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How to write an awesome TV script

The Sydney Morning Herald – 31 October 2012 At the London Screenwriters Festival last week, director David Yates was talking about superstar writers. He knows about them, having translated J.K. Rowling’s last three Harry Potter novels to the big screen. But previously he did television, including the 2003 BBC thriller State of Play, working from [...]

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Golf – as explained by a movie buff

At last I can reveal why I never made it big in the corporate world. You might have thought that, like most sane people, I just wasn’t interested in all that stuff. But the truth is: I’m a lousy golfer. Playing golf with the boss, as part of my cunning plan to climb the corporate [...]

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Why you should be a movie star

The more I hear about the tough life of movie stars, the more I wonder why so many people dream of having that job. I’ve never done it myself, but as someone who writes about the movies, I’ve met a few people who’ve had this job and said that they loved it (including Heath Ledger, [...]

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Australia’s Greatest Actor EVER

For those who haven’t noticed, Australians are all over Hollywood, infiltrating the population with their ability to drink café lattes and their passable-to-uncanny American accents. Shocking, really. This, of course, leads to the obvious question: “Who is the greatest-ever Australian film actor?” I think I’ve figured it out, and it’s not Russell Crowe or Cate [...]

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Oz Comic-Con – it’s cool to be a geek (not that I know anything about cool)

As a kid, I only ever went to one comic book convention, because they didn’t have many in Australia. At this convention, I perused hundreds of comics on sale, and met with famous comic book artists. In fact, even though they were big shots, I casually chatted with them, handing them comics to sign without [...]

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Amazing godfather of comics

AMONG comic book geeks, Stan Lee is an icon. He’s the former publisher and public face of Marvel Comics, the writer, editor and co-creator of one superstar after another — the Hulk, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men — and his upcoming Australian visit is causing excitement for local fans. See [...]

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24: The REAL Edition

If they could bring back Hawaii Five-O, Beverly Hills 90210, even The Bionic Woman, it’s high time they brought back another classic for the new decade. Yes, it’s time for 24: Version 2. I know, it was only cancelled a year ago, but I’m missing it already. Who wouldn’t miss a thriller in which an [...]

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All the Latest Hits (except most of them)

If not the greatest-ever Christmas song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was certainly one of the most worthy. It raised millions for starving children, of course, but what most amazes me about this song is that, even though it was back in 1984, and even though they were pop stars, every one of the 40-odd [...]

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The “Truth” behind “Shakespeare”

If you’ve had nothing else to do recently, you might have seen Anonymous, director Roland Emmerich’s latest film, which resurrects the theory that Shakespeare’s plays were not written by Shakespeare, but by Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford. Naturally, Shakespeare scholars are up in arms about that. Hollywood had already done enough damage to Shakespeare’s [...]

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Woody’s Greatest Talent

When I was attending New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April, I saw a sad-looking septuagenarian walk out of a cinema and downstairs into a subway station. He looked older than I’d seen on TV (in fact, he looked his age, which he’s not known for doing), but I recognised him: Woody Allen. I paused [...]

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