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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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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 6 Tips On Navigating Script Feedback

One of the most useful methods for elevating the quality of your screenplay is to send it out for feedback. However, too much feedback all at once or at the wrong time can throw a writer off their game.

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Rising Through the Ranks: Sydney Mitchel

Behind the scenes of the popular CBS procedural NCIS: New Orleans, you’ll always find 30-year-old Sydney Mitchel working to keep her boss on track. As the assistant to showrunner Chris Silber, Mitchel has been her boss's gatekeeper and confidant sinc...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'Avengers: Endgame'

Well, it was a big weekend for narrative. 

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Rising Through the Ranks: Emlyn Crenshaw

Wherever showrunner Carol Barbee is, chances are, Emlyn Crenshaw's there, too.

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Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup

For the last 20 years, Lee Jessup has been coaching screenwriters on all elements of a successful career. Brand assessment and strategy, effective networking, crafting a memorable origin story that makes writers shine in a general meeting - Lee discu...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: 'The Curse of La Llorona'

On the weekend before the release of what is sure to be the biggest film of the year–Avengers: Endgame–the box office took a bit of a tumble to produce the lowest-grossing Easter weekend since 2003. Think of it as the especially low tide that comes b...

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