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Memo to Screenwriters #2: Like E.L. James, You Can Change the Game

In the 1960s, Marshall McLuhan emphasized the value of message and the medium the message uses over its creator. This idea flies in the face of the modern era’s printed book as the ultimate expression of the writer, who toiled in glorified isolation as the big publishing house distributed it magically across the universe. McLuhan went on to predict a wireless world, where all messages are accessed instantly to and from a collective brain--what we now call mobile media.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • July 16, 2013 12:17 PM
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The Death of the Spec Script: What Are the Ten Highest Screenplay Sales Ever?

Back in the heyday of the speculative script market, the fantasy was to write a fabulously commercial original script and auction it in a bidding war for a fortune. Millionaires were made overnight. Go Into the Story, the official blog of the Blacklist, ran "Iron Man 3" writer-director Shane Black's claim that he was the highest paid screenwriter ever. He was paid a massive $4 million for his 1996 spec script "The Long Kiss Goodnight."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 12, 2013 2:17 PM
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Go Into The Story with Noir Classic 'Double Indemnity,' From Script to Screen [Video]

Go Into the Story, the screenwriting blog of the Blacklist, features a fascinating script-to-screen installment today on Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir classic "Double Indemnity." The blog looks at a key scene from the film, comparing the screenplay pages to the filmed finished product.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 2:32 PM
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Son of Hollywood Reporter Founder Apologizes for His Father and THR's Blacklist Involvement

The Hollywood Reporter has published an article by Willie Wilkerson (son of THR founder Billy Wilkerson) apologizing for his father and the trade paper's involvement in the Hollywood Blacklist.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 1:13 PM
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