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Interview: Mark Henn of “Frozen”

posted by Nell Minow

I always love talking to Mark Henn, one of the top animators in Disney history.  Previously, we spoke about young Simba in The Lion King and the most recent Winnie the Pooh.  This week, we talked about the adorable snowman character, […]

Interview: Steve Coogan of “Philomena”

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Coogan co-wrote and stars in “Philomena,” based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son she gave up for adoption fifty years earlier.  As an unwed pregnant teenager she was sent to a convent-run home. […]

My Dad Remembers His Friend, John F. Kennedy

posted by Nell Minow

My father, Newton N. Minow, met then-Senator Kennedy in the 1950’s and worked on his 1960 Presidential campaign. He was appointed by President-Elect Kennedy as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission until the spring of 1963. His work there […]

Interview: CCH Pounder on “Home Again”

posted by Nell Minow

Home Again is the story of three people, Jamaican by birth but having lived their entire lives in other countries, are who are deported for getting into trouble with the law.  A mother from Canada, a student from England, and […]

Interview on Kevin Sampson’s Picture Lock Show

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Kevin Sampson for a great interview!

Interview: Composer Dominic Lewis of “Free Birds”

posted by Nell Minow

“Free Birds,” an animated film opening today, stars Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, and Woody Harrelson.  And it has a great score by composer Dominic Lewis available on iTunes.  He talked to me about what it was like to write music for […]

Interview: Scott Jordan Harris on Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads — The Greatest Movie Objects

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Jordan Harris is the author of Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads: 50 of Film’s Most Evocative Objects – An Illustrated Journey, a beautifully illustrated tribute to some of the most beloved props and costumes in film history. He writes […]

Interview: Daniel Breaker of “Shrek: The Musical”

posted by Nell Minow

First it was a book by William Steig.  Then it was a sensationally successful series of animated films, featuring the voice talents of Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz, and Eddie Murphy.  Then it was a blockbuster Broadway smash hit musical starring […]

Interview: AJ Michalka of “Grace Unplugged”

posted by Nell Minow

 AJ Michalka stars in “Grace Unplugged,” the story of a girl who wants more out of life than singing with her church’s worship band.  When she has some success as a pop singer, she has to decide whether secular success […]

Interview: Galley Molina of “I’m In Love With a Church Girl”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m in Love With a Church Girl is inspired by the true story of writer/director Galley Molina.  It stars Ja Rule, Stephen Baldwin, T-Bone, and Michael Madsen, and will be in theaters on October 18.  I enjoyed speaking to Galley about […]

Interview: Ron Clements and John Musker of “The Little Mermaid”

posted by Nell Minow

After Walt Disney died, the studio he founded faltered, especially Disney animation.  Following the powerhouse classics like “Peter Pan,” “Dumbo,” and “The Jungle Book” (the last animated film Walt Disney supervised personally), the animation division became mired in struggles that […]

Interview: “The Little Mermaid’s” Jodi Benson

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a delight to speak with the sweet-voiced Jodi Benson, who plays Ariel in this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week, The Little Mermaid. She has also provided the voice for characters including Barbie in the “Toy Story” […]

Interview: Joseph Gordon-Levitt of “Don Jon”

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt met with a small group of journalists to talk about the film he wrote, directed, and stars in, “Don Jon.”  Gordon-Levitt, who has appeared in edgy independent films (“The Mysterious Skin,” “Brick”), teen romances (“10 Things I Hate […]

Interview: Will Bakke of “Believe Me”

posted by Nell Minow

 I really enjoyed talking to Will Bakke of Riot Studios about his new film, “Believe Me.”  I’ll post information about the movie’s release when it is available. Tell me a little bit about this project. I’d love to. Well, “Believe […]

Interview: Stuart Blumberg, Writer/Director of “Thanks for Sharing”

posted by Nell Minow

Stuart Blumberg wrote or co-wrote some of my favorite films, including “Keeping the Faith” and “The Kids are All Right.”  His new film is “Thanks for Sharing,” with Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Pink (billed as Alecia Moore) […]

Interview: Katherine LaNasa of “Jayne Mansfield’s Car”

posted by Nell Minow

Katherine LaNasa stars in “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” a new 1960’s Southern family drama co-written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.  LaNasa, Thornton, Kevin Bacon, and Robert Patrick play the children of a World War I veteran named Jim Caldwell (Robert […]

Interview: Jerusha Hess and J.J. Feild of “Austenland”

posted by Nell Minow

No movie this year made me laugh more than “Austenland,” based on the novel by Shannon Hale. The film has Keri Russell as a Jane Austen fan who visits an immersive Jane Austen theme park/experience.  It was a lot of […]

Interview: “The World’s End” Composer Steven Price

posted by Nell Minow

The fifth and best end of the world movie of the summer is called “The World’s End,” and it is the last in what is now being called the Cornetto Trilogy from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and co-writer and director […]

Interview: Lily Collins of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Lily Collins, star of this week’s release “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare.  The last time I spoke to Lily, she was playing a princess […]

Interview: Cuba Gooding, Jr. of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. about his role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as Carter, a colleague and friend of Cecil, the character played by Forest Whitaker. My favorite scene with your character is when you had to […]

Interview: Kirk Cameron on “Unstoppable”

posted by Nell Minow

Kirk Cameron is one of the leading figures in faith-based and inspirational entertainment.  For the first time he has taken on the role of producer for a film he calls his most personal project.  It is the story of his […]

Interview: Lee Daniels of “The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is inspired by the real-life story of a black man who worked in the White House for decades, serving eight Presidents from Truman to Reagan.  Born in the Jim Crow-era South of lynchings and segregation, he […]

Interview: “Elysium” Villain Faran Tahir

posted by Nell Minow

Faran Tahir comes from a family of actors.  He was born in Los Angeles to Pakistani parents and studied theater at UCLA and Harvard.  He has appeared in “Star Trek” and “Iron Man” and on the television series “Warehouse 13.” […]

Interview: “Sharknado” Screenwriter Thunder Levin

posted by Nell Minow

Amid all the summer superheroes and blockbuster sequels, no movie has captured the 2013 movie zeitgeist as much as a low-budget movie for the Syfy channel.  Of course, I am speaking of “Sharknado.”  And yes, it is about a shark-filled […]

Interview: “Elysium” Composer Ryan Amon

posted by Nell Minow

Ryan Amon talked to me about the YouTube video that led to his first feature film score, in this week’s “Elysium,” directed by Neil Blomkamp (“District 9″) and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and how two notes create a […]

Interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks About the New Faith and Family Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Bishop T.D Jakes, who serves on the board of Beliefnet, has added a Faith and Family Film Festival to his inspirational MegaFest gathering, this year taking place in Dallas on August 29-31.  Bishop Jakes spoke to me about why film […]

Thanks to Tim Gordon for Inviting Me on FilmGordon with Travis Hopson

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun on Tim Gordon’s Blogtalk radio show talking about “Despicable Me” and “Let Me Explain.

Interview: Heitor Pereira, Composer of “Despicable Me 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Heitor Pereira is a Brazilian musician and composer who has gone from Simply Red to Hollywood, creating movie scores for films like “Madagascar,” “The Holiday,” and “Bee Movie.”  He talked to me about the challenge of scoring a sequel with […]

Interview: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon of “The Way Way Back”

posted by Nell Minow

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won a screenwriting Oscar for “The Descendants” and won the next day’s headlines by imitating Angelina Jolie’s leg-out pose when they accepted it.  I talked to them about “The Way Way Back,” which they wrote, […]

Interview: Jeff Allen of “Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards”

posted by Nell Minow

The very funny Jeff Allen answered my questions about his new DVD, Apostles of Comedy: Onwards & Upwards. When did you first know you were funny? I thought I was funny when I started stand up comedy in Chicago; the […]

Interview: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, Director of the Music Documentary “Muscle Shoals”

posted by Nell Minow

I sat down to watch an early screener of “Muscle Shoals,” the new documentary about a tiny Alabama town and the two music studios that produced some of the biggest records of all time.  Ten minutes later, I stopped it […]

Interview: Henry Jackman, Composer for “Turbo” and “This is the End”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an absolute delight to talk to British musician/composer Henry Jackman about his two very different assignments in creating musical scores for the comic end-of-the-world movie featuring the Judd Apatow crew, “This is the End,” and the adorable animated […]

Interview: Civil War Filmmaker Ron Maxwell of “Copperhead”

posted by Nell Minow

Copperhead is a new movie based on the novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his […]

Interview: Joel Smallbone of “The Book of Esther” and For King and Country

posted by Nell Minow

Joel Smallbone of King and Country plays Xerxes in “The Book of Esther,” his first film role.  He was nice enough to take some time off from his For King and Country tour to talk to me about playing the […]

Interview: Joey King of “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Joey King in “Beezus and Ramona” and very much enjoyed her performance as China Girl and the girl in the wheelchair in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  She talked […]

Interview: Nick Robinson of “The Kings of Summer” (and the Hilarious Cox Commercials)

posted by Nell Minow

I love the hilarious Cox commercials, with Nick Robinson as the perpetually-humiliated teenager whose father thinks he is super-cool as he shows off all of the great features of Cox television, internet, and phone.  And I love “The Kings of […]

Interview: Steve Taravella, Author of a New Book about Mary Wickes

posted by Nell Minow

I love the great character actress Mary Wickes, who was the nun who was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg as choir director in “Sister Act,” the nurse who was “a treasure” opposite Bette Davis in “Now Voyager,” and the hotel staff […]

Interview: “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” — Actress Turned Nun R.M. Delores Hart O.S.B.

posted by Nell Minow

How could I throw away a promising acting career for the monastic life of a cloistered nun? I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level. Many people don’t understand the difference between […]

Interview: Jordan Vogt-Roberts of The Kings of Summer

posted by Nell Minow

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s first feature film is “The Kings of Summer,” the story of three teenage boys who run away and build a house in the woods.  It’s one of my favorite movies of the year, so I was very glad […]

Interview: Rama Burshtein and Hadas Yaron of “Fill the Void”

posted by Nell Minow

“Fill the Void” is an Israeli film with a rare, intimate, and very sympathetic portrayal of a very observant Orthodox Jewish community.  It is the story of a young woman, still in her teens, who is under pressure to marry […]

Interview: Gabriel Basso of “The Kings of Summer”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Kings of Summer” is the story of three teenage boys who run away from home and build a house in the woods, and it is one of my favorite films of the year.  One of the boys is played […]

Interview: Alex Gibney of “We Steal Secrets: The Wikileaks Story”

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School

I spoke to Alex Gibney, one of my favorite filmmakers, about his brilliant documentary on Wikileaks. The most interesting character in the movie is Bradley Manning.  Where is he now? He’s in prison, finally Leavenworth, after eight months in solitary confinement […]

Interview: Thomas Horn of “Space Warriors”

posted by Nell Minow

Thomas Horn, Jeopardy champion and star of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” appears in this week’s “Space Warriors.”  The movie premieres on Friday, May 31st at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel and co-stars Ryan Simpkins, Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Josh […]

Interview: Jesse Eisenberg of “Now You See Me”

posted by Nell Minow

Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale,” “Rio”) stars in one of the most entertaining films of the year, “Now You See Me,” the story of a group of magicians who rob a bank.  It co-stars Morgan […]

Interview: Scott McGehee and David Siegel of “What Maisie Knew”

posted by Nell Minow

“What Maisie Knew” is a touching, beautifully acted new movie starring Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan as a couple breaking up but the story is seen through the eyes of their little girl.  I spoke to the directors, Scott McGehee […]

Interview: Directors/Writer/Star of “Desperate Acts of Magic”

posted by Nell Minow

Magic is in the air.  And on the screen.  Two big-budget films with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars playing magicians are being released within a few months of each other.  In March, we had the silly comedy The Incredible Burt […]

Interview: Candace Cameron Bure of “Finding Normal”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Candace Cameron Bure to hear about her new film, “Finding Normal,” premiering this week on GMC-TV.  She plays a brilliant type-A surgeon who is completely focused on status and her career until she gets […]

Interview: Margaret Talbot on The Entertainer

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Margaret Talbot’s book about her father, actor Lyle Talbot, The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century.  His career spanned the full range of entertainment from the traveling shows of the 1920’s to movies in the golden age […]

Interview: Maiken Baird and Michelle Major of “Venus and Serena”

posted by Nell Minow

“Venus and Serena” is an enthralling new documentary about two of the most acclaimed athletes of our time.  Their story is even more extraordinary because they are sisters.  Venus and Serena Williams have won world trophies and broken records since […]

Interview: Tina Gordon Chism of “Peeples”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a delight to talk with”Peeples” writer-director Tina Gordon Chism, who instantly made me feel like an old friend.  She wrote a movie I love, Drumline, (featured in my new book).  And now she is a first-time director with […]

Interview: Craig Robinson of “Peeples”

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Robinson is one of the funniest people alive and his performances have been the highlights — and sometimes the only bright spots — in films like “Hot Tub Time Machine,” “Miss March,” and “Pineapple Express.” It is a lot […]

Interview: Brian Bosworth of “Revelation Road 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Football star-turned actor Brian Bosworth spoke to me about his new role in Revelation Road: The Beginning of the End, the second in an end of days series from Pure Flix Entertainment.  He spoke to me about how making the […]

Interview: Kiara Muhammad, Voice of Doc McStuffins

posted by Nell Minow

What a treat to talk to Doc McStuffins! Kiara Muhammed provides the voice for the little girl who diagnoses all of her toys’ ailments and teaches them to be healthy. The latest DVD, Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Checkup, will […]

Interview: Tom Shadyac of Life’s Operating Manual

posted by Nell Minow

I am always happy to get another chance to talk to Tom Shadyac, the mega-successful Hollywood director (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty) who now devotes his time to exploring the meaning of life and sharing what he has learned. […]

Interview: Lynn Whitfield of “King’s Faith”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to interview Lynn Whitfield, co-star of the new faith-based film “King’s Faith,” about a couple who take in a teenage foster child. The scene where you are arranging the flowers while you were having a very […]

Interview: Chadwick Boseman of “42”

posted by Nell Minow

Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in “42,” this week’s release about the first black player in major league baseball in the modern era.  Robinson’s extraordinary talent and grace under pressure was a powerful rebuttal to the racism that perpetuated segregation in […]

Interview: Henry-Alex Rubin, Director of “Disconnect”

posted by Nell Minow

Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the new movie, “Disconnect,” and I were were talking about the movie when his phone beeped.  He reached into his pocket to turn it off and we both laughed at the real-life example of the movie’s […]

Interview: Wayne Blair of “The Sapphires”

posted by Nell Minow

Wayne Blair is an actor who starred in the live theatrical version of “The Sapphires,” the true story of three sisters and a cousin who became a successful girl group in 1960’s Australia.  He directed the feature film based on […]

Interview: Ben Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

“I have only one thing in common with Martin Scorsese,” I confided to Ben Mankiewicz.  “We both pretty much keep Turner Classic Movies on all day.” Mankiewicz, who introduces many of the films on TCM, was in town for a special […]

Interview: John Ottman, Editor/Composer of “Jack the Giant Slayer”

posted by Nell Minow

John Ottman is not just editor of this week’s exciting fantasy, “Jack the Giant Slayer” — he also composed the score.  I had a lot of fun talking to this polymath about his work on the film. When you think […]

Interview: Eleanor Tomlinson, the Princess in “Jack the Giant Slayer”

posted by Nell Minow

Eleanor Tomlinson plays Princess Isabelle in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”  But she is not your grandfather’s fairy tale princess.  This one goes undercover to explore the world of her subjects, rebels against her father’s plans to marry her off to […]

Interview: The Trouble With Flirting Author Claire LaZebnik

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik’s latest YA novel, The Trouble with Flirting, published today, is the witty and insightful story of Franny Price, a talented teenager who gets a summer job working with her aunt, the costumer for a high school drama program […]

Interview: Daniele Watts of “Django Unchained”

posted by Nell Minow

Danièle Watts is a multi-talented actor/writer/producer and one of the liveliest, most engaging, and purely delightful performers I have ever interviewed.  I could have talked to her all day.  Audiences may know her best as Coco in the Oscar-nominated “Django […]

Interview: BerNadette Stanis of “Good Times” and Gospel Musical Behind the Pulpit

posted by Nell Minow

It was very exciting, as a long-time fan of “Good Times,” to get a chance to interview BerNadette Stanis, who played Thelma.  She was a teenager herself when she was given the role.  She made me feel like an old […]

The Abolitionists

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
DVD Release Date:January 21, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2013

The new release from the PBS series “The American Experience” is a three-part story called “The Abolitionists,” the story of the fight to end slavery in the United States.  They were called radicals, agitators, and troublemakers. They thought of themselves […]

Interview: Cederick Tardy on the Best Movies About Single Moms

posted by Nell Minow

Cederick Tardy is the author of four books for mothers raising boys. He is also the founder of STRONG Inc., a nonprofit focused on Strengthening, Training and Redefining Our Next Generation.  “I love movies about single moms because they often […]

Interview: Atticus Shaffer of “Frankenweenie”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a lot of fun to talk to “The Middle’s” Atticus Shaffer about his performance in “Frankenweenie,” which comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  Shaffer provides the voice of Edgar “E.” Gore, the cheerfully ghoulish friend of […]

Interview: Roger Michell of “Hyde Park on Hudson”

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Michell is the director of beloved films like “Notting Hill” and “Persuasion.”  His latest is this week’s “Hyde Park on Hudson,” based on the real-life visit of the King and Queen of England to the home of President Franklin […]

Interview: Julie Locke of “The Heart of Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Julie Locke‘s two-year-old son Dax was critically ill with cancer.  He loved Christmas lights, so although it was only October, she put them up.  When their neighbors found out why the Lockes had Christmas decorations up before Halloween, they came […]

The Man Behind “It’s A Wonderful Life” — Philip Van Doren Stern

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to interview Marguerite Stern Robinson about Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month, It’s a Wonderful Life. Dr. Robinson’s father, Philip Van Doren Stern, wrote the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” and when no one would publish it, […]

Interview: Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma of “Life of Pi”

posted by Nell Minow

Director Ang Lee and star Suraj Sharma met with a group of journalists to talk about “Life of Pi.” Lee said the biggest challenge was to “make a big mainstream movie out of a philosophical book that’s beloved.” And it […]

Interview: David Magee of “Life of Pi”

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter David Magee met with a group of journalists to talk about “Life of Pi.”  He told us that as a not very successful actor, he enjoyed doing audio books.  One day he would do the full book and the […]

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
DVD Release Date:November 18, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2012

If there’s anything cuter than the Santa Buddies, it is the sequel, the new DVD/Blu-Ray pick of the week, “Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.”  The puppies stow away on Mrs. Claus’ trip to a Christmas-loving town and have a […]

Interview: Director Joe Wright of “Anna Karenina”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to one of my favorite directors, Joe Wright (“Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement,” “Hanna”) about his sumptuous new film, “Anna Karenina,” starring Keira Knightley. One of my favorite scenes in the film reminded me very much of one of […]

Interview: Composer Angelo Badalamenti of “A Late Quartet”

posted by Nell Minow

Composer Angelo Badalamenti, who describes his music as bringing “beautiful sadness” to film, was kind enough to answer my questions about his work on “A Late Quartet,” the story of a classical string quartet starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, […]

Interview: Arnon Goldfinger of “The Flat”

posted by Nell Minow

After documentary filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother died at age 97 in Israel, he brought a film crew to her apartment where she and his grandfather lived from the time they immigrated to what was then called Palestine just before World […]

Interview: Allen Zadoff of Since You Left Me

posted by Nell Minow

I last talked to Allen Zadoff about his book, My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies.  He was kind enough to give me another interview about his new book, Since You Left Me.  Once again his hero is an unhappy teenage […]

Interview: Frank Manno of Spiritual Sobriety

posted by Nell Minow

I was very moved by Frank Manno’s new book, Spiritual Sobriety: Freedom & Recovery from Cultural Christianity. He says, “The purpose of Spiritual Sobriety is to reveal and release what the Bible describes that it takes to be a true disciple of […]

Interview: Michael Damian, Writer-Director of “A Princess for Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Damian played heartthrob Danny Romalotti on “The Young and the Restless” for 18 years, returning for the show’s 35th anniversary.  He is an award-winning singer and songwriter and more recently he has been a writer and director.  He and […]

Interview: Bryan Cranston and John Goodman of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

In Argo, Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) plays the CIA chief who supervises Tony Mendez, the character played by director Ben Affleck.  And John Goodman plays real-life Oscar winner John Chambers, the genius in make-up and prosthetics who secretly worked with […]

Interview: Sam Heughan of “A Princess for Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful fairy tale romance A Princess for Christmas is now available on DVD.  I spoke to British actor Sam Heughan, who plays the prince, about shooting in Romania, playing the son of 007 star Sir Roger Moore, and the very […]

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

More from Ben Affleck about Argo: What were some of the tougher scenes to film? The scenes with the actors were the easiest scenes. We have all these good actors, they know what they’re doing, it was really fun. I […]

Interview: Ben Affleck, Director and Star of “Argo” (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Affleck directed “Argo,” the incredible story of a real-life 1980 CIA rescue mission, and he plays Tony Mendez, the “exfiltration” expert who came up with the idea to create a fake Hollywood film production company and get the six […]

Interview: Dante Brown of “Won’t Back Down”

posted by Nell Minow

Oprah called him one of her all-time smartest and most talented kids.  And now Dante Brown is appearing in the new movie “Won’t Back Down,” a touching performance as the son of the teacher character played by Viola Davis.  He […]

Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of “The House I Live In”

posted by Nell Minow

Eugene Jarecki’s new documentary about the failure of the drug wars by any standard — economic, practical, moral — is a powerful and sobering call for treating drug abuse as a public health problem and not a criminal problem.  I […]

Interview: Matthew Heineman of the Health Care Documentary, “Escape Fire”

posted by Nell Minow

“Escape Fire” is a new documentary about what does not work in our system for preventing and treating illness, and what some people are doing to make it better.  I spoke to Matthew Heineman, co-director and co-producer of the film. […]

Interview: Muse Watson

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Muse Watson is a familiar face.  He has been a regular on “NCIS” and “Prison Break” and has appeared in movies that range from “Austin Powers II” to “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”  I’m a fan of his […]

Interview: The Directors of the New Toastmaster Documentary “Speak”

posted by Nell Minow

Jerry Seinfeld pointed out that when people are asked what scares them the most, more people say public speaking than death — which means that at a funeral, most people would rather be the person who died than the person […]

Interview: Nicholas Jarecki of “Arbitrage”

posted by Nell Minow

Documentary-maker Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed his first feature film, “Arbitrage,” with Richard Gere giving one of his best performances as a hedge fund manager hiding massive losses who gets caught up in an even bigger cover-up when he and […]

Interview: Jamie Bradshaw of “Branded”

posted by Nell Minow

Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain are advertising executives and brand specialists who have written and directed “Branded,” set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population and one man’s effort to unlock the truth behind the […]

Interview: Mike Birbiglia of “Sleepwalk With Me”

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Birbiglia‘s stories about his experiences with a rare form of sleepwalking became a part of his stand-up routine, a book, monologues on This American Life, and now a movie.  He came to Washington for a screening of the film […]

Interview: Matt Bondurant of “Lawless”

posted by Nell Minow

The Wettest County in the World is writer Matt Bondurant’s book about his grandfather and great uncles, who sold illegal moonshine during Prohibition.  The Bondurant brothers were legends in their own era, reported to be un-killable.  Bondurant spoke to a small […]

Interview: Writer-Directors of “ParaNorman”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved seeing the “ParaNorman” panel at Comic-Con, so I was especially excited to get a chance for an interview with writer-director Chris Butler and co-director Sam Fell, and I had a blast talking to them about why kids and […]

Interview: Peter Hedges of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of Peter Hedges, who wrote the book What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and wrote and directed Pieces of April and Dan in Real Life.  No one is better than he is at showing us messy families who […]

Interview: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano of “Ruby Sparks”

posted by Nell Minow

Zoe Kazan, the grand-daughter of legendary director Elia Kazan (“On the Waterfront”) and the daughter of two writers, has made a strong impression in small roles opposite Meryl Streep (“It’s Complicated”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Revolutionary Road”).  Her boyfriend is Paul […]

Interview: The “Little Miss Sunshine” Directors Discuss Their New Film “Ruby Sparks”

posted by Nell Minow

Co-directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton are so smart, so dedicated, so creative, and so purely delightful that I found it hard to believe they are so good at showing us dysfunctional characters.  Their new film, “Ruby Sparks,” written by […]

Interview: Jade Pettyjon of the New American Girls Movie: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

posted by Nell Minow

I absolutely loved the new American Girls movie, McKenna: Shoots For The Stars.  Based on the stories about the American Girl of the Year doll for 2012, a young gymnast. So it was a treat to get to interview the […]

Interview: Lauren Greenfield of “The Queen of Versailles”

posted by Nell Minow

Lauren Greenfield is the director of the new documentary, The Queen of Versailles, the story of Jackie and Siegel, who were building the largest residence in the United Sates, a 90,000 square foot mansion with ten kitchens, a baseball field, a […]

Interview: David France of “How to Survive a Plague”

posted by Nell Minow

“This isn’t a movie about what AIDS did to us,” writer/director David France told me as he was preparing to present “How to Survive a Plague,” his documentary about AIDS activism at the prestigious Silverdocs film festival in Silver Spring, […]

Interview: Virginia Madsen of “The Magic of Belle Isle”

posted by Nell Minow

Virginia Madsen stars in the heartwarming story “The Magic of Belle Isle” as the recently-divorced mother of three girls who befriends the writer who moves in next door (Morgan Freeman).  I spoke to her about making the movie, which is […]

Interview: Rob Reiner of “The Magic of Belle Isle”

posted by Nell Minow

Rob Reiner (“The Princess Bride,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “The American President”) is co-writer and director of the heartwarming new film, “The Magic of Belle Isle.”  Morgan Freeman plays a bitter wheelchair-bound writer who moves to a small town and […]

Interviews: The Director and Stars of “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

posted by Nell Minow

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a lyrical tale of a six-year-old girl and her father living in “The Bathtub,” a fictitious community based on condemned parts of southern Louisiana.  In an almost post-apocalyptic setting with no electricity, running water, phone, government, […]

Interview: “Brave” Producer Katherine Sarafian

posted by Nell Minow

I love Pixar’s new movie, “Brave,” and it was a thrill to be able to talk to the producer, Katherine Sarafian, who told me what she learned from her trip to Scotland, what it meant to have a female lead […]

Interview: Gavin Bellour of “A Buddy Story”

posted by Nell Minow

“A Buddy Story” is an endearing road trip movie written and directed by Marc Erlbaum.  It is the story of a touring musician who is used to being alone and his neighbor who impulsively comes with him.  The neighbor is […]

Interview: Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Star of “Smitty”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great thrill and an honor to speak with Oscar-winner Louis Gossett, Jr., star of “An Officer and a Gentleman,” about his new movie, “Smitty.”  He talked to me about starring in the original Broadway production of “A […]

Interview: Writer-director Marc Erlbaum Asks About the Meaning of Life

posted by Nell Minow

I am always happy to talk to Marc Erlbaum, who makes films that inspire and challenge as they entertain.  I love his audacious new project.  He is “crowd-funding” a new film about the biggest question of all: the meaning of […]

Interview: Simon Wincer of the Horse Racing Film “The Cup”

posted by Nell Minow

Australian director Simon Wincer specializes in movies featuring big animals.  His most successful film is “Free Willy,” but his most frequent stars are horses, in films like “The Young Black Stallion,” “The Man from Snowy River,” and the fact-based “Phar […]

Interview: Della Reese of “Me Again”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to speak with show business legend Della Reese, who stars in the the heartwarming film, Me Again, the story of an unhappy minister who gets to find out what it is like to be someone else, and […]

Interview: Genie Francis of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Genie Francis co-stars in “Notes from the Heart Healer,” the third installment in Hallmark’s popular series about the mid-life romance of an advice columnist named Peyton and a sportswriter named King.  It will be on the Hallmark Channel Saturday May 12 […]

Interview: Ted McGinley of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Ted McGinley talked to me about re-teaming with Genie Francis for the third in the Hallmark series of films about an advice columnist known as “The Heart Healer.”  In The Note, Peyton (Francis) discovers a note she thinks is from […]

Interview: Writer/Director Richard Linklater of “Bernie”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater has directed some of my favorite movies like “Waking Life,” “Before Sunset,” “School of Rock,” and “Dazed and Confused.”  He talked to me about his new film, “Bernie,” starring Jack Black as the real-life Bernie Tiede, the most […]

Interview: Philippe Falardeau of “Monsieur Lazhar”

posted by Nell Minow

“Monsieur Lazhar” is an Oscar-nominated Canadian film about an Algerian immigrant who takes a job as a substitute teacher even though he is not qualified and ends up learning a great deal from his students and teaching them more than […]

Interview: Mark Linfield of DisneyNature’s “Chimpanzee”

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Linfield is the co-producer and co-director of DisneyNature’s Earth Day release, “Chimpanzee.”  I talked to him about some of the challenges of filming in the rainforest and how scientists who had been following the chimps for years saw things […]

Interview: “Blue Like Jazz” Director Steve Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

I love Steve Taylor’s new film, “Blue Like Jazz” and I loved talking to him about it.  Based on the best-selling book of essays about faith, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller, it is the […]

Interview: Michael Madsen

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Madsen is a favorite actor of writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Volume One). He appeared in Thelma & Louise and on the television series “24.”  And he is a published poet, about to release his second collection. […]

Interview: Morgan Spurlock of “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”

posted by Nell Minow

I was especially excited to talk to Morgan Spurlock about his newest documentary because it is about one of my favorite events of the year, San Diego’s Comic-Con.  Produced by Comic-Con heroes Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, the film follows […]

Interview: Lee Hirsch, Director of “Bully”

posted by Nell Minow

Lee Hirsch is the director of “Bully,” the new documentary about the painful and pervasive problem of bullying in schools.  The movie is being released without a rating from the MPAA, after an appeal and a petition signed by more […]

Interview: Lily Collins of “Mirror Mirror”

posted by Nell Minow

Lily Collins was so gracious I felt I really was talking to a fairy tale princess.  The daughter of rocker Phil Collins appeared in “The Blind Side” and this joyous, gorgeously re-imagined updating of “Snow White” is her first starring […]

Interview: The Cast of “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

My wonderful friend Kevin McCarthy interviewed the cast of “The Hunger Games” and graciously gave me permission to share the video.  Enjoy!

Interview: Paul Weitz of “Being Flynn”

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Weitz wrote and directed “Being Flynn,” which opens today, starring Robert De Niro and Paul Dano.  It is based on Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir, Nick Flynn’s book about his experiences working in a homeless shelter, […]

Interview: Jackee from “Brother White”

posted by Nell Minow

Brother White premieres this Sunday on GMC and I was thrilled to get a chance to speak to one of my favorite actresses, the fabulous Jackée, whose Emmy-award winning role in “227” has led to her own eponymous series.  Brother White […]

Interview: David Gelb of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”

posted by Nell Minow

“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a documentary about a man who has devoted his entire life to his tiny 10-seat sushi restaurant, with results so transcendently delicious that the prestigious Michelin Guide says it is worth the trip to Japan […]

Interview: Director Lasse Hallstrom of “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to talk to one of my favorite directors, Lasse Hallström of “Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” and this week’s release, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”  It is the […]

Interview: Matthew D. Kallis of “Most Valuable Players”

posted by Nell Minow

Producer/Director Matthew D. Kallis answered my questions about Most Valuable Players, the marvelous documentary about three high school teams competing for the Freddy Awards, given for the best high school musical productions.  I asked him about his favorite musicals and […]

Interview: ‘Act of Valor’

posted by Nell Minow

“Act of Valor” features active duty Navy SEALS re-enacting some of their most dangerous missions.  The situations are fictional, but the tactics and operations are real.  So is the ammunition.  Instead of blanks and squibs, the SEALS used live ammo, […]

Interview: Emilio Estevez of “The Way”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Martin Sheen when The Way opened in theaters last year.  So it was a special treat to speak to the writer and director of the film about its DVD release — Emilio Estevez, Sheen’s son, who also appears briefly […]

Interview: Michael Caine of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Caine stars in the new 3D family movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” inspired by the Jules Verne adventure saga.  I spoke to him about what inspired him to take on the role and how it felt to ride […]

Interview: Ali Landry of ‘Me Again’

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wished you had taken another path?  We all wonder what our lives would be like if we had made a different choice and movies like “Me Myself I,” “The Family Man,” and “Sliding Doors” feature characters who […]

Interview: Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Anthony Hemingway of ‘Red Tails’

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and director Anthony Hemingway sat down with a small group of critics to talk about their new film, “Red Tails,” the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the highly decorated heroes who flew missions in the still-segregated […]

Interview: Max von Sydow of ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

posted by Nell Minow

Max von Sydow plays the mysterious “renter” in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” opening this Friday. It is based on the acclaimed book by Jonathan Safran Foer about young boy named Oskar devastated by his father’s death on 9/11. Trying […]

Red Tails Interviews: Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, and a Real-Life Tuskegee Airman

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Roscoe Brown, who flew planes as one of the heroic WWII Tuskegee Airmen, a black man defending a country still cruelly segregated, fighting in one of the most honored military divisions in American history, saw a film made about […]

Interview: Bill Duke of ‘Dark Girls,’ A Film About Race, Gender, and Skin Color

posted by Nell Minow

Not many people remember today that the crucial evidence in the ground-breaking Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court case was a test given to African-American children that proved there was no such thing as “separate but equal.”  The children […]

Interview: Writer-Director Todd Graff of ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

I love Todd Graff’s first two films, Camp and Bandslam.  Both were fresh and warm-hearted stories about teenagers who are passionate about music and performing, inspired by his own experiences as a theater-mad kid.  His new film, “Joyful Noise,” has […]

Interview: Keke Palmer of ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

Keke Palmer has been one of my favorite young actors since Akeelah and the Bee.  She has a warm and relatable screen presence and a purely delightful personality with a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  That’s more than enough to […]

Interview: Tom Shadyac on the DVD Release of ‘I Am’

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Tom Shadyac last March about shifting from big Hollywood films like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Nutty Professor II” to a small and very personal documentary about just about everything called “I Am.”   Shadyac was […]

Interview: Sarah McCarthy of ‘The Sound of Mumbai’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Sound of Mumbai,” premiering tonight on HBO2, is a touching documentary about the most unlikely of productions, a concert performance of “The Sound of Music” featuring the “slumdog” children of one of the poorest communities in India.  These children […]

Interview: Chris Juen of ‘Arthur Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to speak to Chris Juen of this week’s release, “Arthur Christmas,” because he also worked on one of my favorite animated films of the past few years, Surf’s Up, as well as the delightful Cloudy […]

Interview: Punk Rock Parenting with the Moms Behind ‘The Other F Word’

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite documentaries of the year is “The Other F Word,” a film about what could be called Extreme Parenting.   It is the story of punk rockers and other men who have made careers out of rebellion […]

Interview: Lavinia Currier of ‘Oka!’

posted by Nell Minow

“Oka!” is a simply wonderful movie based on the real-life story of music scholar Louis Sarno, who left New Jersey to study the music of Central Africa.  I spoke to director Lavinia Currier about casting the film and what the […]

Interview: Andy Borowitz of The 50 Funniest American Writers*

posted by Nell Minow

Andy Borowitz really understands what it means to be funny.  He is the first recipient of the National Press Club’s humor award and his @BorowitzReport Twitter feed is constantly circulated with LOLs.  His new book is The 50 Funniest American […]

Interview: J.C. Chandor of ‘Margin Call’

posted by Nell Minow

J.C. Chandor wrote and directed “Margin Call,” a sharply-scripted thriller about one night at a never-named Wall Street firm.  The top executives discover that they are at risk of catastrophic failure and have to decide before the markets open in […]

Interview: Elizabeth Olson of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

posted by Nell Minow

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the story of a young woman who returns after living off the grid in a remote group home with a predatory, cult-like leader.  She moves in with her newlywed sister (Sarah Paulson) after years of […]

Interview: Mark Henn of ‘The Lion King’

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun talking to animator Mark Henn about “Winnie the Pooh” last summer so it was a pleasure to get to talk to him again, this time about The Lion King, which has had surprise box […]

Interview: Martin Sheen of ‘The Way’

posted by Nell Minow

There I was, at the Georgetown Ritz hotel, and Martin Sheen walked into the room.  President Bartlett from “The West Wing,” Kit from “Badlands,” star of movies from “Apocalypse Now” to “Catch Me if You Can,” to “The American President.” […]

Interview: Tiffany Shlain of ‘Connected’

posted by Nell Minow

Tiffany Shlain’s new film is “Connected,” a personal memoir and broader exploration of the ways we connect and misconnect through technology.  The film is opening in select theaters across the country: It opened in LA at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood on […]

Interview: Will Reiser and Seth Rogan of ’50/50′

posted by Nell Minow

Will Reiser and Seth Rogen were friends who worked together on “Da Ali G Show,” making fun of everything and everyone, especially the powerful.  So, when Reiser got cancer, they took it on in the same spirit.  Finding their own […]

Interview: Adam and Mark Kassen of ‘Puncture’

posted by Nell Minow

Brothers Adam and Mark Kassen co-produced and co-directed “Puncture,” the true story of an idealistic but drug-addicted young lawyer from Houston who took on the mammoth pharmaceutical  companies on behalf of a quirky inventor who came up with a simple […]

Interview: Claire LaZebnik of Epic Fail and Families and Other Non-Returnable Gifts

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik is the witty and wise author of two new books, both highly recommended.  Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts (for adults) is the story of Keats, the “normal” child in an unconventional family with poetically-named siblings Hopkins (a brilliant doctor) […]

Interview: Sam Childers, the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Childers is the “Machine Gun Preacher” who inspired a movie by that name, starring Gerard Butler.  His book, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan tells the story of his journey […]

Interview: Jason Keller of ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Keller wrote the screenplay for “Machine Gun Preacher,” based on the true story of Sam Childers, whose book, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan, tells the story of his […]

Interview: Paige Hemmis of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

posted by Nell Minow

Paige Hemmis of “Extreme Home Makeover” has enough warmth and enthusiasm to power the show’s bus across the country.  It was a lot of fun to talk to her about the show’s 9th season, which starts this Sunday with a […]

Interview: Charles Martin Smith of ‘Dolphin Tale’

posted by Nell Minow

Before he was a director, Charles Martin Smith was a teen actor who appeared as “Terry the Toad” in “American Graffiti.”  He starred in Carroll Ballard’s “Never Cry Wolf” and appeared in films like “The Untouchables” and “Starman.”  While he […]

Interview: David Code on How Parental Stress is Toxic for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to author David Code for answering my questions about his new book,  Kids Pick Up On Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic To Kids. As featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS and Fox News, […]

Interview: John Madden of ‘The Debt’

posted by Nell Minow

John Madden, director of “Shakespeare in Love” and “Proof,” came to Washington, D.C. to talk about his newest film, “The Debt.”  It is a remake of an Israeli film about three Mossad agents who are revered as heroes for capturing […]

Interview: Vera Farmiga of ‘Higher Ground’

posted by Nell Minow

Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “Up in the Air”) directed and stars in a new film based on the memoir by Carolyn S. Briggs, Higher Ground: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost.  As she spoke to a small group of […]

Interview: Harry Markopolos of Chasing Madoff

posted by Nell Minow

The award for the biggest “I told you so” of all time has to go to Harry Markopolos, who fought for nine years to convince anyone — regulator, prosecutor, journalist, or customer — that Bernard Madoff was a crook.  Finally, […]

Interview: Barbara Dee of Trauma Queen

posted by Nell Minow

Barbara Dee is the author of Trauma Queen, a terrific new book for ages 9-14.  It is the smart and very funny story of a 7th grader named Marigold.  While most parents are what we might call amateurs in the […]

Interview: Robert Rodriguez of ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D’

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Rodriguez is a ground-breaking movie director whose first film, “El Mariachi,” was made on a micro budget of $7000 (with another $220,000 after it was purchased for release).  He is known for striking visuals and ultra-violence in movies like […]

Interview: Joseph Dorman of ‘Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness’

posted by Nell Minow

The writer Sholem Aleichem was born Sholom Rabinowitz.  He grew up in a Russian shtetl. Today, he is most widely remembered as the author of the stories which became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof.  But a new documentary […]

Interview: Brendan Wayne of ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

posted by Nell Minow

Brendan Wayne of “Cowboys & Aliens” is the grandson of movie legend John Wayne.  He talked to me about visiting his grandfather’s movie sets and acting and doing his own stunts in one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters.  And […]

Interview: Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Hero of “Deathly Hallows 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Matthew Lewis has played Neville Longbottom, classmate of Harry, Hermione, and Ron at Hogwarts, for all eight films.  Like the character he plays, Lewis has surprised the fans by turning from an awkward child into a young man of great […]

Interview: Lisa See of ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa See is the author of literary novel and book club favorite Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, the story of a deep and loving but sometimes conflicted friendship between two women in 19th century China.  She spoke to me […]

‘The Help’ — Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard

posted by Nell Minow

Bryce Dallas Howard On playing the movie’s villain, Hilly: “I literally don’t want to look at it – she’s such a terrible person.  What’s interesting when you start doing a role is at first the character is really shocking.  But […]

Interview: Mark Henn of ‘Winnie the Pooh’

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Henn was supervising animator for the iconic title character in Disney’s new animated feature, “Winnie the Pooh” and for Christopher Robin as well.  He is a Disney veteran, having served in the same role for Princess Tiana in “The Princess […]

Interview: Allen Zadoff

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Allen Zadoff, author of the terrific new book, My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, for answering my questions! The actors and techies don’t speak to each other in your book, but one character says that in her other […]

Interview: Nadia Costa of ‘Crime After Crime’

posted by Nell Minow

“Crime After Crime” is the story of Deborah Peagler, serving a 25-to live sentence for killing the man who abused her, and the lawyers who fought for her release.  California is the only state to adopt a law that permits the […]

Interview: Brian Stelter and Andrew Rossi of ‘Page One’

posted by Nell Minow

“Page One” takes us behind the scenes at the New York times in a year of turmoil and transition.  We see how its media reporters cover their own industry.  We see the release of the first Wikileaks material and how […]

Interview: Buck Brannaman, the Real Horse Whisperer

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “Buck,” the new documentary about Buck Brannaman, the real-life horse whisperer who inspired the book and movie.  The film is extraordinarily moving.  Buck’s gift for animals is a wonder, but it is his understanding of people and his […]

Interview: Jon Siskel of ‘Louder than a Bomb’

posted by Nell Minow

“Louder than a Bomb” is a new documentary about Chicago’s poetry slam competition for high schoolers. Watching these teenagers thrill to finding their own voices and hearing each other’s stories makes it one of the most inspiring films of the […]

Interview: John Bengtson of Silent Visions, About Harold LLoyd

posted by Nell Minow

John Bengston has tracked down the original locations for the three biggest comedy stars of the silent era.  His books are a treasure trove for historians and film lovers, reminding us that these early films are not just masterpieces of […]

Interview: Sue Bourne of the Irish Dance Competition Documentary ‘Jig’

posted by Nell Minow

Director Sue Bourne talked to me about her new documentary, “Jig,” the story of the Irish dancing world championships.  It is thrilling, touching, and inspiring, with unforgettable characters and stories and dancing that would make Michael Flatley stand up and […]

Interview: Don McGlynn of Gospel Documentary ‘Rejoice and Shout’

posted by Nell Minow

Don McGlynn is the director of a raise-the-roof documentary about gospel music fittingly called “Rejoice and Shout.” It is a thrilling compendium filled with history but more importantly, filled with music. The people are wonderful and McGlynn gives us full […]

Interview: Mike Mills of ‘Beginners’

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Mills is a graphic designer-turned film-maker.  His new movie, “Beginners,” is inspired by his own experience.  Ewan McGregor plays Oliver, a graphic designer whose father, at age 74, came out and declared that he would spend the rest of […]

Interview: Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar of “Franklin & Bash”

posted by Nell Minow

“Franklin & Bash” is a new lawyer show on TNT.  It is about two brash, rule-breaking best friend lawyers who join a very conservative, old-school law firm.  It is sometimes silly but it is sexy, funny, and fun.  And it […]

Interview: The Actor Who Plays Jesus in “The Encounter”

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Marchiano spoke to me about playing Jesus in a touching new film called “The Encounter.”  A group of stranded travelers come to the “Last Chance Diner” out in the woods.  The man behind the counter tells them he is […]

Interview: the Brother and Sister Behind ‘Discover the Gift’

posted by Nell Minow

“Discover the Gift” is an extraordinary new documentary, book, blog, and CD that reaches from the broadest universal dreams to the most intimate, personal insights, with appearances from powerful lessons from authors, educators, activists, artists, and icons including His Holiness the Dalai […]

Interview: Chad Ahrendt of ‘Reconciliation’ (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

Part 2 of my interview with writer/director/producer/editor Chad Ahrendt of “Reconciliation,” a faith-inspired film about a man who reaches out to the gay father who abandoned him. 7.  For those who consider homosexuality a sin, what is the greatest barrier […]

Interview: Chad Ahrendt of ‘Reconciliation’ (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Chad Ahrendt is the writer/director/producer and editor of a new film called “Reconciliation,” about a man named Grant whose impending fatherhood causes him to think about repairing the rift with his gay father.  He was kind enough to answer my […]

Interview: Paula Patton and Laz Alonso of ‘Jumping the Broom’

posted by Nell Minow

Movies have some magical moments, but some things only happen when everyone is really in the room together.  There were both the night I saw “Jumping the Broom” with an audience mostly made up of students from DC’s Howard University.  […]

Interview: Jodie Foster, director and star of The Beaver

posted by Nell Minow

Jodie Foster directed and co-stars in “The Beaver,” a movie notorious already for two reasons.  First, its script by newcomer Kyle Killen was on top of the famous “black list” of outstanding unproduced screenplays.  Everyone knew how smart and distinctive […]

Interview: Carl Christman of ‘Selling God’

posted by Nell Minow

Carl Christman, writer/director of the documentary Selling God, answered my questions about his film, an exploration of the way that fundamentalists market their religion. How did you come to this project? My films are a form of catharsis. I have […]

Interview: Mike Disa of ‘Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil’

posted by Nell Minow

Director Mike Disa has a terrific piece in the Huffington Post about his new film, “Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil,” with not one but two heroines who are strong, smart, brave, and compassionate. Look at any recent animated movie. Despite […]

Interview: Morgan Spurlock of POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Spurlock took on fast food in “Super Size Me.”  He was funny, direct, and at times outraged as he tried to live for a month on McDonald’s “supersize” portions, and I liked his even-handedness in taking on the consumers […]

Interview: Mark Goffman of ‘Dumbstruck’

posted by Nell Minow

I love Mark and Lindsay Goffman’s new documentary, “Dumbstruck,” which follows five ventriloquists over the course of a year between the two annual conventions that give them their one chance to be with others who share their passion.  It is […]

Interview: Candace Cameron Bure of ‘Truth Be Told’

posted by Nell Minow

  “Family Movie Night,” sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Walmart, has produced another fine film for all ages.  Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House,” “Make It or Break It”) stars in “Truth Be Told,” the story of a marriage counselor […]

Interview: David Schwimmer of Trust

posted by Nell Minow

David Schwimmer is the director of a new film called “Trust,” the heartbreaking story of a 14-year-old girl who is molested by an internet predator and the devastating effect it has not just on her but on her family.  It […]

Interview: John Rhys-Davies of KJB: The Book That Changed the World

posted by Nell Minow

I couldn’t help it.  When I picked up the phone to hear the voice of distinguished actor John Rhys-Davies, I had to enjoy a moment pretending I was talking to Sallah from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or Gimli from […]

Interview: Steven Bingen of MGM: America’s Greatest Backlot

posted by Nell Minow

MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot is like a fabulous fairy tale, except that it really happened. Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester, and Michael Troyan have written the history of not just a magical place but a magical moment in time, when […]

Interview: Duncan Jones of ‘The Source Code’

posted by Nell Minow

Duncan Jones, with only two films, has already established himself as an exceptionally able director. He wrote and directed his first film, “Moon” with Sam Rockwell, and it was remarkably assured, impressively creating a fully-realized future world that was believably […]

Interview: Tom Shadyac of ‘I Am’

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Shadyac was one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. He had wealth and fame. He worked with superstars like Eddie Murphy and Jim Carrey. But a bicycle accident left him in terrible pain, physical and spiritual. He realized […]

Interview: Fraser Heston of ‘Charlton Heston Presents The Bible’

posted by Nell Minow

Fraser Heston was kind enough to take time to talk with me about the re-release of some of his father’s greatest films. Fraser, who played the baby Moses in The Ten Commandments, directed his father in Charlton Heston Presents the […]

Interview: Phil Hall of ‘What if They Lived?’

posted by Nell Minow

We miss the performers who left us too soon almost as though we knew them. In a new book, Phil Hall and Rory Leighton Aronsky ask What If They Lived?, with essays about stars and almost-stars from the silent era […]

Interview: Tom McCarthy and Alex Shaffer of ‘Win Win’

posted by Nell Minow

Tom McCarthy has appeared as an actor in movies like “Duplicity” and “Baby Mama” but it is his writing and directing the acclaimed films “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor.”  His new film “Win Win,” stars newcomer Alex Shaffer as […]

Interview: Michael Connelly of ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Connelly is a journalist-turned novelist whose enormously successful crime stories have filled 18 novels, translated into 13 languages. This week’s release, “The Lincoln Lawyer,” starring Matthew McConaughey as defense lawyer Mick Haller, Marisa Tomei as his prosecuting attorney ex-wife, […]

Interview: Tim Griffin of ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Bourne,’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

posted by Nell Minow

Tim Griffin is the ultimate utility infielder, a top-notch actor who can handle drama, comedy, and action, and a favorite of directors like George Clooney, J.J. Abrams, and Doug Liman. You’ve seen him a dozen times — perhaps on television […]

Interview: Cory Hardrict of “Battle: Los Angeles”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great pleasure to speak with actor Cory Hardrict about his new film, “Battle: Los Angeles.” It is inspired in part by the real-life Battle for Los Angeles of 1942, just after the United States entered WWII. Hardrict, […]

Interview: Topher Grace and Dan Fogler of ‘Take Me Home Tonight’

posted by Nell Minow

Topher Grace (“That 70’s Show,” “”) and Dan Fogler (Tony award winner for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) co-star in the wild, raunchy, but sweet comedy “Take Me Home Tonight,” a loving tribute to the 80’s and 80’s […]

Interview: George Nolfi of ‘The Adjustment Bureau’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Adjustment Bureau” is the first great film of 2011, a big and hugely entertaining film that takes on big ideas — love, free will, destiny, God, and the meaning of life. I was lucky enough to speak with writer […]

Interview: John Wells of ‘The Company Men’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Company Men” is a recession-era drama that follows three downsized executives at a huge conglomerate. Writer/director John Wells (producer of “ER” and “West Wing”) talked to me about the research that helped him to develop the script, how he […]

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 […]

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