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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 ...

THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE from screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley

By Jenna Milly The screenwriters who brought you the hilarious murder caper Horrible Bosses in the summer of 2011 are at it again with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley co-wrote the new comedy about a tired magician who has to find his mojo again when everyone he works with gives up on him. The film stars ...

Screenwriter Craig Mazin on IDENTITY THIEF

How do you manage the comedy, tone and dialog when you’re writing a script for comedians Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy? Very carefully says screenwriter Craig Mazin who penned the R-rated comedy Identity Thief staring these two actors. “There is no one joke or one piece of dialog worth bringing the movie down around it. The lines that ...

Writer/director Leslye Headland on the indie comedy Bachelorette

If you hate the F-word, you don’t want to see Bachelorette. And you know what? The film’s writer and director doesn’t care. She wants to show you how women really talk when no one else is around. That’s the kind of artistic bravado that brought playwright Leslye Headland out of the theater and into Hollywood to write and direct her ...

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor on the sexy romantic comedy "Hope Springs"

ScreenwritingU sat down with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor to get her take on the clichés of romantic comedies, working with Meryl Streep and being on the famed Hollywood Black List. Hope Springs is the story of a married couple looking to put the spark back in their love life. These two are sleeping in separate bedrooms, barely talking and sex ...

Screenwriter Vanessa Taylor on the sexy romantic comedy "Hope Springs"

ScreenwritingU sat down with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor to get her take on the clichés of romantic comedies, working with Meryl Streep and being on the famed Hollywood Black List. Hope Springs is the story of a married couple looking to put the spark back in their love life. These two are sleeping in separate bedrooms, barely talking and sex ...
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