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February 18, 1987
William Rose, an American screenwriter who won an Academy Award for "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and whose other Hollywood and British film credits include such classic comedies as "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming" and "The Ladykillers," died at his home in England. He was 68 and the cause of his death last Tuesday was not reported. Rose, who also wrote the script for "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," lived on the English Channel island of Jersey.
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.
May 31, 1992 |
Evoking memories of the Watts Writers Workshop, created by writer-novelist Budd Schulberg in the wake of the 1965 riots, the screenwriting community is trying to reach out to riot-scarred South-Central Los Angeles by rebuilding two libraries that were destroyed by fire. "The object is not just to play Lady Bountiful," said screenwriter Roger L. Simon, who is chairing a July 24 fund-raising auction at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica.
April 26, 1987 |
As a veteran screenwriter, Bill Norton has specialized in action pictures about tough guys (Burt Lancaster in "The Scalphunters," Burt Reynolds in "White Lightning" and "Gator," John Wayne in "Brannigan") and tough gals (Angie Dickinson in "Big Bad Mama"). It's doubtful, though, that Norton ever expected to find himself in the kind of dramatic real-life scenario in which he's now trapped.