Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber want to bring the romantic comedy back to reality. "There's so much better material in your own relationships," says Neustadter, who grew up in an Atlantic City…
J Michael Straczynski is a writer possessed. "I write 10 hours a day every day, except my birthday, Christmas and New Year's," he says. "If I don't have an assignment, I'll write a short story, I'll…
While most pic purveyors who are headed for Cannes Market will be setting up poster-strewn booths in the exhibition halls or hotels, producer-director Tom Thurman will be floating office-free at the…
A mildly acquisitive Sundance coupled with economic woes and a tough theatrical marketplace have buyers casting a particularly cautious eye on this year's Tribeca lineup. Still, a few titles are…
In "Memento," British-born director Christopher Nolan's mesmerizing 2001 thriller, the story famously unfolds in reverse chronological order. Now Nolan -- who receives ShoWest's Dirctor of the Year…
Director Ang Lee and writer-producer James Schamus claim they never set out to break cultural boundaries or test the limits of the marketplace's mores. As Lee says, "I just try to make the best movie…
Unsung enablers, independent producers make miracles happen: bringing financial and moral support to filmmakers who otherwise might not have access to either.
Not just up-and-coming directors, the Spirit Awards filmmakers "to watch" consistently maintain both an idiosyncratic vision and defiant outsider status, often innovating on the margins of the…
Nominations are nice and all, but in the increasingly cutthroat world of arthouse distribution, many a heralded film has died a quick commercial death.
"There Will Be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's fifth feature, marks a shift of ambitions for the 37-year-old helmer.