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Top Five Takeaways For Screenwriters: 'Joker'

It’s award season, so we’re diving into Oscar®-nominated films the next few weeks. After all, there’s a lot to take away from Hollywood’s best and brightest. This week, it’s a character study of the clown prince of crime — Joker starring Joaquin Phoe...

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'The Lodge': A Work of Ultra Minimalist Horror

The dead of winter has a way of creating gloom, anxiety and profound isolation; in other words, exactly the atmosphere of contained horror feature The Lodge (2019).

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Five Steps to Crafting Your 2020 Screenwriting Vision

Even with the new year already well upon us, it’s not too late to craft your screenwriting vision for 2020 and beyond.

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The 12th Annual Screenwriting Nominees Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith: First Pages, Doubt and the Power of “No”

The Academy gods shone in Hollywood on Monday night as hundreds of aspiring writers and filmmakers packed into the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood for the 12th Annual Screenwriting Nominees Q&A.  A feast for screenwriters, the event was moderate...

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Write On with 'Reprisal' Creator Josh Corbin

Reprisalcreator Josh Corbin discusses being a first time TV creator, the influence of film noir on the show, and more. 

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The Weekend Movie Takeaway: The ‘90s Continue Their Big Screen Comeback and ‘1917’ Holds Strong

While emerging and established filmmakers offered up fresh stories in the snow at the Sundance Film Festival, the box office provided little to get excited about over the weekend.

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Five Takeaways From ‘One Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

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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‘Bombshell’ Aptly Captures the Nuances, Perils and Pains of Speaking Out

Bombshell is a powerful piece of work, but it’s also not an easy watch. There are intentional cringe-worthy moments galore as women on the forefront of the #MeToo movement struggle to find their voices while keeping their jobs. Rare is an achievement...

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The Fast Five: ‘Bond’s New Crooner is Unveiled, as Apple Deals With a Lawsuit Over ‘Servant’

Lawsuits in this industry are always fascinating. Creators may suspect their ideas have been stolen when watching a similar show or movie to their own, but very rarely do they go to the lengths of suing over the perceived theft. And when they do, the...

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