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Rising Through the Ranks: Jake Lawler on falling in love with the leap

Jake Lawler brings all the focus and determination from his history as a professional athlete to his current career in the writers’ room. “I wish 10yr old me could see how good it gets, but I know I’m making him proud,” Lawler tweeted after landing i...

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History of TV: 'Ugly Betty'

 An unforgettable lead character is undoubtedly one of the keys to creating a successful show. In the case of Betty Suarez, you’ve got that plus a supporting cast of family and coworkers that grab the audience's attention and refuse to let go with th...

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'Phantom of the Open:' Simon Farnaby shares his adaptation process with screenwriters

“This story means a lot to me,” director and writer Simon Farnaby tells Final Draft about his latest movie, Phantom of the Open, which is the true-life story of shipyard worker Maurice Flitcroft (played by Mark Rylance) who dared to dream and somehow...

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‘Shining Girls’ creator on adapting her favorite novel for Apple TV+

There are a lot of serial-killer shows on television but Shining Girls is unique. The film is based on Lauren Beukes's novel and is not afraid to dive into the aftermath of trauma. The show is helmed by Silka Luisa (Halo). The piece embraces the chan...

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Comic books and graphic novels: Creating the foundation for a film adaptation

There was once a time when only the occasional iconic superhero received the movie treatment. But in the past two decades, the popularity of the Marvel and DC film franchises has transformed the marketplace, and now comic book adaptations dominate th...

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'Minx' showrunner Ellen Rapoport gives us lessons in boldness

If you have yet to watch Minx, you are in for a treat. The two-hander featuring a pair of mismatched lovers of freedom who start a female-driven porn mag with a feminist message is definitely one of the most fun comedies of the year. The show tells t...

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Write On with 'We Are Lady Parts' Creator Nida Manzoor

Created, written, and directed by Nida Manzoor, We Are Lady Parts follows a British punk rock band consisting entirely of Muslim women as they strive for musical success.

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Writer-Director Mali Elfman on her Tribeca debut 'Next Exit'

Next Exit is a sci-fi dramedy that debuted at 2022’s Tribeca Film Festival and follows the “what next” of characters Rose and Teddy, two strangers who end up sharing a rental car to drive across the country to meet with Dr. Stevenson for their rendez...

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'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande' is a masterclass for screenwriters on collaborating

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande might be one of the best movies to sprout from early pandemic shooting times, and it has nothing to do with the pandemic. It’s a one-location look at intimacy and how we allow ourselves to give into it, or barely give it ...

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