Welcome to another edition of Saturday Hot Links!
Today: Star Wars: The Backstroke of the West Edition!
Puppy Bowl IX starting lineup.
Interview: Tim Burton.
More Burton: Watch John Lasseter harass him in 1980 .
How to make mathematically perfect nachos [HT to @FranklinLeonard and @StayPuft].
Where to watch the new Netflix series “House of Cards” online for free.
15 historical brother versus brother matchups.
TotalFilm: 50 most illogical movie endings.
Our orientation toward belief.
Hollywood production in Canada declines.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar does not get “Girls”.
Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio — postponed.
20 words we owe to William Shakespeare.
2013 SXSW movie lineup revealed.
10 tips for criticizing people more effectively.
Alamo Drafthouse proves once again… it is the coolest movie theater chain around.
9 historical methods of detecting pregnancy.
Paul Schrader talks Canyons controversy.
The Jack Donaghy insult generator.
Real-life serial killer reviews new TV series “The Following.”
The billions of animals killed by cats every year.
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns talks Blade Runner sequel… sort of.
19 regional words all Americans should adopt immediately.
More sequels: What’s blocking the follow-up to Dragon Tattoo at Sony?
Why are school buses yellow?
Christopher Nolan’s top ten films for Criterion.
Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) marries his (male) partner — finally.
Hollywood gets science wrong–and that’s okay.
Would you pay to watch YouTube channels?
Barbara Streisand to perform at this year’s Oscars.
New $1.6B supercomputer project will attempt to simulate the human brain.
Are you ready for “Entourage” — the movie?
6 fascinating things we’ve learned from apes and monkeys.
“The Muppets…Again!”: That’s the name of the sequel.
5 bold proposals for cleaning up space junk.
Theaters gradually losing middle-aged moviegoers.
Will a nightcap really help you sleep?
10 movies that make writing look incredibly dangerous.
WGA East to honor David Koepp.
Tony Kushner to receive WGA West’s Paul Selvin award.
Amy Poehler to publish “Illustrated, Nonlinear Diary.”
Tina Fey talks “Mean Girls” musical.
Broken Projector: Dear Aspiring Filmmakers, here’s how to get my attention.
Iran’s brutal new ‘finger-chopping’ machine.
Netflix raising $400M in debt to fund new shows.
In defense of the hashtag.
10 things you need to succeed as a writer.
Could the next Star Wars feature a female protagonist?
The very first ejaculation in Earth’s known history [400 million year-old fossil].
Mark Cuban: Live TV remains the most important platform.
Apple may release an iPad with 128-gigabyte storage.
More Apple: They’re seeking writers to make Siri more clever.
After many protests, production of Django Unchained action figures halted.
Why is the drinking age 21?
SAG Awards 2013: The big moments.
SAG 2013: The winners.
2013 Sundance Film Festival Award winners.
Amazon: Free books on writing!
The greatest dance number ever filmed .
10 of the most disturbing pop culture parodies [NSFW video].
10 sites for all your movie trivia needs.
The stupidest questions in Super Bowl history.
Cinephilia & Beyond: Top 10 Charlie Rose interviews with film directors.
10 coffee facts from the amazing fact generator.
The A-Z of Quentin Tarantino.
First Batmobile fetches $4.6M at auction.
7 imaginative attempts to improve the DeLorean.
Al Gore on how the internet is changing the way we think.
FilmmakerIQ: 10 zero-budget filmmaking tips.
The fascinating business cards of 20 famous people.
The lost ending to The Shining… revealed!
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: I am pleased to announce the Craft Package, the opportunity to take all eight Craft classes at your own pace. Here are the courses:
- Character Development Keys
- Character Introductions
- The Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling
- Create a Compelling Protagonist
- Handling Exposition
- Pixar and the Craft of Storytelling
- Story Summaries: From Loglines to Beat Sheets
- Write a Worthy Nemesis
The Craft Package offers all eight Craft classes for nearly 50% off what the individual classes would cost and gives you three options:
- Go through each online class at your pace: Download and read lectures, post optional writing exercises on your own schedule. Includes two private teleconferences with Scott Myers.
- Take the 1-week courses with other participants when the classes are offered. One teleconference per class with Scott Myers
- Access to both the self-paced courses and 1-week classes.
These eight Craft classes help you drill down into the actual practice of screenwriting and are an excellent companion to the eight Core courses which you can take individually or as the Core Package. They include 50 lectures written by… me!
To learn more, go here.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!