Shanee Edwards

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Shanee Edwards graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in Screenwriting and is currently the film critic for SheKnows.com. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her pilot, Ada and the Machine, is currently in development with America Ferrera's Take Fountain Productions. You can follow her on Twitter: @ShaneeEdwards

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Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellows on his Writing Process and the Inspiration for his Strong Female Characters

  If you’re like me and can’t get enough of Julian Fellowes’ female-driven family dramas, you most likely gobbled up each delicious episode of The Gilded Age on HBO and can’t wait for season two. But as good as the American-set show is, it just doesn’t scratch the same itch as our beloved Downton. Luckily, writer/creator/pro...

INTERVIEW: Writer of THE LOST CITY

The Lost City is an adventure rom-com about disenchanted romance novelist, Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock) who's indulging her publicist by going on a book tour with her male cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum). When the hunky himbo gets more attention than Loretta, she's ready to throw in the towel on her writing career. But before she can end ...

Aaron Sorkin’s Inventive Structure for Being the Ricardos Raises the Stakes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBWOCH8CPhA When it comes to telling stories of real people, Aaron Sorkin knows a thing or two. Not only did he win the Oscar for writing The Social Network (2010), based on Mark Zuckerberg, the WGA recently named the screenplay as number three on their list of the top 101 screenplays in the 21st century! Other ...

Spencer Writer Steven Knight Creates a Nightmarish Fairytale to Tell Diana’s Story

Spencer, the new biopic about Princess Diana, opens with Diana (Kristen Stewart) driving alone in a little green sports car along a rural road in the English countryside. She’s lost. So lost, she decides to stop in at a local fish and chips shop to ask for directions. Not only is the scene a fantastic metaphor for Diana's troubled life and ...

Real Women Have Curves Showcased at the Museum of Motion Pictures

The recently opened Academy Museum for Motion Pictures reworks the old May Co. building at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire in Los Angeles, transforming the four-story space into a film-lover’s paradise. It has gorgeous theatres and carefully curated exhibition halls, where nearly all aspects of filmmaking is paid tribute. The ongoing ...

Queenpins Writers Balance Comedic Tone with Real-Life Drama in Coupon Caper

  Queenpins is a quirky crime comedy inspired by a trio of women who made millions of dollars in an elaborate coupon scam. Married writer/director team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly have a background in documentaries and journalism so when they stumbled upon this true story after visiting an FBI website, they knew they had the ...

The Eyes of Tammy Faye Screenwriter on Writing in a No-Judgement Zone

If you lived through the 80s, you no doubt remember the larger-than-life televangelist power couple Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they were a force of nature. Tammy Faye was known for her clownish makeup and puppet shows; Jim for stealing millions of dollars from his parishioners. Both were mocked by comedians, ridiculed ...

Jungle Cruise Writers Take Inspiration from WWI, Suffragettes and Old-Fashioned Romance

  Jungle Cruise is a delightful thrill ride down the Amazon River and stars Emily Blunt as researcher Dr. Lily Houghton who’s on a quest to find the fabled Tears of the Moon – a plant native to the Amazon jungle that is said to have powerful healing properties. Once in the Amazon, she hires a grifter boat captain, Frank Wolff ...

Black Widow Writer on Making the Story an ‘Emotional investigation of Natasha Romanoff.’

There are NO spoilers here for Black Widow, but if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame, you'll want to see it before reading this interview. Remember summer blockbusters? After nearly a year and a half of dark theaters due to the pandemic, Marvel’s standalone superhero movie, Black Widow, hopes to bring the magic of people sitting ...

Golden Arm Writers Don’t Take No for an Answer

You may know Jenna Milly as the Editor in Chief for Screenwriting Magazine, this fabulous writing blog that shares inspiration from both successful and emerging writers, along with tips on the craft of screenwriting all to support this lovely writing community. I’m incredibly excited to share with you that Milly and her writing partner, Ann ...

Oscar-Nominated Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo on Going from Sketch to Screenplay

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, written by and starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is one of the silliest movies you’ll ever see. It’s also one of the most joyful. With bright colors and a sexy Jamie Dornan, watching the movie is like devouring a giant spoonful of marshmallow fluff ­– and it’s exactly what we all need right ...

Bliss Writer/Director Mike Cahill Takes Inspiration From an Ancient Philosopher

If you’ve seen any of writer/director Mike Cahill’s previous films (Another Earth, co-written by actress Brit Marling, 2011;  I Origins, 2014), you know he’s obsessed with exploring mind-tripping alternate realities by crashing science into spirituality. His latest film, Bliss, stars Owen Wilson as Greg, a man reeling from a recent ...
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