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Director Mike Nichols – A Star That Shined Bright

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every so often, the world if given a gift in the form a person with such diversity of talents, that they soar to heights few others have ever experienced. Mike Nichols was one of those rare people, and with his death, the world has lost one the brightest lights of … [Read more...]

The Science Of Interstellar: What They Got Wrong

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Interstellar has been heralded as one of the most scientifically accurate films in recent cinema history. While I did write an article about what it got right, it just as easy to write an article about what they got wrong. Science and entertainment can be linked, but … [Read more...]

The Science of Interstellar: What They Got Right

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As we watch pollution fill our planet with bad air, bad water, and even bad soil, it’s not that much of an implausible that eventually an Interstellar-type situation might exist. The problem is that the nearest planets are light years away, and using current and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Space Disaster Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Space has long been a source of mystery and inspiration for poets and scientists alike, so it was only a matter of time before our minds shifted to the dark and desolate recesses of this great unknown. Interstellar is all about how the human race brought about the end … [Read more...]

The Best Movie Scientists of All Time

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As a former physicist, I’ve been well aware of the accomplishments of Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest scientists alive, since before he wrote “A Brief History of Time.” His life is a tragic, yet inspiring one, and well deserving of a biopic. “The … [Read more...]

Leaving An Earth Legacy: 5 Space Films, TV Shows That Showed Us How To Carry On

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By Brock Cooper (doddlNEWS) People have been talking about the end of the world for thousands of years. It has been described as a flood, a fireball, and in the last few decades, a nuclear or environmental fall-out. This week Interstellar hits the theaters, and hypothesizes about the lengths … [Read more...]

Top 5 Zombie Movies – A Fresh Look

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Two-and-a-half years ago, I did a Top 5 Zombie Movies article, and I feel it's time to revisit the list, as new movies have opened, and I've had more time to consider the classics, as well. The Walking Dead is once again hitting ratings highs, as Rick and his … [Read more...]

Top 5 Frankenstein Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The Halloween holiday wouldn’t be complete without talking about the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his hideous and piteous monster. Mary Shelley supposedly wrote the story on a dark and stormy night, as part of a game along with her poet husband, Percy, and … [Read more...]

Halloween TV Specials For All Ages, But Mostly Kids

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By Brock Cooper(doddleNEWS) Halloween may be about ghosts and goblins, but at its heart, the macabre holiday is all about children. Nights of trick-or-treating are some of the greatest memories of any childhood, and for one night we all got to become our greatest heroes, or worst … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Peña, 1959-2014

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The stars above the Hollywood hills are a bit dimmer with the loss of actress Elizabeth Peña at the age of 55. Peña may recently have been most known for her work on “Modern Family” as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria, but her work spans back … [Read more...]

Comic Books Bringing Favorite TV Shows, Films Back To Life

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) How many times has your favorite TV show ended its season in a cliffhanger, only to be canceled? Maybe you’re just not ready to let go of your favorite show even though its aired the series finale. There is a wave of development in the past few years in the realm … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Art of Comedy

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Almost every film has some comedy in it. The fact is, life has funny moments, and to ignore or deny those moments in your story is to do it and your audience a disservice. Comedy is an art form. Comic timing and the ability to weave jokes and other comic elements … [Read more...]

Top 5 Dracula Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve all seen at least one classic Dracula movie, where Professor Van Helsing, Harker, et al, kill the vampire prince in an adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel. The upcoming movie Dracula: Untold details the events leading up to his turn and immediately … [Read more...]

Great Characters: Part II

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) In Part I of Great Characters, I told you what made a great character in your screenplay. In this article, I’m getting down to brass tacks on exactly how to do that in your screenplay. Your characters are your focal point and this is true in every great script. … [Read more...]

Great Characters: Part 1

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) When was the last time you fell in love with a movie's character? I don't mean the last time you liked a movie, or felt that familiar rush of adrenaline at a particular plot point. I mean, when was the last time a movie ended, and you just wanted a few more minutes … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Luke Skywalker

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(Editor's note: This was one our most popular stories, and since it's Mark Hamill's birthday, we wanted to share it with you!) By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Mark Hamill was only 25 when he swung his first light saber, and some would say that it was the highlight of his career. The Jedi turns … [Read more...]

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