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The Art of the Zing

by Andrew Bloomenthal Screenwriter Andrew Dodge loves words. And he uses them to hilarious scathing effect in Bad Words—the subversive new comedy directed by and…

Traversing That Awkward Moment

Traversing That Awkward Moment

by W. H. Bourne Writer Tom Gormican is a poster child of our changing industry. His directorial debut, That Awkward Moment, releases nationwide in theaters…

In the Wolf’s Den: Terence Winter on Writing The Wolf of Wall Street

In the Wolf’s Den: Terence Winter on Writing The Wolf of Wall Street

by Paul Parcellin Writing about people who live on the wrong side of the law is nothing new to Terence Winter. After all, he was…

Ralph Fiennes on The Invisible Woman

by Andrew Bloomenthal Veteran actor Ralph Fiennes threw a proverbial one-two punch as the director and star of The Invisible Woman—a true tale of Charles…

The Prices We Pay: The Invisible Woman

by Andrew Bloomenthal “You’re an admirer of my husband’s work, Miss Ellen?” asks a matronly Catherine Dickens to the young actress Nelly Ternan. “You will…

Out of a Rusty Cage: Writing and Directing Out of the Furnace

by Christopher McKittrick Scott Cooper was once a young actor from southwest Virginia who had appeared in small roles in a handful of films and…

Enduring the Odds to Write and Produce Oldboy

Enduring the Odds to Write and Produce Oldboy

by W. H. Bourne “About five years ago I got a phone call from Will…

Nicole Holofcener and Enough Said

Nicole Holofcener and Enough Said

by Andrew Bloomenthal When it comes to polite human interaction, characters in Nicole Holofcener’s films…

Poetic License

Poetic License

by Andrew Bloomenthal First discovering the Beat writers in college, screenwriter Austin Bunn was instantly…

Powerful Prose

Powerful Prose

by Carlos Aguilar With a career that covers almost every written creative medium, John Ridley’s…

Kill Your Darlings: Not Just Good Advice for Writers

by Andrew Bloomenthal In 1944, when Columbia University student Lucien Carr fatally stabbed a gay…

Understanding Screenwriting #115

Understanding Screenwriting #115

by Tom Stempel FAN MAIL: So far there have not been any comments on my…

Penning Prisoners

Penning Prisoners

by Andrew Bloomenthal Screenwriter Aaron Guzikowsi was riding a hum-drum day job stuffing envelopes at…

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In the Wolf’s Den: Terence Winter on Writing The Wolf of Wall Street

In the Wolf’s Den: Terence Winter on Writing The Wolf of Wall Street

by Paul Parcellin Writing about people who live on the wrong side of the law is nothing new to Terence Winter. After all, he was a writer and producer of…

Out of a Rusty Cage: Writing and Directing Out of the Furnace

Out of a Rusty Cage: Writing and Directing Out of the Furnace

by Christopher McKittrick Scott Cooper was once a young actor from southwest Virginia who had appeared in small roles in a handful of films and television episodes. However, that was…

Enduring the Odds to Write and Produce Oldboy

Enduring the Odds to Write and Produce Oldboy

by W. H. Bourne “About five years ago I got a phone call from Will Smith’s assistant who said, ‘Will’s going to call you in about a half hour; will…

Syd Field, An Appreciation

Syd Field, An Appreciation

by Michael Lent Most writers are nonconformists who hate to be told how to structure their lives. “I have to wake, work and sleep when? Says who?” That aberrant inclination…

Powerful Prose

Powerful Prose

by Carlos Aguilar With a career that covers almost every written creative medium, John Ridley’s latest screenplay is perhaps the most important project of his career. Being an African American…

Simon Barrett’s Got Next

Simon Barrett’s Got Next

by Adam Stovall Everyone always asks how Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard met, so let’s get that out of the way first. In 2003, Barrett was on the set of…

A Father and Son Story Across the Generations

A Father and Son Story Across the Generations

by Andrew Bloomenthal Danny Strong, the Emmy Award-winning writer of HBO hits Recount and Game Change, knows how to spin a compelling political yarn. In Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Strong…

Elmore Leonard Tribute

Elmore Leonard Tribute

by Michael Lent In a world of lettuce, Elmore Leonard was meat. Patron saint to crime novelists and screenwriters, his prose got to the meat of things. Quickly. His writing…

<i>Wolverine</i>: Two Writers, One Character

Wolverine: Two Writers, One Character

by Christopher McKittrick As with many big-budget blockbusters of today’s multiplex-ready “summer tentpole” movies, The Wolverine—the sixth film in 20th Century Fox’s Marvel Comics X-Men franchise—went through a lengthy preproduction…

Marc Guggenheim on <i>Sea of Monsters</i>

Marc Guggenheim on Sea of Monsters

by Christopher McKittrick While interviewing Marc Guggenheim, I pointed out to him that I thought it was unfair to label him a screenwriter. What I mean by that is Guggenheim…

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The Trouble With Superman

The Trouble With Superman

by Ryan Gowland Since he was introduced in Action Comics #1 in 1938, Superman has crossed…

Breaking Into Comics Right Now

Faith Erin Hicks and Friends With Boys

Brandon Easton, Writer/Creator