Happy Birthday: Katy Mixon

katymixon.jpgHappy Birthday actor Katy Mixon

Born: Katy Elizabeth Mixon
March 30, 1981 in Pensacola, Florida, USA

See reviews of their best work:

Drive Angry 3DDRIVE ANGRY 3D
dir. Patrick Lussier
Stars:
Nicolas Cage
Amber Heard

THE INFORMERS Movie PosterThe Informers
2009
dir. Gregor Jordan
Starring
Billy Bob Thornton
Mickey Rourke
Kim Basinger

ALL ABOUT STEVE Movie PosterAll About Steve
dir. Phil Traill
Starring
Sandra Bullock
Bradley Cooper
Thomas Haden Church

 moviesTAKE SHELTER
2011
dir. Jeff Nichols
Stars:
Michael Shannon
Jessica Chastain

STATE OF PLAY Movie PosterState of Play
2009
dir. Kevin Macdonald
Starring
Crowe
Ben Affleck

tv POSTEREASTBOUND AND DOWN SEASON 4 TV SHOW
2013
Created by: Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon

Four ChristmasesFour Christmases
dir. Seth Gordon
Starring
Vaughn
Reece Witherspoon

Happy Birthday Today: Warren Beatty

warrenbeatty.jpgHappy Birthday actor Warren Beatty

Born: Henry Warren Beaty
March 30, 1937 in Richmond, Virginia, USA

See reviews of their best work:

Splendor in the GrassSplendor in the Grass
1961
dir. Elia Kazan
starring
Natalie Wood
Beatty

Bonnie and ClydeBonnie and Clyde
1967
dir. Arthur Penn
Cast
Warren Beatty
Faye Dunaway

SHAMPOOShampoo
1975
dir. Hal Ashby
starring
Julie Christie
Beatty

Dick TracyDick Tracy
1990
dir. Beatty
starring
Beatty
Madonna
Al Pacino

MOVIE POSTERREDS
1981
dir. Warren Beatty
Stars:
Warren Beatty
Diane Keaton

Movie Review: SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW (short film) Directed by Scott Lyus

SILENTLY WITHIN YOUR SHADOW, 14min, UK, Horror/Thriller
Directed by Scott Lyus

As their relationship grows, Lucette’s obsession for ventriloquism and her dummy Hugo starts to strain her relationship with Jace. To Lucette Hugo is more than just a dummy, he’s her best friend and represents her ambition as an artist, to her, he’s very much real.

Read review by Amanda Lomonaco:

I have to admit to having a lot of mixed feeling about Scott Lyus’ imaginative short. Like a lot of other films in the February lineup for WILDSound, Silently Within Your Shadow played on an already familiar storyline, and added its own interesting twist to the tale. Nevertheless, I had a difficult time immersing myself into the story of the film, for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, I have a slight bias against ventriloquist doll or other doll related horror films. For one nothing, in my mind, will ever beat R. L. Stine’s brilliant stories, aside from the hilarity that is the entire Chucky series. Moreover, whenever I see a horror movie doll my heart feels immediately torn between a slight feeling of distaste and an anjoyment of all cinematic things that compel me to squirm in my seat.

The performances in Silently Within Your Shadow also threw me off a little. I wouldn’t go so far as to criticise any of the actors too harshly for their work, but there were definite points in this short where I wasn’t quite buying what was going on. My uncertainty, however, stems from the fact that I couldn’t quite tell if my disbelief was based purely on the acting, or from the written dialogue itself. While the storyline for Lyus’ film twisted a well-known story in a refreshing way, the dialogue itself felt like it could have used a little more polished to seem more natural.

From personal experience doll-based horror films are something people have quite strong feelings about. Or perhaps that’s just me projecting. In any case, Lyus’ short was one of the few independently produced doll-horrors that have pleasantly surprised me. Regardless of how you might feel about these films there is one valuable lesson we can get from them; be wary of ventriloquist dummies and the people who play with them.

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Movie Review: BALLERINA (short film) Directed by Marc Thomas

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WATCH Audience FEEDBACK

5min, USA, Horror/Thriller

A woman at home alone encounters a malevolent presence in the form of a… music box?

Read review by Amanda Lomonaco:

At first glance, Marc Thomas’ Ballerina seems like your typical, every day, predictable horror film, but don’t get too comfortable. Through very subtle nuances, fantastic special effects, a great musical score, and excellent timing, Thomas has made an excellent short film guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

This is definitely one of those short films that I’m at risk of spoiling by saying too much about it. At just 5 minutes, there isn’t much you could reveal about Ballerina that wouldn’t ruin Thomas’ excellently plotted suspense. What I can say is that as a horror lover I rarely find myself crawling with goosebumps when I watch a film, but Thomas’ short had me at the edge of my seat.

One of the great things about this short is what Marc Thomas has managed to do with an already familiar, and almost cliché storyline. Though it’s a difficult art to master, the advantage of using these kinds of stories is the ease with which you can surprise the audience by veering from it even if slightly. Ballerina has achieved this in such a discrete but impactful way, that it’s impossible not to commend it.

The reactions to this film were all intense and infectious. It speaks a lot about any film when it can provoke such a strong reaction from a large group of strangers. If you don’t like horror films, beware; Ballerina will almost certainly give you nightmares. Then again, if you’re anything like me, that might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of BALLERINA:

TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival. Deadline March 31st

WILDsound Festival

TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

At least 2 winners every single month. Watch recent and past winners:

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Recent Testimonials from past writers who submitted to the festival: 

Thank you. This feedback was exactly what I needed to know where I stood. I just wanted to try and convert it into a script, and I will be making the necessary revisions to it.
– Melissa R. Mendelson, TV Spec Screenplay

Probably the best and most informative feedback I have ever gotten for this! Thank you so much:) I’ve been trying to figure out what isn’t quite right with the script – the notes make complete sense! Thank you again, now I know what to do to tighten it up:):)
– Tania Penn, TV Pilot

Thank you so much for reading my script and for your feedback. This is very valuable information and I would love to rewrite and resubmit.
–…

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Deadlines March 31st for the Writing Festival.

WILDsound Festival

Deadlines March 31st for the Writing Festival. Get FULL FEEDBACK on your work, plus performed by professional actors.

TV Pilot/Spec Screenplay Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/tvscreenplaycontest.html

At least 2 winners every single month. Watch recent and past winners:

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Feature/Short Screenplay Festival:
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

At least 6 winners every single month. Watch recent and past winners:

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Novel Festival – 3 options to submit. Full Novel. 1st Chapter. Or simply submit a 5 page transcript for an immediate performance:
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

At least 5 winners every single month. Watch recent and past readings:

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NEW: 1pg. Short Story Contest. Get your story performed:
1pg. Short Story Contest

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Get your work showcased at the festival and push your career.

Read recent interviews the festival has had with top Hollywood Film Talent & Other top tier festivals (over 100 interviews):

This week:
This Week’s Interviews with top Hollywood Film Crews and Film Festival Directors

Past interviews:
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Happy Birthday Today: Annabella Sciorra

annabellasciorra.jpgHappy Birthday actor Annabella Sciorra

Born: Annabella Gloria Philomena Sciorra
March 29, 1960 in Wethersfield, Connecticut, USA

See reviews of their best work:

SOPRANOS SEASON 3Sopranos
Season 3

Watch reviews of the season



JUNGLE FEVERJungle Fever
1991
dir. Spike
starring
Wesley Snipes
Annabella Sciorra<



COP LANDCop Land
1997
dir. Mangold
Cast
Sylvester Stallone
Harvey Keitel

Happy Birthday Today: Scott Wilson

scottwilsonHappy Birthday Actor Scott Wilson

Born: March 29, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

See reviews of their best work:

revengeBest of THE WALKING DEAD TV series

movie posterYOUNG GUNS 2
1990
dir. Geoff Murphy
Starring:
Emilio Estevez
Kiefer Sutherland



TV POSTERTHE WALKING DEAD SEASON 2
Best of the series

MOVIEThe Right Stuff
1983
dir. Philip Kaufman
starring
Ed Harris
Sam Shepard

PEARL HARBORPearl Harbor
2001
dir. Bay
starring
Ben Affleck
Josh Hartnett

TV POSTERTHE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3
Best of the series

MOVIE POSTERTHE EXORCIST III
1990
dir. by William Peter Blatty
Stars:
George C. Scott
Ed Flanders

MOVIE POSTERTHE EXORCIST III
1990
dir. by William Peter Blatty
Stars:
George C. Scott
Ed Flanders

TV POSTERTHE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4
2013
Best of the series

TV POSTERTHE WALKING DEAD – Video reviews of every episode

Happy Birthday Today: Brendan Gleeson

brendangleeson.jpgHappy Birthday actor Brendan Gleeson

Born: March 29, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland

See reviews of their best work:

MOVIE POSTERALBERT NOBBS
dir. Rodrigo García
Stars:
Glenn Close
Mia Wasikowska

HARRY POTTER 4Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2005
dir. Mike Newell
starring
Alan Rickman
Ralph Fiennes

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Mission Impossible II
2000
dir. John Woo
Starring
Tom Cruise
Thandie Newton

BRAVEHEARTBraveheart
1995
dir Mel Gibson
Starring
Mel Gibson
Brian Cox

Kingdom of HeavenKingdom of Heaven
2005
dir. Scott
starring
Orlando Bloom
Liam Neeson

Breakfast on Pluto
2005
dir. Jordan
Starring
Cillian Murphy
Liam Neeson

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIXHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2007
dir. David Yates
Starring
Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Melling

Beowulf
dir. Zemeckis
Starring
Angelina Jolie
Hopkins

IN BRUGESIn Bruges
dir. Martin McDonagh
Starring
Farrell
Paul Gleason

Green Zone Movie PosterGreen Zone
MOVIE REVIEW
dir. Paul Greengrass
Stars
Matt Damon
Jason Isaacs

MOVIE POSTERTHE RAVEN
dir. James McTeigue
Stars:
John Cusack
Alice Eve

MOVIE POSTERSAFE HOUSE
dir. Daniel Espinosa
Stars:
Denzel Washington
Ryan Reynolds

MOVIE POSTERTHE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS
dir. Peter Lord
Jeff Newitt
Stars:
Hugh Grant
Salma Hayek

MOVIE POSTERTHE SMURFS 2
2013
dir. Raja Gosnell
Stars:
Neil Patrick Harris
Jayma Mays

MOVIE POSTEREDGE OF TOMORROW
2014
dir. Doug Liman
Stars:
Tom Cruise
Emily Blunt

MOVIE POSTERTHE COMPANY YOU KEEP
2013
dir. Robert Redford
Stars:
Nick Nolte
Shia LaBeouf

This Week’s Interviews with top Hollywood Film Crews and Film Festival Directors

WILDsound Festival

Read the best of Interviews this week. Some of the most talented people working on Hollywood Films today, plus the most popular Film Festivals:

Interview with Makeup Artist Luigi Rocchetti (Gangs of New York, The Devil’s Advocate): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/14/interview-with-makeup-artist-luigi-rocchetti-gangs-of-new-york-the-devils-advocate/

Interview with Set Decorator Ute Bergk (The Dark Knight, Enemy at the Gates): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/15/interview-with-set-decorator-ute-bergk-the-dark-knight-enemy-at-the-gates/

Interview with Festival Director Kimberly Bush (DC Shorts Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/16/interview-with-festival-director-kimberly-bush-dc-shorts-film-festival/

Interview with Stunt Performer Adam Kirley (Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Grimsby): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/17/interview-with-stunt-performer-adam-kirley-batman-begins-casino-royale-grimsby/

Interview with Production Designer Beth Mickle (Drive, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/19/interview-with-production-designer-beth-mickle-drive-whiskey-tango-foxtrot/

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

Interview with Festival Director Travis Gonzalez (Yale Student Film Festival): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-festival-director-travis-gonzalez-yale-student-film-festival/

Interview with Cinematographer Checco Varese (The 33, Miracles From Heaven): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/22/interview-with-cinematographer-checco-varese-the-33-miracles-from-heaven/

Interview with Festival Director Mark Starks (Superhero Short Film Fest): http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/25/interview-with-festival-director-mark-starks-superhero-short-film-fest/

FilmFreeway Founder Zachary Jones – 2 Year Anniversary Interview: http://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/23/filmfreeway-founder-zachary-jones/

Interview with Cinematographer Adam Kimmel (Capote, Lars and the Real…

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