Predictability in structure does not necessarily doom the story to boredom or sameness.
An “idea” is essentially unprotectable. What is protectable is the execution: the plot, the characters and all of the details.
A question of fair use in the treatment of tragic events.
Be happy you also thought of a great, marketable idea and move on.
Taking the “character driven story” idea too literally can derail your story.
Theme defined. Its function explored.
Hollywood is making a lot of bad movies, but Hollywood has always made bad movies.
Matching the right name to the character while keeping them distinct from one another.
Why do movies suck?
Paramount has just bought a project that sounds horribly similar to yours? Remember that there’s a vast chasm in scriptland between being bought and being made.