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All The Write Moves: 'The Kitchen'

There’s a natural tendency among aspiring screenwriters to seek guidance and inspiration only from critically acclaimed and/or financially successful films and TV shows. Yet it’s just as important for new scribes to study films that don’t connect com...

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All The Write Moves: 'Veronica Mars'

By this point, it’s not bold to describe Veronica Mars as one of Hollywood’s most indestructible franchises. After debuting as a regular series on UPN, where it ran from 2004 to 2005, the show transitioned to the CW for the 2006-2007 season, then ret...

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All The Write Moves: 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

Even for moviegoers who aren’t steeped in film industry lore, there’s a lot to unpack from Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. With his customary boldness, Tarantino mixes the story of two fictional characters with a subp...

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All The Write Moves: 'The Farewell'

Among this summer’s indie breakouts is The Farewell, an American production featuring dialogue almost exclusively in subtitled Chinese. Writer-director Lulu Wang based the story upon an outrageous real-life experience. When Wang’s grandmother was giv...

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All The Write Moves: 'Late Night'

The shortage of diversity among late-night TV comedy hosts is so painfully obvious—and has been for such a long time—that the premise of screenwriter-actor Mindy Kaling’s Late Night is subversive. In the movie, Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson) has b...

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All The Write Moves: 'Stranger Things'

Seeing as how the Netflix fantasy series Stranger Things is an idiosyncratic mixture of nostalgic pop-culture references and the wild imagination of creators Matt and Ross Duffer (who bill themselves as the Duffer Brothers), emulating the show in any...

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All The Write Moves: Spider-Man: 'Far from Home'

In addition to being the latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Far from Home is the eighth (!) feature film starring Spider-Man, the beloved superhero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko way back in 1962. This naturally raises the quest...

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All The Write Moves: 'Good Omens'

By the time prolific novelist Terry Pratchett and former comic book scribe Neil Gaiman wrote the 1990 novel Good Omens together, both men had earned considerable acclaim for their imaginative styles. Working in tandem, they contrived a whimsical fant...

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All The Write Moves: 'The Haunting of Hill House'

Fans of last year’s well-reviewed Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House, which was based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, had to say goodbye to the cast and characters once the first season’s 10-episode storyline concluded...

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