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How to call Bill Murray’s 1-800 number according to ST. VINCENT writer/director

St. Vincent writer/director Ted Melfi thought it was more than a little quirky when he left a slue of messages for Bill Murray on his 1-800 number. He thought, this can’t be the means by which you get a screenplay to an A-list actor like Murray. But it was. Apparently, the 1-800 number was the only way to get in touch. “He has no contact with ...

Screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen & Brendan O'Brien on NEIGHBORS

The new Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy Neighbors is a simple concept that took a lot of work to get right. Writing partners Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien said they pitched several projects to Rogen before he finally decided this was the one he liked. After that, they developed a pitch. Why not go directly to script pages? Because the ...

Screenwriters Andrew J. Cohen & Brendan O'Brien on NEIGHBORS

The new Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy Neighbors is a simple concept that took a lot of work to get right. Writing partners Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien said they pitched several projects to Rogen before he finally decided this was the one he liked. After that, they developed a pitch. Why not go directly to script pages? Because the ...

Screenwriter Nick Stoller on MUPPETS MOST WANTED

A-list screenwriter Nick Stoller of Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement fame is back for Muppets Most Wanted and this time, Kermit is on a rampage. Well, it looks like Kermit is on a rampage, but actually it is Kermit’s doppelganger, the evil Constantine, who is out to do no good. When Kermit gets kidnapped and replaced ...

BAD WORDS screenwriter Andrew Dodge

How do you sell a spec script in Hollywood? It used to be that a writer would have to acquire representation, an agent or a manager, who could send the spec material out into the marketplace and hope a studio or production company would make an offer. That was before The Black List, an industry list of the best unproduced spec scripts voted on by ...

Writer/director Rob Pearlstein on SOMEONE MARRY BARRY

Every have a friend in your group who was so annoying that you didn’t know if you could be friends anymore? Writer/director Rob Pearlstein has. And he wrote a movie about it. “The truth is I have more than one [Barry],” said Pearlstein. “I had this realization that I have people in my life who are this guy… Then, there comes a point in ...

Screenwriter Dan Fogelman on LAST VEGAS

He writes animated movies (Cars, Cars 2, Tangled, and Bolt). He writes indie comedies (Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Guilt Trip). And he also does Christmas, too (Fred Claus). Is there anything that screenwriter Dan Fogelman can’t do? Apparently not. His new film, Last Vegas, is an ensemble starring some of Hollywood’s greatest actors -- Michael ...

Writer/director Dan Mazer on I GIVE IT A YEAR

When you’ve got a credit on your writing resume like Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, it’s hard to believe your next passion project would be a sweet romantic comedy about a couple who are trying to make it through their first year of marriage. But that’s I Give It a Year, the movie ...

Screenwriter Craig Mazin on going sober with a finale of HANGOVER PART III

By Jenna Milly How do you wake up with a hangover and decide this will be your last one? That’s the question screenwriter Craig Mazin faced when sitting down with director Todd Phillips to write the last and final edition of drunken comedy series, The Hangover Part III. “We wanted to end it, and we wanted it to feel like there was closure,...

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk PAIN & GAIN

By Jenna Milly Would you like to make a movie about a group of body builders who become extortionists and killers…? It’s not the kind of question a studio exec would likely say yes to… unless it’s based on a true story. Pain & Gain, the new black comedy-slash-crime movie, is about just this topic. Based on a series of articles from a ...

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk PAIN & GAIN

By Jenna Milly Would you like to make a movie about a group of body builders who become extortionists and killers…? It’s not the kind of question a studio exec would likely say yes to… unless it’s based on a true story. Pain & Gain, the new black comedy-slash-crime movie, is about just this topic. Based on a series of articles from a ...

Screenwriter Justin Zackham on THE BIG WEDDING

By Jenna Milly Adapting a film from a book is one thing, but what do you do when you’re asked to adapt a foreign film into a Hollywood production? Screenwriter Justin Zackham, best known for writing the heartfelt dramedy The Bucket List, decided taking on this kind of adaptation for his first foray into the world of writing and directing. The ...
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