On this week’s episode of 3rd and Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America, the guest is Screenwriter-director Paul Schrader, whose screenplay credits include Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Mosquito Coast, The Last Temptation of Christ and many more. He’s both written and directed such films as American Gigolo, Cat People, and Dog Eat Dog. He talks about his new film, The Card Counter, as well as his career in movies..
This gives me the opportunity to mention one of the great snarky lines I heard in Hollywood. This isn't one of those legendary lines you read about, but one I heard said and is otherwise unknown. It deserves being in a book with those other classic Hollywood quips. I think of it periodically, most usually when Paul Schrader's name is mentioned.
At the time, in 1982, I was working in the Publicity Department at Universal Studios. And our upcoming movie was the aforementioned Cat People, that Paul Schader not only wrote but directed. It starred Nastassja Kinski and Malcom McDowell. As was generally the case, the Publicity Department had an advance screening of the film during the day, so that we'd have a better sense of the movie we'd be promoting. So, we all headed to the screening room to see the movie. The film was a remake of a 1942 black-and-white horror film. This new version added its own twists, which as I recall vaguely (it's been several decades, and it's a movie I haven't dwelled on over the years), the core of the story is a young woman who turns into a deadly black leopard when her full, repressed emotions come to the surface after she has sex. Until she later, eventually reverts to her human form.
After the film ended, we all headed up the aisle, largely in silence, until we made it to the small lobby area. At last, one of the people in the department spoke up. And what he said was, "The only thing Paul Schrader needs is an exorcism and a good lay."
On this week’s episode of 3rd and Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America, the guest is actress-writer Emerald Fennell, who is perhaps best-known to audiences for her role in The Crown, playing Camilla Parker-Bowles, and as a regular in the series Call the Midwife as Nurse Patsy Mount. Here, she talks about her feature screenwriting-directing debut for the vibrant, offbeat new thriller Promising Young Woman.
I haven't been doing as many of my "The Writers Workbench" columns for the Writers Guild as in the past. But I do pop in with one every once in a while. And given that I suspect the television has become a lot of people's New Best Friend during the past eight months, I thought it would be good timing to look at the new Chromecast with Google TV, a device that "casts" or basically mirrors whatever is on your mobile device onto your TV. It does more than that, but it sort of, kind of turns any television into a Smart TV.
(I also explain in the article how you can mirror your laptop to your TV extremely easily and inexpensively, with the help of only an HDMI cable, which some people may even have a spare lying around the house.)
I addition, the articles look at the Anker PowerExtend USB-C Capsule, a device that expand your outlets and serves as a surge suppressor, but I found that it can also fill a potential limitation of the Chromecast.
As I always note, because the Writers Guild has already coded the article, and it would be convoluted to read it here, this is the link to read all about it.
The guest on this episode of 3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America is screenwriter Susannah Grant, who wrote the screenplays for such films as Erin Brockovich (for which she received an Oscar nomination), 28 Days and Pochahontas, as well as four episodes of the Netflix mini-series Unbelievable, who talks about her career.
On this episode of 3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America, the guests are screenwriting partners Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster who have written two feature films this season, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Needless to say, the subject matter of these two movies seem to have absolutely nothing in common, which shows a wide range of versatility...
I've decided to have another Trump-Free morning. And also catch up on another of my "The Writers Workbench" columns.
This one considers a technology called "mesh networking," but don't worry it's something that's very basic and might be of use to a lot of people. It's very similar to what a lot of people call signal boosting though works a little different -- and in this particular case, really wonderfully.
If your home is set-up in a way that you have a difficult time getting a good, clear, strong Wi-Fi signal throughout the place and have some dead spots, then this is for you. Google Wi-Fi is a mesh networking product that is surprisingly extremely easy to set up (among other things, its app walks you through it step-by step) and even better, works wonderfully well.
As always, rather than reformat the original article, here it is all ready at its home on the WGA website.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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