John and Craig dive into another round of How Would This Be a Movie, looking at stories (and memes!) from around the world to figure out which ones might lend themselves to big-screen treatment.
Will it be the forgotten French spy from World War II? The repentant racist in Arkansas? The fake male founder exposing startup sexism? Or should it be the monthlong meth trip in the Alabama woods? Help us decide.
Plus, we follow up on how MoviePass actually works, and why their business model shares so many similarities with early Netflix.
Reminders! It’s WGA election season so be sure to cast your ballots. Plus, Big Fish is coming to London in November. You can find links to both below.
- Cast your ballot in the WGAw Officers and Board of Directors election
- Get your tickets now for this November and December’s London run of Big Fish: The Musical
- Gizmodo on Why MoviePass’s Crazy Cheap Subscription Just Might Work
- Abraham Davis’s story on The Daily and in The New York Times
- William Grimes on Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens
- The Distracted Boyfriend Meme in Wired, The Guardian, Vox, Business Insider and the “movie trailer” from Vulture
- The New York Post on the woman lost in woods who survived on ‘berries and mushrooms’ for a month, and follow up from The Sacramento Bee and The Daily Mail
- Famed Inventor Says He Buried Reporter ‘At Sea’ After His Homemade Sub Sank on NPR
- Fast Company on Witchsy’s two female founders and their fake male cofounder
- The new 7,541-piece Lego Millennium Falcon is the biggest and most expensive set ever
- The Living New Deal map
- The Scriptnotes Listeners’ Guide!
- The USB drives!
- John August on Twitter
- Craig Mazin on Twitter
- John on Instagram
- Find past episodes
- Outro by Jonathan Mann (send us yours!)
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UPDATE 9-11-17: The transcript of this episode can be found here.