The Office character Dwight Schrute didn't just speak the Dothraki language from Game of Thrones, he improved it: the writers correctly used its grammar and invented a new construction. David J. Peterson, the language's creator, made it canon and named it the Schrutean compound. dothraki.com/2012/10/doth…
In 2016 the writer of Dragonball Evolution formally apologized to fans of the franchise. He said that he approached the project with no passion and only wanted the money. He accepted full responsibility for the quality of the film and viewed it as a learning experience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer's strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life. rd.com/article/burger-kin…
Newman's Own started out as an inside joke between Paul Newman and friend and writer AE Hotchner, who would tease Newman for calling late at night just to 'talk about salad dressing'. They began making batches for holiday gifts. To date, over $500 million has gone to charities. vanityfair.com/news/2015/…
Co-writer of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Bill Danoff, had never been to West Virginia and actually considered using Massachusetts in the lyrics instead. He also later went on to write and record the 1976 #1 hit "Afternoon Delight." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned about Nominative Determinism, the idea that people gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was coined by a New Scientist writer noting studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting names, such as an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nom…
French writer Alexandre Dumas ( The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers) was a black man. And his father was a black general during French Revolution known as "Black Devil" or Diable Noir, standing as one of the highest-ranking men of African descent. youtube.com/watch?v=yTW2V…
Billy Bob Thornton was told he was too ugly to be an actor, so he should write his own screenplay and star in it. So, he wrote and starred in Sling Blade, for which he won the screenplay Oscar. The man who told him he was too ugly was Billy Wilder, 6-time Oscar-winning writer and director. youtu.be/mfIjOZ4mzyE?t=14…
When World War 1 started, British writer H.G. Wells called it "the war to end war", arguing that only the defeat of German militarism could bring an end to war. US President Woodrow Wilson later used the term to justify US entry into the war, claiming it was necessary to preserve human freedom. vision.org/history-the-gr…
Leo Tolstoy believed that Shakespeare was an insignificant, inartistic writer. He considered "Shakespeare veneration" a harmful cultural vacci-nation administered to everyone without their consent, and that the sooner people free themselves from the false glorification of Shakespeare, the better meetup.com/en-AU/Art-Appr…
Shari Lewis - creator and puppeteer of Lamb Chop, and writer of The Song That Never Ends - co-wrote an episode of the original Star Trek series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
In the late 30's Woody Gurthrie (writer/singer of "This Land Is Your Land”) wrote columns and cartoons for the Communist newspaper People's World. doi.org/10.1080/00947679.…
Ursula K. Le Guin was a famous science fiction writer and poet. Her father was A. L. Kroeber, a cultural anthropologist, who studied Native Americans in California. One of his most recognized works involved a man that he had named Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._…
A song-writer partner with Ed Sheeran, Johnny MdCaid, of which has written 200-300 songs with Ed. One way that Johnny handled Ed's low attention span was to bring in a huge amount of Lego into the studio and he'd keep him inside the room to be able to finish songs and keep writing youtu.be/ZpMNJbt3QDE?t=14…
The character of Ian Malcolm in "Jurassic Park" was nearly written out of the script. The writers planned to combine him with the character of Dr. Grant, but Jeff Goldblum wanted to be in a Steven Spielberg movie and asked Spielberg to keep the character. youtube.com/watch?v=py9lr…
, Craig Mazin, the writer who co-wrote Scary Movie 3 and 4 also wrote Chernobyl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pitched a mystery story to an author, about a man trapped in a boring life, who dreams of running off with $5 million and starting over. 6 top mystery writers wrote a chapter each, and the book was published, and even turned into a movie in 1936 mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Run Rudolph Run (AKA Run Run Rudolph) were written by the same person, the brother-in-law of the writer of the original Rudolph poem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The episode of Seinfeld titled "The Revenge" when George quits his job and then shows back up to work as if nothing happened in hopes of keeping it was inspired by Larry David's real-life story of quitting his job as a writer at SNL and doing the same thing vanityfair.com/news/2017/…
Screenwriter Robert Towne so hated the finished Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan that he pulled his name off the film and credited his dog as writer. The dog, P.H. Vazak, ended up with an Oscar nomination. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
When you see the writing credits for a movie, the word β€œand” between names means the writers worked separately and an ampersand (i.e., β€œ&”) between names means they were a writing team. raindance.org/what-an-amp…
There was a Russian adaptation of Married...with Children that remade (almost) all original episodes, plus a hundred more with fan input and the American writers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Mindy from The Office, wrote, directed, and produced episodes, and she was the most prolific writer of the original writing staff en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Charlie From 'The Chocolate Factory' was originally "a little black boy" but the writer's agent thought it was a bad idea so they made him white npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
WW1 was started in large part because of a novella written 6 years prior by the Russian writer, Leonid Andreyev. His short story inspired a group of Bosnian revolutionaries to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand. bbc.co.uk/programmes/arti…
Mamoru Samuragochi is a deaf Japanese composer, who known as the β€œdigital-age Beethoven” and creator of Onimusha’s OST. But, it later turned out that all of his works in 18 years were actually written by a ghost writer. And his deafness is all fake newyorker.com/culture/cul…
Steven King has an award winning (on his own merit) son, who is the writer of the book the AMC series NOS4A2 is based on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe…
β€˜Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry was a pilot for a Pan Am flight that crashed in the Syrian desert in 1947. He took charge of the survivors and even walked to get help from a local village. The crash convinced him to leave the airline to pursue his goal of becoming a screen writer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Jenji Kohan, creator of β€œWeeds” and β€œOrange Is the New Black,” has 2 brothers. One of them, David, co-created β€œWill & Grace” and was a writer on β€œThe Wonder Years.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
The lead singer from the President's of the United States of America, Chris Ballew, is now a prolific children's song writer/performer known as "Caspar Babypants" wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspar…
Simpsons creator Matt Groening and writer Stephen King played in a band called Rock Bottom Remainders vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
In 2002, a Marvel comics writer based an alternate version of Nick Fury on Samuel L Jackson, using his image without permission. Jackson discovered this and nearly took legal action. Marvel offered to cast him as Fury if the character was ever in a movie. Jackson took the deal. time.com/5533325/nick-fur…
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pressured writer Boris Pasternak to decline a Nobel Prize for Literature, after publishing his banned novel Doctor Zhivago. After retirement, Khrushchev obtained a copy of the novel and stated, "We shouldn't have banned it. I should have read it myself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
Today I learned of Alexander of Abonoteichus, a roman era cult leader who made people believe a sock-puppet was a snake-god. He was so influential even the emperor joined his cult, and the few sceptics who opposed him were christians, epicureans and writer Lucian of Samosata, who tried to expose him as a fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The movie 'Salt of the Earth' which is based in a true story of a 15 month-long strike and it was blacklisted by Hollywood because the writer, the director and the producer were alleged members of the Communist party and the actress Rosaura Revueltas was deported for being in this movie, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
In the past, Chinese writers would use pejorative symbols: such as dog and monkey radicals, to write the names of ethnic groups that the Chinese didn't like. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned of 'The Comet', a sci-fi short story written in 1920 by American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois. It tells the story of a Black man and White woman who survive when the population of New York is obliterated. It is credited by many as the foundation for writers of Afrofuturism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When WB executives demanded "Pinky And The Brain" writers to add a new character, they created the episode "Pinky & the Brain...and Larry" in spite of them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The "chestburster" scene from Alien was inspired by Crohn's Disease. The writer, Dan O'Bannon, suffered from the debilitating disorder, where "the digestion process felt like something bubbling inside of [O'Bannon] struggling to get out." He also handpicked H.R. Giger to design the aliens. syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, was inspired to write the books based on a dream she had. Stephenie said she was never a writer before Twilight. edition.cnn.com/2009/LIVI…
John Parr (writer and singer of St Elmos Fire) had an even more well known hit: he wrote the Gillette β€œthe best a man can get” jingle. tampabay.com/forget-john-…
Back to the Future co-writer Bob Gale was reluctant to include original footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly for the Blu-Ray set because "We didn't want to make Eric feel bad". Stoltz shot for five weeks in the lead role before Michael J. Fox was picked instead cinemablend.com/dvdnews/B…
Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Roger Waters all have declared that John Prine is among their all time favorite song writers. Cash said he listens to Prime when he wants to get into a song writing mood, and Dylan claimed no one could write true to life characters like Prine could. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Chris Matheson, one of the co-writers of the Bill and Ted franchise, is the son of legendary sci-fi author Richard Matheson (I Am Legend). rollingstone.com/movies/m…
TV writer David Wise was tutored by, among others, Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Frank Herbert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The term "Cletus Safari" - (the kind of news article in which the writer makes an expedition from some enclave of sophisticationβ€”New York City, let's sayβ€”to go talk to the exotic folk out in the hinterlands to get their take on an issue of interest.) mikepope.com/blog/AddComm…
Hampton Fancer, co-writer of the Blade Runner movies, was born to a Mexican-Danish mother in Los Angeles and ran away at 15yo to Spain to become a flamenco dancer. He renamed himself "Mario Montejo" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ham…
Mystery writer and the inventor of the detective novel Edgar Allen Poe's death is actually a mystery itself. The death certificate and medical records were lost and there is no definitive cause of death. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A small percentage of the population can read during their dreams, and they tend to be writers, especially poets. inverse.com/article/38510…

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