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Screenwriter Gary Goldstein

September 8, 2014
Screenwriter--My Boyfriends' Dogs

Screenwriter–My Boyfriends’ Dogs

I’ve heard horror stories from authors whose books were turned into movies, and most of the villains in those stories were screenwriters. So you can imagine how grateful I am that the talented and brilliant Gary Goldstein consented to write the screenplay for MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS. He also consented to be interviewed:

How did you get started in the screenwriting business?

I began writing episodic TV,expanded into features and stage plays, then later branched out to TV movies.  It was basically a case of putting one foot in front of the other–or, rather, one script in front of the other–and following the doors that opened.

Was there a “big break” in your career?

I’d say my career has been more a case of consistent smaller breaks, not necessarily one big one (though selling a screenplay to 20th Century Fox in the late ’90s proved a great career boost).  More recently, on the TV movie front, selling my feature script “The Wish List” to Hallmark (it was made into a hit 2010 telefilm), led to a really gratifying string of work for the network.

How did you end up writing the script for MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS?

At that point I had written six movies for Hallmark, all successful romantic comedies.  So Bart Fisher, an executive at Hallmark, thought I’d be a good fit to adapt the book.  I began working with the film’s producers (Marcy Gross and Ann Weston) and it evolved from there.

Can you explain your process of creating a screenplay from a book?

It varies from book to book, of course.  But, especially when you like a book as much as I did MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS, it’s a matter of honoring as much of the original material’s story, characters and tone, while telling the story cinematically–which is often different than the way a book may tell a story.  There’s a stricter paradigm for structuring a screenplay, particulary one that, as is the case of TV movies, can’t exceed a certain length.  At the same time, you’re also tying to satisfy the needs and mandates of a network or studio.  Whatever I may change I’m always careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak.

What was the best part of writing for MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS?

Writing Bailey–you created a wonderful character.  Oh, and writing the dogs!  I’m a huge dog person so that part was really fun.

What was the hardest part?

Streamlining what is a fairly involved story while keeping things clear and the most entertaining parts intact.  It was also a challenge to keep each of the “boyfriends” feel unique and memorable while tracking Bailey’s growth and change as a result of her relationships with them.  A bit of a juggling act but a joy to do.

Anything special you’d like viewers to look for when they watch the movie on October 18th?

Just enjoy the story, the dogs and the actors.  It’s a terrific cast and each actor brings so much to his or her role.  Erika Christensen, who plays Bailey, does an especially fine job–she’s adorable, charming and makes Bailey really relatable.  The movie’s also very funny, so I hope viewers appreciate the humor as well!

How do you plan to celebrate the premiere?

Watching with family, friends  and, of course, our dogs!

 

Hallmark’s Announcement

May 20, 2014
Erika Christensen with Adam and Eve and Shirley, Bailey's boyfriends' dogs

Erika Christensen with Adam and Eve and Shirley, Bailey’s boyfriends’ dogs

MAN’S BEST FRIEND LEADS ONE WOMAN TO TRUE LOVE WHEN
‘PARENTHOOD’S’ ERIKA CHRISTENSEN STARS IN
‘MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS’
A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE WORLD PREMIERE SEPTEMBER 6
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY DANDI DALEY MACKALL

Joyce DeWitt and Teryl Rothery Co-Star

Must love dogs! Erika Christensen (“Parenthood”) adopts a trio of canine companions while looking for love when she stars in “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Saturday, September 6 at 9pm ET/PT, 8C. The film stars Christensen as an unlucky-in-love woman who has only been able to find the loyal companionship in the unconditional love of her ex-boyfriend’s pups. “My Boyfriends’ Dogs” is based on the popular fiction novel of the same name, written by Dandi Daley Mackall. Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”), Teryl Rothery (“Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove”), Emily Holmes (“Snakes on a Plane”), Jeremy Guilbaut (“The L.A. Complex”), Tyron Leitso (“Being Erica”) and Jesse Hutch (“Arrow”) co-star.

“We are proud to adapt and bring to the screen ‘My Boyfriends’ Dogs,’ a delightful tale that our viewers will certainly love,” said Michelle Vicary, Executive Vice President, Programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. “The very gifted and talented Erika Christensen will grace Hallmark Channel viewers with her humor, wit and charm and we are honored to work with one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young stars.”

Bailey Daley (Christensen) is a hapless young bride who has run away from the altar with not one, but three dogs she adopted from past relationships. Running into a small diner one rainy evening in a soaked wedding dress with her dogs at her feet, Bailey launches into the story of her strange predicament to the restaurant owners, Louie (Michael Kopsa, “Fringe”) and Nikki (DeWitt). She explains that she hasn’t been able to find the right love, always longing for the more loyal, stable companionship she finds in her ex-boyfriends’ canine companions. Against the knowing advice of her mother Dina (Rothery) and best friend Amber (Holmes), Bailey tries to transform herself into the perfect fit for each new guy she meets—athletic Wade (Hutch), moody Jonathan (Oliver Rice, “On Hollowtree Farm”), and, finally, wealthy Eric (Guilbaut). As each relationship ends, Bailey adopts her ex’s dogs, but remains hopelessly single. Until, a twist of fate that stormy night leads her to realize that true puppy love happens only after one stops searching for it.

“My Boyfriends’ Dogs” is a Boyfriend’s Dogs Films Inc. production. Executive Producers are Howard Braunstein, Marcy Gross and Ann Weston. Christian Bruyere is the producer. Terry Ingram directed from a teleplay by Gary Goldstein and Jon Maas. Based on the novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall.

Hallmark Channel, owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., is a 24-hour basic cable network that provides a diverse slate of high-quality entertainment programming available in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to a national audience of 86 million subscribers. Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of TV movies; original scripted series, including Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered; specials such as Kitten Bowl; as well as some of television’s most beloved sitcoms and series, including The Golden Girls, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and Frasier. The channel is also home to Daytime Emmy-nominated lifestyle program, Home & Family, a daily two-hour live show shot in a fully functional house located on the Universal Studios lot. Hallmark Channel’s sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, available in HD and SD, focuses on family-friendly movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library.

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Erika Christensen stars as Bailey Daley in MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS

April 7, 2014

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I couldn’t have asked for a better Bailey than the incredibly talented Erika Christensen. She stars in the popular TV series Parenthood. And the long list of her movie credits includes: Traffic, The Upside of Anger, Swimfan, Flightplan, The Banger Sisters, Wuthering Heights, The Sisters, and on and on. As a person, she’s a delight–sweet, funny, charming, and such a hard-worker. I never heard her complain, even when she had to do take after take in the rain. Plus, she loves dogs! I’m so grateful Erika said yes to MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS.