‘Dallas’ Stars Excited for New Series

‘Dallas’ Stars Excited for New Series

By Jason Harris

 

Dallas stars Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Dallas stars Jordana Brewster and Julie Gonzalo. Photo by Jason Harris.

Dallas is set to return to television Wednesday night for a new generation to learn about the Ewing clan.

Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious) and Julie Gonzalo (television series Veronica Mars), two of the stars of the new series, recently came to Boston to promote the show.

Gonzalo said they were excited about the new series and shooting at Southfork.

“I don’t think it has set in that it’s such a big deal until now when the shows about to roll out,” Gonzalo said.

The original Dallas debuted in 1978 as a five-part mini-series and ran for fourteen seasons until 1991 on CBS.

Brewster and Gonzalo didn’t watch the original series until they got the job in the new one, they said. They have watched three seasons so far.

“We weren’t born when it came out,” Gonzalo said about the original Dallas.

They weren’t born until the third and fourth seasons came out. Brewster was born in 1980 and Gonzalo in 1981. Another obstacle to watching the show was the fact that they weren’t living in the United States.

“I grew up in a different country until 1990,” Gonzalo said.

Gonzalo and Brewster were living in Argentina and Brazil respectively.

The “beauty of the show” is the fact that you can see where these characters are 30 years later, which “no other show has ever done,” Gonzalo said.

The new show gives people a chance to see how the Ewings’ children turned out, Brewster said.

“Cynthia [Cidre] wrote an amazing script with great, well-crafted characters and many, many twists and turns so it was heavily plotted … ,” Brewster said.

Audiences will see for themselves tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on TNT. The first season has ten episodes. The pilot was shot in April 2011 while the rest of the season was shot between last October and this past February, Brewster said.

The shows’ stars are contracted for six seasons, which is standard for a television contract, Brewster said.

Gonzalo said it’s up to the audience and how it is received if the show continues past the first season. She said that after the season wrapped Patrick Duffy kept saying ‘only 13 more to go.’

Brewster said Duffy has “the Midas touch” when it comes to working on television.

Gonzalo thinks in Duffy’s entire television career he has only been unemployed for two months, one month between The Man from Atlantis and Dallas and another month between Dallas and Step by Step.

When asked about Duffy, Larry Hagman, and Linda Gray, the original stars of Dallas, Gonzalo said Duffy is like their dad, Gray like their mom, and Hagman is like a “funny uncle.”

Hagman, who “has had such a colorful life,” had the best and greatest stories, she said.

“We had a sense of family the minute we all met,” Gonzalo said.

Dallas starts Wednesday night with a two-hour episode airing on TNT at 9 p.m.

Editor’s note:

To read Stacey Longo’s review of the new series, click here.

‘Safe House’ Screenwriter Talks about His Heroes and His Movie

‘Safe House’ Screenwriter Talks about His Heroes and His Movie

by Jason Harris

What do actors Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, and Nicolas Cage and directors Simon West and Antoine Fuqua all have in common? They all have worked on projects written by David Guggenheim.

Safe HouseGuggenheim’s first screenplay, Safe House, was just released on DVD this past Tuesday. This was his first spec script sold.

“I got spoiled with this one.”

According to Guggenheim, a spec script is a screenplay written by someone who is not getting paid for it.

“You can spend a year of your own time and still not get paid. But the good news is that you have a fully completed script as opposed to a pitch where you go in with a sort of broad idea. This is a good way of packaging your whole story.”

The screenplay was sold in February of 2010, which was two years and a day before it was released in theaters, Guggenheim said. It took him about three months to write it.

“I was running out of time. I had a kid literally coming around the corner. If I didn’t sell something I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sustain a full-time job and full-time family and a writing career.”

If a screenwriter is living in New York, a spec script is the way to break into Hollywood and get people excited, he said. He had been writing them for 10 to 12 years before selling his first one.

“I couldn’t even process what was happening,” Guggenheim said about the sale of his first screenplay.

According to Wikipedia, Safe House was Washington’s second highest grossing movie to date. Guggenheim is “really proud of [his movie].”

“I didn’t think it would make $40 million opening weekend. I’m happy people liked it.”

He believes Washington was the first one cast in the movie and Reynolds was cast second.

“I can’t imagine anyone else doing it,” Guggenheim said about Reynolds portraying Matt Weston. “I think you see a totally different side of Ryan that you don’t usually get to see.”

Guggenheim has been inspired by a number of Hollywood writers such as Robert Goldman, Robert Towne, Lawrence Kasdan, Shane Black, and Joss Whedon. He considers all these writers, “character driven writers who have written huge action movies.”

“All these guys are amazing teachers.”

He considers Shane to be living the writer’s life, whom he considers a person who went off to write his own movies, which started with Lethal Weapon.

“I like that his scripts are his voice,” he said about Black, who is “generating new original material.”

Whedon’s name came up because Guggenheim had recently seen The Avengers, which he considers “incredible writing.”

“This is writing you try to achieve.”

The advice to would-be writers is always “write what you know,” he said. He claims he “doesn’t really know that much.” He does have five movies from the 1970s that have inspired him. Those movies are Three Days of the Condor, The Parallax View, Marathon Man, All the Presidents’ Men, and The Conversation, which Guggenheim considers “incredible.”

His advice to writers is to “keep writing.”

“If one script doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t mean you are not a good writer. That script had issues. Learn from that and keep writing. Just don’t give up.”

Guggenheim has worked with Tony Scott and Ron Howard and is working with McG right now, but would love to work with Stephen Spielberg, he said. He loves working with other writers too.

“Those are my idols,” he said, referring to other writers. “I get much more nervous about meeting writers that I have been following then, like, the biggest director in Hollywood.”

This screenwriter doesn’t have any other aspirations other than to write.

“I would prefer just sitting in a room writing …”

Along with his next movie Stolen, which is in post-production, directed by West and starring Cage, he is co-writing a novel, Exile, with his friend, Nick Mennuti, which will be published by Little Brown.

This article appears on the DVD Snapshot website.

Recent News in the Writing World

Ray Bradbury Dies

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

On Wednesday, June 5, the literary world lost a legend with the passing of Author Ray Bradbury, writer of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. He was 91. Here is a link to the Associated Press story,

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jnjbPvChVLLS0e3dnWXe–6OT8ww?docId=d0ae6225d805419bbd4bb1d9ca311c0d.

Clive Barker News

There was some Clive Barker news this week. Amazon Studios has hired the horror author to rewrite Zombies vs. Gladiators. Here is the link to the story, http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/amazon-studios-recruits-horror-cult-hero-clive-barker-rewrite-zomvies-vs-gladiators-42731.

Necon E-Books Collects Cinema Knife Fight

The Collected Cinema Knife Fight: Volume One (2004 – 2009) by Michael Arruda and L.L. Soares is now available on Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers. It was published by Necon Ebooks (http://www.neconebooks.com/cinemaknifefightv1.htm). Volume One collects all of their early columns that appeared in the Hellnotes newsletter and the Fear Zone website.
Check out their movie reviews at the Cinema Knife Fight website, http://cinemaknifefight.com/.

The Epitaph, Issue 20 (May 2012)

Issue #20 (May 2012)

The Epitaph

Journal of the New England Horror Writers (NEHW)

The NEHW Committee:

Tracy L. Carbone – Co-Chair
Stacey Longo – Co-Chair
Dan Keohane – Treasurer
Jason Harris – Director of Publicity/Webmaster
K. Allen Wood – Director of Publications
Scott Goudsward – Director of Events
Danny Evarts – Art Director
Tim Deal (alternate)
T.J. May (alternate)

NEHW SIGNINGS AND READINGS:

South Windsor Strawberry Fest

The NEHW will have a space at the South Windsor Strawberry Fest June 16 in South Windsor, Connecticut. Participation will cost $15. Contact Jason at dudley228@gmail.com if you wish to participate.

NECON 32

The NEHW will have a table at NECON. Participation will cost $10. Members will be responsible to man the table for a couple hours if you choose to sell books. Contact Scott Goudsward at screaming602@gmail.com if you wish to participate.

Rhode Island Comic Con

The NEHW will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on November 3 and 4. The cost will be $25 per member to participate. Contact Jason at dudley228@gmail.com to be at the table.

Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair

The NEHW will have some tables at the Tantasqua’s Holiday Craft Fair at the Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School in Fiskdale, MA. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 1. It’s $10 to participate.

NEHW WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

From Scott Goudsward and Rachel Kenley:

Over the river and through the woods does not always lead to grandma’s house or happy endings—especially if grandma’s house is infested with zombies, or if grandma is really a Lovecraftian being in disguise. Once Upon an Apocalypse is a two volume post-apocalyptic anthology laden with the undead and otherworldly mythos crossing into the realm of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and other timeless stories. Editors Goudsward and Kenley, along with publisher Chaosium, are currently open to submissions for these two books of mixed-up retold fairy tales.

What we are looking for:

For both volumes, we want stories with strong narrative lines, stronger characters and a clear blending of the theme and the fairy tales.

For Volume One, imagine Cinderella arriving at the ball and discovering it filled with zombies. Or how different the story would be if it was Snow White and the Seven Zombies. Give us new horrors with Alice in Zombieland, and a prince who climbs Rapunzel’s hair to get away from and find a way to defeat—you guessed it—zombies.

In Volume Two, we want a strong dose of Lovecraft thrown in. What happens to the townspeople in The Boy who Cried Cthulhu? Pinocchio is going to have a much harder time getting out of the Old One than the whale; a wolf would have been preferable to Little Red Riding Hood and the Byahkee and the Little Mermaid has so much more to worry about then her legs and a missing voice when she faces a Deep One.

Once you choose a story to change it’s your call how far you will take it. Make the apocalypse clear and give some meaning as to why the dead are meandering through the streets and munching on the breathing or why the Elder God has paid the town a visit. Plague, pestilence, bio warfare, meteor shower, tail of a comet…be creative.

Because we don’t want duplicates of themes, you will be able to follow the progress of the anthologies on our blog (http://onceuponanapocalypse.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OnceUponAnApocalypse) where we’ll keep a current list of themes/tales accepted. For example, if we get a Sleeping Beauty story and it’s awesome, that will be it for the book. Stories should be 2K – 4K in length (please query for stories under or over our limit. We will consider them if they are of exceptional merit.) The only true way to have similar stories is A Snow White and the Seven Zombies in one and Snow White Star Vampire Slayer in the other.

What we are not looking for:

We all know these are dark fiction anthologies, but gore for the sake of gore is un-needed. This is not splatterpunk or extreme horror. Sex? If the story calls for it, fine, but keep it to an R rating (maybe even PG-13). We don’t to hear about insertions and spurting fluids, unless its blood from a bite wound or a gun shot. Try to keep the violence towards animals at a minimum. In some mythos, zombies chew on animals and that’s fine, but we don’t want redneck zombies killing all of Bo-Peep’s sheep for a pie. Finally, though we shouldn’t have to mention it (but we will, given the theme)—go easy on the child-related violence, please. And no pedophilia—that’s just skeevy.

Reading period: now through July 31, or until filled.

Pay rates: pays $.03 per word, no royalties, and three free books and additional copies at 50% off cover.

Email subs to: ouaastories@gmail.com

Format:

Stories should be an attachment to your cover letter email, NOT copied and pasted into the body of the email. The cover letter should include a single paragraph synopsis of the story and your publishing history. The submission should be in RTF or DOC format (no DOCX). Left aligned, 1/2” indentation for paragraphs, single spaced. Double space between scenes and use five stars (*****) for breaks in the story. Contact info should be on the first page of the story with word count.

Please do not query for your story until we’ve had it for at least 12 weeks. Publication is expected for the first half of 2013. No reprints and no simultaneous submissions. If we turn you down feel free to try again with a new story, but give it a few days between submissions.

And please, when submitting, be specific which book you are submitting to. We’re reading for both simultaneously. Subject line of the email should be Name, Story Name, Which book.

NEHW MEMBER NEWS:

From K. A. Laity:

A new dark fiction blog, http://aknifeandaquill.wordpress.com, can use some reviewers and reviews: not just horror but also dark fantasy and noirish crime.

Contact email: Luis_Vera05@yahoo.com

From Dan Foley:

Foley’s novel, Death’s Companion, is available at www.neconebooks.com.

From Tony Tremblay:

Tremblay’s story, “Song,” was accepted for the upcoming anthology, Eulogies 2. It will be published under his pen name, T. T. Zuma.

From Don Franklin:

The Reaper’s Walk: Hellstone, Franklin’s first novel in a five-part series, comes out in October in e-book and paperback. The novel is being published by Greyhart Press.

From Dale T. Phillips:

Phillips has published Apocalypse Tango as an e-book (print will be out soon).

It contains 5 stories about the end of the world:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/164257

He’s also one of the writers featured at the Chelmsford Library Local Authors Day, Saturday, June 9th, at 2 p.m. For more information, check out the library’s website,

http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/local_authors.html.

From Dave Chrisom:

Chrisom’s latest tale of suspense will appear in a fantasy/horror anthology by the Indie Book Lounge which will be handed out at the Phoenix Comic-Con. His story, “For Want of a Nail,” is a chilling account of a band of thieving Celtic warriors being haunted by a lethal Banshee hell-bent on revenge.

He is honored that his previous stories have appeared in Northern Haunts by Shroud Publishing, Zombiality: A Queer Bent on the Undead by The Library of Living Dead, Ante Mortem by Belfire Press and Horrorology by The Twisted Library.

From L.L. Soares:

Soares novel, Life Rage, will be coming out this September from Nightscape Press. More details can be found at http://www.nightscapepress.com/books/novels/.

The Collected Cinema Knife Fight: Volume One (2004 – 2009) by Michael Arruda and Soares is now available on Kindle, Nook, and other e-readers from Necon Ebooks (http://www.neconebooks.com/cinemaknifefightv1.htm). Volume One collects all of their early columns that appeared in the Hellnotes newsletter and the website Fear Zone.

His story, “The Gulch,” will be appearing in the anthology, Welcome to Hell (An anthology of western weirdness) edited by Eric S. Brown, coming soon from E-Volve Books.

From Paul Tremblay:

Tremblay is one of four horror authors teaching a four-week online horror writing workshop, Master the Elements for Constructing a Better Horror Story. The other three teachers are authors F. Brett Cox, John Langan, and Sarah Langan.

The workshop is from June 4 through 30. The price is $397. There is a 15 student maximum for the workshop.

The authors, who are currently members of the Shirley Jackson Awards’ Board of Trustees, are donating their proceeds to support the Shirley Jackson Awards.

For more information about the teachers and the course or to sign-up, click here.

From Michael Arruda:

The Collected Cinema Knife Fight: Volume One (2004 – 2009) by Arruda and L.L. Soares is now available for purchase at NeconEbooks.com.

He also reports that Necon Ebooks will publish an E-book collection of his movie column, In the Spooklight. The book will feature 114 columns from 2000-2012. It’s due out later this summer!

From Daniel R. Robichaud:

Robichaud has been working with indie role playing game company, Spectrum Games, on their new dominoes based RPG Macabre Tales. He wrote the first released sourcebook for the game, an adventure module called, “The Secret of the Dead Man’s Satchel.” It peaked at number seven on the indie game bestseller list at DriveThruRPG.com and has netted a couple of good reviews.

Currently, he is working on a lengthy sourcebook for the game, The Sinister Stranger and Other Tales of Terror, which includes a trio of adventures.

From Eric Dimbleby:

Dimbleby’s debut novel, Please Don’t Go, has won a 2012 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction. His novel can be published in hard copy and Kindle version by visiting http://ericdimbleby.com/buyme.html.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:

Chris Samson (MA)
Jim Valente (MA)
Kimberly Dalton (CT)
Derek Wiggins (MA)
Alexis DeCoste (NH)
Jennifer Allis Provost (MA)

– Jason Harris, Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW
– Stacey Longo, Assistant Editor, the Epitaph: Journal of NEHW

Author’s Debut Novel Wins Literary Award

Author and New England Horror Writer Member Eric Dimbleby’s debut novel, Please Don’t Go, won a 2012 Maine Literary Award for Speculative Fiction.

Dimbleby’s novel was published by Pill Hill Press and tells the tale how “a twist of fate and a slick trade draw a young man into a living nightmare. In the hands of a lovesick siren, his sanity slips from his grasp. He must battle to keep his loved ones and himself safe from her insatiable wrath.”

Please Don’t Go can be purchased in hard copy or Kindle version by visiting http://ericdimbleby.com/buyme.html.