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5 Screenwriting Takeaways from 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

Rich colors and stellar dialogue spoken by amazing performers are just some of the factors that makes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom well worth the watch the next time you turn on Netflix. Undoubtedly an awards contender this season, Ma Rainey’s Black Bott...

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History of TV: 'Family Matters' Gave Us Wholesome Comedy...And Urkel

Family Matters will most likely go down in history for its breakout character Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White), but it offered plenty more in terms of laughs and screenwriting takeaways for sitcom writers. As one of the longest running American s...

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Write On with 'Promising Young Woman' Writer-Director Emerald Fennell

Promising Young Woman writer-director Emerald Fennell and our host Phil Galasso discuss the tonal tightrope of the film, its use of music, her unconventional writing process, and more.

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Video Game Film Adaptations: How They're Changing For the Better

Hollywood has a long-standing history of adapting any IP they can get their hands on in their quest to find a project with a built-in audience — in other words, a sure bet. Books, graphic novels, board games, real-life stories; all are fair game, and...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Your Honor' Considers the Grey Areas of Morality

Your Honor is a crime drama with incredibly high stakes that can’t help but be reminiscent of Bryan Cranston’s turn as Walter White in Breaking Bad. This time around, Cranston plays another father-with-nothing-to-lose as prominent New Orleans judge M...

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The Enneagram For Writers: Characters and Careers: Part I

Over the last few years, the Enneagram has begun to eclipse the Meyer’s Briggs as a popular, go-to personality test. While some debate the accuracy of such tests, much like the Meyer’s Briggs, the Enneagram can be a helpful tool for writers.

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'News of the World'

With long, strolling shots of the Old Texas landscape, News of the World was meant to be seen on the big screen and in any normal year, the Oscar® contender would have opened to a stronger box office draw than its current limited possibilities. The f...

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History of TV: Breaking Down Murder Mystery Network Classic ‘Castle’

Castle was the epitome of network prime time television when it aired. Light and frothy murder that was easy on the eyes with a sexy cast who solved the case in 44 minutes or less, and offered a side of wit and romance. The ABC crime/comedy/drama hit...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: 'Wander Darkly's' Unique Examination of the Memory of Love

Tara Miele’s new film Wander Darkly is reminiscent of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with some big final reveals that could be compared to The Sixth Sense, but make no mistake; Wander Darkly is absolutely a love story. The film opens with rest...

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