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.
September 11, 1994
The National Writers Workshop, a nonprofit organization for hopeful screenwriters, is holding its fifth annual screenwriting contest for minorities. American Film Institute graduate Willard Rogers founded the contest in 1990 as part of the workshop's Ethnic Minority Screenwriters Development and Promotional Program. Rogers, 53, head of the organization, established the $500 scholarship to discover talent in ethnic communities, which account for only 2.
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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.
May 23, 1999 |
Oon this very page, I once advanced a controversial theory. I argued that America is more like ancient Egypt than the Roman Empire, should anyone mistake it for the latter. Instead of the dead, we worship the famous, close-yet-distant souls who live forever in the media netherworld of the here and now. The capital of our state is Hollywood, mirage-maker to the world, vast repository of immortals. That's why I call the place Cairo-by-the Mojave--'twas ever thus and 'twill always be so.
June 26, 1988 |
He was dead, I was told. Or at least he wouldn't answer my letters (he didn't). When I finally trapped him on the telephone, he said he was far too busy to grant an interview. I said I was coming to see him anyway. Would he talk? He said, "We'll see." Philip Yordan is the great mystery man of the post-1930s generation of Hollywood screenwriters.
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.