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Interview: Alex Sheremet on Woody Allen (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Sheremet is the author of Woody Allen: Reel to Real, an in-depth exploration of the work of one of the most prolific and singular directors in history. He generously took time to answer my questions. Part 2 will be […]

Tribute: Oliver Sacks

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who illuminated the workings of the brain and set an example of grace and compassion that extended to the way he shared his thoughts about his terminal diagnosis. I first […]

Possibly the Greatest Pairing Since Lennon and McCartney: Lawrence and Shumer

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Lawrence told the New York Times that she and Amy Schumer are writing a screenplay together! It’s about two sisters, to be played by Lawrence and Schumer themselves. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have […]

Billy Ray on Hollywood’s Writer Problems

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games,” “Shattered Glass”) has a warning for “our next great screenwriters.” Hollywood will not help you. It will work against you. In a speech later adapted for an article on Medium, he explained: […]

Interview with FutureDude Jeffrey Morris

posted by Nell Minow

Jeffrey Morris is known as FutureDude. He took that name because he was “frustrated as the guy who was into science and into arts and culture interconnected to science and technology and humanity and that sort of thing. I couldn’t […]

Interview: Jalmari Helander and Onni Tommila of “Big Game”

posted by Nell Minow

Big Game, now in theaters and on VOD, is an exciting action movie about Oskari, a Finnish kid on a solo hunting trip, who has to save the President of the United States when he is ejected from Air Force […]

Interview: Patrick Brice on the Very R-Rated Comedy “The Overnight”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Patrick Brice talked to me about his funny and provocative new film, “The Overnight,” about a couple new to Los Angeles (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) who are invited to dinner at the lavish home of an impossibly hip […]

Interview: Antonia Bogdanovich of “Phantom Halo”

posted by Nell Minow

Antonia Bogdanovich is the co-writer and director of “Phantom Halo,” the story of two brothers and their father, a one-time Shakespearean actor who forces them to steal to support his gambling and alcohol addictions. The brothers are named for the […]

Interview: Maya Forbes on “Infinitely Polar Bear”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Maya Forbes did not just base her new film on her own childhood; she had her sister contribute to the soundtrack and cast her daughter as Amelia, the character inspired by Forbes herself. The film covers the period when […]

Interview: Brett Haley, Writer/Director of “I’ll See You in My Dreams”

posted by Nell Minow

Brett Haley wrote and directed “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” a bittersweet romance starring the luminous Blythe Danner as Carol, a widow taking some tentative steps toward love with Bill, a handsome new neighbor played by Sam Elliott. Haley […]

Orson Welles: Happy First Century

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 100th birthday to the writer/director/star of one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane. Everyone should see that movie, and then everyone should see it again, listening to Roger Ebert’s shot-by-shot commentary, a master illuminating a master […]

Interview: Alex Garland of “Ex Machina”

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Garland is the screenwriter of thought-provoking sci-fi films like “28 Days Later” and “Never Let Me Go.”  He wrote and for the first time directed “Ex Machina,” a fascinating story about Caleb, a computer programmer (Domhnall Gleeson), invited to […]

Meryl Streep Supports Women Screenwriters

posted by Nell Minow

Meryl Streep has made a contribution to a lab program for women over 40 who write movies. The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along […]

Interview: Writer/Director Noah Baumbach of “While We’re Young”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Noah Baumbach talked to me about his new film, “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple. They befriend a young couple played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, and the movie has a […]

Interview: Amy S. Weber of the Bullying Movie “A Girl Like Her”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Amy S. Weber first became interested in the problem of bullying when she was producing educational films for young people in 1996, over about a 10 year period. “I was working with mostly teenagers on real life stories documenting […]

Interview: Dan Fogelman, Writer/Director of “Danny Collins”

posted by Nell Minow

Dan Fogelman wrote “Cars,” “Tangled,” and “Crazy Stupid Love,” and now for the first time has directed with “Danny Collins,” starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening.  Fogelman told me he was wasting time on the internet because he did not […]

Interview: Writer/Director Tom McCarthy of the Adam Sandler Fantasy “The Cobbler”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of writer/director Tom McCarthy (Win Win, “The Station Agent,” The Visitor), and was delighted to get a chance to talk to him about his new film, co-written with Paul Sado, “The Cobbler.”  It is a […]

Screenwriter Graham Moore on Writing About Smart People

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most touching moments of the 2015 Oscars broadcast was from Graham Moore, a 28-year-old screenwriter who won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for “The Imitation Game,” based on mathematician Alan Turing’s word to solve the Enigma code […]

A New Alphabet Book for Women’s History Month: Rad American Women A-Z

posted by Nell Minow

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! is a wonderful new alphabet book to teach girls, boys, and their families about sounds and letters and stories about women who […]

Interview: Rabbi Evan Moffic on What Every Christian Needs to Know About Passover

posted by Nell Minow

Rabbi Evan Moffic’s latest book is What Every Christian Needs to Know about Passover: What It Means and Why It Matters, a guide for Christians to the celebration observed by Jesus at the Last Supper. It will be published tomorrow, […]

Interview: Ira Glass Talks to “Boyhood’s” Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane

posted by Nell Minow

“Boyhood” writer/director Richard Linkater and star Ellar Coltrane talk to “This American Life’s” Ira Glass about making the film over a twelve year period that began when Coltrane was six years old.

Interview: “Mozart in the Jungle” Author Blair Tindall

posted by Nell Minow

Amazon’s sexy and provocative “Mozart in the Jungle” series stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, and Malcolm McDowell in a story set in the intensely competitive world of a big city orchestra.  It is based on the tell-all tale by […]

Interview: Ava DuVernay of “Selma”

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite movie of the year is “Selma,” the story of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery, to bring attention to the barriers the Southern states were using to prevent black […]

What Happened to All the Great Quotable Movie Lines?

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Cieply has a fascinating piece in the New York Times about the movie lines we love to quote and why there don’t seem to be any new ones. Look through all of the top ten lists of the year, […]

Wild’s Cheryl Strayed Has a New Advice Podcast

posted by Nell Minow

Before Wild, Cheryl Strayed was the pseudonymous “Dear Sugar” advice columnist for The Rumpus. Her columns were collected in Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Writer Steve Almond (Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly […]

Download This Year’s Best Screenplays for Free

posted by Nell Minow

For a limited time only (and for educational purposes only) this year’s best screenplays are available for free download. This is a chance to read the work of greats like Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás […]

Interview: Gina Prince-Bythewood of “Beyond the Lights”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to speak to one of my favorite filmmakers, Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer/director of one of this year’s best romantic dramas, “Beyond the Lights.” As I spoke to her, she had just received word that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who […]

Interview: Ted Melfi of “St. Vincent”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Ted Melfi got Bill Murray to appear in his first film by calling him. Murray does not have an agent or a manager. He has an 800 number. And Melfi left message after message until Murray finally called back […]

Dear White People: Interview with Writer/Director Justin Simien

posted by Nell Minow

“Dear White People” is fresh, provocative, timely, and very funny.  In the tradition of “Higher Learning” and “School Daze,” it is the story of four black students at an Ivy League college, all making different choices about adapting or challenging […]

Interview: David Dobkin of “The Judge”

posted by Nell Minow

Interviewing David Dobkin was a double pleasure for me. First, I loved the film he co-wrote and directed, “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. And second, he is the son of old friends Jim and Irma Dobkin, […]

Interview: Zane, Writer of “Addicted”

posted by Nell Minow

Zane is the pseudonym of the author of steamy novels and founder of two publishing imprints. “Addicted,” which opens on Friday, is based on her novel about a woman who risks her loving marriage with three affairs due to sexual […]

Interview: Matthias Malzieu of “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”

posted by Nell Minow

First it was a concept album of ethereally bittersweet songs from the French group Dionysos, and then it was a graphic novel, and now, writer/musician Matthias Malzieu has brought his tenderhearted fantasy love story to the screen in the animated […]

Interview: Ned Benson of “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Her, and Him”

posted by Nell Minow

Every story has at least two sides, especially the story of a relationship.  Writer/director Ned Benson explores romance and loss from the perspective of the man (James McAvoy) and the woman (Jessica Chastain) in two separate films, “The Disappearance of […]

The Last Leonard Maltin Movie Guide

posted by Nell Minow

Leonard Maltin was only 17 years old when he was offered the chance to create his guide to movies on television. For many years, I kept the latest copy on my desk and anyone who came into my office could […]

Interview: Dylan Brody on Comedy, Depression, and Robin Williams

posted by Nell Minow

Dylan Brody is a comedy writer and stand-up performer dubbed “brilliant” by Robin Williams.  It was Williams’ tragic suicide that inspired Brody to write a moving essay about his own struggles with depression.  Brody generously took time to talk with me […]

Interview: Daniel Schechter, Writer/Director of “Life of Crime”

posted by Nell Minow

Newcomer Daniel Schechter, who wrote one of my favorite neglected gems, The Big Bad Swim, worked with an all-star cast in “Life of Crime,” which he adapted from The Switch by Elmore Leonard and directed.  It is set in 1970’s Detroit and […]

Interview: Ira Sachs of “Love is Strange”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s hard to imagine that there will be a more tender love story on screen this year than John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in “Love is Strange,” from writer/director Ira Sachs.  They play a long-time couple who get married after […]

Interview: Bo Svenson

posted by Nell Minow

Bo Svenson is an actor, writer, director, judo champion, and, as I was lucky enough to find out, an enthralling guy to talk to, turning an interview into a wide-ranging conversation. Svenson was born in Sweden. His family emigrated to […]

Interview: Gayle Forman of “If I Stay”

posted by Nell Minow

Gayle Forman is the author of If I Stay, the source for this week’s movie starring Chloë Grace Moretz as Mia, a talented young cellist in a coma following a car accident.  As she hovers between life and death, she […]

Interview: Elan Mastai, Screenwriter of Daniel Radcliffe’s Romantic Comedy “What If”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Radcliffe’s first romantic comedy is “What If,” co-starring Zoe Kazan. Radcliffe plays Wallace, a former medical student who dropped out after his romance fell apart. He meets a girl named Chantry (Kazan) who seems perfect, but she has a […]

Writing for the Industry: Black Writers Talk About Their Work

posted by Nell Minow

This afternoon at 3PM, the 8th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles will host a “Writing for the Industry” panel, which will aid “beginning, advanced and aspiring screenwriters through the steps of writing their first feature length script, […]

Interview: John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson of “Calvary”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson met with my friend John Hanlon and me to talk about “Calvary,” where Gleeson plays an Irish priest in an oceanside community that is filled with sadness, regret, and loss. Some of the […]

Interview: Thunder Levin of “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the chance to catch up with Thunder Levin, screenwriter of the sensation, “Sharknado” and the sequel, “Sharknado 2,” which premieres tonight on Syfy.  The original was remarkable for its over-the-top storyline and even […]

Academy Originals: Creative Spark — Aline Brosh McKenna

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“We Bought a Zoo,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) talks about inspiration in this latest in the terrific Academy Originals series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Interview: Richard Linklater of “Boyhood”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite directors.  Films like “Waking Life,” “Before Sunrise”/”Before Sunset”/”Before Midnight,” “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock,” “Bernie,” and “Me and Orson Welles” display his restless intelligence and remarkable range.  His latest film, “Boyhood,” was […]

Academy Originals: Hollywood Filmmakers Talk About What Inspires Them

posted by Nell Minow

In this short from the terrific Academy Originals series, Seth Rogen says that it is friendship that is at the center of the stories he likes to write.  [Warning: Some strong language.]  “Academy Originals” is AMPAS’s first original digital series.  […]

Tribute: Mary Rodgers

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Rodgers, writer and composer, died on Thursday at age 83.  She was co-creator of the wonderful musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.  It was a breakthrough role for Carol Burnett on […]

John Green Profile by Margaret Talbot

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and Pre-Code movie series co-host Margaret Talbot has a thoughtful profile of The Fault in our Stars author John Green in The New Yorker.  He told her I love the intensity teen-agers bring not just to first love […]

M. Knight Shyamalan at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director M. Knight Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “The Last Airbender,” “After Earth”), appeared at the National Press Club this week to talk about his side project, an intensive assessment of American schools and proposals for reform, as described in […]

Interview: Dean DeBlois of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Dean DeBlois is one of my favorite people to interview and it was delightful to talk to him about the wonderful “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Just give me the basics just to set the stage. Tell me […]

Interview: “Obvious Child’s” Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre

posted by Nell Minow

Jenny Slate gives a star-making performance in “Obvious Child,” a romantic comedy about Donna, a young stand-up comic who becomes pregnant and has an abortion. Her decision is not presented in a comic or light-hearted way. What is revolutionary is […]

List: Sarah Lawrence College and Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend my husband and I are attending a reunion at our alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Our son also graduated from Sarah Lawrence, and our niece will enroll in the MFA program in writing there […]

John Green and Nerdfighters

posted by Nell Minow

John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and his brother Hank have created a terrific series of videos called Nerdfighters to “increase awesome and decrease suck.” It’s a great place to hang out. DFTBA Oh, and watch John Green’s […]

Tribute: Maya Angelou

posted by Nell Minow

A mighty voice has been stilled. We mourn the loss of the magnificent author, memoirist, activist, and poet Maya Angelou.  Her books include seven autobiographical works, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to Mom & Me & Mom. […]

Interview: Gia Coppola of “Palo Alto”

posted by Nell Minow

Gia Coppola is the 27-year-old writer/director of a new film called “Palo Alto,” based on a book of stories by James Franco, who appears in the film.  Other performers in the movie are, like Coppola, Hollywood-bred.  Coppola is the granddaughter […]

Interview: Priest Tyaire of “Mrs. Independent”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a very great pleasure to talk to writer/star Priest Tyaire about his new play, “Mrs. Independent,” currently on tour and opening in Washington D.C.’s Warner Theater May 8-11 for Mother’s Day next weekend. Can a woman still be […]

Interview: Martha Williamson of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

posted by Nell Minow

Talking to Martha Williamson is pure positive energy and a real treat. The creator of “Touched by an Angel” has a new series on the Hallmark channel. It’s called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and it is about a USPS dead letter […]

Interview: Amy Powers on the “Heathers” Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Can it be possible that “Heathers,” the highly quotable ultimate mean girl story, was made 25 years ago? As Entertainment Weekly dishes with the actors and filmmakers to mark its anniversary and The Atlantic’s Alan Zilberman considers its impact, a […]

Interview: David A.R. White of Pure Flix and “God’s Not Dead”

posted by Nell Minow

David A.R. White (“Evening Shade”) is the founder/writer/director of Pure Flix, which makes films that “uplift and inspire the human spirit.”  He graciously took time to answer my questions about making faith-based films and what he has learned.  New films […]

Interview: Author, Game Creator, History Buff Arie Kaplan

posted by Nell Minow

The multi-talented Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books)graciously took time to answer my questions about his latest projects.  He wrote the story, dialogue, and in-game fiction for the new videogame PARANORMAL STATE: POISON SPRING (based on the […]

Dave Barry at the National Press Club: You Can Date Boys When You’re 40

posted by Nell Minow

I had the great pleasure of hearing humorist Dave Barry speak at the National Press Club yesterday. His new book is the very funny You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very […]

Tonight on PBS: Alice Walker

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on most PBS stations is the premiere of a new episode of the American Masters series, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” in honor of the acclaimed author’s 70th birthday and Black History Month. Walker is the first African-American woman to […]

Abandoned Screenplays by Famous Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a very intriguing list of “abandoned screenplays” by famous writers like Robert Towne (“Chinatown”), the Coen brothers (“Fargo,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”), Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”), and Kevin Smith (“Clerks”).  The one I most wish had actually been made […]

Interview Jose Prendes of “Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark”

posted by Nell Minow

“Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark” had to be made.  And someone had to write it.  I got to talk to the man who took that on, Jose Prendes. When you were growing up did you enjoy watching a lot of […]

Interview: Writer-Director Anthony Joseph Giunta of “Contest”

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed writer-director Anthony Joseph Giunta’s first film, “Contest,” a smart, funny, thoughtful story about high school bullying — and a televised cooking competition.  It was a pleasure to talk to him about making the film. How did this […]

Interview: James Udel Takes Us Behind the Scenes in The Film Crew of Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

James Udel is the author of a magnificent new book, The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist.  He goes behind the scenes, interviewing ten people who created movie magic […]

Screenwriters Talk About 2013’s Toughest Scenes to Write

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has some fascinating interviews with the screenwriters behind some of the year’s best films, “Fruitvale Station,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Philomena,” “The Butler,” “Iron Man 3,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Before Midnight,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Saving […]

Google Pays Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston

posted by Nell Minow

  Today Google pays tribute to one of America’s greatest writers, Zora Neale Hurston, on the 123rd anniversary of her birth.  She was a folklorist as well as an author, and I love the echoes of the oral tradition of […]

Interview: Playwright Jason Odell Williams of “Handle With Care”

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to playwright Jason Odell Williams for taking time to talk to me about his romantic comedy, Handle With Care, opening tonight in New York, and starring Broadway legend Carol Lawrence, the original Maria in “West Side Story.” It tells […]

The T.S. Eliot Quote from “Philomena”

posted by Nell Minow

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding, Four Quartets

Download Copies of This Year’s Best Screenplays

posted by Nell Minow

Some of the year’s best screenplays are available for free download!  If you’d like to read the scripts for “Mud,” “Rush,” “Before Midnight,” “The Armstrong Lie,” and more, check out this site.

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 […]

Tribute: Tom Clancy

posted by Nell Minow

I once boarded an airplane and counted a dozen different Tom Clancy books being read in those pre-Kindle days as I walked down the row.  On another trip, I flew on four planes and on all four was seated next […]

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: 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 […]

Profile of Judith Viorst, Her Lulu Musical and Her Alexander Movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a wonderful profile of my dear friend Judith Viorst, whose Lulu and the Brontosaurus is being turned into a musical and whose Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is being made into a movie […]

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 […]

The Writer’s Room on the Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning writer Jim Rash (with Nat Faxon he co-wrote “The Descendants” and “The Way Way Back”) hosts one of the best new shows on television, “The Writer’s Room.”  The writers and key cast members of Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, Dexter, New Girl, Game of […]

The Author Who Tried to Disappear: A New Documentary About J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most influential writers of the 20th century was J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.  He spent the last decades of his life living quietly, almost reclusively, writing but not publishing anything more from 1960 […]

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: 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, […]

Tonight on TNT: The American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in tonight at 9 (8 Central) for the American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks, writer/director/actor and very, very, very funny guy. From his early days as a writer on the legendary Sid Cesar television variety […]

New Documentary About the Mysterious, Fascinating J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

The author of Catcher in the Rye, one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century, made no public appearances and published no new writing for the last forty years of his life.  A new documentary reveals […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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. […]

Mel Brooks on American Masters

posted by Nell Minow

American Masters salutes Mel Brooks on May 20 (check your local PBS station listings for details).  I love this photo of Brooks with his 2000 Year Old Man collaborator (and fellow Sid Caesar “Your Show of Shows” writer) Carl Reiner. […]

Tribute: E.L. Konigsburg

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of one of the greats of 20th century children’s literature, E.L. Konigsburg.  Her books included two that were made into movies.  In fact, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the story of a […]

Interview: Jay Sullivan of Raising Gentle Men

posted by Nell Minow

Jay Sullivan‘s new book, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, is the story of his experience as the only man living in a Kingston, Jamaica convent, helping to care for 250 orphan boys. It is a beautifully written […]

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: Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia of “Beautiful Creatures”

posted by Nell Minow

Beautiful Creatures is the first of a sensationally popular series of books about a “caster” girl with magical powers and the human boy who loves her.  The books are best-sellers around the world.  I spoke to authors Kami Garcia and Margaret […]

Jen Chaney on Liz Lemon and “30 Rock”

posted by Nell Minow

Two television programs with almost-identical themes premiered in the fall of 2006.  They were both behind-the-scenes shows about the writers and performers on a late-night topical sketch comedy series. One was an hour-long drama from “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, […]

Moonrise Kingdom: The Illustrated Screenplay

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Moonrise Kingdom” is available online, and, as Wes Anderson fans might expect, it is gorgeously illustrated and filled with rich detail.  Well worth a look and a download.

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: 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 […]

Nicholas Sparks is Writing for Television

posted by Nell Minow

Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks writes books that have been made into very successful movies like Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Walk to Remember.  His next movie is “Safe Haven,” coming out for Valentine’s Day. He […]

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 […]

Mel Brooks to be Honored by AFI

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute has announced that Mel Brooks will be presented with its highest honor.  “Mel Brooks is America’s long-reigning king of comedy – and as he taught us long ago, it’s good to be the king,” said Sir […]

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 […]

Happy birthday, Mary Shelley!

posted by Nell Minow

On August 30, 1797, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was born.  She was the daughter of philosopher William Godwin and pioneering feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.  She had a remarkable life and married the poet Percy Shelley, but she will always be remembered for […]

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 […]

Molly Ringwald Says Writing is Like Acting

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Ringwald, star of the John Hughes films Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and The Breakfast Club, is now 44 years old and a mother in real life and on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”  And she is […]

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 […]

Justin Theroux: Who Is Jennifer Aniston’s Fiance?

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Aniston is engaged!  I am a big fan of her fiancé, Justin Theroux.  Theroux is a talented actor who has appeared in the mystifying art-house melodrama, Mulholland Drive (as an arrogant director), in the underrated indie romantic comedy The […]

Interview: Tony Gilroy, Writer-Director of “The Bourne Legacy”

posted by Nell Minow

Tony Gilroy, who wrote the Matt Damon “Bourne” movies, takes over as director for chapter four, “The Bourne Legacy,” with Jeremy Renner taking the lead role.  It turns out, as they tell you in the trailer, there was never just […]

Interview: “Chicken Soup’s” Jack Canfield About His New Book on Tapping Into Ultimate Success

posted by Nell Minow

Jack Canfield, co-author of over 200 “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, talked to me about his latest book, Tapping Into Ultimate Success: How to Overcome Any Obstacle and Skyrocket Your Results, written with Pamela Bruner.  It is literally about […]

Pixar’s Rules for Story-Telling — in Legos!

posted by Nell Minow

All movie fans and aspiring writers should be familiar with Pixar’s rules of story-telling, and Slackstory has delightfully illustrated twelve of them with Legos.

Tribute: Frank Pierson

posted by Nell Minow

One of Hollywood’s most distinguished and influential writers, Frank Pierson, died this week at age 87.  He won an Oscar for “Dog Day Afternoon,” and was nominated for the comic western “Cat Ballou.”  The American Film Institute included his line […]

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 […]

Tribute: Nora Ephron

posted by Nell Minow

We all mourn the loss of the warm, wise, and witty writer/director Nora Ephron.  As Adam Bernstein noted in his perceptive obituary for the Washington Post, she was always guided by the advice of her screenwriter parents to “take notes […]

The Poem from “To Rome With Love”

posted by Nell Minow

In Woody Allen’s new film, To Rome With Love, characters describe an “Ozymandian melancholy.”  That is a reference to the poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley.  It is the story of a man who describes an enormous ancient statue that […]

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, […]

One of Aaron Sorkin’s Best Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight is the premiere of the new HBO series “The Newsroom,” written by Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning scripter of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men,” and the television series “The West Wing.” I am a big fan […]

Interview: Lorene Scafaria of “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

posted by Nell Minow

Lorene Scafaria wrote the screenplay for one of my favorite romances of the last several years, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist.  And now she has written and directed another romance, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” with […]

Tribute: Ray Bradbury

posted by Nell Minow

The world of science fiction and fantasy mourns the loss of the great Ray Bradbury, who died today at age 91. The author of classics that helped defined the genre, his works included books like Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This […]

The Real Story: Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new movie “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” premiering this week, stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Philip Kaufman (“The Right Stuff,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”).  Today Ernest Hemingway is revered as one of the formost authors of […]

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 […]

A Mother’s Day Tribute from Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins

posted by Nell Minow

The Lanyard – Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself […]

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 […]

Tribute: Maurice Sendak

posted by Nell Minow

A sad farewell to children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, who has died at age 83. Where the Wild Things Are is one of my favorite books for any age, from its magnificent first line “The night Max wore his […]

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, authors of two of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century are the subject of documentaries tonight on PBS.  Both films will stream after the premiere on the American Masters website. Both were Southern […]

“John Carter” Director Andrew Stanton Talks to TED

posted by Nell Minow

Director Andrew Stanton wrote and directed Pixar favorites “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E.”  This week’s release, “John Carter,” is his first live-action feature film.  Here he tells the audience at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) about the clues to a good story. […]

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, […]

Red Carpet: Drew Barrymore Comes to Town for ‘Big Miracle’

posted by Nell Minow

Drew Barrymore came to Washington for the premiere of her new film, Big Miracle, about the extraordinary real-life rescue of whales stranded in Alaska in 1987.  I had a blast on the red carpet, talking to the real-life characters who […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

A Treat for ‘Say Anything’ Fans — Deleted Scenes!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the movie Entertainment Weekly called the greatest romance of the past 25 years.  Boom boxes have come and gone, but the iconic image of John Cusack holding his over his head so that Ione Skye can hear their song […]

Interview: David L. Cook of Seven Days in Utopia

posted by Nell Minow

Sometimes real life feels like a metaphor.  Sometimes it feels like a parable.  David L. Cook is the author of Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey.  He told me his story about his own time in the real-life town […]

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 […]

More from The Moth: Adam Gopnick Learns the True Meaning of LOL

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of my all-time favorite stories from The Moth, and one of the all-time greatest stories ever about being a parent.  Adam Gopnick on virtually parenting a 12-year-old.    

Neil Gaiman on The Moth

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to see that my favorite podcast, The Moth, now has a YouTube channel.  Here’s author Neil Gaiman telling a story about waiting at a train station to be picked up by his parents.  Warning: once you listen […]

Comic-Con: Catching Up with the Winner Twins

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite moments at Comic-Con each year is my chance to catch up with the brilliant and beautiful Winner twins, Brianna and Brittney, whose astonishing mastery of story and vocabulary has produced an extraordinary body of work.  The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Contest from Allen Zadoff of My Life in the Theater, and Other Tragedies

posted by Nell Minow

Allen Zadoff‘s terrific new book is My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies, about a high school theater techie (he works lights in a production of “Midsummer Night’s Dream”) who likes to stay behind the scenes until he meets a […]

Wonderstruck, a New Book by Brian Selznick

posted by Nell Minow

Award-winning author Brian Selznick has a trailer for his new book, Wonderstruck. His last book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret was an enthralling story inspired by the great George Melies that was told through alternating pictures and text. It is […]

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 […]

Phyllis Naylor Talks About Alice

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a great interview in the Washington Post with local author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor about the forthcoming final installment to her popular Alice series of novels, Incredibly Alice.  “Alice is fictional, though she is like the daughter that I never had. […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

Tribute: Blake Edwards

posted by Nell Minow

I was very sad to hear that writer/director Blake Edwards died yesterday at age 88. He leaves behind his wife, Julie Andrews, and an extraordinary varied body of work. Even his sharpest satires had a glossy sheen of elegance and […]

Interview: Edward Zwick of ‘Love and Other Drugs’

posted by Nell Minow

Edward Zwick can create grand spectacle (“The Last Samurai,” “Glory,” “Defiance”) but he is unsurpassed in creating honest moments of intimacy in couple relationships, from “thirtysomething” to “Once and Again” with his frequent partner, Marshall Herzkovitz. Zwick is co-writer and […]

Interview: Christopher Morris of ‘Four Lions’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most provocative films of the year is the darkest of comedies, “Four Lions.” Imagine that Muslim terrorists behave like the Keystone Kops, and you might begin to get an idea of what this combination of slapstick and […]

Interview: Matthew Litt of ‘Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History’

posted by Nell Minow

Matthew Litt is the author of the new book, Christmas 1945: The Greatest Celebration in American History. It is the story of the first Christmas following the end of WWII, with the soldiers coming home and President Harry Truman declaring […]

Interview: Rob Reiner of ‘Flipped’

posted by Nell Minow

Rob Reiner has given us a middle-school version of one of his most beloved films, “When Harry Met Sally….” with his latest movie, “Flipped,” based on the popular book by Wendelin Van Draanen. I talked to him about what all […]

Interview: Emma Thompson of ‘Nanny McPhee’

posted by Nell Minow

Emma Thompson has won Oscars for both writing (“Sense and Sensibility”) and acting (“Howard’s End”). She has played a character based on Hillary Clinton (“Primary Colors”), a Hogwarts faculty member in two Harry Potter films, and last year alone, Dustin […]

Elizabeth Gilbert of ‘Eat Pray Love’

posted by Nell Minow

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. It is the story of a year-long journey she took following a devastating divorce and love affair that left her questioning […]

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 […]

The Winner Twins at Comic-Con

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to catch up with Brittany and Brianna Winner, now 15, to hear about their Strand book series, their school appearances, and their dream of making their story into a movie. One of the […]

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 […]

Interview: Chris Epting, a ‘Pop Culture Junkie’

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s new blogger is Chris Epting, author of Hello, It’s Me: Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie, the story of his love for the television shows, movies, and music of his life and the unexpected encounters with the people behind […]

Interview: Lionel Chew of ‘long-distance princess’

posted by Nell Minow

This isn’t the way he envisioned using his Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford. But after deciding he wasn’t going to be an academic after all, Lionel Chew brought his knowledge of sociology into the making of the feature film “long-distance […]

Interview: Lisa Cholodenko of ‘The Kids Are All Right’

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa Cholodenko co-wrote and directed one of the best-reviewed films of the year, “The Kids Are All Right,” about the teenage children of a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who seek out their biological father, leading to upheavals […]

Tribute: Harvey Pekar

posted by Nell Minow

Harvey Pekar died today at age 70. He was a writer best known as the subject of a superb biographical film, “American Splendor.” Pekar was an exceptional man who struggled with challenges that made it difficult for him to get […]

The Year of Goodbyes

posted by Nell Minow

The Year of Goodbyes: A true story of friendship, family and farewells is a beautiful book by Debbie Levy inspired by the “poesiealbum” kept by her mother as a little girl in pre-WWII Germany before her family escaped to the […]

Interview: Derrick Borte of ‘The Joneses’

posted by Nell Minow

Derrick Borte, an artist-turned journalist turned producer/director of commercials, was watching a television news magazine one night when a segment about “stealth marketing” came on the air. We channel-surf during ads on television and use pop-up blockers to avoid ads […]

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Beverly Cleary’s books even more when we read them to our children than I did when I read them as a child. It’s because she has a unique ability to capture the way a child sees the world, […]

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 […]

Interview with the Oscar-nominated screenwriters

posted by Nell Minow

Creative Screenwriting Magazine has a terrific audio interview with many of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters — well worth listening to.

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: Fred Weibel of ‘Edison’s Frankenstein’

posted by Nell Minow

Frederick C. Weibel, Jr. is the author of Edison’s Frankenstein, a tribute to an extraordinary film that was considered lost for decades. What is it about the Frankenstein story that makes it so enduringly compelling? Frankenstein is so filled with […]

Tribute: J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, and perhaps the country’s most famous recluse, died at home at age 91. His classic novel narrated by a 16-year-old named Holden Caulfield as he wanders around New York before he […]

Tribute: Erich Segal

posted by Nell Minow

Erich Segal, who died today at age 72, was a classics scholar who studied ancient literature. He also wrote a blockbuster movie script that became a blockbuster novel, Love Story. We know from the first sentence that its irrepressible heroine […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

Tribute: Larry Gelbart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Gelbart, one of the most acclaimed and prodigiously productive writers of almost seven decades died this week at age 81. If you’ve laughed since the 1940’s, you almost certainly know his work. He got started as a teenager writing […]

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, […]

Tribute: John Hughes

posted by Nell Minow

John Hughes, writer-director of some of the most successful and influential films of the 1980’s and 90’s, died yesterday at age 59. Fellow Chicagoan Roger Ebert has a thoughtful tribute, calling Hughes “the creator of the modern American teenager film.” […]

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 […]

Jeffrey Blitz of ‘Rocket Science’

posted by Nell Minow

Jeffrey Blitz, director of the award-winning spelling bee documentary Spellbound, was in Washington to talk about his first feature film, the semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, “Rocket Science.” He and I had a wonderful talk at the Georgetown Ritz hotel. We got […]

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