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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...]

Screenwriting 101: Avoiding the Cliché

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) How many times have you heard, or even said, "Originality is dead in Hollywood?" Movies have borrowed from many of the same central themes since the silent days, but the problem isn't so much that as the proliferation of dialogue and story clichés. You can have a … [Read more...]

Why You Should Write A Short Film

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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 Liam Neeson Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Once again, Liam Neeson seems to have the special set of skills necessary to overcome the forces of evil in A Walk Among the Tombstones, opening this week. In the film, he portrays a private investigator hired by a notorious criminal to find out who kidnapped and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Movies Of 1994

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) It may seem just like yesterday that Forrest Gump was professing his love to his precious Jenny, and Vincent Vega was meeting his maker with his pants around his ankles. Believe it or not, but it's been 20 years since these films graced the silver screen. All years … [Read more...]

The Most Memorable Roles of Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall

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Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The world lost one of the last vestiges of old Hollywood this week with the death of Lauren Bacall. She has always represented the best of that bygone era when movie stars were larger than life and their class and beauty knew no bounds. She was the epitome of class, but … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Roles Of The Legendary Robin Williams

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) The entire nation is in mourning over the death of one of the most prolific entertainers that ever existed. It's sad to think that Robin Williams may have taken his own life without knowing how much of a positive impact he had on just about everyone. He had the unique … [Read more...]

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