Twitter Short Story Winners for March 2016

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WILDsound has announced their 10 Twitter Short Story Winners for March 2016. The 2nd winners of 2016. Now their 140 character stories will be made into a video.

Read the 10 winners:

Reunited by DianesDigitals

The years flew by with him. The years dragged since he passed. Now it’s time to reconnect as he takes my hand and we share an endless kiss.

BIRDS by Goldie Alexander

Magpies
butcherbirds
cockatoos and
wattlebirds
swoop over our garden to
dive swoop plunge plummet
whistle argue & quarrel
in their constant search for worms
and love

The Way We Were by John Halili

I’ve seen first hand how a friendship can die. From an unspoken truth that became an all too told lie. Now all I have left are the memories.

Steve/Stephanie by Julie Balloo

You didn’t see me, but I recognised you. Your dress and heels and newly sculpted breasts finally solved…

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Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (USA/Australia 2015) ****

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mad_maxMAD MAX: FURY ROAD (USA/Australia 2015) ****
Directed by George Miller

Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Review by Gilbert Seah

Aussie director George Miller, now in his 70s reboots his MAD MAX movies after decades with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, a film that spurned two sequels and defined the anti-hero (Mel Gibson becoming famous in the process as a bad ass actor and human being).

The reboot is again set in a post apocalyptic future of a desert wasteland where petroleum is the needed commodity in which all tribes fight and kill for it. And water. The bad guy is Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) ruling his distraught tribe controlling their access to water. Imperator Furiousa (Charlize Theron) steals his brides escaping in a…

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February 28 2016 Writing Festival Event

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It’s a matinee festival this week as we will be the pre-game show event for the Oscars. This week the showcase is the best of the horor feature screenplay, plus the March 1st Scene screenplay winners.

Here are the details of the screenplays that will be performed.

#1 – Feature Screenplay – MOTHS TO FLAME by Fredric Maffei

Genre: Supernatural, Horror, Thriller

Synopsis:

When a sexy young couple are teased, tricked, and seduced by an older man more predator than human and it’s all they can do to survive him, one will but one won’t

#2 – 1st Scene Screenplay – BEFORE GOD by Stuart Wright

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Synopsis:

After surviving a suicide attempt, a troubled pastor is tormented by visions of a 12 Year Old Boy that force him to confront a suppressed childhood memory.

#3 – 1st Scene Screenplay – RENAISSANCE MAN by Robert Tolz

Genre: Drama…

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Short Film Movie Review: THE MEGA PLUSH (4min, USA, Animation/Action)

Festival Reviews

THE MEGA PLUSH was the winner of Best Film at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in January 2016. 

  MOVIE POSTERTHE MEGA PLUSH, 4min, USA, Animation/Action
Directed by Matt Burniston

Set in the shadows of a gritty underworld, a war is brewing. The Mega Plush, a group of four plush toy vigilantes, are struggling against the uprising of the SOC (Society of Chimps) army. Good vs evil. Bear vs sock monkey. The question is “who has the stuffing to survive?”

http://www.themegaplush.com/

Movie Review by Amanda Lomonaco:

Badass gangsters, a suspenseful chase scene, cute plush stuffed animals, what’s not to like? Matt Burnison has definitely hit gold mine territory in my book. After so many predictable Marvel films coming out its beyond refreshing to see an original action hero story coming from independent cinema, once again reminding me what Hollywood could achieve if it listened to new voices.

Perhaps the best part of…

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Read Today’s ADVENTURE Feature Film Loglines:

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HOME, by Peter L. Brown

THE MYSTERY OF THE FIFTH GOSPEL, by April Mae M. Berza

STAR WARS HEART OF THE BLADE, by John Travers

RIDDLE IN INK, by Tobias Suess

THE MYSTIC SEA, by Mark Nadratowski

Read Today’s ACTION Feature Film Loglines

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UNWILLINGLY SPY, by Victor Orel

DUKHA, by Svetlin Odadzhie

THE LAST DEFCON, by Lawrson Pinson

HOME, by Peter L. Brown

THE MYSTERY OF THE FIFTH GOSPEL, by April Mae M. Berza

A KINGS SON, by Larry Harrell

CITY OF SKELETONS, by Robert Robinson

STAR WARS HEART OF THE BLADE, by John Travers

Watch the 32 Winning Feature Screenplay Readings

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Since May 2013, the WILDsound Festival has performed 32 feature screenplays at the festival, using over 200 of the top professional actors working today.
Watch full readings and winning feature script readings. Over 600 hours to watch!

Submit your Feature Screenplay to the Festival today. FULL FEEDBACK:
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Watch the February Screenplay Winners: 

FOUR FOR THE BORDER by Toby Roberts

Watch HENRIETTA’S ODYSSEY by L R Whittinger

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Movie Review: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971) 7th James Bond Movie

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diamonds_are_forever.jpgDIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, 1971
James Bond Movie Review

Directed by Guy Hamilton
Starring: Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Grey, Lana Wood, Jimmy Dean, Bruce Glover, Lois Maxwell
Review by Jesse Ryder Hughes

SYNOPSIS:

A mysterious diamond smuggling operation is being carried out from Africa to Las Vegas and everyone who touches the diamonds is ending up dead. M sends Bond to investigate and what Bond finds is the furthest thing he could’ve imagined, involving an old foe using of the diamonds to destroy the world.

REVIEW:

What happened? My real disappointment in Diamonds are Forever is the complete lack of regard of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which is by far a superior film than Diamonds are Forever. That being said Diamonds are Forever can be enjoyed for its extreme camp value, which is the types of Bond you get through the 70’s. The producers seem to want to make the next Goldfinger, which proves that the franchise became about the money in a lot of ways. Connery was paid an enormous amount to play Bond again, they brought back Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton, had huge set pieces, crazy chases and a Las Vegas location. It all worked, because it was a big box office success.

The film itself is very thin compared to the others. A diamond smuggling ring is discovered and it ends up tracing back to Blofeld who is making doppelgangers of himself through some type of mud and clay moldings. He uses the diamonds to install into a satellite he has, and using the power of the diamonds he can shoot a lethal laser beam from space to blow things up. Pretty crazy and absurd. Fun to laugh about though.

Connery himself seems to be going through the motions. It does not feel like a man that just lost his wife. You can tell that Connery is ready to move on from the role. I do enjoy Blofeld’s gay henchmen Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd. I find they get a lot of flack, but every time they are on screen I laugh or have a good time. They are the weirdest Bond villains in the series and I really enjoy them for that reason.

Despite the craziness of Diamonds are Forever there is a great car chase through Las Vegas in a mustang. There is also a scene where Bond gets chased while driving a moon buggy, with arms!?!

It is just as crazy as you could imagine.

As you can probably tell Diamonds are Forever is one of my least favorite of the films. If you set your brain aside you still have a good time. It is fast paced and entertaining, and it is an audience pleaser. Audiences wanted a Bond to win and it is what they got and producers took note of that fact. The filmmakers completely put Flemings books to the side and started doing things there own way. They completely rewrote the film with a few things, like characters, kept in. I believe this is partly to do with the least successful On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is the dawn of the new Bond with Diamonds are Forever. Big bad guys, more gadgets, and more action. Fleming’s novels were more beyond this point until For Your Eyes Only.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

A costume designer is a person who designs costumes for a film. The role of the costume designer is to create the characters and balance the scenes with texture and colour, etc.

What a terrific honour it was sit down with the talented costume designer Linda Muir, who is based in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in the industry for the last 30 years, on many successful films and TV shows, which she talks about in the interview. A must read for anyone working or wanting to work in the industry today: 

Matthew Toffolo: The horror film “The Witch”, will be hitting theaters this weekend, and it’s getting great reviews! How was your experience working on the film? 

The Witch was the most rewarding costume design experience I’ve had to date because the writer/director, Robert Eggers, is an extraordinary collaborator and because the film plays out at extremely close quarters so…

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Watch Adventure Novel made into a Movie

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Watch ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO. Full Novel by Albert Russo:

Full in 8 Parts: Watch them all here

Novel Written by Albert Russo

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO
published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing

http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=610

http://www.amazon.com/dp/9187751321/r…

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova