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Posted: Mar 22, 2017 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Mare Keane

The new "Beauty & the Beast" honors the original Disney classic while deepening its story.


If you're going to remake a beloved classic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better adaptation than director Bill Condon's superb live action update of the 1991 animated "Beauty & the Beast." He and his screenwriters clearly adore the original and vividly recreate the spirit of its story and render songs like "Be Our Guest" and "Gaston" with eye-popping 2017 detail. They also deepen the tale as old as time along with wonderful touches of modernity. Belle (Emma Watson) is now feistier, the casting is diverse, and even the villains are given more complexity. Who says you can't teach an old beast new tricks?

Posted: Mar 16, 2017 Hosted By: Max Timm

Gary Goldstein is an award winning writer for film, TV and the stage. He has written numerous films for Hallmark Channel and its sister network, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the comedies The Wish List, Hitched for the Holidays, This Magic Moment and My Boyfriends' Dogs, and the first two films in the Flower Shop Mystery series: "Mum's the Word" and "Snipped in the Bud," starring Brooke Shields.

Gary's feature film Politics of Love, a romantic comedy set during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, was released in theaters August 2011. He also wrote the feature romantic comedy, If You Only Knew, which starred Johnathon Schaech, Alison Eastwood and James LeGros.


In addition, Gary has sold or optioned a number of original screenplays, has a string of episodic TV credits and has sold half-hour comedy pilots to both NBC and Warner Bros. Television.


On the L.A. stage, Gary has been represented with the comedies Just Men, Parental Discretion and Three Grooms and a Bride. His family drama Curtain Call premiered in late 2008 at Carmel, CA's Pacific Repertory Theatre. His newest play, the three-sisters dramedy April, May & June, will have its World Premiere in March 2017 at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, as part of its 2016-17 subscription season.


Gary is also a freelance film reviewer and feature writer for the Los Angeles Times. 

Posted: Mar 12, 2017 Hosted By: Jeff York Guest: Chelsea Watkins

Table 19 is an uneasy mix of indie comedy and maudlin narrative.


The new comedy Table 19 comes with a sterling cast of comedic actors (Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson and Lisa Kudrow among them), an indie pedigree (the story is from the Duplass brothers), and an institution like weddings ripe for the takedown. So why isn't writer/director Jeff Blitz's film funnier? For starters, it wants to eat its wedding cake and have it too. The movie tries hard to make the audience laugh, but it also wants us to shed a lot of maudlin tears for their characters' backstories. In fact, the story barely seems interested in the wedding they've all RSVP'd for, and spends way too much time, literally and figuratively, wandering in the nearby woods. The potential was there with all this talent, but this party stops being fun well before its final dance.



ISA Reviews: Hail, Caesar w/ Fast Track Grand Prize Winner Chris Dewan

The Coen Brothers salute Old Hollywood with a hearty Hail, Caesar!


The Coen Brothers have written, directed and produced some of the best American cinema for the past 32 years. And they always push genre into something uniquely quirky, clever, and well, Coen. Hail, Caesar! is no different. It's a comedy set in the early 1950's and it focuses on a day in the life of beleaguered studio executive Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin). He is juggling a number of needy actors and picture problems when the studio's biggest star (George Clooney, sending up macho leading men) is kidnapped. Sounds like a great opportunity for the veteran filmmakers to salvage Hollywood, doesn't it? But while it's funny, it never becomes a vicious farce, and the brothers demonstrate more reverence than ridicule for "old Hollywood." They even turn Mannix into a savior character. Who knew the Coen Brothers had that much love in their hearts? Indeed, Hail, Caesar! is a Valentine to the old studio system. And you have to see how brilliantly they spoof Esther Williams and Gene Kelly! This enjoyable romp may not be the very best of the brothers, but it's a sweet treat for film fans and a lesson for screenwriters on how to zig while others zag.

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In this live Curious About Screenwriting podcast, we offer a teleconference with Jen Gristanti – one of the top writing coaches and consultants in the business right now. Jen is also an instructor with NBC’s Writers on The Verge, and was previously a programs executive under Aaron Spelling. Jen, alongside the Director of Community Outreach with the ISA, Max Timm, offers her insights on the writing process with a focus on how character drives story and the importance of balancing character and plot. Very basically, character drives plot and plot drives character. She uses many examples of current and past shows, but the focus of this interview really is the Q&A portion and answering the callers’ questions. We answer multiple questions that focus on many different topics – from the business of writing in general, to the specific gem at the end about what should and should not be included in a TV series bible.


As always, get your pen and paper handy and take notes. What Jen offers here is invaluable on so many levels, but one of her core missions is to support a writer’s overall growth as a writer – in other words, it’s more than just giving story advice. She gives the kind of emotional and motivational support that all writers need. We hope you get a lot out of this Q&A, and please share these podcasts with anyone who you believe will learn from them. Don’t forget to find the Curious About Screenwriting podcasts on iTunes and to rate us there. We offer these interviews to you for free, and getting your rating on iTunes helps us push forward in our mission to provide top quality content through the International Screenwriters Association. Thanks and enjoy.

CinemaJaw Quite simply stated, CinemaJaw is just two guys jawin’ about movies. Hence the name.

Since 2009 CinemaJaw has been releasing weekly 60 minute podcasts on the topic of film.
The tone of the show is lighthearted and fun while devoted to the art form of film. The two hosts Matthew “Matt K.” Kubinski and Ryan “Ry The Movie Guy” Jagiello rarely agree, but have great chemistry, which makes for some amazingly entertaining discussions.
Boston University College of Communication Students completing the two-year graduate program will earn an MFA in Film (focus in Screenwriting) and be prepared to place, sell, and/or produce their work in the film and television ISA Reviews: Hell or High Water with Kent Williams

Hell or High Water is a modern western, as well as a nuanced morality tale.


Just when you thought the entire summer was lost to disappointing comedies and superhero movies, along comes Hell or High Water. It's a chase movie, modern western, and an astute character study of desperate people in Texas doing what they can to survive, even if that means robbing banks. It's also one of 2016's best movies - a taut and suspenseful tale filled with rich performances from top to bottom.


There are no black hats or white hats in this script. The bank-robbing brothers driving the story are relatable and sympathetic, and Chris Pine and Ben Foster portray them as complex antiheroes. Equally as nuanced are the Texas lawmen, played by Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham, talking smack with each other while hot on the brothers' trail. Taylor Sheridan's character-driven script and David Mackenzie's mindful direction bring a decimated America, still reeling from the 2008 banking crisis, to vivid life onscreen.

Max Timm's, The WishKeeper Audiobook Serial, Chapters 4 & 5

We're off and running! Episode 3 - Chapters 4 and 5 - and these two were chapters were taken nearly verbatim from the last draft of the screenplay I wrote for this story. The way Thane and Shea meet and their eventual relationship dilemma was too fun to let go of, so I quite literally copied and pasted the script's scenes into a Word document for the first draft of my book's manuscript. Note: FIRST DRAFT (ha).


For those of you who know the screenplay world, it's obvious that I added quite a bit of prose to the two chapters - there is no way I could get away with that much prose in a screenplay. But while I was putting together this book based on the screenplay version, my very first draft of the book was almost entirely a copy and paste. I copied the screenplay and pasted it into Word. After some basic formatting, I then jumped in and started breaking up the individual script scenes into chapters in the Word document...

Napa Valley Film Festival The Napa Valley Film Festival showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, world cinema, and animation while also working to build a sense of community. Minnesota Film and TV Supports the creation of film and television projects that illuminate Minnesota's cultural history with funds provided by Minnesota's Clean Water and Legacy amendment. The Craft: A Note on Clarity, Belief, and You

"We all have a disability of some kind. A handicap. A flaw, or for most of us, a series of flaws - a whole host of issues, really. We deal with them on a daily basis, whether they're literal and physical, or mental and emotional. We're imperfect. And most of the time our beliefs surrounding our issues or handicaps are even more debilitating than the actual handicap itself. So what I want to talk about here is something a bit more esoteric than what I usually cover, that being the craft of writing and the process of developing a story. That process is a relatively finite one. We have an idea, we beat it out, we outline and prepare, and then we write it as a story. There are steps to that process. There is a beginning, middle, and an end to the process itself, just as there is to the story you're telling.


But in life, and in this endeavor of developing yourself, it's much more difficult to notice the beginning, middle and end. It's not easy to break down your life to a process because life isn't lived in a straight line, even though it may seem that way at times. We go from year zero to life's end. Sure, you could argue that that is technically a straight line that takes you from point A to point Z, but we all know how much of a zig-zag life really is, and we all know that each step of the way can lead us toward entirely different directions. While I could quite easily compare life to the writing process, I'm trying to steer clear of that metaphor here - I've touched upon that metaphor in past Podcast episodes, and I've mentioned it in the online class I manage. What I want to focus on instead is perspective, and though I talked about perspective in my Podcast episode, "All About Voice" and developing your personal story and writing perspective, let's just drop the metaphors entirely. Let's just drop all of it, at least for a few minutes, because I need to be candid here with you all."

The Craft: Breaking In To Hollywood

Happy Fall, everyone! It's October, the air has a little chill to it, even if you're in Los Angeles, the baseball playoffs are under way and my Cubs just won the first game of the National League Division Series and I'm happy. For those of you who don't care about baseball, well... I'll keep my comments to myself and instead focus on why this podcast episode does have a connection to the changing of the seasons.


The holiday season is officially upon us and what naturally comes with the holiday season is a tendency to wish a little more, dream a little more, and reflect on what you have and what you don't. The healthy approach here is to not focus on the lack, but to focus on how to fill in the little gaps, those little empty spaces of your life, with what you want. And since this is a podcast on writing, and since you're listening right now, I can assume that you have the intention of being a working, full-time writer in this industry; to have your projects not only find representation and a champion, but to make it to the big or small screen. The comfort, for me anyway, when I think about this wish and intention to work as a full-time writer is in the knowing that we're all in this together. Even if you're already a full-time working writer, your intention is to keep it that way! So we're all in this together, and we all have the same wish, and like I said, the holiday season tends to bring about those hopes and wishes even more.

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Episode 90: Screenwriter Tyler Hisel talks about his latest horror/thriller film Dark Was The Night.

Heitmann Entertainment Heitmann Entertainment is a Management / Production company which focuses on discovering and initiating the careers of screenwriters and directors. Interview w/ Writer, Director of Crossing Point, Daniel Zirilli Episode #125

Writer, Director, and Producer Daniel Zirilli talks about his latest film, Crossing Point.
The ISA Reviews: The Revenant with ISA Writer, Pim Hendrix

The Revenant is epic filmmaking at its very best


There's a reason that The Revenant received 12 Oscar nominations this year, and that's because it is filmmaking at its highest form. Alejandro Inarritu has topped Birdman, his film about the struggles of an aging actor that took the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director last year, with his latest opus about a man in crisis. The Revenant stars Leonardo Di Caprio a Hugh Glass, a man left for dead after a grizzly bear attack by his fellow fur trapper Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Glass crawls out of his grave and begins a harrowing journey to recover and exact his revenge.


The Revenant is not a simple tale of vengeance, however. The script slyly indicts machismo, pride and corporate greed as it comments on not only the world of men, but their abuse of Native Americans, the land, and each other. The film has a lot in common with other genres, like westerns and horror movies, but its scale, technical marvels, and intellectual underpinnings make this tale into so much more. Inarritu and his production crew, most notably cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, have created one of the most involving adventure pictures ever produced. It proves that not only is the western as alive as Glass, but also, that some Hollywood entertainments simply must be seen on the big screen.

Fix Your Pitch - Taking The Pressure Off Jacob Krueger of the Jacob Krueger Studio and WriteYourScreenplay.com dives back into another live session where he calms us all down with regard to the pitching process. Jacob does a great job simplifying the process, and making it easier to handle emotionally. Pitching can be a nerve-wrecking process, but the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Listen in as he critiques other writers' projects. Enjoy, listen, learn - Jacob is one of the best. Shapiro-Lichtman Inc 1010 Lexington Rd Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 859-8877 Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum Vice President 2010 - present
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Writers911.com Annette Chandler has produced films for Paramount, Disney, PBS, ABC and CBS. In 2002, she won an Emmy as Executive Producer of Ansel Adams: A Documentary. Moving4ward Productions Moving4ward Productions, Inc. is a start-up production company that specializes in the advancement of diversity within the entertainment industry. Hollywood Insider Online Screenwriting Class Carole Parker is a produced, award-winning screenwriter who has written 26 features, 7 TV pilots and 5 short films, and has just started teaching an online screenwriting class.
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