Saturday Hot Links

June 1st, 2013 by

Time again for another installment of Saturday Hot Links.

Today: The Coen Brothers Edition!

Film School Rejects: The 10 best movies of Cannes 2013.

Are there Number 1 pencils.

Hey, Pasadena. Go see “Sleepless in Seattle: The Musical”.

7 bizarre ways kids entertained themselves before video games.

David Lynch is on Vine.

“Wheel of Fortune” contestant wins $1M.

Are you ready for four retro cable TV networks?

Can squeezing breasts stop cancer?

@amandopendo with a great summary of Inside the Writers Room with ‘The Mindy Project’.

Why do shells sound like the ocean.

Phil Hartman, 15 years after his death.

What was it like to be an executioner in the 16th century.

The 10 scariest balls in movies.

24 “Great Gatsby” facts.

$10M paycheck not enough to keep Johnny Depp on “Black Mass”.

13 words that knocked out Scripps National Spelling Bee finalists.

The top 25 drama schools in the world.

How about Taylor Swift translated into Dothraki.

6 feats of aerial photography before the airplane.

The real woman who inspired Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise.

Everything Ron Swanson has eaten in 5 seasons of “Parks and Recreation.”

Are mermaids the new vampires.

50 movie endings you’ve never seen.

The hilarious revival of the 80s fitness regimen Prancercise [video].

Disney sued for billions over the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

The internet is eating cable companies.

What’s the future of Star Trek after Into Darkness.

The rise of the breadwinning mother.

Pixar sets release dates for its movies into 2018.

Why do some birds sing while others caw.

100K people torrented the 4th season of “Arrested Development” in the first 24 hours of its release.

Take a look at NASA’s new solar-powered ion propulsion engine.

The Silence of the Lambs inspires new wines.

The 14 statistically significant factors than impact Twitter follower growth.

The trials and tribulations of Brad Pitt’s World War Z.

Creativity Post: The science of Mona Lisa’s flickering smile.

TotalFilm: 50 greatest Joss Whedon moments.

10 of the strangest celebrity museums.

15 tips for producers from the Cannes Film Festival.

Deep South towns top list of porn site visitors.

Brenda Chapman: Staying true to Merida: Why this fight matters.

6 high school yearbook controversies.

National Association of Theater Owners pushes for shorter movie trailers.

2013 commencement speeches: The funniest and most inspiring moments.

“How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice”: 14 unnatural movie sequels.

Should you quit your job.

Broadway attendance falls for the 2nd consecutive year.

Stress can boost good habits, too.

20 types of people in line for the midnight movie.

The evolution of hand gestures: Why some die out and others endure.

How does writing affect your brain [infographic].

Why do fireflies glow.

35 things you don’t know about Jim Henson.

Why are there two pronunciations for the letter “G”.

15 great female film critics you ought to be reading.

Søren Kierkegaard turns 200 years old.

Was it ethical for Zach Braff to take to Kickstarter?

Screenwriting Master Class Tip of the Week: I have created dozens of classes in the last decade, teaching screenwriting in my spare time. But I don’t think I’ve had a more enjoyable experience than with my newest offering: The Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling. It has given me an excuse to screen 13 of their movies again. And what range Joel and Ethan exhibit in their films!

From Blood Simple to True Grit, Raising Arizona to No Country for Old Men, Miller’s Crossing to The Big LebowskiThe Man Who Wasn’t There to Fargo, we are talking about true auteurs with an enormous breadth of interests, genres and story style.

And yet as diverse as their movies are, certain themes, dynamics and narrative elements recur in their stories over and over.

Here is the lineup of lectures and subjects we will be delving into in my new 1-week online class:

Lecture 1                                                                    The Coen Brothers’ Narrative Legacy

Lecture 2                                                                    Ordinary Character / Extraordinary Circumstance

Lecture 3                                                                    The Long Shadow of Authority Figures

Lecture 4                                                                    The Shiny Hope of Grand Schemes

Lecture 5                                                                    The Dynamism of Violence

Lecture 6                                                                    Morally Complicated Universe

Lecture 7                                                                    Unresolved Endings

Plus six story-crafting tips gleaned from their films.

And you can use all of these ideas to workshop one of your original stories.

The class starts this Monday, June 3rd and it’s a great opportunity for you to dig more deeply into the Coen brothers movies as well as learn key dynamics that can elevate your writing potential.

So join me, won’t you? I mean seriously, check out these scenes:

The Coens are awesome filmmakers. Now is your chance to immerse yourself in their creativity.

For more information and to sign up for the class, go here.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

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