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Past, Present, Future: 3 Women's Voices in Film and How 3 Writers Wrote Them to the Red Carpet

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.12.2014 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Particularly tricky is writing strong and memorable female characters when you are a dude. Sure, from Shakespeare on, its been done but the challenge remains.

Your Words Have Power

Valerie Alexander | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Valerie Alexander

I'm sure the writers of Gimme a Break had no idea that including the line, "Is that a Phi Beta Kappa pin?" might change someone's life, but it did, and that outcome should be on all our minds when we write, when we post, when we produce.

Matthew Jacobs

'Wolf' Writer Dings F-Word Counters: 'Grow Up Already'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment

Now that we know exactly how many times the word "f--k" was used in "The Wolf of Wall Street," the movie's controversy seems to have slackened. Martin...

No Way to Make a Career

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media
Lowell Peterson

Welcome to the world of freelance employment. Welcome to the world of work without unions, without collective bargaining, without any industry-wide standards of employment or compensation or benefits.

Here Are The 2014 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The Writers Guild of America announced nominees for best original and adapted screenplays on Friday, providing a boost to awards contenders "August: O...

How Much Do Your Favorite TV Writers Make?

Posted 12.19.2013 | TV

It's a job everyone thinks they could do, few are given the opportunity, and even fewer do it well. Landing a gig as a writer for cable or network TV ...

Dorothy Parker Happy in Los Angeles

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Kevin Fitzpatrick

Today there is only one spot in Los Angeles that remembers Dorothy Parker's 30 years as a resident.

Reality TV Workers Have Little to Be Thankful for

Michael Winship | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.

Joan Scheckel's Renaissance

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 12.15.2013 | Arts
Elizabeth Baudouin

Joan Scheckel's Los Angeles based filmmaking labs are housed in the quickly developing artist hub amongst Perry Rubenstein Gallery and Regen Projects, leading the way for a new Hollywood Renaissance.

Three Is the Magic Number

Nicholas Weinstock | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Nicholas Weinstock

The Three Things is just my conviction that every one of those writers should always be working on at least three things at once.

Organizing for Leverage

Lowell Peterson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Lowell Peterson

Our decline has certainly been precipitous, and our diligent efforts to reverse it over the last twenty or so years have not yielded much. But I think it is possible to overestimate the power of executives and capital and to underestimate the power of the people who actually do the work.

East WillyB Gives New Generation of Latinos a Voice

Tanisha L. Ramirez | Posted 06.19.2013 | Latino Voices
Tanisha L. Ramirez

Whereas Hollywood has offered some media crumbs to the English-speaking, acculturated Latino masses, very few of them have truly captured the acculturated Latino voice. In fact, the few attempts made by Hollywood to represent the American Latino voice have failed miserably.

There's a Prize tor Those Little Webisodes? Yes. Meet the Winner.

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

While much of the hoopla at the Writers Guild Awards was focused on the film nominees as a ramp up to Oscars, the category most associated with the fastest growing medium on earth went largely unnoticed. And Michael Cyril Creighton was crowned king of that world.

Showbiz Goes High Tech

Yvonna Russell | Posted 04.23.2013 | Technology
Yvonna Russell

A lot has changed from the days when we went on foot to agents' offices, checked our answering machines on a pay phone and picked up sides in person. Show business, the last of the handshake businesses, has gone high tech.

Tom Stoppard: 'Not Adapting My Own Plays for Film'

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.21.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Award-Winning screenwriter and playwright Tom Stoppard, who received the Writers Guild of America, West's 2013 Laurel Award for Film, says he doubts that he would ever adapt any of his own theatrical works for the screen.

Writers Guild Awards Nominees for Original New Media

Wyatt Closs | Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The WGA Awards are on Sunday, February 17. Here are the nominees for Outstanding Acheivement in Original New Media Writing.

A Political Geek's Guide to Understanding Oscars Season

Wyatt Closs | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Will Jennifer Lawrence's joke about "beating Meryl Streep" be like Romney's "binder of women" quip and take her down? We'll see. Treat Entertainment Tonight like Hardball.

Good News For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

AP | Posted 03.07.2013 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty" are adding to their front-runner status for Hollywood's awards season. The two dramas earned nom...

Labor's Story Retold

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Lowell Peterson

Labor must think about what people want and need, and about what moves them to action. Tales of faded glory or heroic defeat are not enough. We must talk about possibility and hope, about building the future, not about trying to hold ground that can't be defended.

Telling Labor's Story

Lowell Peterson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Lowell Peterson

I'm not sure we in the labor movement have entirely figured out how to be essential to the forward progress of the American people. We need to think through how a movement of organized working people can be relevant in the age of the digital community.

At a Military Hospital, Warriors Are Not the Only Wounded

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Michael Winship

Wounded Warrior had asked some of us to come to Landstuhl to meet with the medical staff there. Some 3,000 strong, military and civilian, they work ceaselessly in what has become one of the busiest trauma centers in the world.

Hollywood's Female Trouble: Part 1, The Writers

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

A female friend recently said to me, "Sexism in the entertainment industry is so prevalent that most people are blind to it, and barely notice it anymore." This friend has been a Hollywood insider for decades, and Emmy nominated for her writing -- twice.

Q & A With Carole Kirschner

Robert Gagnier | Posted 05.08.2012 | TV
Robert Gagnier

Each year we have over fifty guest speakers including high profile show runners like Greg Daniel's (The Office, Parks & Rec), as well as directors, executives, actors, line producers and editors.

Don't Tread on Me -- Again. American Scripted Reality Writers Deserve Same Rights as Their British Counterparts

Lowell Peterson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Lowell Peterson

For over a year, the Writers Guild of America East has been working to unionize those considered the "sweatshop workers" of the television writing profession, the writers and producers of scripted reality television shows.

'The Onion' Writers May Strike Monday

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.28.2011 | Comedy

UPDATE: The WGA announced on Aug. 2 that the "ONN" writers have joined their union. Read more here. The writers behind the "Onion News Network" sho...