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Happy Halloween dear readers.
Movies recommendations for a fabulous Halloween night:

Friday the 13th (the original one starring Betsy Palmer, watched it yesterday, still love it)

The exorcist (a masterpiece, memorable movie with very well written characters and a plot based on actual events)

The Ring (1,2) Great suspense

The others (masterpiece, with a twisted ending starring Nicole Kidman)
An American werewolf in London by John Landis
The howling Dracula prince of darkness
The Fog by John Carpenter

The Wolfman starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro, and of course, the original one

Have a memorable Halloween time!
J.

Charlie Chaplin's time traveler

Time Traveller Caught on 1928 Charlie Chaplin Film Video

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TIME TRAVELER CAUGHT ON A 1940 PICTURE

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SOURCE: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/viewnews.php?id=180417
Time travel is part of the plot of my upcoming science fiction screenplay "the face" available in 2011.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN'S THIRD BATMAN MOVIE OFFICIALLY TITLED THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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October 27, 2010
Source: Hero Complex
by Alex Billington
The Dark Knight

And here we go… Our good friend Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex got on the phone with Christopher Nolan recently and got a big update straight from the man himself. The third Batman movie will be officially titled The Dark Knight Rises as his follow-up and epic conclusion to the fantastically unforgettable The Dark Knight from 2008. Nolan confirmed a few other things as well: that it won't be in 3D, that he will shoot with high def and IMAX cameras (again) instead, and that the villain is not Riddler nor will Harvey Dent be back at all. So there you have it, now we know the title and a bit more about where he's going with this. Read on!

"We'll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we'll be introducing some new ones," Nolan told him. Not many more details were revealed in today's Hero Complex update, but I did see Geoff Boucher mention something interesting over on h…

BATMAN 3 HAS A TITLE

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Batman 3 Has A Title
And you can cross off the Riddler
Source: Hero Complex
Batman 3 Has A Title    

Big news from the Batman camp in today’s L.A. Times: Christopher Nolan has revealed the name of the third film in his Gotham City trilogy. In July 2012, we’ll be queuing for The Dark Knight Rises.

Not only that, but in something of a bombshell, Nolan went on to dispell what many had begun to assume to be a given – “It won’t be the Riddler,” reports L.A.T.’s blog Hero Complex. So easy to get ahead of yourself, isn't it? Of course, true to form, the director wouldn’t reveal who it would be.

What Nolan seemed most interested in imparting was that he’s convinced Warner Bros. to keep telling his story in 2D, and to continue down the path of hi-def IMAX sequences. And he’ll get no argument from us on the subject – if it ain't broke, etc.

The post contains one other potentially juicy, enigmatic Nolan quote: “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be int…

RARE PICTURES OF GLORIA STUART

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Remember the old Rose in Titanic.



When she was a young actress. Wonderful.




Black Swan Press Conference

CONGRATULATIONS TO CELINE DION ON HER TWIN BOYS

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Celine Dion gave birth to twin boys Saturday. Celine Dion’s baby birth is the second delivery for the hitmaker. She and husband René Angélil are also the proud parents of nine-year-old son, Rene-Charles.

Dion, who lives in Jupiter Island, Florida, gave birth Saturday after a series of in vitro treatments. Dion was admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach 34 months into her pregnancy. Dion, 42, has yet to announce the names of the two boys. The hospital previously told news “We look forward to the day of Ms. Dion’s delivery of her twins. During this time, we ask the public and the media respect the privacy of all of our patients and their families at our hospital.”

The hospital had earlier confirmed an increase in security in advance of today’s birth. “Although the family did not ask us to do so, the hospital has chosen to enhance our security efforts during this time for the convenience and safety of all our patients and their families within this same area of our faci…

FRANCE: FAMILLE DEFENESTREE APRES AVOIR VU UN DEMON

Bravo au procureur de la république et aux enquêteurs pour noyer le poisson et ettouffer ce qui est de toute évidence une affaire paranormale de plus.
Il est bien évident qu'une seule personne armée d'un simple couteau n'aurait jamais pu pousser 11 autres à sauter par la fenêtre! Si onze personnes ont sauté en même temps, il serait naif de ne pas penser que celles-ci ont vu quelque chose de collossal, quelque chose qui les a terrifié au point qu'elles n'envisagent que le saut dans le vide comme moyen d'échapper à cette chose, qui n'était certainement un simple humain avec un couteau!!!


Le paranormal existe depuis la nuit des temps, (bien avant l'existence des humains d'ailleurs) et les affaires mélées au paranormal sont très nombreuses, mais deux volontés politiques ont toujours été là pour les cacher: Tout d'abord l'église, qui veut faire croire à la toute puissance du règne de leur dieu sur la terre, et ensuite la science qui p…

Movie Trailer: 'The Rite', Starring Anthony Hopkins - iamROGUE.com

Movie Trailer: 'The Rite', Starring Anthony Hopkins - iamROGUE.com


An exorcism movie based on actual events starring Anthony Hopkins, the trailer
looks very promising.

Naomi Watts’ kids think she works in a trailer - Celebrity Gossip

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Naomi Watts’ kids think she works in a trailer - Celebrity Gossip

A funny article on one of my favorite actresses (Naomi Watts) and her lovely kids.
I always wonder how children perceive the acting work (or more generally the artistic activities)
of their parents. Kids have an amazing imagination.

THE VATICAN TAPES: SCREENPLAY

I've just finished reviewing the script by Chris Borreli: THE VATICAN TAPES.
A good reading  for the fans of supernatural stories like myself.  Not a masterpiece, but a nice premise for a Halloween movie, however, contrary to what has been told when the script was sold (see article below) it's nothing comparable to the exorcist or Rosemary's baby.

LINK TO THE SCRIPT:

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?mbxtgm1c1cl

Check it out if you're a screenwriting seeking to pen low budgets and commercial screenplays, just to get your feet in the doors.

Go Into The Story: Spec script sale:"The Vatican Tapes"

Go Into The Story: Spec script sale:"The Vatican Tapes": "Per THR, Lionsgate wins bidding war to nab thriller spec 'The Vatican Tapes' from writer Chris Borelli:Lionsgate acquired the thriller, in t..."

3 Reasons Writing A Rough Draft Is The First Step

LATEST SCREENPLAYS SALES IN HOLLYWOOD: OCTOBER 2010 (goodbye creation)

Dear readers,

I’ve just received the latest screenplays sales for October 2010.
Nothing original, nothing we haven‘t seen a thousand times before, lots of adaptations, sequels and of course the usual 3D (ridiculous) sharks movies…Save your money and buy theater tickets instead!  The Hollywood film world was a very inspirational industry in the 90’S, but obviously it’s officially over now!


Title:     Four Saints
Date:     Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Logline:     The story of four young women who defied the British Army, as well as German bombs and bullets, to operate an illegal medical dressing station on the Allied front lines during World War I.
Writer:     Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Genre:     Drama , War
Saletype:     Script , Novel , Co-Production , Adaptation
More:     Lorena Rincon, Rhona Mitra, Selma Blair, Melanie Lynskey, Cary Elwes and Arnold Vosloo attached to star. Jean-Pierre Isbouts attached to direct and adapted his own novel.


Title:     Sweep
Date:     Wednesday, October 20…

GUILLAUME CANET

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Ecrivant principalement des scénarii en anglais pour le marché américain et international, cet extraordinaire acteur et metteur en scène français m'a donné l'envie d'écrire plus de scripts dans la langue de Molière.

Découvert il y a quelques années par le public américain dans la plage au cotés de Leonardo DiCaprio, ce jeune homme talentueux est devenu non seulement un interprète au jeu authentique et sans défaut, mais également un metteur en scène et scénariste de génie, qui vient de me ravir avec son magnifique film:



NE LE DIS A PERSONNE



que je recommande chaudement à tout le monde. Interprétation magnifique, scénario parfait et captivant aux multiples rebondissements, plans sublimes (les couchers de soleils sont plus vrais que nature) scènes d'émotion, la dernière n'est elle pas tout simplement splendide? Mise en scène virtuose, bref un vrai retour à l'âge d'or du cinéma français.  Tout ça sans effets spéciaux à outrance, sans ridicules piranhas préhist…

The illusionist

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A beautiful movie starring Edward Norton, with a very good screenplay and a good acting, the film features an interesting romance and a twisted ending. I hadn't found the time to sit down, relax and watch a movie in a long time, I haven't been disappointed to do it for this one. Watch it you'll spend a good moment. Jordan.




MICHELLE WILLIAMS AS MARYLIN MONROE

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Found online the first pictures of Michelle Williams as Marylin Monroe in the biopic "my week with Marylin" directed by Simon Curtis.

Note: She looks fabulous as Marylin. Michelle Williams is an excellent actress, she was fabulous in Brokeback mountain and shutter island. I'm looking forward to seeing her as the number one movie icon!

WHAT IS A STRONG FEMALE LEAD?

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For my friends screenwriters, here are the best examples: Images speak louder than words.

Jodie Foster  as Clarice Starling in "The silence of the lambs"




Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in  "Alien"
























Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in " The terminator"


Kate Winslet  as Rose Dewitt Buckater in "Titanic"


The dawn of stem cells age

Good news!

US doctors usher in 'dawn of stem cell age'
By North America correspondent Kim Landers
Updated 7 hours 36 minutes ago
SOURCE: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/12/3035599.htm?section=justin

Doctors have injected embryonic stem cells into a patient's damaged spinal cord at a hospital in Atlanta. (iStockphoto)
Audio: Pioneering human stem cell trial (AM) A patient in the United States has become the first person in the world to be treated with human embryonic stem cells.
Doctors have injected embryonic stem cells into a patient's damaged spinal cord at a hospital in Atlanta.
The development is being described by one researcher as the dawn of a new age in medicine.
The results of the procedure are now being eagerly awaited around the world by doctors and scientists hoping that embryonic stem cells can be used to treat conditions ranging from heart disease to diabetes and blindness.
Chris Mason, a professor of regenerative medicine at the University Co…

GLOSSARY OF SCREENWRITING TERMS (part 2)

I get the questions almost every week, what does high concept means? What is a strong female lead? (for those I‘ll post a special blog entry with pictures) Although I’m doing my best to reply to everyone, I thought that compiling all the screenplays terms in a blog entry might be useful! (see below)

Happy writing! Jordan.



Action
Within scenes, refers specifically to physical motion or movements. As a Genre Action Screenplays are dominated by physical action (fights, chases, explosions) and external Conflict

Action Block
Also known as Description, a paragraph of descriptive script text that will not appear in the finished film. Action paragraphs often describe the setting, physical actions, characters, or other important information.
It's best to be as Spartan as possible with Action text. Long, unbroken Action paragraphs make a script extremely tedious to read.

Ambitious
Term used to describe a writer who attempts to break or at least significantly modify one of the key rules of …

Just received my stats

On October 9, 2010,

Thank you to the people of:

United states
UK
Australia
And Brazil, Italy Romania, Canada Hungary and India
for visiting my blog everyday! You’ve been very supportive!

Sending you lots of cyber hugs!

James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in 'Cleopatra'?

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James Cameron to direct Angelina Jolie in 'Cleopatra'?
by Nicole Sperling


It’s incredibly early, but a source confirms Deadline Hollywood’s report today that James Cameron is having exploratory conversations with Sony Pictures about coming aboard the Cleopatra project the studio is developing for Angelina Jolie as a star vehicle. Brian Helgeland (Green Zone, Robin Hood) is writing the script and Social Network producer Scott Rudin is on board to produce. The project is based on Stacy Schiff’s book Cleopatra: A Life.




That’s one A-list combination, and it would be interesting to see them tackle the fascinating story of the Egyptian queen. Stay tuned…


SOURCE: http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2010/10/14/james-cameron-to-direct-angelina-jolie-in-cleopatra/#
here's my reply to a production company i just talked to, they made me want to throw up: "After a further examination of your website, your company is not the right place for my work, looks like you're into boring movies."

Lily Allen - Fuck You Very Much. Dedicating this song to the producer i just talked to

I deeply wanted to dedicate this song to the production company I just talked to! Dear Liz, It's all for you! Because the methods of your production company make me want to throw up!

RASPBERRY CAKE

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I don’t only content myself with writing excellent scripts, I also make excellent cakes! lol
A picture of the one I made last Saturday, my twitter friends (especially one) will appreciate.
Jordan.

GLOSSARY OF SCREENPLAYS TERMS

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Action
The scene description, character movement, and sounds as described in a screenplay.
For example: The sounds of TYPING rise above all the rest as MAX sits at his computer writing his essay. He stops to sigh. Looks at what he's written. Reaches over to the mouse. Highlights it all. And erases it.

AERIAL SHOT
Use only when necessary. This suggests a shot be taken from a plane or helicopter (not a crane). For example, if a scene takes place on a tall building, you may want to have an aerial shot of the floor the action takes place on.

ANGLE ON
A type of shot. This usually occurs in scenes taking place in large settings.
For example: if you're at a playground and little Billy is playing in the grass while his sister Jenny is playing on the structure. To get from a detail shot of Billy playing to Jenny playing you'd use "ANGLE ON STRUCTURE" to suggest a new shot featuring Jenny. You're still in the same location, but the director knows to point the camera…