Adam Markovitz
February 06, 2009 AT 07:00 PM EST

I’m told there’s an old Tinseltown blonde joke that goes something like this:

Q: What did the blonde starlet do to try to get ahead in Hollywood?

A: She married the screenwriter.

That punchline only makes sense if you know a little about the screenwriter’s lowly position on the Hollywood ladder. They may be the guys and gals with all the ideas, but they often end up getting pushed to the side — creatively and financially — once a movie gets made.

Luckily, Creative Screenwriting magazine gives the writers a chance to step back into the spotlight with Q&As (available as podcasts on iTunes) about their work. Überblogger Whitney Matheson pointed out the programs yesterday in Pop Candy, and we’re already hooked. Our first goal? Prep for Oscar night by listening to interviews with nominated writers like Frost/Nixon‘s Peter Morgan and Doubt‘s John Patrick Shanley. And who knows, maybe it’ll even give us an edge in our Oscar pool….

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