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Veronica Mars movie Rob Thomas OnStory Austin Film FestivalExactly one year and a day since launching the Kickstarter campaign that raised $2 million in twelve hours and ultimately raised over $5.7 million in 30 days, the Veronica Mars movie hits the big screen day-and-date with its VOD digital distribution. While Veronica Mars changed who uses Kickstarter to fund films and introduced many new people to the crowdfunding platform, series creator and film writer/director Rob Thomas explains that this movie simply would not have happened without the crowdfunding support of its ardent fans. Now with the film’s release, OnStory TV from Austin Film Festival provides an in-depth interview with Thomas to learn how he, Kristen Bell, and their collaborators solved the mystery of how to make the Veronica Mars movie. More »

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Reelhouse and Warner Bros

It’s been a good year for Reelhouse as the direct-to-consumer platform continues to find ways to incentivize audiences to click play. Reelhouse announced a partnership with Sundance earlier this year and now it adds select Warner Bros titles to its repertoire. However, this is not a move away from their independent focus, but an attempt to connect some of the virtues of the independent marketing sphere to the studio world. Read on to catch up with Reelhouse CEO Bill Mainguy to talk about their new initiative. More »

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gravity screenplayAs we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, the folks over at Warner Bros. want to make sure you have plenty of reading material as you hide from your crazy (insert relative here). And for those of you outside of the U.S., be thankful for not being stuck with your crazy (insert relative here) and for Warner Bros. dropping four screenplays for your consideration and free, legal download: Gravity, 42, Prisoners, and The Great Gatsby. More »

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Black List partners with Warner Bros new writer dealsHere at NFS, we’ve written extensively about The Black List and its paid service for screenwriters to have their screenplays evaluated and hosted for industry executives to download and read. The Black List honestly seems to be trying to break down barriers between aspiring screenwriters and production executives, albeit for a fee. Writers will have to be judges of the value of the service for themselves, but The Black List has just announced another deal that might boost its value proposition. The Black List has partnered with Warner Bros. to give new, diverse screenwriters the chance to get two-step WGA minimum blind deals from the major studio on an ongoing basis. For more details about this announcement, hit the jump. More »

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MR-writers-block-guyThe novelist and one-time filmmaker Norman Mailer once remarked that writing is a “spooky art,” and every writer can attest to the fact that when they are in “the zone,” the pages seem to write themselves, characters come to life and surprise you with their actions, and unexpected plot twists occur that fit perfectly. Yes, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. Of course, its opposite, writer’s block, is a sort of hell-ish limbo (yes, I’m aware they’re two different things) and even has its own brain state. I previously wrote about ways for writers to combat Resistance, the pernicious force that tries to keep the writer/artist/floral arranger from their work, and now you can read about the daily routines and odd rituals of some of the most famous writers. See what worked for the masters after the jump! More »

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Spacesuit - Black List - Richard CordinerEarlier this week, both Deadline and The Wrap reported news that Warner Bros. hired new screenwriter Richard Cordiner for a two-film blind deal. The first script Cordiner will write for the studio will be Spacesuit, based on the book by Nicholas de Monchaux that tells the true story of bra designers from Playtex who designed the spacesuit for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to walk on the moon (which leads to the natural realization that, yes, all you MTV Music Video Award winners, your trophies were essentially designed by Playtex). What is more interesting about the Warner Bros. deal with Cordiner is the writer was discovered and signed by his agent and managers via The Black List service after his uploaded script The Shark Is Not Working about the making of Jaws made the rounds in Hollywood. This is great news for Cordiner and The Black List service, but what does it mean for the rest of us? More »

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While the phenomenon of title evaporation is nothing new to Netflix, one of the service’s most significant catalog losses will come with the expiration of licensing agreements with Warner Bros., Universal, and MGM. Starting today and continuing over the course of May, InstantWatcher tracks 1,794 previously available films that will no longer be streamed on Netflix. This news piggy-backs that of Warner Archive Instant, an offering that — very literal title notwithstanding — should be quite familiar to Netflix viewers. Click below for details on what perennial picks will be removed from the Netflix catalog, some additional info on Warner’s Archive Instant, plus what Netflix itself has to say about all this as well. More »

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Community-based website Reddit has an ask reddit section wherein users can pose questions for other users (aka “redditors”). Redditor The.Quiet.Earth posed the question, “Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” In response, Prufrock451 (real name James Erwin) began writing a serialized story of this exact scenario. Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner caught wind of the story after it hit the reddit front page, helped develop the story further, and sold the idea to Warner Brothers. Now called Rome, Sweet Rome, here is an excerpt from the short story as it first appeared on reddit: More »