Could There Be a Male Equivalent to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

As we inch toward another spring, we collectively face the unfortunate (or, for some of us, mouth-watering) prospect of yet another MPDG. Yes, of course, it's the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," still making waves even as she enters second grade. In the mere space of seven fruitful years, our favorite twenty-first century… » 4/17/14 2:55pm Thursday 2:55pm

So You Loved 'True Detective': 7 Books to Un-break Your Heart

Eight episodes watched carefully and closely (and possibly repeatedly); recaps read religiously; season two rumors explored frenetically; BuzzFeed gif lists aggregated and shared obsessively. "True Detective" season one has come to its conclusion - so now what? » 3/14/14 12:06pm 3/14/14 12:06pm

3 TV Shows We're Ready to See Resurrected -- And How to Do It

ABC may have just started airing its new series "Resurrection," but rebirth has been a staple of television almost since its inception. "Veronica Mars," a high school noir that ran for three seasons (2004-07) on UPN, is just the latest to manage an unlikely reincarnation. Kristen Bell starred in the original series as a… » 3/14/14 12:00pm 3/14/14 12:00pm

10 Essential Screenwriting Tips from 2014 Oscar Nominees

This year's best adapted screenplay nominees couldn't be more of a jumble if Academy ballots were stuffed inside a Magic Bullet juicer. There's the solitary-writer-in-a-room model of "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Captain Phillips," and "Twelve Years a Slave" versus the Hollywood Game Night-style team behind "Philomena." There… » 2/19/14 11:33am 2/19/14 11:33am

5 Moviemaking Moments That Surprised The Maze Runner's James Dashner

Editor's Note: This fall, James Dashner's dystopian novel of a place called The Glade, in which a young man named Thomas wakes up in a world surrounded by an unsolvable maze, will land in theaters. Dashner's story spans three books – The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure, as well as its prequel, The… » 1/16/14 3:40pm 1/16/14 3:40pm

10 Book-Based TV and Film Characters We Love and Hate In Equal Measure

Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," based on a memoir of the same title, details the antics of Jordan Belfort, an infamous Wall Street crook, played in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio, who cheated his clients out of millions before landing in jail for twenty-two months for money-laundering and fraud. It's easy to… » 1/02/14 3:27pm 1/02/14 3:27pm

The 2013 Word & Film Holiday Movie Adaptation Guide

The holiday season is known for its excess — packed malls, overbooked flights, feast after feast of gorge-worthy treats, and, as studios roll out their awards season hopefuls alongside big budget antidotes to too much family time, it’s an embarrassment of movie riches. Here at Word & Film, we’re particularly excited to… » 10/17/13 11:09am 10/17/13 11:09am

The Walking Dead: Womankind’s Search for the Truth

It’s October. That time of year when the leaves start to change from green to golden browns and reds. Nostalgia is the dominant emotion as little kids dress up like ghouls and goblins. It’s certainly a season marked by change, and this year, like the last few years, people having been changing into zombies – or maybe… » 10/10/13 4:04pm 10/10/13 4:04pm

Class Is Now in Session: Our Top 5 Favorite On-Screen English Teachers

As readers, moviegoers, and television watchers, we know that life’s greatest lessons aren’t always the ones learned in physical classrooms, but the ones gleaned from the fictional spaces we’ve peered into through screens and in between book covers. Today, we’re returning to our favorite fictional classrooms to revisit … » 10/03/13 4:12pm 10/03/13 4:12pm

Rethinking The Little Mermaid: 15 Questions You Never Asked as a Child

This week Disney released the Diamond Edition of “The Little Mermaid,” an instant classic that remains evergreen with the younger princess-chasing set. However, as we former children revisit the film (in all its digitally restored glory), certain nagging questions arise on the millionth viewing which cannot be put to… » 10/03/13 3:53pm 10/03/13 3:53pm

5 Reasons We’re Starting to Take James Franco Seriously

Oh, James Franco. Always so ripe for a little ribbing. This is, after all, the guy who squinted and stammered his way through hosting the Oscars, did a turn on “General Hospital” and called it performance art, and, well, insert your favorite “Is Franco for real?” joke here (or choose from the cavalcade of mocking he… » 9/24/13 2:18pm 9/24/13 2:18pm

10 Things You Never Knew About Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore was probably not the likeliest guest to grace the Javitz Center stage at the seventh annual New York Comic Con, and that’s reflected in the icy welcome the fifty-two-year-old received from the costumed geekerati. But Comic Con and the trailer for her latest film “Carrie,” for which she’s banging the… » 9/10/13 10:46am 9/10/13 10:46am

People Who Need ‘Sheeple’: A Q&A with Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson rose to stardom in the nineties on a wave of hits like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the Roald Dahl adaptation “Matilda,” but decided upon a different path for her adult life. For years now she’s been patiently beefing up her reputation as a writer, amassing a mighty following via her blog Mara Wilson Writes Stuff » 8/29/13 12:24pm 8/29/13 12:24pm