Daily Dialogue theme next week: School

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The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: School, suggested by Gisela Wehrl.

‘Election’ (1999)

Oh, so many movies set in school. College. High School. Middle School. Elementary School. Even Kindergarten. This should be easy finding seven great examples of dialogue.

What to do:

  • Copy/paste dialogue from IMDb Quotes or some other transcript source.
  • Copy/paste the URL of an accompanying video from YouTube or some other video source.
  • Any trivia about the movie which you think would be of interest to readers, we always welcome that.

I’d also ask you to think about why the dialogue is notable. Is there anything about the dialogue which provides some takeaway related to the craft of writing? If so, feel free to share your Dialogue On Dialogue.

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Upcoming schedule of themes:

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December 4-December 10: Medical [Denise Garcia]
December 11-December 17: Lie
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Be sure to post your ideas for this week’s theme: School.

Continued thanks to all of you Daily Dialogue devotees, your suggested dialogue and dialogue themes. Grateful for your ongoing support of this series!

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Justice League Grosses $82.1 Million Globally on Friday

Justice League grosses $ 82.1 million globally on Friday

Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Justice League debuted to an estimated $ 38.8 million domestically on Friday, with $ 13 million of that figure coming from Thursday previews. Audiences liked the movie more than critics on Rotten Tomatoes and gave Justice League a B+ CinemaScore.

Internationally, Justice League pulled in an estimated $ 43.3 million on Friday from approximately 47,500 screens, bringing the international total to $ 70.7 million after three days of release. The global total stands at $ 109.5 million so far.

Of the international territories, China easily topped with $ 15.1 million on Friday from about 21,000 screens. Including sneaks, the total in the country is now $ 16.4 million. Warner Bros. estimates that the Saturday gross there will be $ 21 million.

RELATED: What’s After Justice League? Here’s Every DC Film in Development

Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeMan of Steel), the screenplay is by Joss Whedon and Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio. Whedon directed the additional photography for the sequel and oversaw the completion of its post production following Snyder’s family tragedy. Justice League was produced by Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns. The executive producers are Jim Rowe, Wesley Coller, Curt Kanemoto, Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck.

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Maybe the problem with ‘Justice League’ is that it’s not enough like ‘Batman v Superman’


Justice League is fine. It’s fine! If you trust the Tomatometer, it is 13 percentage points more fine than its predecessor, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Justice League earned those points by going out of its way to address the criticisms lobbed at BvS, resulting in a film that’s lighter, funnier, more narratively straightforward. 

It’s just not nearly as interesting. And that’s a damn shame.

Whatever its shortcomings, Batman v Superman felt like the product of a single distinctive vision. Maybe not the vision everyone wanted – maybe one that some people found annoying or unpleasant or even downright reprehensible – but a single distinctive vision nonetheless.  Read more…

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How to Write a Christmas Classic Movie

Oh the charm of a Christmas classic movie!

‘Tis the Christmas Season, when families come together and inevitably gather around the TV to watch a heart-warming, often funny, Christmas themed movie. Done well, they will want to watch the same movie year after year to re-generate those joyful feelings.

The christmas classic movie is an excellent Indie film-maker’s platform. In 2016, home video sales was $ 20 billion and TV on demand streaming was another $ 10 billion and growing. The 2017 – 2022 box office figures from VOD and online viewing is staggering. In this season, Christmas movies are what people crave. Hallmark is currently feeding the hunger for Christmas movies with cheesy holiday themed stories that get thousands of views a week. And Christmas movies are ideal for Indie budgets because they are often set in regular family life where nothing has to explode; and car chases are optional. What it really takes for a movie to become a Christmas Classic movie is a good script.

The rest of the year there is a strong theme in movies where good takes on evil and one of them wins. It’s a fear driven world where being on the side of virtue justifies fighting back.

But in this season, a Christmas movie is the clash of a fear-driven world and a love-based world. Rather than fighting each other, they learn to cross the distance between their world-views. The protagonist gains the benefit of knowing a second way of being in the world!

Christmas classic movie explained

I first noticed this in Miracle on 34th St. Remember the scene where the tired shopper says “I don’t get it. Imagine a big store like Macy’s sending people to another store. Putting the people ahead of the commercialism! I never shopped here much before, but from now on I am going to be a loyal Macy’s customer!”

Macy’s Santa was driven by love of the children and there was a generative effect that spread across the country. Macy’s did the unexpected love-driven thing and gained more benefits than they did when they tried their linear selling/fear-driven methods.

A Christmas Carol and Scrooged have the same theme where Scrooge thinks life is about pushing back the dangers of poverty by making lots of money. The big aha comes when he awakens, literally, to the joys of relationships with people.

Home Alone as a Christmas classic movie

Home Alone is a comedy of clever pranks supported by a backstory of a family so focused on the job of getting to NYC for a family vacation that they leave a kid at home, alone. The irony of wanting time together as a family, which is totally love-driven, resulting in forgetting to bring a family member is funny! It’s that clash of two worlds. The irony continues as the family under-estimates their amazingly resilient kid, and you feel this kind of glowing pride in him.

Elf is a comedy set in the love-driven world of The North Pole, where an adopted human journeys to NYC to help his father convert from a strictly fear-driven world (“No we’re not going to correct our printing mistake that make the children’s book nonsensical. It will cost too much!”) to include a love driven world.

Writing a Christmas classic movie

Writing a Christmas Classic Movie is playing with the different operating conditions between the fear-driven and the love-driven frames of mind. There is conflict and there is humour because everything in the love-based world is the opposite of a good idea from the fear-driven perspective.

1.Understanding power

Let’s start with understandings of power. In the fear driven world, power is the ability to assert your will, even against the will of others or other factors. This is the endless source of relatable comedy in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase is trying to assert his will to have a warm family holiday by having a tree and xmas lights, and family visit IN A BIG WAY. It’s as if he thinks the bigger the effort the happier the family. What the viewer sees is that what really makes for a happy family vacation is nurturing their relationships. It is hilarious how Chevy has this hot wife that he ignores and kisses on the forehead until the very end of the movie.

In Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby tries to assert his will and keep the woman he loves from his best friend who keeps stealing his fiancées by offering them career success. What he doesn’t get is that power is different in the love-driven world. Here, power comes from being all that you can be, and wanting others to be all that they can be. Bing learns that he needs to be his wonderful self and give her the freedom to choose to be with him. It’s the only way to know you have true love.

2.Understanding competition

Another operating condition of the fear-driven world is to see life as a competition. There are winners and losers. You’re high on the hierarchy or low on the hierarchy. Things are good or they are bad. This either/or thinking style is the opposite of the natural default in a love-driven world. Here people say “yes, and…”. They want to make a connection. And, they can hold the space for two different ideas to co-exist. They care most about relationships between people.

3.Nature vs nuture

In Trading Places, the old guys make a bet on the question of nature vs nurture. They outcast a well-bred stockbroker and elevate a street beggar (asserting their will). Then they sit back to see who will be the winner. They never imagined that the two men would meet and form a relationship. With the help of a big-hearted hooker, the two guys go from competitors to friends (very Gilgamesh). They gain love-driven power and both benefit.

4. Objectivity and Subjectivity

We have time for one more operating condition of the Christmas classic movie, which is objectivity in the linear fear-driven world and subjectivity in the circular, love-based world.

In Miracle on 34th Street, Maureen O’Hara thinks she can be totally realistic in life. She reasons that taking a facts based objective approach to life, including Christmas, will protect her and her daughter from heartache. She learns that caring about feelings, dreams, and having faith in people are the ingredients of a happy life. You can’t always take an objective, common sense approach.

It’s funny that the corporation gets the message at the beginning of the movie and she doesn’t until the end. Also, the leading male is championing the love-based world and the leading female is in the fear-driven world. It’s all topsy-turvy!

Fade out

Christmas movies are not for the cynical. The writer’s challenge is to let down the protective shield required to navigate the fear-driven world. Let yourself, and by extension the audience, gush with love and feelings of connection, (I can’t finish without a nod to It’s a Wonderful Life!) and you’ll be on track for writing a great Christmas Classic.

Want to learn more about writing a Christmas Classic Movie?

I’m presenting a special evening film class at Raindance London on Thursday November 30th: How To write A Classic Christmas Movie.
Hope to see you there.

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98 Crisis on Earth-X Photos Released by The CW!

98 Crisis on Earth-X Photos Released by The CW

98 Crisis on Earth-X photos released by The CW!

The CW has released no less than 98 Crisis on Earth-X photos! Crisis on Earth-X begins with Supergirl on Monday, November 27 during its usual 8 PM time slot, with Arrow following at 9 PM. Those episodes will be followed by The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Tuesday, November 28 at 8 PM ET and 9 PM ET, respectively.

The crossover event is described as follows: Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) and Iris’s (guest star Candice Patton) wedding brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. All of the superheroes band together with help from their super friends like Citizen Cold (guest star Wentworth Miller), The Ray (guest star Russell Tovey), Felicity Smoak (guest star Emily Bett Rickards), Iris West and Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) to take on their most formidable villains yet. Earth’s mightiest heroes – Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell), Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and White Canary (guest star Caity Lotz) – lead their teams into battle to save the world.

Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim penned the story for the crossover with the individual parts directed by Larry Teng, James Bamford, Dermott Downs, and Gregory Smith.

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(Adjective) Soldier

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.


Email us at ask@johnaugust.com

You can download the episode here.


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

Metaphase Comic Book

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.

Continue Reading Superhero Bits>>

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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

Rampage Movie Trailer

“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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