Spotlight on Cinematic Moms

Introductions, Hellos

Mothers and their impactful role in cinema and series.

Favorite mothers in cinema and tv and why?

Mothers who impacted stories …

NewsHour - MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT & AVENGERS: ENDGAME TRAILER Analysis

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

TEDx and MEFCC

MEFCC is an annual pop culture event that takes place in Dubai every April celebrating all things …

Political Correctness and the Death of Honest Storytelling

Whatever I say after this point might in fact trigger many listeners out there, but seeing as to how my opinions have always been put under scrutiny, and this podcast is where I express my …

Script2Screen Conversations - Beirut International Women's Film Festival

Alan chats with two filmmakers from the Beirut International Women's Film Festival focusing on the challenges regarding diversity in the industry, the negativity surround the use of the …

NewsHour - Captain Marvel isn't so Marvelous, and Winter is Coming

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Mention TEDx and the shift that is about to happen to the show.

Movie(s) of the Week: Captain Marvel

Segment 1

Beirut Women’s International Film Festival

Captain Marvel - Marvel’s first female superhero doesn’t soar high enough to leave a mark

With all the hype that’s surrounding Marvel’s first female super hero, it’s truly a shame that any form of proper criticism would be interpreted as …

Spotlight on Franchises and Cinematic Universes

Introductions, Hellos

Are we gonna ever come close to Franchise Fatigue?

Segment 1

Favorite Franchises and do we fear that they are gonna burn out?

TV Show Universes - are we happy they …

NewsHour - The Academy Awards 2019 Commentary Special

Alan and Had share their thoughts regarding all the wins and snubs at this year's Oscar Ceremony. 


Spotlight on War Films

Introductions, Hellos

What fascinates us about war in cinema?

Segment 1

Favorite battle sequences in films

Favorite war movies 

Segment 2

Favorite performance in a war film

Underrated war …

NewsHour - The Academy Caves in; Netflix Cancels Marvel; AVATAR 2 Family Angle; and Bond Shatterhand?

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Trailer of the Week: Rocketman

Movie(s) of the Week: Alita - Battle Angel; Fighting with my Family

Segment 1

Studios rereleasing Oldies instead of …

Fighting with my Family - Surprising Laughs, Fist-Pumping Thrills, and a Heart-felt Story

Who knew that the story of a WWE wrestler from Norwich, England, would result in one of the most heart-warming films of 2019?  This film not only …

Spotlight on Romantic Films

Special Guest: Ingrid Naccour


Introductions, Hellos

Where has all the romance gone?


Segment 1

Favorite Romantic Films from the 90’s

Favorite Romantic Couplings


Segment 2

What is causing …

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL - A Sensorial Immersion into a World of Rampant Imagination

James Cameron’s genius world building has taken audiences from deepest depths of the heart of the ocean, to a bleak dark future where machines have taken over, all the way to a planet far …

Spotlight on Script2Screen

In this special Spotlight episode, we take a trip down memory lane and listen to the most memorable moments of Script2Screen so far!

NewsHour - Bob Iger and Disney Updates, Superbowl Teaser Trailers

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News


Movie(s) of the Week: Stan & Ollie


Segment 1

Bob Iger’s Investor Call Comments

Game of Thrones Prequel Begins Production

Modern Family Ends its Run

In Focus: Man of Steel - Human, Hero, Hope

When MAN OF STEEL first premiered, it’s safe to say it wasn’t met with a lot of positive feedback from fans .

With the recent DC announcements of rebranding, and taking the franchise in a …

STAN & OLLIE – An Unconventional Biopic with a Whole Lot of Heart

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are widely regarded as the greatest comedy partnership in movie history: making over 107 films, and defining the notion of the double act with infectious …

VS. - A film that crushes and lands its punches!

At its surface this film might seem like the run of the mill, 8-Mile wannabe merged with a little bit of Step-Up, but contrary to this point of view, VS. shines on its own, dishing out a …

The Lego Movie 2: Everything will be awesome, if you believe!

There is no doubt that following up THE LEGO MOVIE was going to be tough, but the sequel does what every good sequel should do, it tests its …

Spotlight on Famous Hollywood Team Ups

Introductions, Hellos

Spotlight on Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn

Segment 1

John Williams and Steven Speilberg

Doug Jones and Guillermo del Torro

Segment 2

Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio

Capernaum - The Killing of a Childhood Dream

In many ways, CAPHARNAÜM is an allegory about the abusive current state of affairs in Lebanon.

Through Zain’s eyes, the audience witnesses the inevitable death of childhood and dreams in a …

NewsHour - Capharnaum Nomination Drama & Robert Exits Sundance

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie(s) of the Week: Vice

Segment 1

Oscar nominations initial review

Fast and the Furious gets Woke and considers an all female cast

Fantastic Beasts 3 …

Spotlight on Box Office Bombs that Became Cult Classics

Introductions, Hellos

Why certain good movies bomb at the box office: Marketing, Ahead of their Time, Limited Releases, Bad Timing, Initial Reviews and Word of Mouth

Segment 1

Rocky Horror …

VICE: Leave your preconceptions at the door, this film is everything!

This film is to cinema what jazz is to music, a hybrid genre that is not strictly dramatic, nor is it strictly comedic but rather sharply uses elements from both in a harmoniously …

Spotlight on Food Films

Introductions, Hellos

Spotlight on Louie

Favorite Dishes

Segment 1

Best films about food

Best non food films with great dishes

Food that you cannot resist seeing on-screen without wanting …

GLASS: Issue #3: The anti-climactic showdown!

In a cinematic time that is so reliant on franchises and expanded universes, GLASS is a clear lesson that not all film worlds are meant to be shared, and some stories are meant to be stand …

NewsHour - Can the Oscars be saved?

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie(s) of the Week: The Mule

Segment 1

Golden Globes Review

Best Picture Drama & Comedy: Bohemian …

The Mule: A Long dreary road that never ends

The film is beyond basic and offers nothing new visually but rather captures things as they are sans flare or life, and though that might have been the intent of the filmmaker, coupling a …

NewsHour - More Carrie Fisher, Less Robert Downey Jr.

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

2019 Underdogs

Segment 1

A Quieter Place, what do we want from the sequel and are we excited?

There will be more Carrie Fisher in IX than we …

Spotlight on Star Wars

Introductions, Hellos

Revenge of the Fanbase 

Why we Love the Wars

SEGMENT 1

Earliest Memory of Star Wars

How big is your fandom?

The Prequels and the Sequels – Where do we stand?

SEGMENT 2

In Focus: Kylo Ren, Son of Darkness

For my first Character Study, I have chosen the character of Kylo Ren, from the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
With the clock to the final film already counting down – I wanted to lay out a …

NewsHour - End of Year Round Table

Special Guests:

Sara Ghorra, Film Acquisitions and Marketing for Empire Movies

Mahmoud Hodeib, This is my Review

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News 

SEGMENT 1

Best Film of the Year …

Christmas Special!

Alan and Had celebrate Christmas on Script2Screen as they talk traditions, favorite Christmas films, shows, and moments.

NewsHour - The Great Aquaman Debate

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie(s) of the Week: SPIDERMAN INTO THE SPIDERVERSE; AQUAMAN

Segment 1

Golden Globe Overview (Brief – overall …

Spotlight on BioPics

Introductions, and Hellos

Favorite Biopics
Favorite Performance in a Biopic
Favorite Director of a Biopic

What we look for in a Biopic
Biopics that didn’t …

NewsHour - Creed II Packs a Punch, & Daredevil gets K.O'ed

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie(s) of the Week: CREED II

Segment 1

NDUIFF Wrap Up

Praise goes to Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, should we …

Script2Screen Conversation - Serge Majdalany, Filmmaker

NDUIFF 12th Edition Coverage Continues! Alan catches up with NDU alumnus Serge Majdalany as they chit chat about Serge's journey after NDU, his continuous support of the university that …

Script2Screen Conversation - Michelle Bado, Actress

NDUIFF 12th Edition coverage continues! Alan meets up with Michelle Bado, a young aspiring actress, and they talk about the great experiences of acting in short films, the challenges, and …

Script2Screen Conversation - Emilia Mazik, Short Waves Festival Programmer

NDUIFF 12th Edition coverage continues! This time Alan talks with Emilia Mazik about the tricks of programming for film festivals, the challenges, as well as the benefits of festivals …

Script2Screen Conversation - Nicholas Toubia, Filmmaker

As Script2Screen continues its coverage of the 12th edition of NDUIFF, Alan chats with young filmmaker Nicholas Toubia who decides to opt out of …

Spotlight on Comedy Films

Special Guest: Anthony Salame, Lebanese Comic

Introductions, and Hellos

Favorite Comedies

Favorite Performance in a Comedy 

What we look for in a Comedy

Where are the intellectual comedies and …

Script2Screen Conversations - Wouter Jansen

In this new edition of Script2Screen Conversations, as part of the NDUIFF coverage, Alan sits with the founder of Some Shorts, Wouter Jansen, to discuss short film distribution, the crazy …

Script2Screen Conversation - Claudy Op den Kamp

In this new edition of Script2Screen Conversation, Alan sits with Claudy Op den Kamp, Professor at Bournemouth University, about orphan films, the daunting topic of intellectual property …

NewsHour - The Unmagical Lion King Teaser

Alan and Had share their reaction to the newly released teaser for Disney's "live action" remake of The Lion King.

NewsHour - Honoring Stan Lee

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News


Movie of the Week: Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald


Segment 1


Stan Lee, A History


Favorite Marvel Hero


Favorite MCU film


Segment 2


Stan Lee, The True …

A Spotlight on Film Songs and Anthony Touma

Introductions, and Hellos


Spotlight on You, Anthony Touma


A little chit chat about Anthony Touma and how he got where he is.


Favorite Movie Songs (3 films each) and let’s talk about why we …

NewsHour - The Girl in the MCU without Spiderman

SCRIPT2SCREEN NEWS HOUR (SATURDAY): Nov 3, 2018


Introductions, Hellos and Minor News


The Long Night – Why does HBO hate the title?


Movie of the Week: The Girl in the Spider’s Web


Segment 1


The …

Spotlight on Musical Films

…It’s all about the Musical Number

Alan and Had discuss their favorite musicals, and songs that have never faded…and what is it about musicals that makes them so giddy?

They then discuss …

NewsHour - Does Bohemian Rhapsody Live up to Queen's Legacy?

SCRIPT2SCREEN NEWS HOUR (SATURDAY): Nov 3, 2018

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News 

Bucky and Falcon Limited Series in the works: Is Marvel going about this the right way or is Fiege about …

Spotlight on Television Series and Why We Love Them

Previously on...

Favorite TV Shows growing up

TV Shows that truly got you addicted

Binging or Weekly?

On the Next Episode of...

Favorite TV Episodes

NewsHour - Is Disney Rebooting Pirates of the Caribbean a Good Idea?

SCRIPT2SCREEN NEWS HOUR (SATURDAY): OCT 27, 2018

Series of the Week: DAREDEVIL Season 3

Segment 1

Maskoun Film Festival and Arab Genre

What is the history of the Maskoon Film Festival and how …

Script2Screen Spotlight Spook-tacular

Special Guest: Clint Maximus

Spooky Introductions, and Hellos

What was the first scary film you saw? 

Favorite Horror Film

What is it about fear that gets not just audiences but filmmakers …

A Script2Screen Conversation with Filmmaker Nick Westfall and Actor Jesse C Boyd

On this early edition of Script2Screen Conversations, filmmaker Nick Westfall, and actor Jesse C. Boyd join Alan to talk about their latest …

NewsHour - Is "First Man" Worth the Critical Hype?

Movie of the Week: The First Man

Segment 1

Ryan Coogler returning to direct and write Black Panther 2 – What do we want to see in the sequel.

The duo behind Sherlock developing a series based …

A Script2Screen Conversation with Hollywood Networker Erman Baradi

For the second conversation join Alan Mehanna and Hollywood Networker Erman Baradi to chat about the industry, the importance of networking, and some …

Spotlight on Hollywood vs the Fandom

SCRIPT2SCREEN SPOTLIGHT (FRIDAY): Oct 5, 2018

SPOTLIGHT 1

Beloved Characters and Who they belong to?

Discuss your most loved characters and why you love them (2 each)

Do you feel protective of …

NewsHour - A Star is Born and its not the Aladdin Trailer

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie of the Week: A STAR IS BORN

 

Segment 1

Sony moves forward with their Spider-verse with Morbius The Living Vampire, and Kraven: The Hunter which has a …

Spotlight on filmmakers Dennis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan

SCRIPT2SCREEN SPOTLIGHT (FRIDAY): Oct 19, 2018

SPECIAL GUEST: Youmna Nawfal, from YChats

SPOTLIGHT 1

#Villeneuved – Is Dennis Villeneuve the best filmmaker of our time?

A discussion about …

NewsHour - What went wrong with Venom?

SCRIPT2SCREEN NEWS HOUR (SATURDAY): OCT 6, 2018

Movie of the Week: Venom

Catching Up is Hard to Do Vol. 1

Kathleen Kennedy Soap Opera renewed for three …

Spotlight on Underrated Actors and Box Office Bombs

SCRIPT2SCREEN SPOTLIGHT (FRIDAY): Oct 5, 2018

Spotlight 1

Underrated ActorsWhy do we love them and why we think Hollywood doesn’t…

Spotlight on Robin Williams and the decline of movie magic

Introductions and Hellos

If you could go back in time what time would you go to? Do you believe in Aliens? Why are we discussing this – the episode …

NewsHour - A Conversation with Lebanese Filmmaker Nadine Labaki

September 22, 2018

Movie of the Week: CAPHARNAÜM, directed by Nadine Labaki

A Conversation with Nadine Labaki

Had and Alan talk with award winning Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki about her …

Spotlight on James Cameron and SciFi

Introductions and Hellos

If you could go back in time what time would you go to? Do you believe in Aliens? Why are we discussing this – the episode …

NewsHour - The Worlds of DC Collapse

September 15, 2018

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie of the Week: THE PREDATOR

Wafa Halawi and the Lebanese Film Festival

The typical where, when, how?

What sets LFF apart from other …

Spotlight on the Over-saturation of CGI

Introductions and Hellos

Weekly updates and “dateless” generalities maybe a piece or two of film trivia!

SONG TITLE: Sparks, The Who, Almost Famous

NewsHour - Captain Marvel Official Images Revealed: Worth the Hype?

September 08, 2018

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Movie of the Week: ALPHA

Sam Lahoud and the Beirut Film Society

A quick reminder of what the Beirut Film Society is and how it came to …

Spotlight on Steven Spielberg

Introductions and Hellos

Weekly updates and “dateless” generalities maybe a piece or two of film trivia!

SPOTLIGHT 1

Film Director and Producer Steven Spielberg and Why We Love HimAs a …

News Hour - Star Wars Episode IX Castings and Rumors

September 1, 2018

Introductions, Hellos and Minor News

Disney Play

A Trip to Gotham City

Oscar Isaac casting rumors? Who could he be playing?

Todd …

413 Why We Love Movies Roundtable

Introductions and Hellos

Guest Profile and a little about each with a little banter!

WHY WE LOVE MOVIES

First movie that gave us the bug.

First movie …

Script2Screen Visit MixFM with Clint Maximus

Alan and Had visit the MixFM Radio Station to chat with the great Clint Maximus about the show, their love of movies, and more!

412 The One Before the Finale

Introductions and HellosMovie of the Week: The Equalizer 2

The Name’s Bond, James Bond Favorite FilmFavorite BondNews of ElbaWho would we cast as the …

411 The Academy Opens a New Category!

Introductions and HellosMovie of the Week: The Meg

Curtain Rises on Disney’s Streaming Service What do we think of the news?Star Wars, Marvel, and Disney OriginalsNew Original Episodic and …

410 From One Universe to the Next

Introductions and HellosMovie of the Week: From the Archives – The Silence of the Lambs

SEGMENT 1

The Blurring of the Line between Cinema and Serialized ContentThe difference of time and …

409 What The Fox? Disney Becomes The Empire!

Introductions and Hellos

Movie of the Week: MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT

HIGHLIGHTS AND MISSED MOMENTS FROM SD COMICCON 2018:

Terry Hatcher Seeks Superman

Mark Hamill Orange is the New Vader

408 James Gunn Fired...Hollywood is Broken

Introductions and HellosJames Gunn gets fired and Star Wars The Clone Wars gets saved… What is happening at Disney?Movie of the Week: Mamma Mia! Here We Go AgainThe Over-Saturation of …

407 A Humanitarian Effort

Introductions and Hellos (Corrections for previous mistakes – Only the Brave and Emmy Rossum)Movies of the Week: American Animals – When films leave you disturbed...

DIMA ALANSSARI from the …

405 The Dying Art of Movie Trailers

Movies of the Week: Sicario Day of the Soldado, & Loving Pablo? Who was the better cartel?

 

TO CAST OR NOT TO CAST

1) What are some of the latest …

406 Mid-Year Best and Worst Films

Movies of the Week: Ant Man and the Wasp

THE SHAME LIST:Alan’s List: Pearl Harbor, The Day After Tomorrow, The Beach, Treasure Planet, The Lady in the WaterHad’s List: Hook, Kong Pow, …

404 Remakes, Reboots, and Re-do's ... Oh My!

Movies of the Week: The Incredibles 2 and Oceans 8. Will the Supers catch the Thieves at the box office?

Has Hollywood lost their willingness to take …

403 The Lord of the Rings: Will it be the one series to rule them all?

Congratulations to Avengers: Infinity War 4th film in history to hit $2billion at the worldwide box office - why are we not surprised?

The Lord of the …

402 The Star Wars Paradox

Movie of the Week: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom

The Star Wars Paradox:

Is the franchise in danger of falling apart? Are the rumors about Kathleen Kennedy stepping down from Lucasfilms …

401 Script2Screen Evolved

Alan and his new co-pilot Had Solo begin their new adventure on Script2Screen as the show evolves into something new.

Now the show covers newsworthy …

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