Vincent Paterno

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  1. To Nikki: "Jurassic World" didn't come out until 2015, and before "Guardians" Pratt's best-known TV series was "Parks and Recreation."
  2. Thank you so much.
  3. I certainly am. A lot is riding on Gail Godot's new film: * Can a female-led superhero pic deliver at the box office? Warners certainly believes so, judging from the massive advertising, bus posters, etc. There have been other superheroine films before, but Wonder Woman is unquestionably the best-known of them all, far more than any equivalent Marvel character. Which leads to the next point... * DC films of late have been dark in tone, to the dismay of many fans. It's as if DC/Warners is fearful of unleashing any ghosts of 1966 "Batman" TV camp. I'm sensing the characterization of WW will strike a balance between recent Justice League movies and the '70s Lynda Carter character -- light enough to be likable, smart enough to avoid being silly. * Last year's femme-led "Ghostbusters" did decently, but disdain from "NO GURLZ ALLOWED" fanboys prevented it from being a blockbuster. I'm hoping that won't be a problem this time around, and that it can lead to more films with women in lead/heroic roles (and as directors, such as Patty Jenkins). As a writer who enjoys creating vivid, assertive characters for both genders, I hope so. * And finally, Godot herself. Can she parlay this into top-tier stardom? Heck, at about this time three years ago, pre-"Guardians of the Galaxy," Chris Pratt was best known as the husband of Anna Faris (and will her gender-swapped "Overboard" remake finally turn her into a big-screen star?).
  4. I sincerely hope many of you check out Carole & Co.; it's been a labor of love for nearly a decade. You can learn a lot from old movies, as those of you who are TCM addicts can attest.
  5. I'm a fan of old-school romantic and screwball comedy. To name all my favorites would take all day, but I'll list a few: "My Man Godfrey," 1936 -- And why not? It stars my all-time favorite actor and actress (William Powell and Carole Lombard), features a superb supporting cast and fine direction from Gregory La Cava, and a script with laughs and plenty of heart that resonates more than eight decades later in this era of Occupy and the 1%. The greatest screwball of them all. "Libeled Lady," 1936 -- Powell's '36 is arguably the greatest calendar year any actor has ever had (including "The Great Ziegfeld," "After the Thin Man" and "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford"); this newspaper comedy is proof. A four-star movie in more ways than one -- Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy also head the cast, with fine supporting work from superlative character actor Walter Connolly. Lots of romantic hijinks abound, and Powell's fishing scene proves his adeptness at physical comedy. "The Smiling Lieutenant," 1931 -- A charming pre-Code example of the "(Ernst) Lubitsch touch," as titular character Maurice Chevalier loves orchestra leader Claudette Colbert, but through a mixup has to marry dowdy princess Miriam Hopkins. But she doesn't stay dowdy for long once Claudette tells her how to "Jazz Up Your Lingerie" (an outrageous ditty). This sophisticated comedy is Lubitsch at his urbane best "The Awful Truth," 1937 -- This film and "Topper" put Cary Grant on the map as a top-tier leading man. He and Irene Dunne try to one-up each other as they go through their divorce...but it never quite pans out. Good direction from Leo McCarey, and canine favorite Asta of "Thin Man" fame makes a pivotal appearance. A perennial in its time, frequently adapted for radio anthologies such as "Lux Radio Theater" and other series. "Remember the Night," 1940 -- Four years before making the definitive film noir "Double Indemnity," Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck teamed for this holiday romantic comedy. NY attorney Fred prosecutes shoplifter Barbara, who must spend the holidays in jail -- but he feels guilty about it, so takes her to Indiana to spend Christmas with his family. Sounds weird, but it works. (They'd team twice more in the '50s, in a western and a Douglas Sirk drama.)
  6. Pleased to meet you folks. I'm Vincent, a screenwriter and film historian originally from the East Coast, but a Los Angeles resident since mid-2014. My classic Hollywood site Carole & Co. (named for Carole Lombard, my all-time favorite actress) turns 10 next month. Here's a link: My favorite genre is comedy, specifically smart romantic comedy -- think Lombard, Powell & Loy, and Ernst Lubitsch -- with elements of fantasy and sci-fi often blended in (possible future Legion M material? We'll see). I've completed one feature screenplay ("Stand Tall!", a good-natured romcom spin on "giant woman" movies) and am working on two others. Would enjoy contacting others who enjoy these genres.