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Brandon

Before The Hoodie

My newest published story is out now — Bleacher Report asked me to write Bill Belichick’s origin story. Been working on it the past couple months. Truth be told, it was a frustrating story, one that, frankly, I was ready to give up on. Belichick wasn’t talking to me, nobody close to him was talking to...
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The ConBody Kickstarter

Hey, remember former-drug-kingpin-turned-fitness-superstar Coss Marte? I profiled him for SB Nation back in April. And now, he could use some help and I thought you’d like to know about it — check out his Kickstarter page here. Basically, he needs to raise $25,000 in the next 25 days so they can build a much-needed new studio space....
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Marvin Jarman

Just posted this on Facebook and figured I might as well share it here: I’ve never done this before, but hey, this is as good a time as any: I’m going to tell you about a story I’m writing and ask for your help with it. Cool? Cool. So here’s the deal: For SB Nation​,...
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‘John Wick’ screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s long journey to success

Just watched John Wick and loved it, which means I promptly Googled it to death. Now there’s a sentence. Spoilers ahead. From The Atlantic: Marvel that such a strange film made it to the screen. John Wick is no ordinary Hollywood action claptrap, but it’s not exactly aiming for profundity either. It achieves an almost impossible...
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‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’s’ Remarkably Ridiculous Shutdown

Universal shut down Judd Apatow's classic 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' after just two days of production because, among other reasons, they thought Steve Carrell looked like a serial killer and Paul Rudd was fat.
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Eliot Peper and the Uncommon Stock trilogy

An interview with Eliot Peper, author of the Uncommon Stock trilogy, the joys and terrors of writing and publishing, why he's self-publishing the third book in the series after working with a publisher for the first two, why he decided to turn down a great job offer to focus on his books, and more.
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How Louis Dail keeps his antique cars in full working condition

We used a gorgeous '56 Chevy two-door hardtop Belair for the Behind the Drive cover. We did this because it fit a lot of Hwy 55's branding in some nice and subtle ways. Plus it's just a beautiful machine that we knew would look fantastic on the cover of a book. It belongs to ...
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A promise

The best books tell stories you don't want to put down and that you can't stop thinking about when you're finished with them. That's definitely Behind the Drive.
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Washington Summer Festival!

Hey everyone! I’ll have a booth set up at the Washington Summer Festival. It’s Friday, June 12 from 5-9 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., on the lovely Pamlico River waterfront. There will be some 30,000 people there, and all kinds of great food and games and rides. Should be a great...
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Matthew McConaughey’s Purge

How Matthew McConaughey broke down and then recovered after becoming famous following the release of A TIME TO KILL in 1996.
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ReadThis: Vulture’s ‘Tomorrowland’ Review Just Gave Me Chills

I can’t think of a movie review that’s ever given me chills. Maybe one of Roger Ebert’s from back in the day, but loved reading him for different reasons — his wit, his glib eye, and his unabashed honesty when he loved a movie. But this Vulture review of TOMORROWLAND — “Tomorrowland is the Anti-Hunger-Games” — just gave...
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Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market

Starting TODAY, every Wednesday through August 26, I'll be hanging out at the Umbrella Market in Greenville from 5-8 p.m.
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Why Joss Whedon Didn’t Want To Make ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ But Then Did Anyway

I had no idea that Joss Whedon didn't want to make Avengers: Age of Ultron. Seems like after you make the highest-grossing movie ever, you'd want to make its sequel, because $$$$$, right? But after making The Avengers, Whedon says he was just spent.
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Life, dreams, reality, and Hwy 55

Hwy 55 and its creator Kenney Moore, and their story — it gave me something I badly needed, something that I knew I had to write about, so that other people would have a chance to get it, too.
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‘All Screenwriting Books Are Bulls — ’ and Other Tips on Making Hollywood Blockbusters From Brian Koppelman, Six Seconds At A Time (Updated!)

Brian Koppelman's Six Second Screenwriting lessons on Vine are great for anyone who aspires to any sort of creative work — I know they've helped me with mine — so I'm transcribing them here. As of May 2015, there are more than 300.
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Giveaway winner!

Announcing the winner of the latest giveaway!
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The Serenity Club

While reporting about Floyd Mayweather, I came across something — and someone — truly remarkable.
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Come hang out at Barnes and Noble with me!

I'll be at Barnes & Noble talking about my new book and you could be there at the same time and we could hang out afterwards and that would be fun.
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Help me out?

A quick, probably annoyingly earnest note — but also a giveaway!
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