Saturday Hot Links

December 1st, 2012 by

Time for another installment of Saturday Hot Links!

Today: The Grumpy Cat Edition!

Sundance 2013 competition program announced.

Sundance 2013 noncompetition category lineups revealed.

LAT Sundance 2013 analysis: Female directors take dramatic steps forward.

The full list of Spirit Award nominations.

Indiewire: The 10 biggest surprises of the Spirit Award nominations.

Disney chief Alan Horn on how they kept the whole Star Wars deal secret.

The largest black hole ever seen.

Has “The Killing” returned from the dead?

Who’s the douche of the decade? [HT to Nick Oleksiw for the link]

10 reasons your screenplay sucks… and how you can fix it.

How to calculate a lobster’s age?

100 movies where they say the title in the movie.

Is the Tesla Model S the first sexy green car?

Michael De Luca: On The Slate.

Infographic: Pets in America.

THR Q&A: David Lynch.

Is bit torrent the future of book publishing?

Do we really find selfish, narcissistic jerks more attractive?

Universal sues “Fifty Shades of Grey” porn adaptation.

Related: Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes.

CinemaScore releases Smartphone app.

Is your couch giving you cancer?

NYT feature on actor Paul Rudd.

45 everyday words that mean something different to WWII Navy veterans.

China box office will surpass the U.S. by 2020.

He Texted blog scores book deal.

Santa Barbara Film Festival to honor Jennifer Lawrence.

50 of the greatest Jon Stewart quotes.

What The Hobbit’s 27 animal deaths mean for movies.

Man boob surgery surges in the U.K.

Jack Black on working in indie films.

Discovered in Antarctica: Ancient life discovered under 60 feet of ice.

SyFy considering a Waterworld sequel or TV series.

The girl who grew Lincoln’s beard.

Yes, it’s true: A Django Unchained mini-game.

Commentators around the world react to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder goal.

Matt Groening to get lifetime nod from WGA animation caucus.

Do orchestras really need conductors?

Bizarre movie theaters from around the world.

Great novels with bad endings.

High schoolers performing “The Shining: The Musical” .

The man who survived a proton beam to the brain.

Mary Pickford, Hollywood’s first movie star, gets a biopic.

Fan-fiction authors who turned pro.

6 amazing plots from Bill Nye fan fiction.

The piano from Casablanca could be yours.

Why does the sound of running water make you want to pee?

Star Trek Into Darkness villain still a mystery in official synopsis.

Creativity: The role of unconscious processes in idea generation and idea selection.

100 year-old script rejection letter.

Poison pens and lipstick guns: 8 real-life spy weapons.

Why can’t Hollywood make great original movies like they did in the 1970s?

Adorable pictures of famous writers and their pets.

WGA tells members to stop writing for Comedy Central.

Simon & Schuster creates self-publishing unit.

11 actors who hated their own films.

NYT: 100 notable books in 2012.

Time Warner chairman and CEO could net $30M in stock bonuses over five years.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” a capella treatment .

Dan Harmon on how to get more women writers in TV.

Japan’s 310 MPH floating trains.

Gwyneth Paltrow gets into the activewear business.

6 pieces of folksy wisdom that are actually true.

A three act journey in the land of screenwriting gurus.

Why the U.S. wanted to nuke the moon.

8 science fiction movies to watch for.

Producer Rick McCallum has retired from Lucasfilm.

Roach-eating contest winner chokes to death.

Chris Martin says Coldplay is taking a break.

Do cigarettes rot your brain?

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation cast reunites for Old Navy commercial .

The daily routine of famous writers.

DreamWorks Animation stock drops after weak Rise of the Guardians opening.

What would happen if Texas actually seceded.

TotalFilm: 50 coolest movie detectives.

McGraw-Hill to sell its education publishing business for $2.5B.

Studios selling off foreign rights to finance films.

Will sitting too close to a TV really hurt your eyes?

New Zealand wants a Hollywood put onto its map.

Finally PSY’s “Gangnam Style” now the most watched video on YouTube.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the Week: What better way to jump-start your writing in the upcoming new year than a class with Tom Benedek or myself? In January we offer four courses:

Pages I: The First Draft: A 10-week workshop that provides you a structured environment to enable you pound out a first draft of your script. Begins January 14, 2013. Instructor: Scott Myers.

Prep: From Concept To Outline: A 6-week workshop in which you develop an original story from idea to a comprehensive outline. Begins January 21, 2013. Instructor: Tom Benedek.

Craft: Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling: A 1-week class that delves into six story principles evident in Pixar movies you can use to empower your stories. Begins January 28, 2013. Instructor: Scott Myers.

Introduction to Screenwriting: A brand new 10-week class for anyone who wants to learn the basics of screenwriting. Begins January 28, 2013. Instructor: Tom Benedek.

As always we look forward to the opportunity to work with you. So sign up now.

And one more special treat for you cat lovers:

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