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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Men in Black: International'

Depending on what time of day you ask, sequels are either the scourge of Hollywood storytelling or the best thing since sliced bread. Following the most recent weekend box office, there will likely be a chorus more in line with the former than the la...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Dark Phoenix'

The 2019 box office has provided plenty of reasons thus far to be encouraged about both the health of the contemporary blockbuster, and the state of modern macro storytelling. But this past weekend's earnings told a slightly different story — one tha...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Aladdin'

Disney very much owned the Memorial Day weekend as the live-action remake of their animated classic, Aladdin, was collectively embraced to the tune of approximately $117 million during its opening four days. A huge haul that represents a significant ...

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The Screenwriter's Coach: Clarity is the Secret to Success

Admit it, you already hate me after reading that headline. How dare I limit you to being and talking about only one thing?!  If five-years-ago-me had read that headline, I would have punched it. I thought that the more willing I was to write and be a...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum'

Well, it was another huge weekend for storytelling — three days during which our collective obsession with narrative was once again thrust to the center of the cultural conversation.

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Bricks of Breaking In: TV Writer Andrea Ciannavei on Building a Creative Career

While there is no one path to break in as a film or TV writer, there are a lot of similar challenges — both internal and external — that aspiring writers have to confront. Below, Mayans M.C. writer Andrea Ciannavei shares how she faced the odds to gr...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: Pokemon Detective Pikachu

When Avengers: Endgame trampled the competition in its second weekend, preventing three new releases from making any kind of impact, some parties were no doubt concerned its dominance would stretch into the film's third weekend.

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The Screenwriters Coach: Making Your Script a Thing That Exists in the World

Who would you rather hire to write the biopic of your life—a screenwriter with a great sample, or a screenwriter with a great sample who believed in it so much, they went out and made it? Or a trailer for it! Or a short of it! Or a dedicated Instagra...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The Long Shot

The ground-trembling success of Avengers: Endgame in its opening week was a significant reminder that sometimes the whole world stops to pay attention to a particular story. It showed how central narrative still is to our communal society. It proved ...

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