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POP INTERVIEW: M3 Creative’s Andy Meyers Wowed SXSW with His First Feature Film!

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Andy MeyersAndy Meyers, through his production company M3 Creative, brought us the 2012 SXSW and Sundance film festivals’ selection, John Dies at the End. The indie film, based on a horror comedy novel, is a really twisting-cool, fun head trip involving hallucinations, of which The Austin Chronicle declared, “The dialogue and plot structure certainly rival Quentin Tarantino’s best.” He talked about his success last year and his new project, Applecart.

Your film’s storyline, without giving anything way, is really unusual, and I mean, even on the indie film circuit! Please take that as a compliment as being intrigued and wondering about the next scene surpasses being bored to tears any day. When you were reading the script, written by Don Coscarelli, did you ever wonder, “How am I going to pull this off well on screen?”
I think Don wondered that, too. David Wong’s book is obviously an incredibly warped and wild journey through time, space and soy sauce. Anyone who says they can turn all the stuff packed in there into a movie isn’t telling you the truth. Don knew what he wanted and we all worked together to get what we needed to tell the story. David Wong has seen the film and he approves. That’s awesome for us.

When shooting, how did you give your characters depth?
It is a challenge to figure out how to create a narrative out of what was a serialized web story, but Don has this innate knowledge of how to make super sick genre films. He’s like a superhero of horror comedy. His script was the starting point and then the performances of Chase [Williamson], Rob [Mayes], and of course, Paul [Giamatti], brought the characters to life.

Did “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” or any funny stoner films inspire you? What about satire?
Don is the guy who brought us the project – I think he’s been the inspiration for a bunch of people around Hollywood looking to make independent film. The guy’s a legend. I truly think that he hasn’t gotten his due from the business. Everyone keeps saying that independent movies are dead – Don’s a writer/producer/director who won’t let that happen.

When you are working with M3 Creative Film, how did you always want to challenge viewers? Because really, so much out there gives us the same plots or treats people like we are stupid. We can only have so many girl likes boy stories with the same formats.
“John Dies at the End” is our first film. With the projects we have in the pipeline, “John” provided an easy template to follow. Our internal mandate (it’s not that formal) is to only produce stuff that we think is smart, different, and we would want to watch. Hopefully it works.

Please talk about your second film ever, tentatively titled ‘Applecart,” and what you are doing with the production, as well as any M3 projects.
“Applecart” is awesome. My partner at M3 Creative, Brad Baruh, has been a horror fan since he was a little kid and he literally knows everything there is to know about the genre. That’s how we knew Don. With his film, “Applecart,” in some ways it’s similar to “John Dies” in that it has a lot of twists and turns and it’s totally different. It has this amazing mythology that’s based on that classic ideology. The really cool thing about it though it that it will blow your mind with the way it’s structured and how the story is told. Clichés suck but Brad has found a way to do something that’s never been done before. It’s a script right now and we’re going into pre-pro soon. Making a movie is so different than the TV stuff we produce – it’s a years-long process. So like we do with our TV content, we want to make sure we’re totally ready to go before diving in.

What is your best advice for anyone wanting to get into filmmaking who also wants to put their own unique touch on their material?
If you do it your way it’s either going to suck or be great. If it’s great, you were meant to make movies and then you’re in. If not, then you’re back to flipping burgers but at least you tried, right? The most important ingredient is to be lucky enough to work with Don Coscarelli and have Paul Giamatti in your movie, too. That helps for sure.

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POP UPDATE: Justin Bieber, “Friends” For Life, And The Critics Choice Awards

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We’re going to be doing some quick video updates whenever we can! Here’s the latest! Justin Bieber begging for streams, (while you can hear him chew – ew), the ladies of Friends reunited, and mother nature. Take a look!

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Courteney Cox’s Instagram Caption Is Every Parent With A Teenage Kid

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Have you heard? It’s 2020 and we’re all supposed to music videos on TikTok. Courteney Cox is no exception. The TV star posted an instagram of her and her daughter Coco dancing it out, with the hilarious caption, “Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them.”

Also, how long does it take to actually learn one of these routines? It seems very time consuming.

What I was really hoping for was video of her daughter losing her patience, but what we got was a pretty strong routine!

 

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Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them. #familyaerobics

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Former Law And Order Actress Representing Herself In Court? Diane Neal Claims Her Attorneys In Abuse Case Dropped Her, Leaving Her To Fend For Herself

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In an emotional, now deleted instagram post, actress Diane Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her – leaving the actress who once played assistant district attorney Casey Nowak to try her hand at being an attorney in real life.

Neal has been embroiled in a vicious legal battle that has spanned more than two years. It began when Neal filed a lawsuit alleging her ex, magician JB Benn, was a “manipulative and maniacal fraudster,” who had “defrauded her of millions” and “violently inflicted emotional distress,” according to The Daily Beast. She claims Benn subjected her to “a campaign of isolation, terror and (physical and sexual) assault, and destroyed her reputation.” She also claims he once cut her dogs throat. In turn, Benn has a lawsuit against Neal, claiming she owes him money for property they shared, and that she frequently threatened him. Part of his case: a damning recording in which the female voice, which he claims is Neal, threatens him and his dog. Listen to that tape HERE. It’s intense.

The truth is, the story is so full of battling accusations that it’s probably best to read the FULL list chronicled in this Oxygen article.

But today, in an emotional instagram post which she later deleted, (but copies have which have been retained and posted) a dramatic turn. Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her with no warning.

She speaks directly to her camera phone, saying, “So this is my version of hell. And there he is walking right past me right there” she says, referencing a man whose face cannot be seen. “So, I have been put in a situation by my own attorneys who decided to drop me as a client yesterday afternoon with absolutely no warning, wherein I have to represent myself in court. Because this is what happens to victims of abuse. My attorney yesterday accused me of having an inappropriate relation with (unintelligible**), which is not at all even remotely, a thousand times not true. Has done all kinds of things and … saying it was my fault for being abused. So wish me luck. It’s terrifying, but I am doing this for every woman who can’t do it for themselves. I stand for all of us.”

**please note that the words here were difficult to make out. We have our interpretations but don’t want to speculate without confirmation.

It’s unclear what the nature of the current court hearing is intended to cover today.

 

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Neal played Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for five seasons,and continued her acting career on NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Suits and 30 Rock. Most recently she became involved in politics, running as an independent for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 19th congressional district.

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