Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Great Page-To-Screen Potential

In the opening chapter of Diana Saenger’s sizzling New Year’s Eve Club romance novella titled Deadline: Romance, five old college friends reunite during one New Year’s Eve and hold a fascinating discussion about the characteristics their “Mr. Dreamy” must have. They promise to meet at the same time next year to report on progress in finding such a creature – or better still – to bring him with them. But Emma, one of these friends, worries about ever accomplishing that goal, for she suffers from COPD – which cramps her style considerably where anything romantic is concerned.

Because of Saenger’s skill in drawing us into Emma’s world, we can’t help wanting the best for this smart, compassionate journalist who has become a national media person as a result of talent and hard work. And we very get excited for Emma when she meets Daniel, a multi-millionaire internet whiz “who’s on almost every financial magazine cover.” Sparks fly between Emma and Daniel during their first meeting, which just happens to be an interview Emma has been assigned to conduct for a San Francisco newspaper. Much to Emma’s surprise, Daniel seems as smitten with her as she is with him – and their romantic relationship kicks into high gear. But as we all know, the road to true love can be rocky indeed. So after some very sexy interludes, Emma worries about their future together. And Daniel must prove that he really is her Mr. Dreamy.

Saenger has given us two unforgettable main characters in this well-written, highly captivating romantic novella. Once I started reading about them, I couldn’t stop until the end. In fact, they cry out for a film treatment! Hollywood, are you listening?


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sandy Hook Lament

Children reading.

Children playing.

----- All is silence now.

Parents crying.

Parents praying,

---- getting through somehow.

People caring.

People sharing,

----- asking what to do.

All are grieving,

not believing

---- all this can be true.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the beloved victims who lost their precious lives in this horrific tragedy.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Happiness Is a Sizzle Reel by Misha Zubarev

My husband and I are on cloud nine because of the positive responses we’ve received about the sizzle reel for IT HAD TO BE US, an award-winning romantic memoir we wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Misha Zubarev, a very talented filmmaker, created and edited this emotionally powerful reel and added beautiful original background music by composer Vadim Zubarev (Misha’s dad). The reel is posted on YouTube now. Here’s the link:

For more information about these two remarkable artists, please click on the links below.

Thanks so much, Misha and Vadim!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Argo Tops with San Diego Film Critics

Winning four awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society yesterday, ARGO came away with the most SDFCS acclaim this year. In addition to being named Best Film of 2012, ARGO won for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing. Here’s a list of all the winners:

Best Film: ARGO

Best Director: Ben Affeck, ARGO

Best Actress: Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN

Best Supporting Actress: Emma Watson, PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, ARGO

Best Foreign Language Film: THE KID WITH A BIKE

Best Documentary: THE INVISIBLE WAR

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, HOUSE OF PI

Best Animated Film: PARANORMAN

Best Editing: William Goldenberg, ARGO

Best Production Design: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, CLOUD ATLAS

Best Score: Johnny Greenwood, THE MASTER


Kyle Counts Award (For support of Cinema in San Diego): Dan Bennett, Emeritus SDFCS, former North County Times Film Critic, Festival Director of the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crawling into the Light

If you're looking for a compelling read with a dynamite message of hope and inspiration, Crawling into the Light by Marni Spencer-Devlin just might be the book for you.

Plus when you buy this book today, you'll download dozens of great bonuses. Check it out by clicking on the link below.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Linda Radke To Visit Movie Addict HQ

Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Productions, will help Movie Addict HQ celebrate the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards of 2012 during the December 11th episode on BlogTalkRadio. My CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT earned First Place in the Memoir category this year, so an amusing roast the author” conversation will also be replayed for everyone’s listening pleasure.

In addition to authoring her own books which earned prestigious accolades across the globe, Linda uses her publishing prowess to market and produce award-winning books for other authors. Named “Book Marketer of the Year” by Book Publishers of Southern California, she has won acclaim on TV’s 60 Minutes and in magazines such as Kiplinger’s, NEA Today, and many others.  

This show airs live on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time.) An archived segment will also be available.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Movie Potential

Some books simply cry out for a film treatment. I Married Mr. America by Lindy Tefft is that kind of book. It’s Lindy’s true story about what happened after she married a body-building superstar. Although thinking she was getting “Mr. Perfect,” she soon found herself immersed in a crazy world of duplicity, all-consuming competitiveness, violence, greed, and deception.

Here’s what movie producer Salomon Gill says about I Married Mr. America:

Lindy Tefft's book is simply a literary jewel. It brings an electrifying charge of spirituality that empowers women to break out of the enclaves of silence. The author's revealing life, marked almost since birth by the hand of abuse, shows us how fragile we all can be when faced with fear. Her decisive struggle represents a shining light at the end of the tunnel and hope for all humans.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

Favorite Holiday Films

Merely thinking about certain movies can boost my holiday spirit. I’m talking about movies like the original Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. Or Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland. Or A Christmas Story with Darren McGavin. Or The Muppet Christmas Carol with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Michael Caine. Those are the old traditional ones. But get I the same feeling when recalling some off-beat flicks like Scrooged, Trapped in Paradise and Stuart Saves His Family as well as a few other holiday movies like The Grinch, Elf, The Polar Express, and Love Actually.

What do these films have in common? Most of them deliver stories filled with humor and messages of hope -– all wrapped up in an entertaining cinematic package. Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, and The Polar Express tell us we shouldn’t stop believing in the spirit of Christmas, no matter how old we are. Meet Me in St. Louis, Love Actually and A Christmas Story celebrate the importance of love, family and friends during the holidays, while Stuart Saves His Family emphasizes why someone from a dysfunctional family is also “good enough and smart enough” to deserve a Merry Christmas. Trapped in Paradise highlights the way kindness can change even the most highly motivated robbers (Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz); The Grinch illustrates the power of a child’s innate goodness to bring about redemption; Scrooged depicts a modern-day Scrooge’s (Bill Murray) change of heart; and The Muppet Christmas Carol gives that classic Dickens tale an amusing Muppet spin – with expert help from Michael Caine as Scrooge.

Wonderful scenes from many of these films pop into my mind during the holiday season: Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) daydreaming about how impressed the teacher will be with his essay describing what he wants for Christmas (A Christmas Story); Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) telling his good friend he’ll be her father when she needs one, and she can be his mother when he needs one (Stuart Saves His Family); Judy Garland warbling “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Meet Me in St. Louis); Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Elf ); Jim Carrey, as The Grinch, trying to turn his dog Max into Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer; and most touching of all –- Robin the Frog, as Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol, shouting “God bless us, everyone!”

In addition to echoing Tiny Tim’s blessing, here’s wishing movie fans everywhere a Happy Holiday Season.

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