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“Basic Instinct” screenwriter Joe Eszterhas says Donald Trump is an “a–hole,” but that won’t stop him from casting his ballot for the Republican presidential nominee come November. “Trump may be an a–hole,” Eszterhas told TheWrap at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio — his hometown — on Wednesday. “But, then, a choice between criminals and an a–hole, I’ll pick the a–hole.” Eszterhas has launched the website JoeUnchained, in which he weighs in on current events and offers screenwriting tips. In a recent post, Eszterhas named Trump “A–hole of the Week” after the Gop candidate »
- Sharon Waxman
Our perception of the Forest City having only seen it on screen.
All this week, Cleveland, Ohio, is being overrun with politicians, their supporters, and protestors of their platforms as the Republican National Convention is being held at the Quicken Loans Arena through Thursday. To help get a better sense of this “Cleve-Land,” as Howard the Duck calls it, we’re looking to entertainment, specifically movies and television, for what it can tell us about this city. If there’s anything we miss or misunderstand, blame Hollywood.
It’s the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s not surprising that, to an outsider, Cleveland primarily looks like a city where music reigns. You could make a nice concert with all the fictional bands based there, including Cherry Bomb from Howard the Duck, The Barbusters from Light of Day, the »
- Christopher Campbell
Simon Brew Jul 21, 2016
Simon Mayo is a man of many talents. To cinema folk, he's one of the two voices behind Wittertainment, the BBC's flagship film programme (wassup, etc). To others, he plays choice songs on Radio 2. To me: he was also chairman of Melchester Rovers. And to a growing number of people, he's the author of some really fine works of fiction.
His latest, Blame, sees him heading into the world of Young Adult. And over a hot drink (him: civilised green tea, me: coffee caffeine rocket fuel concoction, no biscuits) we had a chat about what could almost be an accidental shift into non-fiction...
The last time I interviewed you I messed up my opening question when I tried to follow the Simon Mayo interview handbook, but I think I’ve got this nailed now. »
A rush for original scripts led to Shane Black being among the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood. Ryan takes a look back...
Shane Black, 28 years old, poses for a photograph outside his Los Angeles bungalow. It’s 1990, and Black’s name has appeared all over the Hollywood trade press thanks to his latest script sale - or, more specifically, how much Warner Bros had spent on purchasing it. The script was for The Last Boy Scout, an action thriller that would eventually appear in cinemas in 1991 starring Bruce Willis. Black sold it for $1.75m - said to be the highest price ever paid for a screenplay at that time.
So here’s Shane Black, standing barefoot on the concrete paving slabs outside his house, which he and his roommates had dubbed the Pad O’Guys. Black’s wearing ripped jeans and a threadbare-looking lumberjack shirt; to his right »
In the late 1980s/early ‘90s, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was everything. "RoboCop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct” is about as perfect a run as you can get, and these films made a huge pop cultural mark that will likely never be erased. But like Joe Eszterhas, the hot screenwriter paid exorbitant sums of money for his scripts, Verhoeven tumbled rather hard with the Eszerhas-penned “Showgirls.” His next film, “Starship Troopers,” was a bit of a critical reclamation, but it didn’t quite light up the box office. From there it was diminishing returns until the filmmaker took a long break from Hollywood. Read More: Interview: Paul Verhoeven On 'Tricked' & What's Next Including 'Rogue,' 'Hidden Force' & 'Jesus Of Nazareth’ Verhoeven roared back with the excellent and critically acclaimed “Black Book” in 2006, but his 2012 follow-up, the experimental “Tricked,” which used mobile apps and tied into a user-generated TV show, »
- Edward Davis
5 items from 2016
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