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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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... forty-something guys behave like eleven-year-old boys, but do the films have to sound as though they were written by eleven-year-old boys? After all, in Broadcast News, James L. Brooks created a somewhat dense would-be anchor, Tom Grunick, but made...

Bull Durham

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Bull Durham (1988. Screenplay by Ron Shelton. 108 minutes) Before he became a screenwriter, Ron Shelton played minor league baseball. The first screenplay he wrote, A Player to Be Named Later, told the story of “Crash” Davis, a journeyman...

Titanic

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Titanic (1997. Screenplay by James Cameron. 194 minutes) Ever since the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, there have been movies about it. In 1943 the Nazis made Titanic as propaganda about the excesses of British capitalism. Joseph Goebbels,...

Kinsey

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Kinsey (2004. Screenplay by Bill Condon. 118 minutes) Alfred Kinsey first came to scientific notice as an entomologist studying the gall wasp. What made him famous were his studies in the forties and fifties of human sexuality. It took...

Short Takes on Bad Screenplays

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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... Source Background on Seven Chances is from Tom Dardis's Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979). (1999. Based on the 1925 screenplay Seven Chances by Jean C. Havez, Clyde Bruckman, and Joseph A. Mitchell, which...

Fargo

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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... of course they did with the Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) in No Country for Old Men (2007). And it was their biggest commercial success since Fargo. (1996. Screenplay by Ethan and Joel Coen. 95...

Introduction

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...This book isn't about me; it's about you.I am a teacher, not a guru. As a wise teacher once said, with a guru it's all about the guru—his vision and his students' loyalty to him— whereas with a teacher it's all about the students learning...

Star Wars: Episode I, II, and III

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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... emotions in his scenes. (It has been rumored that British playwright Tom Stoppard helped with some of the dialogue, but being a fan of Stoppard, I will require a notarized statement that the playwright of Arcadia was anywhere near this script.)...

Collateral

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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... Because Tom Cruise (Vincent) is a STAR, and if you do not introduce him early, audiences will think they went into the wrong theater. So the film needed to justify the shots of him. The rest of the story is set up so that he cannot get...

Three Jurassic Parks

Tom Stempel

Tom Stempel is the author of five books, two of which were published by Continuum–FrameWork: A History of Screenwriting in American Film and Storytellers to the Nation: A History of American Television Writing–the others being Screenwriter: The Life of Nunnally Johnson; Screenwriting; and American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoing. He is Professor of Cinema, Cinema-Television Department, Los Angeles City College. He has taught on these subjects for more than thirty years. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Understanding Screenwriting : Learning from Good, Not-Quite-So-Good, and Bad Screenplays

Continuum, 2008

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...Jurassic Park (1993. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. 126 minutes) Novelist and screenwriter Michael Crichton specializes in technology run amuck. Characterization is not his strong...