Number of femme writer-directors who have won an original screenplay Oscar for a film they also helmed: Jane Campion for 1993's "The Piano." This year, "Lost in Translation's" Sofia Coppola or…
One of the longest, liveliest and stickiest Hollywood battles centers on exactly who deserves writing credits on films.
Despite the fact that I went to art school, where I got to draw more than write, I have a lot to say about screenwriting -- insightful, hard-earned observations that can only be gleaned from over a…
Whether they center on the daily travails of Cleveland comic-book author Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor"), or on the love story between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes ("Sylvia"), or detail the…
During the Q&A after Variety's unspooling of "House of Sand and Fog," stars Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly said they were captivated by the novel it's based upon, even before there was a…
Films adapted from novels have always been a significant part of the Oscar race. Since "All Quiet on the Western Front" won best pic in 1930, films based on novels have won the category over 40% of…
Tim Burton didn't have to do a lot of trawling to lure creatives to his "Big Fish."
I always thought that every story has a particular way of being told. I realized this a long time ago when, at 19, I first read "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. The structure, the themes…
"Girl With a Pearl Earring" stars Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth chatted up the oft-wordless pic following its unspooling Dec. 11 in the Variety Screening Series. Thesps said filming was fun…
A look at the rise of independent film in the original screenplay category.
Gotham's most graceful gathered Tuesday evening for Robert Altman's terpsichorean exploration "The Company."