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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.



Heretic Records Heretic Records is a Los Angeles based production company dedicated to cultivating innovations in film, producing independent media, and crushing it. SellingYourScreenplay.com - Interview with David Gould

SYS Episode #146

David Gould

High Concept Is My Concept

A great script with a dull idea is a dull script. Learn tools like Maginification, Flipping, Substitution, Cousins, Word Association, why High Concept is *Your* Concept, and find your personal themes in high concept ideas. This is "Pitchfest Season" and your pitch will live or die on its idea. Make sure yours is great! Don't write 110 pages on a bland idea. Find the idea that you love...and producers will love!


When you pitch your screenplay, the first thing they're going to ask is: What's it about? What is the "idea", the "concept"? Now it's up to your concept to get them to read the script. At a pitchfest, they listen to people's concept all day long. When they read all of those enquiries, it's the same thing. You need a concept that rises above the rest. A high concept.


Some people mistakenly believe that high concept means high budget, but actually the opposite is true. A great high concept costs "less" to produce than a non-high concept screenplay. William C. Martell has made a living for the past 25 years selling high concept screenplays to cable networks like HBO and Showtime as well as to studios and indie producers. He will take you step-by-step through the process of finding the kind of idea that producers love...and that are personal stories. Sound impossible? All you need are the tools this live teleconference provides and a great imagination! 

Tampa Int'l Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Showcasing a selection of compelling film and video by, for, or about the LGBT community that entertains, enlightens and celebrates the festival audience. As we celebrate our 25th anniv Broadway Stars BroadwayStars is an aggregator of news, reviews and articles about the world-wide theatrical community. We search the internet so you don't have to. Movierockets Entertainment Based in Perth, Western Australia, Movie Rockets is focused on producing and developing studio quality, independently financed motion pictures. BAFTA Guru Each month, our intrepid reporter Rhianna Dhillion delves into the Film, TV and Gaming worlds tackling questions like, 'Do I really need to bother with Drama School?' and 'How the hell do I finance my short film?' Tune in.

BAFTA Guru gives you access to the finest minds working in the film, TV and games industries. Share knowledge, join the debate and be inspired by the art forms of the moving image.

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Int'l Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema Nice has as its objective the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment. ISA Reviews: The Duplass Brothers Comedy, Table 19

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.

Shriekfest Film Festival International screenwriting and film competition for horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres. 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. ISA Reviews: Snowden, with Actor / Producer, Misha Crosby

Oliver Stone is still fighting the good fight in Snowden.


It's become popular to knock filmmaker Oliver Stone for some of his conspiratorial beliefs and cinematic excesses, but his latest film Snowden is a very measured and precise work. It may not have the go-for-broke oomph of JKF or Natural Born Killers,  but it's clever, well-acted, and about as topical as films come these days. Was Edward Snowden (a slow-burning Joseph Gordon-Levitt) a patriotic whistleblower exposing our nation's dirtiest spying secrets? And does America even care about their government spying on them today? He puts these issues out front and center in a well-constructed story that dutifully honors the tropes of Main Character, Dynamic Character and Opponent, the three-character triad of screenwriting. Stone's latest also gives audiences a lot to think about and discuss afterwards. You can argue about Snowden's actions, but you cannot argue with that.

Write Hot Episode 18: Growing Your Writing Business with Joanna Penn Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers. Joanna has successfully grown her business from a side hustle to making over 100k a year writing full time so we talked about her process. We spoke about planning and making goal in Olympic year cycles (every 4 years) and talked about tips on how to grow your writing business and stay inspired. To connect with Joanna Penn and find out information on her podcast, you can go to www.thecreativepenn.com. You can connect at www.laurapowers.net. You can also find her on facebook via Write Hot and follow her on twitter @thatlaurapowers. Bohemian Entertainment GmbH Bohemian Entertainment is dedicated to producing high quality, engaging and thought-provoking films, television and online content. Five Pitfalls From A Reader's Perspective, w / Joanna Ke & Max Timm As a writer, you always want to put your best foot forward when submitting your work for consideration. Most of the time, the only thing that a producer, director, or reader will know about you is what you've written on the page. This is why it's so important to ensure your script is in the strongest place possible before sending it in and possibly wasting money on film festivals and contests, or getting frustrated without understanding why you haven't heard anything back.

This live recording of another ISA teleconference will help to demystify what makes a strong screenplay. As a currently working professional script reader based in Los Angeles, Joanna Ke has read and assessed countless feature scripts. She evaluates what's presently out on the market and sees first hand what's going into production. Joanna noticed that there are common notes she offers on why a screenplay is not ready for production or consideration. Get those notes BEFORE you submit!

Joanna passes on to you the Top 5 reasons that cause a screenplay to be weaker, knocking it out of consideration and even affecting the writer's reputation. It can be frustrating not knowing why your screenplay didn't go as far as you'd like or hearing crickets when you've put in a lot of hard work. Educating yourself on what readers actually look for can help you be a step ahead in the game before anyone even sees your script.

Hearing it straight from a reader like Joanna is a rare opportunity to gain insight into what might seem like a mysterious process. Even if you've never written before, shedding light on the screenwriting process from the perspective of a reader will help to understand a different aspect of the writing process that's not often discussed.
Quite Frankly Productions, LLC Quite Frankly Productions, LLC has produced over 150 productions in theater, television and film. Spooky Movie Int'l Horror Film Festival Giving cinema fans all the fake blood they've been craving. Founded in 2006, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is Washington, D.C's only genre-based film festival. Creative Cow Creative COW is the online home to the world's largest international community of people working in film, broadcast, audio/video, DVD and related fields. Aesthetica Short Film Festival ASFF is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, an internationally recognised publication, with a combined print and online audience of 180,000 worldwide. 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.

Hamptons International Film Fest The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film—long, short, fiction and documentary—and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of film. The Musicians Union of Hollywood American Federation of Musicians Local 47 is a labor union for professional musicians located in Hollywood, the entertainment capital of the world, formed by and for LA musicians. 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!

A Champion's Spirit with Fast Track Mentor, Karen Kirkland & Max Timm

Whether you're a writer or not, you need a champion - someone who is pulling for you. Someone who wants to see you succeed just as much as you want to. Whether this is your mom, a husband or wife, or in this interview guest's sake, the VP of Talent Development and Outreach with Nickelodeon! The process of writing, and really overall the entertainment industry in general, is a solitary and at times, terribly frightening experience...but if you don't go it alone, and you have a mentor or someone backing you, supporting you emotionally and most importantly, believing in you, you're on your way and things will simply feel a little easier.

When I asked Karen Kirkland to be my guest on the Curious About Screenwriting podcast, I honestly believe she was even more excited to be on that I was to have her as my guest! And listen, I was thrilled to schedule her interview. I was thrilled not only because I knew Karen would be a great interview, but because she is a natural champion of writers and creative people.

Producer, John Zaozirny of Bellevue Prods, Talks Selling Scripts John Zaozirny, principal at Bellevue Productions, takes time out of his busy schedule to talk with us about selling scripts, scripts that top the Black List and what it means when a script is "set up." Vilnius Film Office Providing location services and economic incentives for filmmakers looking to shoot in Lithuania.
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