Writer Rex Pickett Grants Inside Story of the Making of Award-Winning ‘Sideways’ Exclusively to Stage32.com

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Stage32.com, the social network for film, television, and theater creatives joined forces with novelist and screenwriter Rex Pickett to bring “My Life on Spec: The Writing of Sideways” — his amazing back story about the development of “Sideways” — to the website’s rapidly growing community of writers, directors, actors and film makers. The critically-acclaimed novel, originally released in 2003, inspired the award-winning film starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, and directed by Alexander Payne. Stage32.com will publish Pickett's painstaking account on his efforts to get “Sideways” to the big screen in a 6-part series beginning December 5, with new postings on Mondays and Thursdays. Pickett’s stimulating narrative, from struggling writer to overnight celebrity, is a stirring saga for any aspiring artist — a shining example of perseverance, diligence and talent coming together to create a work of art that has entertained millions.

Stage32.com, the social network for film, television, and theater creatives joined forces with novelist and screenwriter Rex Pickett to bring “My Life on Spec: The Writing of Sideways” — his amazing back story about the development of “Sideways” — to the website’s rapidly growing community of writers, directors, actors and film makers. The critically-acclaimed novel, originally released in 2003, inspired the award-winning film starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church, and directed by Alexander Payne.

Stage32.com will publish Pickett's painstaking account on his efforts to get “Sideways” to the big screen in a 6-part series beginning December 5, with new postings on Mondays and Thursdays. Pickett’s stimulating narrative, from struggling writer to overnight celebrity, is a stirring saga for any aspiring artist — a shining example of perseverance, diligence and talent coming together to create a work of art that has entertained millions.

“I’m pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Stage 32, I’ve agreed to publish ‘My Life on Spec: The Writing of Sideways’ as a preview to the soon-to-be-released ‘Sideways’ hardcover,” said Pickett, who recently released the novel “Vertical,” the sequel to “Sideways.” “This series is my personal account detailing the vicissitudes of writing the novel that eventually became the now iconic Alexander Payne movie of the same title. Not for the faint of heart, I hope it’ll be an inspirational story for everyone trying to realize their dreams in this heartbreak city known as the entertainment business.”

“Sideways,” which was nominated for five Academy Awards and won Best Adapted Screenplay, follows the tale of Miles Raymond (played by Paul Giamatti in the film) — a wine aficionado and struggling book writer — and Jack Cole (Thomas Haden Church) — Miles’ best friend who’s soon to be married — on a road trip through Santa Ynez Valley wine country that comically strains their friendship.

“‘Sideways’ is one of my favorite novels, and the film ranks high on my desert island movie list,” said Richard Botto, co-founder of Stage 32. “As a writer myself, I instantly connected with Rex and his incredible journey to see ‘Sideways’ through from concept to screen. His story is alternately inspiring and heartbreaking, and should be relatable to every artist. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be granted this exclusive. It’s a gift to the entire Stage 32 community.”

About Stage32.com
Stage32.com — founded by Curt Blakeney and Richard “RB” Botto and programmed by Derrick Ontiveros — was designed for aspiring and established actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, crew and other like-minded individuals to promote creative growth in the film, television and theater industries. The site fosters and facilitates collaboration between members using tried-and-true social networking concepts.

Unofficially launched on August 1, 2011, the site quickly surpassed 20,000 members in 150 countries. Whether someone is looking to fund a film, cast talent in a project, join classes, find a director, get advice or discuss key industry issues, Stage 32 is designed to connect everyone within the industry. Stage 32 is free to join and can be easily linked to an individual’s Facebook account, giving users instant access to their existing contacts and colleagues.

Stage 32 can be found online at http://www.Stage32.com. It can also be accessed via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stage32 or Twitter at @stage32online. Stage 32 is the social network uniquely populated with the most creative people on Earth.

About Rex Pickett
Rex Pickett is the author of “Sideways” and its sequel Vertical. He is currently writing an HBO comedy pilot and is in pre-production on the “Sideways” play, which will premiere in late April, 2012, at the Ruskin Group Theater Co. in Santa Monica.

For press inquiries or interviews with Rex Pickett or Richard Botto, or for press inquiries regarding Stage 32, please contact:

Curt Blakeney
480-628-1611
curt(at)stage32(dot)com

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