Dan and Jeff – Entertaining the Muggles with Potted Potter
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Dan and Jeff – Entertaining the Muggles with Potted Potter

Dan and Jeff Entertaining the Muggles with Potted Potter By Leni Paul With shades of Hogwarts, I sat down in a secluded corner of a library – sadly, not an enchanted one – to chat (over the phone) with the Olivier-nominated British comedy writing/performing duo Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. They are better known as … Continue reading

Andrew Bowler – If He Could Turn Back Time
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Andrew Bowler – If He Could Turn Back Time

Andrew Bowler If He Could Turn Back Time by Jay S. Jacobs Andrew Bowler has spent most of the last decade thinking about time machines, and he’s not so sure they would be a good thing. The writer/director first started writing about them in about 2010, which led to the 2012 short “Time Freak,” which … Continue reading

Gustavo Steinberg – Setting Free Tito and the Birds
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Gustavo Steinberg – Setting Free Tito and the Birds

Gustavo Steinberg Setting Free Tito and the Birds By Jay S. Jacobs Brazilian director Gustavo Steinberg has finally broken through to the American market, and it is with his first animated film. However, even though it has been made for children, Tito and the Birds is a trenchant and surprisingly nuanced film about the modern … Continue reading

Joel Edgerton – Rewriting Boy Erased
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Joel Edgerton – Rewriting Boy Erased

Joel Edgerton Rewriting Boy Erased By Jay S. Jacobs This seems to be a fertile time for actors to take a more hands-on approach to filmmaking and write and direct their own films. Take Joel Edgerton. The Australian-born actor has been slowly-but-surely building a big name in the States with roles in such films as … Continue reading

Jason Reitman Looks Back at a Political Shift with The Front Runner
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Jason Reitman Looks Back at a Political Shift with The Front Runner

Jason Reitman Looks Back at a Political Shift with The Front Runner By Jay S. Jacobs Director Jason Reitman is known for taking on some pretty big subjects in his films. He took on lobbying in Thank You for Smoking. He set his sights on teenage pregnancy in Juno and corporate soullessness and greed in … Continue reading