You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Wolfe praises ‘Life’

Author joins Weitz, Bichir at screening

Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants.

“American literature until 1939 used to study every last fact of American life, the realism meant everything to them. The movies today are doing what the novelists used to do,” Wolfe said. “This movie does it better than any movie I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the best since ‘Hurt Locker.’ How did you do it?” he asked Weitz.

“As a director we’re trained to think we’re always right and we say what goes,” Weitz began. “To do this movie I had to listen and ask questions and ask for help.”

Weitz got help from a Jesuit priest, Fr. Gerald Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, who gave him “access to East LA.”

Wolfe is working on his on immigrant project, the novel “Back to Blood,” set in Miami and to be published next year. “It’s not about how they get in, but once they’re here,” the scribe of undocumented workers.

More Scene

  • 'SORRY TO BOTHER YOU'

    Why 'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley Thinks His Satirical Comedy Is 'Realistic'

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • Tesse Restaurant Opens on L.A.'s Sunset

    Tesse Restaurant Takes on the Challenge of Making the Sunset Strip Hip Again

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: The 10 Standout Moments

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • Brandon Flynn, Timothy Granaderos, Alisha Boe,

    Alisha Boe Says Brock Turner Case Was Her 'Bible' for '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • Yara ShahidiMTV Movie & TV Awards,

    Yara Shahidi, Noah Schnapp, More Talk the Dangers of Social Media at MTV Awards

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

  • A Night in the Writers' Room

    'Vida,' 'One Day at a Time' Showrunners Recount Being Called Racial Slur in Writers' Room

    Following the June 22 invitational screening of “A Better Life,” Tom Wolfe came onstage at Tribeca Cinemas with director Chris Weitz and thesp Demian Bichir. The 80-year-old author of “Bonfire of the Vanities” and “The Right Stuff” had nothing but praise for the Summit pic, about L.A.’s illegal immigrants. “American literature until 1939 used to […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content