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Writing Villains: Tips for Creating a Terrifying Antagonist

19 New Movies You Must See in July

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Harrison Ford reveals why he returned for ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

Blade Runner 2049 is out later this year<p>Harrison Ford has revealed why he decided to feature in the forthcoming <i>Blade Runner</i> sequel.<p>The <i>Star Wars</i> actor …

Blade Runner

8 Steps You Must Take to Write a Book

If you’re a writer, then there’s a strong chance you pay a lot of attention to getting your work published. And rightly so. It’s important for …

Golden Globes 2017: ‘La La Land’ Wins Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle's musical edged out steep competition from films including "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea."<p>Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s …

Carrie Fisher’s Long Career as a Writer, Screenwriter, and Hollywood Fixer: “I’m a Writer” First and Foremost

By now the news of Carrie Fisher’s death has hit hard all over the world. It’s true that for an entire generation of people, her breakout role at 19 …

9 Online Tools to Help Writers Find a Literary Agent

<i>The following piece is a guest post from Sarah Juckes, now at Agent Hunter. Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication.</i> …

Writing

New Literary Agent Alert: Ed Maxwell of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.

<i>Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Ed Maxwell of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc.) are golden opportunities for new</i> …

Writing

Watch the first trailer for the 'Blade Runner' sequel starring Ryan Gosling

The minute-and-a-half video from "Blade Runner 2049" features what looks to be the first meeting between Gosling's Officer K and the original 1982 film's star Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard.<p>Set to hit theaters on October 16, 2017 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, "Blade Runner 2049" boasts the original …

The 10 Best (and Five Worst) Genre Movies of 2016

The films the io9 team has picked as the best science fiction and genre films of 2016 are a very motley crew. This year we loved superheroes, …

Free Scripts! Download Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence,’ Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Red Turtle’ and More

Others included are "The Girl on the Train," "Captain Fantastic" and "The Secret Life of Pets."<p>Last year IndieWire shared free scripts available to …

Arrival’s screenwriter tells us how it took more than 100 drafts to think like an alien

“So many of our conflicts and our problems stem from miscommunication.”<p>The magnificent sci-fi film <i>Arrival</i>, which proved a surprise box office hit in its opening weekend, wouldn’t exist without the passion of its screenwriter, Eric Heisserer.<p>Heisserer was so taken with Ted Chiang’s short story …

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Why read scripts?

<i>You watch movies, write pages, but admit it… you don’t read enough scripts.</i><p>Several years ago, I coined this simple mantra:<p>I doubt there’s a …

Writing

Doctor Strange’s Screenwriter Explains the Movie’s Biggest Twists

You’ve visited the Mirror Dimension, you’ve marveled at Mads Mikkelsen’s eye makeup, you’ve fallen in love with Benedict Cumberbatch’s horny cloak … …

Wondering what a literary agent actually does? Alex Adsett explains

For most of us, working as a literary agent seems like a dream. Reading books for a living, hobnobbing with incredible creators from all over the …

Past Perfect: Why Back to the Future is One of the Greatest Scripts Ever

The answers are revealed in a must-watch video essay.<p>When people talk about great screenplays, inevitably the conversation turns to films like</i> …

A New ‘Van Helsing’ Movie Is On the Way in Universal’s Monster Universe

In their unending battle to compete with the box-office behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Universal tapped their deep roster of classic …

Why It Took ‘The Girl on The Train’ Screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson 30 Years To Break Through In Hollywood — Girl Talk

"I have thirty years of sweat, muscle and experience behind me that feel good. I’m almost glad I have it in me."<p><i>Girl Talk is a weekly look at women</i> …

5 Traps to Avoid While Writing a Screenplay

You’ve had a great idea for a movie, and maybe even started the screenplay – using The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Guide to Page One, of course, so …

What I've Learned: Jeff Bridges

"I wouldn't mind if I was mostly recognized for being The Dude. That doesn't bother me at all."<p><i>Jeff Bridges's new film,</i> Hell or High Water<i>, hit theaters in August to great acclaim. The 66-year-old Oscar-winning actor shares what he's learned from a six-decade career that began when he was just a</i> …

Starting a screenwriting career outside of LA (or New York, or London)

<i>In a recent episode of Scriptnotes, we shared stories from screenwriters who managed to build careers while living outside of Los Angeles, New York</i> …

Google's AI Research Team Outline Five Questions Every Robot Needs To Answer

Turns out robots aren't the problem, we are.<p>When it comes to predicting a robot apocalypse so few of us take humanity into consideration.<p>It seems …

Machine Learning

The Seven Most Common Types of Sidekicks in Movies and Television

<i>This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and</i> …

Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Star, Dead at 83

Gene Wilder, the comedian known to a generation as Willy Wonka and an icon thanks to his works with Mel Brooks on <i>The Producers, Blazing Saddles</i> and</i> …

Box Office

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of “you’re so <i>talented</i>,” but truthfully, …

Creating voice-driven interactive fiction just got a lot easier

Interactive fiction has seen a resurgence in the past few years. From Chris Klimas’s freeware hypertext software Twine, to the visual novel Python …

Gone Girl: lessons from the screenplay

Using Gillian Flynn's screenplay for Gone Girl as an example, Michael Tucker walks us through some important aspects of screenwr

Five Ways to Make People Hate a Hero

Making people hate a character who kicks puppies or steals from the downtrodden is simple. But what if you want your audience to dislike someone …

9 Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Creativity

Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged, and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone.<p>In a previous column, I shared nine ways …