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Neil Landau is co-author of the bestselling 101 Thing I Learned in Film School (Grand Central Publishing, 2010), as well as an established Hollywood screenwriter for film and television. Among his screenwriting credits are the cult teen comedy "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," the new 3D animated feature "Tad, the Lost Explorer" (Paramount 2012), as well as "Melrose Place," "The Magnificent Seven," "Doogie Howser, M.D.," and "The Secret World of Alex Mack."    Here's an excerpt from Chapter 16 of his new book, The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story ("How did we end up here?"), including five guidelines for how to end your movie well. The book's objective is to help you develop and bolster what remains of your screenplay, supplemented by examples from popular movies and interviews with Hollywood's finest. This excerpt has been »

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