The 130th installment of Saturday Hot Links.
Today: The Charlie Chaplin Turned 125 Years Old This Week Edition.
Summer box office forecast: Studio-by studio breakdown.
The world’s dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy.
Last week, James Cameron did a Reddit AMA which you can read here.
How far does Mario have to run and swim in Super Mario Bros.
How 15 famous screenwriters got their break.
Bryan Cranson threatens prom date with menacing Walter White voice [video].
How to safely store your movie posters.
How to survive an internet apocalypse.
5 things you might not know about The Big Lebowski.
5 things you might not know about Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
20 things you might not know about Ghostbusters.
25 things you might not know about Say Anything.
25 fun facts about A League of Their Own.
Newspaper reporter now only second worst career.
Cannes announces 2014 short film and Cinéfondation program.
Do bees really die after they sting you.
We are very near the end of civilization as we know it [Sharknado related].
Hendrik Hertzberg: The Late Stephen Colbert.
Watch an animated John August and Craig Mazin talk about… well, you just have to watch it [video].
“My year at a standing desk and why I’ll never go back.”
How to skip through a TV series without getting lost.
The U.S. Navy just announced the end of Big Oil and no one noticed.
Are these the top 10 romantic movie couples?
6 cautionary tales that terrified kids of yesteryear.
10 teenage angst films you might have missed.
How sleep protects the brain.
The 25 best music documentaries on Netflix.
25 Samuel Beckett quotes that sum up the hilarious tragedy of human existence.
Benedict Cumberbatch rules himself out of Star Wars: Episode VII.
24 signs you’re a writer.
Hollywood play money: WME with $2.45B deal to acquire IMG.
Related: Relativity Media tries to outflank Disney with late $900M bid for Maker Studios.
Related: David Fincher out of Steve Jobs movie in a $10M fee fight.
Related: CBS head honcho Leslie Moonves buys Paul Allen’s Malibu spread for $28.8M.
Are these the 10 greatest YA movie characters.
What Disneyland looked like in 1957 [video].
10 films that can teach you everything you need to know about cinematography.
What to think about during exercise.
Cannes workshop to focus on women directors and screenwriters.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford slams home 2 penalty kicks… against a kid [video]. Jackass!
The difficulties and realities of producing movies at $1M and below.
9 books on reading and writing.
10 weird and wonderful bird nests.
Everything you missed in the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
These confused kids have no idea what a Walkman is [video].
10 craziest “Jurassic Park” book scenes that should have made the movie.
11 things you might not know about weddings.
Harrison Ford weighs in on “Greedo shooting first” controversy.
TED partners with Simon & Schuster to publish TED books.
Related: 6 independent bookstores are thriving… and how they do it.
Sex and censorship in Indian cinema.
Maps of what the Earth would look like if all the ice melted.
The 10 gayest movies ever made.
7 ways to quickly become a master at anything.
The 50 greatest tweets about last week’s “Game of Thrones”.
Related: Tribute to [redacted] from G.O.T. [video].
Google buys drone maker to boost internet access from space.
Why do people lose their minds over television series finales.
Pulitzer Prize winners announced.
You know you want it: Another “True Detective” parody [video].
20 excellent IKEA hacks you should try.
Memo to women screenwriters: Man up!’
US Airways apologizes for X-rated Twitter photo.
Why sports movies have become their own underdog story.
11 words for people who hate certain things.
A serial killer expert analyzes “Mad Men” for links to the Manson family murders.
Relate: All of the women Don Draper doesn’t sleep with on “Mad Men”.
You’re doing Kegels wrong.
Hollywood’s growing faith in religious movies.
Incredible photo of L.A. night sky with Venus, Jupiter and the Blood Moon.
“The Grapes of Wrath” is 75 years old and more relevant than ever.
14 dining-related taboos from around the world.
Studios still leaving money at the table by failing at diversity.
How to set goals like Google.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is now Wes Anderson’s biggest ever moneymaker.
Can elephants be save? The tragic price of the ivory trade.
Watch: “My Name is John Ford: I Make Movies” [video].
10 weird tax deductions other people got away with.
Walt Disney made a cartoon about menstruation [video].
Building a Smartphone the DARPA way.
“Fargo” creator Noah Hawley: How I made it in Hollywood.
There’s happiness. Then there’s life-satisfaction [video].
Hollywood’s biggest names on their favorite films.
42 facts about Jackie Robinson.
James Gunn sticks up for remakes.
The commercial allure of the 80s.
Film execs talk shifting the focus to TV.
Missing boy found in claw machine [video].
11 most illogical movie endings.
If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington D.C., what should you do?
Vince Gilligan reveals abandoned, bloodbath ending to “Breaking Bad”.
Here’s what the average full-time professor made last year.
Kevin Costner’s 14 best sports truisms.
Related: Mets’ minor league team hosting “Seinfeld” night, complete with puffy shirts and cereal.
Related: Phillies fans taunt batter… then he hits a grand slam. Their reaction? Priceless. [video].
Jon Hamm shows all the emotions in “Sesame Street” clip [video].
According to science: Why we can’t stop procrastinating.
To reach millennial viewers, Pivot unveils scripted drama and ‘docu-comedy’ series.
The parts of the U.S. where nobody lives [map].
10 movies turned into TV shows.
New Domino’s pizza uses fried chicken as crust.
Kids deserve more diverse superhero movies.
10 fun facts about “It’s a Small World”.
Happy 20th Birthday, Turner Classic Movies.
15 ways to cure the hiccups.
20 masterpieces of Ingmar Bergman every film fan should see.
Nirvana is planning a reunion with [blank] as their lead guitarist-vocalist.
12 trailers that spoil the movies.
Quester Brandon Cohen with introduces a new sports column: The Ten Types of Sports Fans.
50 incredible novels under 200 pages.
Matt Oswalt reminisces about the time he and his girlfriend went to see K-9 in a movie theater…
7 traits humans inherited from reptiles.
This has to be a joke, right? Right?!?!
Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate author, dies at 87.
Related: 5 magical realism films in the spirit of Gabriel García Márquez.
Cannes unveils 2014 official selection lineup.
Is there anything Elon Musk can’t do: SpaceX and NASA news.
Thank God for TV… or else women in Hollywood would be largely unemployed.
10 words to cut from your writing.
At recent LACMA Live Reading of The Graduate, guess who played Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson.
Why Larry Flynt’s name was replaced on Hustler’s headquarters.
10 year anniversary of Kill Bill: Watch 2004 interview with Tarantino and read the entire script [here].
25 essential graphic novels.
How movies have envisioned singularity since 1927.
1981 Saturday Review feature on John Huston.
Realer than reality: The new hidden camera movies.
And finally thanks to @NatalieHatch: Norwegian finds large orange dildo inside stomach of cod.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….
The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.
To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!
Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!”
Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: Here is an opportunity to learn about two archetypes that are generally the most important characters in your story — Protagonist and Nemesis — in two upcoming Craft classes I’ll be offering in upcoming weeks:
April 28: Craft: Create a Compelling Protagonist
Making your Protagonist “sympathetic” or finding your Protagonist’s “flaw” is all well and good… if you want to write a surface level character. In this 1-week online screenwriting course, you will learn how to dig deep into a Protagonist to discover personality dynamics that can make a multidimensional lead character.
- See why the Protagonist represents the very soul of your story and how their psychological journey is the source of the script’s emotional meaning.
- Workshop your story’s Protagonist to uncover not only their unique persona, but also how their Want and Need define the narrative arc.
Seven lectures, forum feedback, insider tips, 90-minute teleconference, and the opportunity to workshop your story’s Protagonist [or Protagonists].
Plus if you’re a fan of the movies Bridesmaids, The Social Network and Up, we’ll be using those as our study scripts. They offer a diverse set of Protagonists and yet the approach we will study next week shows how a writer can craft such compelling and different lead characters.
May 12: Craft: Write a Worthy Nemesis
There is nothing like a well-drawn Nemesis to enliven a screenplay by functioning as a worthy foe to the Protagonist. In this 1-week online screenwriting course, you will discover key principles to help you craft a Nemesis who goes beyond the stereotypical Bad Guy to a living, breathing, and powerful antagonist figure.
- Learn how to think of the Nemesis as a projection of your Protagonist’s shadow and why this relationship is pivotal on so many narrative fronts.
- Use proven principles to workshop your Nemesis, discovering their world view, and learning how to embrace it when you write this character.
Seven lectures, forum feedback, insider tips, 90-minute teleconference, and the opportunity to workshop your story’s Nemesis [or Nemeses].
Plus we will be analyzing movies such as Jaws, Fatal Attraction, The Silence of the Lambs, The Apartment, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Die Hard and many others to delve into the subject matter.
You can take just one of the classes, but I crafted them to be partner courses with complimentary content. So register now:
Create a Compelling Protagonist (April 28)
Write a Worthy Nemesis (May 12)
As I always say, you don’t need to spend a dime to learn the craft of screenwriting. Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages. That can get you where you need to go.
However I can speak with confidence that SMC courses can expedite your learning process, provide you with key principles and practices which elevate your writing, and give you insights into the business of Hollywood to help prepare you for working in the industry.
As always, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.