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mernitman
Writer/songwriter/teacher/script consultant Billy Mernit can often be found walking Venice Beach.
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[This series of posts - Romantic Comedies in the Time of Social Distance - has been created in response to people looking for good rom-coms to watch at home during our current crisis. Some are directly apropos and some will... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Living the Romantic Comedy
Kathy: Glad you like MAN UP - and thank you for reading the new edition. My interview with Tess may be my favorite part of it!
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[Since many people have been asking me of late, What's a good romantic comedy to watch at home now? I'm initiating a new series of posts: Romantic Comedies in the Time of Social Distance. I hope to post suggestions throughout... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Living the Romantic Comedy
Thank you, Ed, and a very happy 02-02-20 to you!
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2020 on The Hidden Heroine at Living the Romantic Comedy
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It's that time of the year again. Everyone who's got a beating heart knows that as soon as February rolls around, there's a major holiday to be reckoned with, one that's come to symbolize the meaning of love and romance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at Living the Romantic Comedy
Ah! I agree. She did the switcheroo that would have the most effective subliminal effect. Very cool... ;->
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2020 on Olden New at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Hi Andrea, That's fascinating. I've heard Gerwig on other venues (e.g. NPR's Fresh Air) and she's always smart and funny about all such matters, but honestly, I'm not sure this principle applies as a general one. In many a rom-com, for example, we meet the heroine or hero with a "Bellamy" - a Wrong Guy - first, so that the arrival of Mr. Right is a clear and significant contrast. In some cases, the "prefer her with the first guy we saw - even though he's not who'll she'll end up with" idea creates intentional complexity (Broadcast News is a good example of that), but... I'd say Gerwig's "First One" theory only applies to some rom-coms. So I guess I wouldn't advocate it as a Thing One Should Necessarily Do... while on the other hand, it's a cool strategy to use if you want to create triangle-like tensions that can misdirect or play with the audience's expectations (e.g. if you WANT the audience to assume your heroine should be with Guy#1, and initially resist Guy#2, even if Guy #2 is ultimately her proper match). And etc. Thanks for the thought-provoking comment!
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2020 on Olden New at Living the Romantic Comedy
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They don't make 'em like they used to, eh, Stephane?
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2020 on Mr. Rom-Com at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Happy Cary Day to Mr. Grant (pictured above with his Rom-Com Heaven co-star, Kate)! On his birthday, it's impossible to resist looking at stills of his indomitable face again, and then getting sucked into the delightful vortex of looking at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2020 at Living the Romantic Comedy
Hi Rob, From your mouth to her ears! Best-o, B.
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2020 on Book Launch at Living the Romantic Comedy
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I’m doing two events in Los Angeles to celebrate the publication of the Revised, Expanded, and Updated 20th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy, which is now 100 pages longer and full of new and intriguing goodies: THURSDAY FEBRUARY... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2020 at Living the Romantic Comedy
There've been so few genuinely romantic and funny moments on screen in 2019, either in romantic comedies or other films, that Greta Gerwig's delivery of a perfect rom-com moment in her new adaptation of Little Women stands out as a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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[This series explores moments (a sequence, scene, shot, image and/or dialogue exchange) that capture something memorable about the phenomenon of humans in or out of love.] The Romance of the Mundane Seeing a genuinely classic romantic comedy on the big... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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If you're a lover of romantic comedy, and you've been complaining about the dearth of rom-coms that have the sophistication, the wordplay and banter, and the substantive subject matter - let alone the laughs - that harken back to the... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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I just sent my draft of the Revised & Expanded 20th Anniversary Writing the Romantic Comedy to my editor, which means I immediately discovered two misspelled names (one of them so famous as to further the embarrassment), a few typos,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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How do you get an agent? After everything we’ve talked about for weeks, this is of course the one and only thing you aspiring screenwriters want to know: How do you get an agent? Well, first, you’re going to have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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This year's award for cinematically having your cupcake and eating it, too, goes to the lightly likable Isn't It Romantic? a combination romantic comedy and rom-com satire which, in attempting to parody a genre, becomes the very thing it's sending... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Sometime ago, I worked as a consultant on filmmaker Agnes Fernandez's romantic comedy screenplay I Think I Love You. Here's its logline: A flirt on the morning commute between an English bus driver and his passenger prompts the driver to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
It's that time of the year again. Everyone who's got a beating heart knows that as soon as February rolls around, there's a major holiday to be reckoned with, one that's come to symbolize the meaning of love and romance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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In 2018, this beloved genre of ours came back after a few years in the wilderness. Clearly the romantic comedy had to "die" in order to be reborn, i.e. to shed some conventional cliches, stereotypical gender tropes, and un-woke wish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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I'll be on the NPR program "1A" tomorrow eve talking romantic comedy @ 8 p.m. in L.A. (KPCC, 89.3) with a fun panel: https://bit.ly/2QG3OKd. Check your local listings and tune in! Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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It's that time of the year, so Billy and Tess, absurdly overdue for another podcast, gift each other with some favorite rom-com moments, make romantic comedy resolutions, and wax poetic about where we are and where we'd like to be.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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This new series explores moments (a sequence, scene, shot, an image or a dialogue exchange) that capture something memorable about the phenomenon of humans in or out of love. Expectations vs. Reality The sophisticated screenplay for (500) Days of Summer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Living the Romantic Comedy
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Though Bertolucci is most famous for Last Tango, it was The Conformist that changed my cinematic life when I saw its American premiere at the NY Film Festival in 1970. When the lights came up, one faction in the audience... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at Living the Romantic Comedy