Screenwriters & Playwrights / WGA: Articles


Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did […]


Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]


Jackie Collins: Surprisingly Few Movie Adaptations of Her Sex Bestsellers

Jackie Collins' sex novel The Bitch became a sex movie starring sexy sister Joan Collins. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film & TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and […]


Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett: Old Hollywood Top Screenwriting Team

Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett – and D.M. Marshman Jr. – collaboration: Sunset Blvd., starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden, and directed by Wilder. Billy Wilder & Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for […]


Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to […]


Don Mankiewicz Movies: 'I Want to Live!' & 'The Chapman Report'

Don Mankiewicz co-wrote I Want to Live, starring Susan Hayward, 1958's Best Actress Oscar winner. 'I Want to Live!' screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dead at 93 Veteran television and film screenwriter Don Mankiewicz died of congestive heart failure at age 93 on April 25, '15, at his home in Monrovia, northeast of […]


Woody Allen 21st WGA Awards Nomination + Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Adams BAFTA Nominees

Cate Blanchett and Woody Allen on the 'Blue Jasmine' set. WGA Awards 2014 nominations: Woody Allen, 'American Hustle' in; '12 Years a Slave,' 'Blue Is the Warmest Color' ineligible The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards. The lists – adapted and original screenplay, […]


'Montezuma': Castle in the Air or Next Steven Spielberg Movie?

Montezuma: Castle in the air or movie-to-be? 'Montezuma': Castle in the air or next Steven Spielberg movie (or some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If […]


Clint Eastwood Western Movies' Persona Co-Creator Has Died

Clint Eastwood Western movies: The Good the Bad and the Ugly stars the former U.S. TV actor & B Hollywood flick performer as the silent, strong – and unfeeling, unwashed, cruel, violent, constipated-looking – type. Clint Eastwood Western movies' persona co-creator dead at 87: Luciano Vincenzoni Screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, whose […]


Bad Movies: 'Mommie Dearest,' Clint Eastwood Among 'Least Talented Directors'

John Travolta in the Scientology-inspired movie 'Battlefield Earth.' From John Travolta to Bob Dylan, from Ed Wood to Orson Welles: 'The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time' Phil Hall's The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time, tagged as a “new celebration of cinematic inanity,” was published by Bear Manor on […]


WGA Awards: 'Batman' Movie Out + Controversial 'Pro-Torture' Drama In

WGA Awards: Latest 'Batman' movie out The WGA Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Expect the Academy Awards 2013 nominations in the writing categories to be – at least – somewhat different, for reasons explained below. But first, here are the WGA Awards 2013 nominees: Best Original Screenplay John […]


Kathryn Bigelow & Benh Zeitlin Are Best Director Favorites + Michael Haneke Surprisingly Bypassed

Zero Dark Thirty with Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton. With ten wins and two nominations to date, Kathryn Bigelow is the top Best Director choice this awards season for the controversial “war on terror” thriller Zero Dark Thirty, about a dogged CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and the hunt for Osama […]