Time for the 256th installment of Saturday Hot Links, your week’s essential reading about movies, TV, streaming, Hollywood, and other things of writerly interest.
‘La La Land’ Wins Toronto Audience Award.
Has the Toronto Film Festival Gotten Too Big for Its Own (or Anybody’s) Good?
‘Suicide Squad’ Could Have Been ‘Better on the Creative,’ Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Admits.
China’s Wanda Forming Major Alliance With Sony Pictures.
Lawmakers Raise Questions About Chinese Investment in Hollywood.
Female Screentime Disproportionate to Men Can Now Be Analyzed With New Technology.
We’re Way Too Hard On Female Characters, Hollywood Screenwriter Explains.
Feminine Perspective And Power In ‘The Silence of the Lambs’.
“Miss Stevens” Director Julia Hart on the Need for Telling Female Stories.
Hollywood movies are being cast based on how many social media followers actors have.
What Happens When Women Hit 40 in Hollywood.
Medalists Revealed At 2016 Student Academy Awards.
DreamWorks Shuts Down Ghost Story ‘Haunted’ Weeks Before Start Date.
Re ‘Blair Witch’: Is Horror Dead?
Paul Verhoeven Reveals Why the ‘RoboCop’ and ‘Total Recall’ Remakes Failed.
Frat’s entertainment: Why Animal House is still the king of college comedies.
Harry Potter’s Childhood Home Is Now For Sale, But It’s Missing One Key Feature.
Bill Murray, Brooklyn Bartender.
Warren Beatty To Be Honored by Santa Barbara Film Fest.
How Wes Anderson Is Influenced By The Peanuts.
Universal Announces Five Writers for Emerging Writers Fellowship.
Why Marriott Wants to Make Movies.
The 30 Most Beloved Micro-Budget Movies Since 1990.
Here’s Why You Should (Almost) Never Shoot Your Shots in Order.
A Small Issue at Movie Theaters Is Becoming a Major Problem.
Disney Under Fire Over ‘Moana’ Halloween Costume.
The Beginner’s Guide: Bollywood.
Emmys 2016: Full Winners List.
9 Best Jokes From Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmys Monologue.
Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows proves we’re really in the Golden Age of Television.
Sublime Primetime: Celebrating 2016’s Emmy-Nominated Writers.
The Couple Behind HBO’s Westworld Want to Know What Is Wrong With Us All.
Even in the Age of “Peak TV,” Television Doesn’t Quite Fit Into a Film Festival.
Is TV Doomed? Two-Thirds of Young Millennials Use an Ad Blocker to Watch, Study Says
‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Preacher’: Misdirection in Opening Scenes Is All the Rage.
‘Firefly’ Cast Recalls the Crazy Joss Whedon Pitch That Was Never Filmed.
Netflix Targeting 50% of Content to Be Original Programming.
Twitter Stops Counting Videos, Images and Polls Against Tweet Character Limit.
Twitter in Sales Talks With Google, Salesforce.com.
5 Reasons Why Google Would Want to Buy Twitter.
Snapchat to Launch $130 Video Sunglasses, Changes Name to Snap Inc.
MacArthur Foundation’s 23 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners for 2016.
Music Streaming Wars: Consolidation Looms as Lower Prices Kick In.
Read: Here’s How To Finish That Fucking Book, You Monster (Chuck Wendig).
Listen: 3rd & Fairfax (Episode 32).
Listen: The Broken Projector (Vomit Draft 24).
Listen: Scriptnotes (Episode 268).
Watch: The Lost ‘Star Wars’ Sequel.
Watch: Jimmy Kimmel’s Road to the Emmys.
Watch: Top 10 Favorite Rule Breaking Films.
Watch: Brie Larson 2013 directed short film “Weighting”.
Watch: ‘Michael Clayton’: The Tortured Path to Redemption.
Watch: ‘Whiplash’: From Short to Feature.
Watch: The Heroines of Studio Ghibli.
Watch: Wes Anderson’s Violence.
Watch: The Christopher Nolan’s Darkness.
Watch: Doc – On The Edge Of ‘Blade Runner’.
Watch: Rogue One – A Pixar Story.
R.I.P. Curtis Hanson (1945-2016).
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week
Every time we sit down to write a script, we are faced with a scene. This can be a daunting task considering a script may have 50, 60, 70 scenes or more. In a very real way, screenwriting is at its core scene-writing.
Therefore it is essential for you to know how to handle writing scenes.
Beginning next Monday, October 3, I will be offering my 1-week online screenwriting course, Core VI: Scene. It is part of the 8-part Core curriculum which itself comprises the foundation of the screenwriting theory I teach in The Quest.
This class presents key guidelines to help writers develop a deeper understanding of scenes — what they are, how they function, and most importantly how to approach writing them.
* Learn six fundamental questions you should ask about every scene as you construct and write it.
* Put theory into practice by workshopping some of your own original scenes.
Six lectures written by Scott Myers
Special insider tips
24/7 daily forum interaction
Workshop writing exercises with instructor and class feedback
A 90-minute live teleconference between instructor and class members
Plus you can workshop a logline of one of your original stories and post it for feedback.
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I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!