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Starbucks unveils ‘Hackuccino’ available exclusively in LA area

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Wannabe scribe positive he could make a sale if he just had a new MacBook Pro

Current PC desktop not nearly ‘screenwritery’ enough

apple-macbook-proAspiring screenwriter Joe Johnson is stuck working a dead-end job at a Starbucks in Burbank, but with fall enrollment at the local community college approaching, Johnson is instead shooting for a brand new MacBook Pro.

“Sure I can register for college and have something to fall back on,” he said. “But how would I write on demand whenever I get the inspiration?”

When asked whether it made sense to allocate so much of his 9.50-per-hour salary to a new laptop, as opposed to using it for rent or a possible college education, Johnson was defiant.

“Opportunities like this only come along once in a lifetime. I have to go for it. Nobody remembers a loser,” he said. “Plus, everyone knows screenwriting is easier inside LA city limits and on a cool MacBook with the new glass screen. I hear you can see your own reflection while you’re writing the next Hollywood blockbuster!”

Given his tight budget, one might expect Johnson to wait until Black Friday for a better deal – and just use his PC in the meantime.

“No way,” he said, looking at his desktop with disdain. “I’m going to need this Mac right now, as I have a lot of sure-fire ideas that I need to get down really quickly, whether I’m at work, home, on the bus, visiting my parole officer…or whatever. Time is money.”

The Hollywood Roaster would like to thank Steven M. for submitting this article.

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Screenplay contest judge also Starbucks employee of the month

Veteran barista not really qualified to evaluate scripts

Alex Birmingham of Park Ridge, Illinois, has been reading for the Golden Brad Screenwriting Competition since 2005, when the 24-year-old espresso bar worker replied to a craigslist ad looking for script readers.

“Before I got involved with the competition, I never even realized screenwriting was a job,” said Birmingham. “I just figured the actors made up all the dialogue. But it turns out I was the only guy willing to read scripts for $25 apiece, so now I’m like this expert on screenwriting or whatever.”

Birmingham, who reads scripts between shifts at the local Starbucks, was recently honored with Employee of the Month honors, causing him to label himself a “double threat.”

“On the one hand, I probably steam the best cappuccino foam in town. On the other, I’m in charge of deciding who gets a $10,000 screenwriting prize,” he said. “It’s hard because I never finished college and have no interest in movies, but I do my best when I’m not too tired, drunk or stoned.”

According to the Golden Brad competition website, their readers “have a range of experience in all phases of entertainment, production and other relevant industries.”

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