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AAPI Women to Watch in Hollywood

Shyree Mezick is an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) transracial adoptee who’s yet to find out her exact biological make-up. Mezick became a casting agent in Los Angeles because she wants to “position othered others into their own stories, ...

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History of TV: A Dialogue on ‘Gilmore Girls’

The family-friendly WB comedy/drama first aired back in 2000 as a lead-in for that other female-focused family drama, the fantasy Charmed. But Gilmore Girls stood apart from all of its melodramatic, family-centric cohorts for its cozy tone, fast-talk...

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Writer-Director Ryan Spindell on His Short Film Anthology 'The Mortuary Collection'

A masterpiece of short stories told through a creepily charismatic mortician in a chilling funeral home. This is The Mortuary Collection, a horror anthology feature about a young woman seeking employment at a hilltop funeral home and becomes captivat...

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'Honeydew' Filmmaker Devereux Milburn On Balancing Writing and Directing

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Devereux Milburn, writer and director of the upcoming insanely brilliant horror film, Honeydew, starring Sawyer Spielberg (yes, that Spielberg), and Malin Barr (Top Dog). Honeydew is a one-hour and forty-...

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'Jakob's Wife' Is one Wild, Feminist, Vampiric Ride of a Horror Flick

Jakob’s Wife has the camp quality of a well-worn 1980s' horror you’d rent on VHS so you could either comfort your date or scare the crap out of your friends, and that’s quite intentional. The film stars horror icons Barbara Crampton (known for 1980s'...

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Final Draft 12 Launches in Surprise Drop on April 12

LOS ANGELES, April 12 – Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, now in its 30th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, launched its latest update, Final Draft 12, today in a surprise drop that includes automatic upgrades for anyone tha...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Nobody’ Turns Odenkirk Into An Action Star

He’s a nobody, in many respects. He comes across as a quiet pushover who lives his suburban life. He can’t seem to get the trash to the end of the driveway in time, sleeps with a large pillow between him and his wife, and works at his father-in-law’s...

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Afro Horror: Internal and External Wants in Horror

If you’re reading this, it’s either because you know me and you're supportive (hi, Mom!) or you want to learn about internal and external wants in your screenplay. Either one is perfectly fine with me! Today I am going to try to break down complicate...

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‘Voyagers’ Explores the Core of Humanity Whilst Hurtling Through Space

Voyagers is set in the not-so-distant future when Earth is rapidly becoming uninhabitable and humankind needs to seek life on other planets. The story follows a space crew solely made up of young people who were bred and trained for this mission sinc...

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