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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Nostalgia Continues To Wane At The Box Office

Just one week after the people behind Terminator: Dark Fate got a stark lesson in franchise narrative management, another sequel playing up its connections to a beloved '80s classic under performed at the box office.

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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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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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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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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Creative Vision Still Matters in the Modern Mass Movie Marketplace

A rather quiet weekend at the box office saw Joker, now the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time, compete for the top spot with last weekend's debutante, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. At the time this article was written, the two films were pret...

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The Fast Five: The UK Is Saying “Show Us the Money” As TV Budgets Soar

As the weather gets colder, we gather inside for the annual tradition of rating which new TV shows we like enough to watch next year when they show up on a streaming service. With budgets and British sales both hitting an all-time high, and IMDb hopi...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Sequels Don’t Equal Success as Joker Has the Last Laugh

Over the past month or so, there’ve been various cases at the box office that could be considered as highly encouraging for big screen storytelling. Key developments following some of those trends occurred over the weekend.

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Fast Five: Star Wars Uses Books to Sell Movies and SAG Gets Metaphysical

This week, Disney made some major choices about the narrative future of its two biggest franchises, disabled writers and SAG Presidents are in the spotlight for different reasons, and MIPCOM proves once again that every idea has already been thought ...

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