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Roman Coppola Vampire Spoof Checks Into Hollywood’s W Hotel

At the opposite end of Kickstarter and Indiegogo lie the independent short film realms of corporately co-sponsored contests and content. Ventures like “Four Stories,” an Intel-W Hotels initiative that came to a close last night in Westwood.

The global screenplay competition, curated by filmmaker Roman Coppola and (his) LA talent agency The Directors Bureau, asked back in August for submissions meeting two simple criteria. Plots had to anchored to a W Hotel and feature an Intel Ultrabook laptop as a central narrative component.

Last night at the Bruin Theatre, four winning filmed entries were screened, as chosen by Coppola, actor judges Chloe Sevigny, Michael Pitt, PJ Ransone and W Hotels global music director Michaelangelo L’acqua. There was also a fifth bonus entry from Coppola himself, vampire spoof Hollywood: Die Again, Undead One, starring Jason Schwartzman. That one was filmed across the street from The Pantages.

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Tom Hanks About to Begin Wonderful Role of Disney

Although it’s admittedly way early to start sizing up next year’s Oscar prospects, one thing seems pretty certain. The artistic journey that Tom Hanks is about to embark on will lead him straight to the Dolby Theatre in February of 2014.

Shooting started today (without Hanks) on location in LA for Saving Mr. Banks, the story of how it took 20 years for Walt Disney to land the film rights to P.L. TraversMary Poppins. Essaying the first-ever portrayal of Walt in a dramatic film is the two-time Oscar winner, opposite Emma Thompson as the cagey author. From today’s announcement:

When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.

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Jason Schwartzman Shows Us How to Use The New Yorker iPad App

John Biggs at TechCrunch analyzes why the New Yorker app is far superior to the magazine, and why this is officially the death of print:

The iPad version includes everything that currently exists in the print title… except in a much cleaner form. Each issue costs $4.99 and e-only subscriptions cost $59 a year. iPad and print subscriptions cost $69.

There are no graphical tricks, not too many multimedia events, and when there are, they’re great (one poetry reading by Sherman Alexie in the latest issue was amazing). And even the ads are unobtrusive and, dare I say it, beautiful in full living color… This is a full rethinking of the title and changes entirely how we consume long-form writing.

But nothing will convince you of how cool the New Yorker app is quite like having it sold to you by Jason Schwartzman, hipster rockstar:

You’re welcome.

Jonathan Ames Brings “Jonathan Ames” to HBO’s Bored to Death

Any fan of HBO’s cult hit Bored to Death knows Jonathan Ames. He’s the mystery loving, mildly insecure, sex obsessed writer who becomes an unlicensed private detective. Hmm, or is he?

“In the original short story, the narrator had my name and I think it adds this tension,” creator Jonathan Ames explained of his on-screen alter ego played by Jason Schwartzman. “Did this really happen to someone? Did this really happen to this writer? As much as people love reality TV, I think they also love to wonder what’s the truth behind fiction.”

Ames is not only the show’s writer and executive producer, but he’s involved in every aspect of the creative process, including castings and location scouting. “HBO was very kind to me. It’s like they gave me the keys to a Ferrari, and I didn’t know how to drive stick but I pretended,” he told mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby.

Since sex is a common theme in his work, the noted author also revealed how he inadvertently became labeled a “pervert.” (Uh, which kinda explains that rolling pin Touby is wielding.)

Part 2: Bored to Death Creator Jonathan Ames Gives Screenwriting Tips

Part 3: Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames on Sex, Insecurity and…Boxing?

LAT In 90 Seconds

32843243.jpgGeorge Clooney: Today must be our birthday. Thank you, LAT, for running this photo. There is even text to go with it!

32847396.jpgInteresting LAT Paragraph of the Day: In this interview with Jason Schwartzman, the actor reveals that much of the filming of the Wes Anderson pic Darjeeling took place “in the crowded compartments of a moving train with weekends spent in his pajamas, watching movies in bed with Anderson.”

32847595.jpgThree Is A Charm: Apparently what the world needs is a third cut of Blade Runner. Sometimes you just need more time resources experience to get it right.