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Lupita Nyong’o and the Queen of Katwe

Lupita Nyong’o

What’s up next for Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o?  She’s starring in the Disney and ESPN produced, Mira Nair directed, biographical drama, Oueen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming A Grandmaster. Shot in South Africa and Uganda, it is the true story …

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The Difference Between a Movie Remake and Reboot?


In today’s risk-averse movie studio system, movie product is often derived from pre-existing material, including movies and TV shows.  There are two key terms used; remake and reboot.  Sometimes they are used interchangeably, but they are actually quite distinct. MOVIE REMAKE: A remake honors its source material and does its …

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Gal Gadot is a Wonder W-O-M-A-N

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot is a Wonder W-O-M-A-N I have no doubt that Gal Gadot can ‘ Rub & scrub this old house til it’s shinin like a dime, feed the baby, grease the car, & powder her face at the same time’. Famed lyric writing duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller …

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Terminology Break: Blockbusters vs. Tentpole Movies


These are film industry terms used to designate a film’s box office actual and predicted success.  Both terms refer to large scale studio movies designed to generate maximum profit. Low budget movies that return a profit are often referred to “breakout hits”. BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES These refer to studio movies that …

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Dave Trottier: Tale of a Screenwriter/Teacher/Consultant

Dave Trottier KeepWriting

Dave Trottier of is a produced screenwriter, award-winning teacher, top-selling author, and distinguished script consultant.  He’s helped hundreds of writers break into the business, and was kind enough to give us little insight into his life as screenwriting pundit. Q:  How did you first get involved with screenwriting? Dave:  As …

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