RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (October 3rd, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

I have a jammed pack edition of the Weekend Blog this time around.  Some really interesting articles under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, particularly on the distribution front where Netflix made two big announcements this week.  First, Netflix announced a joint venture with The Weinstein Company to bring the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directly to the streaming network bypassing all theatrical (with the exception of some IMAX theaters).  They then announced a 4 picture deal for films produced by and starring Adam Sandler.  The distribution revolution continues. 

Also under ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, John Cusack takes some shots at the Hollywood studio system, the Midnight Rider filmmakers indicted in the death of Sarah Jones have a trial date, a Star Wars producer blasts some prevalent myths, Exodus: Gods & Kings promises old school epic movie-making (or at least the head of Fox says so), a look at the filming of Paul Thomas Anderson's new one, Inherent Vice (can't wait), Terence Winter reflects on the end of Boardwalk Empire (can wait...don't want it to end), David Fincher talks about the Star Wars movie he didn't make and much, much more.

How's that to get things started?  But wait, there's more!

I also have the trailer for the aforementioned Inherent Vice along with the trailers for Big Hero 6, Interstellar and Jupiter Ascending.  Plus, under TIPS, I have 4 key concepts you need to sell your film, 8 screenwriting tips for the emerging writer and 12 invaluable tips for the first time filmmaker.

Need more?  Sure.

How about over 6 dozen Stage 32 success stories, popular and interesting Lounge discussions and all the Stage 32 Meetups happening around the globe.

I've thrown in a few more goodies as well.

Enjoy, and have a happy and creative weekend!


Our 3rd year anniversary party took place this past Wednesday in Hollywood.  We’ll have some pictures to share with you shortly, but if you’d like to see some posts and pics from those who attended the event, head over to Twitter and follow @RBwalksintoabar  and @stage32online  and also search #stage32rocks 
Along with our dear friends over at U+, we announced the 10 finalists for our Stage 32/U+ Trailer Contest for filmmakers under 18.  What an incredibly talented group!  The trailers are all amazing.  Show your support!  View ‘em and congratulate our finalists!  Introducing the Next Generation of Filmmakers!

We have an awesome class coming up for screenwriters looking to improve their dialogue writing skills. We’ve brought in Jared Iacino, Vice President of Film & TV Development at Panay Films to teach How to Write Compelling & Authentic Dialogue.  This is an exclusive Stage 32 Happy Writers 4-week class.  All classes are LIVE and interactive.  You will work directly with Jared to assure that your dialogue will crackle and jump off the page.  To learn more, see a video from Jared and to register, please click here:  How to Write Compelling & Authentic Dialogue 
We are now less than 2 weeks away from the early bird deadline for The Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writers Contest.  We’re accepting both 30 and 60 minute specs or original scripts.  There will be 9 overall winners who will receive access to Hollywood insiders.  The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood to meet directly with executives.  To learn more and to register, please click here:  Stage 32 TV Writers Contest 








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