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Brandon

‘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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Sultan

Sultan is one of the ex-felon Coss Athletics trainers who make a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte,” my story that came out last week. He was an incredibly compelling guy in his own right, and I wished I’d been able to give him more space in the story. He probably deserves his own...
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Ray

Ray was one of the ex-felons who works with Coss now who made a brief appearance in “The Remaking of Coss Marte.” Ray also wore me out — when I was reporting Coss’s story in New York, I watched Coss lead one class, then participated in Ray’s class after that. I haven’t really worked out...
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Nepal Relief

A Nepal earthquake survivor — and one of my wife's cousins — is trying to help the victims.
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