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Time for the 136th installment of Saturday Hot Links.

Today: The 675 Free Movies Online (Great Classics, Indies, Noirs, Westerns, Etc) Edition.

There are a ton of free movies online in the public domain. The link above takes you to an Open Culture post with links to (reportedly) 675 of them. I have included three in today’s SHL including the movie Fear and Desire directed by Stanley Kubrick which he tried to destroy… the first The Fast and the Furious produced by Roger Corman… and the classically awfully science fiction movie by Ed Wood, Plan 9 from Outer Space.

What happened at Marvel Studios last weekend, and why are fans so mad at them?

Bob Dylan on telling a story in song.

Vimeo invests in first original series: The comedy “High Maintenance”.

Emma Watson recently graduated from Brown University and took this selfie.

“True Detective”: Season 2 news including this – show will have three leads.

New ESPN 2014 World Cup commercial [video].

Excellent Vulture interview with Wil Wheaton.

How did the whole students getting summers off thing get started.

The top 10 greatest Godzilla movies.

Perhaps the answer to how flightless birds traveled around the world.

The Power and the Gory: Why women love the new wave of violent TV.

Guess who takes the adage “Writing is Rewriting” seriously: The U.S. Supreme Court… and not in a good way.

17 famous actors in tiny background parts [videos].

Eight literary homes you can buy right now.

Has found footage horror reached a new stage.

Asteroid crash 290 million years ago set Russian meteor on collision course with Earth.

Nice feature on prolific Hollywood movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

The history of the ramen noodle.

30 years of Memorial Day blockbuster movies ranked.

Chuck Wendig: Not All Men, But Too Many Men.

The greatest summer camp movie douchebags.

Why does “terrible” mean bad and “terrific” mean good.

The films of Steven Spielberg [10 minute video compilation].

How to Make Love: Secrets of Wooing from the 1930s.

The plot to Pixar’s next movie Inside Out.

11 sounds your kids have probably never heard.

Screenwriter-director Michael Gottlieb (Mannequin, Mr. Nanny) killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 69.

Want to purchase tapes of historic World Cup matches, this is the place to go.

Fast forward to The Big One [earthquake, that is].

QT’s Hateful Eight back on and set to shoot in November.

Why aren’t bidets common in the United States.

The 7 most exclusive secret societies in history.

Watch the trailer for the last movie River Phoenix made, finally being released [video].

It’s 1981 and a handful of newspapers are using this amazing new technology known as the Internet [video].

The Shawshank Redemption accounted for 151 hours of basic cable airtime in 2013.

Two similar but different items that will blow your mind:

Man catches infant falling from two-story building [video].

Baseball player’s first home run of the season caught by his father [video].

How Louisiana’s film industry is doing better than California.

10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter.

LaVar Burton has a Kickstarter campaign going to bring back “Reading Rainbow”.

Related: See how LaVar Burton responded when the Kickstarter campaign hit its $1M goal… in a single day [video].

Why does bacon smell so good.

Jurassic World director Colin Treverrow talks plot details and recent leaks.

Nailing bike thieves in San Francisco [video].

Hollywood set for a huge June in China.

How do tornadoes form.

James Cameron developing live Avatar show with Cirque du Soleil.

11 workout tips from ancient civilizations.

Fox’s top exec Kevin Reilly departs position.

8 insanely lucky flea market finds.

Where are the Disney villains of yesteryear.

You say you want to read about an insurance scam that involves a police officer, insurance adjuster, a dead deer and blood? Read this.

The cast of “Wonder Years” reunite, take a selfie [photo].

“This American Life” going the way of self-distribution… which means Ira Glass will hand deliver a tape to us each week?

The only 8 western comedies Hollywood has made since 1990.

And Elon Musk keeps forging ahead into the future [video].

The perfect time of day to do everything.

Lionsgate is moving forward with Hunger Games theme park plans.

Related: Indiewire put together a list of 9 indie films they definitely do not want to see as theme parks.

Why is Amazon bullying book publishers.

The highest rated canceled TV shows of 2013-2014.

ESPN’S Host Bob Ley’s 7 tips for watching the World Cup.

Related: Paralyzed teen to kick World Cup’s first ball with mind-controlled exoskeleton

20 wise and witty J.K. Rowling quotes.

15 things you might not know about Caddyshack.

A brief and incomplete history of the swimsuit.

The best fight scenes from “Game of Thrones” [video].

Empire Magazine readers vote Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back as the best movie of all time.

Someone just bought the fancy glass house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Nice NYT feature on screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

The MPAA really has no idea what it’s doing.

Finally poet, author, teacher and civil rights activist Maya Angelou dead at 86.

17 Maya Angelou quotes that will inspire you to be a better person.

Watch Maya Angelou sign “My Name” on Sesame Street [video].

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: Four questions for you.

* Are you prone to starting scripts, but not finishing them?

* Do you get lost when you are writing your script, then lose faith in it – and yourself?

* Have you received feedback that your scripts have thin characters or weak plots?

* Do you have a great concept for a spec script you want to get to market as smartly and quickly as you can?

The Prep: From Concept to Outline class is designed for you.

This 6-week online workshop is unique, offering a professional approach to developing and ‘breaking’ your story. Combining lectures, weekly writing assignments, feedback, and teleconferences, it is a proven approach to take you through the prep-writing process.

Plus if you do the work, you not only end up with an outline (what I call Narrative Throughline), you also learn an approach to prep-writing you can adopt and adapt to fit your own creative needs.

Let’s take those four questions from above one by one:

* The single biggest reason why writers start but fail to finish scripts is because they don’t really know their story. In our 6-week Prep class, the focus is on precisely that: finding your story.

* The best way to avoid getting lost when you type FADE IN is to break your story in prep, like the pros do. If you do the work, at the end of the Prep workshop, you will have a thorough outline of your story, enabling you to power into the page-writing process with confidence.

* The work you do in the Prep course targets both character and plot, so you can end up with well-defined and richly drawn characters, and a solid story structure.

* Breaking your story in prep actually speeds up the scripting process, enabling you to get from concept to market faster than if you try to find your story by writing pages.

Here are some testimonials from writers who have taken the Prep: From Concept to Outline workshop:

“You gave us just the right amount of ideas, encouragement, and support to discover, develop, and design a real workable blueprint to take into the page writing.” – David Broyles

“The Prep class has given me a set of practical tools to use to take the bare glimmer of a concept to outline in six weeks.” – James Tichenor

I honestly can’t wait to get started on this script now, and to use what I’ve learned in Prep to go back and rewrite other scripts.” – Paul Labich

The approach in the Prep class works. I know this not only from working with writers in our online courses, but also through private sessions I have had with professional screenwriters, even playwrights to help them crack their stories.

The upcoming Prep workshop begins June 9 and I’ll be leading that session.

Isn’t it time you learned to approach your screenwriting like most of the pros do — breaking their story in prep? Sign up now for the next session of Prep: From Concept to Outline by going here.

I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 135th installment of Saturday Hot Links.

Today: The “Some Images From Gordon Willis Movies” Edition

Indiewire obit: Gordon Willis.

5 tips from Gordon Willis.

Cannes mid-festival report: Already delivers a strong message.

Cannes Panel: Studios fight piracy while indies embrace digital.

Cannes: 21 THR interviews.

Cannes: amfAR auction nets someone a ride to the Moon accompanying Leonardo DiCaprio… for $1M.

Cannes: Tarantino considers releasing Django as a 4-hour mini-series

But then Tarantino blasts digital projection: “It’s the death of cinema.”

Last Cannes: Go here for a list of winners just announced.

Breaking: Behind the scenes of why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man project: here, here and here.

Breaking: Joss Whedon tweets his moral support — ice cream-wise – for Wright.

Breaking: Drew Godard reportedly exits Daredevil TV project.

What’s going on at Marvel…

So you want to write a children’s picture book

I know this will come as a complete shock… but there is going to be a sequel to Godzilla.

Why the FCC is ditching net neutrality.

Listen to the original rejected score for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

16 hilarious negative Amazon reviews of classic books.

Here’s everything that’s wrong about the ‘Under 30′ obsession.

10 things filmmakers should know about screenwriting.

This just boggles my mind (for all you science-y types).

Pixar director Pete Docter drawing of Carl Fredericksen from Up dressed as Mr. Incredible.

Underground America: 7 things you could be standing on.

Kevin Spacey paid $8M to pose for selfie with Mexico president: True or false?

The 16 greatest female filmmakers in cinema history.

So you wanted to see some photos of Jimi Hendrix in the military? Here you go.

Gobber is gay in the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon.

11 ways people have cheated slot machines.

TotalFilm: 75 greatest animated movies.

J.R.R.’s translation of “Beowulf” now in print.

8 things the world’s most successful people have in common.

25 film noirs or neonoirs you probably haven’t seen.

The 12 best writing fellowships and retreats in the U.S.

5 things to know about CBS summer space drama “Extant”.

Bolivia’s President will play for a pro soccer team next season.

Peter Dinklage sums up “Game of Thrones” in 45 seconds [video].

The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort says he’ll earn more from speaking tour than stock-trading.

Ted Hope: What do you want from a cinematic art form?

Don Levine, who created G.I. Joe action figure, dies at the age of 86.

Fascinating 1948-1949 journal entries from Jack Kerouac.

New Adidas World Cup commercial with Kanye West song kicks ass [video].

Why do people persist in believing things that just aren’t true.

5 moments Godzilla takes straight from Spielberg.

The quest to save the whooping crane.

The most beautiful films of all time [video].

Don’t think like a salesperson… think like a farmer.

Nifty chart: Literary Ages vs. Movie Ages.

20 nonfiction books that will make you smarter.

Be more productive… by doing less.

Arsenio Hall launches IndieGoGo campaign to buy the L.A. Clippers.

Short film about a man who seeks to disconnect from Facebook… and shit happens [video].

You’ll want to check this out: Bad Opinion Generator.

The Fault in Our Stars movie is generating some serious social media buzz.

I concur with this: “A perfect butt doesn’t make an amazing person.”

TotalFilm: 50 deadliest movie games.

Did Led Zeppelin steal the key guitar riff from “Stairway to Heaven” from this song [video].

An excerpt from Anne Thompson’s movie business book “The $11 Billion Dollar Year”.

The secret to sizzle-perfect bacon.

I think I speak for all “True Detective” fans when I say, “Please make this happen!!!”

Related: Or not.  ) :

What happens when Charlie Day speaks at your commencement [video].

Walt Disney’s grandkids feuding over… what else… money.

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler roast Don Rickles [video].

Canadian man rescues baby moose, takes it to Tim Hortons for donuts.

Everything Steven Soderbergh has done since he “retired”.

20 Ingmar Bergman masterpieces ever film fan should see.

16 fun facts about tortoises.

Netflix glitch mashes up plot summaries and the results are amazing.

20 fun facts about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Why screenwriter Gary Whitta’s rant proves he’s perfect for Star Wars [video].

17 copycat films spawned by Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.

The complete history of Don and Peggy’s relationship on “Mad Men”.

The latest Celebrities Read Mean Tweets from Jimmy Kimmel Live [video].

Michael Bay’s Bel Air estate sells for a cool $11.45M.

20 minute supercut of every Nicolas Cage laugh in his movies [video].

6 types of pirates Hollywood combats.

The science of a perfect nap.

Female-directed films comprise 43% of student Academy Award winners.

47 charming facts about children’s books.

This just in: Jennifer Lawrence brought Slim Jims to the Oscars… maybe that’s why she threw up.

The evolution of horror movies [infographic].

Film’s most bonkers time-travel plots [infographics].

10 minute tribute to the films of Steven Spielberg [video].

J.R.R. Tolkien reveals the true meaning of “The Lord of the Rings” in unearthed audio recording.

Quiz: Did Drew Barrymore date this person in real life… a movie… or both.

Finally greatest thing ever: Watch Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith have a drum-off [video].

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: I am proud of all the courses we offer at SMC, but perhaps most so of the our screenwriting workshops. Each one provides:

* A structure within which writers can use weekly due dates to propel them through the writing process.

* A set of weekly lectures to help steer the story-crafting and page-writing process.

* An online community of fellow writers to provide feedback and suggestions on each others’ pages.

* Extensive input from Tom Benedek or myself each step along the way.

* A verifiable sense of progress as participants wrangle their stories, pound out first drafts or rewrite current drafts.

We accomplish all this through a combination of lectures, online message board forums and weekly teleconferences. Moreover you can adopt and adapt the approach presented in each workshop for your use on all future writing projects. In other words, you not only benefit from the workshop on this project, but the rest of your writing career.

Three writing workshops commence in June:

June 9: Prep: From Concept to Outline (Scott Myers)

June 16: Pages II: Rewriting Your Script (Tom Benedek)

June 23: Pages I: The First Draft (Scott  Myers)

Consider joining one of our screenwriting workshops and see why they have proved to be so successful.

As always, we look forward to the opportunity to work with you!

Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 134th edition of Saturday Hot Links.

Today: The Godzilla Kickin’ It Old School Edition!

Sundance reveals 13 projects for 2104 directors and screenwriters labs.

11 incredible bike mods.

The 15 most anticipated movies at 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Related: Stream 12 past Cannes Film Festival movies for free at SnagFilms.

Related: Cannes jury president Jane Campion calls out the “inherent sexism” in the film industry.

Related: The 2014 Indiwire Cannes Bible. Everything you need to know updated daily.

Speaking of free films online: New Eminem documentary on Hulu.

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide.

Dan Harmon on the cancellation of “Community”.

Are there Number 1 pencils.

If you could be adopted by a movie mother, who would it be?

According to early records, the least popular American baby names.

Related: 6 ways to have a lucky baby.

7 historical parallels to “Game of Thrones“.

The time Salvador Dali worked for Disney.

Screenwriter Chris Sparling (Buried, ATM) to be featured #scriptchat guest tomorrow, May 18.

Does Norm MacDonald tell the best joke ever [video].

The origins of 10 great insults.

The stars of this summer’s movies? Special effects.

Uh-oh. The return of El Niño could mean we’re in for some serious bad weather.

Wil Wheaton’s web series “Tabletop” sets crowdfunding record: $1.4M.

An interview with the members of Pussy Rio [video].

How Robert Rodriguez is going to revolutionize television by getting rid of executives.

11 gross things that could be on your toothbrush.

Nice feature on screenwriter Edward Ricourt (Now You See Me) who visited his alma mater Dickinson College.

Did an undersea expedition find the Santa Maria from Christopher Columbus’ famous voyage?

How technology is warping your memory.

H.R. Giger, Oscar-winning Alien designer, dead at the age of 74.

Related: The Dissolve with an excellent overview of Giger’s life and work.

Related: James Cameron letter of apology to Giger’s representatives re the movie Aliens.

Could this 1862 infographic be the best one ever made [video].

How emotionally intelligent are you? Here’s how to tell.

13 incredible unbroken takes in movies [videos].

News anchor learns of her friend’s death while delivering the news on-air [video].

25 fun facts about Godzilla.

25 things you might not know about “The Sopranos”.

44 things you probably didn’t know about the Alien films.

Science says the five-second rule isn’t such a bad idea.

Noooooo!!! Beverly Hills eatery Kate Manilini to close in June.

7 movies based on a true story (are shockingly full of crap).

Notes from a recent Chuck Wendig writing workshop.

Alec Baldwin arrested for… illegal biking.

An argument for why Han Solo must die.

Another stupid case of victim-blaming.

Ranked: The top 10 Godzilla movies.

17 celebrities who raise chickens.

TNT goes edgy with new tagline: “TNT Drama. Boom.”

Why you should watch every single match of the 2014 World Cup.

The great site Cinephilia and Beyond finds a documentary on Edward Muybridge, a key figure in the evolution of cinema [video].

The meanings behind the weird symbols on 20 beer labels.

George R.R. Martin writes “Game of Thrones” in DOS?!?!

Half of the U.S. now in a drought.

Go here to download the pilot and 5 other episode scripts for the TV series “Hannibal”.

Soylent food is here… and it’s tyrannical.

Speaking of tyrannical: This move by movie theaters!

Fast Company: The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2014.

Related: The Truth About Creativity — A Free Virtual Conference (June 2-6, 2014).

15 teen feminist books everyone should read.

10 apps for writers.

10 lakes that are disappearing.

Diagramming dramatic dialogue from action movies.

Jim Henson wrote these 2 letters to his family to be opened on the event of his death.

40%. That’s the percentage of all copyright lawsuits filed in 2014 directed at one porn company.

Watch Jennifer Lawrence lie to Jimmy Fallon… and we fall in love with her all over again [video].

Why indie filmmakers should care about net neutrality.

Click this link. If you are a curious person who likes to read, trust me, you will be happy you did.

What movie the Coen brothers are directing next.

Teacher wears same outfit for school picture for 40 years [photo].

Attention aspiring filmmakers: Enter to win a scholarship to the David Lynch MA in Film Program.

24 dudes share the red flags they use to identify “crazy” girls.

Related: How to marry the right girl: A mathematical solution.

Cormac and Marianne Wibberley to receive UCLA screenwriting award.

Finally beware network execs: Here’s what TV writers really mean in meetings.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: The online screenwriting universe can be a wonderful thing. Massive amounts of resources. Direct social media contact with actual screenwriters, TV writers and industry insiders.

It can also be a confounding thing. In part because there are so many different approaches to the craft of writing. You dabble here, dabble there. This so-called guru says one thing. That guru says another. There are supposed screenwriting ‘rules’. And a ton of people promising to tell you how to write a script… if you part with sometimes a considerable amount of your hard-earned money.

At least three problems here:

* It’s quite possible to hear and read so many conflicting takes about screenwriting that you are pretty much flummoxed about what to do, left to cobble together a hodgepodge of ideas and tips into some sort of coherent method to the madness.

* Moreover many of these self-proclaimed experts have never worked in Hollywood as a writer, never had a movie produced, and as a result are conveying information and ideas that may very well have no grounding in the realities of what it takes to actually make a living as a professional screenwriter.

* Finally, the very idea that there is one way to write a script, a single approach to the craft is itself a lie. Every writer is different. Every story is different. Anybody promoting a screenplay formula is almost assuredly leading you down a path you will spend months, maybe even years having to extract yourself from.

I have been teaching screenwriting now going on 13 years. I am as passionate about it as I am my own writing because my journey of discovery has led me into some fascinating insights about Story, what I call Character Based Screenwriting. I continue to explore this perspective in my writing and teaching, and what I am discovering just blows my mind. It is such an interesting way to approach the craft. It’s not a formula. Rather it is an attitude. Start with characters. End with characters. Engage your characters throughout the process and they will lead you into and through the story-crafting process.

Every class I teach, every workshop I run comes from this attitude: Characters first. Whether it’s the entire screenwriting theory curriculum I have created, what I call Core, eight classes covering Plot, Concept, Character, Style, Dialogue, Scene, Theme and Time, 48 lectures in all, dozens of pro writing tips, or courses that focus more on the practice of screenwriting, what I call Craft, another set of eight classes, or any of the four writing workshops we offer — Prep: From Concept To Outline, Pages I: The First Draft, Pages II: Rewriting Your Script, The Quest: 24 Week Private Screenwriting Workshop — all of them reflect my belief that the best writing is that which derives from focusing on characters.

Frankly, this approach makes the teaching more challenging. Why? Because when I work with writers, it means I’m rolling up my virtual sleeves, and digging into their stories, pushing each writer deeper and deeper into their characters to find common themes and dynamics, grasp the interrelationships and respective narrative functions of the characters, External World, Internal World, Metamorphosis, Subplots, and on and on. Here’s the thing: Through that process, the story structure evolves and emerges. Not outside-in writing, plugging beats into some prefab chart, but rather inside-out writing, immersing oneself in the story universe and into the lives of the characters, enabling them to show us the way.

It can be a messy process. It can be hard. It would be much easier for all involved to just toss out some simplistic formula. But formulas lead to formulaic writing. And that road is not the one you want to take to try and find your way into Hollywood.

Rather you want to find your voice. You want to gain confidence in digging into your story and seeing where that process takes you. You want to learn how to craft multilayered compelling characters that will help lift your words off the page and into the imagination of a script reader or story analyst, agent or manager, studio executive or producer, actor or director.

That’s what we do in the courses I teach. Here are my next three sessions:

May 26: Craft: The Coen Brothers and the Craft of Storytelling

June 9: Prep: From Concept To Outline

June 23: Pages I: The First Draft

Then in July, I begin my next cycle of the Core curriculum.

As I always say, you can learn what you need to know about screenwriting on your own and with free resources like my blog. Just embrace the mantra: Watch Movies. Read Scripts. Write Pages. That can get you to where you need to be.

If, however, you want to expedite the process… if you want a structure and online community of other passionate writers to help you shape your story development… if you are intrigued by the shared adventure of digging into Character Based Screenwriting…

Check out Screenwriting Master Class.

As always, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Saturday Hot Links

Time for the 133rd installment of Saturday Hot Links!

Today: The We Remember “The Twilight Zone” Edition.

On May the Fourth, J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan sent a message to Star Wars fans [video].

Related: Conan O’Brien offers some alternate titles for SW VII [video].

The most frightening gangsters on film.

What everyone who sees Godzilla will be talking about.

The greatest infographic of all time.

The student films of 20 famous directors.

The secret behind Disney’s fixation with the code “A113″.

Everything you need to know about an airplane’s “black box”.

The 10 best and 5 worst films that take place over 24 hours.

50 weird laws still on the books.

There’s a Grand Budapest Hotel cruise.

5 of the world’s unluckiest people.

Check out the 2014 Hot Docs winners.

Why does the snooze button only give you 9 more minutes of sleep.

What Hollywood screenwriter would get involved in this project.

Fast Company named Magazine Of The Year.

Top 50 British films per Total Film.

Charge your phone in style with this solar-powered dress.

NYT film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott send some “Memos to Hollywood“. Lots of gender talk.

According to science, the perfect way to take a nap.

Amanda Pendolino with 10 DONT’S of Hollywood networking.

7 online personality tests actually worth taking.

I am serious this time: We are very near the end of civilization as we know it.

Police composite sketches of Dracula, Norman Bates, Jack Torrance… as described by their authors.

4 trends Hollywood needs to admit they were wrong about.

Drunk woman has sex on flight that her parents were also on.

Steven Spielberg on effort to end hate: “This is something I was put on Earth to do” [video].

12 proposed Disney attractions that were never built.

Why Fox’s Kevin Reilly is canceling pilot season.

6 recently discovered facts about Neanderthals.

Cameron Crowe’s alternate Almost Famous titles.

Beverly Hills votes to ban fracking.

Disney CEO says more Star Wars movie spinoffs planned.

How Comcast is trying to turn the Internet into an old, broken phone system.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands to reboot Power Rangers as pic franchise.

60 regional foods you shouldn’t eat anywhere else [video].

How a chant from 600AD founds its way into The Lord of the Rings, The Lion King and Star Wars [video].

Is low blood sugar really related to bad behavior.

The 40 indie movies you must see this summer.

Want to know how many people are in outer space right now? Go here.

Meanwhile U.S. audiences are abandoning foreign language films.

9 weird dance crazes from 90s TV shows.

NBCUniversal secures TV rights to Olympics through 2032. Cost: $7.65B.

“The Lifecycle of Software Objects”: A short story by Ted Chiang.

Do only 52 million adults watch original shows on Netflix and YouTube?

An amazing computer model of the universe from those smarties at Harvard and MIT [video].

New Lion King soundtrack will feature 30 minutes of unreleased music.

The voice of Tony the Tiger, Lee Marshall, dead at 64.

Where are the kids’ movies this summer.

The early days of the NFL draft.

Seth Rogen on Justin Bieber: “I don’t know anyone who likes him” [video].

Meet European soccer’s first female professional team manager.

Barry Levinson ‘quits’ WGA over credit arbitration dispute.

NASA test pilot Bill Dana, who helped usher in the space age, dies at the age of 83.

Showrunners wanted: TV networks grapple with lack of experienced writing producers.

35 things only real Agelenos know about L.A.

These are the most overrated and underrated movies according to math.

The 100 most important cat pictures of all time.

The U.S. Air Force says they could handle Godzilla.

John August features the 1912 book “How to Write a Photoplay” written by Herbert Case Hoagland.

The 5 paths to being the best at anything.

How to become a member of the WGA.

Bad week for J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot: 3 TV series canceled.

50 best Studio Ghibli moments.

Hollywood science fiction museum Kickstarter launched.

The trailer for Frozen recut as a horror movie [video].

Larry Wilmore to replace Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central with “The Minority Report”.

A lengthy feature on famed animation writer-director Hayao Miyazaki.

THR reports from the Godzilla premiere afterparty.

Finally this: Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: If the Protagonist is most often your story’s most important character, the Nemesis is not far behind. Indeed some of the greatest characters in film history have been Nemeses including Darth Vader (Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope), the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and the shark (Jaws).

If conflict is the stuff of great drama, there is perhaps no conflict more compelling than that of a Protagonist versus a Nemesis. But what makes for a worthy Nemesis? How to develop them?

Following up on my recent Create a Compelling Protagonist course, I’m offering Create a Worthy Nemesis. It is a 1-week screenwriting course that takes a unique approach to developing this pivotal character in that the starting point is the Protagonist. Here are the 7 lecture titles:

Monday, May 12 — Lecture 1: Nemesis v. Antagonist

Tuesday, May 13 — Lecture 2: Shadow v. Light

Wednesday, May 14 — Lecture 3: Fear v. Need

Thursday, May 15 — Lecture 4: Disunity v. Unity

Friday, May 16 — Lecture 5: Overlord v. Underdog

Saturday, May 17 — Lecture 6: Intelligence v. Wisdom

Sunday, May 18 — Lecture 7: Empathy v. Sympathy

Notice the clever theme of v. for versus? There’s a reason for that, one you will discover when you take the class. In addition to the seven lectures that I am writing, there is 24/7 forum feedback, six insider tips, a teleconference, and an opportunity to workshop one of your story’s Nemesis characters.

The most recent Create a Compelling Protagonist session has been phenomenal. In fact, I have extended the class for at least another week because of all the incredible conversations we’ve had along with great workshopping of participants’ Protagonists. I fully expect the my Nemesis class will just as stimulating.

So sign up today right here and join me for a week’s journey into the dark side of the human soul, the place where great Nemeses figures dwell, waiting for you to find them.