RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions, and Other Fun Stuff (September 12th, 2014)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto
Another week in the books...Welcome to the weekend.

In this edition of the Weekend Blog, I have a very cool look back at the life of Joan Rivers as 24 of her famous friends construct an oral history for The Hollywood Reporter.  Also under Entertainment News, want to live a Bill Murray life?  Bill Murray will tell you how.  Plus, a report that states in no uncertain terms that TV is for old people, Barry Levinson declares that Rain Man wouldn't get made today, some actors are having a big year on both the screen and stage, some big news out of the Toronto Film Festival, Warner Bros announces big layoffs, David Letterman escapes an intern lawsuit and much, much more.

You guys were extremely active in the Lounge this week.  The conversations were flowing fast and furious.  I've highlighted over 60 of the best and most active.  No better time than the present to join the conversation.

Additionally, the Stage 32 Meetups forming around the globe around our 3 year anniversary are gaining steam.  You can see them all under the Stage 32 Meetup section below.

Under TIPS, I have some cool screenwriting and cinematography guides, plus one minute of acting advice from Robert De Niro.  And under VIDEOS, trailers for the new seasons of American Horror Story and Homeland, 250 seconds that will re-ignite the passion in any filmmaker or screenwriter, and Al Pacino's favorite Al Pacino movies.

Feel free to discuss any and all in the Comments section below.

Have a fabulous weekend!

My next On Stage With RB webinar happens this Tuesday.  It’s FREE and open to the first 1000 who register.  Once again, I’ll be going over site features, speaking to some of our members LIVE and answering at least 90 minutes of questions!  Space fills up quick, so register early!  Remember, if you can’t make it, the webinar will be available for the entire community On Demand shortly afterward.  To register, please click here:  On Stage With RB LIVE! – September 
And if you’ve missed any previous On Stage With RB webinars, they can be viewed for FREE any time:  On Stage With RB On Demand 

We have an awesome webinar this Thursday that should appeal to all creatives, They Said “No” – Why Did They Pass? hosted by Dan Weidenhaupt, Creative Director at Atlas Entertainment (American Hustle, Dark Knight Trilogy). I’ve seen Dan’s presentation and it’s killer.  To see a video from Dan and to register, please click here:  They Said “No” – Why Did They Pass?
We’ve launched our Television Writers Contest.  Again, our focus is on giving writers access to the top decision makers in Hollywood.  The top prize-winner will be flown to Los Angeles to meet directly with 4 television executives.  Our 4 category winners will meet via Skype with the executives of their choice.  Our 4 runners up will receive free Skype Pitch Sessions with the television exec of their choice.  No other contest gives this kind of access!  To read more and to submit, please click here:  Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Contest 

Over at the Stage 32 Happy Writers, we have another exclusive Next Level Class with How to Write an Adapted Screenplay hosted by Director of Production and Development at Maven Pictures, Jenny Halper.  Jenny was a development exec on such Oscar-nominated films as The Kids are All Right, Bernie and The Whistleblower.   This 4 week class begins this Tuesday and space is limited.  To learn more and to register, please click here: How to Write an Adapted Screenplay
This weekend we have one of our most important Online Pitchfests yet.  It’s financiers and production companies with first look studio deals.  Pitch to RatPac Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment, Maven Pictures, Cider Mill Pictures, Scott Free Productions and Vice Media.  Space is limited.  To register, please click here: Online Pitchfest XXI: Financiers / First Look Studio Deals
Stage 32 meetups in honor of Stage 32's 3 year anniversary are happening all over the world. If you haven't joined a Stage 32 meetup, or if you haven't sent in your personal "Happy Anniversary Stage 32" photo, please make sure to do so now. Photos can be sent to julie@stage32.com - You can view all meetups here: Stage 32 Meetups
And finally, if you’re not following us on Twitter, I run both our business and my personal account.  Please follow both!
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