Consider an arthouse, darker, noir version of Men in Black
with secretive alien refugees trapped in Manhattan, tentacle sex and concept art by H. R. Giger
. Clair Noto's The Tourist
could have been transformed into a great movie in the right hands. Instead, it has languished in permanent development hell
since the 1980's. Some call it "the greatest scifi screenplay never produced" (Article, part 1
.) Decide for yourself and read Noto's original screenplay
. [more inside]
Identify mystery text, win $1000
. "The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus’s journey into Hades) handwritten annotations in a strange and as-yet unidentified script. This marginalia appears only in the pages of Book 11 of the Odyssey; nowhere else in the volume. Although the donor of the BHL is suspicious that this odd script is a form of 19th-century shorthand (likely French), he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date." And he's willing to pay for that evidence.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of 1989 Batman movie
, which is remembered for everything from the logo "that helped set the course for superhero movies"
to the ways the movie was true to the comics
, or was really a "noir" update to the 1960s Adam West Batman
. While preparing yourself for what may come in the lead-up to the June 23 anniversary date
, enjoy Batman: The Making of a Hero documentary
, a rare 25 minutes behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, from the folks at 1989 Batman
, a fansite dedicated to the movie, and its sequel, Batman Returns
. [more inside]
“I gave it to three motherf***ing actors. We met in a place, and I put it in their hands. Reggie Hudlin’s agent never had a copy. It’s got to be either the agents of Dern or Madsen. Please name names
.” Quentin Tarantino decided he won't make The Hateful Eight
, which was slated to be his next big film
. The script is now floating around the 'net, and summaries of the plot abound
, telling of an ensemble cast
in a very bloody Western centered on bounty hunters. If you don't want to track down the 146 page document, here is a summary of the six "most Tarantino" elements in the film
, which was to be shot in 70 mm film
, and in CinemaScope
to boot. [more inside]
Last Action Hero
was released twenty years ago today. Directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard
), written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon
, Iron Man 3
), and starring The Terminator
Himself (um, previously
), the movie was a send-up of action movie tropes and conceits. [more inside]
An interactive script for the movie, Moonrise Kingdom.
Also worth a look is a set of photos by the movie's still photographer, which he posted in a set on Flickr.
GIF and circumstance:
A random and automated parody of #whatshouldwecallme-
style tumblrs (previously
) matching a random gif to a random recent tweet that contains the word "when." Potentially NSFW.
[via mefi projects
is your one-stop shop for all things medieval paleography. [more inside]
- the original script for Prometheus
Nants ingonyama bagithi baba!
It's been nearly two decades since that glorious savanna sunrise, and once again The Lion King
is at the top of the box office
. It's a good chance to revisit what made the original the capstone of the Disney Renaissance
, starting with the music. Not the gaudy show tunes or the Elton John ballads, but the soaring, elegiac score by Hans Zimmer which, despite winning an Oscar, never saw a full release outside of an unofficial bootleg
Luckily, it's unabridged and high-quality, allowing one to lay Zimmer's haunting
tracks alongside the original video
), revealing the subtle leitmotifs and careful matching of music and action.
In addition, South African collaborator Lebo M
wove traditional Zulu chorals into the score, providing veiled commentary
on scenes like this
; his work was later expanded
into a full album
, the Broadway stage show
, and projects closer to his heart
. Speaking of expanded works, there were inevitable sequels -- all of which you can experience with The Lion King: Full Circle
), a fan-made, three-hour supercut of the original film and its two follow-ups.
Want more? Look... harder... [more inside]
"What I'm asking is this: Are screenwriters now affected by "spoiler culture" before they even begin the writing process? If you know a twist will be unavoidably revealed before the majority of people see the work itself, and if you concede that selling and marketing a film with a major secret will be more complicated for everyone involved … would you even try? Would you essentially stop yourself from trying to write a movie that's structured like The Sixth Sense?" Are Spoilers Flipping the Script?
s original script for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
was leaked online some time in the past couple of months. This isn't the more widely circulated Kasdan
treatment, but apparently the original, original draft submitted to George Lucas. Brackett died of cancer shortly thereafter. Ice castles, Wampa raids, transport guilds, Lando clones, Minch the Jedi master, a disturbing lack of incest and no, that's not your father, why do you ask? [more inside]
For quite some time, I’d wanted to make a screwball comedy. A fast-talking, wildly acclerating ensemble comedy that gets stupider and stupider. I never imagined it would be about a war, and inspired by a very recent war at that. But Simon, Jesse, Tony and I all felt that the more we found out about the dysfunction in Washington and the naivety in London leading up to the Iraq invasion, the more obvious it was that the only way to deal accurately and fairly with this topic was as a screwball comedy.
- The Oscar nominated script for In The Loop
, with an introduction by writer Armando Iannucci.
In a very unusual move, 20th Century Fox has decided to release James Cameron’s entire screenplay for AVATAR online. Read the script
as a PDF.
reviews the latest screenplays from Hollywood, usually with links to the screenplays themselves.
...[Change of scene. We are looking out of a car window; it is raining, or has recently rained. Shops go by.] I treated myself to a taxi. I rode home through the city streets! There wasn't a street--there wasn't a building--that wasn't connected to some memory in my mind. There I was buying a suit with my father. There I was having an ice-cream soda after school. When I finally came in, Debby was home from work. And I told her everything about my dinner with André
And here is Sergio Leone and the Inside Fly Rule's
meditation on the only possible other candidate for Best.Movie.Ever. [more inside]
of cursive script
handwriting continues to be predicted. [more inside]
If you can type, you can make movies.
A website that allows users to create animated movies using text-to-speech scripts and a surprisingly versatile selection of characters, voices, actions, camera shots, etc.
, director of Transformers
and other predictable blockbuster movies apparently
wrote a script for The Dark Knight
that was rejected by Warner Bros. Amazingly, it has surfaced on the net…
delete adult scroll conflict for
(or: 10 minutes of Perl scripting with Vista)
wrote some of the most highly aclaimed TV scripts of the '90's.
So the question is, "Where is he now?" [more inside]
is a miniature ceramic village sculpted and photographed by Steven Travis, who also invented a language and script called Tapissary
, inspired by American Sign Language, which appears on the images.
You may know that November is NaNoWriMo
, but did you know that this June is the first annual Script Frenzy
Write your name
, the Elvish language/alphabet
created by JRR Tolkien. You can work with Tengwar fonts
based on Middle Earth languages and runes
and see many examples of the script via a Google Image search
. According to Tolkien, "there is quite a bit of linguistic wisdom in it."
There are certainly websites devoted to his languages and thier history
. And It took some thought and work to make the speech sound right in the movies
All the scripts to The Inside.
Tim Minear, an altogether rather talented producer/writer/director behind Firefly
, and Wonderfalls
, created a serial killer show with a difference back in 2005. It was interesting, weird, critically acclaimed, and on FOX, so of course it got cancelled after 13 episodes. Luckily, Mr. Minear
has posted on his own site the draft scripts to every episode, as written by himself and his talented friends.
They make for fun reading, for those who don't mind reading scripts and would like some tightly-written, throughline-having, serial killery goodness without that funny CSI
I am learn is a weblog written by a Perl script and – get this – its managed to create quite … a lucid weblog. Yes. A weblog. By a Perl script. The author says
"I wrote a ridiculous Perl program to generate text. Thing is, it developed some bugs, and has managed to create phrases and combinations of words (which actually make sense) that I didn’t even program in. I hooked it up to the Blogger API, and now it updates its own weblog with no editing on my part (I just give it a bunch of topics to talk about)."[via Kevin Francis
Harold and Maude. We hold on his wretched face as his mother's hysterical cries are heard in the background. Harold moves his head and listens. He breaks into a sly, satisfied grin.
Matrix: Reloaded Abridged Script..
Something to brighten up the Mondays of those a little dissapointed with The Matrix: Reloaded. The Editing Room
is also host to other humorous abridged "scripts" by Rod Hilton.
Do you think that poetry is dead
, too? Well, that's because everyone is busy getting their websites transformed into poetry by a neat script
. [via boingboing.net]
Fight the Power!
"Telemarketers make use of a telescript - a guideline for a telephone conversation. This script creates an imbalance in the conversation between the marketer and the consumer. It is this imbalance, most of all, that makes telemarketing successful. The EGBG Counterscript attempts to redress that balance." It's own medicine time!
Spammers want e-mail addresses. Give them e-mail addresses. Tons of e-mail addresses. This handy PHP script will add as many fake e-mail addresses to your web site as you want. 20 is the default, with command and space delimited, just like this:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
And each call to the web site will give the spam harvester 20 spanking new addresses. (Web site is german, but the script is in english)
Giving telemarketers a taste of their own medicine.
It seems too good to be true, but Tom Mabe
is managing to make money by messing with their minds. His tormenting even extends to the web. His page is currently the top result on a Google for telemarketers
, which is likely a thorn in their side. He's thought up some great responses to use when for some strange reason you just can't hang up the phone
. Besides saying you're dead
, what have you said to get rid of them?
If a crappy software licensing agreement falls in the forest,
and no is there to see it, do you still have to abide by UCITA?
It's a bit facile, and probably not legally effective for a hundred reasons; but it is a fun idea which gives us another way to look at a controversial feature of modern computing.
The "Sum Of All Fears"
trailer recently went online, and is already causing some heated discussion
over major changes from the book. In the wake of 9/11, it seems that terrorists in the film have been changed from Muslim to Neo-Nazi (who then go on to detonate a bomb within the United States). Hollywood knee-jerk reaction or a good call given the timing of things? Discuss...
When the Secret Service agent called him, Ellsworth ad-libbed: "Tony, if you keep telling people, it's not a secret."
You're in Hollywood, and you're writing scripts, and it's impossible to get anyone to read them. And the cops come in, and the script was right there, and they wouldn't read it!
[Note: Major dHTML usage on the page. No stupid window resizing and such, though.]