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'Last Call' Raises Its Glass To the Working Class In the Old Neighborhood

This is the story of a real estate developer and an independent filmmaker teaming up to make a movie. While that’s not the plot of Last Call, it is the origin story of a new film starring Jeremy Piven, Taryn Manning, Bruce Dern and Jamie Kennedy.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'The Courier' Delivers a High Stakes Cold War Thriller

The Courier is the story of how an everyman helps change the course of history. In 1960, a British salesperson becomes a reluctant spy alongside his Soviet source, sneaking out vital nuclear information in the midst of the Cold War. Written by Tom O’...

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Writer-Director Jess Varley on the Real Life Fears Behind 'Phobias'

Phobias, a horror film about a group of strangers brought together by their fears for an insidious medical experiment, is rooted in the real-life fears of its creators.

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History of TV: CW’s Supernatural Soap Opera ‘The Vampire Diaries’

No, it’s not a Twilight rip-off. Impossible when L.J. Smith’s original Vampire Diaries series was published more than a decade before we were ever introduced to Bella, Edward and Jacob.

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Screenwriter-Producer Jenniffer Gómez on Mentoring In The Disruptors Fellowship

Writer-producer Jenniffer Gómez ( Vida,  Sacred Lies) broke into Hollywood without any personal contacts. She knows just how challenging navigating the industry can be without any guidance. 

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Moxie’ Embraces Feminism Via the Lens of the Riot Grrrl

It’s likely much of Gen Z has never heard of a Riot grrrl. Actor Hadley Robinson was totally unaware of "Bikini Kill" when she was cast as the lead Vivian in Moxie. But Amy Poehler took on the YA novel adaptation to help change that, and hopefully th...

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Write On with the WGA East’s New York Screenwriters Workshop

The New York Screenwriters Workshop sponsored by Final Draft is a weekly intensive for early-career, New York City-based screenwriters who are under-represented in the film industry. Write On host Phil Galasso talks with one of the workshop’s fellows...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways From 'I Care a Lot'

From the very beginning, I Care a Lot makes the viewer uncomfortable and puts them on edge. That’s the point, though. It drives the viewer towards wanting to know how everything will play out. If there's one thing the film accomplishes, it’s frighten...

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Afro Horror: Revisiting 'Us' (2019)

This month marks the second anniversary of Jordan Peele’s instant horror classic, Us, which hit theaters March 22nd, 2019. In the film, a nuclear family traveling to their summer home for a vacation falls into a deadly mystery of mistaken identity, l...

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