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‘Saturday Night Live’ Names New Co-Head Writers

12 August 2016 2:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has promoted Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly as co-head writers for season 42 of the sketch comedy show, TheWrap has learned. Schneider and Kelly have been responsible for some of the show’s most recently popular sketches, such as “Bern Your Enthusiasm,” featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders, “Bar Talk” with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, “The Beygency,” “Back Home Ballers,” and the Emmy-nominated “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.” NBC declined to comment on whether or not Rob Klein and Bryan Tucker, the co-head writers for season 41, have been ousted and if replacements for Schneider and Kelly on the writing. »

- J. Clara Chan

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The Story Behind Larry David Playing Bernie Sanders on Saturday Night Live

3 February 2016 8:44 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As Bernie Sanders's profile grew over the past couple years, so, too, did the number of people saying he reminded them of Larry David. It makes sense, considering the hair, the glasses, the volume, and the, well, Jewishness. That's why, when David first appeared as Sanders on Saturday Night Live, during the Tracy Morgan–hosted October 17 episode, the response was rapturous. Everyone agreed David was perfect, if not pretty, pretty, pretty good. Last week, after talking about the recent "Screen Guild Awards" sketch, SNL co–head writer Rob Klein answered a few questions about how Larry as Bernie came to be, and what it was like in the room where it happened.   Larry David playing Bernie Sanders seems so obvious that it almost feels destined. How did it actually come together? We knew Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider were going to write the debate sketch. They write the Hillary pieces, »

- Jesse David Fox

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The Story Behind Saturday Night Live’s Spot-On Oscars So White Parody

2 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As a cultural institution that airs live every week, people look to Saturday Night Live to see how it responds when something big happens in the news. This was definitely the case with the breakout sketch from the last episode: the #OscarsSoWhite–satirizing "Screen Guild Awards." In the sketch, Cecily Strong reads the nominees for Best Actor, and one by one we see white actors nominated for dumber and dumber parts in black lead movies. Vulture spoke with the sketch's writer, Rob Klein, about how the idea went from Google News to airing on Saturday, and all the steps in between.The Oscar nominations came out two weeks before the "Screen Guild Awards" episode. Was there any thought of trying to knock out something for the episode that was a week earlier, just a few days after the announcement? The nominations came out on a Thursday, I believe. That's just »

- Jesse David Fox

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Writers Guild Of America awards nominees revealed

6 January 2016 11:55 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 2016 Writers Guild of America awards winners have been announced. In the original screenplay category Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies will be going up against the likes of Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton and Trainwreck, while the adapted screenplay sees The Big Short compete against Carol, The Martian, Steve Jobs and Trumbo.

The awards also take in documentary material, and television productions. You can see the rest of the nominations below.

Screenplay Nominations

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen; DreamWorks Pictures

Sicario, Written by Taylor Sheridan; Lionsgate

Spotlight, Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films

Straight Outta Compton, Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff; Universal Pictures

Trainwreck, Written by Amy Schumer; Universal Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay; Based on the »

- Paul Heath

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Nominations For The 68th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

6 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Writers Guild of America has just announced the nominations for their annual awards for Best Screenplays (by writers who are guild signatories). That’s right, before you get nervous thinking that your favorite may have been left off the list, you must remember that the WGA is the group that is not all-inclusive and leaves out several of the top contenders each year due to them not being part of the guild or not following their very specific rules. For this reason, you won’t see Inside Out, The Hateful Eight, and Ex Machina in the Original Screenplay category or Room, Brooklyn, or Anomalisa in the Adapted screenplay category.

Taking a look at what’s left over for the nominations, we find many that were expected to make a showing, including Spotlight and Bridge of Spies for Original Screenplay, though they apparently had to sink to really low depths »

- Jeff Beck

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