July 14, 2016 |
The magnet on the refrigerator was a saying from football coach Bill Parcells that hung in quarterback Phil Simms' locker: "Blame nobody. Expect nothing. Do something. " Brad Furman's mother put it up when Brad was a boy growing up in Lafayette Hill, 35 minutes from Center City. Both have taken it to heart. Furman, who graduated from Friends' Central School, decided early on he wanted to be in the movie business, moved to L.A., and, through force of determination, made it happen.
February 23, 2016 |
There was a time when we went to the movies to escape the workplace. These days, in keeping with the way our offices have taken over our lives, filmmakers have turned the big screen into one long career day. Audiences have been invited to experience firsthand the everyday grind of being a journalist ( Spotlight ), an astronaut ( The Martian ), a screenwriter ( Trumbo ), a fur trapper ( The Revenant ), and even an inventor of kitchen mops ( Joy ). Ever wonder what it was like to be a retail clerk in a fancy old New York department store?
November 28, 2015 |
Dalton Trumbo spent a lot of time in the bath. However, unlike most people who spend time in the bath, the industrious screenwriter wasn't lolling in dreamy requiescence, or blowing bubbles in the steamy mist. He was sitting upright in the water, puffing cigarettes, drinking booze, pumped on Benzedrine, and banging out page after page on a typewriter propped on a board. In Trumbo , the oddly jolly cautionary tale based on the true-life political and professional ostracism of one of Hollywood's most talented scribes, even a congressional committee's fiercest condemnation can't keep our hero from producing reams of dialogue and action, romance and intrigue, shootouts and space voyages.
August 26, 2015 |
WITHIN FIVE HOURS on the road, something wasn't right. The light-blue Oldsmobile Cutlass with the rusted holes through the wheel wells couldn't make it around a city block, let alone reach California, yet Brad Ingelsby and his cousin Bryan Paterson thought they could get one last ride out of the decrepit heap. It didn't take long for the car to begin huffing, puffing and lurching. Ohio was the first of many breakdowns by the side of the road. Another came in Joplin, Mo., tornado country, where Bonnie and Clyde once robbed banks.
May 28, 2015 |
On Monday night, screenwriter Arash Amel gave Twitter a look inside something Hollywood rarely likes to talk about: what it feels like to be part of a disaster. Amel wrote the screenplay for the ill-fated Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco . Those in the know already feel bad for Amel after reading that sentence. For those not: Grace of Monaco , starring Nicole Kidman and directed by La Vie en Rose 's Olivier Dahan, was scheduled for release in fall 2013 and meant for Oscar glory but didn't debut until the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it was booed.
December 31, 2013 |
LARRY RICHETTE had a way of making lurid headlines. There was the time he was arrested for beating his mother, the late Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette. He once flashed a woman TV reporter. There was an arrest for shoving a cop, breaking into Democratic headquarters in Washington and a couple of other altercations over the years. He became such a pariah in his South Philadelphia neighborhood that residents held a special town meeting in September 2010 to discuss what to do about him. But Larry also made a name for himself in cultural, political and literary circles as a journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and political consultant.
July 22, 2013
Vincenzo Cerami, 72, an Italian writer who coauthored the screenplay of Life Is Beautiful , died July 17 in Rome. His death was widely reported by Italian media. The cause could not immediately be confirmed. Life Is Beautiful , starring Roberto Benigni, who also directed, is an award-winning tragicomedy about a father's quest to save his son's life and innocence amid the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp. Mr. Cerami, a protege of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the writer and director, was a poet, novelist, and playwright who wrote or cowrote screenplays of more than 40 films.
April 5, 2013
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 85, a German-born novelist whose fiction was set largely in India and who gained her greatest acclaim as a two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter with the Merchant-Ivory filmmaking team, died Wednesday, April 3, at her home in New York City. She had a pulmonary disorder, said James Ivory, the film director who worked with Mrs. Jhabvala since the early 1960s. Producer Ismail Merchant, director Ivory, and Mrs. Jhabvala formed what would become one of the most enduring creative teams in moviemaking history.
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Fay Kanin, 95, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day comedy Teacher's Pet and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mrs. Kanin penned screenplays for movies such as the 1954 Elizabeth Taylor romantic drama Rhapsody and television specials such as Tell Me Where It Hurts , for which she won two Emmy Awards in 1974. She won another Emmy in 1979 for producing Friendly Fire , a Carol Burnett TV movie based on the true story of an American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. Mrs. Kanin was president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983, and was its second female president after actress Bette Davis.