Back for another installment of Saturday Hot Links!
Today: The Screenwriter Award Acceptance Speech Edition
First the 2012 WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants:
This is what it’s like to be a first-time Oscar nominee.
Here are the 11 worst reveiwed movies on Rotten Tomatoes that have been nominated for Academy Awards.
Two Bunch Palms resort featured in The Player sells to Hollywood film producers.
You should know these 10 young filmmakers.
Steven Spielberg: Sports reporter?
Critics are raving about the new Studio Ghibli movie The Secret World of Arrietty.
Just broke up with your previous significant other? You need to read these books.
The AMPAS purchases one of four pairs of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz for a new museum.
Here is the complete list of all the 62nd annual Berlin International Film Festival winners. Caeser Must Die won the Golden Bear.
Solitary writers are more collaborative than you think.
Did the last WGA strike pay off? Not yet, but…
Why thousands of Iranian women are training to be Ninjas.
Matt Groening talks about the 500th episode of “The Simpsons”.
Striking underwater photography of fallen surfers.
In news that will come as no shock to anyone: Academy Award voters are largely white males.
101 year-old actor Arthur Gardner is a link to Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Famous authors unlikely obsessions.
Got your checkbook handy? The Weinstein Co. is rumored to be looking for a $150M loan.
Eight things you didn’t know about Mardi Gras.
A dream vacation for “Star Wars” fans: A trip to Tatooine.
Next Steve Zaillian accepts the 2011 WGA Screen Laurel Award:
Scientists bring 30,000 year old plant back to life. I’m guessing they poured Red Bull on it.
David Denby reflects about The Artist and the lost art of silent movie acting.
Steven Colbert cashing in on the children’s book market with “I Am Pole (And So Can You)”.
Ten biopics that worked… and why.
Hot new restaurant in downtown L.A.: The Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar.
Did “The Sopranos” do more harm than good for episodic TV?
What Jeremy Lin teaches us about talent.
TotalFilm: 50 sexiest movie posters of all time.
What makes a book publisher drool? Can you say “series”?
J.K. Rowling to publish first adult novel.
TotalFilm: 50 greatest comic book movie moments.
Did you know about Generation C? If you were too busy texting, you’re probably one of them.
Google’s march toward world domination continues as they will be entering pay TV market very soon.
More Google: Their plans to sell “internet enabled glasses” by the end of the year.
Meanwhile Magic Johnson to launch a TV network via Comcast.
Ten amazing letters from American presidents.
Horror movie mavens Hammer Films opens its script archives for study and research.
Mike Kaplan with more memories of working with Stanley Kubrick.
FirstShowing with its annual best movies that of the year you didn’t see.
KickStarter expected to contribute more funds this year for arts initiatives than the National Endowment for the Arts.
At this year’s SXSW Festival, 31 KickStarter films are going to premiere.
Finally Aaron Sorkin winning the 2011 WGA Best Adapted Screenplay Award:
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work with me in an online screenwriting class, you are going to have plenty of opportunities during the next month or so. Here is the lineup of course offerings:
Craft: Handling Exposition [2/27-3/4]: A 1-week class providing proven ways to convey exposition in entertaining ways.
Craft: Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling [3/12-3/18]: One of the most popular courses I teach as we explore six narrative practices in Pixar movies that you can use in your own writing.
Core VII: Theme [3/19-4/1]: A 2-week course that delves into one of the most confusing aspects of the craft — theme — and provides you with a sensible approach that will improve your storytelling capabilities.
Prep: From Concept to Outline [3/26-4/24]: We have redesigned this popular writing workshop to make it even better, enabling you to nail down your story in 4 weeks, giving you confidence when you begin your first draft.
Pages II: Rewriting Your Script [4/2-6/10]: You put the adage “Writing Is Rewriting” to work in this workshop, identifying story problems, solving them, then rewriting an existing draft of your script.
All classes include lectures written by me, daily online forum discussions with myself and class participants, and teleconferences to dig deeper into the course content and your own original stories.
I have been teaching screenwriting online since 2002 and I can honestly say it’s incredible what can go on in this type of environment. The insights provided by writers from around the world, breakthroughs in understanding, and the special bonds that form between class participants. It is exciting to be involved in this emerging new way of learning and writing.
If you’ve never taken an online class, try one of the Craft courses. Just 1-week commitment, but you’d be amazed how much you can learn in that period of time.
As always, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!