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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Winner Sean Costello

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In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his experience developing and packaging his Launch Pad script, industry lessons he learned the hard way, how to query someone, and why you’ve got to have a killer page one.

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{REEL REVIEWS} Poltergeist Film Review

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Remaking beloved movies that are classics in their own right is as dangerous as building a suburb over a cemetery of dead bodies.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With 2014 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Winner Sean Costello

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In this week’s edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with 2014 Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition winner and Young and Hungry List Alum Sean Costello to chat about his journey to becoming a writer, hanging out with Hollywood screenwriting legends, and his exciting experience winning the Launch Pad screenwriting competition.

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The Runway – Your 2015 Pilot Survival Guide: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why!

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In the final edition of this year’s Runway, we examine what predictions were correct, what didn’t get picked up, and why!

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{THINGS WE LOVE} Hot Award Winning Short “Reset” From Directing Team Kryler Akerstrom

resetbestKryler and Akerstrom burst onto the scene with their short film “Reset”, which follows a young girl who lives with her mother on a remote farmland, pining for her absent father who sends her a letter each month.

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{THINGS WE LOVE} Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” Directed By Joseph Kahn

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The new video for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” has dropped, directed by emerging auteur Joseph Kahn.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With TV Writer Lewaa Nasserdeen

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In part two of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer with Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about how to create a diverse career, not waiting to make your own content, and lessons he learned along the way.

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{REEL REVIEWS} MAD MAX: FURY ROAD FILM REVIEW: ADRENALINE FOR MOVIE JUNKIES

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If you’ve ever wondered what a shot of pure adrenaline might feel like, but didn’t want to actually do it for real, a comparable experience would be to see Mad Max: Fury Road. You’ll achieve all the same results without any of the sharp syringes. This is a thrill ride to the highest degree, but is also what movies should be about.

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The Runway – Your 2015 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Dramas

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The Runway dissects and examines each network’s string of pilot scripts to determine what will get picked up, what will be shelved, and why it matters. This week we break down all of the 2015 NBC Drama Pilots!

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With TV Writer Lewaa Nasserdeen

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As part of the Mini Series, we sat down with ABC’s The Goldbergs staff writer with Lewaa Nasserdeen to chat about his unusual journey into television writing, building your tribe, getting the reader to “lean forward,” and breaking story in the writer’s room.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} THE COMPLETE 2015 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL EVENT AND PARTY GRID (THIS LIST WILL BE UPDATED AS THE EVENT GOES ON)

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Going to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival? Check out our complete list of parties and events, with RSVP info! More events to be added daily as the festival gets closer!

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With TV Writer/Launch Pad Mentor Michael Perri

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In part two of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” interview with Young And Hungry List Alum and State Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri, we sat down to talk about lessons he learned in the industry; finding time to write with a young family and a taste of the advice he’ll give to the new writers in his upcoming role as mentor for the Launch Pad Pilots Contest.

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{REEL REVIEWS} HOT PURSUIT FILM REVIEW: IN PURSUIT OF LAUGHS

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Hot Pursuit is the kind of movie where plot is secondary, twists are predictable, and bad guys are lamer than Paul Blart falling off a Segway. And yet, it still might be worth one viewing. How could this be possible?

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Network Television 2015: What’s New, What’s Been Renewed And What Got The Boot

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Check out the complete list of new, returning, and cancelled shows! See what series got the axe and what got the greenlight!

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Sundance Institute Announces Projects To Be Produced At 2015 Directing and Screenwriting Labs

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Each filmmaker will be able to direct a selected scene from the screenplays that they have written. Thirteen writer/directors were chosen. The institute gives the candidates many additional opportunities, including guidance to future feature development on their project.

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The Runway – Your 2015 Pilot Survival Guide: Fox Dramas

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The Runway dissects and examines each network’s string of pilot scripts to determine what will get picked up, what will be shelved, and why it matters. This week we break down all of the 2015 CBS Drama Pilots!

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part One Of Our Interview With TV Writer/Launch Pad Mentor Alum Michael Perri

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As part of our “Get To Know Your Launch Pad Mentors ” edition of the Mini Series, we sat down with Young And Hungry List Alum and Staff Of Affairs staff writer Michael Perri to chat about the importance of branding as a writer; taking meetings; dealing with “heat” and what it’s like working in the writer’s room.

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“Hobbit” Star Martin Freeman Joins “Captain America: Civil War”

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The film has recently been bulking up the cast, with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Scarlet Witch. Robert Downey Jr. will also co-star as Iron Man, with Scarlett Johansson returning as Black Widow. The film will also introduce the new Spider-Man, who is currently being cast.

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{REEL REVIEWS} THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON FILM REVIEW: RIDICULOUSLY LARGE CAST: ASSEMBLE!

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Despite the unwieldy cast, Age of Ultron never feels weighed down, even if the proceedings aren’t as fun and breezy this time around. Part of that is due to the large cast, and part is due to the titular villain who is nowhere near as fun to hate as Loki.

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{FIRST GLANCE} “Suicide Squad” Cast In Full Costume

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Director David Ayer has given us a look at the characters of the upcoming anti-hero DC cinematic universe entry SUICIDE SQUAD. We also have a look at Will Smith’s Deadshot in full gear.

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The Runway – Your 2015 Pilot Survival Guide: CBS Dramas

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The Runway dissects and examines each network’s string of pilot scripts to determine what will get picked up, what will be shelved, and why it matters. This week we break down all of the 2015 CBS Drama Pilots!

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Our Bite-Sized Chat With Manager/Launch Pad Signing Judge Henry Huang

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As a Bite-Sized part of our “Get To Know Your Judges” edition of the Mini Series, we set out to meet with manager and 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition guaranteed signing judge Henry Huang. Henry is a manager at Heroes and Villains Entertainment who sent down for a brief chat about how he got his start, why he was drawn to the Launch Pad Competition, and the weirdest query letter he’s ever received.

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{FIRST GLANCE} “Arrow” Star Stephen Amell In Costume As Casey Jones In “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2″

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The high profile cast of the Turtles sequel has been building up, with Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry and Laura Linney jumping on board to join Megan Fox and Will Arnett. Now, we’ve got a look at Amell as Casey Jones.

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{THINGS WE LOVE} Watch This Awesome Marvel Cinematic Universe Tribute Video


In anticipation of “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron” on the West Coast, we are geeking out over this recap of all of the awesome moments in the Marvel cinematic universe that have happened so far.

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Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” TV Series Set By IM Global

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Published in 1963, Vonnegut set out to write a novel that satirized nuclear warfare. The story follows an author named John that is trying to write a book about the bombing of Hiroshima during WWII.

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{THINGS WE LOVE} Jeremy Renner Sings As Hawkeye on Jimmy Fallon

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With The Avengers: Age Of Ultron being only one day away, it is a hilarious tease to see Jeremy Renner sing a song about his character Hawkeye, as his character Hawkeye.

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{THINGS WE LOVE} Kevin Smith Presents: The Stan Lee School Of Cameo Acting

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With “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” being released this week, Kevin Smith gives us a short film showcasing the Stan Lee School of Cameo Acting. This parody has a number of surprise guests, and of course Lee himself plays multiple cameos. Check it out.

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Launch Pad: Mini Series – Part Two Of Our Interview With Launch Pad Finalist/Screenwriter Jeanne Bowerman

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As part of this week’s Mini Series, we sat down with with Launch Pad finalist and all-around screenwriting guru, screenwriter, and novelist, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman to talk about lessons she’s learned on the way to becoming a writer, her experience of placing in Launch Pad, and writer’s block.

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{FIRST GLANCE} Kodi Smit-McPhee As Nightcrawler In “X-Men: Apocalypse”

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Director Bryan Singer has been responsive to fans by sharing his surprise casting choices for X-Men: Apocalypse on social media outlets. He has now revealed a photo of Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.

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{REEL REVIEWS} THE AGE OF ADALINE FILM REVIEW: THE SECRET POWER OF LIGHTNING

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The Age of Adaline is a solid moviegoing experience, despite leaving the more interesting story threads offscreen. Lively in the title role is anything but lively, and for the role, it works. She’s reserved, she’s restrained, the burden of the years she’s spent walking the earth is clear. Too often characters who are immortal only change their outward appearances, but don’t act any differently than when their character first stopped aging.

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