Saturday Hot Links

March 31st, 2012 by

Back for another installment of Saturday Hot Links!

This week: The “Twin Peaks” Edition!

Want a dash of Aaron Sorkin dialogue each day to spice up your Twitter feed? You can if you follow @sorkienese.

Are these America’s 25 most important writers?

Eight of the most amazing movie costumes ever made.

Topic of a recent conference at LMU: Where are today’s big media’s ‘disruptors’?

Lessons from the ‘disruptors’ conference: Four ways that Hollywood needs to misbehave.

Evidently they’re all busy lining up promotional partnerships.

Did Waffle House pen the world’s worst poem?

Good cocktail party info: 50 most expensive movies ever made.

In BRIC [Brazil-Russia-India-China] news, The Avengers India release to include Hindi theme song.

The Creativity Post: Nine easy ways to get ideas.

12 great movies that critics got wrong.

How to drink like your favorite TV characters. Home Simpson. Duff beer. Simple.

Who wins The Hunger Games TV broadcast rights? ABC Family: “A powerful heroine, themes of romance and iconic characters will keenly resonate with our Millennial audience.”

The Beatles win trademark dispute about… a wheelchair.

Monty Python’s three lessons for filmmakers. And not a one of them is silly!

More re the Circus: They are definitely lined up to do the voices for the animated movie Absolutely Anything.

Seth Rogen as Jeff Lebowski? The Dude abides.

The Eagles get honorary doctorates

More music: Bluegrass legend and banjo trailblazer Earl Scrugss died this week. He was 88.

What’s the biggest threat to cinema? Hyperbole [HT to @nate_winslow for the link].

A collection of bizarre bootleg toys from foreign countries.

UPA [United Productions of America]: A precursor to Pixar?

THR likes new Silver Lake restaurant Black Hogg.

Kevin Smith wants to make “Clerks 3″… as a play.

Did you know paparazzi’s have an agency?

Wh-a-a-a-t??? Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan?!?!

Speaking of casting, who would you choose for the lead in the upcoming Universal picture Dirty Grandpa: Jeff Bridges or Michael Douglas?

AMC developing a Jim Thorpe TV series.

The LA Dodgers sale united the ball club with Hollywood.

The five best narrative shorts from SXSW 2012.

The bizarre ways dogs like to sleep [photos].

Will $5M dollar sale of mommy porn novel “Shades of Grey” lead Hollywood to rethink Gotham operations?

Twitter saved this couple’s wedding.

Are you ready for Anchorman 2 ?

David Bordwell with a beautiful article on the value of this movie theater in a small town called Harmony, Iowa.

And more: The most unconventional movie theaters in the world.

The cast of “Modern Family” wants a raise. My opinion: GIVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANT! Especially Ty Burrell who plays Phil, my favorite character currently on TV.

I think we’ve all decided: The remake of “Mutant Ninja Turtles” is going to suck!

Whodunit: 10 famous ghostwriting collaborations.

TotalFilm: 50 weirdest movie sequels.

A brief history of foosball.

Warner Bros. selling format rights overseas to “E.R.”.

The Avengers to close this year’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 28.

Check that bought rights to “Superman” in 1938 being auctioned.

Stunning photographs of expired food.

Legendary Entertainment, co-financier of The Dark Knight franchise, has raised $250M as it moves into producing its own movies.

We are very near the end of civilization.

No, I mean seriously, we are very near the end of civilization.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: Tom Benedek has created an incredible course called Network Hollywood. In two previous sessions, Tom has enabled dozens of writers to intersect with some major industry insiders. The third session runs from 4/16-4/29 and the lineup of professional participants is stellar:

Kevin Bernhardt – Screenwriter (Peaceful Warrior – 19+ produced screenplays)
Andrew Deane – Literary Manager – Industry Entertainment
Charlie Ferraro – United Talent Agency – Motion Picture Literary Agent
Blake Masters – Screenwriter (2 Guns) and Showrunner-TV Creator(Brothers)
Bart Rosenblatt – Manager-Producer – Code Entertainment
Charlie Vignola – Director of Development – Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Managers, agents, screenwriters, production executives. This is your chance to get an insider’s take on what you need to do to succeed as a writer in today’s Hollywood. Plus Tom covers these subjects:


Highly recommend this class. For more information, go here.

3 thoughts on “Saturday Hot Links

  1. Strangely enough, I found myself watching Twin Peaks clips on youtube this week. I even called out my brother on Facebook for posting a picture that made him look like the one-armed man….

    1. Scott says:

      Synchronicity! I was talking about the third video in this post which to me is just about the best 7 minutes of TV like… ever. I remember watching that the end of that episode (it is #2, I believe), turning to my wife so she could get a clear view of my head exploding. This was a prime time series? On ABC? With dancing midgets, some weird variation on backward-masking?

      The series lost its way, managing to keep up enough steam to get through the solution of the Laura Palmer murder, but fell off the wagon after that. Nonetheless I will always have a fond spot in my heart for “Twin Peaks.”

      1. There’s a lot of parallels to be made with the series/movie and Mulholland Drive. Some of the same themes, oddball characters… heck, there’s even another singing performance like in Blue Velvet.

        Makes me wonder what the reoccurring motif in his work with female singers singing these haunting songs can be interpreted as:

        From Blue Velvet

        From Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

        From Mulholland Drive

        They all look as though they could have been filmed on the same set.

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