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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?
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.
John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter's perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
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.
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.
This week on our pop-culture podcast, we discuss women in comedy, Mad Men's finale (spoilers!), and the film 'Iris' The post The Thrill: Inside Amy Schumer, TV series endings, the legacy of Maysles appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our pop-culture podcast discusses trans issues with a trans writer, and talks to Dimitri Reeves, Baltimore's 'Michael Jackson protester' The post The Thrill: Trans in pop culture, and calming Baltimore with dance appeared first on Macleans.ca.
I wrote the poem Ruby Flo one summer during my undergraduate years. I was staying at my boyfriend’s family home because my mom and I were steady fighting. His mother didn’t really want me there. I was holed up one evening in their guest bedroom on this amazingly tall queen-sized bed overflowing with the most […]
Canadian screenwriter Ryan Knighton joins John and Craig to discuss how you sustain a career writing for Hollywood studios while living a flight away. Knighton’s first screenplay was the adaptation of his memoir about going blind. He’s since written for several studios, including a new project for Ridley Scott.
Our pop-culture podcast asks Raffi what makes a great kids' entertainer, discusses Affleck's fiasco, and reveals our first pop-culture crushes The post The Thrill: Raffi on Lois, Ben Affleck, pop-culture crushes appeared first on Macleans.ca.