Friday, March 1, 2013

This is Pilot Season. (Tom Ford Tuxedos for No Reason.)

Happy Friday, French Fry! Going to see any movies this weekend?

I've started doing something new with movies that I like.  Maybe you do this already, but when I see an old or new movie that I love, I read the screenplay.  And then I make my cats act out the parts.  Just kidding, I don't have cats.  But if I did, I wouldn't be joking.

Here's a link to a good starter - the screenplay for When Harry Met Sally, written by the legendary Nora Ephron (whose play LUCKY GUY starring Tom Hanks begins previews tonight here in New York).  You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll hear Billy Crystal's voice in your head.  Sounds like a happening Friday night to me.

Have you ever read a script or screenplay?  I started reading more scripts when I met the hubs (he's a talent manager, so reading scripts is part of his daily duties).  I'm not an actor and never have been (save for one time when I got paid $300 to pretend to be an NYU undergrad named Laura Robertson suffering from mild depression for a training program for the nurses at NYU's Health Services), but even as a "regular" gal, it's really fascinating to see not only how great dialogue is written but also how really talented actors can interpret dialogue into a character.

The same goes for tv show scripts.  Pilot season (when prospective new shows for next season are cast and shot) is in full swing, so in honor of great television, here's the script for the pilot of Modern Family and here's the script for the first episode of Arrested Development.

You can find more scripts at and

Enjoy the weekend!  We'll be back with a new hair tutorial next week (can I get a "Hairleluiah!") and a report from the duckling's first day of preschool, which is Monday.  Wish us luck!


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