Interview, Audio: Monica Raymund of ‘Chicago Fire’ Debuts New Film ‘Tanya’ on Aug. 1, 2017

Chicago – TV fans know Monica Raymund as paramedic Gabby Dawson on the long-running “Chicago Fire.” But the talented actor is expanding her range, debuting her first film as director, “Tanya,” at the Midwest Independent Film Festival on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. The short film – written by Sam Forman – will be part of “Female Filmmakers Night” at the Midwest Indie, and is part of Raymund’s involvement with Hidden Tears Project, an organization dedicated to raising consciousness by creating media on gender inequality, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

“Tanya” was produced in association with the Human Tears Project, as it tells the flashback story of a 14-year-old girl (Kiah McKirnan) who encounters a client named Chuck in a prostitution scenario. There is something different about the exchange, and the result will be life changing for everyone involved. Chuck is portrayed by Eamonn Walker, who co-stars with Raymund on “Chicago Fire.” The film
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Her and Captain Phillips take top honours at the 2014 WGA Awards

Last night the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 66th annual WGA Awards, with Her (Spike Jonze) the recipient of the award for Best Original Screenplay and Captain Phillips (Billy Ray) taking home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Among the winners on the small screen were Breaking Bad (Episodic Drama), Veep (Episodic Comedy), House of Cards (New Series) and The Simpsons (Animation), while The Last of Us was victorious in the videogame category.

Check out the full list of winners here....

Original Screenplay:

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Adapted Screenplay:

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

Documentary Screenplay:

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould,
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Her, Captain Phillips & Stories We Tell Take Home Top Honors At 2014 Writers Guild Awards

Her, Stories We Tell and Captain Phillips took home top honors on Saturday night as the big winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen. Television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were also recognized at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. It’s the final precursor guild award leading up to the Oscars.

Below is a complete list of the winners.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay (matched up with the Academy Awards nominations)

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nominees included American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and Nebraska.

Adapted Screenplay (3 for 5 Oscar nominations)

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

In addition to Captain Phillips,
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'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards

'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards
Spike Jonze’s philosophical sci-fi love story Her, and Billy Ray’s harrowing true-life hostage saga Captain Phillips earned best original and adapted screenplays, respectively, from the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday.

In the original category, Her was facing its four rivals for the Oscar: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska, so its victory can be seen as a strong harbinger of where the Academy Award could go on March 2. In anecdotal sampling of Academy members, EW’s Prize Fighter has also determined that Her is far and away the front-runner for this category.

The WGA’s
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The Winners Of The 66th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

Tonight, the Writers Guild of America presented their awards for excellence in film and television for 2013. All eyes were on their top two categories, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay, and while the former went to Spike Jonze’s incredible Her as expected, the latter went to Billy Ray’s Captain Phillips, which was completely out of the blue.

Her was widely expected to win due to its immense popularity throughout awards season, taking 20 screenplay wins from groups such as the HFPA and Bfca. However, Captain Phillips was a complete surprise given that it had not managed to win a single screenplay award prior to tonight, but as I’ve said before, it was going to be hard to tell which nominee was the favorite given the fact that the disqualified 12 Years a Slave has been the clear frontrunner throughout the season. However, it’s still quite shocking that Before Midnight
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Susan Blackwell to Return to Nymf in Volleygirls, 7/15-7/27

Monica Raymund of Sisu Theatrical Productions, Cave 76 Productions and The New York Musical Theatre Festival Nymf are pleased to announce that title of show's Susan Blackwell will return to the 10th Anniversary New York Musical Theatre Festival in the world premiere production of Volleygirls. Blackwell will play a disgraced Olympian coaching an oddball team of high-school volleyball players in this new girl-powered musical with book by Rob Ackerman Tabletop - 2001 Drama Desk, lyrics by Sam Forman upcoming Bway Sleepless in Seattle, book for Fking Up Everything, music by Eli Bolin I Sing, Roller Boogie TV Sesame Street, choreographed by Ryan Kasprazak TV Smash Tour Billy Elliot and directed by Neil Patrick Stewart La theatre The Elephant Man - Ovation Award nominations. Television star Monica Raymund of NBC's Chicago Fire is making her debut as a lead produce because she believes in, and is inspired by, the show's positive message of
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House of Cards, 1.1-1.6: Charismatic leads, style make up for familiar story

House of Cards, Season 1, Episodes 1-2: “Chapter 1”, “Chapter 2”

Written by Beau Willimon

Directed by David Fincher

Season 1, Episodes 3-4: “Chapter 3”, “Chapter 4”

Written by Keith Huff (“Chapter 3”), Rick Cleveland (“Chapter 4”), and Beau Willimon (both)

Directed by James Foley

Season 1, Episode 5: “Chapter 5”, “Chapter 6”

Written by Sarah Treem (“Chapter 5”), Sam Forman (“Chapter 6”)

Directed by Joel Schumacher

Premiered Friday, Feb. 1st on Netflix

House of Cards is a bold venture, to say the least. Netflix’s first sole foray into television, a remake of a 1990 BBC miniseries, the series came with a hefty price tag and a high profile, with David Fincher on board as a first-time television director. No one can know what the future holds for streaming television, but for Netflix, and House of Cards, it certainly looks rosy.

Set in the upper echelons of Washington politics, the series tells a familiar story of manipulation, scheming, and back-room deals
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