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Craig and John open the overflowing listener mailbag to tackle questions on everything from montages to life rights to passive heroes. Plus, we have a definitive answer on whether to number minor characters. (Don’t.)

We also finally address a major controversy: Craig’s missing cover of “Killing the Blues” from Episode 109. It exists, and you can listen to it today.

The Scriptnotes 2017 Holiday Live Show will be December 7th in Hollywood. Mark your calendars! Tickets available soon.


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Superhero Bits: Justice League Box Office, The New Kick-Ass, Infinity War Trailer Rumor & More

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Will Martian Manhunter be part of Crisis on Earth X? How much is Justice League going to make this weekend, and where will Thor: Ragnarok land on the box office charts? Who is the new Kick-Ass? Do we finally have an idea when the Avengers: Infinity War trailer will arrive? What happened to Willem Dafoe‘s scenes as Vulko in Justice League? All that more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Watch the promo for “threat of eXtinction,” the upcoming eighth episode of the first season of FOX’s The Gifted.

Justice League is looking at a $ 95 million opening weekend based on the early box office estimates being reported.

Henry Cavill thanked all the fans who have supported him as Superman over the years as Justice League arrives.

Deadline is estimating that Thor: Ragnarok will pull in over $ 30 million in its third weekend at the box office.

See what’s coming in “Things That Go Boom,” the tenth episode of the fourth season of Gotham coming soon to FOX.

Danny Elfman is open to composing more scores for DCEU movie after working on the Justice League score.

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One father created a comic book superhero with Down Syndrome so his son could have a hero of his own to admire.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead isn’t just an X-Men trainee anymore when we see her again in Deadpool 2.

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6 Old Grammar Rules That Are Finally Going Out of Style

Writers should feel free to write stories how the stories need to be told.

In 2014, I composed a 15-part series called ‘So-Called Screenwriting Rules’. Bottom line: There are no screenwriting rules. There are conventions… expectations… but seeing as there is no singularly accepted rule-book, there cannot be any universally accepted set of rules.

Rules are by their very nature restrictive. They can tend to inhibit creativity. This is not just semantics. It speaks to the freedom we, as screenwriters, have to tell a story any God damn way that story needs to be told.

For example, we are not required to write complete sentences in a screenplay. Sometimes a single word of scene description is the perfect choice.






Indeed, I argue that screenwriters should approach scene description more like poetry than prose.

Given my mindset on these matters, when I recently stumbled onto this article —’6 Old Grammar Rules That Are Finally Going Out of Style’ — I was all virtual ears. To wit:

When does a grammar rule pass into obsolescence? At what point is non-standard sentence construction widely accepted as standard? Can we as writers loosen up on certain rules when general usage renders an “incorrect” syntax perfectly understandable to the average reader?

Hell, yeah!

Here are the 6 grammar ‘rules’ which the article’s author suggests are becoming passe:

  1. Never end a sentence with a preposition.
  2. Never start a sentence with a conjunction.
  3. Don’t use sentence fragments.
  4. Never split infinitives.
  5. Never use “who” when you should use “whom”.
  6. “They” is not a pronoun.

As far as screenwriting goes, 1 through 4 are spot-on. Whatever your 5th grade English teacher drilled into you about any of these supposed ‘rules’, as a screenwriter, you can drop-kick them out the window.

Again… The story rules.

As to why these grammatical ‘rules’ are losing their grip among writers and readers, I have a theory as to one contributing factor: BLOGGING!

That’s right, people such as myself, who host humble sites like this tend to writer more conversationally. And if I want to start a sentence with a compound conjunction like I just did, I can DO that. Why?

Because this is a blog! It’s not academic or legal or corporate writing, it’s a casual ongoing conversation between you and me.

If I want to intentionally split infinitives, like I just did, I can DO that. As a blogger, I have the freedom to write any way I want.

So, too, screenwriting. Want to write haiku-style like Andrew Stanton did so wonderfully in the script for Wall-e? You can DO that! Want to write a 293 word sentence to convey continuous action like William Goldman did in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? You can DO that!

As long as what you write is clear and readable, and embrace the spirit of the three E’s — Essential, Efficient, Entertaining — you have the freedom to go wherever your story takes you.

My advice: Read contemporary movie scripts. Pay particular attention to how professional writers approach their Narrative Voice. Then play around with your own writing style. Take the mindset of a blogger where you’re attempting through scene description and dialogue to establish a direct line of communication between the reader and the words you’re writing.

And don’t forget: Since there are no ‘rules’ to restrict your creativity, you can embrace the spirit of fun in your writing.

For the rest of the ’6 Old Grammar Rules That Are Finally Going Out of Style’, go here.

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Twitter gives neo-Nazis, racists Dec. 18 deadline—and could then kick them out entirely


Twitter is cracking down on hate speech and not just by looking at its own site. 

In what amounts to a major shift in Twitter policy, the company announced on Friday that it will be monitoring user’s behavior “on and off the platform” and will suspend a user’s account if they affiliate with violent organizations, according to an update to Twitter’s Help Center on Friday. 

“You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes,” the update reads. Read more…

More about Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Online Harassment, Richard Spencer, and Charlottesville

First Trailer for Live-Action ‘Rampage’ Movie Starring Dwayne Johnson

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“Oh, what, you didn’t know about the 30 foot wolf?” Warner Bros has launched the first official trailer for Rampage, the live-action version of the classic 1980s video game about apes and monsters destroying city buildings. Yeah, they actually went and made this. Can you believe it?! Rampage the movie, get out of town! From the director of San Andreas and Incarnate, Rampage follows a primatologist named Davis Okoye, played by Dwayne Johnson, who shares a bond with the big white ape George. Suddenly something weird causes him to start growing in size fast. The full cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Marley Shelton, Jake Lacy, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Joey Thurmond, and P.J. Byrne. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that this looks fun, but it also looks like CGI mania. Yes, there is building smashing. I prefer this Dwayne Johnson over the one in Jumanji any day. ›››

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First Trailer for Goofy Break-In Comedy Film ‘A Bad Idea Gone Wrong’

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“Who are these people trying to protect themselves from?” Freestyle Digital Media has debuted the first trailer for the indie comedy A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, a goofy film about two wanna-be thieves who trap themselves in a house they just broke into. Yeah, it’s pretty much one of those why-not, let’s-try-it concepts that kind of works, but also kind of doesn’t. This played at a few festivals this year to quite a bit of acclaim, like winning the Best Feature prize at the dead CENTER Film Festival. The cast of A Bad Idea Gone Wrong includes Matt Jones, Will Rogers, Eleanore Pienta, Sam Eidson, and Jonny Mars. This looks a bit odd, there’s something weird about the trailer that doesn’t feel quite right to me. But I do think this seems like the film would be worth seeing at a festival. There’s something quirky about it that’s appealing enough. ›››

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‘Justice League’ is Coming Together for $110+ Million Opening While ‘Wonder’ Looks to Surprise

This weekend Marvel’s latest hit Thor: Ragnarok is looking to top $ 250 million after 17 days in release while Warner Bros. and DC Comics unveil their latest entry into the DC Extended Universe, Justice League looking to make a splash globally, though it’s not the only new release the weekend has to offer. Lionsgate will debut the highly anticipated adaptation Wonder while Sony is debuting their faith-based animated title The Star. All-in-all we should be looking at a strong weekend in which…
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Mercury 13 Miniseries at Amazon From Bradley Whitford and Amy Pascal

Amazon is developing a Mercury 13 miniseries from Bradley Whitford and Amy Pascal

Amazon is developing a Mercury 13 miniseries from Bradley Whitford and Amy Pascal

Amazon Studios is developing a miniseries called Mercury 13 based on Martha Ackmann’s book “The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight,” according to Deadline. The event miniseries comes from Bradley Whitford, Amy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures and Tim and Trevor White’s Star Thrower Entertainment. Liz Hannah (The Post) will write Mercury 13 and serve as showrunner and executive producer. Pascal will executive produce with the Whites, Whitford and manager Adena Chawke from Greenlight Management, with Allan Mandelbaum co-executive producing with consulting producer P.J. Roth.

The story is set in 1961 and tells the story of a group of women who underwent secret testing to become the first American female astronauts. Though they passed their tests at the Lovelace Foundation, NASA and Capitol Hill never let them progress.

Here is the Amazon description of the book: “In 1961, just as NASA launched its first man into space, a group of women underwent secret testing in the hopes of becoming America’s first female astronauts. They passed the same battery of tests at the legendary Lovelace Foundation as did the Mercury 7 astronauts, but they were summarily dismissed by the boys’ club at NASA and on Capitol Hill. The USSR sent its first woman into space in 1963; the United States did not follow suit for another twenty years.

“For the first time, Martha Ackmann tells the story of the dramatic events surrounding these thirteen remarkable women, all crackerjack pilots and patriots who sometimes sacrificed jobs and marriages for a chance to participate in America’s space race against the Soviet Union. In addition to talking extensively to these women, Ackmann interviewed Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, and others at NASA and in the White House with firsthand knowledge of the program, and includes here never-before-seen photographs of the Mercury 13 passing their Lovelace tests. 

“Despite the crushing disappointment of watching their dreams being derailed, the Mercury 13 went on to extraordinary achievement in their lives: Jerrie Cobb, who began flying when she was so small she had to sit on pillows to see out of the cockpit, dedicated her life to flying solo missions to the Amazon rain forest; Wally Funk, who talked her way into the Lovelace trials, went on to become one of the first female FAA investigators; Janey Hart, mother of eight and, at age forty, the oldest astronaut candidate, had the political savvy to steer the women through congressional hearings and later helped found the National Organization for Women.”

What do you guys think of a Mercury 13 miniseries? Let us know in the comments.

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George Clooney to Star in Six-Episode Catch-22 Adaptation

George Clooney is set to star in and direct a six-episode limited series based on the Catch-22

George Clooney is set to star in and direct a six-episode limited series based on the Catch-22

Academy Award-winner George Clooney is set to star in a six-episode limited series based on the Joseph Heller novel “Catch-22,” according to THR. Clooney is also set to direct the series. Catch-22 is written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (War Machine).

Clooney will play Col. Cathcart in this story set in Italy in WWII. It’s the story of U.S. Air Force bombardier Yossarian who is trying to do what he needs to do to go home. The site explains, “The novel explored the paradox of requirements where airmen who felt mentally unfit to fly were not obligated to do so, but anyone who applied to stop flying was sane enough to fly, creating the catch-22 of its title.”

Catch-22 is produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, though it has yet to have a broadcast home. It will reportedly be shopped in December. The novel was turned into a film in 1970 from Paramount Pictures starring Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin and Bob Newhart, and directed by Mike Nichols. There was a pilot on ABC, produced by Paramount Television in 1973 starring Richard Dreyfuss, though it never went past that stage. Clooney and Grant Heslov from Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures will direct and executive produce. Davies and Michod will executive produce. Richard Brown and Steve Golin from Anonymous Content will also executive produce.

Clooney is known for his work on the TV series ER for which he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. He has appeared in the films Syriana for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor,  The DescendantsUp in the Air and Michael Clayton for which he was nominated for Best Actor and Argo. He has directed SuburbiconThe Monuments MenThe Ides of MarchLeatherheadsGood Night, and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

What do you guys think of George Clooney starring in and directing a limited series version of “Catch-22?” Let us know in the comments.

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Wednesday, Nov. 15 Filming Locations for You, Orange Is The New Black, Power, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for November 15:  Filming in California TV Series: Criminal Minds Stars: Matthew Grey Guler Location: Quixote Studio, Los Angeles TV Series: NCIS: LA Stars: LL Cool J Location: Paramount Studios, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago PD Stars: Jason Beghe Location:1600 S Rockwell, Chicago Filming in New […]

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