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Interview: Judd Apatow

On the making of his Citizen Kane
Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009


Festival atmosphere

Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  June 09, 2009

racing list

Best in show

Making the picks at the Newport Film Festival
Tom Hall, the new artistic director of the Newport International Film Festival (June 3-7), had the usual hard time culling more than 600 submissions — some invited but most over the transom — down to 90 films — 17 narrative features (plus five Hollywood classics), 17 feature-length documentaries, and 56 shorts.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 27, 2009


Cannes goods

Tarantino, Antichrist , and a well-lit genitalia show; why the French film festival is like no other
Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 27, 2009


Interview: Pete Docter

3-D or not 3-D? That is the first question . . .
Pete Docter was only the third animator to come aboard Pixar when he joined up in 1990, and he's had a lasting effect at the computer-animation powerhouse.
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  May 21, 2009


Cannes International Film Festival 2009

62nd Festival de Cannes
The latest dispatches and reviews from one of the world's most influential film festivals
By: LISA NESSELSON  |  May 19, 2009

Hide Seek list

Let's talk about sex

Truth and Consequences in  Hide and Seek
It's not that Eve's religious but sisterly mother wouldn't understand, it's that Eve is apprehensive about her not  understanding.
By: BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 06, 2009


Observe and distort

Jody Hill on the King of Comedy and Seth Rogen
Great filmmaker though he is, Martin Scorsese isn't the first name that comes to mind when you think about comedy genius. But Jody Hill, traces his inspiration in part back to his first viewing of Taxi Driver .
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  April 08, 2009


After The Daytrippers . . .

Mottola explains
Greg Mottola didn't make a film for 11 years after his 1997 debut feature, The Daytrippers, caused a small ripple in the indie world.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 31, 2009


Interview: Paul Rudd

His bromantic side
"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 20, 2009


Hope springs infernal

Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  March 16, 2009


Interview: Zack Snyder of Watchmen

Zack Snyder is a cheerful dude who's mounting one of the most perilous assaults on pop culture.
"Every movie I've made, starting with Dawn of the Dead, has been, like, death threats."
By: JAMES PARKER  |  March 04, 2009


Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2009


2009 Oscar predictions

Martyr complex
This year the Oscars will honor the men who suffer for our sins and the women who don't wear make-up.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  February 11, 2009


Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  January 09, 2009


Year in Film: Risky business

Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2008


Interview: Charlie Kaufman

Straight poop
People either love or hate Charlie Kaufman.
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  November 04, 2008


Putting up W’s

Screen depictions beat around the Bush
How is it that the least popular and possibly worst chief executive in American history has inspired no lasting impersonations?  
By: PETER KEOUGH  |  October 15, 2008


Paul Newman (1925-2008)

Remembering a movie star who turned himself into a great actor
Paul Newman, who died last weekend at the age of 83, was that rarest of creatures, a movie star who turned himself into a great actor.  
By: STEVE VINEBERG  |  October 01, 2008


Interview: Simon Pegg

Shaun of the Dead star on losing friends, alienating people, and wanking off to Gillian Anderson
Thirty-eight-year-old British actor Simon Pegg’s US star has been on the rise since his zombie-movie parody Shaun of the Dead shuffled into multiplexes back in 2004.  
By: BRETT MICHEL  |  October 01, 2008
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