A Kovacs

About A Kovacs

I'm the Director of Døøm here at Empty Set Entertainment, and a founding partner at Audacity Events, a San Diego based management company that builds world class events and manages one-of-a-kind talent.  I'm a movie geek, Doctor Who fan, skeptic and science nerd. I don't like chocolate all that much.

Good Will Hunting 20th Anniversary

StorySmack Episode #31

Hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Good Will Hunting was released! Hard to remember a time when Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were small time enough to be caught in development hell trying to get this movie made. Back before they were Oscar winners.

Thankfully they got through all of that, and Good Will Hunting stands the test of time! Join us while we discuss the good, the bad and the legend that is Good Will Hunting.

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Chinatown — the perfect screenplay?

StorySmack Episode #29

In this week’s episode Scott and I discuss the storied screenplay for Chinatown. The movie came out in 1974, and the screenplay has been heralded as near-perfect since then. There is a lot to unpack and discuss about the movie, the script, the crew and the era of American filmmaking, so jump right in!

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It’s a lovely movie. A throw-back noir, featuring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is based on an original screenplay written by Robert Towne. Towne won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for his effort.

LINK TO THE SCREENPLAY PDF:
Get it here, sucka.

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THE RIDER Episode #16

We’ve arrived at the final episode for this awesome novella. Find out how the teammates fair after they dismount from their trusted mounts after the final game of the season.

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Jerry Before Seinfeld

StorySmack Episode #27

Jerry Before Seinfeld is a look back by one of the most successful comedians in the world. We starting watching thinking it would be an hour of comedy, only to find an origin story instead. Scott and A discuss this surprising and charming special.

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THE RIDER, a GFL novella by Paul E. Cooley and #1 New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler

THE RIDER Episode #15

Game on! The Lashing at Loppu is about to get underway, and everything is on the line for Pete, Bess, Ian, Dar and the Ridgebacks franchise. Unleash the velociraptor, ladies and gentlemen, and let’s get ready rumble!

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THE RIDER Episode #13

The Ridgebacks arrive at Loppu for the showdown with the Ogres that will determine if they get a chance to defend their title, or don’t make the playoffs at all. Will the conflict between Pete and Ian crush the Ridgebacks’ chances? And, what kind of dirty tricks will the Ogres try to pull to win this match?

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THE RIDER Episode #12

Pete uncovered Tony’s betrayal and the man’s plan to hurt — or kill — Ridgeback mounts. Including Ol’ Bess. How deep does Gredok the Splithead’s involvement in Dinolition go? And what will Gredok try to crush next?

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THE RIDER Episode #10

The Ridgebacks have moved into third place in the four-team playoff standings — they now control their own destiny. If they win their last game against the Loppu Ogres, they are guaranteed a playoff slot. But, Bess’s savage killing of a downed opposition mount will surely lead to a league suspension, or worse. Can the Ridgebacks win without Bess? And, Pete gets a visit from another member of the Ionath Krakens … a very un-welcome visit. 

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THE RIDER Episode #9

The terrorist attack by Purist Church members has been foiled. Pete, Bess and the rest of the team are ready to step onto the pitch and do battle. The playoffs hinge on the outcome of this game — can the Ridgebacks prevail against the best team in Dinolition?

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THE RIDER Episode #8

Dar and her mount Yar are trying to break into the starting lineup. Has their moment arrived? Tony’s position as rider is in jeopardy — he wants more money to continue playing the dangerous sport. Is he locker room poison? And, a dangerous new element threatens the safety of riders and mounts alike. 

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THE RIDER Episode #7

Pete has had it with Tony, but wants to give the kid one more chance to straighten up his act. Will Tony seize this opportunity, or is there something more sinister behind his performance decline. Jerry the Triceratops continues to train. Can he crack the starting lineup and be a shining new star in the world of Dinolition? And is Salton the Grimy looking to sell off Ridgeback tech in order to make up for the shortfall in revenue?

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THE RIDER Episode #6

Pete continues to train up the team for the critical matchup against the Chachana Resurrected. Ian’s struggles to train a new mount come to a head with a temperamental Achillobator named “Bucky.” Will Ian master his new ride, or will he be bitten … again. Doc Baiman needs money to develop new mounts, but team owner Salton the Grimy refuses to cough up the dough. Can Pete motivate him to further invest in the Ridgebacks?

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THE RIDER Episode #5

It’s Match Week 11. Pete and the Ridgebacks try to keep their playoff hopes alive as they prep for their match with the Chachanna Resurrected. Will this be the match where the team finally rolls out Jerry, the young Triceratops?

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THE RIDER Episode #3

The rivalry between Pete and Ian eases up as Ian deals with the death of Tumult, his primary mount. It’s time for a guest appearance from Becca “the Wrecka” Montagne and everyone’s favorite metaphor-mixing linebacker, John Tweedy! And, Pete is about to have a sit-down with his stingy, contrarian, problematic team owner — Salton the Grimy.

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ALIENS: Scott’s favorite movie of all time

StorySmack Episode #17

ALIENS on StorySmack sponsored by our '4InkJets Coupon' page at http://scottsigler.com/4inkjets-couponThis week we were going to do an ALIENS watch-along. We didn’t get that off the ground. We’ll tell you all about it in the episode. Instead, we’re doing a traditional movie review Story Smack, but for Sigler’s favorite movie of all time. ALL TIME!

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The thing is … ALIENS is Scott’s favorite, but it’s also a hugely important and influential movie in general. Sigourney Weaver is luminescent in every sense of the word, all the while being a difficult, ornery character, in unfathomable circumstance. It’s a performance of a lifetime, and it’s only one part of the movie. If you have never seen it, do watch it before listening.

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Murder 1-2-3: courtroom definitions in storytelling

StorySmack Episode #15

This week we’re taking a break from movie breakdowns as we recover from our European jet lag.

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Everyone’s seen plenty of courtroom dramas, cop stories, and forensic investigation on television and in the movies. So much that our sense of justice and the law is surely informed by what we’ve seen on the screen. And what’s on the screen isn’t always real-world accurate, surrendering dry legal wrangling for entertaining fiction.

Scott and I breakdown the degrees of murder as they’re written in California so we can see where reality and fiction diverge. If you’re a storyteller or just a big fan of true-crime stories, these are things you should know. We’re here to help!

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