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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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from http://www.eonline.com:

J.D. Salinger probably wouldn’t want you to read this.

The devoutly private author of The Catcher in the Rye, who denounced publishing, refused interviews and declined Hollywood’s advances to turn his seminal novel of alienation, hunting caps and phonies into a movie, died Wednesday at his longtime New Hampshire hideaway, it was revealed today. He was 91. (more…)

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Thanks to Daniel I for this:

“Romance is not dead…Evidenced by this Chalk Birthday Letter”

So Cute!

 

 

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From Playbill.com and http://www.thecelltheatre.org:

“Sex and the City” writers Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky, Cindy Chupack and Liz Tuccillo have teamed to write a new episodic stage work entitled Cedar City Falls.

Variety reports that the writers are creating an eight-episode work that will feature actors Peter Frechette, Grant Shaud and Talia Balsam under the direction of John Ruocco. Additional actors will be announced.

Rent veterans Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jesse L. Martin will join John Slattery (“Sex and the City,” “Mad Men”), Talia Balsam (“Mad Men”) and Grant Shaud (“Murphy Brown”) as rotating narrators for the evenings that will be presented Tuesdays at 7 and 9:30 PM beginning Oct. 6 at the Cell. The final installments will be presented at Brooklyn’s Galapagos space.

Cedar City Falls, according to the Cell website, “tells the story of a small peaceful town filled with hard-working, God-fearing folk who due to a series of unfortunate incidents and petty squabbles, gets plunged into full-scale civil war. It is a parable (and parody) of conflict escalation, war, activism, peace and redemption.”

Box-office proceeds for Cedar City Falls will benefit various charities including Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Visit TheCellTheatre. The Cell is located at 338 West 23rd Street.

Liz Tuccillo and John Ruocco

present

cedarcityfalls

Cedar City Falls

A Mid-west Conflict

written by Sex and the City writers, 

Julie Rottenberg, Elisa Zuritsky Cindy Chupack, Liz Tuccillo and others…

the cell will host this weekly serial during October!

CEDAR CITY FALLS tells the story of a small peaceful town filled with hard-working, God-fearing folk who due to a series of unfortunate incidents and petty squabbles, gets plunged into full-scale civil war.  It is a parable (and parody) of conflict escalation, war, activism, peace and redemption.

Each week the show will feature a different celebrity guest narrator including John Slattery and Talia Balsam (MAD MEN), Grant Shaud (MURPHY BROWN) and Jesse L. Martin (LAW AND ORDER, THE PHILANTHROPIST).

In addition, all of the box office proceeds will go to a different human rights charity every week such as Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

Visit www.cedarcityfalls.com for more information!

$18.00

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