RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions, and Other Fun Stuff (March 7th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

So, how did you like the Oscars? Surprised? Disappointed? Indifferent?

We'll have the results of our Oscar contest posted shortly. (Hope you brought your A-game…Your fearless leader went 21 for 24.)

As you might imagine, the news was dominated by Oscar talk this week. Some interesting behind the scenes articles. Also have more on what truly happened on the set in the moments before Sarah Jones was tragically killed. Some highlights from the week:

  • The rift between 12 Years a Slave's director and screenwriter boils over
  • The Ellen selfie was just one big advertisement (nothing is sacred)
  • Incredibly, buzz for next years Oscar hopefuls has begun
  • A look inside the decades long Bill Murray / Harold Ramis feud
  • David Milch's show at HBO gets cancelled before it gets started (disappointing)
  • What actually happened on the set the day of Sarah Jones' death
  • And, a content marketing message from an Oscar Winning Actress

Plus, all the hottest and most interesting Lounge discussions, a couple of cool trailers, and some great creative tips.

As always, I welcome you to discuss any and all in the Comments section below.




I'll be down at SXSW hosting some mentoring sessions over the weekend. Feel free to drop me a DM if you're going to be in town.

I also will be hanging with my friends from Voice123 at their meetup on Sunday. Be sure to stop by if you're in the area.

A couple of Next Level Webinars currently on sale:

Thinking about moving (or recently have moved) to LA or another city where film, television, and theater production is prominent? Jessica Sitomer, The Greenlight Coach, hosts our Exclusive Next Level webinar, How to Move to LA and Work in Entertainment. This 90 minute webinar is on sale for only $39 through Sunday at midnight PST. Click here for more info.

And acting coach (along with actor, writer, director, and producer), Cynthia White, brings her popular series Castable Types to Stage 32 with her Next Level Webinar – Castable Types in Acting: How You Are Perceived, Achieving Performance Level Work and Getting the Final Callback. This is one jammed packed webinar and it's on sale for only $39 through March 11th. Click here for more info.

Pitchfest XII – The First Timers – gets underway tomorrow. Best of luck to all those pitching!

Shaun O'Banion penned a fabulous piece looking back at the Sarah Jones tragedy. My thanks to him and to all of you who posted such thoughtful and insightful comments. If you have a blog, personal website, or social media following that might enjoy the piece, please do share!

And finally, I was a guest on Ashley Scott Myers tremendous podcast, Selling Your Screenplay.






Got a question, remark or rant regarding anything listed above? Speak up in the Comments section.

Part I: Working with Paolo Sorrentino-Go Out and Get It
Selling Your Screenplay Podcast
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