What Type of Writer Are You? Use Zadie Smith’s Help to Find Out

British novelist Zadie Smith hasn't had your typical career. Smith made her way to public consciousness almost two decades ago now when her yet-to-be finished first novel, White Teeth, was put to auction and publishers fought to obtain the rights to publish it. Sounds like an absurd Sunday ...

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Watch the Making-Of of Leon The Professional, Luc Besson’s Classic Thriller

If you don't already know it, Leon: the Professional (1994), is a twenty years old thriller made by French director Luc Besson, starring French actor Jean Reno alongside a very young Natalie Portman in a performance that will reveal her to an international audience and Gary Oldman.The pitc ...

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Discover More than 20 Examples from ‘HER’ by Spike Jonze, in How Did They Write It Extension #3

American filmmaker Spike Jonze is one of the few who's managed the golden transition from music videos to features, making a name for himself in both fields and beyond. An element that makes Jonze particularly interesting in my eyes is that unlike Gondry, Anderson or even, arguably, Finche ...

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“Pain is Temporary, Film is Forever”: Leonardo DiCaprio on Learning the Ropes & Scorsese’s Best Advice

It took this hour long conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio at SAG for me to realize that a) I had never really heard the man behind the actor talking at length about his career and craft and b) that I have been following his work since Growing Pains (!) and, without realizing it, have pret ...

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What Is Art For? 5 Answers to Satisfy the Skeptics and Pragmatists Around You

When you decide to become a filmmaker (or a painter/writer/sculptor/poet/musician etc.) you still have to face the 'real world' on a daily basis and prove to people that you are not of a fool. The 'real world' here is comprised of people whose pragmatism doesn't let them understand the choic ...

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What Does David Fincher Not Do? The 4 Things that Set Him Apart

Oh boy, this is a good week… First Darren Aronofsky's masterclass and now Tony Zhou's new video essay on none else that David Fincher, another of my favorite filmmakers, right on time to accompany the release of Gone Girl. Fincher has been out and about giving out interviews and masterclas ...

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Brace Yourself: Here is a 1h30 Masterclass with Darren Aronofsky

 This was long overdue, but it finally happened, and just like for Steve McQueen, we have to thank a museum for programming a masterclass with Daren Aronofsky and for sharing it with the world. So thank you, New Museum.Like Christopher Nolan, Aronofsky launched his career with ...

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Are You Ready for ‘The Pixar Theory’? I Wasn’t. My Brain Exploded.

Nothing has quite prepared me for the Pixar Theory, and I am saying that even though I have read the theory about Andy's Mom in Toy Story by Jon Negroni, and when I clicked on the video below, I actually thought it was an animation of that said theory, so I wasn't expecting much.Turns o ...

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J.J. Abrams on The Best Advice He’s Received and What He Learned Really Early On

 J.J. Abrams, one of the men who revolutionized network TV and has directed many of the recent blockbusters that feeds our summers, is always generous with his knowledge and great to listen to. In yet another BAFTA Guru video, Abrams answers a question that should be mandatory to an ...

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John Malkovich Malkoviches Us All With Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

It's hard to imagine how much more creative John Malkovich could have been with his last name. After his collaboration with Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman for Being John Malkovich in 1999, that gave birth to the unforgettable 'Malkovich Malkovich' scene, the American actor is back, this t ...

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