Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 210th installment of Saturday Hot Links, this week’s essential reading about movies, TV, streaming, writing, and Hollywood.

If you haven’t read it, here is Zola’s story.

Top 10 Takeaways: Why This Weekend Was a Box Office Horror Story.

'Steve Jobs' Bombs: What Went Wrong With the Apple Drama.

The Darkness of Steven Spielberg.

George Lucas Gives USC a $ 10 Million Endowment for Black and Latino Students.

'Star Wars' Doesn't Belong to George Lucas. It Belongs to the Fans.

This Luke Skywalker Theory Destroys Everything You Thought You Knew About ‘Star Wars’.

13 movie scripts and 6 TV pilot scripts make this year’s BloodList.

Interview with literary manager Kailey Marsh about the BloodList.

On The Babadook, It Follows, and the new age of unbeatable horror.

The 6 Most Influential Horror Films Ever Made.

The Top 10 Horror Films Of The Last 5 Years.

The 13 Best New Indie Horror Movies You Should Watch For Halloween 2015.

The 23 Weirdest Ways to Die in Horror Movies.

The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining.

The 30 best Halloween horror movies to stream now.

The 75 highest rated horror movies on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Death of the Sequel Hook?

Sony Unveils $ 280 Million Profit Despite Movie Losses.

Why We Never Saw Alfred Hitchcock's Bond, and Three More Lost 007 Movies.

The State of the Movie Novelization in the Era of Spoiler Culture.

How a 68-Year-Old Novice Filmmaker Made One of the Best Movies of the Year.

Here's Exactly How Much Movies About Women Make at the Box Office Versus Movies About Men.

Sex change: Why male roles are being rewritten for women.

Study: 2014’s Top 700 Films Confirm That Women Hire Women.

15 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women.

Scarlett Johansson's Sexy Reading of Bible Verses Will Probably Make You Want to Sin [audio].

Hollywood's New Leaders: The Agents.

Hollywood's New Leaders: 10 Assistants to Watch.

Al-Qaeda Member Identified as Hollywood Assistant Director’s Son.

Police Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino After Cop Brutality Protest.

WGA West Unveils Feature Writers Access Project Honorees.

How to Determine the Right Budget Level for Your Film.

Universal Studios to Debut Jimmy Fallon Ride in 2017.

How Can Middle Class Filmmakers Make a Living?

What do TV showrunners do?

For Carlton Cuse, Collaboration Is the Key to Creativity.

TV Still Lacking in Racially Diverse LGBT Characters, According to GLAAD Report

How Characters Lose Their Virginity on Teen Shows Through the Years.

Where’s TV’s Golden Age of Equal-Opportunity Sex?

How TV Fell Back in Love With Soaps.

How Television Is Making It Sound Like Halloween Year-Round.

What's New on Netflix: November 2015.

Here’s How the New Apple TV Could Change the Way You Watch Movies at Home.

‘Hamilton’ to Gift 20,000 NYC Public School Students with Show Tickets.

BuzzFeed To Withdraw From SXSW Over Canceled Gaming Panels.

ESPN Kills Grantland.

56 Great Articles from the Archives of Grantland.

Marvel's Young Adult Book Series Could Be Its Most Important Project Yet.

Download free NaNoWriMo 2015 Word Counting Calendar.

Emily Nussbaum (New Yorker): Depression Modern: The existential risk-taking of "The Leftovers".

A.O. Scott (New York Times): 'Star Wars,' Elvis and Me.

Bob Saenz: Writing your Spec to Formula? Nah.

Scriptnotes: Episode 221.

Watch: J.J. Abrams Answers Celebrity Questions About Star Wars [video].

Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay Explores The Importance Of Props In Filmmaking [video].

Watch: 17-Minute Video Essay On The Essence Of Humanity In The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki [video].

Watch: See All of the 'Jurassic World' References to 'Jurassic Park' [video].

Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Highlights The Beauty Of Magic Hour Filmmaking [video].

Watch: Put On Some Shades For This Supercut Of Cinematic Lens Flare [video].

Screenwriting Advice & Tips from Scott Myers.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: A message from SMC co-founder and screenwriter Tom Benedek:

Dear Fellow Writers,

Writing a great TV pilot script may accelerate your career — offer wonderful opportunities.

Understanding the intricacies of the pilot form will also improve your feature craft.

There are many things feature writers can learn from the TV form.

So please consider my stimulating (and fun) upcoming online writing class —

TV: 8 WEEK PILOT WORKSHOP. Starts Monday November 9.

We will take a look at 8 great pilot scripts, review their structural fundamentals. Simultaneously, you will build out your series concept, outline, season arc and then write your 30 minute or 60 minute original pilot script.

Managers, agents, producers like to read 30 page or 60 page original pilot scripts. And, of course, spec pilots do sell. They get made into shows. They lead to jobs – in TV and in features. TV matters more than ever before for screenwriters – as an aesthetic standard and as a marketplace.

As screenwriters, whether we watch a lot of TV or not, it is important to recognize that audiences are conditioned by TV viewing — and feature film storytelling may never be the same.

If you have a TV idea that you want and/or need to workshop and build out to script, please do enroll.

Best,
Tom Benedek

It’s a great workshop and Tom is an excellent teacher. To enroll, go here.

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