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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Today’s reading: The year’s most challenging scenes

Well, hello — hope you all had, or are having, a pleasant holiday. (My jury duty got cancelled at the last minute — merry Christmas to me!) For those of you who are, like me, at work today without a whole lot to do (a not unpleasant state of affairs), here’s some fascinating end-of-year-movie reading: Vulture has been talking to a number of the year’s most prominent screenwriters about the biggest challenges they faced in their latest scripts — and posting excerpts from the screenplays themselves. Here’s what you’ll find so far; it’s an ongoing series so more will be added:
— Chris Terrio, on the “Argo” conference-room scene in which the CIA/State Dept. staffers debate how to rescue the hostages
— Rian Johnson on the diner scene in “Looper,” in which two versions of the same character (one younger, one older) meet in time.
— William Nicholson, on a new scene he created for “Les Miserables,” in which we understand the reasons for Jean Valjean’s eventual guilt over Fantine.
— John Gatins, discussing the hospital scene in “Flight,” in which three characters’ lives intersect for a brief moment.

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