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The Notorious History of Drunken Hollywood

Larry Getlen digs through Hollywood’s sordid history looking at some legendary Tinseltown drunks. By the early 1930s, Herman J. Mankiewicz was a screenwriting genius who had secretly helped construct classic films such as “Monkey Business” and “Duck Soup” by the Marx Brothers and “The Wizard of Oz.” He was also, according to a new book Read MoreRead More

The Bizarre True Story that Inspired ‘Dog Day Afternoon’

Al Pacino and Dog Day Afternoon made John Wojtowicz famous but as Larry Getlen writes, the filmmakers had little idea of just how crazy the man behind the robbery would turn out to be. In August 1972, John Wojtowicz, 27, a married Brooklyn man and Vietnam vet with a stream of gay lovers on the side, decided Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends: One Theme, Two Movies

How do two movies which share the similar themes compare when it comes to execution? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explores how two movies can share ideas and be different. Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity Read MoreRead More

I Need You but Can’t Pay You: 4 Things to Remember When Asking for Free Work

Doing freebies is a part of life in the filmmaking world - Bobby Marko offers 4 tips of how to ask for help when money is scarce. We’ve all been there! The all too familiar passion projects, short films, documentaries, even feature films. And when we create these projects we know in order to pull them Read MoreRead More

Oliver Burkeman: The Negative Path to Happiness and Success

“Get motivated!” and “stay positive!” are common bits of self-help advice. But have we gone too far in our penchant for positivity? Leaning on research (including a story about Mount Everest climbers), reporter and author Oliver Burkeman shares the counterintuitive insight of how abandoning goals and allowing some negativity in can actually be helpful. “Theres Read MoreRead More

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