Daily Dialogue — June 24, 2017

“Rollo Tomasi.”

L.A. Confidential (1997), screenplay by Brian Helgeland & Curtis Hanson, novel by James Ellroy

The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Unexpected Death, suggested by Angry Cyborg.

Trivia: Kevin Spacey had a great deal of difficulty playing dead. It was easy enough for him to stare straight ahead when there was another actor in front of him, but he first instinct was to follow James Cromwell with his eyes when he moved. He had to ask a production assistant to draw a circle for him to look at onto the opposite wall.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Shooting a guy to death just after you offer him a cup of coffee? Not only unexpected, but cold. However Vincennes (Kevin Spacey) gets the last laugh, his line “Rollo Tomasi” right up there with another famous name Spacey uttered: “Keyser Soze” (The Usual Suspects).

Daily Dialogue — June 24, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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2017 Annual Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab

Now open for submission for October 8–14, 2017 intensive writers workshop.

From the good folks at the Black List:

We are very pleased to announce that the opt-in period is now open for our 2017 Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab.

The Black List will invite six to eight promising non-professional writers to a weeklong, intensive writers workshop in Los Angeles, CA from October 8–14, 2017. All writers involved in the Lab will workshop one feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with screenwriting mentors and in peer workshops. The weeklong program will also include attendance at several story-related events including screenings and Q&As with professional screenwriters and dinner with lit agents and managers.

The selection process will work like this:

The opt-in period will close at midnight on Sunday, August 27, 2017. On Monday, August 28, 2017, up to fifteen writers will be invited, based on the strength of their scripts as determined by the Black List, to submit a professional resume and one-page personal statement due on Thursday, August 31, 2017. From those personal statements, Lab screenwriting mentors and the Black List will select six to eight writers to participate in the Lab. Finalists will be notified on September 5, 2017.

Evaluations purchased before midnight on Thursday, July 27, 2017 will be guaranteed consideration. Please note, purchase of an evaluation is not required for consideration to participate in The Feature Lab.

Air travel (coach class roundtrip flights within the continental United States) and accommodations will be provided by the Black List. If you are accepted into the Lab, you will be required to board in the provided accommodations for the duration of the program. The Feature Lab is a residential program.

Writers are also available to opt-in for the Sloan Fellowship being offered in 2017:

  • The Black List’s 2017 Sloan Foundation Fellow at the 4th Annual Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab will be a science- and technology-focused writer with a science-rooted feature screenplay. Mentoring opportunities for the Sloan Fellow will continue throughout the year following the Lab. Writers will have the opportunity to be considered for this fellowship by selecting the “Sloan Foundation Fellow” option during the opt-in process.
  • Writers applying for the Sloan Fellowship are encouraged to have a science advisor for the project. Scripts that are selected for the short list will be asked to submit the name and title of the advisor, a brief description of their scientific area of expertise, and a statement that he/or she has read the script and attests that it is accurate. Writers are encouraged to submit this information in advance of the short list announcement as well.

Beginning today, writers who meet the below criteria can opt their scripts into consideration for the Labs selection process during the uploading process or the “My Scripts” portion of the website:

  • You are the sole and exclusive author of the feature screenplay submitted for consideration.
  • You have not received more than $ 100K in aggregate to date as compensation for film or television writing work.
  • If selected on August 28, 2017 as one of the up to fifteen writers invited to submit a professional resume and one page personal statement for additional consideration, you will deliver that personal statement by noon PST on August 31, 2017.
  • If selected for participation in the Lab program on September 5, 2017, you are available to participate in the Lab program in Los Angeles, CA on October 8–14, 2017.

Needless to say, we are excited by this opportunity to continue the educational work of the Black List with this singular opportunity to highlight and support up-and-coming television and film writing talent.

If you have any questions about the process, please check out our FAQ.

Make a note of the August 27th deadline and don’t miss your chance. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles this fall!

The Black List

2014 Black List Screenwriting Lab session in Las Vegas

This will be the 4th Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab to go along with 5 mini-labs hosted in 2015. I have been a mentor at each one and am happy to report I will be participating again at this year’s event. Mentors at previous labs include Jessica Bendinger, Max Borenstein, Stephany Folsom, Derek Haas, Eric Heisserer, Brian Koppelman, Graham Moore, Billy Ray, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, and Beau Willimon.

To get a sense of how impactful these labs have been for participating writers, go here to read observations from past selectees.

To learn more about the 2017 Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab, go here.

Hope to see you there!

2017 Annual Black List Feature Screenwriters Lab was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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12 hilariously viral moments from the UK election campaign 2017


It’s widely known that General Election campaigns tend to be long, depressing affairs. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally devoid of fun.

Nestled among the repetitive answers and frustrating debates are brief, shining moments of hilarity. Sometimes these come from obvious places (politicians eating food), and sometimes less obvious (politicians asking random members of the public to «smell their spaniel»).

From tweets on the official House of Cards account to spectacularly odd campaign videos, we give you some of the most viral moments from the UK general election 2017 campaign trail: Read more…

More about Politics, Uk, Election, Jeremy Corbyn, and Tim Farron

Daily Dialogue — June 5, 2017

HARRY: No! No!
FUDGE: For God’s sake, Dumbledore, what’s happened?
HARRY: He’s back! He’s back! Voldemort’s back! Cedrick, he asked me to bring his body back. I couldn’t leave him. Not there.
DUMBLEDORE: It’s all right, Harry, it’s all right. He’s home. You both are.
FUDGE: Keep everybody in their seats. A boy’s just been killed.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), screenplay by Steve Kloves, novel by J.K. Rowling

The Daily Dialogue theme for next week: Triumph, suggested by Shannon Corbeil. Today’s recommendation by Will King.

Trivia: Early drafts had Ron’s estranged brother Percy appearing in a key supporting role but it was written out in the final drafts. In an interview, Chris Rankin, who plays Percy, revealed that his contract of the franchise stipulates that he must appear in four films; the first three, with the option of appearing in either this movie or the next one, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Given the fact that Percy appears much longer in the latter, he opted out of the film in favor of appearing in the next one.

Dialogue On Dialogue: Commentary by Will: “A triumph can sometimes be the worst thing to do to a character. Harry, forced to participate in the Triwizard tournament, emerges the victor, but at the cost of the life of a friend he couldn’t save and with the realization that his mortal enemy, Voldemort, is now fully embodied and returning to power. Bringing Voldemort to life right at the height of what should be Harry’s triumph both raises the stakes and heightens the emotions when Harry should be able to celebrate overcoming all the odds that had been stacked against him. Instead, the crisis only deepens.”

Daily Dialogue — June 5, 2017 was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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A Vibrant Year — My Favorite Films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

2017 Cannes Film Festival

What are the best films out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival? Which ones should you be taking an interest in? What films should be a priority for you to see? After 12 days at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, after 30 screenings, it’s time to present my 2017 list of my Top 5 Favorite Films. This was my 8th time back to this festival, and I love being there in the middle of all, committing fully to seeing as many films as I can. These five below are the ones that I adore, that connected with me emotionally or intellectually, and I hope everyone plans to check them out when they arrive in their neighborhood. They are worth the wait. There were many great films this year, and this is my final recap of the fest (with my list of all the films at the end). ›››

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