Top 5 Big Budget Bombs

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Editor's Note: This original ran in 2013, but it's worth re-publishing, as Hollywood continues making massive budget event films without a guarantee they'll be hits. That's why there are so many franchises (Marvel, Star Wars, DC, etc.) and reboots (like The Matrix and more). By Brock Cooper … [Read more...]

Top 5 Horror Movie Moms

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) In honor of Friday the 13th, we take a look at the Top 5 Horror Movie Moms! It's safe to say that many horror movie villains have mommy issues that led them to skin, slash, and hack up people on a whim. It doesn't matter if she was a horrible mom that leads to … [Read more...]

Top 5 Zombie Movies – A Fresh Look

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) A few years back, I did a Top 5 Zombie Movies article, and I feel it's time to revisit the list, as new movies have opened, and I've had more time to consider the classics, as well. The Walking Dead is once again hitting ratings highs, as Rick and his “family” … [Read more...]

Top 5 Dracula Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve all seen at least one classic Dracula movie, where Professor Van Helsing, Harker, et al, kill the vampire prince in an adaptation of the Bram Stoker novel. The upcoming movie Dracula: Untold details the events leading up to his turn and immediately … [Read more...]

Why You Should Write A Short Film


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every writer wants to write a feature movie that makes its way to the silver screen and wins an Oscar. Once you actually start the process and you realize it's not that easy, you end up being satisfied with a call back and a lifting of the restraining order by that … [Read more...]

Top 5 Roles of Leonard Nimoy — Besides Spock

The Great Paris

By Brock Cooper (DoddleNEWS) The problem with genres is they tend to stick people in certain roles, and that has never been more true that with the late Leonard Nimoy. What began as a character in s short lived science fiction series, turned into a cultural icon that would define him. Early on, … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: The Plot Points

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Depending on who you ask, a screenplay can have anywhere from two to five plot points. You’d think such an easy concept would allow for a definitive number, but some consider the climax a plot point, others the midpoint, and even a few 'crazies' think the inciting … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Writer’s Block – When You Just Can’t Think

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Writing is a very flow oriented process. When you get going, you can go for hours and hours without stopping. Your fingers dance frenzied across the keyboard, putting your soul onto paper for the world to eventually see on the big screen. Those are the good days. … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Creating Suspense and Tension

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every screenplay, no matter the genre, needs some type of suspense to keep the viewer interested for the duration. Without suspense and tension, the film can drag on like a beached whale. Will they get there in time to save the girl? It’s that moment when they grab … [Read more...]

Top 5 Horrible Bosses

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) We’ve all had them, and odds are you’ve wanted to do something awful to their desk more than once. Horrible bosses are a part of being a working person. Power corrupts, and soon even nice people can become total dbags when given the mantle of manager or boss. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Talking Animals

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) People have been fascinated by the concept of talking animals for decades. Animals have been revered as god,s and are the subject of more YouTube videos than should be legal. This past weekend, Penguins of Madagascar made its debut, featuring a slew of talking … [Read more...]

Top 5 Benedict Cumberbatch Roles

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the big up and coming stars, first in Britain and now in the United States. His upcoming movie The Imitation Game may boost him up to Oscar potential, but while he is known for a few plume roles (“KHHHAAAAAANNNN!!!!!!!"), he has … [Read more...]

Director Mike Nichols – A Star That Shined Bright


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Every so often, the world if given a gift in the form a person with such diversity of talents, that they soar to heights few others have ever experienced. Mike Nichols was one of those rare people, and with his death, the world has lost one the brightest lights of … [Read more...]

The Science Of Interstellar: What They Got Wrong


By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Interstellar has been heralded as one of the most scientifically accurate films in recent cinema history. While I did write an article about what it got right, it just as easy to write an article about what they got wrong. Science and entertainment can be linked, but … [Read more...]

The Science of Interstellar: What They Got Right

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) As we watch pollution fill our planet with bad air, bad water, and even bad soil, it’s not that much of an implausible that eventually an Interstellar-type situation might exist. The problem is that the nearest planets are light years away, and using current and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Space Disaster Movies

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By Brock Cooper (doddleNEWS) Space has long been a source of mystery and inspiration for poets and scientists alike, so it was only a matter of time before our minds shifted to the dark and desolate recesses of this great unknown. Interstellar is all about how the human race brought about the end … [Read more...]