Author: Adam Levenberg

QUICK ANALYSIS: WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART

Before his comeback with UNFORGIVEN, Clint Eastwood spent the late 1980’s flailing at the box office. Amidst a string of flops and disappointments, we find perhaps the wildest performance of Clint’s career in WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART. WHBH is loosely based on director John Huston’s experience filming THE AFRICAN QUEEN. Clint plays “John Wilson” with a flamboyance and verbal affectation that is an imitation of Huston mixed with Peter O’Toole’s director from THE STUNT MAN (a performance in turn patterned on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA director David Lean). If you’re a Clint fan, you’ll definitely appreciate the broad quality of...

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WHY TAMMY DOESN’T WORK

Melissa McCarthy’s TAMMY is a labor of love. She produced the film, stars, and co-wrote with her husband, who directed the film. Despite terrible reviews, TAMMY opened strong on Wednesday for the July 4th weekend–if the film had connected with viewers, it might have had a shot at #1 for the weekend, but audience response was poor. The film got a C+ cinemascore rating (a poll of audience reactions). While C+ may seem acceptable for a math test, it’s bottom of the barrel territory in terms of studio product. Overall, the takeaway is that the movie doesn’t work. But...

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Character Introductions & Pitchfest Wrapup

Adam talks about his Great American Pitchfest panel with Ryan Engle, Shane Black, and Alvaro Rodriguez. Plus, an analysis of character introductions from NON-STOP and THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. http://media.blubrry.com/officialscreenwriting/p/content.blubrry.com/officialscreenwriting/Oscreenwriting_39.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 39:33 — 18.1MB) |...

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GODZILLA, THE NORMAL HEART & THE GREAT AMERICAN PITCHFEST

This week, Adam provides quick screenwriting thoughts on GODZILLA & THE NORMAL HEART. At the end of the episode, he provides advice to those attending THE GREAT AMERICAN PITCHFEST, which takes place June 20-22 in Burbank, CA. Use discount code ALGAPF11 when buying your tickets! http://media.blubrry.com/officialscreenwriting/p/content.blubrry.com/officialscreenwriting/OScreenwriting_38_Pitchfest.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:51 — 14.6MB) |...

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