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.


Josh Friedman recounts the cancellation of his excellent show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

States in which I’m married

New Hampshire makes it official.

The Variant, a new short story

My short story The Variant is now available for download, including Kindle.

Live interview tonight

I’ll be doing a live call-in interview with ScreenTalk tonight at 6PM PDT.

States in which I’m probably married

Nice to have you, Maine.

Speaking in Rancho Mirage

If you live in the Palm Springs area, you can join me this Tuesday night for a lecture/screening thing at the Rancho Mirage Public Library.

States in which I’m probably married, revised

Now including Vermont.

States in which I’m probably married

Clip and save this handy U.S. map.

Script Frenzy 2009

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April.

Do you remember newspapers?

Clay Shirky’s piece “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable” is worth all the links it’s been getting:

The Kindle is not good for screenplays

Kindle 2: great for books, but not ready for screenplays.

Top 10 movie bad-asses

MTV’s Movies blog asked me to come up with my choices for best movie bad-asses, which I took to encompass both heroes and villains. You can see my list here.