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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: How ‘The Tender Bar’ creates a boy’s coming-of-age story around a local bar

It’s no surprise that The Tender Bar — the story of the book's author, J.R. Moehringer — actually became a published memoir because according to that memoir, there were plenty of people in his life who told him he should do it.

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History of TV: We listened (and laughed) to Dr. 'Frasier' Crane for 11 years of comedy gold

One of television’s longest-running comedies is NBC’s Cheers spin-off, Frasier. The early-'90s sitcom, which debuted as part of the quintessential network fall lineup in 1993, may have even outshone its predecessor by being one of that decade’s first...

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Level Up Part I: Community

There’s nothing worse as a writer than feeling like you’ve hit a wall. Or worse, a plateau. That dreaded, sinking feeling that maybe you’ve gone as far as you’re gonna go. The good news is, whether you’re still in the early days of building a portfol...

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Shattering the Bubble: Director Luis Prieto discusses his new thriller 'Shattered'

The thriller Shattered, directed by Luis Prieto (Kidnap) and written by David Loughery (Fatale), keeps you on the edge of your seat while also giving you some things to think about.  

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Rising Through the Ranks: Television writer Danielle Nicki on trusting yourself — and Bruce Wayne

From the moment Danielle Nicki mentioned that her dog’s name is Bruce Wayne, I liked her on a whole new level. 

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The evolution of Peter Parker: How Spider-Man has changed over the last 20 years

From the power of a spider bite to the use of alien technology, Spider-Man has changed his presentation onscreen through multiple versions and reboots of films, and sequels to them. There have been different Mary Janes, Aunt Mays, Gwen Stacys and vil...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut, 'The Lost Daughter'

Photograph: Netflix The Lost Daughter, the first in what is likely to become a larger Maggie Gyllenhaal directing canon, delves into things women don’t normally talk about. Motherhood is not always all it’s cracked up to be, and in pre-Instagram days...

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William Monahan talks adapting the beloved 'The Tender Bar'

In his latest directorial endeavor, George Clooney takes on The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer's beloved memoir of the same name. The book pays tribute to Moehringer's Uncle Charlie (played here by a pitch-perfect Ben Affleck), and screenwriter William ...

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Writer and director Asghar Farhadi preserves the feeling of real life in ‘A Hero’

Rahim (Amir Jadidi) holds a lost purse full of gold coins in his hands after his girlfriend Farkhondeh (Sahar Goldust) brings it to him as a saving grace — his ticket out of prison, where he ends up after his business partner runs off with their loan...

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