Now it’s about a number. It suggests fans saw the movie anyway.Ratner, who is not exactly objective on the subject of BvS since his company had a financial investment in it, continued:”People don’t realize what goes into making a movie like that. The $873 million worldwide gross for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” would suggest fans don’t really care — they’ll see what THEY want to see, critics be damned. It’s really sad.”What’s sad is anyone speaking for Middle America, especially when plenty of people did see “BvS” and other movies/shows that have gotten low scores — including “Iron Fist,” which many viewers defended from critical attacks. Like us on Facebook. I think it’s the destruction of our business. I have such respect and admiration for film criticism. negatives. And fans do know that. Sometimes low ratings just leave fans with low expectations, leaving them pleasantly surprised. What’s sad is film criticism has disappeared. In Middle America it’s, ‘Oh, it’s a low Rotten Tomatoes score so I’m not going to go see it because it must suck.’ But that number is an aggregate and one that nobody can figure out exactly what it means, and it’s not always correct. And there was intellect that went into that. But producer/director Brett Ratner, who helped finance “BvS,” lashed out at the Tomatometer aggregate score as “the destruction of our business.”Here’s part of Ratner’s speech at the Sun Valley Film Festival (via Entertainment Weekly):”The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. The Tomatometer score, which is the percentage of positive reviews published by professional critics, has become a useful decision-making tool for fans, but we believe it’s just a starting point for them to begin discussing, debating and sharing their own opinions.”It’s not like there’s just one guy out there raising or lowering his thumb, it’s a collection of reviews. It’s just insane, it’s hurting the business, it’s getting people to not see a movie. And you would read Pauline’s Kael’s reviews, or some others, and that doesn’t exist anymore. How could it put a cloud over the movie if it was incredibly successful, despite having just a 27 percent rating on RT? And there are plenty of movies out there with high Rotten Tomatoes scores that fans didn’t bother to see. A compounded number of how many positives vs. When I was growing up film criticism was a real art. I’ve seen some great movies with really abysmal Rotten Tomatoes scores. If “BvS” had been better liked (and a better movie in general) you probably wouldn’t hear Ratner complaining at all.Want more stuff like this? Don’t act like viewers are just sheep who buy tickets to whatever the critics tell them to see.EW asked Rotten Tomatoes for a response to the “Rush Hour” director’s comments, and Jeff Voris gave them a statement:”At Rotten Tomatoes, we completely agree that film criticism is valuable and important, and we’re making it easier than it has ever been for fans to access potentially hundreds of professional reviews for a given film or TV show in one place. Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’ And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on ‘Batman v Superman’ I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.”But isn’t that contradictory? It’s mind-blowing. Posted March 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneDoes a rotten or fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes affect whether you see a movie or not?
It was completely unexpected. Date him instead, Rachel.According to Reality Steve, this is for Episode 3, so keep that in mind. “The Bachelorette” Season 13 premieres Monday, May 22, at 9 p.m. I know this sounds cliche, but it totally swept me off my feet. “The Bachelorette” is now filming, to premiere May 22 on ABC, and one of the stops on Rachel’s “journey” was “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” She brought six guys there on a group date, and shared a few early details on her season.Fans can watch that episode today (Thursday, March 23) on “Ellen,” and see an awkward or sexy (depending on your POV) clip in the video below.Rachel told Ellen she already kissed a guy by that point, and he sounds like a serious frontrunner: “He initiated. ET on ABC.[via: Us Weekly]Want more stuff like this? It was good, it was good.” Rachel didn’t name the guy, but a dude named Brian from Miami decided to pipe in that “She’s a great kisser.” One of the other six guys there agreed, and Brian quipped, “He got my sloppy seconds.”Anyone who says “sloppy seconds” needs to go.Rachel said she hadn’t seen any of the guys shirtless yet, so Ellen fixed that by having the six take off their shirts and do lap dances for the screaming audience members, who shoved money down their pants:Check out the expression on the male audience member’s face, at the bottom of this pic:That poor guy. Posted March 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneAre these guys dating Rachel Lindsay or the “Ellen” audience? Like us on Facebook.
Something Culpepper did. Or not. Hit us up with a tease on what to expect next week. #Survivor#SurvivorGameChangers
— Aman (@AmanAdwin) March 23, 2017The Live Know It Alls audience reacts to the Red Wedding. Posted March 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneIn 34 seasons of “Survivor,” there had never been anything like what happened during last night’s insane supersized tribal council on “Survivor: Game Changers.”Here’s a live look at Episode 4, “The Tables Have Turned”:Not only did two tribes go to tribal council together to vote out one player, it was the first time the pre-vote council talk turned into a deadly dinner party, with guests walking over to whisper to each other, huddle in groups, and return to share what they were told. Things explode in a way we haven’t seen in a while and it’s so good you’ll want to watch it more than once.Well, we’ll be watching and analyzing this week’s episode more than once just to try to figure out what happened, so no shock that next week’s will be a repeat offender, too.Malcolm is now doing his post-boot press, so check out this interview to get some sense of what happened.Want more stuff like this? But I want to deliver a tease so let me say this… Oh, I really don’t want to spoil it in any way. “Survivor: Game Changers” is just getting started, and the promo for next week showed Debbie LOSING IT over whatever. #WOWpic.twitter.com/Eo6EEimqaT
— Malcolm McDaniel (@1mmcdaniel) March 23, 2017And there’s more to come! It’s Debbie.Here’s Jeff Probst’s tease to Entertainment Weekly:Okay, sir. #Survivorpic.twitter.com/TcYyfjG9n7
— Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) March 23, 2017My thought process during the end of tonight’s unbelievably chaotic #TribalCouncil on @survivorcbs. Or, as the players wrote it last night, “Malcom” or “Malcolmb.”Fans loved the electric drama, but most were unhappy with the result — blaming JT for telling Culpepper the plan to write down Sierra, or everyone for not just writing “Sandra” already. Like us on Facebook. #Survivor#SurvivorGameChangers#WOWpic.twitter.com/MFFYbLEj2t
— Corey Wooten (@CinemaNerd95) March 23, 2017Me watching how that #Survivor#TribalCouncil played out. Agatha Christie would’ve loved it, and “Game of Thrones” fans immediately compared the result to the Red Wedding, since it resulted in the unexpected departure of a fan favorite: Malcolm Freberg. #thequeenstayqueenWatch the entire 11 minute scene play out:Malcolm left the vote saying he wanted to “vomit.” Here’s how many fans reacted:SANDRA IS SITTING RIGHT THERE AND Y’ALL WANT MALCOM OUT #Survivorpic.twitter.com/c4PDY0YenE
— Naomi🔥 (@NanaM2662) March 23, 2017Trying to figure out how they voted off Malcom instead of Sandra #Survivorpic.twitter.com/sjWvQ73PzP
— Naomi🔥 (@NanaM2662) March 23, 2017That tribal council was like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by a plane.
Like us on Facebook. Whether those films are good are not (“Passengers”?) is up for debate, but they certainly make the journey enjoyable.By the way, director James Gunn is up for his appointed task:A few months ago, Pratt said “Guardians 2” would be the “biggest spectacle movie of all time,” so it’s clear his thoughts have only gotten larger since then. We’re much better. Seriously. Ever heard of Citizen Kane? Posted March 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneChris Pratt really, really loves “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and he thinks you’ll love it so much it’ll leave you knocked up with your own Baby Groot. This movie will fry your brains and lift your spirits. Don’t be the only person on the planet who doesn’t see this movie. James Gunn will be elected president of the world. They will add the faces of the guardians to Mount Rushmore for sure. Candy will fall from the sky. It will win the World Cup and about 7 super bowl rings, sorry TOM Brady. Our movie just tested at over one million points. Rotten tomatoes already has it at 234% fresh. #GotGVol2 will win every movie award AND about 39 Olympic gold medals in swimming, gymnastics, the skiiing event with the gun, x games, snowmobiling and everything. Everyone will get pregnant. Because they won’t flip out and kill people instead they’ll be your awesome pets. Pratt and Ryan Reynolds should win special awards for how they promote films. So basically get your tickets as soon as you can. Start planning for child support now.Pratt proved he’s a Don Draper-level marketer with a hilariously hyperbolic letter to fans on Facebook, shared with the new international poster. Seriously. Humbly,
StarlordSorry, Tom Brady! We’re gonna get a planet. Yes, you too, fellas! Global warming will stop. He mentioned it, but the “Guardians” sequel arrives in theaters May 5, aka our new national holiday.Want more stuff like this? Dinosaurs will come back to life. Which unlike some movies might tell you, is actually a really good thing. There has never been and will never again be a movie like this. That the over-the-top plug is signed “Humbly, Starlord” just adds to the majesty:On May 5th the greatest movie in the history of movies is coming. May 5th will become a national holiday.
They’re described here as being like the “Seal Team 6 version of the Stormtroopers,” and boy are they scary — tall, elegant, scary. Posted March 23, 2017 by Drew TaylorTomorrow “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” debuts on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, ahead of its release on Blu-ray on April 4, and we’ve got your exclusive sneak peek at one of the release’s many bonus features. And it’s a doozy.In this mini-doc, you get a look at the design and creation of the fearsome Death Troopers, the elite Stormtrooper unit favored by Ben Mendelsohn’s Director Krennic. While the clip is brief, it does highlight a tidbit that I hadn’t even heard before: that their design was based on a sketch by Ralph McQuarrie, one of the designers for the original series whose distinctive look has been appropriated recently for things like “Star Wars Rebels” and even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It goes to show you that a good idea never dies it just surfaces decades later.”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere this Friday, and on Blu-ray/DVD April 4.
Psychological research can help us, to a point. Actually, the truth is the opposite. Other mode is not a single technique or principle. Here’s an example: His guts twisted in fear. There are three primary paths to producing an emotional response in readers. Stop your story at any point, ask the point-of-view character what she is feeling, and it’s never just one answer. “Why didn’t you replace the pictures of Nikki and me?” I ask. The pink face of Beatty now showed the faintest panic in the door. When all the instruments work together, they lift our hearts. Here’s an example from a master of secondary emotions: Ray Bradbury. It explains that when showing works the thing we should look at is not why it works but when. The woman who lives in the house is warned to leave but refuses and holds up …
An ordinary kitchen match. We are open. The first is to report what characters are feeling so effectively that readers feel something too. Our emotions can be profoundly trivial or so elevated that they’re silly. There are emotions that embarrass us, reveal too much, and make us vulnerable. Each reader has a unique emotional response to a story. He knows the thrill of watching books burn. In this horrific situation we are forced to measure Montag’s emotion against our own. It actually can. God, thought Montag, how true! What we feel is inescapably influenced by our history, morals, loyalties, and politics. Pat’s delusional refusal to accept that Nikki is not coming back to him is plainly evident. A story situation is an emotional elephant. But that way of thinking surrenders too much to chance. Is his excitement what we would feel? The reader reacts, resists, and sometimes succumbs, but thanks to the author’s skill, she can never escape the churn and ow of her own feelings. When outward actions stir us, it’s not the actions we read that have stirred us but that we have stirred ourselves. Human action is also driven by need. Nikki had given Mom the other non-wedding pictures of us, and well, we aren’t in touch with Nikki or her family right now because it’s apart time. Creating that type of experience for readers requires more than just walking them through the plot. It leads to the erroneous idea that emotional effect is accidental. Yes, but it’s also important. It is a vast array of elements tuned like the instruments in an orchestra to create a soaring emotional effect. Do you feel simmering rage? Put on the page what a character feels and there’s a pretty good chance that, paradoxically, what the reader will feel is nothing. To put it simply, when character emotions are highly painful, pull back. With so much rich human material to work with, it’s disappointing that so many manuscripts offer a limited menu of emotions. Research shows that readers want this, too. Do you hope that your fiction can change people or maybe even history? Characters’ emotional states also, by themselves, are limited in their impact. Matthew Quick’s The Silver Linings Playbook is a novel featuring a protagonist, Pat Peoples, who is certifiably crazy. Probably not. Other things on the page also provoke readers, and these things are the greater part of the equation. Photo credit: jan buchholtz via VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND
Today’s post is adapted from The Emotional Craft of Fiction (Writer’s Digest Books) by agent Donald Maass (@DonMaass). When readers chew on a story, they are getting not only what they want, but also something good and healthy. Inner Mode: Telling
Writing out what characters feel ought to be a shortcut to getting readers to feel that stuff too, shouldn’t it? Human beings are complex. Instead he portrays a feeling that we don’t expect: Montag’s excitement. So how does one create emotional surprise? That power, however, cannot exist unless and until a story has a strong emotional impact. What is actually happening inside readers as they read? While it’s true that you cannot control what each reader will feel while reading your work, what you can control is whether they will feel something in the first place and how strong those feelings will be. A careless writer would have focused on Montag’s horror at what was about to happen. Other Mode
None of readers’ emotional experience of a story actually comes from the emotional lives of characters. Remember that Montag is a reman who has enjoyed starting fires. There are many ways of looking at and feeling about what’s happening at any given moment. Medically speaking, this is actually necessary for human health and well-being. What gets readers going are feelings that are fresh and unexpected. Or maybe yes, if we were Montag. Meh. She tells me our house was burglarized a few weeks before I came home and the pictures were stolen. Ask two characters what they feel about what’s happening and neither will ever say the same thing. There’s no need. But is that what authors want, too? There’s always a different emotion to use. Or this: Her eyes shot daggers at him. When you read that, do your own guts twist in fear? Yet those feelings also need to be real and true; otherwise, they will come across as contrived—they’ll ring false and fail to ignite the reader’s emotions. All three paths to producing emotional responses in readers are valid, but all three have pitfalls and can fail to work. They want to feel like they’ve been through something. There are emotions that we minimize, hide, and deny. The painful emotional lives of such characters need to become tolerable for readers. That should come as no surprise. It might seem that you shouldn’t worry about what readers feel; they’re either going to feel what you want them to feel or not. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a futuristic fireman who burns books. Mom says the burglar stole all the expensive frames, but she had the negatives for the family portraits and had them replaced. Montag felt the hidden book pound like a heart against his chest. Readers read under the influence of their own temperaments, histories, biases, morality, likes, dislikes, and peeves. This is outer mode, the showing of emotions. Research shows this: Readers expect their experience, naturally enough, to be a positive one. Is it because fire is prettier by night? These are the feelings writers believe they ought to use if their stories are going to sell. Yes, showing and telling are part of what provokes readers to feel, but they are only a part. Mom says she did not have the negatives for the pictures of Nikki and me, especially because Nikki’s parents had paid for the wedding pictures and had only given my mother copies of the photos she liked. The second is to provoke in readers what characters may be feeling by implying their inner state through external action. No! Your hope is not in vain. Pat Peoples amusingly refuses to give up his dream of reuniting with his estranged wife, Nikki, and is convinced that their “apart time,” as he calls it, will end. Captain Beatty, keeping his dignity, backed slowly through the front door, his pink face burnt and shiny from a thousand res and night excitements. They make judgments that don’t agree with yours. Authors want to challenge readers. Action is an opportunity for us to feel something, not a cause of feeling something. After his transformation begins he’s called to help burn a house full of books, and Montag secretly takes one. To learn more about how to make a strong emotional impact in your fiction, check out The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass. No. Others, like thrillers, either have no time to dwell on characters’ feelings or their authors regard such passages as artless and possibly repellant. Skillful authors play against expected feelings. How can we not? It comes from readers themselves. Not so much. This is other mode, an emotional dialogue between author and reader. Entertainment works best when it presents consumers with novelty, challenge, and aesthetic value, which in turn cause cognitive evaluation. Humor and objective showing create a safety zone. Because Bradbury goes sideways from an expected feeling, we cannot help but feel something ourselves. They go down several emotional layers in order to bring up emotions that will catch readers by surprise. In plain language that means thinking, guessing, questioning, and comparing what is happening to one’s own experience. This objective, wry, reportorial approach serves Quick’s purpose well because if we were asked to swallow the inner emotional life of Pat Peoples, we couldn’t. In that zone readers can process their own response to emotional conditions that are extreme. Quick knows the trick of making a mentally ill protagonist enjoyable to read about: Make him funny. How can that be? Never by day! All evidence is to the contrary, of course, as we see when Pat returns home:
When I finally come out of the basement, I notice that all the pictures of Nikki and me have been removed from the walls and the mantel over the replace. Don’t do it! The feelings that writers first choose to write are often obvious, easy, and safe. Research shows that consumers of entertainment are seeking, more than anything, to have an experience. It’s unpredictable but it’s real. What all that means is that readers fundamentally want to feel something, not about your story, but about themselves. We have emotions on the surface and emotions underneath. This is inner mode, the telling of emotions. The sight of it rushed the men out and down away from the house. The woman’s hand twitched on the single matchstick. Such feelings fail to excite us because, of course, we’ve read them too many times. The fumes of kerosene bloomed up about her. Bradbury, however, knows that the obvious emotion will not have the desired effect. Does “an experience” sound simplistic? I ask why a burglar would want pictures of Nikki and me, and my mother says she puts all of her pictures in very expensive frames. The distinction matters. Some story types, such as romance fiction, necessarily rely on inner mode. Once you know the underlying cause behind the surface effects, you’ll know whether the approach that you are taking on a given page will reliably move readers’ hearts. To successfully use each, it’s necessary to understand why each is effective when it is. Nothing is more valid and vivid than what we can see and hear, right? Outer Mode: Showing
Outer moments in many manuscripts can feel small and self-consciously “written”; in other words, arty more than artful. Pat begins the novel in a neural health facility, from which he is released with the help of his mother. I ask my mother where these pictures went. He enjoys his job until he meets a seventeen-year-old girl who awakens his mind. That’s not really true. An experience, sure, but what kind of experience? “Why didn’t the burglar steal the rest of the family pictures?” I ask. Always at night the alarm comes. This chewing effect has another benefit: Readers are more likely to remember a story when it has made them chew. Notice that Quick does not try to convey what Pat is feeling in this farcical passage. That in turn should stir our own imaginations and churn up our feelings, shouldn’t it? The third method is to cause readers to feel something that a story’s characters do not themselves feel. That need is sensed in subtext and revealed through what people say and do. Sometimes, but not always. More spectacle, a better show? The expression on the face of his chief, Beatty, ignites that feeling again, briefly, even while Montag’s heart is changing. The choice between inner and outer modes is a central one. So how can a writer predict, never mind control, what readers feel? The house and its contents are then doused with kerosene. They want to connect with your characters and live their fictional experience, or believe that they have. They transport us to a realm of wonder. It’s too crazy and painful. They work only with primary emotions because that is what everyone feels, which is true, but this is also a limited view.
In the meantime, though, we’ll next see her in “The Space Between Us,” a film due out this summer that Johnson wrote, directed, produced, and stars in.”Power Rangers” hits theaters on March 24.[via: Variety] well, then clearly you were too young and missed out. In any case, with the film coming, original Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson has been reminiscing about her time on the TV series that started kicked off the franchise, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”To commemorate the occasion, Johnson wrote a letter to series co-creator Haim Saban, one of the producers of the new action flick. She told Saban to “feel free” to cast her in any sequels — namely, as a villain. It’s a touching reflection on her experience playing Kimberly Hart, and it also contains interesting tidbits, like the fact that she was “paid peanuts” and “almost died a few times.” No one said the job would be glamorous, we hope.In spite of the challenges, it’s clear that Johnson was — and still is — grateful for the role. Posted March 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIf the new “Power Rangers” movie doesn’t make you think back to the ’90s … It’d be fun to have her back, particularly in such a different role. Starring in 152 episodes and two movies was valuable to her acting career, plus helped her make a positive impact.”My time as the Pink Ranger not only became the training ground for my future career as a working actress but also, without even knowing it at the time, a way to inspire thousands of little girls to believe that they can be as badass as little boys,” she wrote. “That, in itself, is priceless.”In fact, in spite of the poor pay the first time around, Johnson is willing to return to the franchise.
The contrast serves as a great visual representation of how at odds they are.Beyond showing us McGregor pulling double-duty, the trailer delves into this season’s drama: The brothers’ issues lead to all kind of problems, with even murder and mobsters becoming involved. Posted March 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”Fargo” Season 3 will bring us the next installment in the FX anthology series, and it will center on an intense sibling rivalry.FX Networks dropped the official trailer on Wednesday, and it introduces the brothers, both of whom are played by Ewan McGregor. Interestingly, they’re not twins; they’re businessman Emmit Stussy and his parole officer younger brother, Ray.Thanks to the magic of Hollywood makeup, McGregor’s two characters look very different. We’re in for another dark but funny story.”Fargo” Season 3 also stars Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis. While Emmit is clean-cut and polished, Ray is mustached, balding, and the heavier of the siblings. The show returns on April 19.
The character is depicted as bulky and strong, with an intimidating presence. He is also the son of Scott Summers aka Cyclops. Like us on Facebook. “Stranger Things” star David Harbour is also a candidate, though Kyle Chandler — though rumored for the role — is not.In the comic books, Cable, aka Nathan Summers, is a mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Cable was often paired with Deadpool in comics, and his inclusion in the sequel was teased both at the end of the first movie and in an Easter egg in “Logan.”If Shannon is selected, he’ll join Reynolds and new “Deadpool 2” cast member Zazie Beetz, who is playing the mercenary Domino.Want more stuff like this? Posted March 22, 2017 by Kelly WooMichael Shannon is leading the pack of actors who could play Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool 2.”According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shannon is the frontrunner, though not the only name on the list.
Like us on Facebook. Posted March 22, 2017 by Kelly WooThe first official trailer for the “Baywatch” movie has everything you could ever want: Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron showing off their ripped bodies, some criminal hijinks, some tongue-in-cheek jokes, and of course, slow-motion running down the beach.Johnson plays Mitch Buchannon, the veteran head of Baywatch, who is forced to “rebrand” the unit. They’re forced to work together when they discover a criminal drug ring run by Priyanka Chopra.Judging by the trailer, director Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) keeps things fast-paced, with lots of banter between Johnson and Efron, flashy action set-pieces, and plenty of poking fun at the “Baywatch” aura. It looks very much in the vein of “21 Jump Street,” another TV show successfully turned into a movie.”Baywatch” opens in theaters May 26.Want more stuff like this? That introduces new recruit Matt Brody (Efron), who butts heads with his new boss.
Why? “It ends with Rick and Co. It’s obvious he has never killed a walker before. You can read the details at TSDF.MAGGIE & GREGORY: The promo showed Gregory approaching Maggie with a knife, and TSDF’s source said Gregory does power down to Full Coward mode, but he doesn’t stab Maggie and (sadly) she does not kill him either: “Maggie asks Gregory to keep watch for walkers while she’s planting some vegetables, and the a**hole actually considers killing her right there. on AMC.Want more stuff like this? Shortly after, a walker attacks Gregory. “Yes, the Savior David comes into her cell and tries to rape her, but Negan walks in on him. Daryl tries to attack Dwight, but Rosita stops him and says he really wants to help. Gregory gets ready to go to the Sanctuary in this episode, but doesn’t leave yet so Negan didn’t hear it from him.”After Episode 15, we just have the supersized season finale to look forward to. Posted March 22, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Walking Dead” Season 7 is down to its final two episodes, and this next one will probably leave fans with a mix of frustration, disgust, and hope. On the note of “hope,” if you guessed that it was Dwight there at the end of last week’s episode with Rosita, you are correct. It sounds like he is ready to pull a reverse Eugene and turn against Negan.As TSDF reported:• How does the episode end? She might have been asking for a weapon so she could actually take out Negan. […] Eugene tells Sasha the reason why he has joined Negan is because when he was in that Lucille line-up it was the most scared he’s been in his entire life. Then Rick asks if that’s true. Hope is good! Then it was ‘rinse and repeat’ when it happened to Glenn. In return, David gets a knife through the neck.” Negan is anti-rape, just like in the comic book, although you could certainly argue that coercing women to be his “wives” does not quite equal consent.• How does Eugene feel about Sasha being a prisoner? What happens? But let’s get to the frustration and disgust first.Episode 15, “Something They Need” airs Sunday, March 26. When Eugene slips the suicide pills under the cell door, she seems surprised and upset.” Seriously, Mullet Man?DWIGHT’S REDEMPTION? He can’t feel that way again, and by being at the Sanctuary that ensures he never will.”• What request does Sasha make to Eugene? returning from Oceanside to be greeted by Rosita at the gate. Dwight says ‘Yes,’ and then Rick pulls his gun and orders Dwight to his knees. She still has her clothes, and she’s given good food and bedding (oh, and no Easy Street either.) When Negan finally shows up, he basically offers to make her one of his top lieutenants (in time of course) because of her ‘beachball lady nuts.'” Honestly, he does kinda sound like Abraham sometimes.• After Sasha is taken prisoner, does a Savior try to attack her in her cell? Fade to black.”• Bonus:
“Negan hears from ‘a little birdie’ that Rick is making plans and so he prepares to head to Alexandria. “He’s a little distraught, but ultimately encourages her to join Negan. He screams for Maggie like a little girl and she has to save his ass.” Question: Is Gregory already worse than Nicholas, in terms of cowards? Here’s AMC’s brief synopsis:”A group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey; one member of the group must make a heartbreaking decision.”The Spoiling Dead Fans’s source shared its usual Q&A with the spoiler site, sharing details on what happens.WARNING: BIG SPOILERS AHEAD!Rick Grimes and company head to Oceanside to get weapons, but let’s skip that. Everyone and their second cousin has been plugging the season ender, so it had better be damn good.”The Walking Dead” airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Like us on Facebook. “She begs Eugene to give her something ‘to end it.’ She knows full well Negan’s going to use her to hurt her friends, and she can’t live with that. “He locks her in the cell, but it’s not quite as bad as Daryl. Eugene obliges. She says they have a visitor, and that’s when she leads Rick to Dwight who says he can help. Gleggie has the worst luck with guys like that.SASHA AT THE SANCTUARY: Fans may have mixed feelings about Sasha’s time at the Sanctuary, ’cause it sounds like Negan actually comes to her aid against a rapist, and Eugene gives her pills to take her own life, as opposed to helping her kill Negan.Here’s some of the source’s Q&A on that:• What does Negan do when Sasha attacks the Sanctuary?
Is it really Liam Neeson and “definitely not Colin Firth”? The video features Andy Lincoln, Martine McCutcheon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson, Lúcia Moniz, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, and Bill Nighy.It’s really adorable, as you can see for yourself:So which one has aged the best? Like us on Facebook. They don’t even show Colin to compare, so how can we be sure?If you want more visual teases before the special airs May 25, producer Emma Freud shared a bunch of photos from set, from the Daniel, Sam, Joanna, and Carol storyline to David and Natalie and the Juliet/Peter/Mark love triangle.Want more stuff like this? Posted March 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneSorry, Liam Neeson, but the answer is probably our beloved Emma Thompson, although she’s not actually in “Red Nose Day Actually.”As you probably know, the stars of the 2003 hit “Love Actually” reunited to tape a short sequel for the charity special “Red Nose Day,” which will air Thursday, May 25 on NBC.The network just shared a promo, featuring the actors all using Andrew Lincoln’s iconic cards to get fans excited to see how the characters turned out.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017
Listen, we can’t say we were thrilled to hear that Nick would be on still another ABC reality show, but all Shatner is doing is making Viall the victim, giving him underdog status and support from fans who feel bad that he’s being attacked. 👍🏻😏
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2017Whoever your favorite is – just not Nick- make the 10 phone calls for them. https://t.co/4OKy55HF7T
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2017How do we get #BachelorNation to not vote for Nick? Sorry my tweeter but you’re wrong https://t.co/LD7NXXTS7I
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017Anyone but the vile one. He is also a regular viewer and tweeter of DWTS. Nick is currently competing on “Dancing With the Stars,” and embroiled in a bizarre feud with “Star Trek” icon William Shatner, who is obsessed with him. Season 24 just started, and Shatner has launched a Twitter campaign to get former Bachelor Nick Viall booted first. Seriously.Let a few things wash over you: The real life Captain Kirk is a resident of Bachelor Nation. He needs to go next week https://t.co/cMHjjcSDyK
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2017Keep voting #DWTS Don’t vote 4 Nick #BachelorNation
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017He lives up to the homonym of his last name. 😉 https://t.co/87LHsHKtSx
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017
Both Nick and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd chose to reply via emojis, and Shatner responded to Peta:
— Nick Viall (@viallnicholas28) March 21, 2017@PetaMurgatroyd Peta, you know I love you. I won’t be. Like us on Facebook. https://t.co/jqD1cQG423
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017So let me get this straight, saying vote for anyone but Nick is bullying but saying vote for ______ is OK? Just can’t cheer you on this season. Love to Maks & Shia. 🤔
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 20, 2017No! Posted March 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneBachelor Nick Viall just can’t stay away from drama. This mission could backfire, Cap’n!DWTS airs Mondays at 8 p.m. https://t.co/aD0CM2peAn
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017Watch Andi’s Bachelorette Season where he started this Viall journey.🙄 https://t.co/kUTsPcT44n
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 21, 2017Leopards don’t change their spots. on ABC.[via: Us Weekly]Want more stuff like this? Viall finally reacted to Shatner’s “anyone but Nick” mission in the best way possible, considering the circumstances.Nick’s backers have accused Shatner of “bullying,” but Shatner defended his campaign, arguing against seeing more of Nick Viall on TV after two seasons of “The Bachelorette,” then “Bachelor in Paradise,” and the recent season of “The Bachelor.”My goal for #DWTS is to knock Bachelor Nick out ASAP. Who is with me? Don’t be surprised if he shows up again on paradise. 💕 Congratulations on becoming a mommy.
Posted March 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneNot to pile on, but “courage bladder” really is a cooler superpower than what Green Lantern can do.Ryan Reynolds is promoting his new movie “Life,” but he’s also firing more shots at his 2011 movie “Green Lantern.” He’s been poking fun of himself and that DC Comics movie for years now, with its only saving grace being that it paired Reynolds with his future wife, Blake Lively.Reynolds was on “The Late Show” last night, taking a spot on the blanket for Stephen Colbert’s regular segment, “Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars.” While gazing up at the night sky, asking each other tough questions about the universe, they added a joke about Green Lantern:Ryan Reynolds: “Hey, Stephen, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?”Stephen Colbert: “Oh, I’d like to have, like, this super-cool alien high-tech ring, and it’s green and it has a lantern on it, and I could use my imagination to make anything out of green light.”Long pause, and applause.Ryan: “Wow. For more shenanigans, check out Ryan’s insane junket interview with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Courage bladder.”Courage bladder! What superpower would you want?”Ryan: “I’d like to be able to pee at a public urinal when someone’s standing directly behind me.”Stephen: “Oh. That’s a really dumb superpower.”Stephen: “Yeah. Henry Cavill (Superman) was just posting about the character, who may or may not be played by Armie Hammer in “Green Lantern Corps.””Life” opens Friday, March 24. Watch the full segment; the joke about “Avatar” is pretty good, too:Green Lantern is about to get back in action in the DC Extended Universe.
That makes what we do worth it to me. So many moments like that.Then there’s moments where, like, “This is the last scene in the lab,” or “This is the last scene in our house …” Actually, that wasn’t as emotional as saying goodbye to the people. But you also have to think of the possibility that it could be a series, and a long-running series in this case.One thing that I like is having a character that I’m happy putting out there, especially for young girls. Posted March 22, 2017 by Scott HuverEmily Deschanel is making no “Bones” about it: saying goodbye to her TV series after 12 seasons was a mixed bag of big emotions.With the series finale of the enduring forensic crime procedural looming ahead on March 28, the actress admits that she’s already run through a gamut of feelings as she, co-star David Boreanaz, and the rest of the cast and production team bring the saga of Brennan and Booth to a conclusion — and she expects even more emotional fallout when audiences finally take in that very last episode.Deschanel, who’s perhaps more keyed into her emotions than the pragmatic and empirical-minded Brennan, recently joined a small group of press to reveal her many moods about closing out “Bones.”Did you know any of [series creator] Hart Hanson’s original plans for the ending, even with the new showrunners coming on board after he left?Emily Deschanel: No. It was like, “Our last Upfronts in New York …” which was emotional. It could end after the pilot. When you choose a character to play, when you choose a project, when it’s a television series, it’s just a pilot. It feels like it becomes a part of you in a lot of ways.And it’s such a treat to grow with a character and get to feel the character change, and put the character in different scenarios, and relationships to change with the character. What does it feel like to be part of that early wave of these characters? Such a gift. Then we got to say goodbye over a period of time. People we’ve seen start as one position and move their way up. There’s so many different things, terms … For me, when I was wrapped, I was surprised because I thought I’d be coming back the next night, and they finished me out. I felt so appreciative of everyone and all the things we’ve been through together, all the crew members. It was just shock, and sadness, and appreciation.Sadness that I won’t see all these people, at least not the way I have every day. They said, whatever they could do what Hart suggested and wanted, they would.But a lot of the storylines had already been used in the show after Hart had left because we have so many episodes, and we had a lot of episodes that were supposed to maybe possibly be the finale, so we kind of had false endings sometimes.Is that strange for you to have an ending that became not-an-ending several times?I got used to it at a certain point. But certain things stick.Brennan was one of TV’s leading female characters in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics]. There’s nothing that makes me more proud than to hear a young girl say that she wants to go into science because of the show. When you do a movie, you only have an hour and a half, two hours to tell a person’s story. That’s one of the main things that drew me to the part. How old somebody is, what race they are, things like that. And to grow and change, I think to do that over time in this way where it’s kind of gradual, like life. No, I don’t. No, I didn’t. I asked them, “Had you talked to Hart about things?” And they said yes. There’s so many things like that.You could follow the trail of tears to my trailer at the end of that night. It’s amazing. We never ended [a season] thinking, “This is the end.” We ended it thinking, “This could be the end,” so we had to end it finally in a way that feels like an end, but also have a possibility of doing the show later.So we never thought, “We’re done.” We thought, “We don’t know.” [When] you’re on a television show, especially like this one, you always are in limbo, and you never know that the future is in terms of at least the next season. He didn’t tell us that kind of stuff … Now we have networks going out specifically looking for scripts with women in STEM roles.I didn’t know that, but that makes me incredibly proud. We had so many moments over the last 12 episodes, just when we’d have a break on set, just reminiscing over the last 12 years, and things that have happened off camera and on.So we laughed so much thinking about that: when we got shut down for singing the songs from the musical “Annie,” different shenanigans — just thinking about, like, Tamara [Taylor] cracking up, and trying to keep it together, and us all trying to not laugh in a scene. ways to tell how old the dead body is. It’s such a treat as an actor. I would love to. Yeah, so happy to be at the forefront of that.Our female characters have bigger offices than the men, they’re in science, they have a lot of power, and they’re very unique people, and very good at their jobs. I don’t know what they would get me to play, but I’d love to be on “New Girl,” for sure. You’re really living with these characters over all this time. It’s such a real treat as an actor that’s obviously incredibly rare.Is there a piece of medical jargon that you can never un-know?Epiphyseal fusion … Then, I feel OK right now, and I think when this series stops airing, I think that’ll be a big cathartic time as well.Are you free to guest star on your sister Zooey’s show, “New Girl,” now?I am! That was very surreal. That’s another great thing I love about doing this show.Can you talk about the emotions as things were winding down, those moments where the emotion was overwhelming for you.Yeah, at the end of the series, there’s so many things leading up. You mean like what plans he had? It was the second to last day. Usually they picked this up for a full season when they did.You’ve gotten 12 years to play this character, which is really rare.Tell me what that means to you to have taken her from point A to point Z over that period of time and play one character in all those different ways.Yes. I was a wreck, a complete wreck, because nothing really prepared me for that moment where it really ended. My rule is always that I have to know what I’m saying when I say it, but I don’t have to remember it the next day. They haven’t called me yet. But OK, you get a little glimpse of it. I don’t know! Nope.
I’m gonna go lie down. @WheelofFortune I’d like a K. Like us on Facebook. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) March 21, 2017There but for the grace of no TV time go all of us. Cupp (@secupp) March 21, 2017″Merry Christ_as”. — Paul Menconi (@PaulMenconi) March 22, 2017Never really was a fan of A Streetcar Named Desire, but I might be now #WheelOfFortune
— Jess (@jetski85) March 22, 2017This guy on wheel of fortune just guessed “A Streetcar Naked Desire” I’m so done pic.twitter.com/ZsYdc3BmAA
— Emily Weiss (@emily_weiss28) March 21, 2017Dude on Wheel of Fortune had to solve this:
A STREETCAR NA_ED DESIRE
He asked for a K. Posted March 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneD’oh! Guess someone out there isn’t familiar with Brando’s “Hey, Stellaaaaa” scream.The Internet is an unforgiving place, and a contestant on last night’s “Wheel of Fortune” committed the facepalm-worthy sin of being one letter short of Tennessee Williams’s “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The guy had everything but the “m” and instead went with “k,” making him — as one tweeter pointed out, “the real life Joey” from “Friends.”When the contestant said “k” — with a surprising amount of confidence — Pat Sajak followed with a pointed “No.” However, Pat did say that he would rather see a play called “A Streetcar Naked Desire” than the correct answer. The real life Joey: pic.twitter.com/p0uezhtvMX
— S.E. So there’s that.Watch the painfully awkward moment play out:Twitter had fun with the fail, of course:Feeling for “Streetcar Naked Desire” guy tonight on @WheelofFortune. On the upside, this latest flub has led fans to point out other epic fails in the past, including “Surf Clay Were We Go,” and the “Regis Philbin & Kelly Ripa” disaster, which had fail after fail.Want more stuff like this?
Unlike the previous theatrical film from 1995, this movie serves as a total reboot for the franchise. It’s a RebootDon’t worry if you’re not caught up on all 24 seasons of the “Power Rangers” TV show. (Read: If the movie is a hit, and that is a big “if”). But for many Power Rangers fans, the original cast of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” will always be the definitive lineup, so we’re not surprised to see the movie going back to that well.”Power Rangers” features new versions of the original five Rangers — Red Ranger Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Pink Ranger Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Blue Ranger Billy (RJ Cyler), Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G), and Black Ranger Zack (Ludi Lin).Naturally, the Rangers will still be accompanied by their giant-headed mentor, Zordon (Bryan Cranston) and hyperactive sidekick Alpha-5 (voiced by Bill Hader).Also, the film will feature a cameo by OG Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson.3. There Could Be SequelsSaban Entertainment is planning for multiple sequels to this reboot, possibly even “five or six” by the time all is said and done. The Rangers Get Super-Power’d UpDon’t expect things to be too grounded, however. You’ll See Some Familiar FacesThe Power Rangers have gone through countless changes over the years, with the show constantly re-branding itself and rotating out old cast members in favor of new ones. Rita Repulsa Is the Big BadWith the original team of Power Rangers being featured in this reboot, it’s only fair that their greatest nemesis, Rita Repulsa, also sticks around. (Here’s hoping it’s not as terrible as the director’s feature debut.)Expect a slightly more grounded take on the Power Rangers mythos, one that focuses a great deal on the team’s dysfunctional relationships with each other and their parents.4. Posted March 22, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenIt’s only March, and it already feels like summer movie season is in full swing.The next blockbuster out of the gate is “Power Rangers,” a big-budget reboot of the popular TV series. And with so many new Rangers and monsters left to explore, it’s not as if there’s a shortage of material for these movies to mine.We assume that the first order of business for the sequel will be to introduce Rita’s master, Lord Zedd, and fan-favorite hero Tommy, the Green Ranger.We’re keeping our fingers crossed that one or both of these characters will have some sort of cameo appearance in the film.”Power Rangers” hits theaters March 24th. We’ll learn a lot more about the history between Rita and Zordon, and how she went from being Earth’s greatest protector to its worst nightmare.6. Hardcore fans will recognize the main characters and many other callbacks to classic TV episodes, but the point is to appeal to a wider audience thirsty for a mash-up of superhero movies and “Pacific Rim.”All you really need to know about the movie is that it features five ordinary high schoolers who gain super-powers and band together to fight an evil sorceress using their giant robots. Between super-strength and some seriously upgraded armor, these Rangers are ready to punch evil in the face.5. We’re breaking down everything you need to know so you can bring a little Morphin’ Time into your life.1. These Are the Most ‘Grounded’ Power Rangers Ever”Power Rangers” is directed by Dean Israelite, best known for 2015’s “Project Almanac.” That’s apparently a sign of what fans can expect from this reboot, as Israelite has said the tone will be similar. But don’t worry if you haven’t watched an episode in 20 years. You know, the typical teen experience.2. Whereas the show tends to portray them as simple martial artists in spandex, the Rangers will be gaining actual super-powers in this reboot. This time around, the green everything will be played be a very cackle-heavy Elizabeth Banks.But rather than being just a hammy villainess who conjures an endless stream of giant monsters for the Power Rangers to fight, look for the movie to devote a lot more time to exploring her backstory. The story, judging by the trailers, seems to be “Chronicle” meets Power Rangers, with our heroes getting expose to a space rock thing that gives them the need for morphin’ time.Expect plenty of crazy monster designs in the new films, though, including some seriously upgraded Putties and a new take on iconic villain Goldar.The Rangers themselves will also be getting a serious upgrade in the costume department. At the end of the day, “Power Rangers” is still the story of five color-coded heroes battling monsters through the twin powers of martial arts and friendship.
And then what hit me was the realism that it had. the quickness of the post-production meant that the influences that usually drop down on you weren’t as strong as normal. You’ve got to find it yourself! I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched “The Shining,” for example, so many times, looking at the numbers on the door and thinking about what they mean.Yeah, I mean, they made a whole documentary about the things hidden in “The Shining.” Maybe they’ll do that for “Life.”Yes!Can you tell us one really good, hidden Easter egg?I can’t because it’s hidden, man! But that’s a fun game. Was that something that you’d always wanted to do?Daniel Espinosa: Well, the whole idea of moving into science fiction, when you work in Sweden it is such an absurd idea. It’s littered with it! I’m sitting there going, Is this a good silence? We talked about the obvious comparisons to “Alien” (and the multitude of Easter eggs he refused to divulge), how he shot the movie, and the joys of having an extremely truncated post-production schedule.Be advised, minor spoilers follow.Moviefone: “Life” obviously fits very literally into the monster-on-a-space-ship genre. I worked with this color grader who had done “The Revenant” and “Gravity,” and us three together could work on this bright movie to become darker and darker and walk into this almost Kubrickian red.This movie is pretty quick. (One of the greatest film festivals in the world, by the way.) He said watching the film, in that setting, with an audience, would leave him a ball of “anxiety.” “It’s like a personal experience for me to sit there with other people. The pauses become moments like small breaths. things go very bad.Espinosa is a Swedish director who made the breakout film “Easy Money,” before helming such big Hollywood productions as “Safe House” and “Child 44” and, based on our brief phone conversation, is a lovable madman. We wanted to create a vignette around these characters that became stronger and stronger throughout the picture. “It’s quite nice when people miss five minutes of the movie because they can’t look,” he said.And while I wasn’t at the screening, I’m sure that people missed five minutes of the movie because they were afraid to look. Is this a bad silence?” I asked him what his ideal reaction would be. I can say this: Look at the walls.Was part of the appeal for you how streamlined the movie is?Yes, I loved that it had such forceful energy to it, which I think is quite nice. Was there anything that you cut for time or pacing that you wish was still in the movie?No, I was quite lucky because we were supposed to have a six month post-production period, but we got so squeezed because Ridley Scott kept moving [“Alien: Covenant”] closer and closer to mine and I had to back off … But when I got the script it hit me that it had such a great turn towards the end and had such a great surprise in the beginning, which I thought were a little bit unusual. Those two turns and the realism differentiated it from the obvious comparison, which is “Alien.” “Alien” took place in the future in this dystopian future, which is what we feared the most in the 1970s because of the atomic era, but I think the greatest fear right now is what happens tomorrow. But what I loved was — the combination of that energy usually leads to a cute Hollywood ending, but what I liked was that it was more like a zombie movie with a more noir ending, or a “Twilight Zone” ending.Can you talk about your approach to the film’s visuals?I looked a lot into still photography from the first voyage to the moon, which was shot with this Hasselblad big format. I got to have my own Janet Leigh/”Psycho” moment. I thought if I’m going to do it naturalistic it would be nice to tap into the core essence of the first images that we saw as space images.The movie has such a wonderful combination of awe and terror. So what we decided to do was get these Hasselblad lenses and re-house them for the 65 mm Alexa [digital camera] to get the same kind of feeling. If you made a science fiction movie wouldn’t you fill it with numbers, with what people are saying, with writings on the wall, with shapes? “Life” is a crackerjack sci-fi horror tale of six doomed astronauts (among them: Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who had great things to say about making the movie) who uncover a Martian life form in a soil sample and then … We were pretty much able to do the movie the way we wanted to.”Life” opens in our galaxy this Friday. So it was more that I adored many of those movies but I never thought it would be possible. That’s what makes it so fun, making one of these movies. Those old Hasselblad lenses have this very particular kind of flair, which was actually the first encounter we, as human beings, had of how images looked in space. That’s the fun of it. Was that something that you were going for?Oh, completely. I liked to pursue that.Were there any references you snuck in to “Alien” or any of those earlier movies?Oh my god, there’s tons! Posted March 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorI talked to director Daniel Espinosa the morning before his brand-new sci-fi thriller “Life” had its world premiere in front of an audience at the SXSW Festival.
1. This is the most sensible approach if you put very little time or effort into self-publishing your work, haven’t been on the market very long, and believe self-publishing was a mistake. The entire book? Then pitch and see what responses you get. In other words, if you’re doing well enough to merit a traditional deal, agents and publishers will come to you, not the other way around. It’s important to note when you released the book, what price it’s selling at, how many copies you’ve sold, how many reviews you have on Amazon or Goodreads, and your average rating. Query agents as if you didn’t self-publish. Do not send a copy of the book with your query. If you’ve given up on the self-publishing route and want to try traditional, then there are several approaches you can take. Do not attend writers conferences or industry events with your self-published book in hand and try to sell agents or publishers on it in person (unless there is an explicit invitation to do so). The honest truth is that most agents (and publishers) have little or no interest in acquiring self-published work unless it’s receiving significant attention in the media or hitting bestseller lists. Continue marketing your self-pub work. Other times, the author’s plan was to self-publish first and magically attract attention that would lead to a traditional book deal—something that is even more of a rare occurrence than landing a book deal through the slush pile. One of the most frequent questions in my inbox is: “I’ve self-published, but now I want an agent. If your self-publishing effort has resulted in some recognition or sales, then you should query agents just as you would for an unpublished work, but mention in your query what success you’ve enjoyed with the project. Do not lead your query or your pitch with “I self-published this book and thought you might be interested.” The immediate reaction will be I am not interested in your self-published book. In other words, the fact that you self-published is NOT a selling point. How to Secure a Traditional Deal by Self-Publishing
Self-Publishing to Land a Book Deal Query with a new project. Query and mention your self-publishing effort. 2. 3. Aside from hitting bestseller lists, perhaps the best way to land a traditional deal for a self-published work is to secure an agent for a brand-new work. Approaches to avoid
As stated before, do not send the book to the agent unless they specifically request it. If interested, the agent will closely scrutinize the work on Amazon and Goodreads—and probably thoroughly research your online presence—so make sure that you’ve spiffed up your website and are putting best professional face forward. It is a negative or at best a distraction if you’re addressing someone in the industry. If that seems like an exercise in futility, then…
4. Should that happen, the agent will have a conversation with you about your vision for your career and all of your existing work—and will strategize with you to decide how to handle your existing self-published oeuvre. Pitch the merits of the work, not its self-published history unless you can say, “I self-published this book and have sold 50,000 copies so far.”
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Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? (I would also advise taking the work off the market entirely before you query, but that’s not required.)
Prepare a query letter and synopsis (or a book proposal for nonfiction), and research agents who are interested in your genre, just as you would for an unpublished work. Be prepared to send the work in manuscript format if requested. Usually, your best bet is to continue looking for ways to gain attention and visibility for your work—to try and make waves. First 50 pages? Instead, wait for the agent to indicate in their response what they’d like to see—the first chapter? How do I get one?” Usually the writer wants an agent because they’ve been disappointed by their sales or have experienced frustration in getting readers. If you’re able to secure interest, you should disclose the history of the project; if the agent is genuinely interested, that history is unlikely to affect their enthusiasm for the work, especially if the work received little or no attention while it was on the market.
He provided a treatment, a synopsis, character descriptions, character illustrations and other materials. Like us on Facebook. Disney then allegedly began work on its own “Zootopia” movie. It is an unprincipled attempt to lay claim to a successful film he didn’t create, and we will vigorously defend against it in court.”Read the full complaint here. “Zootopia” has made more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office.Want more stuff like this? Thereafter, consistent with their culture of unauthorized copying, Defendants copied Goldman’s work. Posted March 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneDisney’s “Zootopia” does suggest you “Try Everything,” but they probably don’t mean “file a lawsuit against us.” Disney just picked up the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for “Zootopia” and now the studio is fighting back after the co-screenwriter of “Total Recall” and “Big Trouble in Little China” filed a lawsuit alleging they copied “Zootopia” from an idea he pitched to them — twice.According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer Gary Goldman filed the complaint Tuesday, and the lawsuit alleges that Disney has a history of ripping off the work of uncredited writers:”They did it with ‘Zootopia,’ too, when they copied Gary L. Goldman’s ‘Zootopia.’ Twice — in 2000 and 2009 — Goldman, on behalf of Esplanade, pitched Defendants his ‘Zootopia’ franchise, which included a live-action component called Looney and an animated component called Zootopia. They copied Goldman’s themes, settings, plot, characters, and dialogue — some virtually verbatim.”The complaint included artwork comparisons from Goldman’s pitch to Disney’s “Zootopia” characters (via Deadline):The lawsuit alleges that Goldman pitched his idea to former Disney executive and Mandeville Films’ CEO David Hoberman at Disney’s offices in 2000, and that everyone at the pitch meeting “understood that writers pitch ideas and materials to studios and producers in confidence in order to sell those ideas and materials for financial compensation.” The company passed, but Goldman tried again nine years later, allegedly pitching his “Zootopia” idea to Disney exec Brigham Taylor in February 2009. Goldman’s lawsuit is riddled with patently false allegations. He even provided a title for the franchise: ‘Zootopia.’ Instead of lawfully acquiring Goldman’s work, Defendants said they were not interested in producing it and sent him on his way. The lawsuit alleges violation of plaintiff’s copyrights, breach of implied contract, breach of confidence, and unfair competition.A Disney spokesperson responded to the suit in a statement, saying, “Mr.