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Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

When Leslie Dektor walked away from his advertising career several years ago, he was one of its most accomplished artisans--as 13 DGA Award nominations for best commercial director of the year would attest. He won the DGA Award twice, in 1992 and 2000.

Among his lauded spotmaking is the...

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Director/producer George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give (20th Century Fox) has planted itself firmly in the awards season conversation as a moving adaptation of Angie Thomas’ novel of the same title and for, among other elements, a tour de force performance by Amandla Stenberg as Starr...

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018

The first time he cut a feature--Whiplash--for director Damien Chazelle, Tom Cross, ACE wound up winning the Best Editing Oscar. The second film on which they collaborated, La La Land, yielded another Oscar nomination for the editor. And now Cross has again teamed with Chazelle...

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Besides being the creator of notable shows including Catastrophe (Amazon and U.K.’s Channel 4, co-created with Rob Delaney), Divorce (HBO), and Pulling (BBC, co-created with Dennis Kelly), Sharon Horgan has also brought life to creative business environments that...

Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Jonah Hill has always wanted to direct. He worships filmmakers and has treated what he describes as an "accidental" but "wonderful" 15-year acting career as a partial film school, learning from people like Bennett Miller, who directed him in "Moneyball" and Martin Scorsese on "The Wolf of Wall...

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" is a film about Lee Israel, a biographer who started a side hustle writing fake letters as Noel Coward, Louise Brooks, Dorothy Parker and other deceased luminaries and selling them to collectors. Part cautionary tale, part celebration of this unapologetic literary...

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Mochi — a pillowy, Japanese rice dough — has been around for centuries. But now it's one of the fastest-selling items in your grocery's freezer aisle.

The popularity of the bite-sized treats is due in part to The Mochi Ice Cream Co. The company was founded three years ago after the...

Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

As in his TV series "This Is Us," jubilant and catastrophic events tend to cluster for Dan Fogelman. Days before his latest and most ambitious movie, "Life Itself," opens in theaters, and the third season of his hit NBC show premieres, Fogelman's house was robbed. The thieves returned later the...

Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

Chloe Sevigny has been trying to do a fresh take on the Lizzie Borden tale for over a decade.

A fateful trip to the house in Fall River, Massachusetts, convinced her to look at Borden's life through a different, more empathetic lens, pulling back the curtain on the suffocating...

Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018

Lynda La Plante's 1980s British crime series "Widows" had a curious hold of filmmaker Steve McQueen as a 13-year-old boy.

The show was about a group of women who, after their criminal husbands are killed, band together to pull off the raid their dead spouses had planned. The women were,...

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