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Craig and John play “How Would This Be a Movie?” looking at three articles in the news.
A band of pensioners pull off an audacious jewel heist — but is it a Working Title comedy, or something darker? Where does the story begin and end? What’s the MacGuffin?
A researcher investigates sleep paralysis and visions of an Italian witch. Is the movie a straightforward horror thriller, and if so, how do you make the audience care about your hero?
A revenge porn king is confronted by his victims. But would the movie version be an investigation (like Spotlight), or a tale of personal justice (like Taken)?
We also need your suggestions for finding a non-coffeeshop place to write when sharing a studio apartment.
- 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer
- Rachel Bloom at the Golden Globes, and on Scriptnotes, 175
- Kvell at Merriam-Webster
- Andrea Berloff on Scriptnotes, 144 and the Bonus Straight Outta Compton episode, and the Bonus Drew Goddard episode
- Tickets are now available to see John talk to Andrea, Drew and more at the Writers Guild Foundation Beyond Words panel on February 4
- Get your tickets now for Scriptnotes, Live on January 25 with Jason Bateman and Lawrence Kasdan, a benefit for Hollywood HEART
- On February 13, John will receive the WGA’s 2016 Valentine Davies Award
- Creative Spark: Aline Brosh McKenna
- 7 British Men Guilty Of Massive Easter Gem Heist on NPR
- Eddie the Eagle trailer
- The Imposter on Wikipedia
- The Demon Vanquisher by Theresa Fisher, on sleep paralysis
- Dream Warriors by Dokken
- Patrick on IMDb
- At Home with a Revenge Porn Mogul, from Fusion
- Do I Sound Gay?
- Priceonomics on How Mickey Mouse Evades the Public Domain
- Outro submitted by Martine Charnow (send us yours!)
UPDATE 1-22-16: The transcript of this episode can be found here.