Saturday Hot Links

March 23rd, 2013 by

Time for another installment of Saturday Hot Links.

Today:  The Bill Hicks Edition!

Happy 7th Birthday, Twitter! [video]

Director Gavin O’Connor replaces Lynne Ramsay on “Jane Got a Gun”.

Warner Bros. opens San Francisco game studio.

Watch 24 hours of Internet activity around the world in 8 seconds .

Sony Pictures Amy Pascal: Please get rid of gay slurs and stereotypes.

Creativity Post: Unschooling and the Benefits of Unstructured Time – Part 1 [written by my wife Rebecca McMillan]

Free on Hulu this weekend: All of the Kurosawa Criterion movies.

Wolfgang Puck plans return to Malibu.

15 fictional movie bands that rocked your world.

Tina Fey and Katie Couric talk about their college years at UVA [my alma mater].

Tina Fey channels her inner Sarah Palin on “Inside the Actors Studio”.

Jason Reitman’s The Usual Suspects live read highlights.

Five companies that want to break up your cable bundle.

15 directors unceremoniously fired or replaced on a movie.

Hollywood gets soccer crazy.

Here’s how to write sci-fi scripts: Answering ‘What if?’, ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’

China box office revenues hit $2.7B, second only to North America.

Africa’s devastating elephant poaching program.

New York using tax breaks to lure Jimmy Fallon and ‘Tonight Show’ back East.

A brief history of the battles for late-night TV supremacy.

Universe 80 million years older than thought.

13 celebrities on their first crushes.

The problem with Google’s product-killing spree.

Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde find ‘Endless Love’ at Universal.

Ryan Gosling on the “Hey, girl” meme.

HBO considering a “Game of Thrones” prequel.

IndieWire: The best indie movies of 2013 so far.

18 academic papers about 90s TV shows.

Someone is making a spiritual sequel to A Clockwork Orange .

YouTube hits 1B monthly users.

9 notable Muppets from around the world.

Watch Melissa McCarthy dance on “Sesame Street”.

Why don’t woodpeckers get brain damage.

Filmmakers IQ: How long should a short film be for submission to a film festival.

WAPO seeks blogger to post 12 times per day for Style section.

Playlist: 10 screenwriters to watch in 2013.

How did spring break get its start.

Deep Throat star Harry Reams dies at 65.

Meet the most suspect publishers on the Web.

Rare early Hitchcock pics set to tour U.S.

Are you telling the right story of your life?

Robert Rodriguez launches creative contest Project Green Screen.

10 politicians and their fictional pop culture Doppelgängers.

TotalFilm: 50 greatest cult movie moments.

11 unserious photos of Albert Einstein.

Let’s speculate about this “Girls” casting notice.

The loudest dog bark.

Why don’t big dogs live as long as small dogs.

MGM to investors: No IPO filing yet, but other news is good.

10 constellations that never caught on.

Veteran TV writer-producer Henry Bromell dies at 65.

6 super cool Popemobiles.

“The Simpsons” writers pick their favorite songs from the series.

Flavorwire: The 25 greatest essay collections of all time.

Funny or Die makes a Steve Jobs movie.

The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon ‘treason’.

Writer Ken Levine remembers “Cheers” emotional, drunken finale night.

Long extinct frog brought back to life.

Chuck Wendig: 25 turns, pivots and twists to complicate your story.

4 secret societies you don’t know about.

Trailer: Christopher Guest HBO mockumentary series “Family Tree”.

Your IQ is a record of your “cognitive history”.

The five W’s of screenwriting.

How earthquakes create most of the world’s gold deposits.

Your guide to the many Avatar lawsuits.

What Sherlock Holmes can teach us about decision-making .

And finally, @StudioExec shares this pearl of wisdom with us: How to write a screenplay.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: Here is the upcoming schedule of classes:

March 25: Craft: Story Summaries (Scott Myers)

April 1: Pages I (Tom Benedek)

April 8: Craft: Character Introductions (Scott Myers)

April 15: Craft: Writing the Low Budget Film (TBA)

April 22: Pages II (Scott Myers)

April 29: Prep (Tom Benedek)

This is your last chance to sign up for the Story Summaries class which starts Monday, March 25, the only time I will teach it in 2013. Learn 6 story forms you need to know as a working screenwriter: Logline, Synopsis, Breakdown, Treatment, Scriptment, and Beat Sheet. Go here to sign up.

Remember: The Quest Initiative is coming back! Your chance to participate in a 24-week program with me and write the 1st draft of an original screenplay, all for free. Now is the time to start generating story concepts and working on your loglines.

We look forward to working with you at Screenwriting Master Class!

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