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Watch: SNL Editor Adam Epstein Breaks Down 6 Rules of an 'Ideal Cut'

Oscar-winner Walter Murch's set of criteria for a good cut is essential knowledge for any editor.<p>Have you ever heard about the Rule of Six? It's a …

The Oscars

6 entrepreneurs share strategies for staying relentlessly persistent

When starting out in business, it can be difficult to generate self-belief if you've never done it before. "Maybe this isn't for me," you think after the 10th hot lead says, "I'll pass."<p>These seasoned entrepreneurs and members of The Oracles share their strategies to program your mind for …

Two Easy Ways To Rewire Your Brain To Be More Productive

Until technology catches up with a solution to fix our productivity problems, you can use brain science to get more done.<p>“Our brains and bodies, which functioned perfectly for us up until the 20th century, can no longer keep up,” says Harvard scientist David Bach, founder of the Platypus Institute, …

Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime—these are the six ways he did it

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific.”<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays, and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for <i>25 years</i>.<p>Why was Asimov able to have so many good ideas when the rest …

Science Fiction

'Arrival' cinematographer Bradford Young dives deep into the shadows

If you knew what your future was going to be, would it change your behavior? This is just one of the thought-provoking themes in director Denis Villeneuve's latest film, "Arrival."<p>Based on an adaptation of Ted Chiang's short "Story of Your Life," the account takes place after a group of mysterious …

Cinematography

Children in poverty, rape in the military, mass murderers at large … Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker picks 10 powerful documentaries to galvanise you into action<p>The documentaries praised on these pages are all ones that fired me up, galvanised me into action, which are also magnificent works …

Al Gore

10 Powerful Ways You Can Be a Successful Leader | Inc.com

These are times that call for great leaders--people who are confident and courageous, certain in their leadership--to show us the way.<p>It's not easy, but if we can learn to follow their example we too can separate ourselves from the pack.<p>Here are 10 powerful ways to become a successful leader:<p>1. …

Self-improvement

Few answers as Chicago hit with worst violence in nearly 20 years

It was movie night in Demarco Kennedy's Far South Side apartment.<p>The 32-year-old railroad worker's wife and three children waited for him in the living room, with plans to watch the animated film "Rio 2." He sat at his dining room table, paying bills.<p>Then, gunshots.<p>Kennedy's kids, coached in the …

The bad habits you should give up if you want to be successful

Sometimes, to become successful and to get closer to the person we know we can become, we don’t need to add more things to our lives—we need to give up on some of them.<p>There are certain things that are almost universal. These things, if you give them up, will help you become more successful (even …

10 Success lessons from Mark Cuban – “Self-made Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share52<p>Tweet<p>Share137<p>+16<p>Shares 195<p>He’s the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV …

Entrepreneurship

7 Reasons 'Classroom Leadership' Is Better Than 'Classroom Management' {Infographic}

There are a number of visuals like the one above that illustrate some distinctions between a boss and a leader. I bet you can think of a specific …

35 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies of 2016

Sure, they loved "Moonlight" too, but from "Popstar" to "Childhood of Leader" some of your favorite directors shine a light on 2016 movies that …

7 scenes from the new 'Star Wars' movie 'Rogue One' without visual effects

A behind-the-scenes look at "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" was released by Lucasfilm earlier this year at the annual "Star Wars Celebration" event. It showed new scenes and the camera work that went in to creating some of the most incredible shots from the upcoming film that hits theaters on …

The two fundamental story plots that teach kids to build resilience

In every culture that anthropologists have ever studied, people tell stories.<p>Families most frequently tell stories around the time of vacations, family reunions, (sadly) funerals, Thanksgiving and, of course, the family-oriented winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.<p>Stories are told …

10 Things that Immediately Happen when Real Leadership Shows Up

<i>“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.”</i>―Jocko Willink<p>What does the environment around you look like?<p>Is it obvious to you and everyone else what …

Motivation

21 documentaries from the 21st century every man should see

21 documentaries from the 21st century every man should see<p>Photo: Courtesy of DavId Lee and HBO<p>Have you noticed that the best movies these days are …

George Harrison

10 daily tasks that will help you become successful over time

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."<p>Aristotle is credited with saying these 15 famous words, though they're actually an interpretation of a passage from Aristotle's writings by historian Will Durant. And for most of my life, I didn't believe them.<p>I fought …

The Incredible Pitch That Helped Guardians Of The Galaxy Director James Gunn To Land The Job

1 year ago<p>Before the trailer for <i>Guardians Of The Galaxy</i> was released back in the summer of 2014, some naysayers were speculating that the blockbuster …

Here Are Some of the Most Beautiful Shots in Film History

It’s good to just stare at pretty images and forget the rest of the world exists sometimes. So take your time as you watch this edit by Jim Casey …

Animation

The Victory of ‘No’

The GOP’s unprecedented anti-Obama obstructionism was a remarkable success. And then it handed the party to Donald Trump.<p>On January 29, 2009, the whittled-down and beaten-up Republican minority in the House of Representatives gathered for a strange celebration of defeat.<p>The Democrats had just …

Immigration Reform

Why Graphic Novels Are The Next Generation Of Storytelling

<i>by Lee Cross</i><p>They’ve existed from <i>The Golden Age</i> through to what is currently called <i>The Modern Age</i>… but finally I think their time has come; we might …

Graphic Novels

Watch how film geometry gives us heroes and villains

Different shapes subtly convey different things<p>There are a lot of subtle effects going on in movies that we don’t consciously notice. Framing, lighting, and composition can have huge effects on how viewers perceive a character or situation.<p>A new video from Now You See It<i>,</i> a YouTube channel that …

In conversation with Junot Díaz: on the force field of privilege and the power of art

There are few voices in American letters who write more beautifully and more humanely than Junot Díaz.<p>Díaz, who won a Pulitzer for <i>The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao</i>and received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2012, writes about everything from love and fidelity to America’s legacy of colonialism to …

10 Success lessons from Walt Disney – “From Rags to Riches” for entrepreneurs

Share120<p>Tweet<p>Share224<p>+18<p>Shares 352<p>Our childhood would have been dreary without this genius of a man. Walt Disney was also another boy brought up in a …

This Chilling New Netflix Documentary Will Connect America's Prison System to Slavery

13th comes from Selma director Ava DuVernay.<p>As true crime takes hold of the entertainment industry, the American criminal justice system has been examined through dozens of cases, angles, and programs ranging from narrative historical fiction to investigative journalism. Given the simmering racial …

BBC's 'Sherlock' Is an Ode to Perfect Symmetry

'Sherlock' has cinematography so good, it has its own fan page.<p>A new film essay pays tribute to the satisfyingly symmetrical cinematography of BBC's fan favorite, <i>Sherlock</i>. The show is masterfully shot, and each frame essayist Celia Gómez curates looks so good it could be hung on a wall. The show's …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

How to Write A Science Fiction Short Story

How to Write A Science Fiction Short Story<p>Updated on August 5, 2016<p>Do you love science fiction and want to know how to write your own stories? …