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Five Essential Apps for Screenwriters

Five Essential Apps for ScreenwritingWriting scripts is an inherently different craft than writing prose — one’s like being an architect, the other a sculptor. And just like architects and sculptors use different tools (except for the really bad ones), screenwriters need different software than the people who write those heavy, flappy things I use to kill spiders. (Boogs? Bocks?) Here are five apps I can’t work without.

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I Wrote a New Pilot About Baseball. Someone Should Read It.

This weekend I finished a new half-hour pilot script. It’s titled The Perfect Game, and it’s about a hipster artisanal baseball team that goes pro. They’re called the Portland Zeitgeist. I love it. It’s my ninth pilot.

Yes, nine pilots. Seven of which I wrote since I moved to LA and which, when added to two specs and a screenplay, means I’ve written 10 scripts in six years. 1Plus work for MADPuppet Nation, BBC America, etc. Along with creating and producing a full episode of a radio comedy that the Los Angeles Times loved, starring one of Hollywood’s most talented actors who also happens to co-star on one of TV’s most successful shows.

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1. Plus work for MADPuppet Nation, BBC America, etc.

10 Jews Who Are Cooler Than You

A very small list. Who’s your favorite cool Jew? 1Cewl? Jool?

Mick Jones
Mick Jones
Musician, founding member of The Clash
Mélanie Laurent
Mélanie Laurent
Actor, (Inglourious Basterds)
Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
Oscar-winning actor
Lou Reed
Lou Reed
Musician

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1. Cewl? Jool?

Keep Your Public Domain Off of My Stuff

backOffReading Leslie S. Klinger’s The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes before bed last night, as all the swingers do, I was reminded how Klinger’s successful lawsuit that brought Sherlock Holmes fully into the US public domain had prompted a friend and I to debate the proper length of time before creative works become public property. This friend thought 20 years from publication/distribution was plenty long. I, being a working (albeit not working) artist, found that unacceptable to the point of insulting. With it being hotter than livestock interior in LA this week, I then laid awake dripping, giving me time to belatedly formulate this argument as to why creators should retain control of their work during their lifetimes:

Let’s use as an example my radio show, Special Relativity (a comedy starring Alex Borstein, which well over one million people have enjoyed not listening to). I wrote and produced the first episode at my own (significant) expense and released it to the world for free on April 15, 2015. (Click here to listen to it and you will surely appreciate the argument below even more.)

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The Battle of the Seths: Final Four

The Battle of the Seths: The Final FourThe round of 16 and quarterfinals of the cataclysmic Battle of the Seths have left standing the least likely clutch of Seths to emerge from the smoke and blood. Heavyweights like Seth MacFarlane and Seth Meyers have fallen to four guys you’ve never heard of, myself included.

The Seths in the semifinals, as in previous rounds, are facing off in multiple Tests of Sethness. Pick your winners, submit your bracket, then do it again for as many as the 101 Tests of Sethness as you want. The two Seths that win the most face-offs before August 3 will duel in the final for Ruler of all Sethness.

Vote as many times as you want and share the battle with friends.

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The Battle of the Seths: Quarterfinals

The Battle of the Seths: QuartefinalsWith over 4000 votes cast, the first round of the historic Battle of the Seths has ended. The victories include some surprising upsets, not the least of which Seth Rogen being trounced by a fictional cosmic entity.

Now we move on to the quarterfinals. As with the last round, the remaining Seths are facing off in Tests of Sethness. Pick your winners, submit your bracket, then do it again for as many as the 101 Tests of Sethness as you want. The four Seths that win the most face-offs before July 20 will move on the the semifinals.

Vote as many times as you want and share the battle with friends.

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Pick the World’s Greatest Seth

From the ages of 0-20, I only met two other Seths. Since I’ve been around the world and live in America’s two largest cities, yet I’ve only known a handful of other Seths. Yet every time I turn on a screen there’s another new celebrity Seth staring at me. The number of famous Seths shouldn’t be greater than the number of Seths I’ve ever met. There are strange otherworldly forces at work. And those otherworldly forces have proclaimed: Only one Seth shall reign supreme.

You get to pick which one.

We’re doing it tournament style. 16 of the most famous Seths 1OK fine, 15 plus me have been randomly seeded in a bracket to compete in Tests of Sethness. Pick your winners, submit your bracket, then do it again for as many as the 101 Tests of Sethness as you want. The eight Seths that win the most face-offs by midnight July 12 will move on the the quarterfinals.

Vote as many times as you want and share the battle with friends. The Era of the Seths is in your hands.

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1. OK fine, 15 plus me