RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions, and Other Fun Stuff (September 5th, 2014)

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

In this edition of the Weekend Blog we take a look at the future of film as 4 experts ring in on how the movie theater experience will change in 10 years and why Oculus Rift was worth 2B to Facebook.  In other entertainment news, I have a look back at American Beauty on its 15th anniversary, Tarantino's Hateful Eight is back on and the Weinsteins will distribute, the summer box office continues to slump and The Hollywood Reporter looks at some winners and loser, one Breaking Bad fan's lawsuit against Apple gains steam, HBO's The Wire is getting remastered and rebroadcast (I'm thrilled), some of Hollywood's biggest actors make $13M each for 2 days of work, and much, much more.

I also have trailers for the new one from Pacino and the last one from Gandolfini.  Also, some screenwriting, casting and acting tips.

Finally, I've listed dozens of the top Lounge discussions, Stage 32 Success Stories, and planned and proposed Stage 32 Meetups (many of them occurring around our 3rd year anniversary) happening around the globe.


I’ve started a new personal Twitter account where I will be sharing industry related news, information on craft and other fun stuff.  Come on over and follow @RBwalksintoabar here:  RB’s New Twitter Account

We’re in the running for two panels in the Interactive and Film sections of South By Southwest.  Your vote matters!  To read more and to help out, please click here:  Vote for Stage 32 at SXSW
Our 3rd Year Anniversary is approaching and we’re celebrating worldwide.  So far over 25 Stage 32 Meetups across the globe have been formed.  For information on how you can participate, click here: Stage 32 3rd Year Anniversary Meetups 
We’ve had a flood of new members lately.  Many have written looking for the online tutorials we offer.  Those are actually within our On Stage With RB webinars.  They’re free and can be viewed here:  On Stage With RB Webinars
We have a cool, exclusive Next Level Webinar on tap next Thursday.  It’s Screenwriting for the Marketplace (How the Statistics Will Help You Sell) hosted by Mike Flavin who is part of the film financing team at Cider Mill Pictures.  Mike knows what’s going on in the marketplace like no other.  To see a video from him, learn more, and to register, please click here:  Screenwriting for the Marketplace
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 films as The Kids are All Right, Bernie and The Whistleblower.   This 4 week class begins soon and space is limited.  To learn more and to register, please click here:  How to Write an Adapted Screenplay 
We also have a myriad of pitch opportunities this weekend.  Screenwriters and filmmakers are invited to pitch to Alloy Entertainment, Anonymous Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Ghost House Pictures, Yari Film Group, Myriad Pictures, Walt Becker Productions and Principato Young Entertainment.  Quite a lineup.  Space is limited.  To learn more and to register, please click here:  Weekend Pitch Sessions 
And finally, next 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 Mara Tasker.  Space is limited.  To register, please click here:  Online Pitchfest XXI – Financiers/First Look Studio Deals

For Stage 32 Meetups happening over the next few weeks, we ask all organizers and attendees to send photos to Julie@Stage32.com. All photos that are submitted will be posted at our Stage 32 3-Year anniversary party in Los Angeles. Make sure you send your photos in by September 20 so all the LA area Stage 32 members, studio executives, producers, managers and agents can see them at our party! If you don't live in LA, don't worry, we will be live-streaming the party online!

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