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Straczynski Gets Big Sale; NBC Is Stupid; Scammers Show Me The Money

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I received a Google Alert very early this morning from a story that first landed at, reporting that Babylon 5 creator (among many other great things) J. Michael Straczynski has sold a screenplay to Universal Pictures, and that Ron Howard has an eye toward directing. [Link]

The story, billed as based on actual events, is about a mother who prays for the return of her kidnapped son. When her prayers are answered, however, she begins to suspect the boy who comes back is not her child.

A short statement from Straczynski on the pickup:

It is, without question, the biggest deal I've ever made, and with Ron
directing (everyone is talking about it as though he's going to do it,
though that has not been stated officially by anyone), and it moves me
from being marginally known in the film business right into the
catetory of a-list writer overnight, which parallels what happened with
Akiva Goldman. I'm thrilled that Ron is involved, because I've always
thought he had amazing story sense and he's one of the directors I most
regard in this business.

Those involved were great in the deal making, and this stands to be a
huge movie.

NBC has teamed up with YouTube to begin airing promos for some of its TV lineup: The Office, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show will all have fall previews online in the coming weeks. This shows that not only does NBC not care about what people want, but that it doesn't even know what they want. Network branded commercials for their own shows are not exactly what people are looking for when they look for streaming video online.

Also, two hilarious pictures for today: a bizarre scam I got in the mail, and a memo from the creators of South Park to the MPAA ratings board regarding the South Park movie.
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