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My name is Alison Flierl (Alie for short). My goals remain the same as when I was five: to be a mermaid and a writer. I co-created the hit web series "TV Guide Letter Theater," have a new entertainment podcast (available on iTunes, called "2 Degrees of Alie") and I work at #Conan.
  • October 9, 2012 12:53 pm

    Screenwriter Doug Richardson Shares Stories Of Breaking Into Hollywood

    You can find my podcast with screenwriter Doug Richardson here

    In this episode, I have the immense honor of chatting with screenwriter Doug Richardson. Doug’s screenwriting credits include “Die Hard 2,” “Hostage,” “Welcome To Mooseport” and “Bad Boys.” Doug was the first screenwriter in Hollywood to sell a spec script for a million dollars and to date, Doug’s produced features have made over 800 million dollars worldwide. Not many screenwriters can say that. But besides huge box office success, Doug also has found success writing novels (Dark Horse, True Believers, The Safety Expert). And if that wasn’t enough, he also has an amazing blog with some great stories about screenwriting and working in the trenches of Hollywood. In the podcast, we discuss everything from how he got an agent to writing for Bruce Willis to making the leap from screenwriting to novels. 


    Doug Richardson was born in Arcadia, California. The son of a career politician, Doug grew up outside Sacramento and inside the state Capitol. He used to talk his way into then- Governor Ronald Reagan’s office, just to get a handful of jellybeans.

    Doug left Northern California for Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. For as long as he could remember, Doug had wanted to be a movie director. But in pursuing his goal he discovered how movies are really made: in the writing.

    After finishing college, Doug signed a two-year contract with Warner Brothers. In 1989 he garnered national attention when his spec screenplay was the first in Hollywood to sell for a million dollars. Doug’s first feature film, the sequel to DIE HARD, DIE HARDER, was produced in 1990. He has since written and produced feature films including the box office smash BAD BOYS and, most recently, HOSTAGE. To date, Doug’s features have grossed over 800 million dollars worldwide.

    In 1997, Doug’s debut novel, DARK HORSE, was published by Avon/Morrow in hardcover, followed two years later by his follow up, TRUE BELIEVERS.

    Doug continues to write and develop for feature films and television.
He lives in Southern California with his wife, two children and four mutts.

    Doug on the set of “Hostage” with Bruce Willis.

  • September 20, 2012 6:12 pm

    Austin Film Festival

    I’m really excited because I’m going to the Austin Film Festival for the first time this year! I am a “second rounder" for their screenplay competition for an original comedy pilot I co-wrote with Scott Chernoff (known to many of you as the co-creator of our web series  TV GUIDE LETTER THEATER).

    I am thrilled to be a part of such a fun event, and honored to be in the top 10% for the screenplay competition. And I LOVE Austin. Hoping I will see a lot of my #ScriptChat pals there too. Let me know if you guys are going.

    Alie :)

    Picture of Scott (my co-writer on script) and I when we wrote a thank you letter to TV Guide Magazine for our web series cheer.

  • May 6, 2012 5:59 pm

    What I Did Over My Summer Vacation (Well Over My Hiatus Week)

    Remember being a kid and coming back to school and having to write an essay about what you did over the summer?  I used to love that stuff, since I liked writing from a young age.  So I decided it’d be fun to write a post about what I did over my weeklong April/May hiatus, since I’ve been in a productive phase/mood recently.  I can’t promise it will make for an interesting read, but it’ll be fun for me to look back on down the road.

    It started with me and Jessica Cope (known on Twitter as @Jessacope and my co-blonde for our blog Two Blondes Walk Into A Blog) attending a panel that was part of the fun, amazing event LA Comedy Shorts.  A pilot we had co-wrote had made semi finals as part of the festival. I would highly recommend attending LA Comedy Shorts.  We had a great time and met some cool people.

    The rest of the week was followed up with a lot of yoga, hiking, swimming, piloxing and not one, but two day trips to the beach.  There is nothing like lying on a beach in Malibu on a sunny day, watching dolphins swim by to re-affirm your love for living in LA.  Sure, there’s traffic, some pollution, skyhigh real estate prices (even in a down market), guys who drive Hummers, and plastic surgery nightmares, BUT you also get palm trees, beautiful sunsets, amazing scenery, drives on Muholland and watching dolphins swim by while staring at scenery such as this:

    On the productive side of things, both my husband and I submitted our own separate projects/features to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.  We both have been working on features that we really believe in, but we both have a lot to learn about filmmaking and screenwriting, and hope to be given the chance to learn.  Whatever happens, it was nice to have a deadline to motivate us.  And putting the package together for my project, really helped my sharpen me focus on what I need to be thinking about and working on with the script in the next few months.  For any of my Scriptchat pals, I would highly recommend imposed deadlines for getting your butt in gear.

    Another fun project I’ve been working on is starting up a podcast.  It will be called 2degreesofalie (like my Twitter handle) and I’ll be intereviewing a bunch of cool people working in showbiz who have some great stories.  I recorded my first podcast this week with Scott Chernoff and Steve Agee, who are both writers/performers with some great comedy credits to their names and who met and performed with The Groundlings. Some of you may also know Scott as my “TV Guide Letter Theater" co-hort.  Scott and I are hoping to release a 3rd season of "TV Guide Letter Theater" within the next few months.  We recently wrote a pilot about a fictionalized version of Steve Agee that still has us laughing.  And are close to finishing another script as well.  Yay for productivity!  Anyway, more info on the podcast will be coming out soon-ish.

    I’m also ALMOST done with a new web series, which will be starring my mom, Shirley.  Yes, that’s right, my mom.  She’s pretty hilarious, though not always on purpose.  I hope people find it as funny as I do.  Just yesterday we got a animated opening for the series from the talented Pierre Bernard (you can find his site here). I can’t wait to show all* of you (*the 1-3 people who took the time to read this rather long-winded blog post).  I also got to see Pierre’s work in an art show this weekend at Gallery 1988. It was a really fun collection and one of my favorites (besides Pierre’s of course) was the following tribute to Keyboard Cat (that video made me laugh for days):

    The other important element to any vacation (even one spent at home) is food.  Mostly I ate pretty healthy.  I’m in love with kale recently.  Yes, kale.  It’s fantastic. I am all aboard the kale train.  For a sweet kale treat, try this Kale Spinach Pear Smoothie.  There may have also been some ice cream and some good seafood, and last, but not least, sushi. I LOVE sushi.  And I discovered a new amazing dish at Katsu-Ya in Hollywood.  I wouldn’t call it healthy, but I would call it delicious.  I can’t remember the name, but luckily I took a picture.  It was bascially like the most amazing mozzarella stick you’ve ever eaten, but plus it comes with delectable crab inside. Yum.

    Also, I was lucky enough to attend a Cinco De Mayo party that included tequila (naturally), fake mustaches, giant hats of assorted colors, tacos, ping pong and karaoke (I sang terrible renditions of “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Jessie’s Girl” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” 

    Well, that’s about it.  Thanks to anyone who read all the way to the end of this post. :)