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PS 22 Goes to the Oscars!

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that the wonderful chorus of PS 22 will be performing on tomorrow night’s Oscars! Here you can see them get the news.

MVP of the Month: Teresa Palmer

posted by Nell Minow

Australian actress Teresa Palmer stars in two films out within a couple of weeks of one another. We just saw her as the tough action heroine Number Six in “I am Number Four.” And next week she appears opposite Topher […]

Colin Firth as Henry Higgins?

posted by Nell Minow

There are rumors that Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary”) may be the new Professor Henry Higgins in a forthcoming remake of “My Fair Lady,” to be directed by Joe Wright (who directed the Kiera […]

The Art of Movie Titles

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has a fascinating interview with Matthew Cohen, an expert in movie titles. Four letters can tell you everything you need to know: “Jaws” Some other memorable one-word titles: “Titanic,” “Grease,” “Fargo,” “Elf,” “Blow,” “Amadeus,” “Goldfinger” Some movie titles use […]

Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Snow White vs. Snow White

posted by Nell Minow

“Snow White” has appeared on screen many times, perhaps most memorably in the very first feature-length animated film. I’m also fond of the “Faerie Tale Theatre” version starring Elizabeth McGovern. Two new high profile Snow White projects are in the […]

Behind the Scenes at Pixar

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has a rare behind the scenes look at Pixar:

HIMYM’s Cobie Smulders Joins the Cast of ‘The Avengers’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a fan of “How I Met Your Mother” and its talented cast and so I was delighted to hear that Cobie Smulders, who plays Canadian broadcaster Robin on the show, may play Maria Hill in the new Avengers movie.

Tribute: John Barry

posted by Nell Minow

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry has died at age 77. His music includes “Born Free,” and scores for several James Bond films, with perhaps “Goldfinger” the best-remembered. He could evoke a sensual, jazzy contemporary setting, romantic classicism, an intimate romance […]

Interview: Tom Hooper of ‘The King’s Speech’

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hooper, nominated for Golden Globe and satellite awards as best director for his acclaimed film, “The King’s Speech,” spoke to me about what made the movie especially meaningful to him, why the MPAA’s decision to give it an R-rating […]

Contest for Teachers Only: Toy Story 3 Art Book

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of this gorgeous book about the artwork behind “Toy Story 3″ for some lucky teacher. Little kids will enjoy seeing pictures of their favorite characters, older kids will appreciate the behind-the-scenes information and everyone will learn […]

Interview: Douglas Gresham of the Narnia Movies

posted by Nell Minow

When Douglas Gresham was a little boy, his mother Joy married C.S. Lewis (known to friends as Jack), the author of the Narnia books. There are two different movies about the touching story of the romance between the sheltered British […]

I Am Number Four — The Story Behind the Story is Even Stranger

posted by Nell Minow

I Am Number Four is the story of a 15-year-old with special powers, one of nine children who fled a planet called Lorien and landed on Earth ten years earlier along with their adult teachers. As they mature, each child […]

Interview: Neil Goldberg of ‘Cirque Dreams’

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Goldberg brings dreams to life. As director of Cirque Dreams, he is the man behind the gasp-inspiring live shows that combine music, movement, and visual splendor in shows filled with dance, acrobatics, humor, and the kind of wonder that […]

Interview: Robert Vince of ‘The Search for Santa Paws’

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Vince is the man behind the wildly popular “buddies” movies including the latest, The Search For Santa Paws. They feature adorable dogs and heartwarming stories, just right for family movie night. I spoke to him about the challenges of […]

Interview: Glen Keane of ‘Tangled’

posted by Nell Minow

Glen Keane is the man behind some of Disney’s most beloved animated films, including “Tarzan,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Aladdin.” As producer of the latest Disney movie, “Tangled,” he guided the project for more than fourteen years. It was […]

Interview: Marc Erlbaum, Maker of Inspiring Films

posted by Nell Minow

Marc Erlbaum wants to make films that touch people’s souls. He is the man behind Nationlight Productions, a film and television production company focused on creating inspiring, meaningful content for mainstream audiences of all backgrounds and affiliations. He was nice […]

You Can Co-Produce Neil Gaiman’s New Film

posted by Nell Minow

Want to be a movie producer? A new animated film written by superstar author Neil Gaiman (“Coraline,” “Sandman”) is seeking funds. You can contribute as little as $10 and have your name in the online credits. For $5000 you can […]

Ntozake Shange of ‘For Colored Girls’

posted by Nell Minow

Acclaimed poet/playwright Ntozake Shange is best known for her 1975 “choreopoem” play, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” written when she was just 23. This week, it comes to screen directed by Tyler Perry, starring […]

Interview: Tom Hanks on ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

Disney generously shared this interview with Tom Hanks, who plays my favorite “Toy Story 3″ character, Woody. It comes out next week on DVD and Blu-Ray with wonderful extras including the fabulous short “Day & Night” and behind-the scenes interviews […]

Tribute: Alex Anderson, Creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Anderson, who came up with the beloved characters Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle Moose, and Dudley Do-Right, died this week at age 90. While Jay Ward usually gets the credit, it was his childhood friend and partner Anderson who […]

Interview: Randall Wallace of ‘Secretariat’

posted by Nell Minow

Randall Wallace, seminarian-turned-film-maker, knows how to raise the spirits and fill the hearts of the audience. In “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers,” he gave us some of the most inspiring screen heroes of our time. And now, as director of […]

Interview: Chad Troutwine of ‘Freakonomics’

posted by Nell Minow

Who could have imagined that economics would become cool? Often referred to as “the dismal science,” economics has long been associated with formulas filled with little Greek letters and articles that propose valuing human life at x. But Freakonomics: A […]

Interview: Nev and Rel Schulman and Henry Joost of ‘Catfish’

posted by Nell Minow

Manhattan film-makers Rel Schulman and Henry Joost had no idea what movie they were making when they turned their camera on Rel’s brother Nev as he opened up a package sent to him from a little girl he had never […]

Dressing Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street 2′

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most iconic movie figures of the 1980’s was Michael Douglas as “Greed is good” Gordon Gekko in the original “Wall Street,” written and directed by Oliver Stone. The sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” opens this week, […]

What’s a Gaffer and Who’s the Best Boy?

posted by Nell Minow

Do you read the end credits when you watch movies? Ever wanted to know what the gaffer and best boy do? Mental Floss has a great diagram of a movie set with definitions of all of the different jobs.

Interview: Ben Sherwood of ‘Charlie St. Cloud’

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Sherwood is the author of the novel Charlie St. Cloud, the basis for the new movie starring Zaz Efron in the title role as a young man devastated by the loss of his brother. Ben, a journalist, and I […]

Breakthrough Performer: Laura Breckenridge

posted by Nell Minow

I make no pretense of objectivity. But even if she was not my friend I would appreciate Laura Breckenridge as one of the most talented young actresses working today. She has appeared on television (“Gossip Girl,” “Related”), in movies (“Loving […]

Comic-Con: Etc. and Misc.

posted by Nell Minow

I saw Gamer Grub, a specially designed “performance” snack for gamers that won’t leave crumbs on the keyboard or make their fingers sticky. A lot of people were walking around with dripping wounds on their faces. It turned out to […]

Comic-Con — Production Design, Effects, and Writing

posted by Nell Minow

It is fun to see the stars, but one of the things I love best at Comic-Con is the chance to hear from the people behind the scenes about how entertainment gets produced and how creative people develop their careers […]

Who Inspired Lucas and Spielberg?

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the greatest story-tellers of the 20th century say that they both learned how to tell a story from the illustrations of Norman Rockwell. George Lucas (“Star Wars”) and Steven Spielberg (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Jurassic Park,” […]

“Twilight: Eclipse” Poem and Music

posted by Nell Minow

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” begins with a famous poem, recited by Bella, “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those […]

Interview: Taylor Hackford of ‘Love Ranch’

posted by Nell Minow

How did director Taylor Hackford (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Ray“) get Dame Helen Mirren (Oscar-winner for “The Queen“) agree to appear in his film, “Love Ranch,” the story of Reno’s first legal brothel? It helped that she is his […]

Shooting ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite movie moments is in the original “Fantasia” (and included in “Fantasia 2000″ as well), the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence when Mickey Mouse, as the trainee working for a powerful wizard, decides to try a little magic […]

Could a Girl in Your Life be ‘Judy Moody?’

posted by Nell Minow

“Totally awesome” Judy Moody is an exuberant, funny, “hair-challenged” third grader and force of nature who appears in a series of books. Now a movie called “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” is in the works and they are […]

Interview on ‘8: The Mormon Proposition’

posted by Nell Minow

A new documentary called 8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the $22 million secret program to defeat gay marriage in California sponsored by the Mormon church. After a court ruled that gay couples could get married, a ballot initiative called “Proposition […]

Find the Easter Eggs in ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

The crew at Pixar loves to hide references to their other films for careful repeat viewers to find. And the crew at Comingsoon.net loves to tell you where to find them. Take a look to help you discover the film’s […]

‘Twilight: Eclipse’ — Yamato Meets the Cast

posted by Nell Minow

Lucky Jen Yamato got to meet with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner to talk about “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Her piece for Fearnet.com, “Ten Truths Uncovered at the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Junket” has lots of great background. Pattinson just […]

Interview: Brian Wells of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the happiest surprises of the year on television so far is “Secrets of the Mountain,” an excellent movie for the whole family that premiered on April 16, 2010 on NBC. I interviewed the executive producer, Brian Wells, who […]

Ron Masak Meets His Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Ron Masak’s face and voice are more familiar than his name. As Sheriff Mort Metzger in “Murder She Wrote” he appeared with Angela Lansbury as the mystery novelist who ran into a different real-life mystery every week. And he has […]

Movies Made By Sons About Their Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Two small independent films opened up in New York this week that are both labors of love based on the dysfunctional fathers of the film-makers. One is “Touching Home” with Ed Harris as an alcoholic father of twin sons who […]

Soap Box Derby — Life Imitates Art

posted by Nell Minow

It bills itself as “The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World!” But the Soap Box Derby, once a popular event with racers, spectators, and sponsors, has, well, gone downhill. It began during the Depression and now has races across […]

Storytime Live! — Interview with Director Sam Scalimoni

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Scalimoni is the director of Nickeoldeon’s new traveling “Storytime Live” show, starring its most popular characters, including Dora and Diego, the Backyardigans, the Wonder Pets, Kai-Lan, and more. What is it like to create a show for the most […]

Interview: Matt Roloff of “Little People, Big World”

posted by Nell Minow

Matt Roloff is a businessman, entrepreneur, farmer, husband, and father of four, including teen-age twins. He and his family star on the TLC series Little People, Big World. Matt, his wife Amy, and one of the twins are little people, […]

The Brat Packers Are In Their 40’s

posted by Nell Minow

A new book by Susannah Gora takes a look at the group of young actors who appeared in the John Hughes films that seemed to define a generation — and certainly changed the way teenagers were portrayed on screen. You […]

Interview: David Nixon of ‘Letters to God’

posted by Nell Minow

If you were desperately ill, what would you say to God? What would you ask for? A boy named Tyler had some things he wanted to ask God when he became ill with cancer, and now his story has become […]

Interview: Conor McPherson and Ciarán Hinds of ‘The Eclipse’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Eclipse” is a ghost story for grown-ups, which means that it is story first, ghost second. It is an Irish film about Michael (Ciarán Hinds) a recent widower with two children, who is volunteering at a local literary festival. […]

Interview: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

posted by Nell Minow

Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders are the writer-directors behind one of the best family films of the year, “How to Train Your Dragon.” It was a very great pleasure to talk with them about adapting the popular books and the […]

Is it Time for Another Captain America?

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s announcement that Chris Evans (“The Fantastic Four”) will star in a new “Captain America” movie makes this the right moment to think about the history and meaning of the character. Never as iconic and popular as Superman or […]

Interview: Bindi Irwin of ‘Free Willy 4′

posted by Nell Minow

Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, stars in her first feature film, “Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove.” Inspired by the popular series of movies about a boy and a whale, this new adventure is about […]

Dialect Coach Stephen Gabis of ‘The 39 Steps’

posted by Nell Minow

The 39 Steps is a riotously hilarious theater experience based on the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie, itself based on a popular 1915 thriller by John Buchan. The play has 150 zany characters — all played by four actors. The show […]

What Does the Sound Editor Do?

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscars are about more than office pools, fashion, and celebrities. It’s also a chance to learn more about that most collaborative of art forms, the movies. It took more than 3000 people to make “Avatar,” and only a couple […]

Temple Grandin on Thinking in Pictures

posted by Nell Minow

Temple Grandin, the subject of the new movie starring Claire Danes, was diagnosed with autism as a child. In this talk at TED, she talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps […]

Interview: Laura Waters Hinson of ‘As We Forgive’

posted by Nell Minow

Laura Waters Hinson is the director of “As We Forgive,” a compelling and inspiring documentary about the rebuilding of communities in Rwanda. Many of us struggle to forgive the driver who cuts us off or a family member who said […]

Glenn Close interviews Pixar’s Bob Peterson

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Glenn Close interviewed writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson of Pixar about “Up” and especially about dogs, the dogs in his life and the dogs on screen. Peterson provided the voice for the adorable Dug, one of the most popular characters […]

Interview: Norton Virgien of ‘Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!’

posted by Nell Minow

Curious George and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat, have a new adventure in a straight-to-DVD feature-length movie, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, available on March 2. I got to talk to director Norton Virgien about what […]

The Women At Disney Studios

posted by Nell Minow

Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue has an article by Patricia Zohn about the “ink and paint” women who worked on Disney’s classic animated films. Much has been written about the prodigiously talented men who brought Snow White, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, […]

Tribute: Charlie Wilson

posted by Nell Minow

Former Congressman Charlie Wilson, whose top-secret orchestration of the defense of Afghanistan kept that country free and crippled the Soviet Union, died today at age 76. His success in channeling hundreds of millions of dollars to that conflict was revealed […]

Interview: Daniel Ellsberg

posted by Nell Minow

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg, a documentary just nominated for an Oscar, is the story of the man who gave secret government documents about the Vietnam war to newspapers for publication in 1971. The impact of his […]

Extraordinary Measures: The Inspirational Quilt

posted by Nell Minow

“Extraordinary Measures is the real story of a man who needed a miracle for his sick children and quit his job to work full time on raising money to support the medical research that might help keep them alive. The […]

The Real Story: the Crowleys of ‘Extraordinary Measures’

posted by Nell Minow

“Extraordinary Measures” stars Brendan Fraser as John Crowley, the real-life dad who quit his job to raise money for research that could help his two children, critically ill with an incurable genetic disorder called Pompe disease. Here is a featurette […]

Interview: Scott Cooper of ‘Crazy Heart’

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to writer/director Scott Cooper, whose first film, Crazy Heart has been acclaimed for its authenticity, its captivating music, and a performance by Jeff Bridges that many people believe will bring him his long-deserved Oscar. You must be thrilled […]

Micro-Budget Rip-Offs Find an Audience

posted by Nell Minow

Wired has a great article about “Cheap-and-Schlocky Blockbuster Ripoffs” of big-budget movies, made for less money than the cost of crew t-shirts of the multi-billion dollar Hollywood movies they flatter with imitation. While “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey, Jr. is […]

Screenwriter Dale Launer Talks About Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

Dale Launer wrote three of the funniest and best-constructed comedies of the late 80’s and early 90’s, “Ruthless People,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” and “My Cousin Vinny.” This interview he did with Writer Unboxed is like a master class in writing, […]

Interview: Ed Asner of ‘The Gathering’ (and ‘Up’)

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to talk to Ed Asner — best known as Lou Grant on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off and having a very big year as the voice star of one […]

The Duchess on the Queen — Sarah Ferguson Produces Queen Victoria Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Prince Andrew and mother of two of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren, is the producer of “Young Victoria,” the new movie about her children’s great-great-great-great grandmother, who ruled the British Empire for 63 years. Ferguson has a […]

Interview: Kirk Jones of ‘Everybody’s Fine’

posted by Nell Minow

Kirk Jones, a British writer/director, is best known in America for the delightful comedy “Waking Ned Divine.” His first American movie is Everybody’s Fine, a remake of an Italian film, with Robert DeNiro as the father of four adult children […]

Invictus: The Poem

posted by Nell Minow

I thought you might like to see the text of the poem that gives its name to one of this week’s big releases, “Invictus,” directed by Clint Eastwood. The poem was a source of inspiration to Nelson Mandela during his […]

Interview: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Richard Linklater

posted by Nell Minow

Director Richard Linklater (“School of Rock,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise”) and stars Claire Danes and Zac Efron talked to a small group of reporters here in Washington DC about their new film, “Me and Orson Welles.” It is a […]

Interview: Mizuo Peck of ‘Night at the Museum 2′

posted by Nell Minow

In the middle of all the special effects and silly fun of the “Night at the Museum” movies is one character who lends the real heart to the story: Sacajawea, played by Mizuo Peck with such sweet, quiet dignity that […]

The Real Story: Michael Oher of ‘The Blind Side’

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release, “The Blind Side,” is the story of Michael Oher, played by Quinton Aaron. Here is a glimpse of the real Oher, now an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. What I find most touching is when he […]

Interview: Vampires from ‘New Moon’

posted by Nell Minow

Edi Gathegi and Jamie Campbell Bower play bad guy vampires in “New Moon,” the second in the “Twilight” series based on the best-selling books by Stephanie Meyer. I had a chance to talk with them about making the movie. They […]

Twilight on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

Some of the stars of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” are on Twitter, and The Examiner has published a helpful list to let you follow all their tweets.

Interview: Jared Hess of ‘Gentlemen Broncos’

posted by Nell Minow

Jared Hess directed “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Nacho Libre” from screenplays he wrote with his wife Jerusha. Their latest film is “Gentlemen Broncos,” about a teenage boy whose story is stolen by a best-selling author. He told me that he has […]

Interview: Tinker Bell (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

Part 2 — from an online press briefing with “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” director Klay Hall and producer Sean Lurie.” And don’t forget to enter the contest for the Tinker Bell DVD and wings! Q: Can you talk […]

Interview: Tinker Bell (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Continuing this week’s celebration of all things Tinker Bell, I spoke to Ellen Jin Over, Art Director for the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. I was really lucky that Tinker Bell historian Mindy Johnson was there, too. […]

Interview: Tinker Bell’s Raven-Symone

posted by Nell Minow

Talking with Raven-Symone on the telephone, it was easy to imagine that I was really speaking to Iridessa, the character she plays in the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. She has such a sparkly quality, I could […]

Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story […]

The “Christmas Carol” Train Tour

posted by Nell Minow

If the “Christmas Carol” train comes to your town, try to get to see it. Robert Zemeckis, who made “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Back to the Future,” loves to push the technology envelope, and this time he […]

The (Real) Informant

posted by Nell Minow

If you saw the new Matt Damon movie, The Informant! and would like to know more about the real-life Mark Whitacre, the highest-level and most productive white collar informant in history, listen to the episode of This American Life that […]

Interview: ‘Fame’s’ Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle is one of the bright new stars who “light up the sky like a flame” in the new re-booting of the 1980 classic film, “Fame.” I was lucky to get to interview her about the […]

Interview: Marc Fienberg of ‘Play the Game’

posted by Nell Minow

“Play the Game” has many elements that are often found in sexy romantic comedies — a hero who thinks he does not want to fall in love and a heroine who teaches him that he does not know what he […]

Interview: Ramin Bahrani of ‘Goodbye Solo’

posted by Nell Minow

In 2009, film critic Roger Ebert declared “Ramin Bahrani is the new great American director.” I’d say he’s a great new American writer as well. I heard him speak at Ebertfest (his second time presenting there) and was moved, enthralled, […]

‘Harvey’ Remake Coming from Steven Spielberg

posted by Nell Minow

Steven Spielberg has announced the remake of one of Jimmy Stewart’s most beloved films, “Harvey.” It is the story of a gentle soul named Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend, a six-foot rabbit-ish character called a pooka. The screenplay […]

To the Nines

posted by Nell Minow

Is it because we’re in a year that ends with a nine that there are so many “nine” movies coming out? There’s “Cloud 9,” a German film about a long-married woman who has an affair. Next is “District 9,” about […]

Tribute: Budd Schulberg

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood legend and Oscar-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg died this week at age 95. His best work documented the anguish and corruption he observed growing up as the son of one of the top executives of MGM at the height of […]

Interviews about ‘Adam’ — Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne

posted by Nell Minow

Hugh Dancy plays the title role in “Adam,” the story of a man with Asperger Syndrome, a form of social dyslexia that is on the autism spectrum. As the movie begins, Adam’s father has just died and he must learn […]

Interview: Max Mayer of ‘Adam’

posted by Nell Minow

Max Mayer is the writer/director behind the sensitive and insightful new film, “Adam,” the story of a young man with Asperger Syndrome (Hugh Dancy) who is befriended by his new neighbor (Rose Byrne). He is an exceptionally thoughtful and engaging […]

Paul Peterson — Protector of Child Actors

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Peterson was one of my first celebrity crushes when he appeared on The Donna Reed Show. He was briefly a Mousketeer at age 8 and played Cary Grant’s son (with Sophia Loren as his babysitter) in the affecting romantic […]

John Goodson — Models and Special Effects

posted by Nell Minow

The CG Society has a terrific interview with John Goodson, who worked on the starship Enterprise and many other iconic movie models. “I’ve worked on almost all the miniatures for the Enterprise that exist and I’ve studied them all,” he […]

Interview: D.W. Brown, Acting Coach to Stars and Future Stars

posted by Nell Minow

D.W. Brown has trained, directed, and coached hundreds of actors and is co-artistic head of the distinguished and successful Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio. His new book, You Can Act!: A Complete Guide for Actors is both practical and inspiring with […]

Actors with Character, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

You know them. That is, they look familiar, but you might not be sure if that is because you saw them in a movie or because you saw them on a train. These are character actors, the indispensible performers who […]

‘Stoning of Soraya M’ Facebook Live Video Chat

posted by Nell Minow

This afternoon/evening at 4 pm PST there will be a live video chat on Facebook with writer/director Cyrus Nowrasteh to answer participant questions regarding his latest film. Based on a true story, “The Stoning of Soraya M.” stars Shohreh Aghdashloo […]

Behind the Scenes with ‘Shopaholic’

posted by Nell Minow

“Shopaholic” comes to DVD this week. Here is a glimpse behind the scenes: • The film shot inside of some of the most exclusive stores and boutiques in New York, including Barneys New York flagship store on Madison Avenue, Henri […]

An Age Old Problem– What Hollywood is Not Letting You See

posted by Nell Minow

My brilliant and talented friend Robert J. Elisberg writes an outstanding column about politics and culture in “The Huffington Post.” I told him how much I admired his most recent piece about the way that Hollywood’s obsession with youth interferes […]

First Shots from ‘New Moon’

posted by Nell Minow

Check out Entertainment Weekly’s gallery of shots from the set of “New Moon.” They say that even though Edward does not play much of a role in the book, fans have been assured that the popular Robert Pattinson will play […]

Who Designs Movie Cars of the Future?

posted by Nell Minow

Studio 360, one of my favorite radio programs, has a wonderful interview with Gene Winfield, the man who designed the cars from the future for everyone from “Star Trek” and “Blade Runner” to “Sleeper,” “Robocop” and this episode of “Bewitched.”

The Terminator Calendar

posted by Nell Minow

Cinematical does what the producers of the new Terminator movie did not — they sit down with a calendar to try to figure out the Terminator Timeline.

Zuzu from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my pal Kathy Deane for alerting me to this website from the actress who played Zuzu in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” She was the little girl who asked her dad, played by Jimmy Stewart, to fix the petals […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

More from the “NatM: Battle of the Smithsonian” press conference: Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original British version of The Office returns as the director of New York’s Museum of Natural History. He said that he loves to […]

‘Night at the Museum 2′ Press Conference, Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Yesterday, I attended a press conference at the historic Smithsonian Castle and had the immeasurable and almost-surreal pleasure of sitting opposite Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, director Shawn Levy, and screenwriters Robert Ben Garant and […]

WTWTA Blog

posted by Nell Minow

There is no movie I am more excited about right now than the Spike Jonze-directed “Where the Wild Things Are,” opening this fall and based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak. Having watched the trailer several times, I […]

Star Trek: The Enterprise Captains Interview

posted by Nell Minow

In an exclusive interview for the new Star Trek 1-6 movie box set, Whoopi Goldberg interviews the captains of the USS Enterprise, to boldly go where no interview has gone before.

What Does the Editor Do?

posted by Nell Minow

Ann Hornaday has a fascinating article in the Washington Post about the impact that an editor has on a film. You’ve heard the expression “the cutting room floor?” That comes from the days when film editors used real scissors and […]

Tribute: Maurice Jarre

posted by Nell Minow

Maurice Jarre wrote soundtracks for movies that became the soundtracks for our lives. The lush romantic score for Dr Zhivago (known as “Somewhere My Love”) is inseparable from the snowy vistas of the story. The sweep of his score for […]

The ‘Happily Ever After’ Ending for Willy Wonka

posted by Nell Minow

NPR has a very charming five-minute interview with the screenwriter for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” about how he came up with the movie’s ending.

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