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.
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.
July 1, 1990 |
This spring, nine major American screenwriters converged in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, lugging cans of tuna, granola bars, coffee and other creature comforts of capitalism to buffer them against the bare-bones conditions that they had been warned about in the Soviet Union, where they were headed. Soon, they would add to their portable larders cartons of Marlboro cigarettes and packets of condoms, which tour leaders assured them would be useful for hailing down cabs and rewarding good service.