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September 5, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
When Shane Salerno turned 40 last year, he decided it was finally time to let his obsession go. The screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and Oliver Stone ("Savages"), had toiled for close to a decade trying to document the mysterious life of J.D. Salinger. The author of the bestselling "The Catcher in the Rye" had stopped publishing in 1965 and retreated from the public spotlight, leaving fans to wonder why - and to guess about what he had been doing in the 45 years until his death in 2010.
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September 19, 2013 | By John Horn
Documentary filmmakers have become Hollywood's hottest farm team: The directors Paul Greengrass (the upcoming "Captain Phillips"), José Padilha (the new "RoboCop" remake) and Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") all hail from the nonfiction world. Benson Lee is another doc director leaping into features, but with an atypical twist: His fictional movie "Battle of the Year," out Friday and starring Chris Brown, is a scripted remake of his own 2007 nonfiction break-dancing film, "Planet B-Boy.
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April 7, 2002 | KEVIN BRASS
In 1991, an earnest 18-year-old in a conservative blue suit and red tie bantered on national TV with Larry King. "I want to make films about the things no one is making films about, like rape and suburban drugs," said Shane Salerno, who was on the show promoting his public-access documentary, "Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs." Salerno billed the program, a collection of videotaped interviews he shot while in high school, as a "suburban 'Boyz N the Hood.'
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September 6, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Joyce Maynard was intrigued when filmmaker Shane Salerno first came calling with his interest in interviewing her for his documentary on J.D. Salinger. Naturally, Maynard was cautious considering she is a well-regarded author of eight novels and a series of memoirs yet is still probably best known for her relationship with Salinger, which she documented in her 1998 memoir, "At Home in the World. " Yet Salerno, who began courting Maynard seven or eight years ago, kept at it until Maynard agreed to be interviewed in her home in California in 2007.
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September 6, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Joyce Maynard was intrigued when filmmaker Shane Salerno first came calling with his interest in interviewing her for his documentary on J.D. Salinger. Naturally, Maynard was cautious considering she is a well-regarded author of eight novels and a series of memoirs yet is still probably best known for her relationship with Salinger, which she documented in her 1998 memoir, "At Home in the World. " Yet Salerno, who began courting Maynard seven or eight years ago, kept at it until Maynard agreed to be interviewed in her home in California in 2007.
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August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
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September 3, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
J.D. Salinger spent almost half a century hiding in plain sight. This is perhaps the most interesting revelation both in David Shields and Shane Salerno's oral biography “Salinger” and its accompanying documentary (which opens this week in New York and Los Angeles) - that far from being a recluse in the traditional sense, Salinger led, for a while anyway, an unexpectedly connected life. He traveled, he saw friends, he raised children. He interacted with the townspeople of Cornish, N.H., and Windsor, Vt. And, it is now confirmed, he wrote: at least five volumes of material that is scheduled to be published over the next several years, as well as a copious store of letters to acquaintances, admirers and romantic partners, some of which are quoted in Shields and Salerno's book.
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August 28, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When news emerged three years ago that filmmaker Shane Salerno and writer David Shields were working on a lengthy oral biography (with accompanying documentary) about J.D. Salinger, I assumed it would be all smoke and no fire. Salinger, after all, had gone to ground after the publication of his novella “Hapworth 16, 1924” in the June 19, 1965, issue of the New Yorker; even in the wake of his death, in January 2010 at age 91, his estate had preserved the silence of his final 45 years.
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June 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" was one of the most popular books of the 1950s. Adolescent narrator Holden Caufield's reluctance to go along with societal norms helped lay the psychic groundwork of the countercultural movement of the 1960s. But where the Beats rode that wave, with Allen Ginsberg reading poetry at massive student demonstrations, Salinger withdrew. He'd been a New Yorker, but he moved to rural New England, away from the center of publishing. His last published work appeared in 1965.
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August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
James Cameron's “Avatar” project just got even bigger - so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone. The director and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of $2.78 billion. Rather than writing the sequels himself, as was Cameron's original plan, the filmmaker has brought on a team of screenwriters to collaborate on the follow-ups: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”)
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September 5, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
When Shane Salerno turned 40 last year, he decided it was finally time to let his obsession go. The screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and Oliver Stone ("Savages"), had toiled for close to a decade trying to document the mysterious life of J.D. Salinger. The author of the bestselling "The Catcher in the Rye" had stopped publishing in 1965 and retreated from the public spotlight, leaving fans to wonder why - and to guess about what he had been doing in the 45 years until his death in 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
J.D. Salinger spent almost half a century hiding in plain sight. This is perhaps the most interesting revelation both in David Shields and Shane Salerno's oral biography “Salinger” and its accompanying documentary (which opens this week in New York and Los Angeles) - that far from being a recluse in the traditional sense, Salinger led, for a while anyway, an unexpectedly connected life. He traveled, he saw friends, he raised children. He interacted with the townspeople of Cornish, N.H., and Windsor, Vt. And, it is now confirmed, he wrote: at least five volumes of material that is scheduled to be published over the next several years, as well as a copious store of letters to acquaintances, admirers and romantic partners, some of which are quoted in Shields and Salerno's book.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When news emerged three years ago that filmmaker Shane Salerno and writer David Shields were working on a lengthy oral biography (with accompanying documentary) about J.D. Salinger, I assumed it would be all smoke and no fire. Salinger, after all, had gone to ground after the publication of his novella “Hapworth 16, 1924” in the June 19, 1965, issue of the New Yorker; even in the wake of his death, in January 2010 at age 91, his estate had preserved the silence of his final 45 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It's almost dizzying: J.D. Salinger, the most famous yet reclusive author of the 20th century, is now being propelled into the spotlight with a documentary, a mammoth, deeply researched biography and, reportedly, five never-before-published books. He couldn't have planned a better publicity juggernaut if he tried. “He's going to have a second act unlike any writer in history ,” biography co-author Shane Salerno told the New York Times. “There's no precedent for this.” The book "Salinger," written by Salerno and David Shields, will be published by Simon & Schuster on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By John Horn
James Cameron's “Avatar” project just got even bigger - so large that Cameron is no longer going it alone. The director and 20th Century Fox announced Thursday that they are now making three, not two, sequels to Cameron's 2009 blockbuster, the highest-grossing movie of all time with global sales of $2.78 billion. Rather than writing the sequels himself, as was Cameron's original plan, the filmmaker has brought on a team of screenwriters to collaborate on the follow-ups: Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It's almost dizzying: J.D. Salinger, the most famous yet reclusive author of the 20th century, is now being propelled into the spotlight with a documentary, a mammoth, deeply researched biography and, reportedly, five never-before-published books. He couldn't have planned a better publicity juggernaut if he tried. “He's going to have a second act unlike any writer in history ,” biography co-author Shane Salerno told the New York Times. “There's no precedent for this.” The book "Salinger," written by Salerno and David Shields, will be published by Simon & Schuster on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By John Horn
Documentary filmmakers have become Hollywood's hottest farm team: The directors Paul Greengrass (the upcoming "Captain Phillips"), José Padilha (the new "RoboCop" remake) and Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") all hail from the nonfiction world. Benson Lee is another doc director leaping into features, but with an atypical twist: His fictional movie "Battle of the Year," out Friday and starring Chris Brown, is a scripted remake of his own 2007 nonfiction break-dancing film, "Planet B-Boy.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" was one of the most popular books of the 1950s. Adolescent narrator Holden Caufield's reluctance to go along with societal norms helped lay the psychic groundwork of the countercultural movement of the 1960s. But where the Beats rode that wave, with Allen Ginsberg reading poetry at massive student demonstrations, Salinger withdrew. He'd been a New Yorker, but he moved to rural New England, away from the center of publishing. His last published work appeared in 1965.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Screenwriter Shane Salerno ("Savages," "Shaft") has spent close to a decade on a singular obsession: the reclusive late author J.D. Salinger. Now his work is finally coming to fruition. Via a flurry of deals the filmmaker struck in March with the Weinstein Co., PBS' "American Masters" and Simon & Schuster, his exhaustive work on the "Catcher in the Rye" author will debut in September. The Weinstein Co. on Thursday debuted the first trailer from "Salinger," the documentary about the mysterious writer, ahead of its Sept.
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