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Five Takeaways From Hulu's 'High Fidelity'

Your weekly break-down of a popular movie or television episode to see what a screenwriter—or any writer, for that matter—can take away from what’s on screen: what worked, what didn’t, and how you can use what’s popular to craft better stories.

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Write On with Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup

Screenwriting career coach and guru Lee Jessup gives us a crash course on the spec market in the feature and television space, how to achieve authenticity as a writer, and much more. Lee Jessup is also a veteran sponsor of The Big Break Screenwriting...

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: ‘Sonic’ Held Top Spot At The Box Office Despite ‘The Call of the Wild’

Two CGI animals tussled for the number one position on the box office charts over the weekend, with the blue one eventually coming out on top.

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The Fast Five: The Paley Center Shutters Its Doors While Paramount’s ‘Sonic’ Gamble Pays Off

This week, we pour one out for all the introverts who love to sit in cubicles and watch old TV shows that were almost lost to time as The Paley Center has shut down its Beverly Hills museum. On the other hand, we have Pablo Escobar’s pet hippos to lo...

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Five Takeaways From ‘Parasite’

Your weekly break-down of a popular movie or television episode to see what a screenwriter—or any writer, for that matter—can take away from what’s on screen: what worked, what didn’t, and how you can use what’s popular to craft better stories.

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Reboot Your Writing Habit

Habit building and maintaining is a continuing journey, one which requires refinement and up-leveling over time. As Charles Duhigg wrote in The Power of Habit, “...once you understand that habits can change, you have the freedom—and the responsibilit...

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WGA Awards 2020: Raw Humanity Sweeps the Stage

Photo courtesy of The Writers Guild of America, West

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Five Screenwriting Takeaways From ‘Knives Out’

Your weekly break-down of a popular movie or television episode to see what a screenwriter—or any writer, for that matter—can take away from what’s on screen: what worked, what didn’t, and how you can use what’s popular to craft better stories.

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WGA: Beyond Words with Nominated Screenwriters

Relative literary genius graced the stage at the Beyond Words 2020 discussion as 10 screenwriters gathered to discuss their work and advice for other screenwriters. Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (A Beautiful D...

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