Recommended Reading: Rape of Thrones, Future of FIlm, Fx’s Fargo, William Friedkin on ‘Sorcerer’ and more


A Couple of Heirs of Travis Bickle:

“A 34-year-old messenger still living at home, Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) dreams of becoming a stand-up comedy star. To force fate’s hand, he stalks and kidnaps his idol, the TV talk show host Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis). Martin Scorsese’s 1983 movie “The King of Comedy” not only told a story but identified a malaise. Call it Pupkinitis.”

The Future of Film and Why Story Still Matters:

“The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, running from April 21-26. You can visit its website here. If you are in the New York area this week, check it out. Indiewire ran a recent interview with Jane Rosenthal, TFF Co-Founder and CEO, and she touches on two subjects of specific interest to screenwriters.”


There is always something new to learn from Francis Ford Coppola‘s adaptation of The Godfather. This video is not new but was to me and I found it really inspiring, especially in these times where everything is about the latest software to type your screenplay faster.

A Guide to the Episode Titles On FX’s Fargo:

“FX’s Fargo is a ten-episode, limited series (and no, it’s not actually based on a true story). Of the ten episodes, the titles for the first six have already been announced, and they are instructive, although to what end, I’m not sure.”

William Friedkin on ‘Sorcerer,’ Legal Battles, and How ‘Star Wars’ Changed Everything:

“Thirty-seven years ago, director William Friedkin knew who was responsible for the critical and commercial failure of his “Exorcist” follow-up, 1977’s allegorical action-adventure “Sorcerer”: Darth Vader.”

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the indispensability of This Is Spinal Tap:

“Beyond their bond as the co-creators and stars of the IFC series Portlandia, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein share something else in common: They both started their careers in music, Brownstein as part of Sleater-Kinney, Armisen most notably as drummer for the post-hardcore band Trenchmouth. Although Armisen left his music career behind in favor of pursuing a career in acting, which he achieved through his lengthy stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, he recently returned to his roots, taking on the additional responsibility of serving as bandleader for NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers.”

Why are the Game Of Thrones showrunners rewriting the books into misogyny?:

“Sunday night’s episode of Game Of Thrones took an even darker turn than usual: Jaime Lannister, who has transitioned from one of the story’s villains to one of its heroes, takes the opportunity of his son’s death to rape his sister and lover, Cersei—in the Westerosi equivalent of a church, while Joffrey’s corpse is laid out on the slab. It’s hyperbolically awful—a violation of Cersei’s agency, a violation of the sanctity of the grand sept, a violation of the reverence that ought to be provided to a corpse.”

Marquee of the Virginia Theatre for Ebertfest 2014

Ebertfest 2014: Day One remembers Roger

The Blacklist Ep. 1.19 “The Pavlovich Brothers”: Secrets and Lies Lead to Confrontation