It’s Okay to Squeal for Idris Elba, It Really is

Vanity Fair even says so:

Idris Elba interview capture

Should Idris Elba play Superman?

Sure, Henry Cavill already has the job, from both Man of Steel and the upcomingBatman vs. Superman movie, but Idris Elba dressed as Superman while DJing a Halloween party and, in his own words, got a lot of compliments. So if Cavill’s ever in the mood to hang up the cape, Elba—star of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and eternal icon from The Wire—is ready to take over.

Talking to V.F.’s Krista Smith behind the scenes of our 2014 Hollywood Issuecover shoot, Elba revealed the embarrassing details of his first on-screen job, where he gets recognized as Stringer Bell from The Wire, and the beatboxing skills you probably didn’t know he had. See it all in the video above, and for more from behind the scenes of the Hollywood issue cover shoot, take a look at the gallery below.

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Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/20/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are
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  • Jessie Eisenberg (THE REVISIONIST – a play) has sold a short story collection,  Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories to Grove Atlantic. (And you thought the Jessman was just another nerdy pretty face, no? Hey, baby, take it from the muncher – star power sells.)
  • Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) is adapting the British thriller drama series UTOPIA for HBO. (Cuz she has a hot indie film and a deal already in place at HBO which makes her the perfect choice. Especially that last bit – the deal already in place. Hey, peeps were asking why I’ve been so positive lately so I’ve gotta squash that, you know? Wouldn’t wanna ruin me rep.)
  • Sarah Schecter (Warner Brothers production exec) is the new head person at Berlanti Productions. (Which means that if you know her, use her! Cuz that, friends and neighbors is the heart and soul of that wonderful little thang called showbiz!)
  • Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges (2013 Nicholl Fellowship Winners) are writing a Lifetime movie about “Jesus’ early life and formative years.” (And you betcha ole’ muncher can talk trash about this one. But won’t. Except to point out that this is another wonderful example of showbiz in action. Hire award-winning, high-style writers to churn out some “Young Jesus” or “Jesus: The Lost Years” trash. Welcome to TV, Frank and David!)

Peggy Bechko Wants to Teach You How to “Romance Your Novel”

Doesn't Peggy look writerly as hell here? As well as, you know, romantic?
Doesn’t Peggy look writerly as hell here? As well as, you know, romantic?

And if anybody can do that, it’s the Pegmeistress.

Here’s the skinny:

Have you wanted to write a Romance Novel, begun it and then just didn’t feelconfident enough to keep on going? Did you have questions you couldn’t resolvefor yourself? Or did you have an idea but didn’t know where to begin? Maybe youworked your way through the first draft, but you feel it just needs something?

It’s been said many times in many ways, “the most effective way to learn to write is to WRITE.”In this class, writing is what you’ll do.

As with most things in life, writing for any venue takes a lot of practice.

There is, however, another element, one which is elusive.As Somerset Maughm said, “there are three rules for writing the novel.Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”This kind of leaves the field wide open and since, as any writer will tellyou, anything one tells you may be countermanded by another writer’s method, it’s all about finding your own voice.

So this particular course is designed for those who are already writing or wish to write a romance novel.

In this course Peggy Bechko will help you to succeed where you may have hesitated in writing that Romance novel and getting your writing out there.With a lively, personal approach to spark your ideas and writing, topics in this course will include:

·Getting Started

·Character and Conflict, which comes first?

·Pulling it all together Conflict & Action/Planning & Plotting

·Point of View – do you want to get into her head or her skin?

·Look who’s talking – inquiring minds want to know

·Subplots – got ‘em? No? Then get ‘em

·Sexuality-sensuality – there are many levels

·Ending it all

·Researching the market

·Wrapping it all up

Romancing Your Novel Workshop will guide you on how to get that romance novel written, offer resources to help you move along and enjoy doing it all at the same time. It’s a fun and eye-opening course for new and learning romance writers!

Find out more about how you can work online with TVWriter™’s favorite romantic!

EDITOR’S NOTE: In her comment on this post below, Peggy tells us she has graciously created a coupon code that will give TVWriter™ers 50% off the cost of the class till March 5th. That’s fifty-%$!#-percent! Pretty good deal, no?

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Thanks, Peggy!

How to Optimize Your Environment for Creativity with The Perfect Temperature, Lighting and Noise levels

Now here’s a project we can sink our teeth into. We mean, hell, it sure beats actually, you know, creating, no?


by Belle Beth Cooper

I’ve written about how creativity works in the brain before, and I found it really useful to understand this process. Or, I should say, multiple processes.

There’s so much going on in the brain during creativity that science is still trying to pin down exactly how it all works.

What we do know is which three parts of the brain work together to help us create and come up with new ideas:

The Attentional Control Network helps us with laser focus on a particular task. It’s the one that we activate when we need to concentrate on complicated problems or pay attention to a task like reading or listening to a talk.

The Imagination Network as you might have guessed, is used for things like imagining future scenarios and remembering things that happened in the past. This network helps us to construct mental images when we’re engaged in these activities.

The Attentional Flexibility Network has the important role of monitoring what’s going on around us, as well as inside our brains, and switching between the Imagination Network and Attentional Control for us.


Understanding how important connections are to creativity has also made a difference to how I try to generate new ideas. Once we have a lot of knowledge, we need to spend time making connections between it all—this is where creativity comes in.

I’ve shared some ideas in my previous post about creativity to help you come up with new ideas, such as putting yourself in challenging situations, criticizing your own ideas and being open to having lots of (bad) ideas in order to find just a few great ones—something Seth Godin is a fan of:

Someone asked me where I get all my good ideas, explaining that it takes him a month or two to come up with one and I seem to have more than that. I asked him how many bad ideas he has every month. He paused and said, “none.”

These tips are handy, but I’ve found that my environment makes a big difference to how productive I am, and how easily I can brainstorm new, creative ideas.

It turns out, environmental factors like noise levels, temperature and lighting can make a big difference to how creative we are. Here’s what the research says about setting up your environment for optimal levels of creativity.

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Will FIREFLY Reboot as a Limited Series?

Here’s a consumation devoutly to be wished by, well, it should be wished by everybody who loves well-written/acted/mounted TV and not just fanatical Whedonites:

firefly-river-tamby James Hibbard

There’s not a TV show cancellation in the whole ‘verse that causes more online howling than Fox’s Firefly. So forEntertainment Weekly‘s package on TV shows that deserve a second life in this week’s issue (buy), we just had to explore the idea of rebooting the sci-fi cult favorite that was axed after just half a season aired in 2002. To be clear: There’s no revival currently planned and there are many obstacles to this happening (perhaps first and foremost is that star Nathan Fillion is exclusive to Fox’s rival network ABC for his role on Castle, which is currently in its most-watched season). And last year, the show’s ultra-busy creator Joss Whedon told EW he preferred to focus on building new worlds rather than revisiting old ones. So to get a fresh take, we went to the show’s former writer-producer Tim Minear, who is under contract with Firefly rights owner 20th Century Fox TV. Minear is working on FX’s American Horror Story, but gamely agreed to explore the odds of bringing the show back.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what are the chances of this ever happening?
Minear: I would never foreclose the possibility. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms. In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. It would be great. But first everybody has their respective projects that limits them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate.

If it were to happen, what is the most likely form that it would take?
Minear: I’m completely talking off the top of my head, but there’s a show that’s been on for the last couple years that’s reinvented the form in terms of the limited series. I’m trying to think of the name of that show — Oh yes!American Horror Story! It doesn’t have to be 13 episodes. Look how Sherlock does it.

Oh, that is a good idea. They’re all the rage now that networks are into doing event TV.
Minear: I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It would have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.

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