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How screenwriter Noga Landau took her contained sci-fi, "Tau" from film school to Netflix

Have you heard the film school fairy tale of a woman who wrote a script for a screenwriting class; attracted top agents overnight, secured Gary Oldman as the voice of her robot, and distributed the film worldwide as a Netflix original? 

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All the Write Moves: Sorry to Bother You

In many ways continuing and deepening the cultural conversation sparked by last year’s Get Out, the current social satire Sorry to Bother You offers another brazen sci-fi/horror spin on contemporary American race relations, laced — as was Get Out — w...

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An L.A. Minute Director on Cinema’s Love/Hate Relationship with the City of Angels

As one of the most storied and dynamic cities in America, Los Angeles is often the backdrop for cinematic fodder. From the comical L.A. Story to the (ahem, almost) 2017 Oscar® best picture winner La La Land, cinema has long drawn upon the multidimens...

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All the Write Moves: Yellowstone

Exploring the myriad problems facing a contemporary Montana rancher and his adult children, the Paramount Network series Yellowstone doesn’t lack for dramatic content.

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Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Alumni: A-Ian Holt and Tani Ikeda

This spring, writing team A-Ian Holt and Tani Ikeda were among 12 screenwriters chosen as fellows for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive.

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How “Hot Summer Nights” Screenwriter Elijah Bynum Got To Direct His First Feature Film

To an outsider, the road to transforming Hot Summer Nights the script into Hot Summer Nights the film might look like the Hollywood dream.

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All the Write Moves: Glow

Throughout its lively first season, the Netflix half-hour dramedy GLOW blended serious themes with silly spectacle by transforming a real life oddity from the 1980s — the sports-entertainment franchise “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” (GLOW for short) ...

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Steven E. de Souza: Die Hard IS a Christmas Movie

Die Hard is a Christmas movie, full stop. Steven E. de Souza, who penned the film’s script more than 30 years ago, is adamant about that. But days ago at his Comedy Central Roast, the film’s star, Bruce Willis, told a wide-eyed audience “Die Hard is ...

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San Diego Comic-Con: Inside the Writers' Room with Mark A. Altman

If you notice fewer geeks, fangirls and nerds in your neighborhood this week, it could be because they’ve fled to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018 (SDCC). The convention is where comic book, movie and science fiction aficionados gather for fiv...

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