Writers Guild of America

Watch Jonathan Ames’ Incredible Drunk Writers Guild Awards Speech

From the Golden Globes to the Emmys to the Grammys to the Oscars, awards ceremonies offer no shortage of drunk, rambling acceptance speeches. But even the most intoxicated presenters, for the most part, at least attempt to stick to the script they’ve been given. This year’s shining exception is novelist and Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames, who had quite a bit of Prosecco at Saturday’s Writers Guild Awards and spent a delightful six minutes freestyling about effeminate audience members, the inevitable triumph of Modern Family, the unavoidable failure of Bored to Death, Jews in general (he is one), and even the suggested pronunciations provided by the ceremony’s writers.

Oh, and don’t make the mistake of stopping the video when Ames cedes the stage to the award winners — he’s back soon after, with some even better material, including the story of the first time he ever got stoned. The video, unfortunately, includes no shots of the audience, but we’re hoping he got a standing ovation. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Hooray! Stephen Colbert will resume taping his show tonight after taking some time off last week to reportedly care for his 91-year-old mother. “My family and I would like to thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers,” he tweeted to fans. “We are grateful and touched by your concern.” [via … Read More

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Comedies Dominate Writer Guild Awards Nominations

Was 2011 the year of the quirky, occasionally dark comedy? That’s certainly the theme of the just-announced Writers Guild Awards nominations. Although many of them are also fairly dark, all five of the WGA’s nominees for best original screenplay are comedies: 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, Win Win, and Young Adult. Dramas do take up three of the five adapted screenplay slots, but this is still a huge victory for comedies, which are notoriously overlooked for major awards. Last year, for instance, only one of the original screenplay nominees (The Kids Are All Right) was a comedy. See the full list of WGA nods after the jump. … Read More

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Women Writers and TV: Hitting Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling

In the 21st century women are successful in nearly every line of work, right? That’s what we thought until we saw Deadline Hollywood’s post that named the 2009-10 television season the Worst Network Pilot Season for Women. After doing some research, we began to understand what they meant. Hollywood is basically a big He-Man Woman Haters Club — and it’s even worse for women in film. … Read More

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