screen·writ·er | \ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər \

Definition of screenwriter 

: a writer of screenplays

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Yellowstone’’ is the latest play on the western from a screenwriter and director who specializes in 21st-century twists on the genre. Scott Tobias,, "How TV has brought the western into the 21st century," 5 July 2018 The award-winning screenwriter, director and producer behind Glee and AHS is selling his stunning abode for $18.75 million with Rob Giem of Compass. Megan Stein,, "Glee Creator Ryan Murphy Lists Massive 'Dream House' in Laguna Beach for $18 Million," 14 June 2018 Under the aegis of novelist and screenwriter David Nicholls, each installment takes on a different style and tone, too. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Shines as Drug-Addled Aristocrat Patrick Melrose," 9 May 2018 Not much is known about the Canadian actress’s relationship with Linden, a 37-year-old screenwriter (who wrote Dear John). Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Rachel McAdams Reportedly Welcomed Her First Baby," 10 Apr. 2018 The film, a science fiction allegory (though the sci-fi angle arrives late in the game), comes from rapper and musician Boots Riley of Oakland, California, hip-hop band the Coup, who makes his feature debut here as screenwriter and director. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Sci-fi and satire meet in ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 12 July 2018 Oppenheim, who moonlights as a Hollywood screenwriter, has denied any ties to Weinstein. Brian Flood, Fox News, "NBC News reportedly buried Joy Reid sex-bombshell saga involving Russell Simmons, AJ Calloway," 28 June 2018 In those 14 years, too, Incredibles director and screenwriter Brad Bird has made his mark in other films, from the 2007 Pixar release Ratatouille to his two live-action films — 2011’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and 2015’s Tomorrowland. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Brad Bird on returning to the world of Incredibles 14 years later," 15 June 2018 Adrian Molina, co-director, screenwriter and lyricist of Coco, and Erin Scully, executive VP at New Line Pictures, presented the award to Franco. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Composers John Powell And Germaine Franco Honored at 33rd Annual ASCAP Screen Music Awards," 24 May 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes screenplays

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