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Ultima voce del mio destino

2 months agoArts : Parterre Box

Long rumored, here it is: Anna Netrebko sings "Suicidio!" from La Gioconda!

You can’t train a cobra to do that

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John discuss backup plans, camera directions, and becoming so good they can’t ignore you. Plus we answer two listener questions about specificity in scene headers and how to indicate that a script is intended for animation...

The Deal with Scripped.com

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John talk with the owner of Scripped.com to investigate what happened when the online screenwriting site suddenly went down this week, erasing four years of screenwriters’ work. When things went south, why did he try to distance himself from the debacle, and what comes next? It’s a candid discussion — but far less uncomfortable than the Final Draft episode.

The Thrill: Cinderella, an anti-Kanye petition, and Trevor Noah

Every Friday, Maclean’s… arts writers Adrian Lee, Emma Teitel and Julia De Laurentiis Johnson gather to discuss and break down the hottest topics in TV, film, books and music. Expect The post The Thrill: Cinderella, an anti-Kanye petition, and Trevor Noah appeared first on Macleans.ca.

This Is Working

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

For the first time ever, John and Craig spend an entire episode on a full-length original screenplay, K.C. Scott’s THIS IS WORKING.

The Thrill: ‘Girls’, a sociology of the teen, and Angelina Jolie

This week, we discuss buzzy shows, One Direction's changes, and celebrity health endorsements The post The Thrill: ‘Girls’, a sociology of the teen, and Angelina Jolie appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Uncluttered by Ignorance

2 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig dig into the overstuffed mail bag to answer listener questions about scenes, stagnation, subtitles and script breakdowns. Plus we reveal the consensus opinions on whether we should have ads, and look at possibilities for the Full Script Challenge.

The Thrill: Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber’s Roast, and Sir Elton

On this week's episode of our pop-culture podcast, the panel discusses surprise album releases and the uselessness of boycotts The post The Thrill: Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber’s Roast, and Sir Elton appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Midseason Finale

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John wrap up many plotlines from previous episodes, with follow-up on Three Page Challenges, diversity numbers, Road Runner and other rules, plus the Gravity lawsuit in light of the Blurred Lines verdict.

The Thrill: Kimmy Schmidt, Can-Con, and the Simpsons

Our pop-culture podcast on the good and bad of the new Tina Fey show, what the CRTC's announcement means for Canadian TV, and Sam Simon's legacy The post The Thrill: Kimmy Schmidt, Can-Con, and the Simpsons appeared first on Macleans.ca.

The Coyote Could Stop Any Time

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig take a look at the self-imposed rules behind the Road Runner cartoons, and how limiting one’s choices is different than following dogma.

The Thrill pop-culture podcast: A little bit of comics relief

We talk about comic-book culture and race with Eisner-winning artist Chip Zdarsky, and discuss Madonna's new album The post The Thrill pop-culture podcast: A little bit of comics relief appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Friday Links: Business As Usual

3 months agoArts : Art Fag City

[caption id="attachment_71475" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Dog of the day[/caption] The negative reviews for MoMA’s Bjork show are snowballing. First, everyone hated the show. Now Jerry Saltz is calling for the heads of Glenn Lowry and Klaus Biesenbach. Show More Summary

They’re only in it for the do

3 months agoArts : Parterre Box

What with all the interest in the recent Rome performances of Aïda (and in part, at least, in Anja Harteros‘s approach to the high C in the Nile aria), La Cieca thought it would be fun to hear how some divas of the past and present have coped with that very challenging phrase. Show More Summary

The Thrill pop-culture podcast: Going to spin(-off) class

This week, we discuss spin-offs, binge-watching, and Chris Brown's border troubles The post The Thrill pop-culture podcast: Going to spin(-off) class appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Malcolm Spellman, a Study in Heat

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Screenwriter Malcolm Spellman joins Craig and John to talk about his big break, blown opportunities, and getting momentum back. Now part of the smash hit Empire, he talks about the changes and challenges African-American writers face both on the small screen and the big screen.

The Writing Life: Research, Ideas, Genre, Process And Tips For A Creative Career

I recently did a wide-ranging and fun interview on the Genretainment podcast with Marx Pyle and Julie Seaton. We talked about how I got into writing and why I write supernatural thrillers, the challenges when first starting out, the details of my writing life and how I get ideas and research books, plus tips on […]

The Thrill pop-culture podcast: An Oscars extravaganza!

The Maclean's pop culture podcast discusses the Oscars and 'Fifty Shades of Grey' The post The Thrill pop-culture podcast: An Oscars extravaganza! appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Cabinet Posts Audio From Launch of Eva Díaz’s The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College

Lucky us: Thanks to Cabinet Magazine, if you missed the launch for The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press 2015), art historian Eva Díaz’s new book on Black Mountain College, a terrific audio recording of the event is now up on their site. The recording includes a performance by […]

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