A Few Good Men, Bull Durham, Gone Girl, great actors, Monologues, passionate, personal worldviews, Ratatouille, unfiltered language -

A great monologue can still net a great actor. Monologues can feel dicey to write. A weak monologue is a pace-killer for a screenplay. But a stellar monologue can be catnip to a great actor. And securing a major star can be the difference between a film getting made and not getting made. Here are some examples of great monologues in film history. Can you spot the common factor? BULL DURHAM “Well, I believe in the soul. The cock. The pussy. The small of a woman’s back. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. That the novels of Susan Sontag...

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character development, Gillian Flynn, GONE GIRL, Our Favorite Screenwriters, screenwriting tips, SHARP OBJECTS, UTOPIA, WIDOWS -

Gillian Flynn has quietly become one of the top screenwriters working today. Formerly a television critic for Entertainment Weekly, Flynn burst onto the scene when she adapted her own novel GONE GIRL for director David Fincher. All three of her novels have been adapted to film/TV. Flynn wrote GONE GIRL (both the novel and film), WIDOWS and wrote on the series SHARP OBJECTS (also based on her novel). She’s currently filming UTOPIA, a series she created, for Amazon. And it might not have happened had Flynn not been laid off by Entertainment Weekly in 2008. At the same time, that...

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