Why You Need to Keep the Rights to Your Material

by Larry Brody

I was going to write an earnest article/essay/post on the dangers of “work-for-hire” agreements, but this one says it all:

Creators rights activists take note: The Great Thanos War is brewing

Marvel is going all cosmic in the movie world, and Thanos, a character created by Jim Starlin, is at the heart of it.

The evidence is unavoidable. First it was the Thanos cameo at the end of the Avengers—supposedly thrown in because director Joss Whedon was a fan of the character and a cosmic storyline is integral to keeping him on board for Avengers 2. read article

LB Sees MOONRISE KINGDOM

by Larry Brody

Click this pic to see some trailers for MOONRISE KINGDOM

The Good:

  • Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban – all directed by Wes Anderson from a script by Anderson & Roman Cuppola
  • Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban – all directed by Wes Anderson from a script by Anderson & Roman Cuppola
  • Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban – all directed by Wes Anderson from a script by Anderson & Roman Cuppola
  • You get the idea

The Not-So-Good:

  • There is no not-so-good

The Best: read article

Screenwriting MFA Programs: How Do I Pick the Right One?

by Larry Brody

Hot off the presses – or, actually hot off the  TVWriter™ Message Board, comes this Q and A about a subject quite a few TVWriter™ visitors are wrestling with:

Question from Ghost:

It’s been awhile since I’ve been here! But I am in somewhat of a dilemma. I’ve been accepted into three MFA programs, LMU (TV writing), Chapman (screenwriting) and Emerson (fiction). I’m on the waitlist for USC but don’t think that’s going to happen.

I am trying to figure out if I’ll be able to swing the move at all, since fun life stuff interrupted those “save for grad school” plans, and this is all very last minute, but I have to make a final decision very, very soon (like, Monday) and the available information is pretty contradictory. I know most people don’t think an MFA is worth anything, but let’s just pretend it’s not the worst mistake I could make. I’m wondering if anyone here has done one of these programs or if one has a distinct advantage over the other? I think Chapman and LMU have the advantage of actually being in California, but Emerson does have its LA internship program. read article

The DOCTOR WHO Puppet is Still Irresistible

by Larry Brody

Maybe even more so:

BOOM! Brooklyn put on a great fireworks show.

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At Last! Now It’s really DALLAS!

by Larry Brody

…To quote an old friend who was a writer-producer on the original series (and will be commenting about the new version here soonish).

Dallas – The war for Southfork begins
by Chuck Duncan 

‘Dallas’ aired an all-new episode on the Fourth of July, and there were fireworks as Bobby and John Ross both discovered they’d been duped by JR over control of Southfork. Did we expect anything less from him?

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