🎞️ | Jason Blum’s Advice to Budding Film Producers

An interesting article on Deadline Hollywood focused on Blumhouse CEO and founder Jason Blum‘s advice to young producers, given during a keynote speech at the Sundance Film Festival’s Producers Brunch.

Using examples from such hit films as Get Out, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice’s Creep, and the Purge franchise, Blum offered up these morsels of wisdom:

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🗨️ | Quote: “We Need to Show All Aspects of Black Lives”

“I think we need to show all aspects of black lives. I love Moonlight. I love Hidden Figures, but I also want to see some people who are having fun.”
—Tracy Oliver, screenwriter of Girls Trip and Barbershop: The Next Cut

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🎬 | “Get Out” is Going To Win the Best Picture Oscar in 2018

That’s right. You read the post title. You already know what it is. But since I bears repeating, I shall repeat it:

Get Out is going to win Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, in the year of our Lord 2018.

You don’t believe me? That’s fine. You don’t have to believe me. Yet the signifiers are there, if you are able to see them. I can surely see them. But that is because I am gifted. I’ve always had a sort of extraordinary prescience when it comes to these types of things. In fact, let’s take a look at a couple of things, shall we?

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Read Chapter 1 of My Unfinished Novel “Hollywood Whisper”

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

Yeah, I’ve no idea who originally said that quote, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, I’ve found that it’s not always possible to remain committed to everything we’d like to. Case in point: my unfinished novel Hollywood Whisper.

If you know me, you know the story by now: I’d earnestly begun work on my fifth book, initially titled Truffle Butter. Yes, it was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Nicki Minaj hit that was popular at the time, and that should also let you know how long ago I’d begun working on this.

The novel’s premise was pretty simple. It told the story of Whisper St. Porter, a young Black woman who becomes an accidental movie star and how she navigates the wild and wacky world of Hollywood. Whisper is not only a box-office draw, but she’s also won numerous awards, including the coveted Best Actress Oscar. And she shares an agent with Jodi Flowers, an actress whose star is on the wane. The agent suggests the two ladies star in a foodie-themed comedy titled Truffle Butter, and the rest of story explores the actresses’ relationship with each other in the run up to production.

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