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December 22nd, 2014 Posted 8:20 am

“Why not?” says Admin.

“Revising SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY,” says Spence.

“What kind of excuse is that?”

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Chetspeak on Sunday

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December 21st, 2014 Posted 7:59 am

Nixon took a sip, glanced at some pages on the table. “Don’t tell me you’re working on a screenplay?” he said.

Bernie shook his head. “Don’t even know how to read the goddamn thing.” He picked up a page. “What’s INT?”

“Interior,” Nixon said. “INT or EXT, lead item in every slug line in a script.”

“Slug line?” said Bernie.

Nixon leaned over, pointed to the top of the page Bernie was holding. “Right here, after Fade In. Fade in is how you start a movie. Then comes the first scene – interior, bedroom, night. After that they put in what’s going on, like here – a man tosses in his sleep. Then see here? Cut to. That’s how they get to the next scene.”

“That’s a whole scene?” Bernie said. “A guy tosses in his sleep?”

“All depends on how it’s handled,” Nixon said. “Film’s a director’s medium – gotta keep that in mind. Take the cigarette lighting scene in Now Voyager – what would that look like on the page? Zip. But on the screen … well, there are some things you never forget.”

“Now Voyager,” said Bernie. “That’s Bette Davis?”

“Shit, yeah,” said Nixon. “And Paul Henried – he did the cigarette thing.”

“Forgot you were a fan.”

“A fan of a particular period, Bernie. Ain’t been acting like hers outta Hollywood, before or since.”

Bernie poured more bourbon in both their glasses.

- from A FISTFUL OF COLLARS.

 

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That Time of Year

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December 20th, 2014 Posted 8:57 am

For giving, getting, thanking. We’re certainly thankful for this:

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Bullies and Us

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December 19th, 2014 Posted 7:51 am

Bernie says maybe we’ll go to North Korea for our next case. “Bullies feed on fear,” he says. I prefer kibble as my regular meal.

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