Fact Vs. Fiction – Does The Social Network Movie Need an Opening Disclaimer That It’s Fiction?

When I’m hungry and dying for a tuna fish sandwich, I don’t go to the hardware store. And, when I want a lesson in history, I don’t go to the movie theater. There I’ll find lousy history and a bad movie. Movies by nature idealize and romanticize the nature of the human condition. That’s their […]

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Make It a Getaway & Screenwriting Weekend

Richard Walter Keynotes Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference – November 6, 2010 For starters – beat those winter blues by visiting Scottsdale, Arizona this November. When the rest of the country is bundling up, the weather in Arizona is warm and inviting. Scottsdale enjoys sunny days and near perfect temperatures, creating the ideal backdrop for your next […]

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Provoke an Audience in the Movies – Love or Hate – Just Make Them Feel Something

Faith-based blogger Josh Burns highlights points that Richard Walter shared today while presenting at the STORY Conference held in Chicago. Richard Walter: “If you can provoke people in a movie, you don’t have make them feel good, but just provoke them to feel something, then that is the key. If you look at the narratives […]

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Join Richard Walter at EXPO before seminars sell out!

I’ve traveled as far as China and the Middle East and as close as the San Fernando Valley to educate audiences on the principles of screenwriting. This is my sixth year as a Screenwriters Expo presenter, grateful to attendees for their consistent star ratings of my presentations. Students trained in our UCLA screenwriting program have […]

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Who Owns the English Language? And, Who Gave Up Its Rights to the RIGHT?

The Joy Behar Show recently interviewed Star Trek’s George Takei, who in 2008 married his partner in California, before the Prop 8 ban on same sex marriage in a clip that can be viewed here. As the show’s blog describes, “In this clip, Takei reacts to today’s news that a federal judge ruled to allow […]

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It’s Not about a Gay Kiss – It’s about A KISS on Modern Family – Focuses on the Human Family

The E! blog by Marc Malkin recently published the story “Modern Family: ‘Yes, We Filmed the Gay Kiss Episode’”. As I see it, the big deal about the gay kiss on Modern Family is that it’s no big deal. Likewise, the lesbian relationship in The Kids Are All Right. It’s not merely that such subjects […]

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The American with George Clooney – Yawn Fest

Did you invest in a movie ticket this end-of-summer weekend to catch the new Clooney film, The American? I’ve just read the script for it. In my opinion – beyond the scattered smooching and shooting, it’s mainly actors sitting around in bars, restaurants, cafes, and driving around in cars, talking, talking, and talking. The only […]

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Realism or Fantasy — New Orleans — Should It Be Rebuilt?

On a recent episode of the TODAY Show (view clip here), Matt Lauer interviews locals of New Orleans on whether the Big Easy has the potential to become the new Hollywood of the South. In my opinion, though, New Orleans should not be rebuilt. Yes, those rare neighborhoods — notably the French Quarter — that […]

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Richard Walter + 28 Writers = Exclusive Phoenix Event – October 2, 2010

Are you a screenwriter in the Phoenix area? Join Richard Walter with a small group of writers for an exclusive presentation he is giving on Saturday, 10/2 in Scottsdale, AZ. Space is limited to 28 writers (8 seats remaining) and the cost is $45.00 for the whole day 10:00am to 3:00pm (lunch is included). If […]

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