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Lauren B. and Shawn B.’s Mutual Producer Fake Cried to ‘Trigger’ Emotion on July 31, 2023 at 4:55 pm Us Weekly

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Lauren Bushnell Lane and Shawn Booth bonded over their similar — and slightly alarming — experiences with their mutual Bachelor Nation producer.

Lauren, who was engaged to season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins from 2016 to 2017, claimed the producer fake cried in an effort to make Lauren upset about the possibility of Ben giving JoJo Fletcher his final rose.

“I’m calling Todd out right now,” Lauren told Shawn, 37, on his “In The Booth” podcast on Monday, July 31, noting that she has “zero hard feelings” toward the producer. “I think he’s a great guy, [but] I literally remember sitting there at the end — I think it was myself and JoJo. It was, like, the final two. … He’s like, ‘What if he doesn’t pick you?’ Or whatever. And I think he could tell that I was just kind of like, shutting off to protect myself, which I’ve realized is something that I do. So I wasn’t really showing any emotion. And I think he wanted to draw out emotion in me. So, like, he started to cry. Did he ever do that to you?”

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Shawn confirmed he had a similar experience. (While the former contestants didn’t use Todd’s name, they are seemingly referring to Todd Snyder, who worked on both of their seasons.)

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“Yes! They’ll start playing music on their phone, like, really sad songs and you haven’t heard a song in, like, eight weeks, you’re like, ‘Oh, my God, that feels so good,’” Shawn recalled.

While Lauren clarified that she “didn’t hear a song,” she shared more insight into her interaction with the producer on the 2016 season of the ABC show.

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“He just started showing emotion and, like, started crying,” she said, claiming that she realized in the moment that they were fake tears. “He wasn’t really crying. It put me in this weird place where I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, like, where am I? What am I doing?’ I had this weird realization of, ‘They have an agenda.’ And it’s not bad — his agenda in itself is not bad. He just wants me to open up and show emotion. … He’s trying to, like, bring that out of me.”

Lauren reiterated that she didn’t question Todd’s intentions. “I’m on a TV show. … And they want me to be in a role right now and to just be real and raw, which again, is why people love that show,” she said. “But I think if anything, it made me, like, shut off [even more].”

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Shawn, who was engaged to season 11 Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe from 2015 to 2018, wasn’t so sure about Todd, telling Lauren that he put “too much trust” into his producer.

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“He was the only producer that I had talked to for 12 weeks — I was putting my trust in him. And he knew kind of what could trigger me,” he said, denying that he still feels “burned” by Todd. “Because now that I look back at it, I understand that the Bachelor and Bachelorette is a business, like, hundreds of millions of dollars. And Todd’s doing his job — that’s why he’s one of the best. They’re there to make a show. I don’t wish I went in there knowing that because then I wouldn’t have opened up, but there are definitely things that [aired] and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s not exactly what happened.’ … I used to be very bitter about it.”

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While Lauren went on to marry Chris Lane, with whom she shares two sons, Shawn announced earlier this month that he’s going to be a dad in December when his “baby mama” Audrey “Dre” Joseph gives birth.

Lauren Bushnell Lane and Shawn Booth bonded over their similar — and slightly alarming — experiences with their mutual Bachelor Nation producer. Lauren, who was engaged to season 20 Bachelor Ben Higgins from 2016 to 2017, claimed the producer fake cried in an effort to make Lauren upset about the possibility of Ben giving JoJo 

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Rosie Maddox: Rom-Com Wins with Best Screenplay!

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Get ready to applaud because Rosie Maddox, the creative genius behind “Wishing on Stars,” is making waves with her latest triumph as the winner of the Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay Award! Her captivating storytelling has earned her a well-deserved spotlight at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, where her heartwarming screenplay stole hearts and tickled funny bones.

From the bustling streets of Washington to the vibrant cityscape of Seattle, Rosie’s narrative prowess shines as she crafts a tale of serendipitous reunions and unexpected love. With “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie invites audiences on an enchanting journey of rediscovery, friendship, and the magic of second chances.

This isn’t just any rom-com—it’s a testament to Rosie’s innate ability to infuse depth and authenticity into her characters, making them leap off the page and into our hearts. As we eagerly await the cinematic adaptation of “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie continues to captivate audiences with her unique brand of storytelling, proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of film.

Join us in celebrating Rosie Maddox’s remarkable achievement and stay tuned for more updates as she continues to enchant us with her magical tales of laughter, love, and the endless possibilities of the human heart. Congratulations, Rosie—you’ve truly earned your place among the stars!

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“Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!”

 

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“Changing Spots”: A Heartwarming Family Journey

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In “Changing Spots,” Lauren L. Owen masterfully weaves a heartwarming tale centered around Lizzie Jennings, a black anthropology student in her mid-30s, and her aging father, Walter. As Walter grapples with the challenges of living independently for the first time, Lizzie steps in to assist him, embarking on a dual mission to help her father become self-sustainable while documenting their progress for her thesis. Through candid interviews and her own camera footage, the story unfolds in a captivating mockumentary style, offering a glimpse into the tender moments and humorous mishaps that define their journey.

Owen, a trailblazing talent in the industry and the first Black or African American graduate of NYU’s MBA/MFA dual master’s degree program, brings her unique perspective to “Changing Spots.” With a remarkable background in producing, writing, and directing, including collaborations with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and notable projects like “BlacKkKlansman” and “See You Yesterday,” Owen’s work is deeply rooted in promoting diversity both on and off the screen. Through her storytelling, she celebrates the bond between black women and their fathers, shedding light on the often overlooked narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

Fun fact: Lauren Owen is also an Associate Producer for the Netflix Original Film, “See You Yesterday,” further showcasing her versatility and impact in the industry.

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As Owen shares her personal connection to the story, drawing inspiration from her own experiences and her playful sense of humor inherited from her father, she invites viewers to embrace the complexities of familial relationships and the importance of staying connected despite life’s challenges. “Changing Spots” serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love, laughter, and shared moments, resonating with audiences of all backgrounds and generations.

Moreover, Owen’s exceptional talent as a writer shines through as she clinched the prestigious Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, further cementing her status as a rising star in the industry. This accolade not only recognizes Owen’s remarkable storytelling skills but also underscores the universal appeal and relatability of “Changing Spots.” As audiences continue to embrace this heartwarming tale, Owen’s win serves as a testament to the enduring impact of stories that celebrate the beauty of family bonds and the journey of self-discovery.

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Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

 

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“A Messy Divorce” Named Finalist for Best Dark Comedy Film Award

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev

Phil Grishayev, a talented filmmaker based in Los Angeles, is making waves in the comedy film scene with his uproarious short film, “A Messy Divorce.” Born and raised in Poland, Grishayev relocated to the United States in his early twenties, where his passion for storytelling and visual arts blossomed. Despite being relatively new to directing and producing, Grishayev’s creative vision and dedication have propelled him into the spotlight of the entertainment industry.

“A Messy Divorce” is not only Grishayev’s directorial debut but also a testament to his ability to breathe life into captivating narratives. The film, originally conceived as a screenplay by Grishayev’s friend Lenar Kamalov, follows the misadventures of a newly divorced couple who accidentally run over a man on the road and hilariously attempt to cover up their tracks. With its clever twists and comedic timing, “A Messy Divorce” has earned critical acclaim and audience praise alike.

Despite its humble beginnings, “A Messy Divorce” has already achieved notable success in the film festival circuit. Grishayev’s screenplay won a prestigious award at SWN, and the film was selected as an Official Entry at the Houston Comedy Festival in 2021. Now, as a finalist for the Best Dark Comedy Film Award at the esteemed Houston Comedy Film Festival, “A Messy Divorce” continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor and wit.

Looking ahead, Grishayev has ambitious plans to expand “A Messy Divorce” into a full-length feature film, showcasing his commitment to storytelling and filmmaking. With his innovative approach and creative flair, Grishayev is poised to make a lasting impact on the comedy genre and beyond.

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As the anticipation builds for the Houston Comedy Film Festival, all eyes are on Phil Grishayev and “A Messy Divorce,” eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. In the meantime, audiences can experience the comedic brilliance of Grishayev’s work and witness the rise of a promising filmmaker in the entertainment industry.

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev, and Hollywood Executive Producer and Houston Comedy Film Festival Director, Roselyn Omaka

From the Film Festival Circuit Founder, Mikal Fair:

Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

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