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Alex Simon
Alex Simon is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and holds an MFA from The American Film Institute. He is co-Editor of The Hollywood, an award-winning screenwriter, and lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Alex Simon

Giuseppe Tornatore Remembers as Cinema Paradiso Turns 25

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box-office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the...

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Bats 1,000

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:44 PM

A veteran actor with more than 40 film and TV roles to his credit, Denmark native Nikolaj Coster-Waldau finally hit paydirt as the nefarious, yet complicated, Jamie Lannister on HBO's hit series Game of Thrones....

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Remembering Patrick Swayze

(16) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 6:13 PM

A friend mentioned that September 14 marked five years since actor/dancer Patrick Swayze died, after a very public battle with cancer. After logging over 500 interviews during a fifteen...

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Quincy Jones on Keepin' On and Other Pearls of Wisdom

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:18 PM

Quincy Jones is to music what Steven Spielberg is to film. In a career that has spanned over 60 years, Jones has been a musician, composer, producer, mentor, philanthropist and guiding force that has...

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One Hell of a Dame: Remembering Lauren Bacall

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Even the most seasoned (and jaded) journalists are faced with a subject who brings butterflies to the stomach akin to what we felt at our first school dance. The prospect of chatting with...

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Christina Hendricks Finds a Good Fit in God's Pocket

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:43 PM

Since evolving from featured player to cultural icon on AMC's landmark series Mad Men, Christina Hendricks has become not only a major star, but an indelible part of the New Golden Age of...

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William Friedkin: Why Sorcerer's Spell Refuses to Die

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:18 PM

In the mid-1970s, there were few American filmmakers riding as high as William Friedkin. The French Connection swept the 1971 Academy Awards, nabbing Friedkin a Best Director statuette. The Exorcist, released two...

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Albert Maysles: Gimme Some Truth

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:44 PM

I'm sick and tired of hearing things/From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics/All I want is the truth/Just gimme some truth/I've had enough of reading things/By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians/All I want is the truth/Just...

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Andy Garcia Finds Love at Middleton

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:32 AM

Since making a splash as crack shot George Stone in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, Andy Garcia has become one of the cinema's most prolific and diverse actors. The Cuban-born Garcia boasts over 100 credits...

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Kurt Russell Teaches Us the Art of the Steal

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:06 PM

If you're a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn't just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was...

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A Q&A With Director Peter Hyams Takes Us Closer

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Peter Hyams has been making movies for over 40 years. A native New Yorker, Hyams has the distinction of being one of the only directors who also serves as his own cinematographer on his films, a hyphenate that has caused...

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William Devane Respects the Text

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Few actors ruled the big and small screen with such vigor during the 1970s as William Devane. Using his classically handsome Irish features to embody parts best described as "Ivy League menace," Devane...

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Keanu Reeves Calls the Shots

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Keanu Reeves first caught the eye of audiences and critics in Tim Hunter's incendiary 1986 film River's Edge, playing a suburban high school burn-out struggling to find his moral center after his best...

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Costa-Gavras: Cinema's Last Angry Man

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Filmmaker Constantine Costa-Gavras made his first mark on world cinema with his incendiary 1969 political thriller Z, which told the true story of the assassination of a progressive Greek politician in the early...

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Lou Reed 1942-2013

(42) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 5:31 PM

I interviewed Lou Reed in spring of 2003 in conjunction with the release of his latest album, The Raven. A hero of mine since childhood, our chat did not start out well. As I entered his office in Soho, he greeted me with a look combining contempt and outright revulsion:...

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Paul Giamatti Moves Into the Bright

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Paul Giamatti in All is Bright.

Actor Paul Giamatti has become one of the most visible character actors of his generation since his breakout role in 1997's Private Parts, opposite radio icon Howard...

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Terence Stamp Finds His Song

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 7:54 PM

One of the iconic actors and faces of London's "swinging" '60s; Terence Stamp was discovered by actor/director Peter Ustinov for the titular role in his adaptation of Melville's Billy Budd in 1962. The Cockney lad from London's notorious Bow district was thrust into the limelight almost overnight, becoming a symbol...

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Happy Woman, Happy World Breaks the Women's Code

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 12:47 AM

They say that most of us are born with our inherent natures. The old Jesuit saying "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man" certainly has a ring of truth to it, particularly when...

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John Badham on Yelling 'Action!' and Other Tales From the Trenches

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:26 PM

John Badham cut his directorial teeth on '70s-era television shows like The Bold Ones, The Streets of San Francisco and Kung-Fu in the early '70s, before attaining A-list status with his second feature, Saturday Night Fever, in 1977. Films as diverse as WarGames, Blue Thunder, Nick of Time and Bird...

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Karen Black: 1939-2013

(14) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 10:26 AM

I grew up hearing about Karen Black as far back as I can remember. She would pop up on television and my mother would point her out as a compatriot from their college days at Northwestern University, a mixture of pride and wistfulness in her voice as the memories came...

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