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8 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Anthony McCarten. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Anthony McCarten, often where they are interviewed.

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Anthony McCarten

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Screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten has penned the Oscar-winning lead acting roles in biopics such as “The Theory of Everything,” “Darkest Hour” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” as of late. His latest film is “The Two Popes,” which tells the story of Pope Benedict’s 2013 resignation as head of the Catholic Church, and current Pope Francis’ reluctant acceptance of the Chair of St. Peter. The script presents a struggle of wills and ideas, Benedict representing the Church’s strong traditionalist roots, and Francis representing a clear and present necessity for growth and change.

In order to really capture these two men with respect and compassion, however, McCarten says he had to go beyond taking sides. He had to understand them, to absorb views counter to his own and synthesize something he calls the overarching crisis in the world today: a crisis of listening. In this episode of “The Call Sheet,” McCarten discusses how he simultaneously developed both a screenplay and a play around this material and what the subjects of “The Two Popes” share with some of those towering individuals he’s written as of late.

Jan 09 2020 · 28mins
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The Two Popes Q&A - Anthony McCarten

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Host Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriter Anthony McCarten about The Two Popes.

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Jan 09 2020 ·

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How to write a Netflix hit with The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour screenwriter & producer Anthony McCarten

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Screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten joins Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Dom Lenoir (Winter Ridge) to talk about writing The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything & Darkest Hour. He talks about where the ideas come from. How to work through the script and how to write the characters who are real whilst re- checking the research 

Anthony discusses getting permission to write The Theory of Everything. The Stephen Hawkings biopic which took 8 years. After that film became a hit how the doors suddenly opened to the Hollywood rooms.

How to live with doubt and how this industry is full of rejection. The moment the phone rang and it was Queen asking him to write the script to Bohemian Rhapsody 

Turning his play into a screenplay with the Two Popes and how he got the feeedom with Netflix to make the movie they wanted to make.

How he pitches his stories and Anthony Hopkins' advice to actors and as a screenwriter how important it is to know your ending before you start writing.

The Two Popes Trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5OhkFY1PQE&feature=emb_logo


This episode is sponsored by the good people at ScreenCraft.org. The 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship is now accepting applications - and the final deadline to apply is coming up - the last day of February! Up to four winners of the 2020 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship will receive all-expenses paid travel to Los Angeles for a week of meetings and mentorship with top Hollywood professionals.  Apply with your feature or TV screenplay at screencraft.org/fellowship before the end of February. The ScreenCraft team is currently reading submissions. Good Luck :-)

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Dec 30 2019 · 43mins
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Alan Cumming and 'Two Popes' Screenwriter Anthony McCarten

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Alan Cumming and "Two Popes" screenwriter Anthony McCarten are our guests this week.

We talk with Cumming -- whose Twitter profile describes him as a "Scottish elf trapped inside middle-aged man's body" -- about dancing, DJing, mentoring young moviemakers, and his role in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. He tells us about the visual sex joke that Kubrick asked him to do again and again, and about what it's like to be Alan Cumming, witty and outgoing star, and Alan Cumming, real person.

Then we talk with McCarten about how his Catholic upbringing informed "Two Popes," his mixed emotions surrounding ABBA's "Dancing Queen," and what you need to know when you start writing your script. He also talks about how the stories of two pontiffs with very different world-views reflects the political situation in the United States today.

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Here are highlights of the episode, with timestamps:

1:15: Alan Cumming interview begins.

4:04: "I've chosen to do something waaay outside my comfort zone."

4:45: A few words about cabaret bar Club Cumming.

5:34: "I think I've understood from way way long ago how important fun is as a component in your life... especially when you do things that are very dark. And a lot of my work is very dark."

7:00: Don't be the kind of DJ who refuses to dance.

11:00: "I think of myself as a character... I think there's me, and then there's Alan Cumming. And Alan Cumming goes out and is like, 'Hello everybody, hi! Yes, I'm here! That's right. Thanks so much!"

12:30: Let's talk about the 20th anniversary of Eyes Wide Shut and what he learned working with Stanley Kubrick.

13:05: "It's a huge thing in my career, even though it's like maybe four minutes."

15:55: "There's a saying, which is, you can go as big as you like, as you want as long as you mean it."

17:08: Anthony McCarten interview begins, as he explains how he used humor to humanize Two Popes.

18:40: The Vatican's response to Two Popes.

19:19: "We built our own Sistine Chapel."

24:00: "There's very very little tolerance or listening to the other side. ... Sometimes the talking should stop and we should listen a little more."

31:50: ABBA's "Dancing Queen": "I was kind of traumatized by that song."

37:20: Anthony McCarten talks about his script for Bohemian Rhapsody.

41:00: His advice for screenwriters.

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Dec 19 2019 · 42mins

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Keeping It Reel 389: (Overtime) Eddie Murphy & Anthony McCarten

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On this extended overtime episode of the BIG show, we feature Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter presenting the Critics Choice Association's Lifetime Achievement Award to the comedy icon, Eddie Murphy earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Plus, the man known as "the Oscar Whisper," Anthony McCarten entire conversation regarding his upcoming film, The Two Popes.

We'll have all of that and more as we go "Overtime" on the BIG show.
Dec 07 2019 · 37mins
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Conversation with THE TWO POPES Writer Anthony McCarten on His Holy Netflix Drama

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Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten joins Travis Hopson and Tim Gordon to talk about his latest film, THE TWO POPES, starring screen legends Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins. They play Pope Francis and Pope Benedict at a unique moment in time as the latter prepares to step down amidst controversy, something that hasn't been done in hundreds of years.
Nov 29 2019 · 23mins
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Darkest Hour - Anthony McCarten Q&A

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Host Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriter Anthony McCarten about Darkest Hour.

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Dec 21 2017 ·
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Anthony McCarten | Screenwriters' Lecture

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Darkest Hour + The Theory of Everything's screenwriter talks hard work and bringing humour to real stories.
Nov 27 2017 · 1hr 27mins