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5 Screenplay Takeaways from 'The Dig'

How do mounds of dirt in Suffolk, England become a compelling historical drama set in the late 1930s? Only if those mounds of dirt contain some of the most significant finds in archaeological history. This is the loose thought behind The Dig. Based o...

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History of TV: No Objections To the Zaniness of Legal Dramedy 'Ally McBeal'

There was The Practice and then there was Ally McBeal. The story is that Fox originally conceived the whimsical legal dramedy as a way to keep female viewership firmly planted on the couch after that other ‘90s schmaltz-fest (and I say that with love...

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Jessica Goldberg and Angela Russo-Otstot on co-writing the Russo Brothers' 'Cherry'

Apple TV+'s new crime drama Cherry is a film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (best known for their directorial work on multiple films within the Marvel universe) and from a screenplay written by Angela Russo-Otstot and Jessica Goldberg, adapted fro...

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‘What Would Sophia Loren Do?’ Examines How Two Very Different Women Are Actually Very Closely Connected

The short documentary What Would Sophia Loren Do? is a lovely look at two women’s lives well-lived. There's Sophia Loren, the well-known actress who has lived life more than once over, and then there's Nancy “Vincenza” Kulik, a mom from New Jersey. T...

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Write On with 'Judas and the Black Messiah' Co-Writer Will Berson

Will Berson had been haunted by the story of the murder of Black Panthers leader Fred Hampton by police since his hippy parents told it to him as a child. As Will watched events like the Ferguson riots unfold he realized Fred Hampton's story had to b...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways: ‘Another Round’ Toasts the Existential Crisis With a Side of Booze

Another Round follows four men who set out to see if remaining a little drunk (only throughout their work day) can make their lives a little better. It’s a simple premise that packs a large emotional punch and is garnering Oscar® buzz for lead Mads M...

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Afro Horror: Turning Fear into Stories

Google dictionary defines fear as "an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat." For me, my greatest fear is heights. Except…I love rollercoasters. How? Because it’s not actuall...

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‘Beginning’ Touches On a Sense of Spiritual and Uniquely Feminine Isolation

Georgian filmmaker Déa Kulumbegashvili's debut film thematically connects to current life for many: The feeling of isolation in your own home. The movie follows a Jehovah’s Witness whose faith is brought into question after a remote church is attacke...

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A Strategy Primer for Writers: Part I

Every new year comes with a rush of hope, resolutions and optimistic goal setting, but inspiration, writing tips, and a new calendar page aren’t always enough to help you reach your goals. In 2019, only 7% of those surveyed kept their New Year’s reso...

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