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  • 01:13

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with director Debra Granick

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    Debra Granik, director, nominated for Academy Award, and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars, including  Best Picture, and won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Granik’s first feature film, Down to the Bone, was awarded the Best Director prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. She is known for her amazing work with actors, essentially launching the careers of both Vera Farmiga and Jennifer Lawrence. Her work is known for an instinctive, collaborative style that Granik describes as “late-breaking global neorealism.” Granik’s most recent offering, the documentary Stray Dog, began with a chance encounter while scouting and casting Winter’s Bone. Granik met Ron “Stray Dog” Hall in the Biker Church of Branson and cast him as the film’s estranged father, Thump Milton. Of her work she says, “The question I’ve had for most of my life is, ‘How are you coping?’ Some people have these small, positive schemes for survival, a kind of strength that I am attracted to, maybe because I’m prone to the blues.” In Hall she found a worthy subject—one whose humor and lack of self-consciousness had the potential to make the plight of Vietnam vets accessible to a broader audience. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events,festivals premiers and more. http://www.rexsikes.com , RexSikesMovieBT.me

  • 01:28

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w screenwriter producer Brian Herskowitz

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    Brian Herskowitz, Screenwriter, has completed over a dozen feature films. His first produced feature was a low budget slasher titled DARKROOM. He wrote and directed the award winning short film ODESSA OR BUST starring Jason Alexander, Red Buttons, Jason Schwartzman. Brian wrote, directed, and produced the documentary 1736: SOMEWHERE TO TURN and the short film JOANNE. His TV writing credits include staff writing on NBC's BLOSSOM, episodes of HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, and ACAPULCO HEAT, HBO's DREAM ON, CBS’s RENEGADE, THE EXILE, MURDER, SHE WROTE, the TV movie MURDER OF MY AUNT, FOX Network’s YOUNG HERCULES, and CBS’s TOUR OF DUTY. He co-wrote the FOX pilot MANTIC with Jason Alexander. He worked as a punch-up writer on BOB PATTERSON, and LISTEN UP. Brian line produced the web series THE BROADROOM, Brian produced UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT (co-writer), and BUCKY AND THE SQUIRRELS from director-writer Allan Katz (M*A*S*H*, BIG MAN ON CAMPUS),  MUSICAL CHAIRS, TIO PAPI which he co-wrote.  He has numerous upcoming producing directing feature projects. For twenty years Brian has taught screenwriting, first with WRITER’S BOOT CAMP, then with UCLA EXTENSIONS, and for the last five years he has held the post of Lead Faculty for the prestigious BOSTON UNIVERSITY in LOS ANGELES WRITER IN HOLLYWOOD graduate degree program.  His script writing textbook, PROCESS TO PRODUCT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO SCREENWRITING, is available on Amazon.com and in bookstores. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:29

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w writer Michael Beckner WS4

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    Michael Frost Beckner "The Screewriter Series"  EP 4 Screenwriter on Rex Sikes' Movie Beat. Michael launched his writing career with three record-making “spec” script sales: Texas Lead & Gold, Cutthroat Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame. He's writtern dozens of screenplays, studio rewrites, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television,  His first original film Sniper spawned three sequels. His big-screen success came with Universal's Spy Games, directed by Tony Scott starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. He created, Excutive Producered and wrote the CBS series, The Agency. He began his career as director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man.  From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s The Night Manager and writing two more films and developing two television series. Recent writing credits include: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Discovery's Gold Fever, and he is preparing the Spy Game prequel Muir’s Gambit for production and has adapted his novel Berlin Mesa into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC, Beckner is currently working on City of Lies with director Wolfgang Petersen. upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series To Appomattox. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:18

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w writer Michael Beckner WS1

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    Michael Frost Beckner "The Screenwriter's Series" EP 1, [NOTE!!! Show ends abrubtly last 4 minutes, cable company line went down - topic resumes next Episode.] on Rex Sikes' Movie Beat. Michael launched his writing career with three record-making “spec” script sales: Texas Lead & Gold, Cutthroat Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame. He's writtern dozens of screenplays, studio rewrites, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television,  His first original film Sniper spawned three sequels. His big-screen success came with Universal's Spy Games, directed by Tony Scott starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. He created, Excutive Producered and wrote the CBS series, The Agency. He began his career as director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man.  From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s The Night Manager and writing two more films and developing two television series. Recent writing credits include: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Discovery's Gold Fever, and he is preparing the Spy Game prequel Muir’s Gambit for production and has adapted his novel Berlin Mesa into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC, Beckner is currently working on City of Lies with director Wolfgang Petersen. upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series To Appomattox. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:22

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w Director Rob Luketic

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    Robert Luketic, Director, made his feature film directorial debut in 2001, with the smash hit, Legally Blonde. Starring Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as blonde sorority queen turned lawyer Elle Woods, Legally Blonde was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards  Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Subsequently, Luketic has delivered an impressive string of A-List Hollywood features. Most recently, Luketic directed the 2013 corporate thriller, Paranoia starring Oscar nominated Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth and Oscar nominated Gary Oldman as well as the 2010 romantic thriller, Killers with Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. Previously, Luketic helmed the highly successful 2009 romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. In 2008, Luketic directed the action adventure drama 21, which was inspired by the true story of the very brightest young minds in the country and how they took Vegas for millions. The film starred Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth and Oscar nominated Laurence Fishburne.Prior to that, Luketic directed the 2005 box office hit, Monster-in-Law starring Jennifer Lopez and Oscar winner Jane Fonda. Monster-in-Law marked Fonda’s first acting role in fifteen years. Additionally, Luketic directed the 2004 romantic comedy Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! featuring Kate Bosworth, Nathan Lane, Josh Duhamel and Topher Grace. Currently, Luketic is casting for his next film, Expendabelles, a highoctane, female driven, action/comedy spin-off of the successful Expendables franchise. Born in Sydney, Australia, Luketic studied at the prestigious Victorian College of Arts School of Film and Television, VCA. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:26

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w writer Michael Beckner WS2

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    Michael Beckner "The Screenwriter Series" EP 2 on Rex Sikes' Movie Beat. Michael launched his writing career with three record-making “spec” script sales: Texas Lead & Gold, Cutthroat Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame. He's writtern dozens of screenplays, studio rewrites, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television,  His first original film Sniper spawned three sequels. His big-screen success came with Universal's Spy Games, directed by Tony Scott starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. He created, Excutive Producered and wrote the CBS series, The Agency. He began his career as director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man.  From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s The Night Manager and writing two more films and developing two television series. Recent writing credits include: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Discovery's Gold Fever, and he is preparing the Spy Game prequel Muir’s Gambit for production and has adapted his novel Berlin Mesa into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC, Beckner is currently working on City of Lies with director Wolfgang Petersen. upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series To Appomattox. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com


     

  • 01:28

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w Screenwriter Michael Starrbury

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    Michael Starrbury, TV and Feature Film screenwriter discovered his love of cinema after sneaking into a movie theater as a young boy to see the classic Prince film "Purple Rain." When Apollonia purified herself in Lake Minnetonka, it was as if God, Allah, Buddha and that Hindu elephant was giving him a sign. From that moment on, he would study the craft of screenwriting. He went on to become a Blacklist writer and three-time McKnight Fellowship winner. He has developed pilots with ABC, Fox, FX andComedy Central. Also feature films with Warner Bros and New Line. His George Tillman, Jr. directed drama THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE premiered at Sundance and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. Michael is currently writing an animated pilot for Comedy Central. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:29

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with Actor Director Art Hindle

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    Art HIndle, Actor, Director, Host, Narrator has been involved in iconic productions in the U S and Canada. He is best remembered as the star of the Award-winning TV series E.N.G. but he has made his mark in movies with the blockbuster hit Porky’s, 3 classic movies David Cronenberg’s The Brood, Black Christmas, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and in Canada’s first million dollar movie Faceoff. He grew up in Toronto’s and didn’t catch the acting bug until he was in his 20’s whene left a successful stockbroking career to try acting. By 1971 talent and good looks landed him a lead in Faceoff. This hockey romance made Art a star and American offers poured in. Two more movies followed, one, Black Christmas became a Classic. By this time Art, a father of 4, moved to L. A, The move paid off and for the next 30 years he worked on dozens of movies, series and mini-series including Dallas and Beverly Hills 90210. He returned to Canada in the 90’s to be the lead in E.N.G for 5 years, winning Best Actor. He started directing at this time too. A few years later he followed that up with the award-winning series Paradise Falls, both starring and directing. In 2004, Art married his home-town sweetheart and moved back to Canada. They settled in horse country outside Toronto and Art picks and choses where and when he wants to work, happy to hang out in the country, attend to the grandchildren or play golf. One thing that has kept his interest in is his advocacy for the arts. He is Vice President of ACTRA Toronto and spends as much time as his family will allow lobbying Provincial and Federal Governments for precious tax credits for the Film and TV Industry. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:27

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with director Greydon Clark

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    Greydon Clark, director, producer, writer, author, actor. During four decades, Greydon Clark worked in front of and behind the camera, bringing some of the most memorable movies to life. From the sexy pep squad of Satan's Cheerleaders to the dirty dancing of The Forbidden Dance, Clark excelled at exploitation and helmed twenty diverse films such as Without Warning, Joysticks, Wacko and Black Shampoo. "On the Cheap" is a valuable tool for anyone interested in films or becoming a filmmaker. Greydon tells the story of his days on the fringes of Hollywood, struggling to make films in one of the most cut-throat businesses around. Reading his autobiography is like sitting down with a face-to-face discussion of the low budget film industry. His movies boast Oscar winners - Martin Landau, George Kennedy, Jack Palance and stars who were at the beginning of their careers - Andrew Dice Clay, David Caruso, Julia Duffy, Laura Harring, etc. Greydon breaks down each of his films into easily understood categories - screenplay, financing, preproduction, production, postproduction and distribution allowing the reader a true behind the scenes look at low budget filmmaking. Clark also appeared in  Hell's Bloody Devils and Dracula vs Frankenstein He has directed low-budget and straight-to-video movies for 20 years. Some of these are Tom, Black Shampoo, Satan's Cheerleaders, Without Warning, Wacko, Joysticks, Univited, and Skinheads. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:22

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats w director Joe Pepitone

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    Joseph Pepitone, director, producer,  is a two-time New York Emmy Award winning writer. He has worked in television for the past 17 years and has written four films with his brother Billy.  The first film, “Stuck in the Middle” which Joe co-directed won three awards at the Downbeach Film Festival in Atlantic City including Best Comedy Feature. The film received a distribution deal from R-Squared Films. Joseph and Billy then segued into horror films, writing “The Meat Puppet” and “Gravedigger.” Both won several awards and are currently in negotiations with distribution companies. They returned to their comedy roots with “The Jersey Devil” which recently finished shooting and is currently in post-production. Joseph directed the film, which stars Chris Mulkey (“Captain Phillips” “Boardwalk Empire”), David Chokachi (“Baywatch”) and Jack Mulcahy (“Porky’s” Brothers McMullen”). It was filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey in City Hall and at the legendary Loews Landmark Theater. The movie reunites several actors from “Stuck in the Middle” including Keith Collins, Stephen Fontana and Penelope Lagos. Joseph has written several episodes for the new series “The Beauty of Decay” which begins shooting in June. (beautyofdecay.org). The brothers are also working on their next film project, “The Phoenix” which has been several years in the making and their first venture into action/drama. Joseph resides in New Jersey where all of his films have been shot. He is married to Christine and together they have two children. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

  • 01:28

    Rex Sikes Movie Beat chats with film editor Robert Hoffman

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    Robert Hoffman, Film Editor, credits include upcoming Lionsgate release  “Grace Unplugged,” “Syrup,” from Magnolia Pictures and the indie comedy-drama “Norman,” which won him an editing award from the Woodstock Film Festival.  Other editing credits include “What Doesn’t Kill You,” Showtime's "Fathers and Sons,” “The Air I Breathe,” and Terry Zwigoff’s "Bad Santa" and "Art School Confidential.” Hoffman has frequented the Sundance film festival, most recently with the 2010 premiere of "Skateland.” He was editor on Jane Weinstock’s "Easy"  on the Daniel Barnz feature “Phoebe in Wonderland”, and on “Art School Confidential”.  USC produced an indet film and hired Robert, as one of the apprentice editors. After graduating with an MFA in Production, he worked as an assistant editor.  He divided his time between post production supervising and cutting films like the mockumentary, "Rhinoskin: The Making of a Movie Star" Hoffman and Terry Zwigoff became fast friends and edited edited the director’s cut of "Bad Santa,” together. The director’s cut was honored by Roger Ebert at his 2006 Overlooked Film Festival where it received its first public screening. Hoffman also worked with Zwigoff editing some previously unused footage for the Criterion Collection’s release of his celebrated documentaries, “Louie Bluie” and “Crumb.” Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com

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