Blue velvet and Quantum leap actor Dean Stockwell has passed away; Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters set a movie in a haunted mansion; tips on how to format text messages in a timeline. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
Foo Fighters Movie: Dave Grohl and the other five members of Foo Fighters are executive producers and star in a horror comedy titled Studio 666, directed by BJ McDonnell, according to Variety. In this movie, the ghosts say “Foo! Instead of “Boo! (Sorry, I just made that up). The current plot, which is based on a story written by Grohl and thickens into a script by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes, follows the group as they record at a haunted mansion in the San Fernando Valley, where forces supernatural threatens the completion of their album – and their lives. Frightening !
king richard Knowledge: king richard, the next Warner Bros. starring Will Smith as the father of tennis legends Serena and Venus Williams, avoids the voices of sports commentators despite the number of tennis matches in the film. Here’s why director Reinaldo Marcus Green chose to skip this major sports movie cliché.
TEAR: Dean Stockwell, actor known for David Lynch Blue velvet, the comedy Married to the crowd, and the television series Quantum leap, died Sunday at the age of 85. His career began when he appeared as a child in the 1948 anti-war film The boy with the green hair, and he eventually won over 200 credits. “He’s such a chameleon” Married to the crowd director Jonathan Demme once said of Stockwell. “That’s what makes him special – he has such a mercurial presence.” Stockwell received an Oscar nomination for his Married to the crowd role.
AFM films: Filmmaker hosted a panel Friday at the American Film Market, and this week we’re sharing trailers from some of the filmmakers we met at the virtual event. Here is the trailer of Small group: the film, a film by Matt Chatain about a husband and wife hiding in a Christian community to expose how they really live. Things are not going as planned. You can read more about the film on his website.
Fish & Men: Darby Duff wants YOU to change the way you eat seafood (read this with Uncle Sam’s voice) with his documentary Fish & Men, which he co-directed and produced with Adam R. Jones. Their award-winning documentary, recently released on Apple and Amazon, argues that consumer demand is driving an irrational global seafood trade that threatens local fishing communities and public health.
Scenario texts: Have you ever wanted to put SMS in a scenario without knowing exactly how to format it? Well you’re in luck – our own Tim Molloy wrote a very helpful analysis of how exactly to do it, including snippets from some of the storylines that did it best, including A promising young woman and Party.
Congratulation: To the winners of the 2021 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Haley Hope Bartels (Black pumping), Karin delaPeña Collison (Coming of age), Byron Hamel (Grapefruit shade), RJ Daniel Hanna (Animal shelter) and Laura Kosann (The perfect woman) are the writers and scripts chosen as fellows this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Each fellow receives an award of $ 35,000 plus a mentor from the Academy member as they write a feature film script. This is Olivia Wilde, in conversation with Kosann.
Besides: We know it can be hard to know which screenwriting competitions matter and which don’t, but Nicholl is a big deal, for the reasons we explained in our recent list scriptwriting contests worthy of a submission.
Before you leave: here is Dean Stockwell lip syncing “In Dreams” of Roy Orbison in David Lynch Blue velvet.
Main Image: Dean Stockwell synchronizes Roy Orbison’s lips in David Lynch’s In Dreams Blue velvet.