I’m currently preparing my next IMPROVE-YOUR-CHANCES-OF-BECOMING-A WORKING-SCREENWRITER seminar. The exact date is not set yet, but it’ll be in late August here in Los Angeles (North Hollywood). During this eye-opening 2-hour seminar, I will be discussing the many methods you can use and the mindset you must have in order to vastly improve your chances of becoming a working screenwriter. The cost is $49.00. Attendees will also receive a copy of my book, Q and A: The Working Screenwriter -- An In-the-Trenches Perspective of Writing Movies in Today's Film Industry.

For more information, e-mail Jim(at)

This will be a fun and motivating event, so don’t miss out!

And now, just for fun, I present my semi-regular installment of...

Only in La La Land

Recently, my friend Craig and I were—surprise, surprise—barhopping in Beverly Hills. We were driving down Rodeo Drive, on our way to Mr. Chow, and there’s producer Joel Silver barreling past us, cellphone to ear. (As I’m sure you know, Mr. Silver has produced numerous movies, including Lethal Weapon, Predator, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and the recent flopperoo Speed Racer). Alas, Mr. Chow was packed—besides, they don’t allow you at the bar if you’ve not eating there—so we went down the street to The Grill On The Alley. So Craig and I are enjoying a drink at the bar (as usual, I’m having cranberry juice) and he nudges me, saying, “Hey, there’s Neil Sedaka!” I glance over and, sure nuff, it’s ol’ Neal himself. Sitting with him were—drum roll, please—Judge Judy! Wow, Neal Sedaka and Judge Judy! My life is now complete! OK, so fast forward a few more days and Craig and I are doing yet another round of barhopping in Bev Hills. We’re at the bar at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I’m sipping my drink (a Diet Coke this time) and I glance over and see—another drum roll, please—super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer! Like Joel Silver, Mr. B also had cellphone to ear. Man, what did guys like this do before cellphones?? All I can say is...only in L.A.!!

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