Dorothy Arzner and Ida Lupino were two exceptions to the women who found it increasingly difficult to launch film projects in the 20th century. (This is the second installment of a five-part series.)
The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.
Screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman made his name in lights with his Academy Award-winning script for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," but six more years in showbiz have apparently dimmed his Oscar afterglow, given the details on his latest project that The Wrap served up.
His defection from the Church of Scientology's celebrity coterie was big news in 2009, and now writer and director Paul Haggis is following up with a detailed exploration of his former organization, in the form of a book collaboration with journalist Lawrence Wright.
The Church of Scientology counts several high-profile figures from the world of entertainment among its members -- Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, to name a few -- and they sometimes act as public advocates for their religion. However, one of their own, screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, has very publicly left the fold after taking issue with the church's stance on Proposition 8.
During the protracted writers' strike that gobbled up a good part of fall and winter material for small and big screens alike, some entertainment scribes didn't let their time in limbo go to waste, such as the group behind Strike.tv, an online network coming soon to a laptop near you.
He's not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers' strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.
What will it take to end the bitter standoff between WGA screenwriters and studio big cheeses? Stephen Colbert tries an innovative -- and inspiring -- approach by breaking into "Go Down Moses" with some help from the Harlem Gospel Choir and "Blink" author Malcolm Gladwell.