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Author: Rob Long

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When you’re filming a movie or a television show, when it’s the last shot of the day, the First Assistant Director will call out, This is the Martini Shot!

Meaning: after this shot is done, we’re calling it a day. After this shot, you get your martini.

I call these stories “Martini Shots” because they’re exactly the kinds of stories we tell — and lessons we learn — after we’ve wrapped for the day. Stories about Hollywood and the media, about living and working in the entertainment business, and about living and working in general.

And like a good martini, they’re short enough to enjoy more than one.
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This week, we’re introducing a new feature to Martini Shot: The Martini Shot Extended Universe! OK, we’re not doing that — at least not yet. Instead, on occasion Rob will be talking to people in the entertainment business who he usually only talks about. Executives, other writers, journalists, maybe even actors. In today’s  conversation, Rob sits down with Richard Rushfield, the impresario behind The Ankler newsletter, which regularly beats the Hollywood trades at their own game (and yes, you should subscribe). They discuss the recent purchases of Warners and MGM and what that portends for audiences, and why —according to Rob— the obsession many cable and phone companies have with owning studios is nonsense.  
This week, Rob explains why lying is an integral part of the Hollywood ecosystem, and passes along a few pointers on how to do it successfully. Really. We’re not lying – that’s what this episode is actually about.
Come Fly With Me

Come Fly With Me

2021-06-0606:15

Rob makes a rare detour from commenting on the shifting sands of show business to provide an explainer on the physics of airplane flight (really!) and share the story of a very brave pilot let him take the wheel.
Cancer Makes You Thin

Cancer Makes You Thin

2021-05-2909:55

There’s an old show biz adage: comedy is tragedy plus time. Rob explains why awkward moments and dark, biting comments should probably be part of that equation as well.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
A Simple Plan?

A Simple Plan?

2021-05-2311:06

A few weeks ago, Rob promised to auction off this episode of Martini Shot as an NFT (non-fungible token, as the kids say). Then, fate intervened.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
This week, Rob explains why drinking and then shopping online and the knee jerk tendency of people in the entertainment business to automatically disparage a new idea or venture are both bad habits.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Extreme Group Behavior

Extreme Group Behavior

2021-05-1007:39

This week, Rob explains the relationship between a classroom of vomiting kids and actors over-botoxing themselves. Yes, there is one. Really.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Rob explains why there’s one standard for hackneyed dialogue in movies and TV, and a very different one for real life. And why an old song by Prince created a personal RomCom moment for him.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
In this entry from the Martini Shot archives (OK, it’s actually a thumb drive), Rob offers some advice for the newly inaugurated President Biden based on his years (and more years) of show biz experience.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Buy This Podcast!

Buy This Podcast!

2021-04-2209:15

Rob looks into the cutting edge world of NFTs (non-fungible tokens — a way to create unique digital assets that can be bought and sold) and wonders if it may open up a new revenue stream for a certain podcast.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Are You Excited?

Are You Excited?

2021-04-1707:33

In this Martini Shot Classic episode, Rob exhorts his fellow writers not to dwell in cynicism and self doubt about their new projects, but rather think of them in terms of wonder, enthusiasm, excitement, curiosity, gratitude, joy, and adventure. Strong advice — if only he could convince himself to take it.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Getting Paid

Getting Paid

2021-04-1509:22

Rob explains how studios exercise control over writers through cash flow and why often the sweetest words a writer can hear from the studio are “what’s your tax ID number?”   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Offensive

Offensive

2021-04-0708:37

Rob explains how to master the fine art of telling an off color joke.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Courtesy Laugh

Courtesy Laugh

2021-04-0107:53

Rob explains why it is sometimes necessary to laugh even if a joke isn’t funny and the striking similarities of a pre-school parent’s event and a Hollywood sitcom writer’s room.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Drunk

Drunk

2021-03-3007:48

This week, Rob coaches an actor on how to read lines like a star and reveals the secret to playing a drunk.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Quick Change

Quick Change

2021-03-2208:42

Rob Long riffs on the many euphemisms Hollywood uses to say “you’re fired,” and reveals his slightly cynical retirement plan.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Rob discovers he got COVID for Christmas, and finds himself living in a Hitchcock film — in his head.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Hello? (Cough, cough)

Hello? (Cough, cough)

2021-03-1608:59

Rob is re-reading David Allen’s “Getting Things Done,” but it’s not working out so well.   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.
Hollywood Wildlife

Hollywood Wildlife

2021-03-1309:05

Late at night when I’m bored and distracted, I usually kill a few hours by…   Rob Long’s Martini Shot is brought to you by Kushy Dreams, the smokeable CBD. For 20% off your next order, go to KushyDreams.com and use the coupon code ROB at checkout.  
Ned’s Eulogy

Ned’s Eulogy

2021-03-1204:08

He’s been talking about it for months now, so we’re thrilled to finally be presenting Rob Long’s Martini Shot. You can expect new ones on a regular basis going forward, and if you subscribe, there are a slew of classic episodes hand picked by Rob waiting for you. But enough marketing talk — on with the first one…. People come out to LA in waves, and those who come out at roughly the same time end up knowing each other…
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