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 Michael Lee Simpson

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

Why Casablanca Is Considered One Of The Best Films Of All Time

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— the highest amount […]

 Pen Densham

David Lean & Me – Some Thoughts On The Celebration Of His Birthday

David Lean & Me – Some Thoughts On The Celebration Of His Birthday

For those of you unfamiliar, today is famed screenwriter, director, and producer David Lean’s birthday. He is known for epic films including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984). Creative Screenwriting Magazine contributor Pen Densham wrote this retrospective to commemorate David Lean’s filmmaking career after meeting him in person. […]

 Jim

Video Streaming With Attitude – The Future Of The Film & TV Industry

Video Streaming With Attitude – The Future Of The Film & TV Industry

The brave new world of video streaming is here to stay. Film and TV writers and content creators alike are adjusting to the new landscape of massive consumer choice. This ranges from traditional “appointment TV” to binge-watching and everything in between. The rapidly-shifting momentum can be overwhelming to both viewers and creators alike. This raises […]

 Jeff York

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

The Zenith of the Ass-Kicking Female Action Hero

At the Oscars this year, 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 action heroes […]

 Jim

Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters To Make It In The Business

Film Producer Chris Goldberg Discusses What It Takes For Screenwriters To Make It In The Business

Chris Goldberg started his career as a literary scout for 20th Century Fox where he was involved in the rights deals for Gone Girl, The Martian, and The Fault In Our Stars, all three of which were #1 at the Box Office and #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. After recently serving as […]