BEYOND WORDS 2018 – Insights From Writers Guild Award-Nominated Writers

Photo by Michael Jones

by Kelly Jo Brick

The Writers Guild Foundation, The Writers Guild of America, West and Variety brought together several of this year’s Writers Guild Award-nominated writers for a panel discussion to reflect and share insights about creating their films.

Moderator Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME) led writers Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor (THE SHAPE OF WATER), Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD), Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani (THE BIG SICK), James Mangold and Michael Green (LOGAN), Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (THE DISASTER ARTIST), Jordan Peele (GET OUT), Steven Rogers (I, TONYA), Aaron Sorkin (MOLLY’S GAME) and Virgil Williams (MUDBOUND) as they talked about how they decide what story to tell, the relationship between the words on the page and what’s seen on the screen, the craft of writing from treatments to inspiration and dealing with notes.


LB: Alas, Poor Aaron…

by Larry Brody

…Sorkin, that is. Looks like everyone’s after him these days, and not in a good way.

And a short while ago he was such a golden boy. Screenwriting Oscar winner! Beloved creator of THE WEST WING! Toast of what we used to call “the Intelligensia” with his cult fave SPORTS NIGHT. read article

Sorkin to Newsroom Staff: “Buh-bye, Baby”

Deer in the headlights! Whoa!

Sorkin Cleaning the “Newsroom”
by Soo Youn

Aaron Sorkin has been doing press all week defending his critically-panned HBO show, “The Newsroom,” but behind the scenes he’s cleaning house.

Most of the writers on the cable drama about a Keith Olbermann-type television news demagogue have been fired, sources with knowledge of the show told The Daily. “They’re not coming back, except for Sorkin’s ex-girlfriend [Corinne Kinsbury],” one source said.

The show was renewed early for a second season and it’s unclear how many writers will replace the departing staff. read article

7 Subjects We’re Not Going to Post About Today

‘Cuz you’ll be able to get this info on 12,476 other sites. So, in no particular order:

  1. 2012 Emmy Nomination Analyses
    Like, you know, this:
    New shows join Emmy favorites among nominees
  2. Or this:
    Emmy Nominations 2012: My Snappy Judgments
  3. Stories Embarrassing Beloved Stars
    Except maybe this:
    Fred Willard Arrested for Lewd Conduct
  4. Stories About How Much Those Damn Actors/Actresses Make
    Like this:
    Forbes List: 2012 Highest Paid TV Actresses
    (because who cares that Sofia Vergara makes $19 mil/year?)
  5. Puff Pieces Disguised as Human Interest Stories
    Like this:
    Balls of Steel: Screenwriter Losing Vision But Kickstarting Dreams
  6. Anything About THE NEWSROOM and Aaron What-Was-His-Name Again?
    For example:
    Aaron Sorkin On ‘The Newsroom’: NPR
  7. Articles About Directors
    Why promote our natural enemies:
    The Traditionalist