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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: January 22, 2019

Although early tracking suggested it would earn close to $60 million, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass took in around $47 million over the long weekend; an impressive haul for a film that cost less than half of that to make, but not quite a triumphant retu...

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Screenwriter Michael Werwie On the Decade It Took To Get His Ted Bundy Biopic Made

Michael Werwie never intended to write a script about Ted Bundy. As he recalls, he was busy writing another screenplay when he decided to procrastinate by picking up a book about the famed American serial killer. Werwie couldn’t put it down. He began...

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All the Write Moves: If Beale Street Could Talk

Like his previous film, the Oscar-winning drama Moonlight (2016), Barry Jenkins’ new picture, If Beale Street Could Talk, might seem like a difficult artifact from which to extract screenwriting lessons. While both films have received considerable ac...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Surviving “No” With the Inner Game of Writing

“How can I stay motivated in a new year of writing, when last year all I faced was rejection?” If (so far) the screenwriting world has been telling you “no,” how do you stay motivated to keep writing, without losing heart? All the goal setting, inspi...

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Write On with Cleve Landsberg

Cleve Landsberg has led a long career, working on films such as 'Weekend at Bernie's', 'BASEketball' and 'Bruce Almighty'. Cleve has also previously been honored with the DGA's Frank Capra Achievement Award, given to an Assistant Director or Unit Pro...

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14th Annual Final Draft Awards

Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, now in its 28th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, today announced the honorees for the 14th Annual Final Draft Awards. Academy Award® winning screenwriter Callie Khouri will be presented the...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: January 15, 2019

STXfilms' The Upside dominated the box office over the weekend, earning almost $20 million — an extremely healthy result for a film whose release had been delayed for so long it was on the verge of being called “troubled.”

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All the Write Moves: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Given the sheer number of Spider-Man movies that have been released since Tobey Maguire gave Kirsten Dunst that upside-down kiss back in 2002, it’s reasonable to wonder whether there’s anything left to say about the iconic Marvel Comics character. Th...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Use SMART-R Goals to Guide You as a Screenwriter

Goal Setting for Screenwriters, Part III

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