RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (January 16, 2015)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

Before we get started, a quick word of thanks to Stage 32 Marketing Manager, Shannon Stegall, who assisted greatly with the Stage 32 Blog while I was traveling. She kept the machinery oiled, and I’m very thankful.

The Oscar nominations were released this week. I have the full list of nominees, a look at some snubs and an article from our friends at Indiewire who opine that announcement day this year represented a dark day for women? What say you? I welcome all your Oscar thoughts in the Comments section below.

Also this week, under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, Amazon makes history at the Golden Globes and follows that up by getting in bed with Woody Allen, Blumhouse Films moves their micro-budget business to television, an Indiewire study shows fewer women are directing and writing films than 17 years ago, a new SAG-AFTRA contract has been signed benefiting low-budget film actors, the summer box office troubles have been traced back to high ticket prices, more moviegoers would rather watch new releases at home if the price was right, The Wrap lists the top 25 most anticipated movies for 2015, the Razzie nominations have been announced, Broadway news and much, much more.

Additionally, under VIDEOS, Matthew McConaughey’s Audition Tape for Dazed and Confused and the trailers for Season 3 of House of Cards and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Under TIPS, I have filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, and editing assistance.


As always, I welcome remarks and healthy debate on any of the content below in the Comments section.

Have an awesome and creative weekend!


Just announced! In our biggest screenwriting opportunity yet, we are thrilled to bring you The Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest. We are looking to find the top undiscovered writers and the best feature scripts of 2015. As a result of our history with industry insiders and our global reach, we are able to connect the top writers from around the world to leading executives who can make a difference in their career. We develop and champion our writers and our executives certainly agree. To read more about the contest and to enter, click here: The Stage 32 Happy Writers Annual Feature Contest

It's time! Tuesday of next week is the January 2015 broadcast of On Stage with RB. We are inviting 1,000 Stage 32 members to join us LIVE Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1pm PST for On Stage with RB. RB will be covering some of the latest and greatest site features, speaking to members of the community and spending at least 90 minutes answering questions about the industry, your chosen discipline and just about anything else that's on your mind. Plus, RB will have on 2 special guests who work in the industry! To read more about January's On Stage with RB and to register FREE, click here: On Stage with RB


Monday 1/19 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Get Smart, Get Legal, Get Protected: How To Avoid Potholes and Protect Your Work, Your Relationships and Your Career hosted by producer Gary W. Goldstein (The Mothman Prophecies, Under Seige, Pretty Woman). In this webinar, 
Gary presents a complete ‘how to’; you’ll learn how to blueprint to create projects, how to build relationships, how to enjoy partnerships and collaboration, all while steering clear of the myriad pitfalls and mistakes suffered by so many professionally younger writers and other creatives. This Webinar is designed to give you a simple framework, tools and tactics to avoid common problems that plague many creators and can permanently sideline projects… problems that are absolutely avoidable. To read more about the webinar, see a video from Gary and to register, click here: Get Smart, Get Legal, Get Protected: How To Avoid Potholes and Protect Your Work, Your Relationships and Your Career

Tuesday 1/20 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Live and Work in the US: Learn What Work Visa Is Right For You hosted by Lorraine D'Alessio, Managing Attorney of the immigration firm D'Alessio Law Group. For freelance creatives like actors, directors, writers and producers, Hollywood is probably your Mecca. However, if you don’t already live there, or are not even a US citizen, how do you get there- and work there- legally? In this webinar, Lorraine will walk you through how to live and work legally in the US as a creative. She will educate you on the different visas that exist, go step-by-step through the O-1 "person of extraordinary ability" visa, suggest ways to build your career portfolio in order to strengthen your visa petition, alert you to the dos and don'ts at the border and most importantly, dispel the many myths and misinformation that exist on US visas. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Live and Work in the US: Learn What Work Visa Is Right For You

Wednesday 1/21 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Production Insurance 101: Everything You Need To Know To Insure Your Independent Film hosted by Daniel R'bibo, Area Senior Vice President at Gallagher Entertainment. Production insurance. It sounds boring and scary, and is one aspect of filmmaking that most producers try to avoid and typically push off until the last minute. There are a lot of options out there in terms of policies and coverages for an independent film, and it is sometimes hard to know what the right coverage for your project is. In this webinar, host Daniel R’bibo will go over all the various insurance policies that a producer or financier should consider when making a film. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Production Insurance 101: Everything You Need To Know To Insure Your Independent Film

Thursday 1/22 Stage 32 Next Level Webinars presents Adapting a Book Into a Film or Television Program hosted by Jim Young, President of Animus Films and producer of over 8 films! In this webinar, Jim will go over how to adapt a book into a film or TV series. Jim will cover everything from acquiring the rights, to script development, to pre-production, to production, all the way to the finish line. Having produced films such as Lovelace (starring James Franco, Sharon Stone, and Amanda Seyfried) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry) and the upcoming The Catcher Was a Spy (directed by Ben Lewin and written by Robert Rodat) and Layover (written and to be directed by Toni Kalem) all based on books, Jim knows how to adapt a book into a film and TV series from start to finish. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Adapting a Book Into a Film or Television Program

Saturday 1/24 Stage 32 Next Level Webianrs presents Getting Past The Gatekeepers: How to Get Your Script Past the Front Lines of Hollywood hosted by Rachel Chervin, Development Dept. at Broadway Video (former assistant and reader for the Gersh Agency, Imagine Entertainment and Broadway Video!) In this webinar, host Rachel Chervin will bring you an insider's perspective on agency submissions and what you can do to maximize the impact of your writing on the unsung decision makers of Hollywood. Rachel will discuss fun and informative strategies for giving yourself the best chance possible to make a lasting impression on everyone who reads your script. There are so many ways that writers can take themselves out of the running with easily avoidable mistakes, but fortunately, there are just as many ways to stand out from the pack and deliver a calling card script that demands recognition. The key, besides great writing, is knowing the Gatekeepers' game plan - and then blowing it out of the water. To read more about the webinar and to register, click here: Getting Past The Gatekeepers: How to Get Your Script Past the Front Lines of Hollywood







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