1. “WGA Winners.” Captain Phillips, Her Win Top Screenplay Awards.
“Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama Captain Phillips and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer Her. The top TV awards went to the final season of Breaking Bad, which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s Veep won the comedy series award while 30 Rock took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s House of Cards copped the new series trophy.”
2. “An interview with Philip Roth.” The novelist’s obsession is with language.
“One of the several means of bringing characters to life in fiction is, of course, through what they say and what they don’t say. The dialogue is an expression of their thoughts, beliefs, defenses, wit, repartee, etc., a depiction of their responsive manner in general. I am trying to depict Lonoff’s verbal air of simultaneous aloofness and engagement, and too his pedagogical turn of mind, in this case when he is talking to a young protégée. What a character says is determined by who is being spoken to, what effect is desired, and, of course, by who he or she is and what he or she wants at the moment of speaking. Otherwise it’s just a hubbub of opinions. It’s propaganda. Whatever signal is being flashed by those six words you quote derives from the specificity of the encounter that elicits them.”
3. “PSH.” Cameron Crowe on directing Philip Seymour Hoffman in Almost Famous.
“My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms. In Phil’s hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.) When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius.”
4. “Does Harvey Weinstein Not Trust His Directors, or Does He Not Trust the Audience?” John Hurt comments on Harvey Weinstein’s tinkering with Snowpiercer.
“Regardless, Hurt’s statement that it’s ’endemic’ with Weinstein may be spot on. Perhaps he can’t help himself and, of course, Weinstein’s cutting of these films in any way to find the widest audience is only a step below major studios, attempting to check off all the boxes so their blockbusters won’t offend anyone, will appeal to the widest audience and therefore make as much money as possible. Hurt is right to praise Weinstein for taking on these more ambitious and financially risky features, but at the same time he’s got to stop trying to get them to fit in a box they weren’t otherwise made to be in.”
5. “Rene Ricard, Poet, Painter, Art Critic and Warhol Superstar, Dead.” As an art journalist, Ricard helped launch the careers of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
“In his lengthy, acclaimed career, Ricard was both a commenter on and participant in some of the most seminal artistic moments of New York City’s vibrant scene. Ricard came to prominence in the late Sixties as a poet; by 1970, he had been published in The Paris Review and Angel Hair. In the Seventies and Eighties, his articles for ArtForum magazine helped launch the careers of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Julian Schnabel and Francesco Clemente. He began developing his poetry into paintings in the Eighties. One such work, Shadows Collide With People, graced the cover of former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s solo album of the same name..”
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