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From novel to script: writing an adaptation

Hollywood loves adaptations. Especially if you adapt a screenplay or script from a bestselling book with an enormous reader following. And, if the book pretty much lives on the New York Times Bestseller List, has made millions in sales, and is part o...

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History of TV: Dissecting ‘Scrubs’ as a screenwriter

Nine seasons of escapades at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital, where we followed the medical and surgical interns as well as various staff members through personal and professional highs and lows, was the driving force behind Scrubs. The grounded ...

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In Memoriam: ‘Square Pegs’ Creator, 'SNL' and Screenwriting Pioneer Anne Beatts

I didn’t know Anne Beatts by name, but I mourn her passing

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With ‘Vanquish’, George Gallo finds a unique take in the action genre

When a retired police officer kidnaps the daughter of his caretaker, who used to be a drug courier, he forces her to spend one long night taking out a series of gangsters and collecting cash.

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'Moment of Truth' Filmmaker Matthew Perniciaro On Structuring the Story Of a Real-Life Crime

The father of renowned NBA player Michael Jordan went missing for several weeks in the summer of 1993. On Aug. 3, 1993, James Jordan’s dead body was recovered from a swamp in McColl, South Carolina, with a bullet wound in his chest.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Genera+ion' Gives Frenetic and Fun Spin To Teen Angst

Genera+ion has an inherent unique angle on teen angst in that it’s written by an actual teen: Zelda Barnz, along with her father Daniel Barnes (Cake). The show has a frenetic social media-fueled intensity to it, following a group of teens with mainly...

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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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