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All the Write Moves: High Flying Bird

“They invented a game on top of a game,” observes a veteran coach in the new sports drama High Flying Bird. Within the context of its scene, the line refers to how long ago, white NBA executives created an infrastructure to retain control at the infl...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: February 11, 2019

Following several stagnant weeks at the box office, the industry was looking to kick back into gear over the weekend. Yet even with new titles on offer — one of them the sequel to a box office blockbuster — the takings were less than encouraging.

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Creed II Screenwriter Juel Taylor Talks His Big Break, Collaboration and the Importance of Having a ‘Fire Script’

Locking himself in a room for days is not necessarily Juel Taylor’s idea of fun, but for the 31-year-old co-writer of Creed II, it’s what got the job done.

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Super Bowl Edition

Though the last three days at the box office showed the weakest Super Bowl weekend results since 2000, there are plenty of pop culture-related takeaways to be discerned from the deceptively uneventful 72 hours.

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All the Write Moves: Ant-Man and the Wasp

There’s an easygoing charm to Ant-Man (2015) and its current sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, that some Marvel Cinematic Universe pictures with more spectacle and sweep can’t match. And while Ant-Man and the Wasp isn’t nearly as sprightly as its predece...

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?: A Master Class on How to Honor a Legend and Not Mess It Up

The heartwarming documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? from award-winning director Morgan Neville paints a candid portrait of Fred Rogers of the beloved children’s program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

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Spec Spotlight: Aaron W. Sala Talks The Beast

When Northern California native Aaron W. Sala submitted his horror-thriller script to the 2017 Launch Pad Screenwriting Competition, he was hoping for some unbiased professional notes. What he got after becoming a finalist was representation and the ...

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The Disaster Artist and The Anti-Biopic

Biopics will always be in fashion in Hollywood. The recently released Black List of the industry’s favorite unproduced screenplays of 2017 featured scripts are about people as diverse as author J.K. Rowling, filmmaker John Hughes, comedy duo Mike Nic...

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Five Things Writers Can Learn From Big Little Lies

Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its depiction of strong, confident and complicated women. Nominated for 16 Emmy® Awards and winner of eight, the HBO mini-series was adapted by ...

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