12 Spoiler-Ridden Movie Trailers & One Useful Screenwriting Lesson

I came across this article on Twitter and really enjoyed it. It was a nice break from the work I was supposed to be doing. 😊

A few of the movies I’ve already seen (Shutter Island, Cast Away), a couple I’d heard about (Carrie, Chinatown), and others I’ve since put on my watch-list (The Terminator, Funny People).

In fact, I just finished watching the original Terminator for the first time – and the accompanying Cinemasins for added fun!

WARNING: spoilers included. (Duh). But that’s the whole point of the article. It includes trailers and a small summary on where each one goes wrong. It’s amazing how many of them so readily gave away all their major plot points and even the final reveal! A special shame-on-you for Cast Away and The Double. Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.

See the link here.

Moviepass

Hi folks!

I just want to make sure you are all aware of the insanely-awesome subscription service that is Moviepass. Here’s what you need to know:

  • For $9.95/month (check the website for promotional prices) you can see one 2D movie, per day, in theaters.
  • That’s right – any 2D theatrical movie, regardless of release date.
  • Moviepass is accepted in over 90% of US theaters.
  • Once subscribed, Moviepass will send you a debit card in the mail to use for purchasing tickets.
  • To find a movie, download the Moviepass app, find your theater (you must use GPS and be within range of the theater), and “check in” to the movie you want to see.
  • Use the debit card at the register or any kiosk to purchase your tickets. (Moviepass will transfer funds to the card after you check in).
  • Watch your movie and do it again the next day!

I’ve had Moviepass since October and its been such a money saver. The app is notoriously bad (it has since been updated), but is worth the headache to essentially watch movies on the big screen for free.

Don’t wait! Subscribe today!

Netflix Lands Worldwide Rights to Upcoming Duplass Brother’s Films

In the next chapter of what is Netflix’s reign in film and television distribution, Netflix has acquired the exclusive WW rights to Mark and Jay Duplass’s next four films.

You may already know them for: The One I Love (a personal favorite), Creep, and Jeff Who Lives at Home.

On the deal the brothers reply, “Turns out when you make films for Netflix, millions of people all over the world watch them. This is not a terrible thing for an independent filmmaker.”

The first of the films will stream later this year.

See the full story here.

The 25 Biggest Opening Weekends of All Time

Black Panther had an incredible opening weekend, bringing in over $200m Fri-Sun, and over $240m including the Monday holiday. To see how it compares to other blockbusters, see link here.

Other such titles include:

  • Suicide Squad: $133.7m
  • Finding Dory: $135.1m
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2: $146.5m
  • The Dark Knight: $158.4m
  • Beauty and the Beast: $174.8m
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $247.9m

Netflix Nabs Ryan Murphy

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Netflix recently executed a $300M partnership with Fox’s own Ryan Murphy
  • Murphy is responsible for such hits as American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud and Glee
  • This deal comes 6 months after Netflix wooed Shonda Rhimes from her 15-year relationship with ABC
  • Both of these groundbreaking deals have taken place while Disney (owner of ABC) is also working to acquire Fox
  • Netflix’s power move is a siren to all network cable broadcasting and even other streaming services that they are preparing to take over television
  • Other showrunners/producers to keep an eye on are: CBS’s Chuck Lorre, CW’s Greg Berlanti and NBC’s Dick Wolf

See the links here: Vanity Fair, E! News, CNN

10 Screenplay Structures

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 3-Act structure: the most common structure, the story has a clear beginning, middle and end. Like a domino effect, one scene falls into another, into another, etc., until the end. It’s a linear story. (Star Wars)
  • Real-time structure: no breaks, no flashbacks, the story and events take place in the now. (12 Angry Men)
  • Multiple-time structure: individual linear stories are mixed up among each other. One story’s causality doesn’t necessarily affect the others. There is a shared theme between stories. (The Godfather II)

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Tablo DVR app now available for Samsung TVs

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tablo is a DVR app now available on Samsung smart TVs
  • The app allows you to browse network TV programming, record them on your DVR and watch later … for free! (?!)
  • The only cost is for the DVR hardware which works with other devices including Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV

See the link here.