This airline gave a free lifetime pass to a baby born mid-flight


An Indian airline has given its youngest customer the ultimate birthday present.

Jet Airways on Sunday said it awarded a free lifetime travel pass to a baby boy born during a flight from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to Kochi in southwest India.

The boy is the first baby to be born in-flight for Jet Airways, a spokesperson confirmed by email.

Pilots diverted flight 9W 569 to Mumbai on Sunday after a passenger went into premature labor during what would’ve been a five-hour flight. The airline’s crew members, along with a trained paramedic who was traveling that day, provided immediate medical assistance. Read more…

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You can watch the last glorious Adam West cameo in this unaired episode of ‘Powerless’


Adam West may have passed away last week, but memorials to the iconic Batman actor continue to pour in.  

Along with the flood of tributes from his peers and admirers on social media and the touching Bat-signal display on the Las Angeles City Hall building, West’s last media appearances are making the internet rounds.   

The actor, who died at 88 from complications from leukemia, kept busy up until the end, as he was almost as famous for his career’s second act poking fun of and referencing the persona he created with his most famous role — but his final TV appearance, a cameo on NBC’s Powerless, never aired after the show was cancelled before it finished its first season.  Read more…

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Go Green with this Paperless Time Card App

Timecard Buddy is a digital replacement for the most common paper time card formats in the industry.

Before we dive into what this free app does and doesn’t do, the most important thing you’ll need to do if you want to use it is to first send a finished sample to your payroll department or producer to make sure they will accept it. If so, huzzah.

Timecard Buddy, from New Endian, is exactly what you think it might be: a device-friendly form-filling app that can replace traditional paper time cards. Available for both iOS (9.0 or higher) and Android devices, the app includes a number of time cards from common payroll companies paired with entry fields.

Like most apps, Timecard Buddy is in active development and currently supports time cards from Entertainment Partners, Pixpay, Cast & Crew, EASE, CAPS and BTL.

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This is why you want a writer’s agreement

I started this site in 2003 to answer questions about screenwriting. Over the years, most of those questions have drifted over to Scriptnotes. The podcast format is ideal for short questions with long answers.

But sometimes, you get a long question that doesn’t work well for audio. This is one of those.

KB writes:

About 13 or so years ago, a friend of a friend approached me and my writing partner about an idea he had. Let’s call him Patrick.

Patrick had a premise for a series that was loosely based on classic characters from pop-culture, but his idea subverted them and gave them new life. He provided us with no written material, but he did have hand-drawn artwork representations of the characters and some clear story concepts that he wanted to explore. He asked us if we could shape these things into a television pilot. There were some casual meetings to talk about how he saw these characters and what the world was like, but they were minimal in scope, which was why he came to us.

We agreed to take it on and then Patrick went out of town to work an extended gig.

During that time, my writing partner and I spent a good six months developing a series bible, creating the characters beyond their sketched images and what we’d been told via conversation, shaping arcs for the first season (and some beyond that), and then we wrote a two-hour pilot.

After sending the first half of the pilot to Patrick, he kind of shrugged it off and stated it wasn’t really in line with his idea, that we’d taken a different direction and he wasn’t digging it. As I recall, he casually suggested we take our parts of the idea and do what we wanted with it for ourselves.

Here’s the important detail: No writer’s agreements were drafted up and signed during all of this.

We were all young idiots doing this in good faith of our friendship. We weren’t professional writers, we were just trying to break in. I recognized that we had zero chance of getting this pilot sold. But it was a good premise and a great exercise in world-building, if anything.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine who was (and still is) a working tv writer, took a look at the full pilot, just as a courtesy to give us general feedback. He was interested enough in it that he called to tell me he was willing to pass it along to a producer he knew — if we got some paperwork sorted out with Patrick.

But when we met with Patrick, he was suddenly very interested in our vision and wanted us to sign away 75% of our rights to the project, claiming he had a right to that 75% as “creator” of the piece (comparing himself to someone who had multiple series on the air at that time), leaving me and my partner to split the remaining 25%…if and when this thing ever sold. His logic was that the overall total (which I think is a number he looked up online, somewhere) would be “enough” that we would be happy with 25%.

I would have been willing to possibly try and negotiate, but my partner was not. Both of us felt that we’d put in the creative grunt work on a version of the project that Patrick wasn’t interested in until there was a barely possible potential sale on the table. The project’s momentum and our friendship with Patrick died that day and we’ve been sitting on it as a very extensive writing sample since then.

Cut to: Present Day

My partner and I are still proud of this work and very interested in independently producing the pilot. Current technology has made this very possible compared to what it would have cost in 2004, which is why it’s coming up now in 2017. But I want to make sure we’re not investing more time and energy into something that’s a pointless pursuit.

Are we (and have we always been) free and clear to continue developing this property for production? And just how off-base was Patrick in his request for 75%?

This is the part where I remind everyone that I’m not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.

But I’m glad you recognize that a lot of this drama could have been prevented if you’d signed some sort of agreement with Patrick early on. The WGA has a sample collaboration agreement which would have probably done the job. If nothing else, it would have formalized your discussions, and might have warned you early on that Patrick was going to be trouble.

Yes: Patrick was way off base asking for 75%. That’s nuts. Considering he seems to have done nothing with his great idea in the 13 intervening years, I’m guessing either (a) he’s not really in the industry, or (b) he has had enough success he’s not even thinking about this early idea.

Either way, you can’t just pretend Patrick never existed.

Even though you never signed anything official, there’s probably some sort of paper trail. Emails and whatnot. You don’t want this guy suddenly resurfacing when you’re trying to sell your pilot to someone, or screen it at a festival.

So I think it’s worth re-approaching him. Find him on Facebook and tell him that you’re looking at making this as an indie pilot for no money. Offer him an executive producer credit, or shared story. If you can come to an agreement, put it in writing.

And if not, drop it. Move on. Spend your money and energy on something new and unencumbered.

Let’s forget about Patrick for the moment and focus on you.

You signed your full name on the email, so I looked you up on IMDb. You’ve written and directed a few shorts and microbudget films, which is great. It’s important to make things.

But 13 years is a long time. I wonder if part of the reason you’re considering resuscitating this dead idea is that it’s the closest you’ve come to heat. From reading the bio you wrote on IMDb, it seems like this was the one project that got real interest from a producer. So it’s natural to want to circle back to it.

Yet that’s almost certainly a mistake.

It’s time to put on our Analogy Hats.

Let’s say you’re an aspiring fashion designer. After years of trying to get people to pay attention to your work, an editor singles out a metallic cape you made. It gets featured on page 94 of the magazine.

Was that cape better than all your other work?

Probably not. It was just the piece that got noticed. It could have just as easily been that belt buckle or, heck, your Analogy Hat. Either way, nothing much comes of the attention. You’re still basically an aspiring fashion designer.

Thirteen years pass. You look at this shiny cape the editor liked and wonder if now is the right time. Maybe the world is finally ready for it. You could spent all your time and money trying to launch it…

…or you could look around and see that, honestly, tastes have changed. Your cape was great, but it was part of its time. You’d be much better off designing something for 2017 and beyond.

If you were to do the same honest assessment of the Patrick project, I wonder if you’d reach the same conclusion. Maybe it’s really your metallic cape. Maybe it’s best left in the closet.

I suspect you’re also encountering a bit of the sunk cost fallacy here. You spent a lot of time on this project, and you love it. It feels like a waste to let it go.

But that’s probably what you should do. Devote yourself to making the next great thing, not the last great thing.

This Week In Trailers: Dear Coward on the Moon, Patti Cake$, Long Strange Trip, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we take a look at a little indie that could, get to know a different kind of white rapper, start spinning like a dervish in the parking lot with other hippie chicks, stand with mouth agape at some schlocky sci-fi, and remember Whitney Houston through the eyes of the director who brought us Kurt & Courtney.

Patti Cake$ Trailer


Man, I love when I get goosebumps when I watch a sizzling trailer like this. Director Geremy Jasper needs to give alms to whatever and whoever put this together because it is tight. Not only do I get where things are going but the flow from one moment to the next is next to fluid. I was inspired, thrilled, excited, and consuming those pull-quotes like affirmations to what I’m feeling as this thing spooled to the end. I don’t know when it’s dropping or where it’s going but I’m in. Completely.

Dear Coward on the Moon Trailer

I just had to share.

I don’t know how I stumbled upon director Carol Brandt’s film but I’m glad I did. The usual polish and high production value of many trailers just doesn’t compare to the earnest vibes that are pouring from every scene we see here. I’m just so enamored by the level of care that was put into making this very tiny movie a lot bigger than it is. The sense of weight and space are fully represented by the moments that are allowed to breathe and stretch out before us. The minimalist music choice in the background is a nice compliment to the ever so soft narration that punctuates our ears every few seconds. I do not know which way the story will go but it matters little when you have a trailer that might as well be a beautiful portrait of how independent movies, the true independent movies, can still move and stir your soul.

Long Strange Trip Trailer

Never listened to one song.

So I think we all someone who is REALLY into The Grateful Dead. My only connection to the band is that I saw Pearl Jam at Soldier Field on July 11th, 1995. The Dead let PJ use their stage and Jerry Garcia would be dead within the month. Director Amir Bar-Lev has a lot of ground to cover, hopefully he’ll be able to answer whether the band is really any good versus good under the right circumstances, but this is a fascinating subculture that, from a sociological point of view, I’m kind of interested in dissecting. I don’t think there are any shattering insights that will bend space and time but this is certainly a documentary that many will appreciate.

WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ Trailer

Crack is whack.

Director Nick Broomfield doesn’t seem to be doing anything more or less than what he did with Kurt & Courtney. It’s not a knock, it’s just saying that what we have here seems to be your run of the mill bio-pic that is going to end real tragically. I’m intrigued enough, though, by what’s here because of how much attention Houston manage to attract in the decades that she was a part of the cultural zeitgeist. The trailer is solid, too, so it has that going for it.


Rogue Warrior Trailer

I just kind of love that this exists out there.

Director Neil Johnson should be given all the kudos for making something that my 13 year-old self would have rented as a VHS way back in the day.

Nota bene: If you have any suggestions of trailers to possibly be included in this column, even have a trailer of your own to pitch, please let me know by sending me a note at or look me up via Twitter at @Stipp

In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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Melissa McCarthy will be back on SNL as Sean Spicer this weekend

Today, Melissa McCarthy was spotted rolling down a Manhattan Street on her White House podium for a skit that will appear on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The famous bit, in which she dresses as White House press secretary Sean Spicer, has become a favorite among fans of the show. McCarthy was seen yelling at traffic to get out of her way as she sped along on her podium. The skit comes just in time, as the real Sean Spicer resumed his duties in the White House press room today, as well. Check out a couple of photos below: @olv Melissa McCarthy spotted outside CNN office window. Dressed as Sean Spicer filming for SNL. — Roxanna Kavanagh (@rox731) May 12, 2017 @olv Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer 58th and 8th Ave. NYC — Thomas Gish (@gosh14) May 12, 2017

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Get Ready For Summer Movies with This ‘Blockbuster Montage’ Video

Summer 2017 Blockbuster Montage

Get ready for the summer movie season! Kicking off today, on May 5th with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the 2017 summer movie seasons runs through August and features plenty of big blockbusters and franchise sequels to enjoy. As a preview of what’s to come to the big screen this summer, film critic Amon Warmann has put together this video called the «Summer 2017 Blockbuster Montage«, or «AMONtage». Featuring footage from over 15 big summer blockbusters, this plays the perfect sizzle reel to put dollar signs in the eyes of studio executives everywhere. Guardians already opens today, with Alien: Covenant, King Arthur, plus Baywatch coming up in a few weeks. Some of our most anticipated movies open in July, including War for the Planet of the Apes, Dunkirk and Valerian. There’s plenty to look forward to over these next few months. ›››

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This dad makes the most amazing Disney princess costumes for his daughter


This is one dad that’s definitely making his daughter’s fairytale dreams come true.

Nephi Garcia, a father of three, is snipping and sewing his way to Instagram stardom, with incredible Disney costumes he makes for his kids.

From Belle to Snow White, he’s pretty much got them all covered.

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His dresses don’t just look incredible, they actually transform. Check out his version of Belle’s village outfit, that with a rip, turns into the iconic yellow gown that she wears to dance with Beast. Read more…

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Tribeca Film Festival: Main events taking at BMCC this week

The 2017 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival is well underway (even Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance), but there are still plenty of movies and events going on this week, culminating with the 45th Anniversary Reunion of “The Godfather” cast at Radio City Music Hall. Although most of them are sold out, there is an option of “rush” tickets, which means that a line will form 45 minutes prior to the event and some tickets will be released for the same price if there are any cancelations or no-show. Here are the highlights for this week at the BMCC – Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St) April 25 8pm: “Paris Can Wait” World Premiere. Audiences will be treated to French food pairings inspired by the film. April 26 6pm: “The Exception” US Premiere. After the Premiere Screening: A conversation with director David Leveaux and actor Christopher Plummer. 8:45pm: “The Circle” World Premiere April 28 6pm: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. World Premiere. After the episode: A conversation with co-creators and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and cast members Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. Moderated by co-host of Morning Joe, Willie Geist. April 29 10am: “Aladdin” Special Screening. Before the Movie: Join Brad Kane, the singing voice of Aladdin, for a special 25th anniversary performance of a soundtrack favorite..

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