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The 25 best films about being a writer

Yardbarker Logo By Jeremy Smith of Yardbarker | Slide 2 of 26: It’s been years since Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) published his celebrated first novel, and his long-awaited follow-up isn’t coming easily to him. It’s not a matter of writer’s block: He’s written over 2,000 pages while teaching creative writing at a prestigious Pennsylvania college. What’s stymying him is the ending. And while he doesn’t know where the terminus is, he does know he’s still a long way from it. Curtis Hanson’s superb adaptation of Michael Chabon’s own second novel should be painfully familiar to anyone who’s tackled a long-form piece of writing. It’s funny and wise about the process, and the supporting cast (which includes Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Rip Torn and Robert Downey Jr.) gives it extra zip.

"Wonder Boys"

It’s been years since Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) published his celebrated first novel, and his long-awaited follow-up isn’t coming easily to him. It’s not a matter of writer’s block: He’s written over 2,000 pages while teaching creative writing at a prestigious Pennsylvania college. What’s stymying him is the ending. And while he doesn’t know where the terminus is, he does know he’s still a long way from it. Curtis Hanson’s superb adaptation of Michael Chabon’s own second novel should be painfully familiar to anyone who’s tackled a long-form piece of writing. It’s funny and wise about the process, and the supporting cast (which includes Tobey Maguire, Frances McDormand, Rip Torn and Robert Downey Jr.) gives it extra zip.

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