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On Landing My First Job in the Business on Martin Scorsese's 'Mean Streets'

Ex-literary agent and writing consultant Nancy Nigrosh looks back at landing her first job in the film business, on Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets."
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • November 26, 2013 6:55 PM
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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination: Why It Was Only Lee Harvey Oswald Who Shot President Kennedy (VIDEO)

Must admit: There was a period during my high school days when I was at least slightly agnostic while weighing the official verdict of the Warren Commission against all the alternative explanations and conspiracies. But that was a long time ago. Today I believe, as I have believed for decades, that it was Lee Harvey Oswald, and only Lee Harvey Oswald, who fired the shots that changed the world on Nov. 22, 1963.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • November 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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Happy 95th Birthday, Baby Peggy! Documentary on Iconic Child Star of Silent Film Comes to DVD (Trailer)

“Baby Peggy” turns 95 years old on October 26. In 1921, at the age of 19 months, tiny Peggy Montgomery was pitched by her parents into one of the more remarkable careers in silent film, one in which she became the only kid rival to Jackie Coogan (of Chaplin’s “The Kid”). She became one of the first branded, merchandised movie stars and a figure who personified the disposable child-actor phenomenon -- and a kind of spontaneous combustion of celebrity that’s isn’t limited to any one era.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 25, 2013 2:01 PM
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Memo to Screenwriters #3: Being Solely Identified by Your Scripts Leads to Permanent Identity Crisis

Like so many others, Elmore Leonard, god bless him, praised writers for their “perseverance to just sit there alone and grind it out.” Of course writers might think he was only referring to writing, especially when coupled with his memetic 10th rule: “if it looks like writing, re-write it.” Taking this credo too literally is certain to drive writers even further into the ivory tower of the introvert. Justified, indeed.
  • By Nancy Nigrosh
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  • September 12, 2013 2:42 PM
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A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful Creatures" grossed $57-million worldwide, and $200-million "Jack the Giant Slayer" mustered a miserable global $158 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2013 2:27 PM
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HBO's Accidental Feminism, From Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath to Laura Dern's Amy Jellicoe

With the recent finale of the second season of “Girls,” and the “Enlightened” season finale still resonating in my mind, I’ve been thinking more and more about the characters from both shows. The upcoming new season of “Veep” is only a few weeks away, too, and, even though it’s a more stylized comedy half-hour, it’s another example of what I’ve come to think of as HBO’s inadvertent nod to feminist sensibilities; these three shows have female protagonists who are far from lovable -- but we love them. What’s going on here?
  • By Julia Chasman
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  • March 21, 2013 11:37 AM
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