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No one expected it at the time. Casablanca sparkled with Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid, but was predicted to be yet another Warner Bros. war picture. Based on Murray Burnett and Joan Allison’s unproduced play, Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the rights were acquired by Hal B. Wallis for $20,000— th...
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Revenge:CATHARSISThe psychological underpinnings of revenge, around for generations of storytelling, involve identification with a character’s situation (empathetic response) which then leads to catharsis. Once we bond with the main character, identify strongly with their plight, satisfyin...
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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Revenge:Few themes are as relatable as revenge. We’ve all been wronged and considered various responses to that wrong. Not many of us use violence or extremes toward the wrongdoers, but there is a place we all go to where those remedies are at least internally considered. That’s what makes...
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10 Simple Rules for the Best Life Ever

  • John P. Weiss
  • .March 3, 2022
(REPOST) When he first visited the asylum for the mentally disabled, Jean Vanier was overwhelmed by the filth and overcrowding. It was inhuman. The year was 1964 and Vanier, a French-Canadian philosopher/theologian who had served in the Navy, was still figuring out his path in life.One of the residents in the asylum asked Vanier...
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The true gatekeepers of Hollywood are the script readers. They are the people who read script after script for a living, looking for the next great film – or at least ones that are saleable.They understand the importance of story flow and the hero’s journey. They know the three-act paradigm like the back of their hands. If anyon...
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“Overwhelming in the Best Possible Way” Tananarive Due & Steven Barnes on ‘Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins Of The King’The Marvel Comic Universe (MCU) is a remarkably expansive one frequently adapted into film, television, and digital platforms. Marvel’s Black Panther is no exception. It has recently been adapted into an audio book...
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How to Win an Oscar for Best Short Film

  • BlueCat Screenplay Competition Blog
  • .March 19, 2019
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the people who give out the Oscar, do a wonderful thing every year. They give Oscars to short filmmakers! The Oscar for Best Short Film (they give out two—Live Action and Animation) provides undiscovered filmmakers an opportunity to introduce their work to the world like n...
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"I never actually set out to be a writer at all, it just kind of happened. Indeed, it's fair to say that even after three award winning feature films and 750,000 book sales, I spend most days waiting for the literary police to bang on my door and cart me away for fraud!" - Dougie.In this interview, you’ll meet bestselling author...
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