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Why ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Post’ Signal a New Age of Biopics

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– By Katherine Sanderson – This past awards season saw two biopics receive much attention: Darkest Hour, focusing on Winston Churchill, and The Post, focusing on Katharine Graham. Both matched expectations, receiving strong reviews and racking up many awards nominations, with Darkest Hour garnering six Academy Awards nominations, winning Best Actor and Best Makeup, and The …

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How the Weinstein Scandal Prevented ‘Mary Magdalene’ From Theatrical Release in the USA

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– By Katherine Sanderson – Easter weekend has come and gone. Many Christians made their way to theaters this weekend to see faith-based films such as Paul: Apostle of Christ, I Can Only Imagine, and God is Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness. But what was missing from the line-up was a high-budget film starring …

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ + 80’s Nostalgia Marketing

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– By Katherine Sanderson – It’s no secret that there has been a resurgence of 80’s pop culture in recent years, with tv shows such as Netflix’s Stranger Things and GLOW, and the horror film IT. There have also been less successful attempts, such as last year’s all-female Ghostbusters remake and ABC’s tv movie remake of …

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Disney + Cultural Marketing: How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Coco’ Won Audiences Before They Even Reached Theaters

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– By Katherine Sanderson – In the last few weeks, Marvel’s newest film Black Panther has shattered domestic box office records, and has had a strong showing international box office, being No. 25 on the list of all-time best openings. But what has been key to these films’ success is not only the well-developed story, characters, …

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Mentor Reflections: Chris Riley’s Advice for Screenwriters

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– By Sam Hendrian – JPCatholic screenwriting professor Chris Riley’s professional career in film has included fourteen years in the script department at Warner Brothers and multiple screenplays, including the award-winning courtroom thriller After the Truth. He also wrote The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style, which is used as a …