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The Fast Five: 'Friends' and Jordan Peele Prove Well-Written Stories Never Die

A classic sitcom finds new life as a box office attraction, professional wrestling competes for television viewers, and the next ten years of technology is predicted by whoever it is that predicts the next ten years of technology. Welcome to this wee...

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All The Write Moves: 'Ad Astra'

Deliberate, meditative and quiet, Ad Astra joins a noble group of cerebral sci-fi films, many of which are indebted to Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey. At their best, films of this type juxtapose questions about human...

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The Computer and The Screenplay: Why Screenwriters Should Care About VFX

Photo courtesy of Joseph J. Lawson, Portals of Wonder Media*    In movie lingo, visual FX (VFX) and special effects (SFX) are not interchangeable. Visual FX are digital and created in post-production while special effects are created on a set during ...

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The Triumphant Return of LALIFF

Last year, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returned after a five-year hiatus. Back again this past summer, LALIFF “doubled in audience, sponsors and excitement,” says Rafael Agustín, LALIFF’s Executive Director. “We weren’...

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5 Screenwriting Contest Tips from Professional Readers

Ah the dream of being discovered through a screenplay contest; plucked from obscurity and showered with accolades and praise. Maybe some cash for your troubles. But the truth is, most scripts don’t even make it past that first round of cuts, never to...

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Write On with Emergence Creators Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas

Emergence creators & showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas discuss their approach to writing the show, their influences while developing it, their work on previous shows and more. 

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Abominable' Dominates the Weekend's Box Office

In a weekend indicative of the relatively fallow period between the summer movie season and when the awards contenders take over the cineplex, a humble animated film managed to dominate the box office.

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All the Write Moves: 'Unbelievable'

There’s a long and noble tradition of TV shows tackling serious social issues, but there’s also a long and not-so-noble tradition of TV shows transforming social issues into sensationalism. It’s the safe move, from the perspectives of business and st...

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The Fast Five: New Markets Give More Aspiring Writers a Shot

It was a big week for aspiring writers and filmmakers. Vimeo launched a jobs marketplace for creatives to work on their craft and A24 began publishing screenplays of some of their best movies. There has never been a better time to break into the indu...

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