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Write On with 'Selena' Creator Moisés Zamora

Moisés Zamora, creator of Netflix's Selena: The Series about the legendary singer, talks to guest host Lee Jessup about why it was important for this show to have a writers room primarily made up of Mexican American voices. "All of the writers I hire...

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'Limbo' writer-director Ben Sharrock on using humor to share the story of the refugee experience

Standing alone in a telephone booth on a remote Scottish island, Omar (Amir El-Masry) calls his parents to share the progress of his asylum request. He looks down at the plaster cast on his arm as his father badgers him over his inability to play his...

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'Growing Up Milwaukee' seeks to go beyond statistics

Statistics out of Milwaukee are shocking and depressing for Black kids in the city. In a report that came out in August 2020, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Economic Development stated that "Black Milwaukee is generally worse off toda...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Thunder Force’ offers female superhero movie in the form of farce

Thunder Force has Chicago facing a lot of bad guys, aka Miscreants, in the wake of a radioactive blast that gave ordinary humans extraordinary powers — or simply the arms of a crustacean, like Jason Bateman’s wayward crab-armed love interest "The Cra...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways from Nicolas Cage vs. animatronics horror film: 'Willy’s Wonderland'

There are very few movies in which the protagonist does not utter a word for a period of time. What makes Willy’s Wonderland truly unique is that the film's star, Oscar® winner Nicolas Cage, does not say a single syllable throughout the 88 minutes of...

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Natasha Henstridge attempts to survive one wild night in ‘Night of the Sicario’

Night of the Sicario follows a group at a retirement home just trying to ride out a hurricane. Things go sideways when members of a cartel show up because the determined Taylor Ward (Natasha Henstridge) has agreed to shelter two witnesses in a drug t...

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'My True Fairytale' embraces grief through a mystical story inspired by real life

My True Fairytale rides the balance between horrific and hopeful, mythical and magical, and learning how to save yourself when it matters most. The film could be described as a suspenseful thriller as much as a drama with a lesson. 

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From novel to script: writing an adaptation

Hollywood loves adaptations. Especially if you adapt a screenplay or script from a bestselling book with an enormous reader following. And, if the book pretty much lives on the New York Times Bestseller List, has made millions in sales, and is part o...

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History of TV: Dissecting ‘Scrubs’ as a screenwriter

Nine seasons of escapades at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital, where we followed the medical and surgical interns as well as various staff members through personal and professional highs and lows, was the driving force behind Scrubs. The grounded ...

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