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Posted: Aug 20, 2016 Hosted By: Max Timm It's something we all need to deal with and there is no getting around it! Rewriting, rewriting, rewriting. Welcome back to The Craft, everyone. I'm jumping back into a regular schedule, here, and I'll do my best at keeping up the momentum. Last episode I talked about writer's block and, well, how and why writer's block is pretty much a whole bunch of bullshit and to quote Terry Pratchett, "something invented by people in California who couldn't write". This episode, as I already said, I'll be discussing rewriting. But because rewriting is such a layered, involved, and subjective process, meaning it's different for every project and for every writer, this will be a relatively shorter episode. I don't want to completely confuse everyone, but at the same time, it's a subject that absolutely needs to be discussed. It is also a process that truly needs a helping hand. In other words, please try to not go through the rewriting process on your own and without support. I stress this all the time. Hire a consultant. Take a writing class. Get into a writer's group. The first draft process is one thing, but the rewriting process is an entirely different monster.
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Posted: Aug 27, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Kevin Rexroat

"Florence Foster Jenkins" is a movie that hits all the right notes.

 

One of the best comedies of the year is "Florence Foster Jenkins." It's about an American socialite in the 1940's who fancied herself an exquisite soprano, but couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Meryl Streep plays the title character and earns guffaws every time she sings badly, but this sophisticated entertainment has a lot more on its mind than easy laughs. It's actually a deft character study about her complex marriage to her greatest fan and enabler St. Clair Bayfield (a never better Hugh Grant).

Nicholas Martin's script has a lot to say about what constitutes love and marriage, as well as the pursuit of one's dreams. It may be a period piece but it serves as a deft commentary on fame and talent, especially in our reality TV age. Veteran director Stephen Frears puts it all together perfectly, from the detailed costumes to the vivid production design to the clever cast of supporting players, including a sweetly meek Simon Helberg as Florence's embarrassed accompanist. Few movies can be described as both hilarious and poignant, but this special film is indeed that.

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Kent Williams

Hell or High Water is a modern western, as well as a nuanced morality tale.

 

Just when you thought the entire summer was lost to disappointing comedies and superhero movies, along comes Hell or High Water. It's a chase movie, modern western, and an astute character study of desperate people in Texas doing what they can to survive, even if that means robbing banks. It's also one of 2016's best movies - a taut and suspenseful tale filled with rich performances from top to bottom.

 

There are no black hats or white hats in this script. The bank-robbing brothers driving the story are relatable and sympathetic, and Chris Pine and Ben Foster portray them as complex antiheroes. Equally as nuanced are the Texas lawmen, played by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham, talking smack with each other while hot on the brothers' trail. Taylor Sheridan's character-driven script and David Mackenzie's mindful direction bring a decimated America, still reeling from the 2008 banking crisis, to vivid life onscreen.

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Blair Singer was a Producer on “The Mysteries of Laura” at NBC. Other television work includes “Rizzoli & Isles”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Fairly Legal”,“Weeds”, “Monk” and the “Book of Daniel.” As a playwright, Blair’s play “Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas” was at The Geffen Theater. In November 2008, his play “The Most Damaging Wound” had a sold out run at Manhattan Theatre Source and was praised as an artful comic drama. He was also a writer for the web series “lonelygirl15.” Blair is a graduate of Juilliard School of Drama and is a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition.

 

 

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