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Dual Redundancy: TV Recaps, TV Reviews, and All the Latest in Entertainment News
DR412: The Last of Us Series Premiere and Quick Checks: The Menu & The Banshees of Inisherin

Dual Redundancy: TV Recaps, TV Reviews, and All the Latest in Entertainment News

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 63:43


In this week's episode David, John and Kyle discuss the last week of the awards race including the winners of the 80th Golden Globes (2:00) and the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (11:30), Directors Guild (21:15), Producers Guild (25:40) and the Writers Guild awards (31:35). We also have mini-reviews of two recent releases now on HBO Max: The Banshees of Inisherin (36:35) and The Menu (41:45). Finally, we review the series premiere of HBO's new series The Last of Us (46:10). This episode was originally recorded on January 16th on Twitch and can be replayed on YouTube. Want more Dual Redundancy? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast!

Breakfast All Day
Episode 331: Movie News, Plane, No Bears

Breakfast All Day

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 32:27


Buckle up for the latest episode of Breakfast All Day. Christy and Alonso review the cheesy Gerard Butler action movie "Plane," which we enjoyed way more than we expected. We also review "No Bears," the latest from Iranian master Jafar Panahi, which is one of Alonso's favorite films of 2022. In news, we discuss the tragic passing of Lisa Marie Presley, as well as Golden Globe winners and Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild and Producers Guild nominees. And over at our Patreon, we recap the emotional last two episodes of "George & Tammy" on Showtime. We're grateful as always to have you with us. To find out more about CAROL Bike, visit them here. Use the code BREAKFASTALLDAY to take $250 off your purchase before Jan. 31; after that, it's $100 off. Some product links are affiliate links which means if you buy something, we'll receive a small commission.

Claiming Disability, Inc.-You Belong Here
Two Time Emmy Winning Director Paris Barclay Talks with Producer Erin Noon-Kay and Guest Host Verton Bank on the Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story 2022 ‧ Thriller

Claiming Disability, Inc.-You Belong Here

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 61:57


Paris Barclay is one of television's most successful and honored directors. Throughout his illustrious career in television, Paris has directed over160 episodes of television, including episodes of NYPD BLUE, ER, THE WEST WING, LOST, THE GOOD WIFE, CSI, SONS OF ANARCHY, HOUSE, GLEE, IN TREATMENT, SCANDAL, EMPIRE, PITCH and STATION 19. He won two Emmy Awards for his direction of NYPD BLUE and has received six additional Emmy nominations for producing and directing, including three for directing episodes of GLEE, and one for THE WEST WING. Paris has also garnered ten Directors Guild nominations (for shows as diverse as IN TREATMENT, WEEDS, HOUSE, as well as GLEE and THE WEST WING), winning once for NYPD BLUE. He also became the first Director in the history of the Guild to receive a comedy and drama nomination in the same year, two years in a row (2008 & 2009). He's received three NAACP Image Awards, for producing, co-creating, and directing CITY OF ANGELS, and for directing COLD CASE and SMASH. In 2014, the NAACP inducted Paris into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey, and Gordon Parks. He directed the feature film (and cult favorite) DON'T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD, as well as telefilms for HBO (a western, THE CHEROKEE KID, starring Sinbad, James Coburn and Burt Reynolds) and THE BIG TIME for TNT (a drama with Christina Hendricks, Molly Ringwald, and Christopher Lloyd.) Further bulging his shelves, Paris has been recognized as a writer as well, receiving a WGA and Humanitas Prize nomination for his telefilm (with Dustin Lance Black) PEDRO, for MTV. He's shared two Humanitas Prizes, four prestigious Peabody Awards. He co-created the series CITY OF ANGELS (which ran for 2 years on CBS), co-wrote and directed the pilot HATE for Showtime, and has rewritten projects for Disney and HBO. Paris was elected President of the Directors Guild of America in June 2013 and is the first African-American and openly gay President in the history of the Guild. Before being elected President, Paris served four terms as the First Vice President of the DGA. Mr. Barclay first joined the DGA in 1992, and was elected to the Western Directors Council and the National Board in 1997. He and Taylor Hackford shared the 2007 Robert Aldrich Award, given for extraordinary service to the Director's Guild of America. Paris was enthusiastically re-elected in June 2015 to serve a second term as president before stepping down in June 2017. Paris directed the pilot of and currently works as the executive producer of the Shondaland show, STATION 19, which follows a group of Seattle firefighters that exist in the GREY'S ANATOMY universe and stars Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, and Boris Kodjoe. Additionally, the show is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Krista Vernoff. It premiered in March 2018 and is currently producing its fourth season for ABC. Paris got his start in advertising, working as a creative executive and then segued into directing music videos for some of music's biggest stars, such as: Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan, and LL Cool J. In addition to his service to the DGA, Paris has been recognized for his service and contributions to many charitable organizations, including Liberty Hill, GLAAD, and Project Angel Food. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/erin-claimingdisability/message

MTR Podcasts
Interview: Nina K. Noble (The Wire, We Own This City, Treme)

MTR Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 36:35


Nina K. Noble, is an American television producer. She was an executive producer for The Wire.Before entering television she worked extensively in film. Initially she was a production assistant and then became a second assistant director after joining the Directors Guild of America in 1984.[1] She worked as a freelance assistant director for ten years and worked with several notable film-makers including Alan Parker, Paul Mazursky, Ron Shelton, Stephen Frears, Paul Verhoeven and Ivan Reitman.[1] In 1995 she began producing and production managing television projects for Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.[1] They introduced her to writer David Simon in 1999 when he was developing his book The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood for the HBO network.[1] She collaborated with Simon and Robert F. Colesberry to produce the Emmy award-winning The Corner for HBO.[1]Noble continued her collaboration with Simon and Colesberry on their next project The Wire. She was involved from the beginning and was credited as a producer for the show's first season.[2] She retained her role for the show's second season and her credit was upgraded to co-executive producer.[3] For the third and fourth season she was credited as executive producer alongside Simon.[4][5] She continued in this role for the fifth and final season.[6]Noble is married to David Noble. Her brother, Michael Kostroff played defence attornery Maurice Levy on The Wire.[7][8] She has two sons, Nick and Jason.photo creditThe Truth In This ArtThe Truth In This Art is a podcast interview series supporting vibrancy and development of Baltimore & beyond's arts and culture. To find more amazing stories from the artist and entrepreneurial scenes in & around Baltimore, check out my episode directory. SPONSORSDoubledutch Boutique: Boutique featuring a curated selection of modern, retro-inspired women's designer clothing. Check out the shop's gifts for holidays for him/her, including items from local makers and new modern lines from abroad and as well as vintage treasures by going to doubledutchboutique.com SPONSORSDoubledutch Boutique: Boutique featuring a curated selection of modern, retro-inspired women's designer clothing. Check out the shop's gifts for holidays for him/her, including items from local makers and new modern lines from abroad and as well as vintage treasures by going to doubledutchboutique.com ★ Support this podcast ★

OUTTAKE VOICES™ (Interviews)
Movie “Boys Don't Cry” Revisited On TCM

OUTTAKE VOICES™ (Interviews)

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 11:08


Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce talks with Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ about her award-winning film “Boys Don't Cry” that was featured on the second season of Turner Classic Movies series “Reframed”. “Reframed” addresses famous/classic films that may have been controversial when they were released due to their themes like homophobia, misogyny, racism etc. The series that aired throughout November also took a look at pioneering LGBTQ films from an historical perspective. Each film is shown along with a discussion from film experts about these issues. Peirce co-hosted the show with Ben Mankiewicz who engaged in a conversation about how this 1999 breakthrough film raised awareness to the lives of our transgender community and the discrimination they faced that unfortunately continues today. “Boys Don't Cry” was directed by Kimberly and co-written by Peirce and Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena played by actress Hilary Swank who won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. The story is about a trans man who attempts to find love in Nebraska but falls victim to a brutal hate crime perpetrated by two male acquaintances. The film co-stars Chloë Sevigny who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress as Teena's girlfriend Lana Tisdel. We talked to Kimberly about what she hopes to accomplish with her work and her spin on our LGBTQ issues.  Kimberly Peirce received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University Graduate Film. She also graduated from Sundance Institute's Writing, Directing & Producing Labs. Her unflinching debut feature “Boys Don't Cry” earned numerous honors and was inducted into the Library of Congress as a National Treasure in 2020. Her second feature “Stop-Loss” was released by Paramount Pictures in 2008. In 2013 she directed a remake of the horror film “Carrie”. Kimberly is a Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a National Board member of the Directors Guild of America. Recently she co-founded the first ever DGA LGBTQ+ Committee to expand the rights, representation and protections of LGBTQ+ people at the DGA and the industry.  For More Info… LISTEN: 600+ LGBTQ Chats @OUTTAKE VOICE

Stop Me Project
Airey Bros. Radio / Eric Jewett / Ep 185 / Visual Arts / Film / Television / Weeds / Dexter / Big Love / Return of the Jedi / Team America

Stop Me Project

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 77:31


Eric Jewett graduated from Harvard with a degree in Visual Arts. He worked in Los Angeles as an Assistant Director on over 82 film and television shows, including "Return of the Jedi" and "Team America", and on the series "Big Love" and "Dexter". He directed multiple episodes of "Party of Five" and "Weeds". He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Television Academy. Mr. Jewett currently teaches acting, directing, and film production.

Stop Me Project
Airey Bros. Radio / ERIC JEWETT / Ep 185 / Visual Arts / Film / Television / Weeds / Dexter / Big Love / Return of the Jedi / Team America

Stop Me Project

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022 77:31


Eric Jewett graduated from Harvard with a degree in Visual Arts. He worked in Los Angeles as an Assistant Director on over 82 film and television shows, including "Return of the Jedi" and "Team America", and on the series "Big Love" and "Dexter". He directed multiple episodes of "Party of Five" and "Weeds". He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Television Academy. Mr. Jewett currently teaches acting, directing, and film production.

Two Guys From Hollywood
S2E2 - Changing Hollywood - A Conversation with Taylor Hackford

Two Guys From Hollywood

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 88:12


Joey celebrates the end of his cancer treatments and Alan celebrates passing his flight exam. Then they turn to director Taylor Hackford. In addition to helming the iconic feature hits, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Ray (2004), and the cult thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997), Taylor Hackford has directed the films Dolores Claiborne (1995), Everybody's All American (1988), and Proof of Life (2000). Taylor developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history. Mr. Hackford has been an active member of the Directors Guild of America for over 40 years, including twice as elected President of the DGA, beginning in 2009. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Language of Creativity Podcast
Friends Like Family – Spiro Razatos (Action Director, Fast and Furious franchise) Ep. 29

The Language of Creativity Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 70:22


Fast and Furious action unit director Spiro Razatos shares rags to riches story and how seeing the movie Shaft at age 11 inspired him on his path to becoming a Hollywood Stuntman. Apple Podcasts users full show notes here: https://languageofcreativity.podbean.com/e/spiro-razatos-friendslikefamily-fastandfurious-action Spiro Razatos began his career as a stunt man and quickly worked his way into the Directors Guild of America just by asking. Somehow, on the spot producers gave him his very first sequence directing a car chase! Since then Razatos has 2nd Unit Directed major films such as Venom, Bad Boys II and Bad Boys For Life, films in The Fast and The Furious franchise (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7, Fate of the Furious, F9), and Captain America Winter Soldier, to name a few. From Denver, Colorado and the son of Greek immigrants, young Spiro began training himself to be a stuntman after a fateful day when his dad took him on a Greyhound to visit the zoo. His father, who was also blind had saved for six months for the trip, but they never made it to the zoo. Eleven year old Razatos saw the marquee for the movie Shaq and begged his father to take him to see it… that day. “I started crying and said I don't know, I just need to see it now.” He practiced jumping off of roofs (don't try this at home) and crashing his own bicycles until he was finally able to get a Super Eight movie camera. He'd managed to get his home-made stunt reel onto the set of Heart to Heart, when legendary stunt coordinators Mike Vendrell and Greg Barnett finally called him and told him they would help him come to Hollywood. In this episode we talk about the magic of visual storytelling, the importance of shooting practical stunts and how CG (computer generated elements) can totally ruin the believability of a sequence, why Spiro always hires his own editor (the one he's had his whole career) spending hours at the end of every shooting day to present the sequence to the studio. We talk about his work/life balance and yearly trips to the “ashram” to detox. But most importantly Spiro highlights the importance of having a team of people you know and trust with your life. His stunt team, Team Malaka has been with him for over 30 years, oh yeah, and of course we talk about his favorite “team building activity” playing Call of Duty 2. Guest: Spiro Razatos  IMDB On My Radar - Spiro Razatos ShootOnline.com Bullitt Signs Director Spiro Razatos for branded content spots CineMovie.tv F9 Car Stunt Coordinator says movie ran out of cars to crash Host: Steven Leavitt Site: https://www.icreatesound.com/ Portfolio: http://stevenleavitt.com/ Featured Music “Haunting Me” by Testing Tomorrow Episode References Fast 5 Vault Sequence (YouTube) Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcom Gladwell (GoodReads) Vantage Point (IMDB) 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Producer Talks Story, Characters, and Practical Effects vs. CGI (Interview: ScreenRant) correction: I said Deborah Winger it was actually Kathleen Kennedy Shaft (IMDB) Buzz Bundy (Memoriam JamesBond007.se) Paul Walker death (The Guardian) Wiz Khalifa - See You Again ft. Charlie Puth (Music Video - YouTube) Stunt Coordinator (Wikipedia) Squib hit (Wikipedia) Ashram (Wikipedia) Call of Duty 2 (Wikipedia) Captain America Winter Soldier (IMDB) The Russo Brothers (Wikipedia) Fast Getaway (IMDB) Midnight Run (IMDB) The Goonies (IMDB) The Goonies - ‘Slick Shoes'' scene (YouTube) Gainer (gymnastics) (Wikipedia) Hook (IMDB)   Please review this podcast on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon and Stitcher and help other creatives find their tribe! Website: https://thelanguageofcreativity.com/ Facebook Group: The Language of Creativity Discussion Group - Facebook Tags Fast & Furious, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Bad Boys for Life, Crash, Taurus World Stunt Awards, Justin Lin, second unit director, action unit, cannon rolls, visual effects, VFX, Man of Steel, Debra Winger, Star Wars, practical effects, video game industry, editing, film, first unit, making choices, what the audience feels, mastering, mixing, speed, driving, cars, 100mph, focal length, background, foreground, location, big break, DGA, Directors Guild of America, The Bourne Identity, Denver, Greyhound, Greg Barnett, Michael M. 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21 Jump Scare
The Wicker Man (1973) with Tom Foley

21 Jump Scare

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 74:05


Summoned to a remote island off the coast of Scotland by a report claiming a young girl, Rowan Morrison, has gone missing, West Highland Constabulary Sergeant Neil Howie finds himself far from any reality he's ever known, due to the strange customs and people of the island, called Summerisle. A god-fearing, Christian man in every way, Howie is put off, then shocked by the the island's free-thinking, sexually explicit ways. He refuses the advances of Willow, a landlord's daughter, and threatens to arrest Miss Rose, a schoolteacher, for discussing phallic symbols. Summerisle, Howie comes to understand, believes only in gods of fertility, and pagan ways, as overseen by Lord Summerisle, a tall, imposing chap with a fantastic house and even snappier wardrobe. When no one can seem to recall having met or seen Rowan, Howie's investigation leads down a series of increasingly strange dead ends. And as May Day approaches, he becomes increasingly convinced that he has become the subject of a bizarre, dangerous game. Intro, Math Club, and Debate Society (spoiler-free) 0:00-18:05 Honor Roll and Detention (spoiler-heavy) 18:06-55:11 Superlatives (so. many. spoilers.) 55:12-1:13:11 Tom Foley is an award-winning filmmaker. He has helmed national TV commercials for iconic brands like Nike, Harley Davidson, and Burger King, and recently created branded content films for Tito's Vodka and the Alzheimer's Association. Tom's work keys on human emotion — from narrative comedy to heartfelt documentary storytelling. Always presenting a strong visual point of view, Tom emphasizes the unique humanity of his subjects. Tom is currently represented by Element Productions (Boston/LA) and is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Learn more about Tom at www.tomfoley.tv. Our theme music is by Sir Cubworth, with embellishments by Edward Elgar. Music from “The Wicker Man” by Paul Giovanni. For more information on this film, the pod, essays from your hosts, and other assorted bric-a-brac, visit our website, scareupod.com. Please subscribe to this podcast via Apple or Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you like what you hear, please leave us a 5-star rating. Join our Facebook group. Follow us on Instagram. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

The 80s Movie Podcast
Bright Lights, Big City

The 80s Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 21:04


On this episode, we travel back to 1984, and the days when a "young adult" novel included lots of drugs and partying and absolutely no sparkly vampires or dystopian warrior girls. We're talking about Jay McInerney's groundbreaking novel, Bright Lights, Big City, and its 1988 film version starring Michael J. Fox and Keifer Sutherland. ----more---- Hello, and welcome to The 80s Movies Podcast. I am your host, Edward Havens. Thank you for listening today. The original 1984 front cover for Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City If you were a young adult in the late 1980s, there's a very good chance that you started reading more adult-y books thanks to an imprint called Vintage Contemporaries. Quality books at an affordable paperback price point, with their uniform and intrinsically 80s designed covers, bold cover and spine fonts, and mix of first-time writers and cult authors who never quite broke through to the mainstream, the Vintage Contemporary series would be an immediate hit when it was first launched in September 1984. The first set of releases would include such novels as Raymond Carver's Cathedral and Thomas McGuane's The Bushwhacked Piano, but the one that would set the bar for the entire series was the first novel by a twenty-nine year old former fact checker at the New Yorker magazine. The writer was Jay McInerney, and his novel was Bright Lights, Big City. The original 1984 front cover for Raymond Carver's Cathedral Bright Lights, Big City would set a template for twenty something writers in the 1980s. A protagonist not unlike the writer themselves, with a not-so-secret drug addiction, and often written in the second person, You, which was not a usual literary choice at the time. The nameless protagonist, You, is a divorced twenty-four year old wannabe writer who works as fact-checker at a major upscale magazine in New York City, for which he once dreamed of writing for. You is recently divorced from Amanda, an aspiring model he had met while going to school in Kansas City. You would move to New York City earlier in the year with her when her modeling career was starting to talk off. While in Paris for Fashion Week, Amanda called You to inform him their marriage was over, and that she was leaving him for another man. You continues to hope Amanda will return to him, and when it's clear she won't, he not only becomes obsessed with everything about her that left in their apartment, he begins to slide into reckless abandon at the clubs they used to frequent, and becoming heavily addicted to cocaine, which then affects his performance at work. A chance encounter with Amanda at an event in the city leads You to a public humiliation, which makes him starts to realize that his behavior is not because his wife left him, but a manifestation of the grief he still feels over his mother's passing the previous year. You had gotten married to a woman he hardly knew because he wanted to make his mother happy before she died, and he was still unconsciously grieving when his wife's leaving him triggered his downward spiral. Bright Lights, Big City was an immediate hit, one of the few paperback-only books to ever hit the New York Times best-seller chart. Within two years, the novel had sold more than 300,000 copies, and spawned a tidal wave of like-minded twentysomething writers becoming published. Bret Easton Ellis might have been able to get his first novel Less Than Zero published somewhere down the line, but it was McInerney's success that would cause Simon and Schuster to try and duplicate Vintage's success, which they would. Same with Tana Janowitz, whose 1986 novel Slaves of New York was picked up by Crown Publishers looking to replicate the success of McInerney and Ellis, despite her previous novel, 1981's American Dad, being completely ignored by the book buying public at that time. While the book took moments from his life, it wasn't necessarily autobiographical. For example, McInerney had been married to a fashion model in the early 1980s, but they would meet while he attended Syracuse University in the late 1970s. And yes, McInerney would do a lot of blow during his divorce from his wife, and yes, he would get fired from The New Yorker because of the effects of his drug addiction. Yes, he was partying pretty hard during the times that preceded the writing of his first novel. And yes, he would meet a young woman who would kinda rescue him and get him on the right path.  But there were a number of details about McInerney's life that were not used for the book. Like how the author studied writing with none other than Raymond Carver while studying creative writing at Syracuse, or how his family connections would allow him to submit blind stories to someone like George Plimpton at the Paris Review, and not only get the story read but published. And, naturally, any literary success was going to become a movie at some point. For Bright Lights, it would happen almost as soon as the novel was published. Robert Lawrence, a vice president at Columbia Pictures in his early thirties, had read the book nearly cover to cover in a single sitting, and envisioned a film that could be “The Graduate” of his generation, with maybe a bit of “Lost Weekend” thrown in. But the older executives at the studio balked at the idea, which they felt would be subversive and unconventional. They would, however, buy in when Lawrence was able to get mega-producer Jerry Weintraub to be a producer on the film, who in turn was able to get Joel Schumacher, who had just finished filming St. Elmo's Fire for the studio, to direct, and get Tom Cruise, who was still two years away from Top Gun and megastardom, to play the main character. McInerney was hired to write the script, and he and Schumacher and Cruise would even go on club crawls in New York City to help inform all of the atmosphere they were trying to capture with the film. In 1985, Weintraub would be hired by United Artists to become their new chief executive, and Bright Lights would be one of the properties he would be allowed to take with him to his new home. But since he was now an executive, Weintraub would need to hire a new producer to take the reigns on the picture. Enter Sydney Pollack. By 1985, Sydney Pollack was one of the biggest directors in Hollywood. With films like They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Jeremiah Johnson, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman and Tootsie under his belt, Pollock could get a film made, and get it seen by audiences. At least, as a director. At this point in his career, he had only ever produced one movie, Alan Rudolph's 1984 musical drama Songwriter, which despite being based on the life of Willie Nelson, and starring Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Rip Torn, barely grossed a tenth of its $8m budget. And Pollock at that moment was busy putting the finishing touches on his newest film, an African-based drama featuring Meryl Streep and longtime Pollock collaborator Robert Redford. That film, Out of Africa, would win seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, in March 1986, which would keep Pollock and his producing partner Mark Rosenberg's attention away from Bright Lights for several months. Once the hype on Out of Africa died down, Pollock and Rosenberg got to work getting Bright Lights, Big City made. Starting with hiring a new screenwriter, a new director, and a new leading actor. McInerney, Schumacher and Cruise had gotten tired of waiting. Ironically, Cruise would call on Pollock to direct another movie he was waiting to make, also based at United Artists, that he was going to star in alongside Dustin Hoffman. That movie, of course, is Rain Man, and we'll dive into that movie another time. Also ironically, Weintraub would not last long as the CEO of United Artists. Just five months after becoming the head of the studio, Weintraub would tire of the antics of Kirk Kerkorian, the owner of United Artists and its sister company, MGM, and step down. Kerkorian would not let Weintraub take any of the properties he brought from Columbia to his new home, the eponymously named mini-major he'd form with backing from Columbia. With a new studio head in place, Pollock started to look for a new director. He would discover that director in Joyce Chopra, who, after twenty years of making documentaries, made her first dramatic narrative in 1985. Smooth Talk was an incredible coming of age drama, based on a story by Joyce Carol Oates, that would make a star out of then seventeen-year-old Laura Dern. UA would not only hire her to direct the film but hire her husband, Tom Cole, who brilliantly adapted the Oates story that was the basis for Smooth Talk, to co-write the screenplay with his wife. While Cole was working on the script, Chopra would have her agent send a copy of McInerney's book to Michael J. Fox. This wasn't just some random decision. Chopra knew she needed a star for this movie, and Fox's agent just happened to be Chopra's agent. That'd be two commissions for the agent if it came together, and a copy of the book was delivered to Fox's dressing room on the Family Ties soundstage that very day. Fox loved the book, and agreed to do the film. After Alex P. Keaton and Marty McFly and other characters he had played that highlighted his good looks and pleasant demeanor, he was ready to play a darker, more morally ambiguous character. Since the production was scheduled around Fox's summer hiatus from the hit TV show, he was in. For Pollock and United Artists, this was a major coup, landing one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. But the project was originally going to be Toronto standing in for New York City for less than $7m with a lesser known cast. Now, it was going to be a $15m with not only Michael J. Fox but also Keifer Sutherland, who was cast as Tad, the best friend of the formerly named You, who would now known as Jamie Conway, and would be shot on location in New York City. The film would also feature Phoebe Cates as Jamie's model ex-wife, William Hickey, Kelly Lynch. But there was a major catch. The production would only have ten weeks to shoot with Fox, as he was due back in Los Angeles to begin production on the sixth season of Family Ties.  He wasn't going to do that thing he did making a movie and a television show at the same time like he did with Back to the Future and Family Ties in 1984 and 1985. Ten weeks and not a day more. Production on the film would begin on April 13th, 1987, to get as much of the film shot while Fox was still finishing Family Ties in Los Angeles. He would be joining the production at the end of the month. But Fox never get the chance to shoot with Chopra. After three weeks of production, Chopra, her husband, and her cinematographer James Glennon, who had also shot Smooth Talk, were dismissed from the film. The suits at United Artists were not happy with the Fox-less footage that was coming out of New York, and were not happy with the direction of the film. Cole and Chopra had removed much of the nightlife and drug life storyline, and focused more on the development of Jamie as a writer. Apparently, no one at the studio had read the final draft of the script before shooting began. Cole, the screenwriter, says it was Pollock, the producer, who requested the changes, but in the end, it would be not the Oscar-winning filmmaker producing the movie that would be released but the trio of newer creatives. Second unit footage would continue to shoot around New York City while the studio looked for a new director. Ironically, days after Chopra was fired, the Directors Guild of America had announced that if they were not able to sign a new agreement with the Producers Guild before the end of the current contract on June 30th, the directors were going on strike. So now United Artists were really under the gun. After considering such filmmakers as Belgian director Ulu Grosbard, who had directed Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in Falling in Love, and Australian director Bruce Beresford, whose films had included Breaker Morant and Tender Mercies, they would find their new director in James Bridges, whose filmography included such critical and financial success as The Paper Chase, The China Syndrome and Urban Cowboy, but had two bombs in a row in 1984's Mike's Murder and 1985's Perfect. He needed a hit, and this was the first solid directing offer in three years. He'd spend the weekend after his hiring doing some minor recasting, including bringing in John Houseman, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Paper Chase, as well as Swoosie Kurtz, Oscar-winning actors Jason Robards and Dianne Weist, and Tracy Pollan, Fox's co-star on Family Ties, who would shortly after the filming of Bright Lights become Mrs. Michael J. Fox, although in the film, she would be cast not as a love interest to her real-life boyfriend's character but as the wife of Keifer Sutherland's character. After a week of rewriting McInerney's original draft of the screenplay from the Schumacher days, principal photography re-commenced on the film. And since Bridges would be working with famed cinematographer Gordon Willis, who had shot three previous movies with Bridges as well as the first two Godfather movies and every Woody Allen movie from Annie Hall to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it was also decided that none of Chopra's footage would be used. Everything would start back on square one. And because of the impending Directors Guild strike, he'd have only thirty-six days, a tad over five weeks, to film everything. One of the lobby cards from the movie version of Bright Lights, Big City And they were able to get it all done, thanks to some ingenious measures. One location, the Palladium concert hall on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, would double as three different nightclubs, two discotheques and a dinner club. Instead of finding six different locations, which would loading cameras and lights from one location to another, moving hundreds of people as well, and then setting the lights and props again, over and over, all they would have to do is re-decorate the area to become the next thing they needed. Bridges would complete the film that day before the Directors Guild strike deadline, but the strike would never happen. But there would be some issue with the final writing credits. While Bridges had used McInerney's original screenplay as a jumping off point, the writer/director had really latched on to the mother's death as the emotional center of the movie. Bridges' own grandmother had passed away in 1986, and he found writing those scenes to be cathartic for his own unresolved issues. But despite the changes Bridges would make to the script, including adding such filmmaking tropes as flashbacks and voiceovers, and having the movie broken up into sections by the use of chapter titles being typed out on screen, the Writers Guild would give sole screenwriting credit to Jay McInerney. As post-production continued throughout the fall, the one topic no one involved in the production wanted to talk about or even acknowledge was the movie version of Bret Easton Ellis's Less Than Zero that rival studio 20th Century Fox had been making in Los Angeles. It had a smaller budget, a lesser known filmmaker, a lesser known cast lead by Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz, and a budget half the size. If their film was a hit, that could be good for this one. And if their film wasn't a hit? Well, Bright Lights was the trendsetter. It was the one that sold more copies. The one that saw its author featured in more magazines and television news shows. How well did Less Than Zero do when it was released into theatres on November 6th, 1987? Well, you're just going to have to wait until next week's episode. Unless you're listening months or years after they were published, and are listening to episodes in reverse order. Then you already know how it did, but let's just say it wasn't a hit but it wasn't really a dud either. Bridges would spend nearly six months putting his film together, most of which he would find enjoyable, but he would have trouble deciding which of two endings he shot would be used. His preferred ending saw Jamie wandering through the streets of New York City early one morning, after a long night of partying that included a confrontation with his ex-wife, where he decides that was the day he was going to get his life back on track but not knowing what he was going to do, but the studio asked for an alternative ending, one that features Jamie one year in the future, putting the finishing touches on his first novel, which we see is titled… wait for it… Bright Lights, Big City, while his new girlfriend stands behind him giving her approval. After several audience test screenings, the studio would decide to let Bridges have his ending. United Artists would an April 1st, 1988 release date, and would spend months gearing up the publicity machine. Fox and Pollan were busy finishing the final episodes of that season's Family Ties, and weren't as widely available for the publicity circuit outside of those based in Los Angeles. The studio wasn't too worried, though. Michael J. Fox's last movie, The Secret of My Success, had been released in April 1987, and had grossed $67m without his doing a lot of publicity for that one, either. Opening on 1196 screens, the film would only manage to gross $5.13m, putting it in third place behind the previous week's #1 film, Biloxi Blues with Matthew Broderick, and the Tim Burton comedy Beetlejuice, which despite opening on nearly 200 fewer screens would gross nearly $3m more. But the reviews were not great. Decent. Respectful. But not great. The New York-based critics, like David Ansen of Newsweek and Janet Maslin of the Times, would be kinder than most other critics, maybe because they didn't want to be seen knocking a film shot in their backyard. But one person would actually would praise the film and Michael J. Fox as an actor was Roger Ebert. But it wouldn't save the film. In its second week, the film would fall to fifth place, with $3.09m worth of tickets sold, and it would drop all the way to tenth place in its third week with just under $1.9m in ticket sales. Week four would see it fall to 16th place with only $862k worth of ticket sales. After that, United Artists would stop reporting grosses. The $17m film had grossed just $16.1m. Bright Lights, Big City was a milestone book for me, in large part because it made me a reader. Before Bright Lights, I read occasionally, mainly John Irving, preferring to spend most of my free time voraciously consuming every movie I could. After Bright Lights, I picked up every Vintage Contemporary book I could get my hands on. One of the checklists of Vintage Contemporary books listed in the back of a Vintage Contemporary book. And one thing that really helped out was the literal checklist of other books available from that imprint in the back of each book. Without those distinct covers, I don't know if I would have discovered some of my favorite authors like Raymond Carver and Don DeLillo and Richard Ford and Richard Russo. Even after the Vintage Contemporary line shut down years later, I continued to read. I still read today, although not as much as I would prefer. I have a podcast to work on. I remember when the movie came out that I wasn't all that thrilled with it, and it would be nearly 35 years before I revisited it again, for this episode. I can't say it's the 80s as I remember it, because I had never been to New York City by that point in my life, I had never, and still never have, done anything like cocaine. And I had only ever had like two relationships that could be considered anything of substance, let alone marriage and a divorce. But I am certain it's an 80s that I'm glad I didn't know. Mainly because Jamie's 80s seemed rather boring and inconsequential. Fox does the best he can with the material, but he is not the right person for the role. As I watched it again, I couldn't help but wonder what if the roles were reversed. What if Keifer Sutherland played Jamie and Michael J. Fox played the friend? That might have been a more interesting movie, but Sutherland was not yet at that level of stardom. Thank you for joining us. We'll talk again next week, when Episode 95, on the novel and movie version of Less Than Zero is released. Remember to visit this episode's page on our website, The80sMoviePodcast.com, for extra materials about Bright Lights, Big City, both the book and the movie, as well as other titles in the Vintage Contemporary book series. The full cover, back and front, of Richard Ford's 1986 The Sportswriter, which would be the first of four novels about Frank Bascombe, a failed novelist who becomes a sportswriter. The second book in the series, 1995's Independence Day, would win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first of only two times the same book would win both awards the same year. The 80s Movies Podcast has been researched, written, narrated and edited by Edward Havens for Idiosyncratic Entertainment. Thank you again. Good night.  

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Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network
Love By Intuition with Deborah Beauvais

Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 57:58


EMMY winning Director Jerri Sher returns to discuss Making Movies that Help the World    JERRI SHER is 2x EMMY Award-winning filmmaker.  A member of the Directors Guild since 1998, she has completed 22 film and television projects. Ms. Sher wrote, directed and produced QUIET EXPLOSIONS: Healing the Brain, a documentary feature about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in veterans, athletes and civilians. It has just been awarded The Impact Award by TMIF (The Most Important Film of the Year 2021) and the best Documentary Feature and Best Director from AOF.  The International Independent Awards gave the film Platinum for Documentary feature, Original Score and Best Direction. IndieFest has awarded it the Excellence award for Director and Documentary Feature. Quiet Explosions qualified in the 94th Oscar campaign for Best Documetnary Fetaure and Best Music Score. The movie won Best Documentary Feature at the NoHo CineFest FF and the Lilac Award at the SpIFF Int. FF and was released by Cinema Libre Studio. LIVE LIFE: Awaken Your Inner Power (healing through alternative medicine) her 12-part series was released by Tri-Continental Distribution and is on Amazon in the US, Germany and the UK. Her short film STEP UP is part of a presentation SANTA MONICA CARES which she created for City/TV Santa Monica, and garnered her 2 EMMYS.  It was Ms. Sher's true honor to be selected to create and produce the Retrospective Tribute Film honoring Kathryn Bigelow for the DGA's 75th Anniversary Gala. She also wrote and produced a film honoring Betty Thomas, Mimi Leder and Patty Jenkins for the Women's Steering Committee of the DGA. LIVE LIFE A-Z won the George Lucas Global Education Award and the My Hero Int. Film Festival. Her documentary SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, about the rebirth of 42th St. NYC, and the moving of the infamous Empire Theatre, won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Big Bear Lake Int. FF, and the Special Jury Award at The Savannah Film & Video Festival. A native from Fall River, MA, Jerri earned her BFA, Cum Laude from the University of MA and an M.Ed., Magna Cum Laude from Springfield College. She has taught and guest lectured at several universities throughout the country and abroad.  Jerri was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award 2019 from Durfee High School, chosen from over 50,000 candidates and shares this award with other notables like George Stephanopoulos. Ms. Sher was the keynote speaker on Princess Cruise Lines World Tour from Papeete, Tahiti to Sydney, Australia including topics of “Creative Writing” and “Using Documentary Films to Make the World a Healthier Place.” Ms. Sher entered the transportation industry in the early eighties. She worked for Preston the 151 Line and GOD Guaranteed Overnight Delivery, where she was trained by Tony Robbins.  While working in sales and marketing in the trucking business, she learned the necessary skills to become a producer. Her third career of directing and screenwriting emerged when she wrote a novel about a medical mystery about the cure for HIV/AIDS, “THE TWIG PAINTER”.  Her book “How To Have A Successful Bridal Shower A to Z” became a national #1 best seller on Amazon.  She is a member of the DGA, IDA, AWD and GreenLight Women and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Alan. Jerri's mission is to work on projects that will positively influence society. http://www.jerrisher.com/ Live Life presents a fascinating series of very personal stories demonstrating the healing potential within each of us. Although the stories may be different, in each case, we see the power of LOVE to heal – the power of mindfulness, caring, forgiveness, and the power of belief. Leave a Review on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09ZL4Z2KH/ LIVE LIFE tells the true-life stories of people whose lives have been transformed through the power of the mind and alternative medicine.  Jerri Sher – Wikipedia QUIET EXPLOSIONS on Amazon: https://rb.gy/ydqcwe LIVE LIFE SERIES:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09ZL4Z2KH/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792043/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Jerri Sher, EMMY Award-winner Director's Reel – YouTube Call In and Chat with Deborah during Live Show: 833-220-1200 or 319-527-2638 Learn more about Deborah here:  www.lovebyintuition.com

Post In Black
Editor & Director James D. Wilcox, ACE, on How His Fascination with Storytelling Led Him to Working with Ron Howard

Post In Black

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 36:54


We learn that it was a series of ambitions and dreams that didn't happen, that helped steer James D. Wilcox, ACE, into a vastly successful career as an editor and director. Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later, going on to attend Clark Atlanta University, James secured a series of internships that helped usher him into a career as a news editor. It was at that moment that James insists that editing found him and he later relocated to California. In this conversation, James talks about what it was like coming from Pittsburgh and having no linkage to Hollywood and yet, his journey led him to work with legendary director, Ron Howard and edit projects like Genius and Hillbilly Elegy. We get to discuss his latest film, also directed by Ron Howard, called Thirteen Lives, based on the real-life international story about a group of young soccer players and their coach who were rescued after being trapped for over two weeks in an underground cave in Thailand after a massive flood. James' other credits include My Wife and Kids, Soul Food, Dark Angel, Everybody Hates Chris, Reno 911!, CSI: Miami, Roots (2016) and Raising Dion. James has also worked with James Cameron, Mario Van Pebbles and Damon Wayans and is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and on the diversity committee of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/postinblack/support

The Guys Review
Saving Private Ryan

The Guys Review

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 76:01


Saving Private Ryan Welcome to The Guys Review, where we review media, products and experiences.  **READ APPLE REVIEWS/Fan Mail**Mention Twitter DM group - like pinned tweet @The_GuysReviewRead emails theguysreviewpod@gmail.comTwitter Poll **ASK CHRIS AND TREY ABOUT THEIR RATING FOR GHOSTBUSTERS** Saving Private Ryan Director: Steven Spielberg Starring:  Tom HanksEdward BurnsMatt DamonTom Sizemore Released: July 24, 1998 Budget: $70M ($127.5M in 2022) Gross $485M ($883.1M in 2022) Ratings:   IMDb 8.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes 94% Metacritic 91% Google Users 93%  Here cometh thine shiny awards Sire. My Lord Tucker the Wanker second Earl of Wessex. Lord of the Furries. Heir of Lord baldy the one eyed snake wrestler. Protector of Freedom units. Step Sibling with funny feelings down stairs. Entertainer of uncles. Jailor of innocent. Spanker of innocent milk maids and stable boys. The toxic wanker. Big Chief sitting doughnut. Teepee giver to the great Cornholio. Edgar Allan Poe's shaved muse. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards at the 71st annual ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Tom Hanks, and Best Original Screenplay. The film won five of these, including Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Film Editing, and Best Director for Spielberg, his second win in that category. After the film lost the Best Picture award to Shakespeare in Love, many film pundits criticized the Academy's decision not to award the film with the Best Picture Oscar and has continued to be considered as one of the biggest snubs in the ceremony's history. The film also won the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Director, the BAFTA Award for Special Effects and Sound, the Directors Guild of America Award, a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack, the Producers Guild of America Golden Laurel Award, and the Saturn Award for Best Action, Adventure, or Thriller Film. Saving Piivate Ryan comes in at #71 of AFI's First Time you saw the movie? Plot: An elderly veteran visits the Normandy Cemetery with his family. At a specific grave, he is overcome with emotion and begins to recall his time as a soldier. On the morning of June 6, 1944, the U.S. Army lands at Omaha Beach as part of the Normandy invasion. Captain John H. Miller leads his command, Company C, 2nd Ranger Battalion in a breakout from the beach. The staff at the United States Department of War learns that James Francis Ryan of the 101st Airborne Division is missing and presumed to be the last survivor of four brothers who are all in the military. General George C. Marshall orders Ryan to be found and sent home so that his family will not lose all its sons. Miller is ordered to lead a detachment in finding Ryan. As they arrive in the contested town of Neuville between German defenders and the 101st Airborne, Caparzo is killed by a German sniper. Miller and his men find a paratrooper named Ryan but he is not the one for whom they are searching, and they are directed to a rally point where James Francis Ryan's unit should be. Miller learns that Ryan is defending a key bridge in the town of Ramelle. En route, Miller decides against the judgment of his soldiers to neutralize a German machine gun nest, which results in Wade's death. A surviving German soldier is spared by the intervention of Upham, the detachment's interpreter, who is unused to the horrors of combat. Miller blindfolds the soldier, who has been nicknamed "Steamboat Willie", and orders him to surrender to the next Allied patrol. When Reiben threatens to desert, Miller defuses the situation by calmly telling a story that reveals his civilian background as a teacher and baseball coach, of which he has not previously spoken, and which has been the subject of much speculation among his men and a pool of about $300. Upon arriving in Ramelle, Miller's detachment makes contact with Ryan and informs him of his brothers' deaths. Though deeply upset, Ryan refuses to abandon his post defending the town's bridge, and the town soon comes under siege by attacking Germans. Miller assumes command as the only officer present. He and his unit fight alongside the 101st, but the German armor advantage takes a toll on the Americans. Jackson, Mellish and Horvath are killed along with most of the paratroopers as the Americans retreat across the town's bridge. During the final assault on the bridge, Steamboat Willie reappears and shoots Miller as he attempts to blow the bridge with pre-placed explosives, but before the German force can capture it American P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Sherman tanks arrive and halt their advance. Upham confronts Steamboat Willie, who attempts to talk Upham into letting him go again; Upham instead shoots and kills him. The mortally wounded Miller tells Ryan to "earn this" before dying, referring to the sacrifices others have made so that Ryan can have a postwar life. Returning to the present, Ryan is revealed to be the elderly veteran and the grave to be Miller's. Ryan expresses gratitude for the sacrifices made by Miller and his men, says he hopes he "earned it", and salutes the grave.  TOP 5​1: The plot was loosely inspired by the true story of the Niland brothersScreenwriter Robert Rodat was initially inspired to write Saving Private Ryan when he saw a monument to the four sons of Agnes Allison, who were all killed in the American Civil War. However, when the premise got into the hands of producer Mark Gordon and eventually director Steven Spielberg, inspiration came from the true story of the Niland brothers. They were four brothers fighting in World War II.Two of them died and two survived. However, it was initially thought that only one of them survived, as the other one was missing and presumed dead. He turned out to be a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp. 2: Steven Spielberg would've released the movie with an NC-17 ratingWhile he was making Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg feared that the movie's brutal violence would lead the MPAA to assign it an NC-17 rating. Big Hollywood studios usually strive to avoid NC-17 ratings like the Bubonic Plague, and make whatever cuts are necessary to change the rating, because they're box office poison. Some theaters won't show them and the ones that will show them can only admit audience members over a certain age. But Spielberg was so happy with Saving Private Ryan that if it had come back from the MPAA with an NC-17 rating, he still would've released it. 3: The gunfire sound effects are authenticTo acquire the right sound effects for the guns used in the movie, Saving Private Ryan's sound team went to a live machine gun firing range near Atlanta that was owned by a weapons manufacturer. There, they sourced all of the period-specific weaponry that was being used in the movie, that they needed to find the sounds for, and they just started firing them at the shooting range. 4: Saving Private Ryan is the last non-digitally edited Best Film Editing winnerPretty much every movie in the last 20 years has been digitally edited because digital editing – while losing some of the soul of the filmmaking process – is a lot cheaper, easier, and more secure than the old “cutting room” method. Saving Private Ryan was the last movie to be edited using non-digital technology to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Every subsequent winner of the Oscar for editing has been edited digitally. And digital isn't going away any time soon, so Saving Private Ryan will probably hold onto the distinction of last non-digitally edited Best Film Editing winner indefinitely. 5: The D-Day landings sequence cost $11 millionSaving Private Ryan's opening D-Day landings scene took up a hefty chunk of the film's $70 million budget, costing $11 million to pull off. Steven Spielberg decided chose not to storyboard the sequence at all, instead letting the action tell him where to point the camera (he elected to use a handheld camera for the scene) on the days of shooting. The producers recruited 40 barrels of fake blood and more than 1,000 extras for the scene. Between 20 and 30 of these extras were amputees who could be fitted with prosthetic limbs for the sole purpose of being blown off in explosions. **TRIPLE LINDY AWARD** - Dude on top of the tank at the end who didn't move, and got blown up. Obviously it was a mannequin. **REVIEW AND RATING**TreyChrisStephen .5Tucker .5 TOP 5Stephen:1 Breakfast club2 Saving Private Ryan3 Ghostbusters4 Sandlot5 Color out of space Chris:1. sandlots2. T23. trick r treat4. rocky horror picture show5. hubie halloween Trey:1) Boondocks Saints2) Mail Order Brides3) Tombstone4) Very bad things5) She out of my league Tucker:1. T22:Saving Private Ryan3: Tombstone4: My Cousin Vinny5: Ghostbusters WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT WEEK? Web: https://theguysreview.simplecast.com/EM: theguysreviewpod@gmail.comIG: @TheGuysReviewPodTW: @The_GuysReview - Twitter DM groupFB: https://facebook.com/TheGuysReviewPod/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYKXJhq9LbQ2VfR4K33kT9Q Please, Subscribe, rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts from!! Thank you,-The Guys

Filmcourage
Directing Great Television: Tools For Creating Compelling Drama - Dan Attias

Filmcourage

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 161:13


Want to see a video version of this podcast? Please visit Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aCFpiow7sw Dan Attias has worked as a director in the film and television industry for 37 years. As a director of series television he has received the Directors Guild of America award for outstanding direction of dramatic television and has been nominated for multiple Emmy awards for his comedy directing. He continues to work on some of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed American television shows, including Homeland, The Americans, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Billions, and The Boys. Previously he has directed The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, True Blood, Entourage, The Killing, The Walking Dead, True Detective, Ray Donovan, Bloodline, Friday Night Lights, Northern Exposure, House, Lost, Alias, among many others. His first professional directing assignment was the feature film, Stephen King's Silver Bullet, produced by Dino DeLaurentiis. Dan started his career studying acting, then worked as an assistant director on E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Airplane!, One From the Heart and several other feature films. He has taught acting and directing workshops in the United States, and has appeared as a guest speaker at festivals in Italy, Brazil, Greece, Mexico and Canada. Before working in the film and television industry, Dan was enrolled in a Ph.D. program in English literature at U.C.L.A., then transferred to the Theater Arts Department where he earned an M.F.A. in film production. MORE VIDEOS WITH DAN ATTIAS https://bit.ly/3uFOe3r CONNECT WITH DAN ATTIAS https://www.danattias.com https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003733 RELATED VIDEOS What Makes A Great Movie Director? - https://youtu.be/gY5mzXZ6Hd4 How To Direct Actors - https://youtu.be/9iRb9wjt7Wc Directing The Perfect Acting Performance - https://youtu.be/IkDzz208Zwg Advice To First Time Directors On Directing Actors - https://youtu.be/259zF0usVKU (Affiliates) ►WE USE THIS CAMERA (B&H) – https://buff.ly/3rWqrra ►WE USE THIS EDITING PROGRAM (ADOBE) – https://goo.gl/56LnpM ►WE USE THIS SOUND RECORDER (AMAZON) – http://amzn.to/2tbFlM9 ►WRITERS, TRY FINAL DRAFT FREE FOR 30-DAYS! (FINAL DRAFT) - http://ow.ly/Gz4w30rDSKt BOOKS WE RECOMMEND https://buff.ly/3o0oE5o SUPPORT FILM COURAGE BY BECOMING A MEMBER https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs8o1mdWAfefJkdBg632_tg/join CONNECT WITH FILM COURAGE http://www.FilmCourage.com http://twitter.com/#!/FilmCourage https://www.facebook.com/filmcourage https://www.instagram.com/filmcourage http://filmcourage.tumblr.com http://pinterest.com/filmcourage SUBSCRIBE TO THE FILM COURAGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL http://bit.ly/18DPN37 LISTEN TO THE FILM COURAGE PODCAST https://soundcloud.com/filmcourage-com Stuff we use: LENS - Most people ask us what camera we use, no one ever asks about the lens which filmmakers always tell us is more important. This lens was a big investment for us and one we wish we could have made sooner. Started using this lens at the end of 2013 - http://amzn.to/2tbtmOq AUDIO Rode VideoMic Pro - The Rode mic helps us capture our backup audio. It also helps us sync up our audio in post http://amzn.to/2t1n2hx Audio Recorder - If we had to do it all over again, this is probably the first item we would have bought - http://amzn.to/2tbFlM9 LIGHTS - Although we like to use as much natural light as we can, we often enhance the lighting with this small portable light. We have two of them and they have saved us a number of times - http://amzn.to/2u5UnHv COMPUTER - Our favorite computer, we each have one and have used various models since 2010 - http://amzn.to/2t1M67Z EDITING - We upgraded our editing suite this year and we're glad we did! This has improved our workflow and the quality of our work. Having new software also helps when we have a problem, it's easy to search and find a solution - https://goo.gl/56LnpM *These are affiliate links, by using them you can help support this channel.

Inside The War Room
Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

Inside The War Room

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 45:14


Today we have filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman to discuss her film Roll Red Roll about the rape of an underage Ohio girl, and the unbelievable events that transpired on social media afterward. Links from the show:* Roll Red Roll documentary* Roll Red Roll book* Connect with Nancy* Subscribe to the newsletter* Sins of our Mother episode* Anonymous Comes to TownAbout my guest:Nancy Schwartzman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a member of the Directors Guild of America. Nominated for a Peabody Award, her debut documentary Roll Red Roll (Netflix/POV/BBC) exposed the notorious Steubenville, Ohio high school sexual assault case and uncovered the social-media fueled "boys will be boys" culture that let it happen. Roll Red Roll garnered 7 best documentary awards, premiered in 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs, and has screened at over 40 film festivals worldwide. The film opened theatrically with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a Critic's Pick in The New York Times and reviewed in The New Yorker, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times amongst others. Her short films including One Shot One Kill, for Mother Jones (2020) and Anonymous Comes To Town (2019), co-produced with the Tribeca Film Institute and Gucci's Chime for Change, have garnered over 5 million views.She recently finished a Netflix Original documentary feature with the Center for Investigative Reporting and Motto Pictures slated for release in 2023. She is in pre-production on a 6-part original series for Freeform/Hulu with XTR. She is also in development for a series with NBC Universal and Peacock.She is the author of a recent non-fiction book Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power and Football in the American Heartland released in July 2022 with Hachette and received stellar reviews from the New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal. She is developing a scripted series from the storyworld of the documentary and book with Producers Darren Dean and Jed Mellick.For her human rights filmmaking and technology development to prevent sexual violence, she is the winner of awards from the Obama/Biden White House, the United Nations and the Avon Foundation.She is represented by UTA, a graduate of Columbia University and newly based in Los Angeles. Get full access to Dispatches from the War Room at dispatchesfromthewarroom.substack.com/subscribe

THE QUEENS NEW YORKER
THE LEGACY OF QUEENS EPISODE 55: ROB REINER(actor and filmmaker)

THE QUEENS NEW YORKER

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 18:47


Robert Norman Reiner (born March 6, 1947) is an American actor and filmmaker. As an actor, Reiner first came to national prominence with the role of Michael "Meathead" Stivic on the CBS sitcom All in the Family (1971–1979), a performance that earned him two Primetime Emmy Awards. As a director, Reiner was recognized by the Directors Guild of America Awards with nominations for the coming of age drama Stand by Me (1986), the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally... (1989), and the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men (1992), the last of which also earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has also received four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Director. Reiner's other major directorial film credits include the heavy metal mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap (1984), the romantic comedy fantasy adventure The Princess Bride (1987), the psychological horror-thriller Misery (1990), the romantic comedy-drama The American President (1995), the buddy comedy-drama The Bucket List (2007), and the biographical political drama LBJ (2016). PICTURE: By Montclair Film Festival - https://www.flickr.com/photos/montclairfilmfest/26511882730/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48520892 LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzyAwZGTgAdonBKhTxUiC2Q --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thequeensnewyorker/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thequeensnewyorker/support

The Susan Sly Project
283. Interview with Sammy De La O – Tapping into Your Fearless Journey on Your Terms While Doing the Work that You Love

The Susan Sly Project

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 43:54


Sammy De La O is an Entrepreneur and Author of F.E.A.R.L.E.S.S., Creating and Finding the Career You Love, sharing the message of fearlessness, and helping people live the life they want as their potential unfolds. She refined her skills working in the entertainment industry by directing television, films, and documentaries such as “Only Murders in The Building”, “Chicago P.D.”, and “The Last O.G.”.  By working with a diverse group of people, she has learned how to build powerful relationships. Sammy walks her talk in her quest to be fearless.  In 2020 she left Hollywood and temporarily moved to Bali as the world was shutting down during the pandemic.  She was alone and did not know anyone there but quickly adapted to the culture.  She is protective of her time and shares her morning and night rituals that keep her grounded.   She has learned to calendar personal activities to ensure she allows time for herself.   About Sammy: After graduating in Communications Media & Theater, she travelled to Los Angeles and New York and fearlessly became a Directors Guild of America Member as an Assistant Director, working on Only Murders in The Building, Chicago P.D., The Last O.G., Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Godfather of Harlem, Succession, Flight Attendant, and more. A native of Chicago from Mexican, Italian, and Polish descent, family is her pride and joy, and the fuel behind the FEARLESS Community she created and guides to fearlessly find their dream career through meaningful connections and life experiences. Currently, she is living the Fearless Nomadic Lifestyle, and is an Executive Producer, Director, Speaker, Coach and Certified Scuba Diver living the fearless life.   Social Media Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sammydelao/

Film Disruptors Podcast
66. Diana Williams on Developing Story Based IP

Film Disruptors Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 46:17


"We talk about going Direct to Community" Diana Williams Diana Williams is the CEO & Co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment, a multi-disciplinary company that partners with creators at the intersection of story and technology to develop and produce story-based IP. In this podcast, we discuss Kinetic Energy Entertainment's strategy, projects and the opportunity Diana is addressing in the marketplace. We also dive into the story IP creating process - why it is vital in today's market and the techniques Diana uses for this. From the MCU to Exploding Kittens, Diana also shares numerous examples of projects that have successfully developed franchises and reveals some of the steps they took to achieve this. About Diana Williams Diana Williams is the CEO & Co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment. She has a wide range of experience in the entertainment industry, developing IP and producing creative content for distribution across storytelling media. Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of working with emerging and established talent to ensure a diversity of voices are included in an ever-evolving industry. Kinetic Energy Entertainment is a multi-disciplinary company that partners with creators at the intersection of story and technology to develop and produce story-based IP. Kinetic's project slate includes a series in development at HBO, the cross-platform storyworld of The Gatecrashers, political sim videogame Political Arena, Founder Hustle podcast based on venture fund 1863 Ventures' focus on entrepreneurs of color, Crimson an epic fantasy/thriller take on Alice in Wonderland, recipe-memoir Adventures in Starry Kitchen, and a documentary feature film with Apple+. An award-winning producer, she produced the critically acclaimed feature film Our Song, which earned her a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award in the Producer category. Other credits include documentaries Room 237, the Emmy© award-winning Sylvia Drew Ivie, Student Academy Award©-nominated Another First Step, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible, Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, and Dear Mom Love Cher. In addition to producing, Diana has held various positions in the entertainment industry. She was the Creative Development and Franchise Producer at Lucasfilm within the Story Group, the team responsible for developing and maintaining narrative cohesion and connectivity throughout the Star Wars universe. While at Lucasfilm, Diana developed film and tv (including Star Wars Rebels, Rogue One), mobile and console videogames (including 2015's Battlefront), publishing (Marvel's Star Wars comics and novel expansions). Diana helped launch ILMxLAB, an immersive entertainment and mixed reality lab, with projects including Vader Immortal, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award© winning VR experience Carne y Arena. She was also a production consultant for BET on Let the Church Say Amen, Gun Hill Road, and Untitled Kenya Barris Project. Currently the Chair of the Interactive Board of Jurors for digital and immersive storytelling for the Peabody Award, Diana is also on the Strategic Planning Committee of The National Academy of Sciences' Science and Entertainment Exchange; the advisory committee for the Royal Shakespeare Company/Digital development; the advisory board for UK-based organization Future of Film; and the boards of Diverso (a non-profit organization by students for students, dedicated to empowering the under-represented storytellers of the next generation), The Overlook Film Festival (genre festival), and Here/No Proscenium Summit for interactive and immersive events, theater, and creators. Diana began her career in production as an Assistant Director and is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network
Love By Intuition with Deborah Beauvais

Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 56:31


EMMY winning Director Jerri Sher & Dr. Emmett Miller present the 12-part healing series LIVE LIFE Live Life presents a fascinating series of very personal stories demonstrating the healing potential within each of us. Although the stores may be different, in each case, we see the power of LOVE to heal – the power of mindfulness, caring, forgiveness, and the power of belief.  LIVE LIFE tells the true-life stories of people whose lives have been transformed through the power of the mind and alternative medicine.                                               ABOUT THE DIRECTOR                                                 JERRI SHER is 2x EMMY Award-winning filmmaker.  A member of the Directors Guild since 1998, she has completed 22 film and television projects. Ms. Sher wrote, directed and produced QUIET EXPLOSIONS: Healing the Brain, a documentary feature about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) in veterans, athletes and civilians. It has just been awarded The Impact Award by TMIF (The Most Important Film of the Year 2021) and the best Documentary Feature and Best Director from AOF.  The International Independent Awards gave the film Platinum for Documentary feature, Original Score and Best Direction. IndieFest has awarded it the Excellence award for Director and Documentary Feature. Quiet Explosions qualified in the 94th Oscar campaign for Best Documetnary Fetaure and Best Music Score. The movie won Best Documentary Feature at the NoHo CineFest FF and the Lilac Award at the SpIFF Int. FF and was released by Cinema Libre Studio. LIVE LIFE: Awaken Your Inner Power (healing through alternative medicine) her 12-part series was released by Tri-Continental Distribution and is on Amazon in the US, Germany and the UK. Her short film STEP UP is part of a presentation SANTA MONICA CARES which she created for City/TV Santa Monica, and garnered her 2 EMMYS.  It was Ms. Sher's true honor to be selected to create and produce the Retrospective Tribute Film honoring Kathryn Bigelow for the DGA's 75th Anniversary Gala. She also wrote and produced a film honoring Betty Thomas, Mimi Leder and Patty Jenkins for the Women's Steering Committee of the DGA. LIVE LIFE A-Z won the George Lucas Global Education Award and the My Hero Int. Film Festival. Her documentary SOUL OF AN EMPIRE, about the rebirth of 42nd St. NYC, and the moving of the infamous Empire Theatre, won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Big Bear Lake Int. FF, and the Special Jury Award at The Savannah Film & Video Festival. A native from Fall River, MA, Jerri earned her BFA, Cum Laude from the University of MA and an M.Ed., Magna Cum Laude from Springfield College. She has taught and guest lectured at several universities throughout the country and abroad.  Jerri was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award 2019 from Durfee High School, chosen from over 50,000 candidates and shares this award with other notables like George Stephanopoulos. Ms. Sher was the keynote speaker on Princess Cruise Lines World Tour from Papeete, Tahiti to Sydney, Australia including topics of “Creative Writing” and “Using Documentary Films to Make the World a Healthier Place.” Ms. Sher entered the transportation industry in the early eighties. She worked for Preston the 151 Line and GOD Guaranteed Overnight Delivery, where she was trained by Tony Robbins.  While working in sales and marketing in the trucking business, she learned the necessary skills to become a producer. Her third career of directing and screenwriting emerged when she wrote a novel about a medical mystery about the cure for HIV/AIDS, “THE TWIG PAINTER”.  Her book “How To Have A Successful Bridal Shower A to Z” became a national #1 best seller on Amazon.  She is a member of the DGA, IDA, AWD and GreenLight Women and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Alan. Jerri's mission is to work on projects that will positively influence society.  http://www.jerrisher.com/ Jerri Sher - Wikipedia QUIET EXPLOSIONS on Amazon: https://rb.gy/ydqcwe LIVE LIFE SERIES:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09ZL4Z2KH/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792043/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Dr Emmett Miller: For the past 50 years Emmett Miller MD has learned and developed tools to help people who are truly in trouble. In these unprecedented times Dr Miller offers FREE resources to relax, access deeper wisdom and spiritual essence, strengthen immune systems. Widely acclaimed for his role in creating the field of Mind-Body Medicine, Dr. Emmett Miller continues to apply his innovative thinking in the development of new approaches and techniques of Integrative Medicine, psychotherapy, wellness, stress management, psychoneuroimmunology, meditation, guided imagery and self-hypnosis for optimal health and performance. www.drmiller.com  Emmett Miller earned his MD from The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has served as lecturer and preceptor at Stanford, University of California, as well as other universities and medical schools introducing his groundbreaking work in Mind-Body Medicine, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Dr Emmett Miller's Radio Show Healing Times Radio Conversations with Extraordinary People on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network is every Friday 1am & 1pmET https://dreamvisions7radio.com/healing-times-radio/ Call In and Chat with Deborah during Live Show: 833-220-1200 or 319-527-2638 Learn more about Deborah here:  www.lovebyintuition.com

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
TV's First All-Vegan Cooking Competition Show

TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 24:21


TVC 589.4: Ed welcomes renowned vegan chef Josie Clemens, co-creator of, and head judge on, Peeled, the very first all-vegan cooking competition show, and the first cooking competition show to feature an all-vegan cast. The first episode of Peeled will stream live on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 9pm ET 6pm PT at PeeledShow.com. The entire first season of Peeled will then become available for viewing on demand Sunday, Sept. 25 on Unchained TV. (You can find the Unchained TV channel on Roku, Apple TV, and your Amazon Fire Stick.) If you listen to us in Southern California, or plan on being in L.A. in late September, you can attend the premiere night festivities for Peeled, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA beginning at 4pm. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Chef Josie and the entire cast of Peeled while also enjoying beer, wine, spirits, plus vegan hors d'oeuvres crafted by the show's contestants. Check out PeeledShow.com for more information. Want to advertise/sponsor our show? TV Confidential has partnered with AdvertiseCast to handle advertising/sponsorship requests for the podcast edition of our program. They're great to work with and will help you advertise on our show. Please email sales@advertisecast.com or click the link below to get started: https://www.advertisecast.com/TVConfidentialAradiotalkshowabout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Indie Film Hustle® Podcast Archives: Film Directing
IFH Film Directing Archive: The Director's Six Senses with Simone Bartesaghi

Indie Film Hustle® Podcast Archives: Film Directing

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 54:06


Simone Bartesaghi is an Italian award-winning filmmaker who has been recognized by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producer) as an artist with "Extraordinary Ability in Directing”.At the age of 24 Simone received his Master's Degree in Economics at the University of Pisa, Italy. Three years later he established a successful Consulting Company specializing in Corporate Organization and Planning. In 2001 he gave up his thriving career to pursue his childhood dream.Two years later he won several prizes as the Writer/Director of short films, but the highest recognition came when he won the first and second place at the Milan International Film Festival, and became the recipient of both the Top and second Award, TWO Scholarships for THE LOS ANGELES FILM SCHOOL.Only four years after his arrival in the United States, he directed his first feature film DOWNSTREAM, that acquired a theatrical release and also received the prestigious Accolade Award.Simone's second feature RUN, a 3D film that he wrote and directed, has won several prizes including Best Screenplay and Best Emerging Director and is distributed in USA by Millennium. The movie is about the new discipline Parkour (Freerunning) with a rich cast including Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Kelsey Chow (Pair of Kings) and William Moseley (Chronicles of Narnia).Simone's accomplishments and communicative skills have been recognized by many educational organization around the world and he is now an Adjunct Professor in Filmmaking at the prestigious Santa Monica College.Simone is also a published author with his book "The Director's Six Senses", an innovative, unique, and engaging approach to the development of the skills that every visual storyteller must have. The Director's Six Senses is an innovative, unique, and engaging approach to the development of the skills that every visual storyteller must have. It's based on the premise that a director is a storyteller 24/7 and must be aware of the “truth” that he or she experiences in life in order to be able to reproduce it on the big screen. Through a series of hands-on exercises and practical experiences, the reader develops the “directorial senses” in order to be able to tell a story in the most effective way.Enjoy my conversation with Simone Bartesaghi.

The Art of Excellence
James Burrows: King of Sitcoms

The Art of Excellence

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 61:09


Jimmy Burrows has directed more than one thousand episodes of sitcom television and has earned eleven Emmy Awards and five Directors Guild of America Awards. In 1974 he began his television career directing episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Laverne and Shirley. He became the resident director on Taxi and co-created Cheers, directing 243 of the 273 episodes, as well as all 246 episodes of Will and Grace. He has directed the pilots of multiple episodes of Frasier, Friends, Mike & Molly, the pilots of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, and hundreds of other shows.  His new book is titled: Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, and More.      Some interesting insights from this episode: He operates with kindness. Everyone has to row together and pull equally with everyone else. He doesn't allow ego to get in the way. He has the perfect temperament for TV directing. He doesn't lose his temper, he's patient, he has low ego, and he knows how to encourage others. He feels as a director it's important to “die with your boots on”. That is, to try to do something to make a difference.  To provide input to make the best show possible. When deciding whether to work on a show, he likes to meet with the writer and have him/her defend themselves but not be defensive. When asked about same-sex marriage, then Vice President Joe Biden said, “I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand.” His success is attributed to his ability to create a harmony on the set so everyone's involved in making the show better. On his sets, you have to check your ego at the door. “Excellence is to try to be the best you can be in your particular field.”   Notes: Book: Directed by James Burrows: Five Decades of Stories from the Legendary Director of Taxi, Cheers, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, and More