It’s been almost eight years since Hilary Jordan’s “Mudbound” first found me. That’s what it felt like — it found me.
It read like an instant classic for this generation. Written in a revolving point of view, it focuses on six characters — three black and three white — and each chapter belongs to one of them.Read more
In Richard Gere’s latest film, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” released earlier this year, Israeli writer and director Joseph Cedar lends Gere perhaps his most profound role yet: Norman Oppenheimer, a New York Jewish businessman who connects parties together for profit. The veteran actor inhabits the role with much vulnerable nuance and potent skill.Read more
My first big studio job as a screenwriter was to write the story of Jeff Bauman, a Boston local who became an unwitting symbol of hope after losing both legs above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing. Coincidentally, he is from Chelmsford, Mass., about a half-hour from where I grew up.Read more
The last two Oscar best picture winners — “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” — managed to win the academy’s top prize without taking any trophies in the crafts categories. Both movies did, however, pick up the key nomination for film editing, traditionally a signal of a picture’s overall strength.
This year, “The Shape of Water,” “Dunkirk” and “Blade Runner 2049” will likely dominate the crafts categories.Read more
As part of Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s pre-production plan to forge deep bonds between the stars of his new film “Call Me by Your Name,” he staged getting-to-know-you dinner parties at his villa. But Timothée Chalamet, whose teenage Elio falls in love with Armie Hammer’s older grad student, Oliver, says the strategy might have been superfluous. “Luca’s a genius.Read more
Perhaps more popular in death than in life, King George VI has been portrayed a myriad of times on film, television, the stage and even radio, most recently by Oscar winner Colin Firth in 2010’s “The King’s Speech,” James Purefoy in this year’s fine feature, “Churchill,” and Jared Harris on the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown.”Read more