The Morning Read: How To Get On ‘SNL,’ Movie Math and a Producer’s Least Favorite Question

By  · Published on August 23rd, 2013

The morning’s best writing from around the movie website-o-sphere.

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“The God of SNL Will See You Now” – Current and former Saturday Night Live cast members describe their audition experience (for better or for Marc Maron) with a powerful man who almost never laughs.

“MysteryExec’s Advice to male screenwriters on writing women” – An insider goes off on Twitter, and The Black Board is there to collect it all and start a worthwhile discussion. Don’t be scared away: this advice is for female screenwriters, too. Laziness knows no gender.

“How Jim Carrey’s belief system explains his choices, in movies and in life” – Matt Singer braves the mind of a grandfather we want to remember as Fire Marshal Bill.

“Gavin Polone on His Least Favorite Question: ‘No, I Will Not Do You a Fucking Favor’” – The producer of Panic Room, Zombieland and others gets something off his chest in a bid for transactional understanding. And if you hop down the rabbit hole of Josh Olson’s “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” (which Polone references), you’ll want to check out this and this. Polone doesn’t earn that level of ire here, but there’s still a tiny violin playing for him somewhere in the inky blackness of space.

“Doing the math ‘predicts’ which movies will be box office hits” – profiles a new algorithm published in “PLOS ONE” that has a better success rate in predicting what movies will be hits. An interesting discovery, if only to see how depressingly low older predicative models are.

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