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.
December 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Kathryn Bigelow was in an editing room, in post-production on K-19: The Widowmaker , her Russian nuclear sub thriller, when word of the attack on the twin towers reached her. "We just stopped what we were doing and shut down for a few days," she recalls. "I was just trying to process it all. " That same morning, Mark Boal was in his apartment in New York, trying to roust himself from bed. After the planes hit the World Trade Center, he walked downtown, working with rescuers, moving through the debris, the chaos.
October 12, 2012 |
"HERE COMES the Boom" star Kevin James is not the kind of star to pull rank on a less famous actor, a skill he learned from Will Smith. James remembers that when he got his big break - to star alongside Smith in "Hitch," he worried about stepping on the superstar's toes. Some stars can be touchy. But not Smith, said James. "He literally built me up in that movie. He kept saying more, Kevin, give us more. I think somebody less confident or more worried about themselves might have tried to push the other guy down.
July 1, 2012 |
When I finally met Nora Ephron six years ago, I did something I had never done before in a few thousand interviews and I haven't done since. I told her I loved her. I have always loved her, since first reading her Esquire pieces in the 1970s. Of course, her admirers are legion. We love her extraordinary wit, her inimitable style, her appetite for risk and change. Her actual appetite, for butter, pate, steak, pie, and her rejection of the egg-white omelet, of which she noted, "People who eat them think they're doing something virtuous when they are instead merely misinformed.
April 13, 2012 |
In a scathing letter addressed to Mel Gibson , author and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas accuses the actor-director of a range of moral crimes including anti-Semitism, deep-seated misogyny, and an irrational hatred of John Lennon. Eszterhas claims Gibson admitted hitting ex-gf Oksana Grigorieva and threatened on numerous occasions to kill her. "You were raving at Oksana even after you'd reached a custody agreement over Luci," Eszterhas writes in the April 9 letter, which has been posted online by gossip-news site TheWrap.com.
March 24, 2012
Tonino Guerra, 92, an Italian screenwriter and poet whose film collaborators, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Theo Angelopoulos, amounted to a who's who of European cinema's golden age, died Wednesday at his home in Santarcangelo di Romagna. In a screenwriting career covering a half-century, Mr. Guerra earned three Academy Award nominations and had a long partnership with Antonioni. Their first collaboration, the enigmatic L'Avventura (1960)