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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.



Kansas City Film Fest Uniting educational, cultural, and film organizations to celebrate local independent filmmaking, and enhancing opportunities for filmmakers to develop their craft while increasing publi SellingYourScreenplay.com - A Lesson in Short Films w Erin Dooley

SYS Episode 162


Writer/Director/Producer Erin R. Dooley

Erin talks about producing short films and her recent documentary.

What Is Meditative Writing?

Many of our students have contacted us recently with questions about Meditative Writing: what it is, how it’s used, and how it can forever change the way you view writing.


So in this podcast, we’ve decided to give you all a free 30 minute sample of a meditative writing class with Jessica Hinds, recorded here in Costa Rica during our summer screenwriting retreat.


Jessica breaks down the structure of a scene from both a traditional and a meditative perspective, showing you how you can use meditative writing not only to get to the heart of your character and your story, but also to improve your craft and the structure of your movie.

How To Give Yourself the Best Possible Chance at Screenwriting Success Listen to this podcast to learn the five main reasons people fail at screenwriting and come away with specific insights and hands-on tools to help give you the best possible shot at success. Perfect for experienced screenwriters as well as beginners. ICM Partners ICM Partners is one of the world's largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fie Electric Marshmallow Productions Electric Marshmallow Productions is a production company that operates in and around Dayton, Ohio. Formed by a film school student (before he entered film school) and a writer/creative Emerson College - Certificate Program, Screenwriting Emerson College's Screenwriting Program offers individuals the opportunity to learn the craft of screenwriting through a series of non-credit workshops designed to build writing skills Paul Kohner Agency Our literary department boasts representation of 24 major publishing houses and our books continue to make successful feature films and Broadway and national tour productions. Int'l Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London has as its objective the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment.
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SYS Episode #150


Television Writer, Craig Van Sickle

The Guerrilla Screenwriter The Guerrilla Screenwriter is a source for aspiring screenwriters and filmakers of all kinds. LLeju Productions Regardless of the genre – if a project is unconventional, risky or thought provoking – LLeju welcomes the opportunity to be “offbeat." Stony Brook Southampton Southampton Arts is a vibrant community that gathers together graduate programs in creative writing, theatre and film. Evatopia Entertainment Evatopia’s roots are in literary management and we still maintain our vow to discover new and talented screenwriters and novelists. ISA Reviews: Pedro Almodovar's, Julieta

Julieta is Pedro Almodovar at his complex and colorful best.


For 20 films now, Spain's Pedro Almodovar has been enthralling movie audiences and pushing the boundaries of cinema. Whether the genre is comedy, melodrama, or even thriller, Almodovar always remembers that character is story. Julieta is his newest endeavor and it's based on three short stories by Alice Munro. And the central character here is so complex, it takes two actresses to play her.

Julieta (Emma Suarez) is in a funk, still carrying the baggage from her past and how it ruined the relationship with her daughter. The younger Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) from decades ago was a vital woman, so what happened to her? Almodovar explores these mysteries with his expert attention to narrative twists, nuanced characterization, and vivid production design. It's one of his best films, and though it may be subtitled, its message about love and forgiveness speaks to all of us.

Utopia Film Festival Featuring films that explore utopian visions, i.e. cultural, social, political, environmental--the utopian spirit of better living through film. The Utopia Film Festival is also a dedic Great Lakes International Shorts Festival Great Lakes International Shorts Festival has officially opened its Call for Entries for the 2015 Festival, which will be showcasing the best works of emerging and veteran filmmakers. Best Shorts Competition An avant-garde worldwide short film competition that strives to give talented people the positive exposure they deserve. TV Writer Podcast Podcast devoted exclusively to the creators of the small screen offering great podcast interviews with working writers in various genres and parts of the television industry. Hosted by Gray Jones, a TV editor & produced writer located in Toronto, Canada. Maryland Film Office Our mission is to attract film and video production to film on-location in the state of Maryland. Our goal is to make the process of filming in Maryland as easy as possible. Independent Film Investment and Production Group We are a production company, film funding company, talent management company. Our primary goal is to help independent filmmakers get their films produced and distributed. Page 2 Screen Mid-Year Review with Derek Asaff & Jeff York

The good and bad of 2016 movies at the halfway mark.


The first six months of 2016 films was a period mostly marked by event movies underwhelming. Audiences, by and large, stayed home rather than attend sequels that weren't particularly in-demand to start with. Has Hollywood churned out too many franchise chapters and superhero movies that failed to take flight? And what failures of basic storytelling are at the core of these duds?


The old saying "If it's not on the page, it's not on the stage" applies to any movie, particularly those launching with hopes of having a colossal summer season. The films that have stood out so far this year have been those that are new, fresh, or at least find more unique angles on their continuing sagas. What can the industry learn from the successes of Zootopia, Deadpool, and Love & Friendship? Plenty. And so can screenwriters hoping to write scripts that resonate with audiences.

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