ENTERTAINMENT 10/14/2018 03:31 pm ET Updated 53 minutes ago Seth Meyers tried to listen to a an idealistic young man, and it cursed him forever. By Andy McDonald It happened to a character played by Seth Meyers as he hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and it probably could happen to you, too. One day you’re simply going about your day-to-day routine and next, you have to listen to... the “original” ideas of an aspiring filmmaker! In a sketch called “A Frightening Tale,” folks are exchanging scary stories around a campfire. But no one is prepared for the story offered by Meyers, an “SNL” alum. His character’s dad called him up, the story goes, to ask if he would get coffee with a recent college grad who’s full of idealism and critiques of Hollywood. But once you’re in the clutches of such a young man, he’s with you forever. The only way to get rid of him, as one unfortunate campfire friend … [Read more...] about ‘SNL’ Terrifies Us With ‘Frightening Tale’ About An Aspiring Filmmaker
ENTERTAINMENT 10/08/2018 02:57 pm ET The creator of "Night Of The Living Dead" reportedly had 40 to 50 unused scripts when he died. By Andy McDonald Known for his films about people who live on after death, George A. Romero is set to do the same ― at least artistically. According to Romero’s widow, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, the filmmaker left behind dozens of unused scripts that she’d like to see developed into movies. “George was a prolific writer,” she told Comicbook.com, which reported on the scripts last Thursday. “He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he’s written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I’m gonna make sure that he does. It’s my mission.” Often called the father of the zombie film, Romero died in 2017 at age 77. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his 1968 classic “Night Of The Living Dead.” While he made a … [Read more...] about George Romero’s Wife Says Deceased Filmmaker Left Behind Dozens Of Scripts
ENTERTAINMENT 04/04/2018 10:39 am ET Updated 15 hours ago Charlie Kessler claims the Duffer brothers ran with his concept after he met them at a party. By Ron Dicker 310 A filmmaker says the creators of “Stranger Things” are copycats. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler is suing show creators Matt and Ross Duffer for allegedly stealing ideas for their hit Netflix show after he pitched a similar project to them. According to the suit, filed this week in Los Angeles (and posted by Deadline), Kessler met the brothers at a Tribeca Film Festival party in April 2014. Kessler, who’s since worked in technical operations for shows like “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil,” introduced the concept of a feature based on his supernatural short film “Montauk” that had premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival two years earlier. He later handed over the script, ideas, story and the short film to the siblings. Now, … [Read more...] about Filmmaker Says ‘Stranger Things’ Creators Stole His Ideas In New Lawsuit
For the past six years I’ve been curating content about filmmaking and the creative process at large. I’ve found a lot, and there’s a lot more to uncover, but the one thing that I have always found frustrating was how fragmented all the information remains.It takes an average of five to seven years to make an indie feature. What happens during that time? How do people make a living, juggle other aspects of their lives, and overcome doubt, blocks, debts during those five to seven years?We know so little about the current indie film industry landscape that UCLA is kicking off a new research project to gather data and update what we think we know about indie filmmaking. As they say, The Blair Witch Project was almost 20 years ago. Sure indie exceptions will always inspire many to take actions, and that’s great, but about all the other stories, the less prestigious ones that didn’t win Sundance but reflect the reality of many more filmmakers? I … [Read more...] about What Does it Really Take to Make a Film (When You’re Not on Studio Payroll)?
Mark Pellington, along with David Fincher and Mark Romanek, began his filmmaking career in what might be called MTV’s heroic age. After a series of music videos, which include Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” U2’s “One” and R.E.M.’s “Drive,” he made two skillful, flashy, mid-sized star-driven studio thrillers — Arlington Road and Mothman Prophecies. Over the last ten years, a succession of his indie films have all dealt in sometimes comic, sometimes melodramatic terms with people trying to manage death.Alex Ross Perry, perhaps at one point associated with the mumblecore movement, whatever that exactly was, has for the last eight years, been working on micro budgets even tinier than Pellington’s. He’s written and directed four extraordinarily compelling dark comedies involving unusually smart, articulate characters who tend to, somewhat casually, cannibalize each other.Pellington is an expressive visualist, and even on … [Read more...] about Inexplicable Traces: On the Beautiful Epiphanies of Mark Pellington’s