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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The Emmy Awards Nomination Announcements Signal Hope For Our Narrative Future

When it comes to collectively celebrating the power of mass narrative, the Oscars® and the Emmy® Awards are arguably the two highest-profile events of the year. While the 2020 Oscars managed to come and go a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit...

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5 Takeaways from Hulu's 'Ramy'

Viewers watching season two of Ramy (co-written and played by Ramy Youssef) will note the writers have set aside his hilarious quest for love for a much deeper, philosophical quest. As the title character tells Sheikh Malik, played beautifully by Mah...

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The Fast Five: Netflix Ups Its Emmy®’s Game, While Issa Rae and Jordan Peele Help One Writer Break Out

A writer in Spokane sold her short-story for seven figures, professional writers share their expertise via Comic-Con@Home, and Netflix shatters the record for most Emmy nominations in a single year. There’s a lot of lessons that aspiring writers can ...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Creative Strategies to Survive 'Distance Learning' and Keep Writing this Fall

With many school districts here in the U.S. planning to open this fall with “full distance” or “hybrid” learning in short order, many writer-parents are anxiously wondering how to keep working their day jobs — let alone keep writing and preserve our ...

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Unscripted 7.30.20: This Week in Screenwriting News

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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'The Current Occupant' Poses Thought-Provoking Questions, But Offers No Answers

The Current Occupant has a huge hook: it’s a movie about a man in an insane asylum who believes he’s President of the United States. It plays on internet conspiracy theories right and left, not to mention the merits of the 25th amendment—and what wou...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Tenet’ Gets Re-Schedule Indefinitely While ‘Bill & Ted’ Go Straight To Streaming

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen one of America's favorite national pastimes—going to the movies—upended to an extent not seen since World War II.

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Write On with Heroes & Villains Ent. Literary Management Chris Coggins

Heroes & Villains Entertainment Literary Manager Chris Coggins discusses her move from development executive to manager, the kind of work ethic she looks for in a client, and what she means by "screenwriters should swing for the fences" when dreaming...

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Fast Five: IP Is Still The Buzzword, ‘Tenet’ Is Off the Roster, and Netflix Pulls a Turkish Production

What makes a story valuable? For American studios, the answer lies in intellectual property. They need something they can point to and say, “it’s based on that.” For overseas networks, the answer is same-same but different. They want something they c...

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