Nothing Shines Like Good COPPER

There’s something about this upcoming BBC America series. Oh, yeah – Tom Fontana & Barry Levinson. To us, that means it’s going to both sound and look GOOD.

(Note to BBC America: We know you have the official billing as Barry Levinson & Tom Fontana, but this site is writercentric…which we think you should be too.)

The melting pot is boiling over.

In 1864, Kevin Corcoran returns from fighting in the Civil War. Appointed as a New York City police detective, he finds the city full of corruption, class conflict, racial tension and violence.

From Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson and Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana, “Copper” is a gripping crime drama series set in 1860s New York City. Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, “MI-5?), an Irish-American former boxer turned cop, returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. As he patrols the streets of New York’s notorious Five Points neighborhood, he seeks the truth about what happened to his family with the help of two wartime friends: the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist, and a talented African-American doctor. The three men share a secret from their experience in battle that links their lives forever.

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munchman: Real 64 Year Old Women Do Not Look Like This

Older than my Gramma

Barbara Hershey to Star in Lifetime TV Movie ‘Left to Die’
by Lesley Goldberg

Barbara Hershey is heading to Lifetime.

The Oscar nominee has been tapped to star in the female-skewing cabler’s original telepicLeft to Die, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on a true story, Hershey will play Sandra Chase, a woman who takes an innocent vacation in Ecuador but ends up being wrongly imprisoned for drug trafficking.

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Trafficking in monkey gland extract? What do you think? When Ms. Hershey rubs her cheek, does her hand leave an impression that takes hours to fill back in? Does her cheekbone slide to the side?

God, I really want to know!!!

munchman

Best Basis for a Ridley Scott Film Today

Scientist Finds Hidden Portals in Earth’s Magnetic Field
by Jesus Diaz

According to NASA, Jack Scudder—a researcher at the University of Iowa—has found “hidden portals on Earth’s magnetic field [that] open and close dozens of times each day.” Some of them are open for long periods of time.

Scudder says that these portals “create an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.”

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You know you want to use this. Go ahead.

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A Month of Revision
by Matthew Salesses

I am amazed that the good and wise Steve Himmer has let me have the run of the place for a month. I am going to mess this house up and only talk about how to clean it. For July, I have decided to play History. I have decided to launch a war on first drafts and erect the memorial to edits. Revision is where we do our most important work as writers, or at least where we can. And yet, for as much as we love and hate it, for as much as we talk about it, we don’t really talk about it. (See: What We Talk About When We Talk About Revision, which I’ve revised right out of this introduction.) I want that to change. I want us to teach revision up front when we teach writing, to demystify it, to make it the first thought rather than all reaction. One downside of workshops—which I love, don’t get me wrong—is that we only address the issues that come up. I think we can offer tips and strategies and experience and frustration from the beginning. I think we can say, this is where we’re going, and this is how we can make sure we get there.

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According to his website, “Matthew Salesses is the author of a novella, The Last Repatriate (Nouvella Books), as well as two chapbooks, Our Island of Epidemics (PANK) and We Will Take What We Can Get (Publishing Genius)…He received his MFA from Emerson College…and now serves as Fiction Editor and a columnist for the Good Men Project.” So he must know his shit.

Actually, he does. Everything he writes here is absolutely true. Even if you’ve read it in other forms before.

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News Corp Goes to China

by Larry Brody

My experience working in China tells me this is going to be interesting. No predictions here. I think all of us should sit back and watch and learn:

News Corp. Joint Venture in China, Partner to Invest in International TV Content
by George Szalai

Star China Media, a joint venture of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp and state-backed China Media Capital, on Tuesday unveiled a partnership with investment firm Puji Capital to finance and develop international TV content for the Star pay TV platform.

The partners will make the investments via Puji Star Media Co., a venture that will be based in Shanghai.

The company will invest “in internationally inspired TV content and advertising with particular interest in the Americas/Hollywood, Europe, Japan, Korea, and, among others, tailored for the local Chinese viewers onto the Star TV platform,” the partners said.

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