The Drunk Guy’s Guide to Every Hollywood Movie Ever Made

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Writing Gigs: Paid Gig in Canada!

Canada takes a huge step forward in its battle for world domination. And does it non-violently, with these entrepreneurs actually offering to pay their writers.

Who says there’s no such thing as a miracle?

from Craigslist Toronto

 Your Vision, Our Future: Seeking TV/Film Writers (Toronto)

compensation: 10 USD/ article

We are looking for two talented writers to join our team part time to help us produce opinion pieces, columns, features and reviews on a regular basis as well as coverage of several Toronto film festivals including TIFF, Hot Docs and TADFF.Interested candidates are asked to send writing samples and a brief cover letter to admin @ Goomba Stomp .comWe do not need your resume. We care about your personality and your skills as a writer and not your past work experience. Indicate the section you are applying to write for in the subject line of your email. It also helps if you include links to your social media accounts.

Feel free to visit our website www . GoombaStomp . com or www. SordidCinema . com

For more info please visit www . goombastomp . com/join-our-team/

Please understand that because we often receive many applications, we cannot guarantee we will reply to every email, but we do try.

You know the drill. TVWriter™ isn’t recommending this gig. We’re putting it out there for you to see and use your own judgment about. If you do answer the ad, please let us know what happens!

Break a leg!

LB: Saying Goodbye to Lin Bolen, A Real TV Pioneer

by Larry Brody

The Real Lin Bolen

One of the darker sides of getting, um, older (as opposed to the brighter ones, like being able to rest longer between workouts and pretend to no longer care about what other people think) is standing on the shore of the river Styx and watching old friends depart this plane of existence.

It doesn’t take long for the bravado behind cynical sentiments like “Better her than me,” or “He’s well out of it now” to  fade away, replaced by the fearful awareness that, “Holy hell, I could be next,” and eventually, if you keep on keeping on, by an awareness of the transience of all things that pervades your entire body.

An awareness that even the coldest of us have to acknowledge as genuine sorrow.

Like the sorrow I’m feeling right now.

Last week I learned that former network executive and television producer Lin Bolen died, just a couple of months before she would have turned 77.

Immediately, I was hit by an unexpectedly strong feeling of loss. We’d known each other for almost 40 years, interacting (that’s the oldster word for hanging together) professionally and personally. We all have professional friends,  so the hell with writing about that. The personal Lin is who’s important.

I met her through my good friend, the late director Paul Wendkos, whose oeuvre included the films Gidget and The Mephisto Waltz, with a ton of TV work before, between, and after. I remember thinking he was the luckiest of men to have a wife so intelligent, strong, and brave.

(Pretty damn good-looking too, but we don’t talk like that anymore.)

A small town girl (Illinois! The heartland! Flyover country in the extreme!), Lin’s talent, style, ambition, and refusal to take any shit from anyone, no matter how high up, enabled her to crash through the very low – I’m thinking waist high – glass ceiling of the time (there were no women anywhere in TV’s higher executive ranks then) and become the head of NBC Daytime Programming, the first woman programming VP at any U.S. network.

Fighting her way through the psycho-sexual showbiz politics of the ’60s and ’70s (and the ’80s, ’90s, and our very own 21st Century as well), Lin introduced long-form daytime serials to TV and gave NBC the “young women’s audience” it needed to survive at the time.

Business magazines didn’t talk all that much about “innovation” then, and that’s really too bad. Because if they had, Lin’s picture would’ve been on all their covers.

Faye Dunaway – not even close

Many of you reading this probably know more about Lin Bolen than you think. Odds are that you’ve seen and heard the version of her played by Faye Dunaway in a not-so-little film called Network.

Dunaway’s character is a foul-mouthed, man-eating shark who has fucked her way to the top where she still continues that particular practice, targeting and seducing every man in her way and leaving a bloody trail of dead male careers and egos behind her.

The film is dark and funny. The portrayal of Lin is darker, and the running joke about the character is how orgasmic she is. As luck would have it, Lin, Paul, and I saw Network together at a studio screening shortly before it came out. Watching the film, I braced myself for the worst, expecting Lin to be, well, at least as livid as Faye’s character had been in just about every scene.

As we walked to the car, I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a trace of anger on Lin’s face. There were, however, a few tears. She and Paul held each other close (they always did that anyway), and at last she spoke, revealing the sensitivity she tried so hard to hide.

“So that’s it?” she said. “Lin Bolen in a nutshell? For the world to see?”

Paul shook his head. “Don’t be silly, Linnie,” he said. “Everyone who knows you will know that’s bullshit. Not even you come that fast.”

I braced myself for the torrent of then-unprintable words to come roiling out of her mouth, but Lin fooled me again. She laughed and moved still closer to him. “Hurry up and get me home, Paulie, and I’ll show you what an amateur that bitch Dunaway is.”

I know this isn’t the kind of story someone usually writes about a recently departed friend. But it’s all about who Lin Bolen really was. An extraordinary human being who met everything she encountered head-on, no matter how much it hurt, in career, life, and love. She and Paul Wendkos loved each other with a ferocity most people can’t even imagine. If anything good has come from her death, it’s that they’re together again.

Hmm. Maybe that trip to the Styx doesn’t have to be so dark after all.

How To Write The Perfect TV Series Review To Captivate Your Readers

Rachel Summers

With TV making so many high quality shows these days, reviewing them can seem like an impossible task. How do you write a review that tells the reader what they need to know, but keep them entertained by reading the review itself? There are tips that will help you do this. Here’s some of the best methods, used by professional writers, that you can put to use yourself.

What Makes A Good Review

Before you write anything, you need to know what makes a good review. What are readers looking for when they read your review? Mostly, they want to know if the TV show you’re reviewing is worth their time. Do they want to invest hours into a show that they may not enjoy after all? Your review has got to tell them what it’s all about, and whether it’s worth their time.

As well of that, of course, it’s got to be entertaining. You can certainly add in your own personality, to ensure that the review doesn’t become dry or dull. “A TV review is just one part of a site, and you want readers to stick around to see what you write next” says professional content writer Annette Saunders from Revieweal. “Be yourself in your review, and talk directly to the reader.”

Summarize The Plot

First of all, in any review you’re going to need to summarize the plot of the show. This is an art, as you want to tell the reader what happens, without spoiling any major plot points for them. This is especially true if you’ve been given a whole season, or at least a few episodes, to watch.

The best way to do this is to give readers the set up to the show. For example, if you’re reviewing Game Of Thrones, you may quickly sketch out the main premise of the show (several characters competing to take the throne of Westeros) and show some of the main characters. This gives readers an idea of what the show’s about, without ruining anything for them.

Evaluate The Script

A big part of what makes a TV show good is how the script works on screen. How is the writing? Are the characters believable? Does the dialogue flow well, or does it feel clunky? When you really pay attention to how the show is written, you’ll see a lot of evidence to whether it’s worth the reader’s time.

Look At The Producer’s Past Work

When it comes to major TV shows, you’ll find that there are usually big names behind them. Take a look at who’s behind the show you’re reviewing. Readers will find it interesting to see who helped create it, as it will give them an idea for the feel and quality of the show. You can bring this up by examining how a show fits into a producer’s current body of work. You can also point it out if they have a cult status amongst a certain demographic. For example, Firefly was hugely popular with sci-fi fans, as it was written by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Examine The Acting

Of course, the actors in a TV show will carry a lot of meaning for you as a reviewer. Look at them, and what they’re providing to the show. Do they really embody the characters they’re playing? How do they interact with each other? Good actor can really elevate a TV show, so point out your feelings on this score.

Technicalities Of Writing

Of course, a good review isn’t all about what you write about, it’s how you write it too. You need to write professionally, so readers will keep coming back to get your opinion.
A good review will be fair, well structured, and give a definite opinion. Many reviewers choose to state their opinion in the headline, so readers will come in to see why they feel a certain way.

Once you’ve written it, ensure that you’re proofreading and editing it before the post goes live. Even the smallest error can cause a lot of issues later on down the line, and you want to avoid that. Give yourself enough time to edit your post thoroughly.

With these tips, you’ll be able to write engaging TV reviews that will entertain and inform your audience every time. Use them when you’re writing and you’ll be able to keep your readers coming back for your opinions on the latest TV shows and other forms of entertainment out there.

Rachel Summers is a writer and educator living and working in the UK. She specialises in working with students to help them get the most out of their education, both in and out of the classroom. Read Rachel’s blog for more tips and links to helpful writing services.

Everything You Need To Know About Crowdfunding In 2018 Part 2

by John Hawthorne

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two parts. You can read Part 1 HERE

The Major Players

When it comes to crowdfunding, Kickstarter and Indiegogo are the Google and Amazon of the industry. They have been crowdfunding mainstays the past decade producing the most consistent results. Together they have raised a combined $3 billion for their entrepreneurs.

1) Kickstarter

  • Summary: It wasn’t the first – that distinction goes to ArtistShare – but Kickstarter has been the most successful, raising over $2 billion since coming on-line in 2009.
  • Best For: Creatives. Art. Film. Games. Music. Publishing. Kickstarter gears itself to those wanting to share what they create with the masses.
  • Funding and Fees: If a campaign is unsuccessful, no money changes hands. Kickstarter keeps 5% if a campaign meets its funding goal with a processing fee up to 5%.

2) Indiegogo

  • Summary: Launched in 2007, Indiegogo has facilitated over $1 billion in funds across 150,000+ campaigns.
  • Best For: Pretty much everyone, from general creative projects to charity and humanitarian geared groups.
  • Funding and Fees: Indiegogo offers the option to keep your funding even if a goal is not met. Their fee is 5% of all funding. Processing fees are 3% plus $0.30 per transaction.

A Few More to Consider

Smaller, but no less dynamic, these sites offer a more tailored approach versus Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

3) GoFundMe

  • Summary: If you ever needed loose change to complete a gas station purchase, the person in line you asked was named GoFundMe.
  • Best For: This is the small stakes side of crowdfunding. Born of people needing to cover personal costs, GoFundMe has evolved into a hub for locals seeking funds through a grassroots network of donations.
  • Funding and Fees: Like Kickstarter, 5% of fully funded campaigns. Zero dollars if a goal isn’t met. Handling fees are up to 3%.

4) RocketHub

  • Summary: Around since 2010, in the past few years RocketHub has redirected its focus as more venture capital than crowdfunding, although that component does remain.
  • Best For: Startups. RocketHub is a bit more limited than Kickstarter and Indiegogo with only four main categories. A partnership with A&E affords the right pitch the potential for wider exposure.
  • Funding and Fees: RocketHub takes 4% commission if a goal is reached. 8% if it’s not. They also charge a 4% credit card handling fee. You can keep funds regardless of campaign success.

5) Razoo

  • Summary: Smaller and not as well-known as some other sites, Razoo is no less powerful. Since 2006, Razoo has seen $500 million raised for a multitude of causes.
  • Best For: Worthy Causes. Razoo helps connect donators with the causes they care most about. Anything from water programs in third world countries to uniforms for a local youth soccer team.
  • Funding and Fees: 4% to 5% depending on fundraising type. 2.9% processing fee.

These are just a few. Research as many platforms as necessary to find one that best supports you, your idea and your funding campaign.

Know Your Audience

You’ve developed your idea and narrowed down the best place to present it. It’s time to get funded.

Crowdfunding is a social exercise. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum and to effectively score that much needed capital you must reach people willing to support you.

The best starting point is a small circle of trusted friends and acquaintances to help spread the word and tap social networks that you may be unable to access. Remember, the most effective crowdfunding is viral. But to get your idea spreading quickly, it needs a starting place. Usually your friends are that starting point. If you can get them on board with your idea, they can be your greatest evangelists.

From there, you’ll have to move beyond friends and convince strangers to give you money. To maximize that generosity, target those that will boost your project to its funding goal and beyond. This goes back to knowing your project and who should hear your story.

People who love sports are drawn to sports. People who love movies are drawn to movies. People who love cooking are drawn to avocados. You get the idea. Appeal to their interests and reward them for it. Don’t offer random rewards unrelated to your project. Offer rewards that your audience will love.

Don’t be afraid to tap into the emotions of those you are seeking to reach. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of selling your idea, but there is a finished project on the horizon you will want people to touch, see, taste or hear. You’ll want to as many people as possible there at the end to experience it with you.

Know Yourself

Who are you?

No seriously, who are you? And why do you want my money? Why should I give to you?

You are not only selling your idea, you are selling yourself. It is shown over and over that people who contribute to a project are not only buying into the project or idea, they are buying into the person or persons behind it.

They are buying into you.

As important as the right idea and the right platform and the right audience are, none of those matter unless you sell yourself as the one to pull the whole thing off.

Make your pitch clear and concise. Whenever possible do a video. Offer cool rewards or milestone shares. Keep your campaign tight. Thirty to sixty days is the most effective time period for the vast majority of funding campaigns.

Whatever the message and regardless of how you deliver it, always be mindful that people funding your project or idea are really funding you.


As you can see, crowdfunding is no small feat. There is plenty to consider when ramping up your foray into crowdfunding. Not to mention living in a time of very short attention spans, makes rising above the crowd even more daunting.

Be prepared. Don’t be afraid to stand out. Understand who you are trying to reach and let them understand you. Put yourself on the platform that suits you and your ideas and goals the best.

Like anything in this world – building a house, making a movie, creating a website – if the blueprints, script or code is well conceived, on point and thoughtfully developed, the foundation laid will be incredibly strong.

Crowdfunding is no different. Build the right foundation, and your venture will easily stand tall amongst the crowd.

John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. This article was originally published at Floship.Com. Reprinted with the author’s permission.

Everything You Need To Know About Crowdfunding In 2018 Part 1

by John Hawthorne

Imagine you have an idea and need some funding. You go to a bank. Right? You might have a conversation like this:

“Hey, Bank Loan Officer, I’ve got a fantastic idea, but need cash to get it off the ground.”



“Fine. I’ll need your date of birth, date of birth of your dog, blood samples from you, your mom, your dad, your neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor. Then also the name of your future grandchild, the make and model of your first car and the birthplace of your grade school teacher.”


“In triplicate.”


“Yeah, just kidding. Still no.”

Sound familiar?

Of course it doesn’t. The reliance on bank loans to help get a small, fledgling idea off the ground is a thing of the past.

So what does an entrepreneur do these days instead of begging on bending knee at the glass and marble relics of the past? You turn to a very public, very social, very now way of raising capital.


Socially Raising Money in a Very Social World

What is crowdfunding?

Simply put, it is requesting and receiving money online from strangers in the hopes of funding a particular project, charity or business.

Easy enough, right? Well…

Crowdfunding has been around for a while, as early as 2003 on the internet. During much of its infancy, musicians or filmmakers were the main forces behind the phenomena. Producing content for fans, paid for by fans.

Recent years though have shown it to be a truly viable source for funding creative and business projects alike.

Past campaigns have raised millions of dollars for everything from a smartwatch to video and board games to a cooler to a Veronica Mars movie. That’s an eclectic list.

There are hundreds of thousands of people looking to be part of a new or updated idea. Whether just wanting a perk from the creative process to actually owning a piece of the pie, no idea is too big or too small for a willing online community with a want to be part of something fresh and exciting.

And that’s where you and your fantastic idea come in. Before we get to that most satisfying of places in the creative process – the finish line – there are a few basic tenets to understand to ensure a successful crowdfunded campaign.

Know Your Project

Sounds simple enough? Maybe even a bit trite?

Perhaps, but it is key to crowdfunding success.

Knowing what you want and what you want to achieve in this process drives everything forward. Yes, there may be components along the way more directly tied to the success of a funding campaign, but your idea sets it all in motion.

So you really need to know it, inside and out. Specifically, knowing your goals and what your endgame may be. To get from there to here a series of questions to ask and answer yourself will help coalesce your approach heading into a crowdfunding project.

First, is my funding goal realistic? How long do I need to reach it? Do I need the entire funding goal or just a portion of funds? It’s essential to think through every aspect of funding here. You probably need more than what it costs to produce your project. You also need to be able to market it, distribute it, and deal with setbacks. Think through every single detail of funding.

Next, figure out what makes your project enticing and what will push it over the funding finish line. What rewards can you offer those contributing to get the project off the ground. If you really want people to get on board, you need to offer really good rewards. Most people aren’t going to fund your campaign out of the goodness of their hearts. Your close friends and family will, but the rest want to get something valuable. So what will you offer and why will people want it?

Finally, understand who will benefit from your idea? Who will it reach? Who should it reach? When it comes to marketing your idea, you need to know exactly who you’re targeting. Without this knowledge, you won’t reach your target audience.

You are certainly not expected to have all the answers at this stage. Ideas evolve and outlooks change. But knowing your project and the direction you are aiming puts you well above others vying for crowdfunding dollars.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a creative with a song to sing or an entrepreneur with a widget to sell. Every story has a story, and knowing yours moves the needle much high on your funding success.

Know Your Platform

You’ve crafted and understand your idea, your story, more fully. Now you need a place to tell it.

Needless to say, the crowdfunding world is…crowded. And varied.

There are a multitude of outlets to facilitate your project funding, but which one to use? Different sites provide different services.

Do you want rewards based crowdfunding (contributions unlock rewards) or an equity based service (funding party becomes a shareholder)?

Do you need to keep a potion of the funds even if a campaign does not meet its intended goal?

To help cut through the crowd, here’s a quick overview of five primary crowdfunding platforms:

The Major Players

Continued in Part 2, which just happens to be HERE

John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. This article was originally published at Floship.Com. Reprinted with the author’s permission.

WGAW January 2018 Calendar

What’s happening this month at the Writers Guild of America West

A clickable version is HERE