Getting a Career Writing About Film/TV

Almost Famous

More and more frequently these days, my colleagues and I receive these questions from listeners/readers: How do I get a job writing about film or television? How do I build up an online presence and get myself noticed?

I don’t really know how to answer these questions — but fortunately, I know some very smart people who do. I invited Alison Willmore from Buzzfeed and Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair to join me for a bonus /Filmcast episode, in which we discussed our diverse career paths. We discussed we do for a living, how we got the jobs we have, what advice we’d have for those starting out, and what we’d do differently if we had the chance.

In my opinion, Alison and Joanna are two of the smartest, most observant people in the industry right now. I hope you’ll benefit from their knowledge and experience, as I have. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Cloud City in Force Awakens

At D23 Expo 2015 over the weekend, JJ Abrams and his cast dropped an exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens poster created by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan. In the insane atmosphere of the convention, we really didn’t have time to take it all in. So now that the Disney fan convention is over, I wanted to point out some things I noticed about the poster. There isn’t any mind-blowing observations, only speculative questions. Hit the jump to take a closer look at the Drew Struzan Force Awakens poster and see what we can find.

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Star Wars Land

Over the weekend at D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Bob Iger made the huge announcement that Star Wars Land would be coming to Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando Florida. The announcement was filled with a bunch of juicy details, but raised just as many questions.

Where will these Star Wars-themed lands be located in the existing theme parks? Is Disneyland’s Toontown set to be demolished? When will both Star Wars Lands open to the public? Will Star Wars Land offer any alcoholic beverages? Lets explore these questions and much more, after the jump.

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disney film slate d23 expo 2015

This past weekend was the latest massive Disney update: the D23 Expo 2015, with presentations for Disney’s live-action films, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, not to mention the Disney Parks. We covered Star Wars extensively, from the announcement of Colin Trevorrow as Star Wars Episode IX director to the new cast announcements for Rogue One, and other details. We’ve got concept art and information for new animated projects, and the latest on Disney theme park expansions.

Below, you’ll find a list of links to all our coverage of D23 from the past weekend. Read More »

Best Stories of the Week

While it wasn’t a very busy news week in general, there were a whole slew of updates about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars universe as it gets completely reinvigorated by a new trilogy. We’ve got that news all covered in a forthcoming D23 roundup. Other than that, this edition of Best Stories of the Week still has some good stuff.

Below we recap the week that included a third season renewal for Rick & Morty, casting for The Joker in the LEGO Batman movie, news on Will Smith‘s involvement in the Bad Boys sequels, an Inside Out short film and more. Plus there’s also trailers for The Hateful Eight, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a quick teaser for HBO’s Westworld series and a few others.

Check out all of the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

Rogue One logo

Gareth EdwardsStar Wars: Rogue One is still over a year away, but thanks to D23 we have a tantalizing taste of the upcoming film today.

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Colin Trevorrow Star Wars rumor

The Lucasfilm portion of the D23 Expo 2015 opened with confirmation that Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX. The official into from Lucasfilm is below. Read More »

Captain America: Civil War promo art

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is currently shooting in Germany with one week of production left, and while Marvel Studios stayed home from San Diego Comic Con International 2015, they did show up to Disney’s fan convention D23 Expo 2015 with Captain America (Chris Evans, who got a standing ovation), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and perhaps most importantly, footage from the 2016 release.

Check out our Captain America Civil War D23 footage description after the jump!

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The Jungle Book

We haven’t heard much about Jon Favreau‘s live-action hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book since production ended. The studio released a piece of concept art that revealed what the project might look like once it is done, and the filmmaker had Instagrammed a bunch of behind-the-scenes images showing the progress.

Otherwise, however, it’s been pretty much radio silence since December of last year. And so, this year’s D23 Expo was the public’s first major look at the new project. Happily, The Jungle Book did not disappoint. Get our Jungle Book D23 footage and panel recap — and see the first Jungle Book poster — after the jump.

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