New Podcast: Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone – Check it out!

Check out comedian (and friend to the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting program) Paula Poundstone’s new podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. She’ll be holding entertaining and engaging conversations as she interviews experts in various interesting fields.

New Podcast: Nobody Listen to Paula Poundstone - Sponsored by The Stephens College MFA In Screenwriting Program

GUESTS
Mario Soto- Sports Psychologist
@mariosportsdoc

Melissa Brandzel – Grammarian
@MediaChickEdits

John Grab – Trombone
John doesn’t have a large social media footprint, but he often plays with The Orchestre Surreal

During this inaugural episode at 19:45 you’ll hear a great add for our Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting – between funny conversations first with sports psychiatrist Mario Soto followed by grammarian Melissa Brandzel. In Paula’s typical style she’s funny off the cuff, finding different comic ways to interpret the helpful tips offered by her experts.

I also noticed this fun request on their website…

“We need a theme song!  We launched this show without a theme song, and are turning to YOU, dear listener, to find one. If you have a tune in your head that you think should kick off our show each week, please reach out to us via our website.” So if you’re a local musician, check it out – and leave them a comment if you happen to be an expert in some fun field. Maybe they’ll have you on the show!

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Find out more about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Find out more about the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting

Josh Greenfield: A Writer’s Life

A beautifully written remembrance from one writer to another – a good read to understand the breadth and depth of a writer’s full life – Josh Greenfield wrote ‘Harry and Tonto’ (with Paul Mazursky, who was one of the co-writers of The Monkees pilot -small world indeed!).  Harry and Tonto is a worthwhile character study film to watch over the summer. Art Carney won an Oscar for it and if you don’t know who Art Carney is…….  🙁 But as you’ll learn when you read this, Greenfield also wrote reviews and books about his autistic son — and was friends with other writers we should already know – from Joan Didion to Mario Puzo to Arthur Miller.

Oddly enough, I have a novel based on the movie in my bookshelf – but nowhere does it say it is based on a movie – and nowhere does the movie identify itself as an adaptation. That makes me wonder if, in 1974, it was still thought that a novel based on a movie wouldn’t be worth reading…  I’ll have to do more research on that! The one (sadly bad) review of the book on Amazon says it is written like a bad dictation from the film. The movie was released August 12th 1974; the book came out earlier, in January of that year. Again, an odd way of doing things. Maybe the film was held up in post production???  

Either way, the movie is GREAT!  And Greenfield seems to have lived a fascinating life as a writer – and as a human.

Rosanne Welch


Film critic Kenneth Turan remembers Josh Greenfeld, a screenwriter who taught him about life

Film critic Kenneth Turan remembers Josh Greenfeld, a screenwriter who taught him about life

I always knew I’d write about my friend Josh Greenfeld. I even started to take notes, long lost, about the piercingly acute things he’d say about Hollywood and the movie business, but I never thought it would be this hard.
Best known in the business as the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Harry and Tonto,” the film that won a best acting Oscar for Art Carney in 1974, Josh (who died last month at age 90) was an under-the-radar insider and consummate professional, deft, gifted and successful in a wide range of writing disciplines.

Read the entire article – Film critic Kenneth Turan remembers Josh Greenfeld, a screenwriter who taught him about life


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A Star is Born – Yet another new version of an old classic

Dorothy Parker’s story is such a classic it keeps being made and remade across the decades – first adapted by Moss Hart, then by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne – this time by Eric Roth (Oscar winner for Forest Gump), Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters. THAT is a successful piece of writing. The trailer already has me teared up- that’s how powerful the story still is.

A Star is Born - Yet another new version of an old classic

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Today I Became a Citation: Little Women, Feminism and Me!

I usually use Google Alerts to find mentions of The Monkees but this weekend something interesting happened. Google Alerts found my name in an essay on the JSTOR Daily about the new BBC miniseries version of Little Women, adapted by Heidi Thomas of “Call the Midwife”) from a novel by a female writer (Louisa May Alcott, as if you didn’t know) and directed by a woman (Vanessa Caswill). 

My Summer of Watching Little Women by Benjamin Winterhalter

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The writer of the essay was a male, JSTOR Daily’s features editor Benjamin Winterhalter and he was reminiscing about a summer in his elementary years when his mother and friends dissected all the filmed adaptations of the novel  in preparation for writing an article —  “A Feminist Romance: Adapting Little Women to the Screen”  for Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. 

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Winterhalter’s article came up because along his research way he came across an Op-Ed I had written for the Los Angeles Times, “What ‘Little Women’ Is Really About” about the 1995 Robin Schiff adaptation (starring Winona Ryder) which I had framed as both a more deeply feminist interpretation but, more importantly, accessible to all as the story of a writer finding their voice.

Today I Became a Citation: Little Women. Feminism and Me!

How fun to be reminded of that Op-Ed and to see how accessible my earlier work can be with archives going digital.  It’s also good timing as I often recommend to screenwriting students that they write for various local publications in order to get their names out there and to fill out their writing CVs.  Here’s an example of a piece I wrote when I had a passionate idea ( the one about how this is more the story of a writer finding their voice than merely a bunch of sisters surviving the Civil War). Since I did not see that idea represented in the mainstream press, I brought it to their attention and they noticed it and presented it to their readers.

Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier highlighted in Special Collections Library Display at Cal Poly Pomona

I was visiting — along with my IGE class — the fine folks at the Special Collections Room at the Cal Poly Pomona Library today.

They were happy to show me —in preparation for a Women in Leadership conference coming to the university this quarter — that they’ve filled their display cases with samples of the work of female professors across the history of CPP.

Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier highlighted in Special Collections Library Display at Cal Poly Pomona

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This means, of course, that my and Peg Lamphier’s encyclopedia (Women in American History) is on display along with photos of us from a campus newspaper interview about that project.

There is also a photo taken when Peg was voted a Top 5 Koofer Professor

Nice to see them recognizing women and their part of the school’s history.

5 Lessons from the Doctor Who Season Finale

Even if you don’t watch Doctor Who, watch this 5 minute clip of the regeneration of Peter Capaldi into Jodie Whitaker for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a popular culture breakthrough moment where an iconic hero character will now be a female
  2. It’s a writer saying goodbye to probably the coolest job he will ever have – in the form of the monologue he gives the character of The Doctor to perform as he regenerates – so when the character says things like “It’s a treadmill” and “Yes, yes I know, they’ll get it all wrong without me” he is, of course, speaking for himself.
  3. It’s also a writer using his podium to shout out his philosophy of life (which makes a nice New Years Eve kind of message:  “Never be cruel. Never be cowardly. Hate is always foolish and love is always wise.” THAT’s why we all want to be writers – to teach empathy whenever we can. 
  4. It’s an actor at the top of his game getting the kind of Shakespearean death few actors have the chance to perform
  5. It’s the moment the character switches from Capaldi to Whitaker and her first line upon seeing a female face is “Ah, brilliant” – which is one writer (Steven Moffat) complimenting another (Chris Chibnall) who had the creativity and hutzpah to finally make a choice that had been in discussions for 40 years.

Finally, If you follow Moffat’s writing at all, you’ll have noticed that throughout his tenure as the showrunner he continually focused on the importance of fairy tales to a society – even naming this episode “Twice Upon a Time”. 

Check it out!

5 Lessons from the Doctor Who Season Finale

Encyclopedia of Women in American History is a American Book Fest 2017 Award Winner

Encyclopedia of Women in American History is a American Book Fest 2017 Award Winner

I, and my co-editor, Peg Lamphier, were happy to receive notice this morning that our 4-volume encyclopedia set, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection was awarded Best Women’s Issues Book for 2017 at the American Book Fest.

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THE 14TH ANNUAL BEST BOOK AWARDS
ANNOUNCE 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors
in the 14th Annual Best Book Awards

Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Rowman & Littlefield, New American Library, Forge/Tor Books, John Hopkins University Press, MIT Press and hundreds of Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!


LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest has announced the winners and finalists of The 2017 Best Book Awards on November 9, 2017. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2015-2017.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their fifteenth year, “The 2017 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season.”

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Wiley, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, St. Martin’s Press, Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Rowman & Littlefield, New American Library, Forge/Tor Books, John Hopkins University Press, MIT Press and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition!

Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

American Book Fest is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community.

American Book Fest has an active social media presence with over 96,000 current Facebook fans.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2017 Best Book Awards are available online at American Book Fest.

See a complete list of nominees and award winners here

 

News: Archie to Meet The Monkees in Comic Book Crossover via Hollywood Reporter

I know this has been posted elsewhere, but the fact that one TV show’s characters are set to meet the characters from The Monkees over 50 years since they all were staples on TV… that just speaks to the power of pop culture – and fandom. I wanted to highlight this quote:

“Artist Joe Eisma agrees, adding, “From day one, The Monkees have been trailblazers in the entertainment business, and I’m excited and honored for the chance to draw their appearance in The Archies. It’s going to be a wild one!” (I also wanted to use cover art with The Monkees!”

Archie to Meet The Monkees in Comic Book Crossover via Hollywood Reporter

News: Archie to Meet The Monkees in Comic Book Crossover via Hollywood Reporter

Archie Andrews has met some pretty big names during his comic book career — including Kiss, Marvel’s The Punisher, and even President Barack Obama — but his latest co-stars might beat them all. If nothing else, they get the funniest looks from everyone they meet.

The fourth issue of The Archies, the new comic book series centering around the musical ambitions of Archie and his pals and gals, will bring the band face-to-face with the Prefab Four themselves, as the Monkees guest-star for an issue. The meetings happens as the result of some good old-fashioned time travel, allowing the Riverdale gang to meet Peter, Mickey, Michael and Davy in their 1960s prime.

Alex Segura, co-writer of the series, tells Heat Vision that the two bands are “a perfect pairing, and they resonate in really similar ways — embracing pop sensibilities, crossing over from different mediums and just channeling the most fun parts of whatever they’re doing, be it TV, music, comics and beyond.”

To Segura’s co-writer, it’s also a dream come true.

Read Archie to Meet The Monkees in Comic Book Crossover via Hollywood Reporter

Dr. Rosanne Welch’s Latest Essay Appears in “OUTSIDE IN MAKES IT SO: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek TNG Stories by 174 Writers”

Dr. Rosanne Welch’s Latest Essay Appears in “OUTSIDE IN MAKES IT SO: 174 New Perspectives on 174 Star Trek TNG Stories by 174 Writers”

My essay is on the 3rd Season, premiere episode “Evolution” by Michael Piller – because I was his script typist when he wrote that as a freelancer and it became his path into getting the job and eventually running the show. But I also get to comment on Beverly Crusher as part of the evolution of working moms on TV – and Will Wheaton as an example of evolving his brand over the course of a long career. — Rosanne

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Celebrating 30 years of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Outside In Makes It So is a collection of 174 reviews, one for every story of the show, the four movies and a few bonus extras. Well, we say “reviews,” but we mean that loosely: within these pages, you’ll find scripts, recipes, a Monty Python sketch, a psych test, gossip columns, newspaper ads, a sitcom, a eulogy and a daily log from Riker’s beard, not to mention insightful and thoughtful articles examining Picard-era Star Trek from just about every angle imaginable…and then some!

 

Dr. Rosanne Welch with her WGA Panel Participants from “Crafting Strong Female Characters”

One attendee comment made my evening, “This panel was both inspirational and aspirational!”