Saturday Hot Links

March 24th, 2012 by

Time for another installment of Saturday Hot Links!

Today: The Rare Screen Test Edition!

$32.6B. That was the global box office total in 2011. Foreign B.O. up 35%!

1/3 scale TIE Fighter for sale on Craigslist [photos].

Inspired by the Black List, NYU announces its Purple List, “the top production ready feature screenplays written by students or recent alums of the Grad Film Program.”

Research shows memories reside in specific brain cells.

Disney expects a $200M lost from John Carter.

See all 234 of Lionel Messi’s goals for Barcelona here.

WGA fighting for writers rights to “Hogan’s Heroes”.

New Apple patent suggests the iPhone will become a universal remote control as well. Next app: Beer bottle opener!

New book highlights Hollywood’s love of bikes.

Woody Allen’s newest movie gets a new title.

From EveryWritersResource: Top 50 literary magazines.

The MPAA ratings system is a total mess.

As evidence, more and more movies are appealing their MPAA ratings.

Why there are Gideon Bibles in hotel rooms.

One of the biggest stars in the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: North Carolina.

Listen to Bruce Springsteen’s keynote address at SXSW 2012: “The Meaning of Music” .

From @Quotes4writers, more proof that the writer is always wrong.

The definitive “Mad Men” summer reading list.

Bob Forrest is Hollywood’s go-to guy to beat drug addictions.

And the winner of the Most Cantankerous Film Critic Award goes to… this guy.

The Smithsonian Institute has decided that video games are art.

TotalFilm: 50 most likeable movie characters.

C-SPAN chief Brian Lamb heads off into the sunset.

In a management shakeup, Michael Lynton now the head of all entertainment for Sony.

Seven ways to divorce-proof your marriage.

This week on the 50th anniversary of the release of Bob Dylan’s first album, 92 year-old icon Pete Seeger recorded a version of “Forever Young” for Amnesty International .

According to Michael Bay, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are aliens. And the actor who played Michelangelo in the original is pissed.

Related: The only way I would ever post a Victoria’s Secret commercial on GITS was if it was directed by… Michael Bay .

Six lessons learned from the 2012 SXSW Film Festival.

Man successfully flies with custom built wings.

80s movies are dead. Long live the 80s!

Speaking of which: Beetlejuice 2?

Warning all bloggers! The new six strikes copyright alert system coming into effect.

Bay Area movie fans: 1927 classic silent film Napoleon to be shown in Oakland.

Eleven women warriors from WWII.

The William Morris Agency holds a reunion at a Farmer’s Market bar: 250 agents, former and current, show up.

Citizen Kane made its debut in Hearst Castle.

Here are Project Gutenberg’s top 100 free eBooks.

Internet to pass DVDs in terms of movie consumption but not revenue… yet.

When not busy working as a member of Pixar’s vaunted Brain Trust, evidently Lee Unkrich has a thing for The Shining, witness his website called The Overlook Hotel.

Are you ready for “Fargo”: The TV Series.

Previously unreleased Kurt Vonnegut novella made available this week.

In 1984, Keith Richards gave his first TV interview. You can watch it here .

Finally Variety, one of the most historic brands in Hollywood, is for sale after years of steeply declining revenues. Film critic and reporter Anne Thompson has some thoughts about her old employer.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: If you have never participated in a writing workshop, it is definitely worth exploring. From a structured environment where you write and post pages on a weekly basis to spur you through the scripting process to extensive written comments from classmates and instructor to weekly teleconferences to dig deeper into your story, SMC workshops are designed to support and challenge you to write your best screenplay possible.

Starting Monday, April 2nd, we are offering two screenwriting workshops:

Pages I: The First Draft: This 10-week writing workshop takes you through your entire first draft. Instructor: Tom Benedek.

Pages II: Rewriting Your Script: This 10-week writing workshop guides you through a comprehensive assessment of your existing script, then a FADE IN-to-FADE OUT rewrite. Instructor: Scott Myers.

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your story!

2 thoughts on “Saturday Hot Links

  1. Beetlejuice 2? Fargo: The TV Series? I’m going back to bed… Wake me when they’ve decided to not ruin everything I like.

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