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The Fast Five: Format Shows Prove Story Is Critical While Films Look To Resurrect Dead Celebrities To Top the Charts

Hollywood is king when it comes to everything old being new again. And a new film is hoping to launch the trend of reanimating classic actors with CGI—anybody who’s seen Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One or the face de-aging in The Irishman knows that t...

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All The Write Moves: 'Watchmen'

Once the camera focuses on a newspaper headline that reads, “Global Squidfalls Baffle Experts,” it’s evident that viewers have entered the land of Damon Lindelof. Inventive, mischievous and thoughtful, writer-producer Lindelof has provided some of Pe...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: A 7-Step Writing Plan to Finish Your Script by Year-End

It’s Nov. 8. The end of the year is within spitting distance. Wouldn’t it be great to finish the year strong with a completed draft of your script?

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Writer-Director Scott Z. Burns on 'The Report'

The Report is a new film written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, who is probably best known for his many collaborations with Steven Soderbergh. Burns has written screenplays for such Soderbergh movies as The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects, and h...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Make Your Own Table Read With This Writing Tool

As writers, we often work in isolation; churning out pages then reworking and revising again and again. You’d love to hear your work read out loud, listen as your characters come to life to see if you’ve captured their voices and have consistency to ...

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Write On: 2019 Austin Film Festival Wrap Up

Recorded at the 2019 Austin Film Festival, we chat with Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont about Liza On Demand, now entering its second season on Youtube, and Ben Cory Jones about Boomerang, the new show he co-created with Lena Waithe.  You can learn mor...

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The Fast Five: ‘Game of Thrones’ Lives On, as do the Television Streaming Wars

It was a big week for major genre franchises, as HBO and Disney both announced moves that will impact the future of their biggest brands. Meanwhile, Sony jumped out of the streaming war as WarnerMedia jumps in, and Netflix goes to war with creators o...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The Latest 'Terminator' Installment Suffers a Dark Fate Despite a Narrative Win

The weekend box office results offer up a sharp storytelling lesson for those engaged in the uniquely Hollywood pursuit that is intellectual property management. 

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All The Write Moves: Parasite

 

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