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No one makes those movies anymore

Craig and John look at why certain genres of movies — mid-budget thrillers, adult dramas and romantic comedies — aren’t getting made, and whether there’s any way to get them back.

Silenzio! Anna verso noi s’avanza

6 days agoArts : Parterre Box

A first hint of what Anna Netrebko's latest Verdi role will sound like.

The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz

This week: We discuss the dino blockbuster, interview art icon Peaches, and learn why a musical changed a Richler classic The post The Thrill: Jurassic World, Peaches, and Duddy Kravitz appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Triskaidekaphilia

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Your task: name the Ortruds, all unlucky 13 of them.

Everyman vs. Superman

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

From Wolverine to The Rock, male action heroes have literally gotten bigger over the last decade. Craig and John look at how that impacts story. Is there hope for the the ordinary man in an extraordinary situation? Will we ever get back to Kurt and Keanu?

The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement!

Our podcast hosts discuss their summer plans, drop some music festival tips, and announce The Thrill's new summer publishing schedule The post The Thrill: A summer schedule announcement! appeared first on Macleans.ca.

How would this be a movie?

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter's perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.

Carl Weissner Gets Stellar Notice in Book Podcast

3 weeks agoArts : Straight Up

In his latest podcast at realitystudio.org Jed Birmingham zeroes in on the immensely talented Carl Weissner and his cut-up novel The Braille Film. Birmingham, who met Weissner in New York and Paris, talks about what made him so memorable and how he bought the book at auction some years ago for $75, believing it and […]

The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre

On this week's pop-culture podcast: what we've learned from pop culture, and the Stratford Festival's plan to engage the young The post The Thrill: Pop-culture lessons, and reviving the theatre appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The 200th Episode Live Show

Craig, John, and Aline record the 200th episode of Scriptnotes live with a worldwide audience listening in — and chiming in — as they discuss TV showrunning and whether quality really counts at the box office.

A New Literary Memoir Recalls Dylan Thomas

last monthArts : Straight Up

A few weeks ago I remarked that Of Dylan and his Deaths, by Heathcote Williams, was so rich in the author’s personal history and “so evocative of his first inspiration, Dylan Thomas,” that it merited attention as a masterpiece of literary investigation. (The investigative aspect of the essay involves Williams’s indignation over “the cultural theft […]

The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films

Maclean's pop-culture podcast takes on nostalgia's reign in pop culture with James Bryan of 2000s pop band Prozzak, and more! The post The Thrill: Talking nostalgia with Prozzak, and feminist films appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Second Draft Doldrums

Craig and John discuss finding your way back to your story — and your enthusiasm — when writing your second draft. Craig has tips and suggestions. John has sympathy and war stories.

Back to 100

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

This week, we time-travel back to our first centennial, a live show in Hollywood with special guests Aline Brosh McKenna and Rawson Thurber. We discuss the rise of the “writer-plus,” the importance of early mentors, and the emails that outline the very origin of Scriptnotes.

The Thrill: FHRITP, a TV era ends, and hipster Hamburglar

Our pop-culture podcast talks to CityNews' Shauna Hunt, discusses the cancellation of two defining TV shows, and debates the Hamburglar rebrand The post The Thrill: FHRITP, a TV era ends, and hipster Hamburglar appeared first on Macleans.ca.

How do bad movies get made?

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John tackle a single topic: bad movies and how they happen. Having experienced the process first-hand, they report on how bad ideas make it to the screen, and how good ideas go wrong. There’s no single answer, but a range of patterns that end in terrible movies.

The Thrill: On Scientology and selfies

Our pop-culture podcast discusses HBO's Scientology documentary 'Going Clear,' and Kim Kardashian's selfie book The post The Thrill: On Scientology and selfies appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The long and short of it

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig dig into the listener mailbag and take questions on TV producer credits, jealousy over other writers' success, writing tight vs writing long and plenty of other follow up.

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