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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

Want to write like a pro? Listen to how Dan Fogelman cranked out CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE..

Adorable, charming, and an amazing writer, Dan Fogelman has it all. So, why does he need to write a film called Crazy, Stupid, Love if life is such a peach? Because he’s human. And, that  – why love is so crazy wonderful but so terribly stupid at the same time — is the focus of his new movie. The … Continue reading

Hate your horrible boss? Write a movie about killing him

“I wanted to see if I could make something good come out of something so so awful,” says Michael Markowitz (In-Laws, It’s All Relative, Becker), who started writing the R-rated comedy  Horrible Bosses based on his real-life experience in 2005. Markowitz spent the next few years perfecting his draft until teaming up with screenwriters John Francis Daley (Bones) and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Bones, $#*! My … Continue reading

Screenwriter George Nolfi writes and directs THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, and he’s adorable too

After seven years of “scratching,” as screenwriterGeorge Nolfi puts it, he finally unearthed the key to his new action-thriller, The Adjustment Bureau. Now, it’s up to audiences to do the same. The film is about a politician who falls hopelessly in love with a ballerina until the agents of fate decide to get in the way. Nolfi is … Continue reading

BRIDESMAIDS writer Annie Mumolo gives secret to female comedy success

“We wrote the script in six days,” says screenwriter Annie Mumolo of the whirlwind experience she had writing the new Judd Apatow-produced comedy Bridesmaids. The film is about a group of ladies who come together when one of them gets married. Mumolo co-wrote the script with friend and star of the film, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Knocked Up, MacGruber). “We are trained … Continue reading

First-time writer/director lands Will Ferrell in his indie comedy EVERYTHING MUST GO

Everything must go, except the A-list actor. This is how a first-time director makes his mark. At least, that’s howDan Rush, writer/director of the new indie comedy, Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, made his. “Small scope, big actor,” says Rush, of the advice a trusted colleague gave him on how to make his debut as a … Continue reading

First-time writer/director lands Keira Knightley in LAST NIGHT

“You labor for three days to write a scene, and then you cut it in the edit.” That’s the paradox of being a writer/director, says Massy Tadjedin, who wrote and directed the romantic drama Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. The film is about a married couple who spends the night away from each other after an … Continue reading

THE HANGOVER PART II writers report from the trenches of the Great Sequel Paradox

Writing the the sequel to The Hangover, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, should be as easy as popping the top on an ice cold brewsky.  Booze + hotel room + Zach Galifianakis = wackiness ensues, right? If only it was that easy, says Scot Armstrong(Old School, Semi-Pro, Starsky & Hutch, The Heartbreak Kid) and Craig Mazin (Superhero Movie, Scary Movie … Continue reading

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