Valerie Kalfrin

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A World of Tarzan: 6 Greatest Greystroke Adventures

Whether campy or serious, Tarzan has undeniable staying power. Here’s a look at some of his jungle journeys over the years.

Review: Independence Day: Resurgence

Taking 20 years to retaliate makes the aliens a bit slow on the uptake, but never mind. The action and developments come so swiftly that viewers won’t ask a lot…

Disabled people don’t need Me Before You. We’ve got the Avengers

Storytellers of any genre can take a page from Marvel Studios for the class and respect its film shows in portraying people with varying abilities.

Jaws, Guns, and Family Ties: 14 Fun Emily Blunt Facts

Emily Blunt has the wit to steal the Prada heels out from under anyone, but the mercurial glint in her blue eyes intrigues us long after a film is over.…

Review: Civil War is Marvel at its Most Personal

The emotional stakes are high in Captain America: Civil War, a film that ditches overt threats to humanity for a conflict borne from the characters’ beliefs and their love for…

Apollo Beach couple finds magic on the Disney on Ice tour

As a little girl in Russia, Marina McCourt loved to watch Disney characters like Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Now, the figure skater…

A Whole Lotta Jungle Love: Top 12 Jungle Stories

2005's King Kong By Valerie Kalfrin The Script Lab, April 2016 Much like the naked city, the ocean, and the frontier, the jungle is a setting…

Daredevil in the Details: Lessons in Serial Storytelling

Matt’s father was a boxer, so it’s appropriate that the initial season had the rhythms of a boxing match. The show burst out of its corner with a palpable energy,…

Curtis Hixon park becomes massive gallery this weekend for Gasparilla arts festival

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and neighboring Kiley Gardens in downtown Tampa turn into a plein-air art gallery this weekend complete with chalk artists, a “carmada” of transformed vehicles, and about…

Harlem Globetrotters to celebrate 90 years of flashy skills and tradition at Tampa show

The whistling strains of “Sweet Georgia Brown” and the happy-go-lucky rhythm of basketballs bound into the Amalie Arena for one night next week as the Harlem Globetrotters bounce into town…

8 Ways to Find Your Meet-Cute (As Inspired by Film)

"Journeys end in lovers meeting,” Shakespeare once wrote. We disagree. Any love story or romantic twist begins when sweethearts first cross paths, even if they’re oblivious to the significance. Movie…

FBI Statistics, Police Figures Paint 2 Pictures of Crime

Crime statistics don't give residents the full picture thanks to meticulous and often baffling guidelines meant to eliminate differences among jurisdictions.

Crowdfunded Publishing and the Writer’s Vision

As a veteran screenwriter, Patrick Sheane Duncan (Courage Under Fire) is used to hearing suggestions, some mind-boggling, about his work. So when Duncan hatched the idea for Dracula v. Hitler,…

Circus arriving in Tampa with big cats, motorcycle daredevils and more

Like a roar, Alexander Lacey’s passion for lions and tigers appears the instant he speaks.

Review: The Force is Strong With Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The original trilogy soared on chance encounters and choices: staying home or flying toward the unknown, following the Dark Side or the Light. Here, the Force awakens as characters discover…

Hometown Hero: Lutz teen helps raise $1 million for Shriners

Leigh Dittman is proof that small actions over time can have a huge impact. There are the painful ones. With osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, the Lutz teenager is…

Review: Spotlight Is Spot-On

Reporters and cops have more in common than they realize, a source told me when I was a crime journalist. Both consider their jobs a calling, and both think they’re…

Understanding the Art of Good Dialogue

Develop reference points for your characters, and their voices become clear – to the actors as well as the audience. Harrison Ford says "Star Wars" worked so well because of…