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Vince Befi is Rising Through the Ranks

30-year-old Vince Befi fondly remembers his childhood, watching countless films while growing up in the Florida town of Niceville.

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Write On with 'Burning Cane' Writer-Director Phillip Youmans

Burning Cane writer-director Phillip Youmans discusses the real-life inspiration for the film, how he made the film while still in high school, getting picked up for distribution by Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, and much more.

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Five Takeaways From ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

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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The Fast Five: ‘Joker’ Leads Oscar® Nominations, While Robots Take Charge at Warner Bros.

While it can feel like awards’ season goes on forever, this morning’s announcement of the 2019 Academy Award® nominations takes us one step closer to the finish line. Technology also takes a front seat in this week’s film and TV news, as Samsung rele...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Wrapping Up Your 2019 Writing Year

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Being Seen Is A Radical Act: Chinonye Chukwu On 'Clemency'

What do you think of when someone brings up prison wardens? Hollywood has trained us to imagine imposing, burly, middle-aged white men. Does someone like Alfre Woodard come to mind? This legend plays the lead in Clemency, the second feature film of d...

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5 Takeaways From Episode One Of 'The Mandalorian'

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 your own stories.

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: Getting Back To Writing After the Holidays

Even with the best of intentions to keep writing over the holidays, chances are navigating the various minefields can prove overwhelming. Besides, we all deserve a break sometimes! Here’s how to get back in the swing of things after a hiatus.

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'Another Version of You' Was Made For The Lovelorn Who Soothe Their Woes With Whiskey

Director Motke Dapp’s Another Version of You is a whiskey-soaked ride through a parallel universe as protagonist Diggsy Ellston searches for a place where his dream girl, Suzette, returns his feelings. It’s a great premise inspired by a novel Dapp pe...

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