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Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

Dennis Ritchie, the father of the C programming language, has died. He was 70.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Without Steve Jobs, we’d still have computers and mobile phones and other wonderful devices. But they’d be different.

Timely vs. timeless

Television has the blessing and curse of short production schedules, so it’s possible to land a joke about something happening in popular culture. But it’s not always a good idea.

Oh, they’ll remember his name

Aspiring screenwriter leaves locked suitcase at talent agency. Bomb squad destroys it.

Suing to get an agent

Screenwriter Justin Samuels is suing CAA and WME for not taking him as a client, alleging systematic racial discriminatory practices.

Stuart is the new Matt

Matt Byrne, my assistant since post-production on The Nines, has been hired as a staff writer on the new ABC drama Scandal. Stuart Friedel will be taking over.

Big Fish, the musical

We’re doing Big Fish as a Broadway musical, aiming for Fall 2012. Susan Stroman is directing. Andrew Lippa wrote music and lyrics. I wrote the book. Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen are producing.

We made an app

FDX Reader lets you open Final Draft (.fdx) files on your iPad, and makes them look nice. It’s not an editor. It’s just a reader, like iBooks or the Kindle app. And it’s available in the App Store now.

Watch this space

Big news coming tomorrow.

New dates for Anatomy of a Script

Because of a travel situation, I had to swap dates for my Anatomy of a Script session on Big Fish. I’ll be coming two weeks later.

Anatomy of a script series

Every year, the Writers Guild Foundation holds a series of discussions with film and television writers focusing on one of their past or current projects. This year, I’ll be a guest, talking about Big Fish.

Less IMDb updated

We pushed a minor update (1.0.8) to Less IMDb, which makes three requested changes.

Introducing Less IMDb

I love IMDb. I’m forever thankful that such a great and free resource exists. But the new layout blows. Rather than complain about it, Ryan and I decided to fix it with a Safari extension called Less IMDb.

My schedule for Austin

I’ll be part of three panels at this year’s Austin Film Festival, including a special session on Big Fish.

The revamp

If you’re reading this on the main site, you’ll notice we’re rocking a new look. Many thanks to the beta testers who helped out over the last few weeks.

Clueless at Outfest

I’ll be hosting a screening of Amy Heckerling’s CLUELESS at LA’s Outfest 2010. It’s one of my favorite movies of the 1990s, but some might wonder if it’s gay enough for the festival.

Academy’s Film Noir series

The Academy is hosting a Monday night screening series focusing on film noir of the 1940’s. I’ll be handling “The Dark Mirror” on July 12. (Olivia de Havilland! Twins! Murder!)

Hiring a new person

I’ll be hiring a new full-time employee, a position I’m calling Director of Digital Things.

Sitting in on the Prop 8 trial

Yesterday, I flew up to San Francisco to watch the federal trial regarding Proposition 8.

Directors Close-up

I’ll be moderating two panels for Film Independent this February at The Landmark in West LA.

How ScriptShadow hurts screenwriters, cont’d

Lost in the discussion is that I never insisted ScriptShadow be shut down, but rather pushed it to stay true to its stated mission.

How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely’s book is fast, funny, and will likely become the next movie I write and direct

I’d like to thank the Academy

…for inviting me to join.

NPR on Twitter and The Variant

NPR’s All Things Considered tonight has a piece by Alex Cohen about how artists use Twitter, including me with my short story The Variant.

Scrippets 1.3

The update fixes a rare compatibility issue with the new WordPress 2.8.