RB's Weekend Reading (and Viewing) - July 20th, 2013

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Hope you are all having a terrific and creative weekend.

Back with some stories and a video which caught my eye this week.  In this edition, Slate blasts SAVE THE CAT!, House of Cards turns the Emmy nominations upside down, a look at the last days of Breaking Bad,  what screenwriters can learn from Fight Club, what actors can learn from The Wizard of OZ, Stage 32 Meetup news, and much, much more.

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



In one of the most interesting articles this week – and certainly one of the most debatable for screenwriters – Slate takes on SAVE THE CAT! – Calling it The Book That's Destroying The Movie Industry – Many of you know my feelings on the book.  What say you???


The Emmy Nominations were announced.  The big news, House of Cards garnering 9 nominations for Netflix (And justly so, in my opinion).  Here’s the full list of nominees:


The Wrap examines Netflix’s success with this terrific article - The Netflix Revolution: Emmy Voters Embrace Change That Lifts All Ships


With the last season of Breaking Bad about to commence, GQ ponders The Last Stand of Walter White:


With four blockbuster bombs already this summer, THR takes a look at Hollywood's Homegrown Summer Movie Crisis:


NBC rings in as well - Blockbuster busts: Big summer flicks in peril:


And, No Film School ponders a heavy question:  Is Film Dead? 


Bombs or no bombs, these actors are still making bank.  Forbes examines the highest paid actors in Hollywood:


Vulture named their Top 25 Action Movies Since Die Hard:


The latest trailer for Ron Howard’s Rush hit the airwaves:


In a cool human interest story, one of the four remaining original copies of Schindler's List to be auctioned off on Ebay:


On the education front, Scriptshadow offers 10 Screenwriting Lessons You Can Learn From Fight Club:


10 Lessons for Filmmakers from the IFP Narrative Labs:


And 5 Acting Lessons From The Wizard of OZ:


In Stage 32 news, Anthony D Paul, is looking to set up a Stage 32 meetup in NY for late July or early August – Post in this thread if interested:


Stage 32 member Kriss Tolliday is looking to set up a Stage 32 meetup in Cambridge – Post on this thread if interested:


I was a guest on Nic Baisley’s terrific independent film web show, FilmSnobbery.  If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can do so here:


Also, please help Nic out by subscribing to FilmSnobbery’s You Tube page where you can view all of his shows and other fantastic videos:


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