Twitter Humor: FirstDraftMovies

Sometimes Twitter does hilarious hashtag memes, like 3drunkwords, 3wordsaftersex, etc., and they’re always good for a long laugh on slow afternoons. One of the ones that cracked me up awhile ago was firstdraftmovies, in which fictional “first drafts” were shown of famous movie lines. Here were some of my faves:

  • “The first rule of Fight Club is all registrants must pay $20 and receive a membership card before they can fight.” @stephanbugaj
  • “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to make me a sandwich?” @HanksStorm
  • “Play it, Sam. Play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ ” @riadams1
  • “Rule number one is: Don’t talk about Book Club.” @keithlaw
  • “Hey, I’m James Bond!” @JoshHolliday
  • “You had me at ‘I’m drunk and vulnerable’.” @eric_dolan
  • “Bloomfield. James Bloomfield” (sorry, didn’t get writer on that one!)
  • “I’m fairly disgruntled and I don’t think I’m going to put up with it anymore.” @powermond
  • “Nobody puts Shaniqua’ in the corner!” @Aarisa

Have a great Friday!

‘The Great Gatsby’ Movie Coming Out …

All right, I’m pretty excited about this. …

The settings look beautiful; Leo is a surprisingly suitable Gatsby; Daisy looks perfect; and the soundtrack is sublime. … It seems Baz Luhrmann (Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge) really captures the opulence and gorgeousness of this time, mixed in with the horror of the gluttony. That fine line is something the 1970s movie didn’t capture at all.

Now I can’t wait for Christmas! (**Giddy dancing**)

Who Will You Be Watching at the Oscars?

I realize that how much you enjoy any given Oscars show is in direct proportion to how many of the movies you’ve seen. And, since Chris and I have had kids, our movie-going has waned considerably (unless you count movies like “Doug,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and any Pixar film). However, I’ve always enjoyed the Oscars.

In college, I had a friend who would drag me to every single “Best Picture” movie throughout January and February so we’d be ready at Oscar night to cheer the right one. Those were high-movie-watching, high-Oscar-enjoyment years.

And at The Register, we used to print out the ballots from the paper and run a huge Oscar pool. Which meant that, despite the fact I’d rarely seen any of the movies in those years (since my kids were just babies, and babysitters were expensive), I still loved the Oscars because I had money riding on everything. That made it fun to watch even if I haven’t seen the movies — suddenly I reeeeeeally cared who won for Cinematography!

These days, Chris and I tend to see at least three or four of the movies nominated, and now I “work” the Oscars — which really means I just man the phone from home while my colleague Mari is on the red carpet. She’s our entertainment reporter at Lifescript, and covers all the big entertainment events with her press passes. And I’m the social media editor, so, together, we’re on the phone all night, while I help her tweet out her observations and get her pictures up on our Twitter stream, Facebook fan page and the Health Bistro blog. She’s a lot of fun, and she makes awards nights very entertaining. Continue reading

Discussion Still Going On About Jamie!

One of my most popular posts to this day is the one I did about who should play Jamie Fraser in a movie version of Outlander. …

Yup, indeedy, it seems we’re all obsessed about this possibly-most-romantic-hero-ever.

In fact, the discussion is still going on over there, more than a year later — I just got a comment last weekend, in fact, from a young woman who claims she’s found THE guy to play Jamie. And she’s uploaded a [gulp. …] verra cool video to prove it. …

C’mon over to Who Would You Cast as Jamie in Outlander and see her video (along with a few others that were uploaded in comments) and see if you want to change your answer? Or add a new one?

Obviously, the Jamie discussion is just going to go on and on until someone makes that movie! 🙂

The Basics of Critiquing III: The Antagonist and the Conflict

Alright, so we’ve covered two of the crucial things every story needs:

Now we’ll cover the third and final element:

  • A conflict

A story without a conflict is not really a story. Otherwise the story would end on page 2, because after you introduced the protagonist and the goal, you would simply say “and he won.”

(Which, obviously, would be very boring and there’d be no point in telling it.)

So you need conflict. It’s what people like to read.

Now perhaps you remember all this from high school (I can completely hear Mrs. Kirby in my head covering all this.) (Hello, Mrs. Kirby! Thank you! You too, Mrs. Zukoski and Mr. Drummond!). But for those of us who were passing notes to our friend Dawn, or who were busy drawing hearts on our PeeChee folders, or who were running in late to 6th period every day, here are the four basic types of conflict: Continue reading

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