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“For more than a century, movie theaters have been a refuge, a communal escape, a place for popcorn-chomping-dreaming-with-your-eyes-open transportation away from everything else.” —Jake Coyle In coronavirus shutdown, a glimpse of life without movie theaters Major League baseball stadiums are unusually quiet for this time of year. Theme parks are quiet. And movie theaters, night […]

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Movie theaters are indeed a quiet place right now. Today is May 1, 2020. One thing that means is I did not see a single movie in theaters for the entire month of April because of COVID-19. I can’t think of a single month in my adult life where I didn’t go to at least […]

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Today is May 1, 2020. One thing that means is I did not see a single movie in theaters for the entire month of April because of COVID-19. I can’t think of a single month in my adult life where I didn’t go to at least one movie in theaters in any given month. And […]

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Today is May 1, 2020. One thing that means is I did not see a single movie in theaters for the entire month of April because of COVID-19 . I can’t think of a single month in my adult life where I didn’t go to at least one movie in theaters in any given month. […]

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“The greatest obstacles to making films was getting access to equipment. And so my generation went to film school.” Spike Lee on going to film school in the late ’70s & early ’80s American Black Film Festival Mr. Robot  creator/writer/director Sam Esmail did his undergraduate film school work at NYU (with a couple of semesters […]

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I took this photo Saturday in the Orlando area and the lone snowy egret bird seems symbolic of what a lot of people are going through these socially distancing days.

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“How did I learn screenwriting? Endless hours at the typewriter, then the computer, which came along later. It was really a lot of applied time and effort and self-study. Which is the way most people learn.” Writer/director Frank Darabont Long before Shonda Rhimes signed a contract with Netflix for $100 million, she graduated from a series […]

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“How did I learn screenwriting? Endless hours at the typewriter, then the computer, which came along later. It was really a lot of applied time and effort and self-study. Which is the way most people learn.” Writer/director Frank Darabont Long before Shonda Rhimes signed a contract with Netflix for $100 million, she graduated from a series […]

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“In 1968, Allen and I started our careers side by side with the short film AMBLIN’. Allen was a wonderful artist, but his warmth and humanity were as powerful as his lens. He was a singular talent and a beautiful human being.” —Steven Spielberg Cinematographer Allen Daviau died last week from complications due to COVID-19. […]

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“What we were trying to do was take the notion of Greek tragedy, of fated and doomed people, and instead of these Olympian gods, indifferent, venal, selfish, hurling lightning bolts and hitting people in the ass for no reason—instead of those guys whipping it on Oedipus or Achilles, it’s the postmodern institutions . . . […]

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