Thoughts About Women, Purses, and Their Place on TV, Film & – OMG! – Real Life

by Elizabeth English

Do you ever wonder how it is possible that women in movies & TV almost never carry purses? Somehow, they go out for the day without a purse, drive a car, talk on their cell phones, use their credit card, and All without a purse to hold them, or pockets.

Even in cop shows, guns, handcuffs, car keys, flashlight, cell phones, etc. arrive in their hands without any place to hold them prior to their use!

Example: Julia Roberts’ character in the Pretty Woman film, dressed in a skin-tight mini dress, spends the day going around Beverly Hills ?in taxis, shopping at all the exclusive boutiques and ?stores, having lunch in a restaurant, & etc., then returns to her hotel room, without a purse to hold her credit card, lipstick, hairbrush, Kleenex, hotel keys, money, or anything else she may need for all of these activities. It’s the fantasy magic of film, apparently! read article

In the COVID Era, Stories of Hope are Acts of Resistance

Press agentry or public concern? We’re going with the latter and bringing you this message from actors Emma Thompson and Gael Garcia Bernal, as well as the animated short we believe is well worth watching.

By Emma Thompson and Gael García Bernal
via Indiewire

Don’t get us wrong: we believe in the cautionary power of dystopian stories. As actors, we have both brought to life worlds ravaged by uncontrollable disease, lethal weather, and mad kings. This form of art has a long and rich tradition: it acts as a warning of what is to come if society does not change course. But in times like ours, we’ve been feeling the urge to experiment in something a little more challenging: utopian art. After all, you don’t need much imagination for dystopia these days. read article

25 Things Mark Evanier has Learned About the Comic Book Industry

Mark Evanier, one of the biggest writing talents in TV, comic books, and blogging is writing a series of articles on the comic book industry, which – no surprise here – it turns out is very much like the TV biz as well.

Here’s Mark’s latest installment on the subject. (I couldn’t find all of the previous parts, but here’s one.)

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A Summer Ending/Fall Beginning Convo with Herbie J Pilato

TVWriter™’s pioneering Consulting Editor Emeritus discusses his show, Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, his latest book, and nostalgic memories of summers gone by.

by Herbie J Pilato

Writer/producer Herbie J Pilato is the host of the TV talk show THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, now streaming on Amazon Prime and the author of several pop-culture/media tie-in books. He has been part of TVWriter™ for over 20 years and is Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J HERE.

Stephanie Bourbon on Using a Beat Sheet

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us that organizing your story, whether it’s for TV, film, or publication, is more crucial than any of us likes to admit. (How long have I been preaching this? Huh? Huh? Thanks for the support, Stephanie!)

How to Use a Beat Sheet
by Stephanie Bourbon

…And finish that work in progress. read article