Time for the 156th installment of Saturday Hot Links.
Today: The Classic World Series Games Edition.
Neil Patrick Harris to host the 2015 Academy Awards.
The Gimp unleashed: Pulp Fiction‘s creepy bondage slave tells all.
Related: 12 movies to see after you watch Pulp Fiction.
Related: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science honored Pulp Fiction with this website.
What songs were popular 23 years ago when Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind” was released.
Related: The Foo Fighters’ new documentary “Sonic Highways” debuts Friday on HBO.
Related: HBO to air Foo Fighters concert for free on Facebook.
Ironically related: The greatest Spinal Tap songs ever recorded [videos].
Aged 15-25 with a fantastic film to share? BFI Future Film Festival now has two £5000 awards!
5 roommate battles worth fighting (and 3 that aren’t).
Patton Oswalt aggregated 31 horror stories, one for each day of October.
Related: The origins of 15 spooky Halloween traditions.
Related: Child writes a story worthy of a horror movie.
Related: Creepy clown sightings continue in California town.
Related: Missouri family forced out of house by over 5,000 venomous brown recluse spiders.
Related: Rats and their alarming bugs.
Tiger Mom and Helicopter Parents: The economics of parenting style.
Meet Europe’s 5 most powerful showrunners.
The map tells you exactly when the trees near you will change colors.
Lena Dunham’s next project: Adapting a YA novel “Catherine, Called Birdy”.
Lewis Black says F#%! voter suppression [video].
Live staged reading of American Beauty, hosted by Jason Reitman at LACMA.
What does a $1M RV look like.
How women can improve their lot in the film industry.
Related: 28 feminist writers recommend books every man should read.
12 year-old girl’s letter about gender equality to Dick’s Sporting Goods goes viral.
Great interview with Bob Odenkirk.
Neilsen reveals ‘technical error’ that caused months of incorrect TV ratings data.
Can you pick the top 20 Harry Potter characters by number of mentions.
12 Halloween ideas from 1884′s hottest costume guide.
Universal building a $3.3B theme park in China.
These are the chemicals inside your smartphone.
The possibility of a post-plot twist era.
The myth of the midlife crisis.
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon to develop Syfy thriller “Incorporated”.
John Cleese quits movies, says he’s “looking forward” to death.
Watch Woody Allen, Kurosawa and Coppola in weird 1980s Japanese ads [videos].
10 plague novels that will not help you deal with the Ebola virus.
The most memorable SNL one-liners.
What happens to your brain when your mind is at rest.
5 reasons why Gone Girl has hyper-hold at the box office.
Related: Gone Girl is the ultimate ‘truther’ movie.
Did Burger King rip off Billy Eichner?
11 wonderful former Disney rides.
Bill Murray to sing Christmas carols in upcoming TV special.
8 lifehacks dealing with pets.
Guardians of the Galaxy‘s dancing Baby Groot coming to a store near you!
The Daily Show discovers exorcisms by Skype.
The 7 most messed up things about “Sex and the City”.
Turner relaunching Boomerang as all-animated network for kids, families.
Chuck Wendig: Things you should know when writing about guns.
File this under Meta: A documentary about what it’s like to be the subject of a documentary.
Gain true insight from this Stevie Nicks wisdom generator.
40 female filmmakers to follow on Twitter.
This man accidentally took a photo of the inside of his pocket every day for a year.
Excellent feature on Michael Mann’s Collateral a decade later.
10 mind-altering philosophy books from 2014.
Seth Rogen talks about confronting the exec who canceled “Freaks and Geeks” [video].
More on cancellations: Marvel puts an end to ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book.
The personality types of successful poker players, according to science.
Brad Bird explains why he turned down Star Wars: Episode VII [video].
10 discontinued beverages coveted by collectors.
Film noir’s progressive portrayal of women.
15 gifts for punctuation nerds and language lovers.
15 things you might not know about Fight Club.
15 facts about Dead Poets Society.
National Book Award finalists announced.
The complete Amazing Amy from Gone Girl being released as a book.
All 13 Saturn 5 rocket launches shown simultaneously [video].
The 5 actors “Twin Peaks” will be missing when it returns in 2015.
What’s your fitness age.
HBO plans to offer a stand-alone streaming service in 2015.
Related: Is there a downside?
School lunches from around the world.
A LEGO reality competition show is on the way.
Where did the word “dude” come from.
Here are 50 films about writers, ranked.
We are very near the end of civilization as we know it.
A comprehensive look at superhero movie release dates.
Related: At Warner Bros., it’s all superheroes, all the time.
When genius slept [infographic].
CAA close to selling majority stake to TPG Capital.
Is kindness physically attractive? If so, I am the most handsome man in the world!
How to make your first short film.
So the Kansas City Royals win to advance to the World Series and Paul Rudd invites folks to party at his Mom’s house [video].
TV’s remake craze: Who gets the money, who owns the rights.
Remembering the deadly London beer flood of 1814.
Average price of a movie ticket up 25 cents since last year.
The fate of “Twin Peaks” characters to be revealed in book coming in 2015.
Finally Box Office Mojo editor says of the site’s mystery disappearance: No questions, please.
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: Currently in the midst of the 3rd Quest Writing Workshop and once again, it’s a remarkable experience. A group of writers gathered together for four days from 10AM-5PM. Immersed in screenwriting theory. Workshopping each of their stories. A supercharged creative experience.
I will be hosting the 4th Quest Writing Workshop in Santa Monica, California from December 10-13, 2014.
Here is the schedule:
Day 1: We begin by digging into the first of three sections of the Core curriculum: Character. Then we workshop character treatments for the Protagonist from each writer’s story. Finally we go through a host of brainstorming exercises in which participants explore their respective stories.
Day 2: We interweave theory and practice, covering two other Core sections — Plot and Theme — as well as Prep exercises designed to help writers wrangle their stories.
Day 3: We spend a majority of time workshopping stories, each writer identifying major Plotline points to construct the spine of their story’s structure.
Day 4: Again most of the focus is on workshopping stories, the writers learning the benefits of index cards as we flesh out major plot and subplot elements, rounding them into shape toward a coherent, comprehensive outline.
After each day’s session, we carry on our conversations at a local watering hole, a chance to dig more deeply into stories, socialize, and have a great deal of fun together.
But it doesn’t stop there. The workshop includes an online site which Quest participants continue to prep their story, then pound out a first draft, supported by their fellow writers and myself.
Here are a few observations from some of the writers involved in previous Quest Writing Workshops:
“As an advertising writer I’ve been in a million brainstorms. But Scott’s classes are special. They’re more like braincyclones, where we generated a mass of powerful ideas that elevated our stories into places that surprised and delighted us all.” — Matt Sherring
“Thank you again for a great workshop, the results far exceeded my expectations. I can’t believe how far my story came in just a few days. The four-day course literally saved me months of planning!” —- Louise Baxter
“Scott is a fantastic teacher, and the energy amongst the Questers was palpable! Never have I been in such a positive creative environment in which everyone was genuinely interested in helping one another.” — Sarah Grimes
“I’m not trying to blow sunshine up your skirt when I say I got more out of those four days than I did all of grad school.” — Michelle Burleson
If you enroll for the Santa Monica session by October 31, you qualify for an early bird discount of nearly $100.
Dates: Wednesday, December 10-Saturday December 13.
Location: The Writers Junction, 1001 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica.
Give yourself an excellent early Christmas present by enrolling in the 4th Quest Writing Workshop.
If you’d like more information, email me and I’ll be happy to forward you a workshop syllabus as well as answer any questions you may have. Or go here to sign up.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you in this terrific workshop opportunity.