Ray Galton: Steptoe and Son writer dies aged 88

The comedy writer has been dubbed one of the “fathers and creators of British sitcom”.
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Groundbreaking sitcom writer Ray Galton dies

Ray Galton, one half of the writing duo who created Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe & Son, has died aged 88.
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Thad Mumford, Pioneering African-American Writer for ‘MASH,’ ‘Electric Company,’ Dies at 67

Thaddeus Q. Mumford, a pioneering African-American TV writer-producer who worked on shows ranging from “MASH” to “The Electric Company” to “Blue’s Clues,” has died after a long illness. He was 67. Mumford died Sept. 6 at his father’s home in Silver Spring, Md., according to his sister-in-law, Donna Coleman. With his longtime writing partner Dan […]

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An Appraisal: V.S. Naipaul, a Writer of Many Contradictions and Obvious Greatness

Naipaul, who died at 85 on Saturday, was a self-styled heir to Joseph Conrad, and a legitimate one.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reboot Writer Speaks Out After Fan Backlash: “It Could Be Time to Meet a New Slayer”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, David BoreanazThere is only one Buffy Summers, according to fans and writer Monica Owusu-Breen.
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Books of The Times: A Strait-Laced Writer Explores Psychedelics, and Leaves the Door of Perception Ajar

In “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan writes about the history, science and lessons of LSD and other psychedelic substances.
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Coronation Street writer talks about ‘honest’ suicide storyline

The man behind Wednesday’s powerful episode of Coronation Street talks about how it came together.
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Books News: The Writer Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Junot Díaz of Forcibly Kissing Her

A comment by Ms. Clemmons sets off a tweet storm of further accusations of verbal abuse by the novelist.
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Nonfiction: The Catholic Writer Garry Wills Explores the Quran

Lesley Hazleton reviews Wills’s new book, “What the Qur’an Meant.”
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Mad Men creator accused of harassing writer

The creator of US drama Mad Men has been accused of sexual harassment by a former writer on the show.
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Sean Hughes: Comedian, actor and writer dies aged 51

Tributes are paid to the former Never Mind the Buzzcocks captain.
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Beetlejuice 2 Conjures Rememory Writer for Rewrite

Beetlejuice 2, the long-in-development and highly anticipated sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic, is reportedly getting a rewrite.

Deadline reports Rememory writer Mike Vukadinovich has been tasked with penning the horror comedy. Vukadinovich also wrote the upcoming Disney film Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, based on the Disneyland ride.

Though Beetlejuice 2 is being rewritten, Warner Bros. reportedly isn’t close to firming up a deal with either Tim Burton or Beetlejuice himself Michael Keaton. However the duo, who are currently working together on the upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo, are reportedly excited about potentially collaborating on Beetlejuice 2.

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Books of The Times: Sylvia Plath’s Letters Reveal a Writer Split in Two

The massive first volume of Plath’s letters dispels the notion that Plath wasn’t aware of her contradictions or in (some) control of them.
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British writer wins Nobel Prize for Literature

British writer Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by the Swedish academy.
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Destiny, Halo Writer Joins Crackdown 3

Former Destiny and Halo writer, Jon Goff, is helping pen Microsoft’s long-awaited Crackdown 3.

In an interview with Paste, Goff reflected on his perspective writing for Crackdown 3 and how it’s different from his past experiences:

“With Crackdown, I wouldn’t say it’s like working on comics and games like Destiny and stuff I’ve done with Halo, because I’ve done a lot of

with heroes and building the world through the hero’s eyes,” Goff said.

“The fun thing we’re getting to do with Crackdown here, though we still have the hero and the agents … I’m getting to spend a lot of time with the villains. We’re building this cadre of villains that are enemies you love to hate.”

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Cannes: ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Writer, BBC Films Board Carlos Acosta Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

BBC Films is set to produce a biopic of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta from “I, Daniel Blake” writer Paul Laverty. Germany’s The Match Factory will handle worldwide sales on the project, titled “Yuli,” and introduce it to buyers in Cannes. Currently in pre-production, “Yuli” will see the world-renowned dancer star as himself, with two… Read more »

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Profile: ‘A Writer Writes’: Penelope Lively’s Fiction Defies the Test of Time

Lively’s new collection of stories, “Purple Swamp Hen,” marks her 21st work of fiction. At 84, this chronicler of the English middle class shows no signs of stopping.
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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Samira Wiley And Writer Lauren Morelli Get Married

The confetti was surely flying during this particular wedding day!

Orange Is the New Black” star Samira Wiley on Saturday married her longtime girlfriend, Lauren Morelli, in a special ceremony celebrating their mutual love for Pillsbury Funfetti cake, Martha Stewart Weddings reports. The nontraditional, confetti-themed nuptials took place in Palm Springs, California.

Wiley’s parents officiated the ceremony, which began with a procession up the aisle to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” The actress and Morelli, who is a writer on the Netflix series, wore custom Christian Siriano ensembles, with Wiley changing her look before hitting the dance floor to Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

Martha Stewart Weddings shared a photo from the event on Instagram and will feature the wedding in an upcoming issue. 

Wiley and Morelli met while on the set of “OITNB.” Morelli divorced her husband of two years in 2014 after realizing she was gay while shooting the show. She came out in a Mic essay that same year, and subsequently began dating Wiley. 

“Samira became my outlet,” Morelli told Out magazine in December, “and through that process I fell in love with her. But I thought, This will be the one that got away. Being with her felt too good to be true.”

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James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (EXCLUSIVE)

James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up — this time, behind the camera. The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively. Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along… Read more »

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US man held for sending flashing tweet to epileptic writer

“Let’s see if he dies,” the suspect wrote in a Twitter message to another user, investigators say.
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American Beauties: The Pleasures of a Writer Who Was ‘Richard Pryor on Paper’

Charles Wright’s three autobiographical novels about a young black intellectual trying to make it in New York City are ripe for rediscovery.
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Half-Life 2, Portal Writer No Longer at Valve

After working on a number of games at Valve, writer Erik Wolpaw has left the studio.

News of Wolpaw’s departure comes by way of former Valve scriptwriter Marc Laidlaw, who posted on Twitter: “Wolpaw left Valve so I can now insult him freely without damaging the company’s reputation. He’s a comic genius and a true original.”

Shortly thereafter, Wolpaw took to Twitter to confirm that Jay Pinkerton, who co-wrote Portal 2 with Wolpaw, hasn’t left the company, saying, “Pinkerton’s still at Valve! Stop sending him concerned emails!”

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Encounters: Even the Teen Vogue Writer Who Took On Trump Gets Stage Fright

Lauren Duca was a little-known writer before last month. Her essay accusing the newly elected president of “gaslighting” changed all that.
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Uncharted Writer Boasts of Movie’s ‘Monstrously Cool’ Script

Writer Joe Carnahan has completed his draft of the Uncharted movie—a script he calls “monstrously cool.”

“Done and Dusted,” Carnahan wrote alongside an image of the script on Instagram. “Now the REAL work begins. If there’s a more monstrously cool action script in Hollywood right now, I wanna read it, ‘cuz this thing is a BEAST.”

The Uncharted movie was first announced in 2009. After nearly 8 years of on-again, off-again development, Carnahan was brought on to write the script. A few months later, Stranger Things director Shawn Levy was tapped to helm the film.

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Tweet with flashing images sent to epileptic writer

Vanity Fair writer Kurt Eichenwald suffered a seizure after receiving a flashing image tweet
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William Trevor, Writer Who Evoked the Struggles of Ordinary Life, Is Dead at 88

Irish by birth and upbringing but a longtime resident of Britain, Mr. Trevor focused his mournful, darkly funny short stories and novels on “the sadness of fate.”
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Writer AA Gill diagnosed with ‘the full English’ of cancer

The Sunday Times critic reveals he has cancer which prompted him to propose to his partner of 23 years.
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Fassbender Entering Hades with Birdman Writer

X-Men and Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender is teaming with Broad Green Pictures and Storyscape Entertainment on the true story Entering Hades.

The film will center on journalist and serial killer Jack Unterweger, who led a double life “investigating murders by day and killing by night.” Throughout his serial killing career, Unterweger killed 11 people across multiple continents.

Conor McCaughan (Assassin’s Creed, Slow West) and Daniel Emmerson (Assassin’s Creed) of Fassbender’s DMC Film will produce the film alongside Storyscape’s Bob Cooper (John Tucker Must Die) and Richard Saperstein (Se7en).

Birdman writer Alexander Dinelaris is rewriting the screenplay with Fassbender eyed to star. Bill Wheeler wrote the original script.

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A Writer’s Writer and Teacher Is Gone

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On May 11, 2015, at the age of 92, Bill Zinnser died in his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Many will wonder, who was he? A sports star? A celebrity? An inventor? A diplomat? Well, while he was a bit of all of these he was none. He was a writer and one of the greatest teachers of non-fiction writing and memoir we have had the honor to grace the Western world.

A former WW II correspondent and journalist, whose scope ranged from combat to culture (he wrote over 600 movie and theatre reviews), it was not until he was in his 50s that he took up the cudgel of helping others write well. He remarked that he was complaining to his wife about how poorly was the writing he encountered in so many authors that she exhorted him to do something about it.

The result is a shelf full of books on writing well – as well as studies on American pop music and baseball (two of his passions); 19 books in all. Bill Zinsser’s signature book, “On Writing Well“, has become a treasure and bible for non-fiction writers, and has sold over 1.5 million copies.

I met Bill Zinsser late in his life, and not at the beginning of mine. In 2011, I joined some 20 others for an evening writing workshop he taught at The New School in NYC (Ink-Stained for Life: What Makes for a Great Teacher). I stayed in contact with him after that, as his physical life became more compromised but not his wit or wisdom. My Zinsser experience fueled my passion for writing, as well as an appreciation that writing is a craft — but one that must be infused with the writer’s authenticity and humanity.

Writing, as Zinsser liked to say, is a craft no less and no more worthy than plumbing or carpentry. All take the same determination to get the job done well: that means waking each day and getting to work. There is no mood for writing, as there is no mood for plumbing. Sit down and write, he used to proclaim. Make no bones about it, writing well must be learned, word by word, day after day. But if you do try, I can hear Zinsser’s dictums. Begin with simplicity and clarity. Achieve brevity and make clutter the enemy. Don’t weary your reader with dense language because we are rich with alternatives. A reader shouldn’t have to labor to understand; a writer owes the reader the pleasure of reading, which should not be a chore. His crowning principle, I think, is humanity. The writer must be a person, someone the reader can trust. Otherwise, it’s just words.

Eight semesters ago, with my colleague Dr. Deborah Cabaniss, I began teaching medical writing for the lay public to doctors and neuroscientists at the Columbia University Medical School Department of Psychiatry. More recently, this teaching expanded to the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meetings, and to young writers associated with Commonweal Magazine. I am amazed at the hunger so many professionals (young and older, early and advanced career) have to speak (write) their mind, outside the confines of professional journals and scientific venues. And goodness knows, we need their educated ideas to counter the avalanche of uninformed opinion written by anyone with a keyboard that appears throughout social media sites.

I owe Bill Zinsser, as do so many others, a big thank you for giving me the prescription for what it takes to be a good writer and teacher. It all may sound simple, since in fact it is when well done, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to achieve. Whenever I write, even today with this piece, I hear his slightly cranky, ever kind, Yankee voice urging me on and telling me to be sure to get it right.

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Laverne Cox Weighs In On ‘OITNB’/’Transparent’ Trans Writer Debate

The creators behind two of today’s hottest queer-championing shows, “Orange Is The New Black” and “Transparent,” recently got into a little tiff at the New Yorker Festival over whether trans people should be writing and acting out trans stories.

“Transparent” showrunner Jill Soloway argued hiring trans writers is “absolutely necessary” when telling an authentic trans story, while “OITNB’s” Jenji Kohan said a truly great writer can write for any character.

Another voice joined the conversation when one of the biggest faces of the trans movement, “OITNB” actress Laverne Cox, spoke with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill about the MTV documentary on transgender youth, “The T Word.” Asked about Kohan and Soloway’s difference of opinion, Cox explained:

I think that it is really important that trans folks are in positions of power in terms of creating our stories. I think that’s crucial. I think it’s vital. I don’t think you necessarily need to be trans to bring humanity to trans characters. I think you have to be human and understand that we are human beings too, beyond our bodies and beyond anything sort of salacious.

Watch the full segment with Laverne Cox and stars from “The T Word” here.

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