MLK & The Six Wives of Henry VIII

January 27, 2013

Just finished Godfrey Hodgson’s biography of Martin Luther King Jnr. Good book, in an earlier post I spoke about how the intro alone made me want to go to Atlanta and the rest of the book was good and seemed like a fair assessment of the man’s life. Only slight criticism was around the March on Washington. As most of these books are it was pretty chronological yet it pretty much skipped the buildup to and the actual event of the March. It was reflected on a little earlier on in the book but with such a chronological structure it’s omission felt odd and it felt like the book skipped from early 1963 to 1964. Reading it I felt the Writer felt there was too much other work out there about it, I felt he was intimidated out of writing about it. Seemed like a strange decision, the Letter from Birmingham Jail has had loads written about it but was examined in detail here. I guess it hasn’t the same kind of worldwide iconography.
Now reading The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser. I don’t remember much other than Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived but after reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel I’ve gotten interested in the wives. Fraser clearly as a serious reputation as a killer writer of biographies so looking forward to getting into it.

The Hollywood Reporter Annual Roundtable videos

January 25, 2013

Link here to the this year’s The Hollywood Reporter annual roundtable series of long interviews with Actresses, Actors, Writers, key creatives from the award season nominees.

THR roundtable homepage grab

Harry Belafonte

January 22, 2013

Blown away by Storyville just finished on BBC4. Harry Belafonte was the subject of the film. Opening sequence structured to immediately blow away what you think you know about this ‘singer’. Again and again Storyville series shows these fabulous documentaries. I’m figuring it’ll be on bbc iPlayer for the next 7 days. Readers outside the uk not sure what kind of access to iPlayer you might have but try and track it down. Amazing life and amazing rage at injustice that has fired his life and work for so many decades. Any amount of time spent tracking it down will be worth it.

MLK + Coriolanus

January 21, 2013

Reading Godfrey Hodgson’s biography of Martin Luther King. Only just started it but the intro alone makes me want to go to Atlanta. The history of Atlanta’s development as a centre of Black America wasn’t something I knew too much about. Reading stories of its development from the late 1800’s was illuminating. Chicago I knew quite a lot about and I was pleased to get to go there last year, now I want to go to Atlanta.
I’m also reading Coriolanus screenplay by John Logan. I’ve not read the Shakespeare play but I did see and enjoy the film adaptation Directed by Ranulph Fiennes.

2012 in review- Checking out the stats.

January 13, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


This wasn’t a very busy posting year for me. trying to do better in 2013!

Reading Screenplays

January 13, 2013

Downloaded a load of screenplays last week or so. Award season always results in screenplays becoming even more easily available. A lot of the sites host ‘for your consideration’ with some of the less fancied being available. Read Armour, Arbitage and now on the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. As you might see I am simply going alphabetical (I guess Argo wasn’t available on these sites. I might scriptorama it when I get the time) on my eReader. Not seen any of these three films and a lot of the ones I downloaded I am yet to see. I really enjoy reading screenplays and hardly ever feel that it diminishes the actual film when I eventually get to see. For me I just love the format of the screenplay and well-written ones really flow.

award season

January 7, 2013

I always like this time of year because as the Oscars approach screenplays from the last 12 months or so become easily accessible as all the ‘for your consideration’-ing mean the studios, productions companies, MGM, The Weinstein Company, etc put all of their wannabes in one place. All pdf’s. There are lots of alternative sites, I like Drew’s-scriptorama over simply scripts and imsdb but slight irritation at the multiple formats (html, pdf, doc) as I prefer pdfs for my e-reader.
Writer’s Guild on twitter had a link to some of the sites but I guess if you search around directly on the sites you’ll find the downloads available.
The only problem with reading these if you’ve not seen the film was highlighted when I watched The Iron Lady last night I spent the first 20 minutes convinced I’d seen the film already. Reading the screenplay about a year ago but not seeing the film until last night was the problem. Usually the gap is shorter between the reading and the seeing.

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