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Amazon Is Starting Its Own Best Seller List, and That Is More Interesting than You Think

Amazon Books ExcerptYesterday, Amazon debuted its Amazon Charts as a sort of competitor to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is a welcome addition to the medium, an egalitarian move, and not unlike the landscape of blockbusters and indie titles in the movie world.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in May

unnamedNetflix continues to crank out original content, with no less that 29 movies, shows, and specials hitting the streaming giant this month. With the addition of other stellar shows and movies, Netflix has your visual entertainment needs covered in May.

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Netflix Got Hacked, “Orange Is the New Black” Episodes Were Released, and No One Cared

orange is the new black excerptNetflix was recently hacked and neither them nor the industry at large had much of a response, which was initially puzzling, but upon closer inspection, seems like the best possible response Netflix could have had.

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For Those About to Strike, We Salute You

Writers-Strike ExcerptWe are less than a week away from the Writers’ Guild of America potentially going on strike if they cannot reach a deal with the studios by the time the clock strikes midnight on May 2. Neil Turitz looks back at the last strike to make a prediction about how he thinks the next few days will play out.

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Does Warner Bros. Really Need New Line Anymore?

New Line ExcerptWith Warner Bros. spending most of its time focusing on its larger films, its subsidiary New Line Cinema has fallen by the wayside. Neil Turitz takes the opportunity to figure out what should be done with this company that is consistently producing underwelming content.

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J.C. Spink, Executive Producer of “The Hangover” Trilogy, Dead at 45

J.C. SpinkHis company, Benderspink, was a behemoth in the lucrative spec market, but Spink didn’t just have an eye for broad commercial fare. He also had good taste in edgy material as evidenced by A History of Violence, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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After All These Years, There’s No Question Stephen King Still Reigns

King ExcerptIt goes without saying that Stephen King is the godfather of horror, but why is the celebrated author suddenly going through something of a Hollywood renaissance? Neil Turitz previews the upcoming adaptations of his works and ponders why it’s happening now.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in April

unnamedSpring has sprung and Netflix is going all-in on the release of original programming in April, with 25 original titles premiering this month, including the highly anticipated series adaptation of Dear White People.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Final Part)

Valiant 2 ExcerptAs the his series on the state of the comic industry comes to a close, Neil Turitz takes a positive look towards the future of comics to remind us that the industry is on the upswing and has no intentions of coming down anytiem soon.

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Tell the Truth: Would You Pay 30 Bucks to Watch New Movie Releases at Home?

Cinemacon ExcerptIf you were given the opportunity to pay 30 dollars to be able to watch movies at home from when they hit theaters, would you? With CinemaCon starting today, Neil Turitz examines this potential new development in film watching and how it would impact theaters in the future.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Five)

Faith Comic ExcerptValiant Entertainment is, in fact, not just surviving in the marketplace, it’s actually thriving. Thanks to a specific strategy to publish a limited amount of books each month, thereby focusing on quality storytelling over quantity of market share, a company that only began its latest run of publications five years ago now averages higher sales per book than any other publisher outside of the Big Two.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Four)

Maus ExcerptIt used to be that the automatic response a non-comic book reader had to the genre was the connection to Superman and Batman and Spider-Man and all the rest. Now things have changed quite a bit and there is no denying that the medium has evolved, allowing for more daring and interesting forms of storytelling.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in March

unnamedNetflix is celebrating the dawn of spring with a fresh infusion of content, both classic and original. Classic comedies, enthralling docs, and long-awaited shows are just part of updated menu that subscribers will be able to enjoy.

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The Dangers of Counting Too Heavily on Foreign Dollars

GreyThe American film industry has been relying more on foreign money than ever before, which has been beneficial in some ways but could become harmful in the future. Neil Turitz has evaluated why these companies should be cautious in putting so much faith in international investors.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry, Part Three

DC Batman ExcerptHas the lack on continuity with characters in comic books ever bothered you? Neil Turitz discusses the importances of reviving characters and having multiple universes with a staffer at DC Comics.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Two)

Captain America ExcerptIn the second part of Neil Turitz’s examination of the comic industry, he focuses on the juggernaut that is Marvel Comics. While it’s easily the number one company in the industry, that doesn’t mean its immune to some of the most basic problems that plagues an industry like this.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part One)

X-Men ExcerptWhat has become of the comic book industry? Neil Turitz analyzes the state of comic books in 2017 and how it has gotten to where it is in the first part of his six-part series. First, an overview of the industry — its rise, fall, and renaissance.

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Is There Another Writers’ Strike on the Horizon?

Writers' StrikeThe Writers Guild of America’s contract is ending soon and another strike is a distinct possibility. The writers have clear demands and are not afraid to shut down if an agreement they like cannot be reached.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Final Part)

screenwriting excerptIn the final part of Neil Turitz’s analysis of Hollywood writing competition, he speaks to several people who have seen success from the competitions, as well as a judge for numerous competition, to give new perspectives on the experience and outcomes.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part Two)

screenwriting excerptIn the second part of our series looking at screenwriting competitions, Neil Turitz examines the variation in the different contests and advises how to find the best one for each individual writer.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part One)

screenwriting excerpt In this three part series we will look to examine where the screenwriting contest came from, how they operate, how they have become so important, some of the people they’ve helped, how some reps use them to scout new talent, and more.

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After a Tumultuous Election, What Is Hollywood’s Next Move?

Captain America ExcerptHollywood has always responded to the large-scale events that have rocked the United States since Hollywood first came to be. But after last week’s election results, and the side of the divide Hollywood finds itself on, how will this industry respond in its creations?

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Is the Indie Film World in Trouble? Actually, Not Really

Indie Film Excerpt

Will weak box office performances cause distributors to be more cautious when taking chances funding indie movies or is the world of independent film still financially viable?

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The Legacy Of the Legendary Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll excerptTurn out the lights and call the cops. Uwe Boll is retiring. The man who literally fought his critics and was behind several of what have been called the worst films ever made is stepping away from the camera, not out of shame, but because he says the market is no longer viable.

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BloodList 2016 — The Best Unproduced Dark Genre Screenplays, Pilots, and Shorts

BloodList 2016BloodList 2016 is here, and this year, the list is filled with sinister stories based on real life, alien invasions, paranoia, and horrifying events in the woods. This year, shorts are included for the first time, as well as the Fresh Blood Initiative.

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The Revolution Will Be Right In Your Hands, Whether You Like It Or Not

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A look at Nintendo’s new Switch console and what its creation means for the future of gaming, technology at large, and society.

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“Battlefield 1” Directors Fredrik Akerstrom and Marcus Kryler On Their Transition From Short Films to Blockbuster Video Games

kryler-akerstromThe directing duo that helmed award-winning sci-fi short Reset, talked to us from Sweden about the highly anticipated Battlefield 1 and the merging of cinema and video games and the obstacles that go along with it.

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See Tom Run: A 19-Minute Supercut of Tom Cruise Running in Film (Things We Love)

Tom Cruise Ghost ProtocolTom Cruise is no stranger to an extended sprint down a busy street, whether he is in sweatpants, jeans, or a tailored suit. In this 19-minute supercut, check out every scene of Cruise running somewhere.

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The Wonderful Terrible Life of Billy Bush

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There’s been a lot of talk over the last week about a certain video that came out, on which we heard and saw some pretty vile stuff. The aftermath hasn’t really shaken out the way I initially thought it would, although it has led to major career issues for one of the participants. I’m talking, of course, about Billy Bush.

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The Tracking Board’s Fourth Annual Halloween Logline Contest!

halloween excerptIt’s time for The Tracking Board’s fourth annual Halloween logline contest. Create the most devious, diabolical, or darkly funny logline and you could win one of several spooktacular prizes!

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