GenreTainment 138 – Authors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller

On this 138th episode of GenreTainment we’re chatting with two very special guests, authors and professors Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller. It’s an edutainment packed episode as we talk about the value of an MFA, what a Popular Fiction MFA program is like compared to the more common creative writing graduate programs, Heidi’s Ambasadora books, Jason’s Hellbender book and his possible “Snot Otter” book, Appalachian culture, writing about other cultures, writing in some else’s fictional setting, the charity anthology and online event (July 24th and 25th of 2021), tips on co-writing, staying productive, and more!

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #131 – Fiction and Nonfiction Author Michael La Ronn

Author, podcaster, and YouTuber Michael La Ronn is back to update us on his newest projects and give us helpful writing advice. We talk about being an indie author, share writing tips, discuss overcoming fear, do a little writer therapy, go on a tangent about our rabbits, and so much more.

Michael La Ronn is the author of over 40 science fiction & fantasy books. His stories feature unusual, nontraditional heroes such as teddy bears, vegetables, and androids (but not all in the same book). His writing is about heroes rising up against incredible odds to be the best possible versions of themselves. When he’s not writing novels, Michael serves on the staff of the Alliance of Independent Authors as a US Advisor and podcaster. He co-hosts the AskAlli Member Q&A Podcast where he answers burning questions about self-publishing.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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The Best & Worst TV & Movies of 2020 – GenreTainment & SFP-NOW

Happy New Year!!! It is the end of 2020, which means it is time once more for GenreTainment and SFP-NOW to come together and wade through the best and worst television and movies of the past year.

Join Marx Pyle, Ian Cullen, and Benjamin Cassidy as they boldly go where most TV and Movie types have been and discuss the high and low lights of 2020.

Among our picks are obvious choices such as The Mandalorian as well as not so obvious ones such as Pennyworth. So why not listen in and share in some fun as we look at what a COVID-19 year gave us in terms of science fiction and fantasy entertainment.

GenreTainment #127 – Showrunner and Producer Adi Shankar

Adi Shankar

It’s episode 127 and this time we are chatting with showrunner & producer Adi Shankar!

Adi has produced such hit films as The Grey (starring Liam Neeson), Dredd (starring Karl Urban), and the upcoming Bodied (produced with Eminem). He is the co-showrunner and producer of the Netflix animated series Castlevania.

We talk to him about the second season of Castlevania, coming out October 26th, and how he got started with filmmaking. Chat about his Bootleg Universe on YouTube which has given us such fun re-imaginings of pop icons like The Punisher: Dirty LaundryVenom: Truth in JournalismMr. Rogers: A War Hero,  James Bond: In Service of Nothing, and Power Rangers Unauthorized. We also ask him about his upcoming superhero series on Netflix. And we discuss the controversy over Apu in The Simpsons and Adi’s plan to help move the discussions forward.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #126 – Writer Kate Hackett

Kate Hackett

Our guest this time is actress, writer, and web series creator Kate Hackett. You may know her as the star and creator of the web series Classic Alice. She has worked on a wide-range of projects over the last few years (Kate & Joe Just Want to Have SexNot a Plan, etc). Kate tells us about Classic Alice, her most recent film The Long Dig, gives us insight on how to run a successful Patreon project, shares tips for web series creators, shares acting tips, talks about what books might make good TV series, and much more.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GentreTainment #125 – Writer Jeffery H. Haskell

This is episode 125 and our guest this time is writer Jeffery H. Haskell. He is the author of a fun superhero novel series that I’ve been reading called Full Metal Superhero.

Jeffery tells us about his popular superhero series, the meaning behind the name of the series & lead character, the research he did on the science behind the superhero, research to write a character that cannot walk, his experiences writing for Kindle Worlds, his upcoming books, and more. We also chat with him about what we think makes a superhero story, a superhero story.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #124 – Film Producers Jeffrey Michael Bays and Jay Plyburn

This time our guests are Jeffrey Michael Bays and Jay Plyburn. They are here to tell us about their new film Not From Space, a sci-fi/comedy film about a dysfunctional cable news channel on the day aliens arrive in orbit.

Writer & producer Jeffrey Michael Bays, a.k.a. the Hitchcock Whisperer, is a filmmaker and film scholar with a Master of Arts in Cinema, author of Suspense With a Camera and Between the Scenes. And actor & producer Jay Plyburn is a Broadcast Journalism graduate of Marshall University, and was a Morning News Anchor. Now he is producing and developing a variety of TV and film projects.

Jeffrey and Jay tell us how this story originally told on the radio has made the transition to film and the fun crowdfunding campaign they currently have for it. We talk about the film, Hitchcock, the Indiegogo campaign, journalism, and more.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #123 – Writer Scott King

Scott King

It’s episode 123 and this time we are chatting with writer Scott King. He is the author of the non-fiction books Outline Your NovelFinish The ScriptStory Pitch, and The 5 Day Novel. Yes, he wrote a book in five days and tells us about it. He has also written fiction books like Ameriguns and the fantasy novel Wrath of Dragons.

He shares lots of writing tips, tells us how he made the transition from college professor to full-time author, shares how he created his fiction stories, and much more.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #122 – Stargate Origins with Director Mercedes Bryce Morgan

This is episode 122 and the interview this time is with director Mercedes Bryce Morgan who is directing a new series in one of our favorite franchises. Yes, we are talking about Stargate. Stargate is back!

A new series called Stargate Origins premiered on the digital platform Stargate Command. Not only is Stargate Command a perfect hub for fans to celebrate and interact with the Stargate franchise, but the platform library is the largest collection of Stargate content ever to be released in one place. Everything is there, plus this exclusive new series.

Mercedes Bryce Morgan tells us about her adventures directing Stargate. We learn why she was picked as the director of this new series, the biggest challenge she faced, a funny moment on set, a directing tip, and more.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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GenreTainment #121 – Script Consultant and Author Kathie Fong Yoneda

It’s episode 121 and we are chatting with Kathie Fong Yoneda. Kathie is an independent script consultant whose clientele includes several award-winning writers.

She is the author of The Script Selling Game: A Hollywood Insider’s Look At Getting Your Script Sold and Produced.

Kathie has over 30 years of industry experience working with Paramount, Disney, MGM, and many other studios. She has presented over 250 workshops and seminars throughout the world and evaluated more than 20,000 submissions in the areas of film, television, novels, plays and web series. She shares with us lots of great information about being a script reader, being a script consultant, being an executive at a studio, how to pitch for animation, why someone would create a web series, tells us about the many web series festivals out there, and more… we even talk about hand puppets.

GenreTainment is where Marx & Julie talk about what is happening in the world of film, TV and web series. We give you interviews with writers, directors, producers and actors in both independent and not-so-independent creations.

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