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director’s cut: richard curtis on ‘about time’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. Richard Curtis probably somehow had a hand in making your favorite rom-com. He wrote and directed “Love Actually,” and wrote “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Notting Hill” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” among many others. The latest proof of Curtis’ ability to make you happycry is his newest writer-director effort, […] Read more…

director’s cut: diablo cody on ‘paradise’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. Diablo Cody likes plenty of things: Writing, leopard print, vintage Destiny’s Child jams and coining cultural catchphrases (“honest to blog,” anyone?) all make the list. Directing, however, may not make the final cut. Cody, who won an Oscar for her debut screenplay “Juno” and can even make idle chat […] Read more…

‘gravity’ producer david heyman launches his career into orbit

This interview was originally published on Film.com. Director Alfonso Cuaron and stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney have been on the receiving end of most of the (justified) praise for “Gravity,” out in theaters October 4, but another barely-mentioned man deserves to grab hold of the edge of the stellar spotlight as well: Producer David […] Read more…

director’s cut: billy bob thornton on ‘jayne mansfield’s car’

This interview was originally published on Film.com. Billy Bob Thornton is many things: writer, director, actor, Angelina Jolie’s ex, Bad Santa. For his latest project, “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” Thornton had his fourth outing as a feature director, along with writing the script and playing one of the main characters in the drama. In limited theaters […] Read more…

director’s cut: luc besson on ‘the family’

This interview was originally published on Film.com. Sometimes, things are not what they first appear. Director Luc Besson’s “The Family,” which he also wrote, falls into that bin, neatly defying categorization. The movie, which boasts the talents of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and newcomer John D’Leo, as well as […] Read more…

director’s cut: lee daniels on ‘lee daniels’ the butler’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. If enough people didn’t know Oscar-nominated “Precious” director Lee Daniels, they certainly will now: His latest film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” bears his name, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy about the title. “That’s what I would think is, like, ew,” he told me when I caught up with […] Read more…

director’s cut: dan mazer on ‘i give it a year’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. “Romantic comedy” and “Borat” aren’t typically words you expect to see in the same sentence, but writer/director Dan Mazer is all about trying new things. Like, for instance, stepping from the world of raunch comedy (he co-wrote “Borat,” “The Dictator,” and “Bruno” for Sacha Baron Cohen) to the world […] Read more…

director’s cut: nat faxon and jim rash on ‘the way, way back’

This interview was originally published on Film.com. Talk about triple threats: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won an Oscar in 2012 for their screenplay for “The Descendants,” both spent the past season on network TV (Rash plays Dean Pelton on NBC’s “Community” and Faxon was Ben on the now-canceled Fox sitcom “Ben and Kate”), and […] Read more…

a short story long: how an animated pixar short gets made

This feature was originally published on Film.com. The rustle of the wind. A drop of rain. The chirping of birds, and the slide of a chess board across a concrete park table. These are the quiet, everyday sounds we’ve come to associate with Pixar’s (now Disney’s as well) short films. Mostly dialogue-free affairs, the films […] Read more…

director’s cut: dan scanlon on ‘monsters university’

This interview originally appeared on Film.com. The usual image conjured when thinking of a director is that of an auteur instructing actors on set, working with scenery, props, costumes and human facial expressions. When that director is helming an animated film, however, the picture looks very different. Dan Scanlon, who wrote and directed Pixar’s “Monsters […] Read more…

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