Some films are best encapsulated via imaginary tabloid headlines, which in "The Singing Forest's" case would be: "Daughter's Fiancee Is My Reincarnated Gay Nazi Lover, Dad Claims." Given a conceit…
A handful of lonely lives minutely observed makes for less than riveting viewing in "Tokyo.Sky," a tale of urban alienation from firsttime director Hiroshi Ishikawa. Realistic but dreary pic…
One of the longest, liveliest and stickiest Hollywood battles centers on exactly who deserves writing credits on films.
Douglas Tirola, former head of production and development at Emerging Pictures, has set up Fourth Row Films in Gotham as a film-TV production shingle.
Despite the fact that I went to art school, where I got to draw more than write, I have a lot to say about screenwriting -- insightful, hard-earned observations that can only be gleaned from over a…
Whether they center on the daily travails of Cleveland comic-book author Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor"), or on the love story between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes ("Sylvia"), or detail the…
Focus Features will use the true story of a Texas-based cowboy and romantic matchmaker as the basis for "Cowboy Cupid," a romantic comedy to be directed by Michele Ohayon.
Films adapted from novels have always been a significant part of the Oscar race. Since "All Quiet on the Western Front" won best pic in 1930, films based on novels have won the category over 40% of…
During the Q&A after Variety's unspooling of "House of Sand and Fog," stars Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly said they were captivated by the novel it's based upon, even before there was a…
Blame it on Sept. 11 or on the wars that followed, but movies seem to have taken a dark turn in late 2003.
I always thought that every story has a particular way of being told. I realized this a long time ago when, at 19, I first read "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. The structure, the themes…