Next Stop Hollywood

Speaking of true friends and good writers: this week marks the release of Next Stop Hollywood: Short Stories Bound for the Screen, an anthology of cinematic shorts that features a story by my friend and fellow Center for Writers graduate John Minichillo. John’s story, inspired by Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” is called “Blind Man in the Halls of Justice.” Editor Steve Cohen pitches it as A Civil Action meets Scent of a Woman, but I see it as 12 Angry Men crossed with Half-Baked. Alexander Payne could do a fine job directing it.

The official site for Next Stop Hollywood hosts excerpts, information for writers who want to be in the next edition, and a list of great movies based on short stories, including Psycho, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Killers, Freaks, and Animal House. (They should add Away from Her ASAP.) My copy’s on its way.

The Dead Girl

Toni Collette, Marcia Gay Harden, Rose Byrne, Mary Beth Hurt and finally Brittany Murphy are the main characters in interconnected episodes surrounding a murder that play like high quality short stories. I’m too swamped to say anything else right now, but I have a feeling this movie will be talked about for a while. Opens December 29.

The Dead Girl. Karen Moncrieff, 2006. ****

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