Steven Zeitchik

Writer

Steven Zeitchik is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer who covered film and the larger world of Hollywood for the paper from 2009 to 2017, exploring the personalities, issues, content and consequences of both the creative and business (and, increasingly, digital) aspects of our screen entertainment. He previously covered entertainment beats at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, has contributed arts and culture pieces to the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the New York Times and has done journalistic tours of duty in Jerusalem and Berlin. While at The Times he has also reported stories in cities ranging from Cairo to Krakow, though Hollywood can still seem like the most exotic destination of all.

Recent Articles

  • Hollywood’s box-office woes: Is the industry aiming too narrowly at men?

    Hollywood’s box-office woes: Is the industry aiming too narrowly at men?

    Another weekend, another branded movie struggles. Hollywood’s so-called franchise fatigue hit for what seemed like the umpteenth time this year, as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” followed up its auspicious domestic debut July 7 with just $45 million in ticket sales (a 61% drop) this past weekend. That...

  • At 'Chasing Coral' screening, an environmental alarm goes off

    At 'Chasing Coral' screening, an environmental alarm goes off

    On Thursday evening, a few hours after President Trump had left open the door to reenter the Paris agreement, a group of people gathered in New York City to confer on an environmental crisis. They had just watched “Chasing Coral,” Jeff Orlowski’s new documentary about dying coral and the threat...

  • 'The Big Sick' and the health of the summer counter-programmer

    'The Big Sick' and the health of the summer counter-programmer

    Far away as the era seems to be, summer was once a time for heartfelt human stories at the movie theater. Audiences saw beach season as ideal for character-driven tales — “Stand by Me" was the highest-grossing August release in the summer of 1986, "Ghost" the biggest July ‎hit a few years later....

  • Mike Francesa and Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, sports-radio pioneers, grade their ESPN moment

    Mike Francesa and Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, sports-radio pioneers, grade their ESPN moment

    The sports-talk hosts Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo broke up their landmark radio partnership in 2008. But when they get together these days it’s like no time has passed at all. “Mike,” Russo says as they sit down to breakfast at a Midtown Manhattan restaurant. “Dog,” Francesa acknowledges,...

  • A24's spooky way of promoting Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck's 'A Ghost Story'

    A24's spooky way of promoting Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck's 'A Ghost Story'

    The independent-film world is rife with ghosts, as anyone who has ever listened to a sales agent boast about the number of attendees at his screening could tell you. On a Thursday night in lower Manhattan, however, the concept was taking a more literal form.‎ The New York mini-studio A24 had established...

  • Hollywood's publicity paradox on Donald Trump

    Hollywood's publicity paradox on Donald Trump

    President Trump has been weighing in a lot lately on media and entertainment personalities. But those personalities also have been weighing in on him. Or, more accurately, weighing whether to weigh in on him.‎ The newly released Hollywood Reporter 100 — an indication, or at least confirmation,...

  • Exploring the 1st Amendment in a time of Trump-MSNBC showdowns

    Exploring the 1st Amendment in a time of Trump-MSNBC showdowns

    Many Americans felt anxious after the election of Donald Trump. But few harbored the dread that Brian Knappenberger did. The documentary filmmaker, who specializes in government suppression and surveillance stories, was in the final stages of editing “Nobody Speak," about Hulk Hogan's crippling...

  • Zoe Kazan, an intense intellectual in a Judd Apatow world

    Zoe Kazan, an intense intellectual in a Judd Apatow world

    When Zoe Kazan was in high school, she spent her time on a not-exactly quintessential teenage pastime: reading Harold Bloom. One day she discovered a preferred volume was missing, borrowed by Barry Mendel, Judd Apatow’s frequent producing partner. “I think ‎it was my copy that I had given to my...

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