Oscarwatch – The Writers, Part Two: Original Screenplay

In a town where there are more screenwriters than there are people you’d expect that more original screenplays would get produced. It hardly ever happens and when it does, it only sometimes turns out well for all involved. Not every great director can write, and even fewer...
Posted On 17 Dec 2012

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

If you care to watch.  There are a few notable writers who are glaringly missing from this.
Posted On 14 Nov 2012

Middle of Nowhere

Collaborators. More about the film after the cut — video from Sundance.
Posted On 28 Oct 2012

Ava DuVernay on Fresh Air – Art Houses More Resistant than the Multiplex

If you want to change the world you have to have to strong shoulders. It would never be enough for Ava DuVernay to have made Middle of Nowhere, a film she funded by herself (for around $200,000). She also had to work with her distribution company to get that film into theaters...
Posted On 24 Oct 2012

Tavis Smiley Gives Ava DuVernay the Full Show

Tavis Smiley is probably the most interesting talk show host, as far as I’m concerned. He’s one of the few who can seamlessly blend Hollywood and the politics of Hollywood. Most of them don’t even notice, let alone talk about it. In short: I love him. Anyway,...
Posted On 13 Oct 2012

More Raves for Middle of Nowhere

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wonders whether audiences will come out to see Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere – I have no idea if they will. I’m guessing the target demo will not. But I’m hoping that anyone who wants to see a dreamy, haunting and...
Posted On 11 Oct 2012

DuVernay Changes Landscape of American Film

If Ava DuVernay is nominated for an original screenplay Oscar for Middle of Nowhere — a slim possibility, if more people see it — she will be only the second black female screenwriter in 85 years of Oscar history to do so.  You have to yawn all the way back to 1972 to...
Posted On 10 Oct 2012

Richard Gere Joins the Best Actor List with Complex, Moving Portrayal in Arbitrage

The Best Actor race is getting crowded this week, with Tommy Lee Jones in Hope Springs and now, Richard Gere in Arbitrage. The timely pic is a chilling illustration of the way powerful people use other people to get what they want out of life and usually win. The screenplay is...
Posted On 10 Aug 2012

Craig Kennedy & Anna Paquin talk about Margaret

True Blood star Anna Paquin talks about her role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret Anna Paquin burst onto the movie scene in 1993 at age 11 when she won an Oscar for her performance in Jane Campion’s The Piano. Her filmmography since then has encompassed everything from...
Posted On 12 Jan 2012

Sorting Screenplays: Adapted and Original

We have a master list of 265 screenplays eligible for Oscar consideration.  We need to separate the Adapted from the Originals so that Rob can finish constructing the simulated Oscar ballot .  It’s a monster project, so can I enlist your help?  I’ve made a really...
Posted On 09 Jan 2012