Happy Friday, everyone.
The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman dominated the news this week. I've selected a couple of articles and some terrific Lounge discussions speaking to the life of, for my money, the greatest actor of his generation.
One of the amazing aspects of PSH's career was how he could control a picture as the leading man, but also make small roles memorable and complimentary – a gift to his fellow actors. One of my favorite examples of this was his take on Lester Bangs in Almost Famous (a movie I loved so much, I named my beagle Penny Lane). Be sure to check out Cameron Crowe's beautiful remembrance of how Hoffman made that role his own. It's listed first under Entertainment News.
Other stories I highlighted this week include Charlie Chaplin's only novel getting a release date, some information on the Writer's Guild negotiations, and Back to the Future's planned path to Broadway.
I also have some great trailers along with casting, filmmaking, and screenwriting (from E.T.!) tips.
And, of course, I've highlighted some of the best Lounge discussions from the past week as well as Stage 32 Meetups happening around the globe.
Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!
A huge shoutout to all the Stage 32 screenwriters and filmmakers who participated in Pitchfest X – The Big Dogs. You guys really brought your A-game to this one. The execs were beyond impressed. Dozens of scripts have been requested. Congratulations to all.
Also, over the last week, we've had a bunch of new success stories coming out of our previous Pitchfests. We will be listing those shortly.
Finally, the next installment of our Next Level Webinar Series has been set. Anne Marie Gillen brings her wealth of knowledge – from Executive Producing Fried Green Tomatoes to co- authoring The Producer's Business Handbook to one of the top advisors on script evaluation, business plans, financing, and distribution – to Stage 32 with The 5 Secrets to Financing Your Next Indie Film: What Most Filmmakers Do Not Know.
This 90 minute webinar (and Q&A session) is on sale for ONLY $39 through Midnight PST Sunday.
To learn more about Anne Marie and to register, please click here: The 5 Secrets to Financing Your Next Indie Film: What Most Filmmakers do not Know
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