June 19, 2012 |
From a snow-crested corner of Alberta, Canada, Kelly Oxford made her Hollywood screenwriting dream come true. She did it without leaving her close-knit family or giving up her free nationalized healthcare. She did it without toiling in Westside coffee shops or confronting painful rejections. She did it 140 characters at a time. Oxford, a suburban housewife and mother of three, is a Twitter superstar ( @kellyoxford ), with more than 350,000 followers. Oscar winners, late-night talk show hosts, even film critic Roger Ebert follow her on the social media service, eager to read wry observations about daily life and celebrity culture.
September 20, 2006
Oliver Stone, Neil LaBute, Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are among the filmmakers who are scheduled to speak at Screenwriting Expo 5, a four-day conference about writing and selling scripts that is open to the public. The event, sponsored by Creative Screenwriting magazine, will be held Oct. 19-22 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and Renaissance Montura hotels. Admission is $74.95. For registration and information, call (800) 727-6978 or go to www.screenwritingexpo.com.
November 21, 2013 |
We wrote "(500) Days of Summer" because we loved the romantic comedy - and feared for its survival. What used to be "The Graduate" and "Annie Hall" and "When Harry Met Sally" had become the home of the unrealistic, the unrelatable and the insincere. The genre was in free-fall, and "500" was our attempt to breathe a little life back in. When looking for a follow-up, we turned our attention to the other genre we loved and missed: the teen movie. The '80s of our youth were chock-full of smart, sensitive, sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt, always identifiable films about young people.
October 2, 1989 |
When Steve Sharon wrote the screenplay to the Clint Eastwood thriller "The Dead Pool," he didn't rely much on outside help. He typed away on a computer in his Huntington Beach home. He didn't even use a typing service or a research assistant. "I can do the typing just as quickly myself," he said. "And I prefer to do my own research so I have a fuller understanding of whatever it is I'm writing about." But he does have his own special--and rather costly--computer equipment.
September 10, 2006 |
I am proud to be a Hollywood screenwriter. Why? Well, not for the art or the money or the ability to have agents return my calls within weeks. No, it's because since the dawn of talkies, writers have always been the uncrowned kings of Hollywood, the secret titans of Tinseltown, the underground reel royalty. I didn't always feel that way. Forty years ago, when I first came to L.A.
March 24, 2003 |
In a first, a Spanish-language screenplay, "Talk to Her," won the Academy Award for best original screenplay. "This award is to the Spanish cinema," writer-director Pedro Almodovar said upon winning his first Oscar for the idiosyncratic tale of two men in love with two women who both happen to be in comas. Almodovar was being particularly charitable considering Spain didn't even nominate the film to be its entry for best foreign language picture.