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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.



International Academy of Film and Television Chosen as “one of the best film schools in the world” by The Hollywood Reporter, we offer small class sizes that ensure plenty of one-on-one training and mentoring from industry pros. Contest Winner: ISA's Fast Track, Melissa Birks

The ISA’s inaugural Fast Track Mentorship Program chose two writers to participate in meetings with six industry executives, Melissa Birks was one of the writers chosen with her project, Uncaged – a thriller set in the 19th century and touted as a light origin story of Jack The Ripper. Melissa has worked as a journalist for many years, spending her time traveling to multiple American cities, mostly small, un-urban locations to follow up on local mysteries, archaeological discoveries, and then some. She has lead a fascinating life thus far and is looking forward to a successful move into the world of screenwriting.

Callamaro Literary Agency Through her boutique company, The Callamaro Literary Agency, Lisa Callamaro represents screenwriters, directors, and film rights for books. 427 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (31 Stranger Things Part 2: Writing A Pilot That Sells

In Part 1 of this podcast, we discussed Stranger Things, the concept of the Series Engine, and how it relates to the pilot episode and the Show Bible of your series.


This week, we're going to dive deeper into the Stranger Things pilot, to see exactly how it was constructed, and how it contains the blueprint not only of the Series Engine, but also of the Show Bible that could have been used to sell it. And then we're going to talk about how you can apply these ideas to writing and structuring your own Series Pilot.

Indie Fest USA Int'l Film Festival Indie Fest USA Int’l Film Festival, established in 2006, is an exciting and entertaining eclectic mix of exceptional independent films from the US and International filmmakers Alaska Film Production Promotion Program From alpine peaks to misty shorelines, quaint coastal towns to suburban neighborhoods, year-round snow to barren sand dunes - Alaska has great locations for almost any project. Committed Artists Committed Artists is a full service talent management and production company that packages, writes, pulls together financing, casts, produces, edits, pitches and shops distribution. Fahy Films John Fahy is a screenwriter, script doctor, and former Miramax Films creative executive. He specializes in reworking, rewriting, and re-imagining projects currently in development. Equinox Women's Film Festival quinox Women’s Film Festival is the first annual festival created by and for the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The first annual Equinox will premier in our new state of the art theater. Creative Loafing Short Cuts Film Festival Creative Loafing & the Atlanta Film Festival partner again for the greatest short film contest in Atlanta. The theme is ATL Imagined: The City Through Your Lens. Bottle of Smoke Films 8628 1/2 Olin Street Los Angeles, CA 90034 (424) 274-1510 ISA Spotlight: Industry Veteran & Contest Finalist, Glenda Ganis

To celebrate Women's History Month, the ISA is featuring three of our rising stars and recent contest winners. Spotlighting female writers, producers, and filmmakers is happily (though slowly) becoming the norm in Hollywood and we couldn't be happier to be able to share our talented female members and their successes.


In this interview, we brought on Glenda Ganis to discuss her extensive experience in the film and television industry. From being self-taught, working within the world of 90's made-for-TV movies, and building a career as a production designer, Glenda has made a name for herself as an industry veteran. Her recent finalist placement in the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition shows that no matter how long we spend in this business, we are all continually emerging, improving, and strengthening our careers - one step at a time.


We loved this interview with Glenda. She even talks about her time spent working with Marlon Brando, and how terrified she was of his dogs when she first met the legendary actor. It's an interview packed with insight and stories, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Cheers to all of the female writers and filmmakers out there. The ISA is determined to even the playing field within an industry that is, thankfully, changing and emerging with equal opportunities for all.

Mindspawn Media Limited New script consultancy services now available from Mindspawn Media Limited. My company has a range of notes and analysis on offer from a writer who knows how to elevate your work. Film France, The French Film Commission Providing a network of over 40 film commissions, location services and production incentives for filmmakers looking to shoot in France. Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival Evolution, Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) showcases innovative, provocative, socially relevant filmmaking while positioning Palma de Mallorca, Spain as a global destinatio Write Hot Episode 5: Book Piracy & the LA Book Fest w / Rhonda Rees

In this interview, Laura Powers talks with Publicist Rhonda Rees about how online piracy affects authors. We also discussed the LA Book Festival and how to prepare for it and other book festivals and fairs as an author. We specifically addressed how to check for online piracy of your books as well as how to handle it if you do find your work being pirated on a website. It has to do with using a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) Takedown request. Hopefully you won't need this but in case your work is pirated as an author, this is very helpful. April 23rd is World Book Day or World Book Copyright Day is April 23rd and Rhonda has organized a campaign to help authors and publishers understand this real problem. You can read about this initiative and learn about Rhonda here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/03/prweb13270009.htm

We also addressed the benefits of hiring a publicist and the process of working with a publicist if you are interested in hiring one. We talked a little bit about my work in the psychic realm. To follow the podcast and other updates, you can find the Write Hot Facebook page. For more information on me (Laura Powers) and my work as a psychic, you can go to www.healingpowers.net. Happy listening!

Rhode Island Film and TV Office To promote Rhode Island as the ideal site for film and television projects, and to help our state's film and video artists, and others, benefit from their filmmaking experience in t Seattle Shorts Film Fest Seattle Shorts held its first annual film festival in November 2011 to sold out audiences. Our goal was and is to bring Seattle film lovers the very best of short films from around the The ISA Reviews: 10 Cloverfield Lane, w / Jessica Jolly & Jeff York

A suspenseful intersection of horror and sci-fi resides at 10 Cloverfield Lane.


Scary movies don't always need vampires, wolfmen or creatures from the Black Lagoon to make us jump out of our seats. Sometimes man can be the most monstrous of all. That's what makes this informal sequel to J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield from 2008 so thrilling. Its beast is a man, as in John Goodman, playing a survivalist named Howard who's holding Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) captive in his bunker. He's rescued her from a car accident, and now won't let her leave because he says the planet is uninhabitable after an alien attack. Her suspicion of his honesty leads her into a dangerous cat & mouse game with her captor as this thriller blends the best of horror and sci-fi. Cleverly written and economically directed, this modest movie is a good address to park your keister at while it's still playing in the Cineplex.

Creating Memorable Moments Through Meditative Writing with Jess Hinds

Meditative Writing truly is “assisted self-discovery.” For the same reason writers should take acting classes, Meditative Writing helps you get down into your body, to work a scene or character from the inside out. The practice has applications even beyond writing, into directing, pitching, and just being in the world. This class and subsequent practice has been extremely helpful to me in my work.”

– Christine Boylan, Writer, “Leverage,” “Castle,” “Once Upon A Time”


Who Will Benefit From Meditative Writing?

Whether you are brand new to writing, or a seasoned writer looking to inject energy back into your writing, meditative writing will change your writing life forever.


Designed for writers of all types, including screenwriters, playwrights, poets, novelists, and writers of any other genre, here are just a few of the many benefits of this approach

  • Uncovering the Real Emotional Underbelly That Drives Great Films
  • Discovering Your True Voice
  • Creating More Provocative Dialogue, Images and Action
  • Developing an “Inspiration on Command” Writing Schedule
  • Injecting Joy Into Your Writing Process
  • Getting in Touch With Your Characters
  • Finding the Heart of Your Story
  • Discovering Theme
  • Natural Subtext
  • Opening Up Your Creative Side
  • Learning How To Write Even When You Can’t Find a “Quiet Place”
  • Connecting Yourself To Your Characters and Story Even If You Are Working On Assignment
  • Writing Cooler, Bigger, More Intense and Compelling Scenes
  • Learning To Love Your Weirdness and Understand Its Value
  • Relaxation
  • Confidence
  • Focus
  • Banishing Writers Block Forever
  • Fun!
Interview with Veteran Comedy Producer, Dan O'Shannon Renowned Consultant, Jen Grisanti, interviews Dan O'Shannon: 

Dan has written for some of the most acclaimed network comedies such as Newhart, Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family. His various awards include but are not limited to 4 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, 5 WGA awards and an Academy Award nomination. O'Shannon has also lectured in at UCLA, USC, and other colleges, taught a course on writing at Cleveland State University, where he holds an honorary doctorate. In addition to writing television since 1985, Dan O'Shannon is the author of a book
about comedy theory-- ''What Are Y
ou Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event," published by Continuum International Publishing Group (2012.) The book examines what comedy is and why we respond to it the way we do and has been adopted by universities across the country.


·      How therapy helps writing

·      Life after running a show

·      A writer’s psyche

Brant Rose Agency 6671 Sunset Blvd., Ste 1584-B Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 460-6464 ASCAP We are the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a membership association of more than 525,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. Screenplay Competitions with Gordy Hoffman Screenplay contests are changing cinema. If you are an unknown, amateur writer, one who’s had a taste of success, or even the millionaire living in hills of Silver Lake, your entry to a screenplay competition stirs a monster. Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.  Senseindia Foundation Media Research & Education Forum Senseindia Foundation is a ‘Media Research and Education Forum’ is an organization house that endeavors to create awareness of Filmmaking Tool among intellectuals and media experts Breaking Into Television: Screenplay Competitions

Today on Austin Film Festival's On Story Podcast, Breaking into television through screenplay competitions with Nkechi Okoro, Christine Boylan and Stephen Falk.


We're highlighting three Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition success stories on this episode. Our panelists will discuss the ins and outs of the festival and offer advice on the path to the writer's room.

Nkechi Okoro is a writer/co-producer on Bones and was a 2011 Austin Film Festival One-Hour Teleplay Pilot Finalist with her original drama, The Fed.

Christine Boylan is a writer/producer who has worked on the shows Leverage, Off the Map, Castle and Once Upon A Time. She's currently a co-executive producer on NBC's Constantine. Christine Boylan was Austin Film Festival's 2004 One-Hour Teleplay Spec Winner with her Six Feet Under Spec Script titled The Strike.

Stephen Falk is the Creator/Showrunner of You're The Worst, on FX and served as co-executive producer on both Weeds and Orange is the New Black. Stephen Falk was Austin Film Festival's 2000 Comedy Screenplay winner with his feature script, You Down With OCD?

This panel was recorded at the 21st Austin Film Festival in 2015 and was moderated by our own Marcie Mayhorn.

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