Lookin’ For Love in All the Wrong Places

by Larry Brody

When I was a student at Northwestern University I took an independent study with my favorite professor, Edward B. Hungerford, AKA Ted (although I could never even think of calling him that until we both were much older).

At our first meeting I told him I was going to write a novel, about a college student who… read article

Is Kickstarter the New Cavalry?

Upset because you can’t get funding for your film? Think how Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader must have felt.

THE CANYONS

The Canyons is a contemporary thriller written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho, etc.) to be directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Affliction, Auto-Focus, etc.)  The Canyons documents five twenty-something’s quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood…. read article

Self-Plagiarism, Ethics, and Us

Can we really steal from ourselves?

Shakespeare had a few thoughts on the matter. We should too.

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Amazon Studios Picks Some Winners

Big congrats to everyone who scored!!!

Amazon-Studios

Amazon Studios Announces the First Four Projects on Its Series Development Slate

A “Hell” of a deal, the end of the world, a magic monkey and a plaid sheep — these are the first projects selected for the Amazon Studios Series Development Slate. One is a children’s show, three are comedies and all four were discovered via the Amazon Studios site. (Learn more about how to submit your own ideas here.) All receive $10,000 option extensions.

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A Brief & Inadequate History of TV Comedy

by Larry Brody

For me, television comedy began with Uncle Miltie. Milton Berle, whom I first laughed at/with/from in 1948. In just a few short years he was joined, as my definition of comedy, by Sid Caesar, Martin & Lewis (why did Dean get first billing? No wonder Jerry was mad), Red Skelton, Bob & Ray, and Ernie Kovacs (above), who I still believe was the cleverest comic who ever lived.

Yes, I’ve left out Lucille Ball. Because as a child I couldn’t really laugh at her. All that angst, that desperation to be loved – sorry, but she made me way too tense. read article