November 13, 2007 |
After picketing for a week, Writers Guild of America members had reason to look forward to Saturday night: A free "American Gangster" screening at the WGA's theater, followed by what promised to be a lively conversation with the film's Oscar-winning screenwriter, Steven Zaillian. But rather than hear from Zaillian at the film's conclusion, the more than 400 WGA members were told that he was skipping the Beverly Hills question-and-answer segment because of the strike.
February 4, 2001 |
"Hannibal" producers Dino and Martha De Laurentiis have hired "Silence of the Lambs" screenwriter Ted Tally ("All the Pretty Horses") to script a new film adaptation of Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon," the book that introduced Dr. Hannibal Lecter. "Red Dragon" was already made into the critically acclaimed (though little seen) 1986 film "Manhunter," directed by Michael Mann with actor Brian Cox as Lecter.
October 3, 2006 |
The ingredients all seemed to be there for Oscar-winning director-screenwriter Steve Zaillian. He had a cast of heavy hitters -- Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins for starters -- and a classic story in Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "All the King's Men." But when Zaillian's version of Warren's 1946 story of political corruption and personal betrayal hit the nation's movie screens Sept. 22, it played to mostly empty theaters, drawing only $3.
February 5, 2012 |
No one watches a movie in a vacuum. You don't check your real-world baggage at the door — something for which any good critic must account. Several days before catching the new Steven Soderbergh action thriller "Haywire," I learned that Soderbergh had made the movie on the rebound, fired from "Moneyball" on the eve of its shoot. Moreover, he got the idea of starring champion mixed martial arts fighter and glamorous "American Gladiator" ingénue Gina "Crush" Carano in the days after his termination, after watching her televised loss to a rival named Cyborg.
October 22, 2005 |
Sony's Columbia Pictures has shelved a planned December release of its highly anticipated remake of "All the King's Men," removing one of the studio's potential Oscar contenders. The release will likely be delayed about a year, said Michael Medavoy, chairman of Phoenix Films, which is producing the remake of the movie based on Robert Penn Warren's 1946 classic roman a clef about Louisiana politician Huey Long.
October 19, 1996
Documentarian Jon Blair ("Anne Frank Remembered"); "Schindler's List" producer Branko Lustig, a Holocaust survivor; and "Schindler's" screenwriter Steve Zaillian will discuss the depiction of the Holocaust in films on Sunday at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Joining the three Academy Award winners at the mini-symposium, at 3663 Wilshire Blvd. at 2 p.m., will be directors Paul Mazursky ("Enemies, a Love Story"), Agnieszka Holland ("Europa Europa") and Pierre Sauvage ("Weapons of the Spirit").