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Ethan Hawke’s surprising emotional journey to make his new film Blaze

Ethan Hawke directed Blaze from a screenplay written by both himself and Foley’s former wife, Sybil Rosen. I talked with both Hawke and Rosen to find out what the writing process was like. Hawke claims it was a near miracle the film happened at all.

Crazy Rich Asians says ‘No’ to Netflix payday to bring Asian culture back to Hollywood

With a current score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes – a rare feat for a rom/com – screenwriters Adele Lim (TV’s Lethal Weapon, Reign) and Peter Chiarelli (Now You See Me 2, The Proposal) tackled a mountain of characters from a trilogy of books to write Crazy Rich Asians. Chiarelli says the process was painstaking.

The Spy Who Dumped Me writer tackles action/comedy with a bang

The Spy Who Dumped Me is an action/comedy film, one of the most difficult genres to get right. I sat down with writer/director Susanna Fogel to discuss the challenges of adding thrills and kills to the laughs.

Writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber has wanted to create an action/thriller movie since he was eight years old.

You may know some of Thurber’s films that aren’t in the action genre. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Central Intelligence all land in the comedic zone, so how did he finally get to make Skyscraper?

British novelist Ian McEwan calls writing a screenplay a ‘happy demotion’

You probably know British writer Ian McEwan best for his award-winning novels like Atonement, Black DogsandThe Comfort of Strangers. But he also writes plays and screenplays, and his novella On Chesil Beach has now been adapted for the screen by none other than McEwan himself. Dialing in from England, we chatted about the film, and the differences between writing a novel and a screenplay.

Comedian Natasha Leggero on why she’s a ‘writer by necessity’

Comedy writer and actress Natasha Leggero, star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s Another Period, has a brand new standup comedy special on Netflix called The Honeymoon Standup Special. Not surprisingly, it’s hilarious. But I’d expect nothing less from the woman who owns every comedy roast where she flings scorching zingers from the dais. Check out the barbs she throws down in this roast of Justin Bieber:

Video: For Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, writing screenplays is a family affair

Written by Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, Life of the Party is really a love story between mother and daughter. We sat down with Falcone, who also directed the film, to find out the inspiration behind the story and what the married couple’s writing process is like.

Tomb Raider Writer on Getting Notes from Alicia Vikander

Robertson-Dworet had the opportunity to hone her comedy-writing skills writing for the National Lampoon when she was at Harvard. But her dream was to want to write action movies. It seems her dream has come true. In addition to Tomb Raider, she is working on the upcoming Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson, Silver & Black, and Dungeons & Dragons, all set to release over the next three years.

Writer Kelly Fullerton goes deep on the Simone Biles biopic

The new Lifetime movie, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar, is based on Biles’ autobiography from 2016. The biopic details the hardships and sacrifices Biles, played by Jeanté Godlock, made on the road to winning a combined total of 19 ...

Video: The secret to writing a fantastic, fun, fabulous kids movie from Paddington 2 writers

Video: ScreenwritingU's Shanee Edwards interviews the Paddington 2 writers to find out how to write for kids and adults in a sequel.

The 2nd Annual National Screenwriters Day is Jan. 5!

To honor great writers like Robert Riskind, Friday, January 5 has been deemed National Screenwriters Day and screenwriters all over the country are coming together to celebrate. ScreenwritingU President, Hal Croasnum, spearheaded the creation of the holiday in 2017 and so far, it’s been a huge success.

Father Figures writer Justin Malen keeps R-rated comedy fresh

Father Figures has a terrific comedic premise: Two fraternal twin brothers discover the man they thought was their dad is not, so they go on a quest to find their real biological father. The catch? Thanks to the sexual liberation of the 1970s, there are multiple possible baby-daddies strewn across the country. Can you say awkward and hilarious road trip?
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