Anyway, here are a few random items.
Being a big Philadelphia Eagles fan, it’s been a heartbreaking week. First, starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffers a season-ending knee injury. Then a few days later, a video surfaces of Riley Cooper, his probable replacement at the position, using the “N” word in an ugly confrontation at a Kenny Chesney concert.
No excuses for Cooper’s action. I suspect he’ll be cut from the team before the season starts (a decision I’d support). If the Eagles elect to keep him, they’ll be sending the wrong kind of message to bigots everywhere (feel free to upchuck your ugliest thoughts in public). Not only that, but Cooper’s presence is sure to be a disruptive influence in a locker room that, according to many reports, was dysfunctional during last year’s horrifically bad losing season.
On a brighter note, podcast Scriptnotes just completed its 100th (and 101st) episodes. Whether you’re interested in being a professional Hollywood screenwriter or simply enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how the writing/moviemaking scene really works, podcasting partners John August and Craig Mazin – both well-regarded writers with a number of successful movie credits – can’t be beat. They’re smart, funny and savvy about the industry, and particularly good at debunking some of the nonsense that passes itself off as good screenwriting advice in an ever-growing myriad of books and blogs. A library of past Scriptnotes episodes is available, including one mentioned in their 100th edition: an analysis of “Raiders of the Lost Arc” that was so smart and riveting that I ran out after listening to the podcast to track down the DVD. I watched it that very evening (probably for about the 10th time) but with a newfound respect for what went into its creation.
Finally, I’m nearly finished with my own latest screenplay, a contemporary sci-fi thriller. I’m very excited about how it’s coming together. Previous scripts, such as BINARY, DEAD CORPS and SPARTAN X, were based on my novels and comics. But the new one is an original, unrelated to any previously published stories. I believe it has fantastic potential. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Until next time…