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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Let’s begin with this: until you have watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things, do not read this. In fact, if you can, read no articles about the new drama-thriller before you watch it. The beauty of the film is you get an unfettered glimpse into Charli...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’ Among Highlights

After six months of uncertainty surrounding cinema-going in America, the past week or so has seen a couple of key developments that say a lot about the degree to which COVID-19 has upended the business of telling stories on the big screen.

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The Fast Five: Sony Cashes in on the MCU, and John Boyega Speaks Out

 I hope everybody managed to have a relaxing Labor Day (or Labour Day if you’re reading from Canada or the UK) long weekend. Meanwhile, the industry had so much happening that the reopening of cinemas with the long-delayed release of Tenet and Disney...

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Afro Horror: How To Build Tension In Your Horror Script

To paraphrase my good friend, writer-director Jeff Howard, during our recent virtual interview, horror and comedy are twins separated in the womb. They both rely on tension and release. Never have truer words been spoken. No wonder they pay him the b...

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Write On with 'The Pale Door' Co-Writer and Director Aaron B. Koontz

The Pale Door co-writer and director Aaron B. Koontz discusses his approach to juggling different genres, how he generates ideas for his stories, being vulnerable in your storytelling, and much more.

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Rising Through The Ranks: Lucy Luna

Every day is the same for Lucy Luna, a writer on CBS’s new show All Rise: Wake up in her Los Angeles apartment at seven am, work out, shower, and have breakfast by 10 am, at which time she makes the long commute to her desk to open her laptop and pre...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Lovecraft Country’

Right from the first few frames of Lovecraft Country, we know this is no ordinary story. We also simultaneously know this is a story of the American dream, so often broken before it can even get started. Atticus Freeman, aka Tic (played by the steadf...

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Write On with 'Rogue' Co-Writer and Director MJ Bassett

Rogue co-writer and director MJ Bassett discusses how the film came together, her passion for telling genre stories, how she found her way into becoming a filmmaker, and much more.

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The Fast Five: Is Network TV Comedy Dead?

It feels like major changes happen across the industry on a weekly basis. This week, it looks like independent studios are no longer developing network comedies, and a group of major agents are planning a coup to create their own joint venture. While...

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