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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-03-2019, 01:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 184
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Pitching Anthology Series

If i had an anthology series, 9 times out of 10 I'm guessing the shorthand pitch will be "It's The Twilight Zone but..."

With Black Mirror, the "but" is modern technology and the anxiety (or worse)...
Forum: Films 11-29-2019, 02:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By JoeBanks
Knives Out

If you like a good old-fashioned Agatha Christie style "houseful of suspects, each with an equal motive and a dead body" murder mystery, Rian Johnson has a modern update on the genre for you. ...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-25-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 256
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Film Rights Problem

the problem, legally, for anyone's spec based on this creator's vague assurance of no intention to litigate a copyright claim is that no studio or prodco worth its salt is going to commit to a...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 11-18-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Abrams Artists Signs WGA CoC

https://deadline.com/2019/11/the-rothman-brecher-ehrich-livingston-agency-signs-deal-wga-franchise-agreement-1202789333/

Dominoes starting to fall a little faster now. Gersh, APA, and/or Paradigm...
Forum: Television 11-17-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,082
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Crown

I'm only four deep into season three but holeee crap...

Like, Claire Foy and Vanessa Kirby were good as Liz and Margaret but Olivia Colman v. Helena Bonham Carter in those roles is like...
Forum: Films 11-17-2019, 01:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Ford vs. Ferrari

I thought it was a lot of fun, if maybe a tad longer than it probably needed to be. Broad tone which actually works well for the subject matter. Some of the internecine conflict with the Ford suits...
Forum: Films 11-11-2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: A Marriage Story

The opening sequence is basically that trailer -- each one describing the other from their own POV, for a very specific reason. The rest of it is split roughly equally between the two, though i...
Forum: Films 11-10-2019, 01:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By JoeBanks
A Marriage Story

As an attorney who never practiced "family law" (really, divorce and custody fights), this movie reminded me why I don't regret that decision for a hot second.

As a child of two divorces, I don't...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-08-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 425
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Opening scene

Especially in the first ten pages, backstory and "events" are less relevant that understanding who the characters themselves are. We'll get that it's WWII, what really matters is who this couple is...
Forum: Television 11-06-2019, 02:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 161
Posted By JoeBanks
His Dark Materials

Never read the Phillip Pullman series of fantasy novels or saw the first attempt to adapt it (The Golden Compass). But the pilot did a good job of pulling me into the alternate world. Strikes an...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-04-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Start an LLC?

As a lawyer, the answer is almost always... it depends!

Yes, there are tax advantages (especially under current tax law) to organizing as a loan-out for receipt of payment for services.

But,...
Forum: Films 11-04-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Irishman

It doesn't really feel it until maybe the last 30-45 mins. Not as propulsive to the finish line as Casino or Goodfellas but that's also kind of the point of it.
Forum: Films 11-04-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The Irishman

it's playing in a limited number of theaters for the next two weeks before it drops on Netflix. here in LA, the Egyptian (which Netflix bought) is running it. many Landmark cinemas also
Forum: Films 11-02-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By JoeBanks
The Irishman

Depending where one places Mean Streets in Scorsese's oeuvre, The Irishman is either the last in his mob trilogy with De Niro and Pesci that started with Goodfellas and Casino, or the bookend of a...
Forum: Television 10-29-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,037
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Watchmen

Not many of the worldbuilding touches make much sense to me. In an alternate history where superheroes are real (and were the thing that tipped the balance of the cold war to America), the only...
Forum: Television 10-21-2019, 12:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,037
Posted By JoeBanks
Watchmen

For what it is -- Damon Lindelof's take on the comic in an America 34 years after the events of the comic -- I guess it was fine. Does it bear anything more than a passing resemblance to the source...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-20-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Best Channel on YouTube

tossup between Writers Guild Foundation and BAFTA Guru for me. tons of great lectures and panels on both
Forum: Films 10-20-2019, 02:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By JoeBanks
JoJo Rabbit

Even if you think Nazis and Hitler are worthy of a comedic sendup (not really my personal take on WWII and the Holocaust), Taika Watiti's satire felt mostly toothless to me. In the same vein as the...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-16-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,374
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Advice needed from repped writers (spec related situation)

Without knowing the substance of their understanding on the manager-client relationship, i would say . . . maybe. Because I can make a pretty good guess that if the writer takes the script out...
Forum: Films 10-14-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 480
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: The next TERMINATOR flick

I stopped watching after the third one, when it became apparent to me that the story engine of the first two Terminators -- Skynet sends a cyborg back in time to erase John Connor by killing his...
Forum: Films 10-13-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Parasite

Caught the Bong Joon Ho Q&A screening last night at the Dome. I dunno...

I liked it better than Okja.

Without spoiling anything (there's a big narrative shift in the middle of act two), it's kind...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-12-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 705
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Benefits Of Getting An Entertainment Lawyer Before Agent or Manager

the short answer is before the Talent Agencies Act required a state-license franchise to procure work for clients, there were a lot of shady "agents" ripping off the vulnerable actors and writers...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-12-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 705
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Benefits Of Getting An Entertainment Lawyer Before Agent or Manager

pro: saving 10-20% in commissions

con: can't legally solicit work in California

one of my writer's group just got her first staffed job on a basic cable show and only has a lawyer to handle her...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-09-2019, 01:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 785
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Good Advice From Writers

"Calculate Less" -- Brian Koppelman

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/boards/showpost.php?p=802915&postcount=33
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 10-08-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By JoeBanks
Re: Exits and Promotions @ ICM

Heh, this is seemingly quite unrelated to the WGA stuff

https://deadline.com/2019/10/icm-partners-spencer-baumgarten-lawsuit-wrongful-termination-1202755700/

“On or around August 15, 2019,...
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