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Screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel on THE D TRAIN

How far would you go to change the reputation you had in high school? That’s the premise of the new indie comedy The D Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden. Writing partners Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (Yes Man) wrote and directed the film after years of writing studio films. “You have to accomplish things in those kinds of ...

Screenwriter Josh Cagan on THE DUFF

The indie sensation that has everyone talking is a new teen comedy about Duffs. What’s a Duff? Designated ugly fat friend. Wait, what? Yep. High school has term for everything nowadays. When Bianca, played by Mae Whitman of Parentood fame, finds out she’s the designated ugly fat friend in her circle at high school, her world starts to fall ...

Screenwriter Paul Shoulberg on WALTER

Screenwriter Paul Shoulberg started his writing career as a playwright. So, how did he go from writing plays in New York to living in the Midwest and writing a script about a man named Walter who is in charge of deciding who goes to heaven and hell? Shoulberg started with a monologue. Just a few words on a page from the mouth of one character ...

Screenwriter Kay Cannon on PITCH PERFECT 2

Kay Cannon got the idea for Pitch Perfect while working as a writer on 30 Rock. She says however that everyone she pitched it to turned her down. That is until she talked to actress and producer Elizabeth Banks. CUT TO: Cannon is now gearing up for the sequel to the immensely popular girl musical that even men can’t stop talking about. The ...

Writer/director Susanna Fogel on LIFE PARTNERS

“Romantic relationships come and go, but friends are supposed to be forever,” says writer/director Susanna Fogel of the premise for her new female buddy comedy, Life Partners. The quirky indie takes a look at two best friends who find their relationship challenged when one gets a serious boyfriend. How can these two friends accept the change ...

Screenwriter Bill Kennedy on SEX ED

When it rains, it pours. This is exactly what young screenwriter Bill Kennedy learned when he started his first season on House of Cards and it was exactly then that a script he wrote, Sex Ed, got picked up by a prominent director. “You get 10 days to write the first draft of your episode… and I’m working 12 hours a day,” Kennedy says of ...

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 ...
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