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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?

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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. 

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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.

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Interview w/ Wendy West & Scott Reynolds, Two Top TV Exec Producers

Wendy is currently the Co-Executive Producer on Game of Silence. She started her writing career working Gideon’s Crossing, Law & Order: SVU, Line of Fire, Hawaii, The Closer, K-Ville, The Beast, Dexter and The Black List.

 

Scott is currently a Consulting Producer on The Following. Reynolds started on E-Ring and then started as an assistant on Dexter four years ago and became a writer in year two, and has done quite a phenomenal job. 

 

TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

•          Writers’ room

•          Advice to young writers

•          Developing your voice

 

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Episode #118

 

Anna talks about raising the money for her latest film, A Country Called Home, via Kickstarter.

Hawaii Film Office We’ve got competitive tax incentives, the only state-owned and operated film studio in the country and a growing list of production facilities, and an experienced pool of crew and talen Feedback Friday By screenwriting guru, Robert Dillon. Feedback and notes provided on the first 10 pages of a submitting writer. He's also launching a chatroom every Sunday night (9 EST, 6 PT). Lethal Murky Productions Smart Work the film started in about 2007 when my father and I decided that we would each take one of my grandfathers' stories and work them into screenplays ... Thriller/Suspense Festival The monthly festival that showcases the best of Thriller/Suspense Genre Stories and Films from around the world.

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Reeling Film Festival Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos each year. International Woman's Writing Guild A network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio. As such, it has established a remarkable record of achievement First Scene and Short Screenplay Festival In the first 10 pages the writer needs to let the reader know in general terms what the story is about, and what is at stake. Set the tone of what world and genre the writer has created Intrinsic Value Films The company’s grassroots approach to projects, minimizing production costs and reducing risk makes it attractive in the new economic market place. The Companies films have won numerous Writing for TV w/ Producer of Cougar Town & Scorpion, Danny Rose

Danny Rose joins us on another podcast today, and Danny has been producing some of the best episodic television for 20 years. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he started working on the hit sitcom Spin City. He then went on to produce 182 episodes of the show Scrubs, which is nothing short of impressive, and then produced another hit over 100 episodes even of the Courtney Cox starring show, Cougar Town.

 

He’s currently producing the hit CBS drama Scorpion (Mondays at 9pm/8c) and the MTV show Todrick, which recently premiered at the end of August. Danny is one of the busiest guys in town, as you can see, and the advice he gives to aspiring writers and filmmakers is inspiring to say the very least. From getting bad advice from a psychic, to discussing the future of TV, it was a pleasure to have Danny on and we can’t wait to see what he works on next. In the meantime, we’ll continue to enjoy Scorpion, and heed his advice at every writing corner possible.

 

Thanks as always for listening, and please subscribe to Curious About Screenwriting on iTunes. By subscribing and rating us, you help in the ongoing production of these fantastic interviews. Keep writing, and happy listening.

Blind Confidence Productions NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Showcasing innovatie works by emerging filmmakers from around the world
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 Camden International Film Festival Highlighting international documentary filmmaking that shows dedication to craft and a unique / artistic approach to storytelling. Write Hot Episode 3: Ghost Writing with John Peragine In this episode, Laura talks with John Peregine about his work as a ghost writer. We also discussed things to consider when hiring a ghost writer as well as things to do and think about if you want to be a ghost writer. You can find out more information about Write Hot podcast and Laura Powers coaching and books at www.powershour.biz. Interview with Screenwriter Shane Weisfeld

SYS #136

 

Screenwriter Shane Weisfeld talks about selling his screenplay Freezer, starring Dylan McDermott, all while living in Toronto.

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