The writing shines in dense and rewarding ‘Moneyball’

Posted by · 11:53 am · September 13th, 2011

Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” is a tightly constructed piece of work, thematically layered, rich in substance, hard work from two of the best writers in the business clearly evident. And the last thing it is is a sports movie. The film is about so much. It’s a David vs. Goliath story of changing the status quo. […]

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Town’ screenwriter, director and star Ben Affleck

Posted by · 2:14 pm · November 10th, 2010

Actor — and as of late, filmmaker — Ben Affleck makes his way to a cozy corner of Santa Monica’s Casa Del Mar hotel restaurant. He’s coming from a “Dad’s event” at his daughter’s school, he says, propping his feet up on a nearby chair. Currently shooting Terrence Malick’s latest film in Oklahoma, the multi-hyphenate […]

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Fincher and Mulligan for ‘Dragon Tattoo?’

Posted by · 11:41 am · March 15th, 2010

As hard as it is to imagine the button-cute Carey Mulligan festooned with body art and facial piercings, kicking all kinds of corporate ass, it’s an intriguing possibility we must now consider. Over the past few days, the newly-minted Oscar nominee’s name, along with that of director David Fincher, has been connected with the much-fancied […]

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Ridley Scott takes on ‘Red Riding’ remake

Posted by · 4:55 am · October 15th, 2009

You may remember that back in March I raved about “Red Riding,” the British TV adaptation of David Peace’s quartet of Yorkshire-set crime novels that IFC will soon be distributing theatrically in the U.S. Specifically, I flipped for the first installment of the three-film series, Julian Jarrold’s “1974” — an exquisitely textured mood piece, with […]

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A night at the Scripter Awards

Posted by · 11:17 am · January 31st, 2009

USC’s Scripter Awards ceremony is moving on up.  It’s evolved form an intimate gathering to a full spread awards dinner over the years, and last night’s festivities marked the first time the Scripter winner was unveiled at the show rather than beforehand. It gave the atmosphere a tinge of anticipation.  Even with the “Slumdog” writing […]

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Michael Chabon to receive Scripter prize

Posted by · 10:39 am · January 14th, 2009

The USC Scripter awards go down next Friday, Jan. 30 (right in the middle of the Santa Barbara Film Festival…I’ll be driving back down for the show). The USC Libraries introduced a new award last year: the Literary Achievement Award, which went to Steven Zaillian in 2008. This year, the group has tapped “Wonder Boys” […]

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