Top 5 Thanksgiving TV Specials


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) It’s that time of year again when the leaves begin to change, and many around the world are grateful for the blessings in their lives. I’ve always thought Thanksgiving was the ultimate feel-good holiday, surpassing even Christmas cheer. There are no presents to … [Read more...]

Top 5 Horror Movie Moms

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) In honor of Friday the 13th, we take a look at the Top 5 Horror Movie Moms! It's safe to say that many horror movie villains have mommy issues that led them to skin, slash, and hack up people on a whim. It doesn't matter if she was a horrible mom that leads to … [Read more...]

Top 5 Zombie Movies – A Fresh Look

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) A few years back, 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 “family” … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Why You Should Write A Short Film


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every writer wants to write a feature movie that makes its way to the silver screen and wins an Oscar. Once you actually start the process and you realize it's not that easy, you end up being satisfied with a call back and a lifting of the restraining order by that … [Read more...]

Top 5 Roles of Leonard Nimoy — Besides Spock

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By Brock Cooper (DoddleNEWS) The problem with genres is they tend to stick people in certain roles, and that has never been more true that with the late Leonard Nimoy. What began as a character in s short lived science fiction series, turned into a cultural icon that would define him. Early on, … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Plot Points

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Depending on who you ask, a screenplay can have anywhere from two to five plot points. You’d think such an easy concept would allow for a definitive number, but some consider the climax a plot point, others the midpoint, and even a few 'crazies' think the inciting … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101 – Act I: The Third 10 Pages

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In this latest Screenwriting 101 article, we take a look at the final 10 pages in Act I By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve gone over the first 20 pages (read about the first 10 pages here, the second 10 pages here) in Act I, and now it’s time to wrap up Act I and introduce the pivotal … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Act I – The Second 10 Pages


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We examined writing the first 10 pages, and know the impact it has on the screenplay. It’s the introduction and now we are going to delve a little deeper with the next pages. While the first 10 pages and the last 10 pages of Act One get all the press, the middle 10 … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Act I – The First 10 Pages

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNews) The first act of a standard three-act movie is used to introduce the audience to the story and the characters, in the most interesting way possible. The first 10 pages of a script, which equates to the first 10 minutes of the movie, are the most important. Why are … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writer’s Block – When You Just Can’t Think

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Writing is a very flow oriented process. When you get going, you can go for hours and hours without stopping. Your fingers dance frenzied across the keyboard, putting your soul onto paper for the world to eventually see on the big screen. Those are the good days. … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating Suspense and Tension

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every screenplay, no matter the genre, needs some type of suspense to keep the viewer interested for the duration. Without suspense and tension, the film can drag on like a beached whale. Will they get there in time to save the girl? It’s that moment when they grab … [Read more...]

Top 5 Horrible Bosses

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve all had them, and odds are you’ve wanted to do something awful to their desk more than once. Horrible bosses are a part of being a working person. Power corrupts, and soon even nice people can become total dbags when given the mantle of manager or boss. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Talking Animals

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) People have been fascinated by the concept of talking animals for decades. Animals have been revered as god,s and are the subject of more YouTube videos than should be legal. This past weekend, Penguins of Madagascar made its debut, featuring a slew of talking … [Read more...]