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8 cult classic lessons on 'The Evil Dead'’s 40th anniversary

What makes a movie a cult classic? When writer-director Sam Raimi sought to create a supernatural horror film, it’s hard to imagine that he was doing anything more than trying to pool enough money together to make his first feature.

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Write On with 'You' Showrunner Sera Gamble

Sera talks about the latest season of the hit Netflix series starring Penn Badgley as the obsessive and murderous Joe Goldberg: "We [gave] ourselves total permission to go in a new direction. This is not one of those premises that you can repeat in t...

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Filmmaker Ana Lydia Monaco, advertising president Ingrid Otero-Smart share what it means to be a Latina in entertainment

When filmmaker Ana Lydia Monaco went to get a haircut from a new hairstylist, she didn’t expect her to be a Guatemalan woman. It was the first time she had ever had her hair cut by a fellow Latina. After sitting down for the session, the hairstylist ...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: After 25 Bond films, how ‘No Time to Die’ keeps the action fresh

For nearly 60 years, Agent 007 has been saving the world from some of the most villainous heels attempting to rule the world — or destroy it. This month marked the 25th outing for the super spy whose drink of choice and love life are both legendary. ...

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History of TV: The wild, villainous and always over-the-top ‘Gotham’

“However dark and scary the world seems right now, there will be light. There will be light, Bruce.”

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Write On with 'One Day at a Time' Showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett

Gloria talks to Write On about her process for choosing a writers’ room. "For   One Day at a Time, we wanted a heavily Latino room because we were doing Latinx storylines, and we wanted to make sure that we were specific because it was a Cuban family...

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Rising Through the Ranks: Henry Alexander Kelly on ushering in the Nicaraguan perspective for television

"Videogames," says Henry Alexander Kelly as to his start in writing. "Videogames were my huge inspiration to create art! My mom introduced me to the world of Legend of Zelda and from there on out I was like, oh, these are stories; oh, I can do theatr...

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Aharon Keshales talks pacing, character and 'South of Heaven'

Co-writer and director Aharon Keshales’ latest feature, South of Heaven features Jason Sudeikis as Jimmy, who we meet at the end of a jail sentence for armed robbery. The film opens with Jimmy pleading to the camera to be released so that he can marr...

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Write On with 'Dopesick' Creator Danny Strong

The Hulu series starring Michael Keaton takes viewers to the epicenter of America's struggle with opioid addiction. Creator Danny Strong talks about putting the show together in the midst of the pandemic: "One of the ways that I dealt with [having a ...

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