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Monday
Jul 02, 2007

Roger Ebert Mindfuck posted by Martin

The Teen Movie Pitch Generator might give us some ideas while we slog through the finer points of pitching.

I want to re-do mine, but would like some feedback first, sir, when you have time. Until then, my Teen Movie Pitch is “Tomcats” meets “Ghandi” meets “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” with a little bit of “Erin Brockovich.”

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Thursday
Apr 27, 2006

Re: Jeeeeeeem! posted by kza

Is it okay to say that I usually end up going over to RogerEbert.com for Mr. Emerson’s Scanners rather than Mr. Ebert’s reviews? (Well, the Answer Man, too.) I mean, he named his column after a David Cronenberg movie! How cool is that?

The new, “real” blog is looking pretty cool, too. Just wished he’d have comments enabled, although I can understand why he’d demur — it’s not a decision taken lightly. (Not everyone can be a Matt Zoller Seitz — that is, be a journalist, but embrace the instant feedback, as well as give and take, that comments provide. Just ask the Washington Post.)

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Thursday
Apr 27, 2006

Jeeeeeeem! posted by Martin

I really like Roger Ebert. He may be a populist critic, but he’s always unpredictable, and I think often has good insights.

So, around here, we were thrilled when the new RogerEbert.com launched, and especially because it was edited by the way-cool Jim Emerson (whom my better half worked with—or in the same building at least—at Microsoft). He wrote a lot of great stuff on the Roger Ebert site, but the page was a bit confusing in the outer shell of RogerEbert.com, and also felt more like a blog than a column, but looked like a column more than a blog—especially since there wasn’t even an rss feed.

All that changes today—Jim has a full-on blog at the Chicago Sun Times, now totally separate from the RogerEbert.com domain. I’m thrilled, and immediately added him to my feed reader (the awesome NetNewsWire, created by Seattle man Brent Simmons ).

http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/

Jim has especially big internet street cred right now—even Kottke links to him. Go Jim go!

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Tuesday
Feb 21, 2006

SimpsoBurley! posted by kza

Because it had to happen…

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Tuesday
Feb 21, 2006

I'll See Your Simpsomaker... posted by kza

and raise you — The SimpsoShockah!

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Spitball! is two guys collaborating to write about writing and collaboration. We're writing partners who have worked together since 2000, and placed in the top 100 in the last Project Greenlight for our script YELLOW.

Currently, we are both working on multiple screenplay, short story, and novel ideas independently and together, and collaborate on this blog.

What Spitball! used to be

Spitball! started as an attempt to collaborate on a screenplay online in real time. From January 2006 to July 2007 we worked on an interactive process to decide the story we were going to make. A full postmortem is coming, but you can find the find all the posts by looking in the category Original Version.

During this period, we affected the personalities of two of the most famous spitball pitchers from the early 20th Century. Look at our brief bios for more info about this, and so as not to be confused as to who is talking when.

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Kent M. Beeson

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Kent M. Beeson (aka Urban Shockah) is a stay-at-home dad and stay-at-home writer, living in Seattle, WA with his wife, 2 year old daughter and an insane cat. In 2007, he was a contributor to the film blog ScreenGrab, where he presciently suggested Jackie Earle Haley to play Rorschach in the Watchmen movie, and in 2008, he wrote a film column for the comic-book site ComiXology called The Watchman. (He's a big fan of the book, if you couldn't tell.) In 2009, he gave up the thrill of freelance writing to focus on screenplays and novels, although he sometimes posts to his blog This Can't End Well, which a continuation of his first blog, he loved him some movies. He's a Pisces, and his favorite movie of all time is Jaws. Coincidence? I think not.

Martin McClellan

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Martin (aka Burley Grymz) is a designer and writer. He occasionally blogs at his beloved Hellbox, and keeps a longer ostensibly more interesting bio over here at his eponymous website. You can also find him on Twitter.