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Wish (Act 1)

Wish (Act 1)

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When a dispirited entrepreneur makes a deal with a rum bottle genie to get a wish by fulfilling the wishes of three strangers, he falls in love with the one whose wish he can only grant by forfeiting his own.
When a dispirited entrepreneur makes a deal with a rum bottle genie to get a wish by fulfilling the wishes of three strangers, he falls in love with the one whose wish he can only grant by forfeiting his own.

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Published by: Michael Steven Gregory on Feb 01, 2011
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FADE IN:EXT. COAST HIGHWAY (SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA) - DAY A green MGB convertible wends its way along, top down and headingfast toward the sinking sun.INT. CONVERTIBLE - DAY (MOVING)Behind the wheel is TOM HANLIN (30s), a natural charmer with casualaplomb. He doesn't bother with any "hands-off" phone. Business forhim is hands-on and personal, now more than ever:TOM-- But it's got nothing to do withme. If Peter wants to fire theparty people, let Peter pay theparty piper. I don't have enoughtime for proper due diligence as itis.INT. POWERSERVE - AMANDA'S OFFICE - DAY AMANDA MCKINLEY, V.P. Sales and Marketing, tall, beautiful, razorsharp. She paces while talking into her headset. AMANDASo you said in front of the boardbefore throwing your littleconniption. We all heard you, Tom.INTERCUT:TOMPosition, Amanda, I argued myposition with passion and finesse.You used to like that. AMANDAYou used to lead with passion andsense. The old you would neverhave freaked out liked that --TOM-- I did not freak out -- AMANDA-- You freaked out while Peter kepthis cool and now you --TOM-- Peter wants this merger -- AMANDA-- You weren't at the meeting!You're barely ever here anymore.
 
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 AMANDA(CONT'D)
Even when you are it's like you'resomeplace else. Where are you,Tom?TOMRight here, Amanda, and still I'mthere for you. Why you doing this? AMANDABottom line, you're in charge ofthe Snork! signing. It's business,strictly and personally. That iswhat you taught me, isn't it?TOMYou're making it sound pretty lesspersonal to me. AMANDAYeah, and you're being paranoid.BLIP!--Amanda hangs up on him. Tom can't believe it.TOMParanoid? How could I be paranoidif I'm not paranoid about my ownparanoia? Who said that?On which the cell CHIMES. Tom answers quick.TOM (CONT'D)I'm not paranoid!INT. CUBICLE - DAYTIGHT SHOTS of a MYSTERY NERD whose face we cannot see--Birkenstocksover socks, Band-Aids on several fingertips. He huddles over thephone, speaks hushedly, disguising his voice:MYSTERY NERD(into phone; heavy voice)Mr. Hanlin?INTERCUT:TOMWho's this?MYSTERY NERDCall me...His eyes dart about, searching--there's nothing but Snork!paraphernalia everywhere. He regards the pliable squeeze-relaxer inhis free hand, a colorful chipmunk character.
 
3.MYSTERY NERD (CONT'D)Call me, Alvin... ator.TOMWhat can I do for you, Alvinator? A SNORK! BOSS drops a stack of papers in Alvinator's "In" boxSNORK! BOSSOn my desk before you leave. ALVINATOR(regular whiney voice)Yes, ma'am, right away.TOMHellooo? Alvinator gives Boss a mean little finger behind her back, hunchesinto the phone again: ALVINATORTom, you still -- Are you there?TOMI'm thinking I'm not -- ALVINATOR-- No, wait! It's about the Snork!deal.TOMWhat about Snork!? ALVINATORWe're -- they are over-valued.TOM And this would be news to? ALVINATORTen times over-valued.EXT. SIDE OF ROAD - CONTINUOUSTom pulls over and climbs out of his car. Traffic whipping pastmakes it hard for him to hear.TOMNo way. Two times, definitely,three maybe, not ten. ALVINATORThe books are cooked.

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Great conference you put on in Feb. in San Diego. I'm still excited.
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