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At the Oscars in recent years, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, and Sigourney Weaver presented the music awards while trumpeting the powerful women they played in, respectively, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Alien. Weaver even cracked about how they were going to go out and start their own ‘fight club’ after the show. Indeed, female ...
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In this overpopulated age of remakes, reboots, and re-imaginings, how do you find a new path in on a property that’s already been told on the big and small screen over a dozen times? Filmmaker Greta Gerwig has managed to make something quite new out of Little Women, the classic and over-exposed Louisa May Alcott novel. She direc...
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Films right now are very expensive to make, and very expensive to market. Even TV series on streaming networks such as Netflix, Hulu, and HBO are dealing with multi-million-dollar film budgets per episode. If you're trying to work in Hollywood, you may be under the impression that Hollywood has unlimited funds to make their film...
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If the iconic horror film The Shining and famous author Jane Austin had a TV child, it would be called Shining Vale. Co-creators Jeff Astrof (Trial and Error, In-Laws) and Irish Comedienne Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Pulling) went to work to add credence to the hypothesis that the symptoms of depression and possession are indist...
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I Wanted To Be The Manager I Never Had

  • Jeff Belkin
  • .September 5, 2022
“I Wanted To Be The Manager I Never Had” Says Jeff Belkin From Zero Gravity Management:Jeff Belkin represents screenwriters and directors for both film and television at Zero Gravity Management (Ozark, The Accountant). His stable of clients ranges from first-timers, Blacklist writers, and the more established studio scribes. He ...
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“We Prefer Stories Relatable To Our World Today” Says Lawrence Bender Productions Creative Executive, Janet Jeffries:Janet Jeffries is a Development and Production executive working in both features and television for Lawrence Bender Productions / Bender Brown TV Productions. Recent films include Greta directed by Neil Jordan an...
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(REPOST) We all know that “the devil is in the details,” but why are there so many demons in movies and on TV these days? In the past two years, there have been 26 horror movies released where the primary antagonist is some sort of supernatural force (It: Chapter Two), a demon (Annabelle Comes Home), or in some cases, ol’ Beelze...
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Cinema fans love the genre, going back to the early 1930s when stars like James Cagney (The Public Enemy) and Edward G. Robinson (Little Caesar) made films about the underworld into big (ahem) hits. Since then, almost every movie year has seen a gangster film ride a hide tide of popularity with moviegoers. Be it Key Largo, Get C...
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The quest for a great story involves chewing through hundreds of ideas trying to find one with that magic something. And not only do you have to find an idea, but you have to evaluate its power because the ability to tell gold from fool’s gold is crucial to having a sustained screenwriting career.Wasting time building a script a...
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Hollywood has always had a difficult time portraying teenagers in an accurate manner. Granted, movies and television generally present fantastical lives of all kinds of people that don’t resemble anything close to reality. Actual doctors don’t get so intrinsically involved in their patients’ personal lives, cops don’t play elabo...
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Unconventional Roles for Women Aren't Just Empowering, They're Game Changers It’s a shame the wonderful coming-of-age comedy Booksmart has not done well at the box office. Expectations were high for the clever story about two female high school seniors (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever) cutting loose on their last night before...
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REPOST: It’s a shame that the AMPAS has decided to give out the award for Best Live Action Short winner during a commercial break at the Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019. No artist who wins an Oscar should be denied his or her time in the sun. It’s especially egregious given that a short subject winner could give eve...
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Jeff Nichols on Screenwriting

  • Kelly Leow
  • .August 16, 2021
I’ve made five films now and written all of them. I’ve been fortunate enough to keep creative control over my work, and that’s because I’ve kept control of the stories themselves - Jeff NIcholsJeff Nichols is an award-winning writer and director, whose credits include Mud, Midnight Special, and Loving.In this short but fascinati...
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Jeff Arch:Now that you’ve all read our interview with the Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jeff Arch, you’re ready to read about his latest book called Attachments.Although the skill sets between screenwriters and novelists are distinctly different and not necessarily interchangeable, Arch has...
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“I Sent A Valentine To The Planet” Says Jeff Arch Screenwriter Of ‘Sleepless In Seattle’:This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Jeff Arch.The eighties and nineties are arguably two decades where some of the most influential romantic comedies were made. It is no wonder that Sleepless In Seattle is on many lists of all time favor...
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Reverse Cause and Effect

  • Jeffrey Kitchen
  • .June 1, 2021
Reverse Cause and Effect is a unique development tool that enables you to wade into a complex mix of story material and pull it together into a tight sequence of events. Cause and effect is a crucial part of good screenwriting because Plot Point A should cause Plot Point B which causes Plot Point C, and so on through to the endi...
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Ever since Stephen King became a best-selling author in the 1970s, Hollywood has been eager to adapt his works for the big and small screen. With such a long history, not every adaptation is going to be great, but more have been terrific than one might realize. Few would argue about the classic status of big-screen King adaptati...
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“We Prefer Stories Relatable To Our World Today” Says Lawrence Bender Productions Creative Executive, Janet Jeffries:Janet Jeffries is a Development and Production executive working in both features and television for Lawrence Bender Productions / Bender Brown TV Productions. Recent films include Greta directed by Neil Jordan an...
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Ostensibly, the film Ford v Ferrari is all about the true story of how the Ford Motor Company set out to best Enzo Ferrari’s prowess at Le Mans in 1966 through the help of two racing professionals, but at the end of the day, the film is really about pride. The pride of American manufacturing, the pride of being the best, the pri...
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“Uncut Gems” Makes for a Tense and Tumultuous Character Study:There are many outstanding qualities to the new film Uncut Gems. It’s a vivid character study that stars Adam Sandler in his best screen performance to date. The dialogue, written by its directors, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, along with Ronald Bronstein, has a blunt...
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