RB's Weekend Reading (and Viewing)

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Hey everyone…Hope you are all having a terrific and creative weekend.

Wanted to share some stories and videos which caught my eye this week.  Some news, some tips, some entertainment. Hope you enjoy.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of these subjects in the Comments section below!  Let the discussion begin!

RB

The ever controversial Joe Queenan posed this question in The Guardian:  Man of Steel: does Hollywood need saving from superheroes?   The article was entertaining, the comments more so…

http://m.guardiannews.com/film/2013/jun/11/man-steel-hollywood-break-superheroes

The first trailer for Scorsese's new one, Wolf of Wall Street dropped and, for my money, it's one of the best looking trailers all year.  Color me excited for this one:

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/video-hot-trailer-the-wolf-of-wall-street-leonardo-dicaprio-martin-scorsese/

We also got our first glimpse of Ron Burgundy in the 80's with the first full Anchorman 2 trailer:

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/hot-trailer-anchorman-2/

In the "Learning from people who know" category, 5 Filmmaking Tips from David Fincher

http://blog.talenthouse.com/2012/05/10/5-filmmaking-tips-from-david-fincher/

Showtime's CEO waxed poetic on Homeland, the threat Neflix poses to premium cable, and keeping up with HBO and their "Goliath budgets"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/showtime-ceo-homeland-threat-netflix-569911

Matthew Weiner discussed the end of Mad Men and all those wacky viewer theories:

https://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/matthew-weiner-has-already-heard-your-mad-men-ending-98671

Aaron Sorkin is eyeing Broadway again, this time with a musical:

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/06-2013/aaron-sorkin-reveals-plans-for-a-broadway-musical_65429.html

 

The Hollywood Reporter always does a great job with their roundtable geatures.  Here is the video of their Comedy Actress roundtable featuring Zosia Mamet (Girls), Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Kristen Bell (House of Lies), Jessica Walter (Arrested Development), Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Betty White (Hot in Cleveland):

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/full-uncensored-comedy-actress-roundtable-570886

Scott Myers took a look at gender as it relates to the recent spec script market – An interesting analysis:

http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2013/06/gender-as-represented-in-spec-script-sales.html

And finally, this week in sequel news – The next chapters of Dumb and Dumber, Poltergeist, Prometheus, Independence Day, and Bad Teacher were announced.  Excited?  Disgusted?  

http://www.deadline.com/2013/06/toldja-dumb-and-dumber-to-proves-no-brainer-for-universal-studio-locks-deal-for-farrellys-jim-carrey-jeff-daniels/

Thoughts?  Comments?  Remarks?  Have at it…

 
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