Art of the Adaptation: The Jungle Book

About halfway through the latest version of The Jungle Book — written by Justin Marks and directed by Jon Favreau — Mowgli, the man-cub raised by wolves, bows in reverence to a distressed group of elephants around a ditch. Once he sees the cause of their alarm, he grabs a rope he’s...
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Making Introductions

Film production under the old studio system was all about meeting audience expectations.  Legendary potentates like Jack Warner and Louis B. Mayer were continually asking themselves: What does “our audience” need from a musical?  Who do they want to see paired with Clark Gable in an epic period romance?  Their...
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“Detectorists” and “Catastrophe”: Weirdos We Can Love

If you feel like you’re in need of stories that are emotionally realistic but won’t leave you feeling like a shell of a person, do yourself a favor and try out “Detectorists” and “Catastrophe,” two British TV shows that are available on Netflix and Amazon (respectively).  “Detectorists” follows metal detector...
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The Great Screenwriters – Part 5: Herman J. Mankiewicz

In many ways, Herman J. Mankiewicz was the ultimate screenwriter – but that is not an entirely positive accolade to bestow on someone.  Mankiewicz was a truly great screenwriter, having co-written Citizen Kane, which is still widely regarded as the finest film ever made, but like almost every other screenwriter...
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