FROM Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach Filmmaker Noah Baumbach has made a name for himself as the kind of indie auteur who can tell naturalistic, character-driven stories, often about people who aren't too happy with how their lives have turned out. For his new film Frances Ha , which he co-wrote with Greta Gerwig who stars in the movie, he made some firsts. It's the first time he's shot on digital cameras and the first time he's made a movie in black and white. He was also highly secretive about the whole thing during production. Baumbach explains his desire to keep the project off of Hollywood's radar and out of the agency system. Listen to an outtake from our interview on why Baumbach's HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections didn't work out, despite having big names like producer Scott Rudin and talent like Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaall involved.
Ryan Murphy on how his Half Foundation led to 'Feud' Ryan Murphy oversees a small TV empire on FX, with series including American Horror Story, American Crime Story and his latest effort, Feud. The first cycle of that show focuses on the rivalry between movie icons Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. On all his shows, Murphy now has a strict rule: at least half of the directors and crew members must be women or minorities.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."