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Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends Noir Films | NPR



"James Ellroy is a crime writer with a reputation. His books, which include L.A. Confidential and Perfidia, are set mainly in 1940s and '50s Los Angeles, where the line between cops and criminals is cut very fine. As Ellroy tells NPR's Steve Inskeep, his favorite films involve foul play in post-World War II settings." Read the article at NPR.





Oscar-Contending Screenwriters Reveal Their Secrets | Variety

Screenwriters Secrets


"Stars and scribes are in bed together. And as current award contenders illustrate, nobody’s sleeping with the enemy… screenplays are giving stars what they want, and it’s a lot more than bitter Joe Gillis brought to crazy Norma Desmond in “Sunset Blvd.” Read the article by Bob Verini at Variety.





‘Twin Peaks’ Returns As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline

Twin Peaks


David Lynch and Mark Frost are writing and producing an updated version of the original Twin Peaks series, now set in the present day. "The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC." Read the article by Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.





Story Talk: Should I Take a $1 Option On a Screenplay? | Script Magazine

Dollar Option


"If you consider yourself a professional, and you believe your skill and talent to be valuable, why would you agree to something as amateurish as a dollar option? Try asking your doctor to take a dollar for an expensive procedure, while you wait for the test results." Read the article by Jeff Lyons at Script Magazine.







Indievelopment: Show Me the Money! – Getting Paid in Indie | Script Magazine

Money Cash


"Getting paid in indie, needless to say, is a different animal. While you don’t make millions, you can make money, but to do so you need to be smart about who you work with and what your boundaries are." Read the article by Jeff Richards at Script Magazine.