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  • Film directors build, and tear down, comfort zones

    Film directors build, and tear down, comfort zones
    Movie crews can number as many as 300 people. And yet amid all that hubbub, film directors can craft the most personal moments: Joaquin Phoenix confessing his love for an operating system in "Her"; Robert Redford facing his mortality in "All Is Lost";...
  • Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct

    Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct
    The trouble with making movies is that you have to start over each time —¬†with a new script, a new cast and a new set of challenges. According to six of Hollywood's top directors, that's part of the process but also part of the point. At the...
  • Directors Round Table: Spike Jonze wants to hear from critics' heart

    Directors Round Table: Spike Jonze wants to hear from critics' heart
    Want to know how to quiet down a room full of top Hollywood directors? Try asking whether they read their own reviews. At the recent Envelope Directors Round Table, filmmakers Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"),...
  • Directors Round Table: Paul Greengrass on embracing 'blind panic'

    Directors Round Table: Paul Greengrass on embracing 'blind panic'
    What's a filmmaker to do when his climactic final scene just isn't working? For Paul Greengrass, director of the hijacking thriller "Captain Phillips," the answer was to pull a 180 -- to head to the other side of the ship and improvise an entirely new...
  • Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'

    Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'
    Henry Ford said that "failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." That's a sentiment shared by some of Hollywood's top directors, including Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost") and...
  • Does 'Saving Mr. Banks' contain a hidden agenda?

    Does 'Saving Mr. Banks' contain a hidden agenda?
    Every award season brings the movie that everyone loves, the film that's so likable it's impossible not to like. Which always makes some people not like it. Quickly filling that role this year is John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the P.L. Travers...
  • Review: Emma Thompson is a ripsnorter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    Review: Emma Thompson is a ripsnorter in 'Saving Mr. Banks'
    A creative dispute between a writer and a studio head over the direction of a prospective motion picture sounds like the kind of movie scenario only a lawyer could love. But when the writer is cranky, crusty P.L. Travers, who means it when she says "I...
  • Is 'Saving Mr. Banks' too hard on 'Mary Poppins' creator?

    In the winter of 1933, in a thatched cottage in Sussex, England, a complicated woman named Pamela "P.L." Travers began to write "Mary Poppins," the first in a series of novels that would inspire the beloved 1964 Walt Disney movie and supply generations of...
  • Exclusive: 'Tolkien' biopic will look at origins of 'Hobbit,' 'LOTR'

    With Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and...
  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable

    'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable
    *** (out of four) At some point in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is inspired by the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to license the film version of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to...
  • Colin Farrell turns romantic in the fantasy film 'Winter's Tale'

    Colin Farrell turns romantic in the fantasy film 'Winter's Tale'
    Colin Farrell wanted a cigarette, but he didn't have one on him. He was sitting poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel, which seemed like the kind of place where one smokes. So he asked a pretty hostess if she had a pack; she did not. "You want a cigarette?"...