Happy Birthday: Catherine Keener

Catherine Keener.jpgCatherine Keener

Born: March 23, 1959 in Miami, Florida, USA

[on her harshest rejection]: “One director said I just wasn’t sexy. It was hard, really hard. I left town for two months with my tail between my legs. But you have to kind of go, okay, maybe I’m not their idea of [sexy], but hell, I can have sex!”

Well, for one thing, I like being a supporting actress. I like to come and go in the film. The interesting characters are very few if you want to be the lead, and they depend on you being beautiful. Since I’m not interested in those parts, the pressure’s off, in a way. I’m not cast for my physicality. I find that playing so many characters in so many films is a way to be in the moment.

Luck favors the prepared.

Well, the day I got nominated, I had jury duty, a D.U.I. case. The morning the nominations were announced, I reported to jury duty as scheduled. That was good; it gave me perspective. If you start feeling too important, it’s always good to go sit in a jury for a D.U.I. charge.
 

 

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Happy Birthday: Keri Russell

Keri Russell.jpgKeri Russell

Born: March 23, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California, USA

Who knows? Maybe years from now I’ll be on a ranch in Colorado with 10 kids. The whole point of life is to experience a little bit of everything, and I think it’s better when there are a few surprises thrown in.

Dance is definitely what I love doing much more than anything else.

People expect all women to react the same to pregnancy. But anyone who’s been around pregnant women knows that it’s not all cutesy and sweet. You spaz out and you’re angry and you have tantrums.

People still take it really personally. They come up to me at breakfast places like, ‘When are you growing your hair back?’

I want to be able to raise my kid. I was totally being a martyr about it at first, thinking I could totally do it on my own, which I did for a while. I’ve hired a babysitter before, but as for a full-time caregiver… for a control freak like me, it ain’t gonna happen!

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Michelle Monaghan

Michelle Monaghan.jpgMichelle Monaghan

Born: March 23, 1976 in Winthrop, Iowa, USA

Married to:
Peter White (12 August 2005 – present) (2 children)

You don’t grow up in a town of 700 thinking you’re going to be an actress. I loved doing [school] plays, but it was just something to keep me busy.

I don’t really look like I do in any of my films.

 

 

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Happy Birthday: Joan Crawford (1906–1977)

Joan Crawford (1906–1977).jpgJoan Crawford (1906–1977)

Born: March 23, 1906 in San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: May 10, 1977 (age 71) in New York City, New York, USA

Married to:
Alfred Steele (14 January 1956 – 6 April 1959) (his death)
Phillip Terry (21 July 1942 – 25 April 1946) (divorced) (1 child)
Franchot Tone (11 October 1935 – 11 April 1939) (divorced)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (3 June 1929 – 15 May 1934) (divorced)

[on working with Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) at Legendary Ladies of the Movies, Town Hall (1973)] It was one of the greatest challenges I ever had. [pauses to allow the laughter from the audience to taper off] I meant that kindly. Bette is of a different temperament than I. Bette had to yell every morning. I just sat and knitted. I knitted a scarf from Hollywood to Malibu.

[on director George Cukor] Mr. Cukor is a hard task-master, a fine director and he took me over the coals giving me the roughest time I have ever had. And I am eternally grateful.

[commenting on the remake of The Women (1939), The Opposite Sex (1956)] It’s ridiculous. Norma [Norma Shearer] and I might not ever have been bosom buddies, but we towered compared to those pygmies in the remake!

[on Greta Garbo] She’s let herself go all to hell. She walks along the sidewalk and runs across the street through the cars when somebody notices her, like an animal, a furtive rodent. It’s a wonder anybody notices her–she looks like a bag lady. I heard that she’s simply stopped bathing.

 

 

 

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The art of the SHORT STORY. Read over 200 short story logline pitches in 24 genres

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

The Short Story. WILDSound has performed 12 short story readings in 2014, plus it is in the process of making a Children’s Short Story book into a movie. Go to http://www.youtube.com/wildsoundfest and watch the Diamond and the Foster movies.

We believe in the art of the short story as it will be the future of storytelling as we move onward in this information age. After all, you can categorize this blog post and the 1 million other blogs on the net as short stories, right?

What is a short story? That’s really hard to define. It typically centers around a self-contained incident or a single effect mood or tone. It’s longer than an anecdote, but shorter than a novel.

Short stories really have no set length, which makes it difficult for others, including this festival, to produce and distribute. Every story is like its own body of creation.

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Deadline March 28th – 1pg. Screenplay Contest

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Audience FEEDBACK: MIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation

Action/Adventure Film & Screenplay Festival

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the Short Film:

  MOVIE POSTERMIDNIGHT SIGNS, 4min, Italy, Thriller/Animation
Directed by Marino Guarnieri

In a small room overlooking the Bay of Naples, a young designer, suspended in time and in the night, faces the eternal struggle of the artist who tries to tame its instruments in order to use them as an extension of himself to express their imagination. In light of a magical moon, the conflict turns into a real battle, physical and symbolic.

Dream and reality mix with the black ink and the power of color, up to the realization that sign as a sign we approach more and more to become masters of our imagination.

In a dreamlike vision of enchanted moment in which today becomes tomorrow.

Project Title (Original Language):Mezzanotte di Segni

Film Type:Animation, Short

Genres:Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Runtime:3 minutes 40 seconds

Completion Date:May 29, 2015

Country of Origin:Italy

Shooting Format:Digital

Aspect Ratio:16:9

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