Fay Kanin Dies; Screenwriter Was 95

Famed Hollywood screenwriter and producer Fay Kanin has died. She was 95. Kanin gained fame along with her husband, Michael Kanin, in the 1940s and 1950s while writing screenplays for classic movies such as Sunday Punch, My Pal Gus, and…

Josef Kajetán Tyl Honored With Google Doodle

Google is running a doodle on its home page in the Czech Republic, honoring Czech writer Josef Kajetán Tyl’s 205th birthday. Tyl wrote the country’s national anthem, Kde domov můj. In addition to writing the song, Tyl wrote several novels…

Siri May Be Getting Wittier, as Apple Hunts for a Writer

When Apple first launched Siri, iOS’ personal voice assistant, usefulness and functionality took a back seat to “omg a robot is saying funny stuff to me,” at least with a lot of users. We quickly discovered that Siri had quite…

Watch Joel Stein’s 45-Minute Talk At Google [Video]

Google has uploaded video from a recent Authors@Google talk, featuring Joel Stein, journalist and author of “Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity”. If you’re a fan of the man and/or his work, check it out below: Other recent author…

Gore Vidal Dies at 86 – American Political Activist

The political and academic worlds mourn today at the news of Gore Vidal’s passing, a well-known liberal political activist who had published various novels, plays, and essays pertaining to the political niche. Gore Vidal (born as Eugene Luther Gore Vidal)…

Fraggle Rock Movie in the Works: Writers Hired

A Fraggle Rock movie has been talked about for a while, but now it is finally getting kickstarted with the hiring of two writers to come up with an original screenplay. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Jim Byrkit (Rango)…

Helium Account Balances Appear Negative for Writers

Writing community Helium is apparently having some issues in the writers’ payments department. If you’re not familiar with Helium otherwise, WebProNews readers may remember the site being discussed in the wake of Google’s Panda update. It’s a user generated content…

Demand Media Writers Offer Different Viewpoints of Assignment Reduction

Demand Media recently alerted Demand Media Studios writers that it would be reducing the amount of assignments it would be given out. As discussed in a recent article, this has left a fair amount of writers without a significant source…