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writer 2CBS’s drama The Unit, about the lives of the highly trained members of a top-secret military division, was canceled last year, but a memo to its writing staff from its executive producer David Mamet has just surfaced online. (The source appears to be the online writing collective Ink Canada.) If you think you know where this is heading, you might be wrong:

Besides the fact that it’s written in all-caps, there’s nothing particularly ranty, pejorative or potty-mouthed about it. Rather, Mamet lays down an extremely sensible case for what makes good television, imploring them to avoid expository writing for what he characterizes as authentic “drama.” Along the way, he refers repeatedly to the “blue-suited penguins” (probably the copious-note-givers at the network), while passing along some very useful advice (“any time two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of shit”) and helpful writing exercises (“pretend the characters can’t speak and write a silent movie”). Screenwriters, take note: (more…)

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Complete List of Nominations for 16th Annual SAG Awards

from Eonline.com:
Up in the Air, George Clooney

Inglourious BasterdsPrecious and Up in the Air led the way in the film category with three nominations apiece for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, including nods for Best Ensemble Cast. On the TV side, Dexter30 Rock and The Closer each tallied three nods.

The winners will be announced Jan. 23. Here’s the complete list of nominations (more…)

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