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Ariel Vromen reveals the gory details of writing THE ICEMAN

Writer/director Ariel Vromen wanted to find a story he could “commit suicide on,” he said. When he found the biography of Richard Kuklinski, the most notorious hitman of all time, things got serious for the writer/director of dark dramas. He got a little more than he bargained for in discovering the life of the man … Continue reading

First time screenwriter pens Argo for Ben Affleck and his floppy hairdo!

Screenwriter Chris Terrio got lucky, he says. That’s the only way he can explain how a first time writer like himself got the opportunity of a lifetime – to write a move directed by Ben Affleck. The new political thriller, Argo, received a standing ovation at Toronto Film Festival and is fast becoming the most … Continue reading

Screenwriter Dan Gilroy reinvents The Bourne Legacy with his bro Tony

“There’s a lot of movie talk,” screenwriter Dan Gilroy says of his film family. Gilroy’s not only the writer on The Bourne Legacy that he co-wrote with his brother, Tony Gilroy – who also wrote the first three films in the series and directed this one — but he’s the husband of actress Rene Russo and son … Continue reading

Screenwriter Jody Lambert pens brother-sister love story (not that kind!) in People Like Us

“I don’t think we ever thought this movie was going to be made at a studio and at this level,” says screenwriter Jody Lambert from the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills while conducting a one-on-one interview with ScreenwritingU about his new film People Like Us. And, why is that? Because this film was such a … Continue reading

Interview: Screenwriter Jody Lambert on Indie Drama, PEOPLE LIKE US

“I don’t think we ever thought this movie was going to be made at a studio and at this level,” says screenwriter Jody Lambert from the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills while conducting a one-on-one interview with ScreenwritingU about his new film People Like Us. And, why is that? Because this film was such a … Continue reading

Podcast: Grant Heslov on The Ides of March

Known for his strong political views, actor George Clooney had been looking for a political thriller to write with screenwriter Grant Heslov since their collaboration on Good Night, and Good Luck. When they stumbled upon a play of presidential ambition, Farragut North, by Beau Willimon, they knew they found their project. The play became the basis for the film, The Ides of … Continue reading

Don’t touch me — do you know where your hands have been?

Ever wonder, when you dip your fingers into a bowl of nuts at the bar or a mint tray at the hostess stand, how many other people have done the same (and where their fingers have been)? Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum) did. He was fascinated by the thought. So much so, he pitched his … Continue reading

He ain’t a woman, he ain’t black, but Tate Taylor wrote and directed the hell out of THE HELP

Taylor’s leaving it to audiences to decide if he did justice to the best-selling novel by the same name. Taylor’s childhood friend, author Kathryn Stockett, penned the story of black maids working for white families in a Jim Crow-governed Jackson, Mississippi. An aspiring novelist (Emma Stone) urges black maids (Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) to speak about out … Continue reading

Think you know how to write a TV show? Fuggaboutit, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, fans!

Show creator Terence (“Terry”) Winter was happy when actor Steve Buscemi signed on to play Nucky in his HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. Theys both from Brooklyn. And theys both know how to hustle (Nucky when in character and Winter when it comes to his Hollywood career). The writer, known for his work on The Sopranos, Brooklyn Rules, and Get Rich or Die Tryin’, … Continue reading

Stuttering boy becomes Oscar-winning triumph for THE KING’S SPEECH

“He stutters far worse than you do,” screenwriter David Seidler remembers his parents telling him of King George VI when the family would sit around the radio in England listening to the King deliver his war-time speeches. “It gave me hope, and I thought one day, as I became a writer, I would like to write something … Continue reading

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