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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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Broken Camera Productions Broken Camera Productions was founded by Matthew Garth and David Y. Duncan with the ultimate goal of bringing more movie life to Texas. With all of their talents combined, BCP is sure t Make Movies, Not Scripts With Voyage Media Founder Nat Mundel Join Voyage Media founder Nat Mundel, whose company has helped set up or sell over 2,000 high-profile movie, TV, and branded content projects, for a discussion of what it really takes to develop and package your projects so they actually make it to screen. Goodmans LLP - Toronto & Vancouver, CAN Goodmans is recognized worldwide as a leading Canadian entertainment law firm. We have lawyers exclusively practising entertainment law, specializing in film and television, digital med SellingYourScreenplay.com - Interview with Screenwriter, Paul Schrader

SYS Episode #149

 

Legendary filmmaker and writer (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver) Paul Schrader.

Noor Iranian Film Festival NIFF was created with the aim of shedding "noor," or light, on Iranian culture and heritage through the medium of cinema. The festival sees itself as an opportunity to allow filmmakers Curious About Filmmaking: Glenn Benest on Working with Wes Craven Making a living, not a killing, was ironically on writer and producer Glenn Benest’s mind when he decided to pursue screenwriting over being a playwright. His concern about being able to live well and pay the bills eventually led him to writing two high profile screenplays for horror filmmaker Wes Craven: “Deadly Blessing,” starring Sharon Stone and Ernest Borgnine and “A Stranger In Our House,” starring Linda Blair and Lee Purcell. ACE - Jehlum Short & Long Film Festival After amazing 3 editions, we are here again. It's a festival where 200 movies are played, more than any of the festival in the world. Almost every film that enters will be screened. Copyright Witness Copyright registration with Copyright Witness is the fast, effective and low cost way to protect your work. Whether you are a song writer, designer, artist, author, company or individua GreeneStreet Films Founded by producers and actor/directors committed to practicing a cinematic art both creatively rewarding and financially viable. 430 W Broadway #2b New York, NY 10012 (212) 609-9000 Reel Edge Film Academy The Reel Edge Film Academy is an elite, boutique film academy made from the ground up to make sure our students, after graduating, get work. It's situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Vice Media VICE is a global media channel focusing on investigative journalism and enlightening videos about everything from world news, travel, art, drugs, politics, sports, etc.. Konwiser Brothers The Konwiser Brothers began their professional career together and have stayed that way ever since, creating an impressive record of award-winning feature films, documentaries, televisi Joss Whedon Screenwriting Talk - Impossible Event The Impossible Network recently interviewed Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and he did not disappoint. This 25 minute interview is full of fantastic advice for screenwriters.

Find the full transcript of the interview below!

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Rose Spinelli and Her Crowdfundamentals

The best guidance given to real sleuths and armchair detectives alike to point them towards their next clue is, "Follow the money." The same could be said for people looking for their next careers, including Rose Spinelli, a former journalist, who followed the crowd funding dollars on her way to a new career helping people raise money for their projects. When Kickstarter and Indiegogo first hit the scene, all you needed (well almost) to hit your fund raising target was a well layed out page, a decent video, and a few mentions on Twitter and Facebook to start the dollars flowing into your account.

 

Today it is a different world. There are almost as many crowd funding platforms as there are projects and the effort to get a project noticed among the avalance of new requests asking for money is a serious endeavor, and this is where Rose can be very valuable to a campaign owner. She started her crowd funding company to provide guidance and to take off some of the load of building and running a successful campaign. She will tell you to engage her early so that she can provide you with maximum impact.

 

After you listen to my chat with her, head on over to her website: thecrowdfundamentals.com where you'll find her blog and a ton of great resources as you launch your next crowd funding campaign. 

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