Screenwriter Malcolm Spellman joins Craig and John to talk about his big break, blown opportunities, and getting momentum back. Now part of the smash hit Empire, he talks about the changes and challenges African-American writers face both on the small screen and the big screen.
Also this episode, we look at a review that credits the director with the screenwriter’s work and the role trailers play in shaping audience expectation. Plus the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Three Investigators, SNL and literally losing your voice.
Trivia: “A Study in Heat” was the name of the sandwich Malcolm ate after recording this episode.
From Harper Lee to Sony to the Wheel of Time, it was a big week for studios trying to hold onto intellectual property. John and Craig discuss why those deals take such strange turns, including 1:30 a.m. airings on cable.
In follow-up, we look at why the WGA isn’t directly involved in the Gravity lawsuit, and how Rebel Wilson was lucky she never ran afoul of Australia’s classifiers.
A listener writes in with a question about “a film by,” prompting one Craig rant. John returns the umbrage about award season, and how we keep our best filmmakers from actually making their next films.
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John and Craig do a deep dive on Tess Gerritsen’s lawsuit concerning Gravity, using the case as a way to talk about contracts, chain of title, adaptation and corporate ownership. Spoiler: It’s really complicated, but it’s really interesting too.
Both novelists and screenwriters will find a lot to discuss.
We also talk about editing while writing, and when it’s worth it to cut now versus later.
In this very-NSFW bonus episode, Craig and John sit down with writer-actress Rebel Wilson and author-columnist Dan Savage to talk sex, television, swearing, and poop. It’s 68 minutes of brand-new material you won’t hear anywhere else.
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John and Craig discuss exploding scripts and stock scenes. Then in the second half of the show, we welcome two very special guests.
Actress, writer and comedian Rebel Wilson joins us to talk about writing for television and Tall Poppy Syndrome.
Author and sex advice columnist Dan Savage tells us what he’d like to see Hollywood do better when in comes to sex on screen.
Both segments are out-takes from the much longer and much filthier Dirty Show available only on the premium feed. Our thanks to the 1,000 subscribers who made it possible, and to Rebel and Dan for joining us to talk about fish baskets, berets, anal sex and The Blue Lagoon.