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Lee Jessup on What Writers Can Do Now

Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup shares insights on how writers can be proactive during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Have a question for Lee? Submit it here before 3/24!

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The Fast Five: Censored Articles Find a Home In Videogames As The Industry Hits The $100 Million Mark

I hope everybody’s safe and healthy. Wash your hands. Cough into your sleeve. Make sure you have fourteen days’ worth of supplies, but don’t buy six months’ worth—it means twelve people won’t be able to get their two weeks’ worth and will have to go ...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Audiences Find Faith in ‘I Still Believe’

Turns out, a lot can change in a week.

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#NewFilmmakers - Kieren Van Den Blink Screens 'Fingernail Moon' at Paramount Studios

Fingernail Moon is an ambitious short film from first-time filmmaker Kieren van den Blink. The movie is a slice of life set in van den Blink’s hometown of Hightstown, New Jersey. The short tracks the reunion of two old friends who have something deep...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Originality Reigns With Pixar’s Modern Fantasy ‘Onward’ Adventuring Into Top Spot

Last week saw the business of big screen narrative start to get impacted by the coronavirus outbreak with the news that the new James Bond film No Time To Die’s release had been delayed from April until November to avoid poor box office prospects in ...

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The Fast Five: The Coronavirus Beats Bond and Netflix Is Still King For First Time Streamers

As more industry events, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and the MIPTV Global Content Market, close down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a major motion picture has decided to play it safe and push back its release date. In lighter news, HBO is ...

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The State Of Television Part 4: When Will The Bubble Burst?

When John Landgraf stood onstage at the 2020 TCA Press Tour in January, he had an updated number of scripted shows on American television. That number was 532, a new record. And while Landgraf no longer divides up the number by cable, broadcast and s...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘The Invisible Man’ Is A Visible Triumph For Horror Movies At The Box Office

Original, urgent storytelling was the winner at the weekend box office, the results of which marked the emergence of a major new genre filmmaker: Leigh Whannell, the man behind the latest incarnation of The Invisible Man. The film surpassed all expec...

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The Fast Five: Netflix and NBC Make Strategic Gambles, While ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Halts Production at Disney+

It's an interesting Fast Five this week. One streamer goes out of its way to launch a word-of-mouth hit just as another cancels one of its most anticipated shows. In other news, audiences will be able to deduce a character’s motives by the phone they...

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