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J.K. Rowling to Executive Produce HBO Miniseries of The Casual Vacancy (April 24, 2014): J.K. Rowling will executive produce a three hour miniseries of her novel The Casual Vacancy to air on HBO. The BBC will co-produce.

Michael Connelly's Bosch Pilot Picked up for Full Season by Amazon Studios (April 2, 2014): Amazon Studios has given a full season order for Bosch, which is based on Michael Connelly's bestselling Harry Bosch series. Titus Welliver plays Detective Bosch.

Writers Guild of America Asks FCC to Stop Comcast Time Warner Merger (March 25, 2014): The Writers Guild of America has filed a brief with the FCC asking that it stop the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner.

John Ridley Wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (March 5, 2014): John Ridley wins the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave at the 86th Academy Awards

Spike Jonez Wins Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (March 3, 2014): Spike Jonez won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his script for the film, Her.

Oscar Nominee John Ridley Discusses Writing the Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave (February 28, 2014): Oscar nominee John Ridley discuses adapting 12 Years a Slave into a feature film. He also discusses how his research into the true nature of slavery shocked him.

National Enquirer Forced to Fund New Playwriting Foundation in Honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman (February 25, 2014): National Equirer is forced to fund a new foundation and annual award for playwrights after running libelous story about Philip Seymour Hoffman and his friend David Katz.

Screenwriter, Actor and Director Harold Ramis Dies at 69 (February 24, 2014): Brilliant comedy writer, actor and director Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69. His movies, Ghostbuster, Animal House and Groundhog Day are all comedy classics.

Jackie Collins to Adapt Her Latest Novel for Film (February 14, 2014): Jackie Collins will adapt her latest novel, Confessions of a Wild Child, for film in a deal with Amber Entertainment.

Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams Sued for $1 Billion for Alleged Theft of Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Script (February 6, 2014): Tom Cruise, J.J. Abrams, Brad Grey and others are being sued for $1 billion for allegedly stealing his script for Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Academy Launches 2014 Nicholl Screenwriting Competition (February 4, 2014): The 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is now underway.

Spike Jonze Wins WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Her (February 3, 2014): Spike Jonze wins WGA award for Best Original Screenplay for Her. Writing teams for Breaking Bad and Veep also win.

Screenplay Nominees for the 86th Oscars Announced (January 16, 2014): The screenplay nominees for the 86th Oscars have been announced. The winners will be announced on March 2, 2014

James Frey Sells Rights to YA Novel Endgame to Fox and HarperCollins for $2 Million (January 15, 2014): James Frey just sold the film rights to his YA novel Endgame to Fox and the book rights to HarperCollins.

Spike Jonze Wins Best Screenplay at 2014 Golden Globes (January 12, 2014): Spike Jonze won Best Screenplay for his script Her at the 2014 Golden Globes.

Shia LaBeouf Announces Plan to Withdraw From Public Life, Then Skywrites 5 Mile Long Message (January 11, 2014): Shia LaBeouf announces his retirement, then skywrites a five mile long message to stop creating.

WGA Announces 2014 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations (January 5, 2014): The WGA has announced the nomations for the 2014 screenplay awards. The winners will be honored on February 1, 2014.

Shia LaBeouf Apologizes for Plagiarism Using Sky Writing (January 2, 2014): Shia LaBeouf hires sky writing plane to apologize to Daniel Clowes for plagiarizing his work in new film.

Shia LaBeouf Facing Possible Legal Action for Plagiarism (December 27, 2013): Shia LaBeouf is facing possible legal action from several parties over multiple allegations of plagiarism.

Author and Screenwriter Ned Vizzini Dead at 32 (December 20, 2013): Author and screenwriter Ned Vizzini has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 32.