John Singleton on Being a “Performance Artist” in The Writers Room | Close Up

(smooth music) – I’m not really nervous about anything, because, in the writer’s room, I’m a performance artist. You know, I try to act out what I think the characters would do, and we’re all in kind of a competition for eyes. So it’s like, you know, I’m trying to find the most shocking, organic, […]

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‘Just Mercy’ Writer Destin Daniel Cretton on Working With Bryan Stevenson | Close Up

(chill electronic music) – I wrote the script, we adapted it from the book Just Mercy and I wrote it with Andrew Lanham and we definitely stepped into it with a big weight on our shoulders. A lot of self doubt as to whether we are the right people to tell the story. What we […]

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‘Bombshell’ Writer Charles Randolph on The Women & Men Around Roger Ailes | Close Up

(chill electronic music) – [Stephen] Charles, you’ve dealt with quite a few real life people in Bombshell – Indeed, yeah – Did you ever get to meet any them? Did you meet Roger Ailes? And if you didn’t, what would you have wanted to ask him? – Did not meet Roger. He died, about what […]

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‘The Two Popes’ Writer Anthony McCarten on Progressive v. Conservative Dialogue in Film | Close Up

– At it’s heart The Two Popes is the story of a progressive and a conservative and I hope it speaks to the broader conversation in society at the moment where we have these two camps, we are not quite sure which will ensure our future is better than the other and there’s so much […]

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Full Writers Roundtable: Jordan Peele, Darren Aronofsky, Emily V. Gordon | Close Up With THR

(upbeat music) – Hi, I’m Stephen Galloway, and welcome to Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter, the Writers. I’d like to introduce Jordan Peele, Anthony McCarten, Fatih Akin, Aaron Sorkin, Darren Aronofsky, and Emily V. Gordon. Welcome. I want to start with this, there are hurricanes, there are dictators with nuclear bombs, the world is […]

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‘Hustlers’ Writer Lorene Scafaria on Writing Fiction But Honoring True Events | Close Up

(upbeat music) – I didn’t get a chance to meet the real women ahead of time, which was really hard for me because creatively, I would have loved to have heard every detail, I think the truth is stranger than fiction. But I had the article to work from and so, I felt a responsibility […]

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Bill Hader on Writers’ Room Therapy Sessions & Being “as Honest as You Can” | Close Up

(energetic music) – [Lacey] What are the pieces of you, of your history, that you’re sort of mining for? For laughs, or for not, I mean, for more serious. – [Bill] Well, my show’s about a murderer, so I don’t know… (group laughing) – [Lacey] But I remember reading that your sister found their pieces […]

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