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Striking Writers and Actors March Together on Hollywood Streets (September 14, 2023): Thousands of striking writers and actors marched together on Hollywood streets on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. The WGA strike is on day 136.

WGA Writers on Strike Over Streaming, AI and Preserving the Writers' Room (May 2, 2023): The WGA writers are on strike after failing to come to an agreement with AMPTP. The issues include streaming, AI and preserving the writers' room.

Cats Film Could Boost Interest in T.S. Eliot's Poetry Despite Box Office Losses (January 4, 2020): The new Cats movie is not a box office success but it should still help generate new interest in T.S. Eliot's cat poetry, including his Practical Cats collection.

Joss Whedon Exits Batgirl Over Lack of a Story (February 23, 2018): Joss Whedon has exited the Warner Bros. Batgirl film project. He was set to be writer and director of the movie.

Writers Reach Deal With Studios, Writers Strike Averted (May 7, 2017): The boards of directors of the WGA West and WGA East voted to approve a new 3 year deal with the studios. Now the membership must vote.

Negotiations Continue as Writers' Strike Looms (April 27, 2017): No deal has been reached between the WGA and studios. The WGA has voted to strike if no deal is reached by May 1, 2017.

Meryl Streep Blasts Donald Trump and Supports Journalists at 2017 Golden Globes (January 8, 2017): Meryl Streep blasted Donald Trump at the 2017 Golden Globes. She also supported journalists to stand up to power.

Damien Chazelle Wins Best Screenplay and Best Director at Golden Globes for La La Land (January 8, 2017): Damien Chazelle took home the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2017 Golden Globes.

A Princess and an Author: Carrie Fisher Taken Too Soon (December 28, 2016): Actress and bestselling author Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright Edward Albee is Dead at 88 (September 17, 2016): Pulitzer Prize winning American playwright Edward Albee has died at the age of 88.

Screenwriter Jeremy Slater Discusses Why The Fantastic Four Was Not So Fantastic (August 22, 2016): Screenwriter Jeremy Slater has an interesting take on why the most recent film reboot of The Fantastic Four underperformed with critics, fans and at the box office.

Criminal Minds Star Thomas Gibson Suspended for Kicking Writer (August 11, 2016): Thomas Gibson was suspended from Criminal Minds for kicking a writer on the set.

George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards Being Adapted for Television (August 8, 2016): George R.R. Martin's long running superhero anthology series Wild Cards is being adapted for television.

Hamilton Author Lin-Manuel Miranda's Inspiring Commencement Speech at University of Pennsylvania (May 18, 2016): Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda gave an excellent commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania. He discusses the power of story and its link to creativity.

Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill Defends Doctor Strange Casting Decision (April 25, 2016): Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill is tired of getting grief over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in the Doctor Strange movie. He discusse the reasons for the decision.

Spotlight and The Big Short Win Screenplay Awards at the 2016 Oscars (March 1, 2016): Spotlight and The Big Short won the screenplay awards at the 2016 Oscars. Spotlight won Best Original Screenplay and The Big Short won the Best Adapted Screenplay.

Author Harper Lee Dead at 89 (February 20, 2016): Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. A recluse in her later years, she loved Hollywood and the feature film adaptation of her book.

Jonathan Franzen's Purity Heading to Television (February 17, 2016): Daniel Craig is set to star in the television adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's novel Purity. It's being pitched to Showtime, Hulu and Netflix.

Patton Oswald Hosts 2016 WGA Awards, Spotlight Writers Win Original Screenplay Honors (February 15, 2016): Patton Oswald hosted the WGA West Awards. Spotlight, Mr. Robot, Inside Amy Schumer and Mad Men writers win awards.

Aaron Sorkin to Adapt To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway (February 12, 2016): Aaron Sorkin is penning the script to bring Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway. The show will debut in the 2017-2018 season.