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Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018
"Howards End," the upcoming four-part miniseries adapted from E.M. Forster's 1910 novel, isn't Kenneth Lonergan's first foray into television. That would be the animated Nickelodeon kids show "Doug."
Before Lonergan was one of the most acclaimed playwrights and filmmakers of his...
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Reflections On "Manchester by the Sea," "Hidden Figures," "Arrival," "La La Land," "Lion," "Passengers"
With Manchester by the Sea, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan doubled his number of career Oscar nominations. His nods for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Original Screenplay were two of six earned by the film, the others being for Best Picture, Lead Actor (Casey Affleck),...
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
For Ruth De Jong, production designers “are very much researchers and journalists in a sense. So much of our design influence comes from a heavy amount of research no matter what period, what time frame a film calls for--unless it’s some completely fantastical world that doesn’t exist anywhere....
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016
After spending the night shooting the most devastating scene in "Manchester by the Sea" - a scene in which, Casey Affleck's character, clutching a bag of groceries, stands before a tragedy that haunts him throughout the film - Affleck tripped and felt a shooting pain run up his back.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016
It's hard to overstate the magnificence of Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea." His third feature following "You Can Count on Me" and "Margaret" is one that swells with the spectrum of human emotion. Humor, anger, cynicism and love all crash into one another to create an elegant...
Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
The filmmaker and playwright Kenneth Lonergan, a self-described "ultra-naturalist" whose eloquently empathic stories tremble with the richness of daily life, began his writing career, surprisingly, awash in science fiction.
He was (and still is) a die-hard Trekkie. He has seen "2001: A...
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016
No one shows the landscape of human grief and trauma quite like Kenneth Lonergan.
It sometimes seems like the playwright turned director of both "You Can Count On Me" and "Margaret" knows us better than we know ourselves. His movies look and feel...