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Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner

Specs & The City: Death Scenes and ‘Blade Runner’

The act of screenwriting is, at its most basic level, the act of giving life to the words and ideas inside the writer’s mind. By making the conscious choice to tell your story, you’re bringing something new into the world. To me, it’s a big part of why so many screenwriters are obsessed with...

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Ask the Expert: The Do’s and Don’ts of Screenwriting

Question: What are the industry standard do’s and don’ts of screenwriting? As a producer, script consultant, and former VP Development for production companies at Sony, Universal and Disney — I have read thousands of scripts over the years and have had to make the distinction between those that exhibit a high quality of writing...

(L to R) Jack (Tom Cruise) is grilled by Beech (Morgan Freeman) in 'Oblivion', an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of 'TRON: Legacy' and producers of 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'. Credit: David James - Universal Pictures

Karl Gajdusek and ‘Oblivion’

Mid-April isn’t most studios’ first choice for bringing out a tentpole. But Universal may start a trend if it hits a home run with Oblivion, directed by Joseph Kosinski from his own comic book adventure. An intriguing mystery wrapped inside a stylish postapocalyptic scifi thriller, Oblivion offers Tom Cruise his best action role in years...