the bully in the diner, but it gets rid of the repeated ending. The only thing I truly miss from Lester's Cut is "General, would you care to step outside?" That's the one instance of a Lester choice being superior to the Donner moment it replaced. (Lester's sequence of Lois trying to get Superman to save her isn't bad either, but I hate the pink bear.)
I can tell just by reading this that Jonathan's cool. It's probably a pipe dream, but any chance of a special MOTFcast featuring Jonathan, Brent or LeVar as special guests? I'd love to hear that boisterous Frakes laugh following all of your jokes.
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Just a question: since you clearly get a great deal out of the experience of recording with other voice actors, what do you have to do in order to get that sort of performance when being recorded alone? Is the challenge of remaining "in the moment" when not playing against the actual actors a pain or a fun workout?
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2010 on the weight is the gift at WWdN: In Exile
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I first discovered Seth could sing a few years back when he showed up at a Burbank karaoke bar that some friends and I were regularly frequenting at the time. Midway through the night, everyone's attention is commanded by this guy singing "Here's to the Losers" in perfect Rat Pack fashion... and yet, beyond getting the style down, there was something familiar about that voice... Finally my friend said, "You realize who that is, don't you? It sounds just like Brian singing." I, still being slow on the uptake, didn't make the connection until he clairified "Brian from Family Guy." He proved to be a helluva nice guy. One of the girls in our party had just gone through a bad break-up and to her chagrin, one of our friends dedicated a song to her saying, "She just broke up with a loser and needs to meet someone nice." About half an hour one of those rose peddlers comes into the bar, trying to get people to buy his wares. We waved him off and about five minutes later, he comes back with his entire bucket's work of roses. "Hey man, we said we weren't interested," one of us said. The peddler hands ALL of the roses to my newly-single friend, and indicates they were a gift from "that guy at the bar." Yep. You guessed it. Seth. I'm not the biggest Family Guy fan, but Seth's a class act in my book.
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I've been wondering, Wil... Have you even been on a project where you've experienced that relationship from the other side? Like working with a younger actor who's dealing with the same stuff you were during TNG, prompting you to think, "Ah, so this is what it must have been like to see it from Patrick/Jonathan/Brent/Levar/Michael's POV?"
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2009 on ugly bags of mostly water at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, it's clear that after this episode, having geeks quote "Revenge is a dish best served cold" to you is going to be a thing of the past. Welcome to 5-10 years of being greeted on the street with WHEEEEAAAATONNNN! Wonder if that sort of thing used to happen to Ricardo Montalban? Also, a friend asked me if the beard was something added for the show, ala the Star Trek Mirror Universe eps. I quickly added that it's really yours, as anyone who reads your blog would know. I got called out for being a geek since I knew that... but isn't being able to cite "Mirror, Mirror" equally geeky?
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary at WWdN: In Exile
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My condolences to you and your family, Wil.
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