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‘Aladdin’ TV Spot Finally Reveals Will Smith as the Big Blue Genie

When the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin first arrived, fans were fairly underwhelmed. Not only did the teaser offer very little footage of Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, but it didn’t give us a look at Will Smith as the genie in the famous lamp at the center of the story. Even when the first images of Will Smith in the movie arrived, he wasn’t blue like the famed genie voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic. But that changed t...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Robin Williams, Disney, Adaptation, John August, Will-Smith, Movie Trailers, Musical, Grammys, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Video Clips, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine


Scriptnotes, Ep 378: The Worst of the Worst — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 378 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’re going to dash hopes, ruin friendships, and destroy things we love most. Craig: Oh, thank god. John: As we talk about why bad things need to happen to characters we love. Plus, we’ll be answering...
Tags: Hollywood, La, Superman, Job, America, Los Angeles, Chicago, United States, New York Times, Satan, Middle East, Sony, James Bond, World Health Organization, Kansas, Rob


Scriptnotes, Ep 380: Double Ampersand — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey this is John. And Merry Christmas to those folks who celebrate Christmas. So today’s episode is a short one. It wasn’t really even meant to be an episode originally. What happened was I got invited to do a Q&A with Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens for Mortal Engines, the movie they were promoting. And it was a great conversation. So I asked for the audio and this is the audio from that conversation because it’...
Tags: London, Netflix, United States, John, John August, Peter Jackson, Tolkien, Mrc, Peter, Philip, Tom, Katherine, Pete, Sean Bean, Boromir, Robbie


Scriptnotes, Ep 377: The Second Draft — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 377 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is out sick today, but luckily we have two remarkable screenwriters to take his place. And today on the show we’re going to be talking about the second draft, and hopefully offering some practical tips for your first big rewrite on a project. Then we’ll be diggin...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Nbc, Australia, Germany, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Netflix, Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Tina Fey, John, John August, Phil Lord, Chris Miller


No Writing Left Behind

John and Craig discuss the dangers of leave-behinds. The “writing before the writing” is an important part of the craft, but giving it away for free is bad for everyone. We also answer a listener question about character wants versus needs, and why that distinction has become such a guru staple. Links: Hope to see you this weekend at the Austin Film Festival! You can also catch John at the Texas Book Festival and the Boulder Book Store Event No Writing Left Behind The Confidence Gap by Clair...
Tags: Writing Process, Film Industry, John, John August, Craig, Producers, Luke Brown, WGA, Craig Mazin, Treatments, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, Story and Plot, Pitches, Scriptnotes Digital Seasons, Karateka


Attacks force gay church employee to resign

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - At St. John The Evangelist's Sunday night service, the pews were packed to hear why their pastoral associate was resigning.Aaron Bianco was asked to come to St. John August of 2016. His work: organizing events, budgets and other behind the scenes tasks. His goal, to build up a more inclusive church.Bianco has been married to his husband for 10 years last month, and once he started at St. John, so did the attacks."They've threatened me from shooting me down across the s...
Tags: News, San Diego, Catholic, John August, St John, Bianco, KGTV, Aaron Bianco, Berena


Only Haters Hate Rom-Coms

John and Craig talk romantic comedies with screenwriter Tess Morris, whose film Man Up is unapologetically part of the genre. We discuss what distinguishes rom-coms from other comedies, and why they get singled out for disdain and death-of articles. Also this week: Amazon Storywriter, overused dicks, and follow-up on Whiplash. This episode originally aired on November 24, 2015. Links: Amazon Storywriter and Fountain Scriptnotes, 224: Whiplash, on paper and on screen Tess Morris on IMDb and...
Tags: Amazon, Wikipedia, Writing Process, Los Angeles, Film Industry, John, John August, Craig, Directors, Genres, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes, Tess Morris, Story and Plot


ALADDIN – Teaser Trailer & Poster

ALADDIN is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, the film is written by John August […] The post ALADDIN – Teaser Trailer & Poster appeared first on My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings.
Tags: Parenting, Disney, John August, Guy Ritchie, Jasmine, Agrabah


Disney’s Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake Frees Its First Poster

Your wish has been granted. Disney has released the first official poster for the live-action Aladdin remake directed by Guy Ritchie and set to star Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Will Smith. The minimalist Aladdin remake poster teases the fan-favorite character of the Genie played by Smith, and confirms the film’s release date of May 2019. Disney has let the Genie out of the bottle — but there isn’t much else to see. The first poster for the live-action Aladdin remake is pretty stark, featu...
Tags: Movies, Robin Williams, Disney, Williams, John August, Will-Smith, Poster, Smith, Remakes, Guy Ritchie, Aladdin, Ritchie, Massoud, Action/Adventure, Disney/Pixar, Génie


Writing Memorable Dialogue

John and Craig have a dialogue about dialogue. They discuss how thinking about memorizing lines can help write them, and how to service quieter characters in a scene. We also answer listener questions about adapting plays for the screen, creating a different experience for your reader than your viewer, and whether to trust sketchily worded release forms. Links: The Arlo Finch series trailer is live! Chunking How Shrek 2 has been redubbed for the UK market by Leslie Felperin for The Independe...
Tags: UK, News, Film Industry, How-to, Adaptation, Indie, John, John August, Chernobyl, Craig, Formatting, Simmons, WGA, Craig Mazin, Brett Simmons, Chuck Wendig


Two Things at the Same Time

John and Craig look into simultaneity and how to visually articulate two things happening at once with the temporally-limited medium of written word. We also explore how simultaneity can ramp up tension, fracture narrative and play with expectations. Then we apply what we’ve discussed to three new entries in the Three Page Challenge. Links: Become a premium subscriber in time for our bonus Q&A episode. Submit your questions here. T-shirts are available here! We’ve got new designs, including ...
Tags: John, John August, Craig, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, Transcribed, Words on the page, Story and Plot, Three Page Challenge, Rajesh Naroth, Scriptnotes Digital Seasons, Karateka, Angelique Gross Three Pages, Yohannes Ashenafi Three Pages, J Gordon Mark Rober


Scriptnotes, Ep 369: What Is a Movie, Anyway? — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hi. My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 369 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the program we’ll be answering a fundamental question: what is a movie? We’ll also be talking about award season and other stuff. We’re going to do follow up from five years ago. It’s going to be a big show. An...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Instagram, Abc, Disney, Toronto, Los Angeles, Fox, Netflix, Harvey Weinstein, Alfonso Cuarón, Showtime, James Bond, John


What Is a Movie, Anyway?

John and Craig welcome Franklin Leonard to weigh in on the current definition of “movie.” In the age of streaming, this distinction is not only important for audiences and awards, but has a meaningful effect on how writers are paid. We also take umbrage with Awards Season as a Hollywood fixture, and follow up on a five year-old prediction about iPads in movie theaters. Links: Scriptnotes, Episode 108: Are two screens better than one? addresses the fear of iPads in theaters Become a premium s...
Tags: Hollywood, Television, Instagram, Awards, Film Industry, Indie, John, John August, Roma, Videogames, Craig, Stuart, Craig Mazin, Franklin Leonard, Screenwriting, Follow Up


WGA Elections 2018

John and Craig discuss their choices for WGA Board Elections and misinformation about proposed revisions to the Screen Credits Manual. Links: WGA East Elections Jonathan Fernandez Patti Carr Patric Verrone Betsy Thomas Travis Donnelly Dante W. Harper Eric Heisserer Deric Hughes David Slack Ashley Gable Spiro Skentzos VJ Boyd Deborah Amelon WGA Sets Referendum On Proposed Changes To Its Screen Credits Manual – Update The USB drives! John August on Twitter Craig Mazin on Twitter John on Instagr...
Tags: Film Industry, John, John August, Citizenship, Craig, Megan, WGA, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, Matthew Chilelli, Scriptnotes Digital Seasons, WGA Board Elections


Tying Things Up

John and Craig cover endings, both for craft and for business. First they articulate the importance of the denouement and the social contract it fulfills with the audience. Then they discuss what happens to a writer’s work after their death. We also follow up on pitching, and introduce a new segment: Change Craig’s Mind. This week: Ventriloquists! Links: You can listen to John & Craig on another podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go! You can check out our episode with Mindy Kaling, or our episode with ...
Tags: Books, News, Writing Process, Film Industry, John, John August, Videogames, Mindy Kaling, Craig, Go, Craig Mazin, John Craig, Susanna Fogel, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes


Craig Hates Dummies

John and Craig are back at it with another installment of How Would This Be a Movie? They consider the story of a competitive mass Tinder date, a retirement home for ventriloquist dummies and the McDonald’s Monopoly heist. We also revisit John’s WGA Corner for updates, follow up on the conflict within IATSE, and get a great sense of Craig’s passionate beef with ventriloquism. Links: Studios Back In Antitrust Spotlight As AMC Chain Loses Key Court Ruling by Dominic Patten for Deadline Class S...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, News, Amc, Film Industry, Adaptation, John, John August, Craig, Highland, Genres, Iatse, McDonald, Ruth Brown, Chris Lee, WGA


Netflix Killed the Video Store

John welcomes Kate Hagen to talk about missing movies and the role that video stores play in archiving film history, preserving access to all movies and creating a sense of community. They discuss some of the barriers to films getting digital distribution, from limited music licenses to struggles with chain-of-title when companies fail. We also discuss what it is to be a script reader, write coverage and clash with a boss’ taste. And we follow up on Moviepass and its legacy. Links: Thanks fo...
Tags: Video, Resources, Los Angeles, Film Industry, Usb, Indie, John, John August, Kate, Moviepass, Nicky, Mikey, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes


Here’s What a ‘Catwoman’ Solo Movie Starring Michelle Pfeiffer Could Have Been About

In terms of superhero movies, does it get any better than Michelle Pfeiffer‘s performance as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns? And do superhero movies get any worse than 2004’s Catwoman, the laughable solo film starring Halle Berry in the title role? Those are rhetorical questions, by the way – the answer to both is clearly “no.” In a parallel universe, the Halle Berry version movie never happened. Warner Bros. was considering making a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman solo film in the late 1990...
Tags: Twitter, Christopher Nolan, Movies, Gotham, Sequels, John, John-August, Gotham City, Warner Bros, Halle Berry, Marvel Comics, Warner Brothers, Catwoman, Lake City, Pfeiffer, Screenwriting


Many Older Movies Aren’t Available Online, But Screenwriter John August Wants to Change That

If you’ve ever scrolled through multiple streaming services looking for an old favorite movie and came up empty, screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Go) feels your pain. August, one of the co-hosts of the popular Scriptnotes podcast, recently tried to track down 1984’s The Flamingo Kid only to find that it’s joined the sad membership of older movies not available online to rent or purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, or any other service in the United States. This is not a new observation...
Tags: Movies, United States, Streaming, James Cameron, Academy, Ron Howard, Netflix/Streaming Video, Stephen Follows, Business and Industry News, John-August, Amazon Netflix Hulu, John August Wants


Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Remake Gives Aladdin and Jasmine a New Duet, Along With a Whole New World of Original Songs

When we learned that La La Land and The Greatest Showman maestros Benj Pasek and Justin Paul were on board to pen new songs for Guy Ritchie‘s live-action remake of Aladdin, we knew were in for a whole new world of great music. But can they live up to the renown of Alan Menken‘s masterful songs for the 1992 animated film? Apparently, Pasek and Paul are eager to try. In their short careers, Oscar, Tony, and Grammy-nominated songwriters Pasek and Paul have made a name for themselves as some of ...
Tags: Movies, Fantasy, Disney, John August, Musical, Remakes, Guy-Ritchie, Scott, PAUL, Variety, Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Jasmine, Aladdin, Ritchie, Howard Ashman


Best Popular Screenwriting Podcast

John and Craig pack this business-centric episode with big picture conversations about guild negotiations, changes to the Oscars, the Disney/Fox merger, the Paramount Consent Decree, and the tragedy that is being unable to stream The Flamingo Kid. Links: Scriptnotes is now on Spotify! The Austin Film Festival is coming up on October 25th! Changes are coming to the Oscars, including a new category for “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.” IATSE is not backing its Editors Guild in asking f...
Tags: Film Industry, John, John August, Department Of Justice, Videogames, Craig, Iatse, Producers, WGA, Craig Mazin, Disney Fox, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes, Arlo Finch, Luke Davis


Relationships

John and Craig discuss the importance and basics of developing relationships in storytelling. Characters are nothing without relationships, like Woody without Buzz, Shrek without Donkey, John without Craig… We then test these ideas about relationships against a fresh set of Three Page Challenges. Links: Arlo Finch covers look different around the world. You can catch John at the San Diego Festival of Books on August 25, at the Orange Public Library Comic-Con on September 22, at the Texas Boo...
Tags: News, Writing Process, Los Angeles, Broadway, John, John August, Copenhagen, Craig, Formatting, Jonathan Brown, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, Words on the page, Three Page Challenge, Arlo Finch


Scriptnotes, Ep 358: Point of View — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name, uh, is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 358 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we’ll be looking at point of view in scripts and how the choice of which characters have storytelling power changes how we experience a movie. We’ll also take a stab at answering some listener ques...
Tags: Google, Texas, La, Cologne, Egypt, Morocco, Preston, Hugh Jackman, Reddit, Drew Barrymore, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Harry, John, John August, Quentin Tarantino


Where Movies Come From

John and Craig welcome Liz Hannah (screenwriter of The Post) to explore where movies come from, be it real life, storytelling social media sites, or all-powerful comic book IP. How do these story sources affect the writer’s relationship with the material and with the audience? We also follow up on the meaning of “Jackman Shot” and answer listener questions about using accents to indicate foreign language, where low-budget holiday movies fit into a blossoming writing career and the responsibilit...
Tags: Comics, Hollywood, News, Writing Process, Film Industry, New York Times, Adaptation, John, John August, Craig, Stalin, Scott Johnson, Genres, Producers, Borys Kit, Chris Lee


Point of View

John and Craig discuss the power of point of view in scripts and how the choice of which characters have storytelling power changes how we experience a movie. Point of view has a meaningful role in creating mystery, expanding scale, elevating characters, and energizing a story. We also answer listener questions about “Jackman shots,” renaming a character in the middle of a story, and supporting a child who writes. Links: Scriptnotes Digital Seasons are now available! Margin Call uses the ”pl...
Tags: Film Industry, John, John August, Craig, Sundance, Jackman, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes, Words on the page, Luke Davis, Scriptnotes Digital Seasons, Justin Dise, Jordan Morris Alleys


Scriptnotes, Ep 356: Writing Animated Movies — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August and this is Episode 356 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. This week Craig and I have switched places. He is in Europe while I am back in Los Angeles. Luckily I am not alone. Across from me I have Linda Woolverton, a screenwriter whose credits include The Lion King, Homeward Bound, Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and of cours...
Tags: Twitter, Europe, Elsa, London, La, China, Tim Burton, Disney, Nbc News, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Broadway, Pacific Rim, Cbs


This Title is an Example of Exposition

John and Craig debate and defend one of the most-maligned elements of screenwriting: Exposition. How do you tell an audience what they need to know without being labeled a hack? We offer tips for getting viewers up to speed without them realizing they’re getting fed exposition. We also follow up on screenplay competitions, the psychology of toxic fandom, fridging as a trope, and the market for lesbian love stories. Links: Michael Arndt’s thoughts on Endings (and Beginnings) Midnight blue typ...
Tags: Comics, Writing Process, Film Industry, How-to, Aliens, John, John August, Craig, Sundance, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Follow Up, Scriptnotes, Words on the page, Cotton Bureau, Michael Arndt


Writing Animated Movies

John welcomes Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Homeward Bound) to talk about her experience writing animated features, from the parallel processes of writing and production to her paltry paycheck for Beauty and the Beast. They consider the blurring lines between live-action and hyperrealistic CGI, as well as the history of animation writers’ exclusion from the WGA. We also answer listener questions about whether there is such a thing as a bad character want and how to mana...
Tags: Television, Writing Process, Film Industry, Broadway, John, John August, Caribbean, Directors, Genres, Producers, Linda, Linda Woolverton, WGA, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes


Not Worth Winning

In light of the dust-up over Coverfly, John and Craig discuss why most screenwriting contests are essentially useless and should be avoided. We then look at destructive fandom and ponder how today’s entitled enthusiasts might have responded to the classics. Plus we answer listener questions about the “gutters” between scenes, whether an employer owns your idea, what the business of big talent-led production companies looks like, and how to maintain momentum after your first sale. Links: Cov...
Tags: Comics, News, Washington Post, Writing Process, Film Industry, Jj Abrams, John, John August, Videogames, Craig, Bethesda, Producers, Philadephia, WGA, Craig Mazin, Avi Selk