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This week on the BIG show, on the heels of the WGA East releases their list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays, we respond with our list of the 15 Funniest African-American Screenplays. Find out which popular writer/actor dominated the list, plus we'll review several movies this week featuring actors and filmmakers with awards aspirations. Plus, we'll have entertainment news and a whole lot more on Episode 280 of Keeping it Reel with FilmGordon.
Kristi was born in Wellington, NZ and is a dual NZ/British screenwriter and script consultant who has been professionally writing genre screenplays since 2009 including: The award winning optioned horror They Hide In The Dark (www.theyhideinthedarkmovie.com); the optioned horror The Raft (http://www.libertinepictures.com/wp-content/uploads/Media-release_Big-Break-Wraps_24-09-14.pdf) and the latest horror and festival finalist The Walls. Her first production was the first movie rolled out over Twitter, the pioneering transmedia horror, Hurst (aka@KarenBarley) (www.karenbarley.co.uk). She has been hired as a script consultant for L.A production company, Philantos and contracted as Script Reader & consultant for the NZ Writers Guild consulting on various genres. She was mentored by Kudos productions through the prestigious UK’s Red Planet Prize with the gritty single drama, The Board, which is currently in development with director Paul Campion (The Devil’s Rock). She was a Shriekfest Finalist in 2015 with her screenplay "The Walls".
Special guest John Tinker.
So you’re binge-watching these days? Seems like everyone else is too. As our viewing habits change, so does the pace and the style of the stories we enjoy. With decades of experience working in Hollywood, Emmy Award-winning screenwriter John Tinker knows what works and what doesn’t. Join us as he talks through the challenges of balancing art with commerce, telling stories that matter, and the changing landscape of television viewership.
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"Alysa of the Fields", her first novel in the Tellings of Xunar-kun Series, won the 2006 Dream Realm Awards for Cover Art. The unabridged audio book version which she produced won Mom’s Choice, Reader’s Choice, and Reader Views awards. Published in 2008, Book Two, "The Trailfolk of Xunar-kun", won Reader’s Favorite and The Written Art awards.
Tina creates the cover art for her books and has published illustrations internationally in several books and other media. She has created a children's picture book, Snailsworth, a slow little story. In addition to writing stories, poetry and screenplays, Tina has been a freelance communications designer since 1995. She is also a screenwriter and is working on a write-for-hire feature film. http://www.tinafieldhowescreenwriter.com/
John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Friendly Fire, Nick of Time, Against All Enemies, End Game, Soft Targets, High Treason, Damage Control, Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan’s Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. Four of his books have been purchased or optioned for the Big Screen. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. He will co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, which should begin filming in the spring of 2016 for a 2017 release.
A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, weapons systems, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. John lives in Fairfax, VA.
Peter Atkins is the author of the novels Morningstar, Big Thunder, and Moontown and the screenplays Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III, Hellraiser IV, and Wishmaster. His short fiction has appeared in such anthologies as The Museum of Horrors, Dark Delicacies II, Hellbound Hearts, Gutshot, and The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes and has been selected eight times for one or more of the various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies. He can be found on the web at: peteratkins.blogspot.com
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George Martorano is the longest-serving first-time non-violent offender in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1988.
In 1984, on the advice of his attorney Robert Simone, Martorano pled guilty to 19 counts of drug possession and distribution. Martorano was subsequently advised by both the prosecution and the judge, John Berne Hannum, that this plea could result in a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The prosecution, however, had only recommended a sentence of from 40 to 54 months. On September 20, 1984, Martorano was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the longest prison term ever imposed on a first-time non-violent offender in American history. One of the harshest sentences ever handed out.
George Martorano is a writer and speaker. After serving 32 years of his life sentence for a non-violent crime he has been released in Oct 2015. His aim, as a free man, is to pass to others what he has learned through his unique experience, and to help. We are proud to say that George used The Streets Don't Love You Back Book to teach from in Prison since 2010.
Martorano has distinguished himself during his decades. In addition to being a "model" prisoner, Martorano is considered one of the most prolific writers in the Federal Prison System, having authored more than 31 books. He has also written numerous short stories, screenplays and poems. He recently published a self-help booklet for inmates entitled the "ShotCaller. He has developed a creative writing course - "The Write to Life" - which has assisted numerous inmate in earning GEDs and developing creative writing skills. was one of the first – if not the first – inmate in the FBOP system to exercise his First Amendment rights digitally, by publishing his works.
Please join Marsha Casper Cook when she is joined by her editor Jeff Fleischer on December 8 at 1 PM EST NOON CT 11AM MT 10 AM PS. It's going to be fun and informative. Jeff is not only an editor he is an author, screenwriter, marketing specialist and very successful journalist. You won't want to miss this show.
Jeff will be talking about writing novels,short stories,screenplays and more!
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My name is Victor Nieves. I’m 23 years old, and I live in Charles Town, West Virginia, right on the tip of the Eastern Panhandle.
From a young age, I loved writing short stories and screenplays and my friends and I would play these overelaborate make-believe games when we were kids. That’s how my novel, Epitaph: Reveille would come to take form. I’d always wanted to find a way to communicate my ideas, my experiences with my friends, to others. So in my ninth grade year in high school I wrote the first paragraph of what would become Epitaph: Reveille. After high school, I attended the Art Institute of Washington for a short time with the intent of pursuing a career in filmmaking, only to discover the stress of such a career was not for me.
So, I fell back on my writing. In 2011, my grandmother brought to my attention an article in the local newspaper about a local author, Lauren Carr, hosting a writer’s workshop here in Charles Town. I was intrigued, so I decided I would sign up.
It was so funny. I came in the first day with the first chapter of Reveille in my hands and quite nervously asked Lauren if she would be willing to take a look at my work. She kindly complied, and the next week when I went in to class, she told me she thought that the first chapter was written very well, and then asked if I had a complete manuscript. I told her I didn’t, that I’d had about half the entire novel written. She asked how long it would take to complete the manuscript, and I told her maybe a year or so.
Epitaph: Reveille was released in September of 2014, and is just the first book in a military/science fiction trilogy. The next novel, Epitaph: Defiance, I hope to have released by this time next year!
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Marie-Ange has a degree in Art and Archeology from the Sorbonne in Paris. She worked as a teacher, and ran a company for three years.
She is an award-winning author.
She has written seven novels, a biography of a French writer and four spiritual books published in Europe and Canada.
Marie-Ange was invited on French TVs and radios. She also wrote screenplays nominated in Canadian, American and English film festivals.
Marie-Ange is a mother of five, she now lives in LA.
Her beloved grandmother named her Mary Angel, opening the way to what became a life filled with spirituality.
She had her first angelic encounter at the age of four and realized that the heavenly hosts are always by our side.
Marie-Ange has a very strong connection with the angels who saved her life several times and miraculously brought back her youngest son at the age of two.
She had two unforgettable encounters with archangels.
Marie-Ange has a gift. She can find the personal angel of the people and help them create a special bond with their angel.
She gives talks and conducts workshops to help others connect to the angels, find love and fulfill their dreams.
What does it take to juggle a multi-faceted career in television, film and books? Join us as actress and author Victoria Pratt talks about her journey through the arts.
Victoria Pratt has spent her adult life playing superheroes, supervillains, and cops on television and in movies. From her start on the action series, John Woo’s Once a Thief, to Marvel Comic’s Mutant X, to ABC’s Daybreak, to a mountain of Lifetime movies, Victoria has learned a thing or two about crafting strong female characters.
Victoria’s writing career actually started long before her acting career, with a monthly column in Oxygen Magazine. Next came screenplays, women’s magazines, and finally, this, her debut novel, Double Down.
Victoria spends her time between her home in the Hollywood Hills, and her family in Canada. Currently, Victoria recurs as Casey McMurtry on Canada’s longest running hour-long drama, Heartland, where she literarily… that’s right… runs the rodeo.
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Viki Winterton interviews Steve Hayes!
British born Ivan Hayes first arrived in Hollywood in 1949 and moved there permanently in 1950. An actor for ten years, he worked in movies at MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, RKO, Universal Studios and the Samuel Goldwyn Studios as well as in early network television and radio.
While he was under contract at 20th Century Fox, the studio insisted Ivan find a more American-sounding name. He chose Steve, after the name of his friend Steve Reeves, a former Mr. Universe who later became world-famous as "Hercules."
When not acting or writing books and screenplays, Steve helped support himself by working in restaurants and parking cars at Hollywood's glamorous Sunset Strip nightspots like the Mocambo, Ciro's, Villa Nova, and The Players. He also did detective work for the Fred Otash Detective Agency and painted movie stars' homes and famous places like the Garden of Allah.
Then, in 1954, he became night manager of Googie's, a popular coffee shop next to Schwab's Drugstore that was made famous by James Dean, John Saxon, Natalie Wood, Rod Steiger, James Garner, Jayne Mansfield and other celebrities like western writer Louis L'Amour and Hollywood gossip columnist Sidney Skolsky.
During that time Steve befriended numerous movie stars like Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Alan Ladd, Lana Turner, Sterling Hayden and Robert Middleton, all of whom influenced his life and gave him material for his recently published two-volume memoirs, Googie's: Coffee Shop to the Stars.
Steve still writes novels and screenplays and presently lives at the beach in Huntington Beach, California, with his lovely wife of twenty-five years, Robbin.
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