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Crash and Million Dollar Baby Screenwriter Robert Moresco Talks Hollywood, Screenwriting, and the Academy Award Experience

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.27.2015 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

Last Licks: Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead Closes the New York Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Introducing his movie of music legend Miles Davis for the closing night of the New York Film Festival, Don Cheadle reminded everyone that Miles was inducted posthumously into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame --for his innovations in jazz.

The Transporter Refueled Actress, Loan Chabanol, Opens Her First Solo Art Exhibit in New York

Erica Simone | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
Erica Simone

Photograph by Erica Simone If you love the big screen and/or are a savvy art collector, you will definitely want to pay attention to rising Hollywoo...

Paul Haggis Criticizes Journalists For Not Asking Tom Cruise About Scientology

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment

When Tom Cruise was promoting "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" this summer, The Wrap reported that the actor's PR team banned journalist...

'Show Me a Hero' on HBO: Lost in Yonkers

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.16.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"This story wasn't going away," said David Simon explaining his persistence in making the six-part mini series, Show Me a Hero, he co wrote with William F. Zorzi based on Lisa Belkin's 1999 book.

'Crash' Director Agrees His Film Shouldn't Have Won The Oscar

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment

Remember scratching your head when Paul Haggis' "Crash" won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay in 2006? Sadly, us too. T...

Matthew Jacobs

A Decade After 'Crash,' Paul Haggis Reflects On The Polarizing Racial 'Fable' | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment

About 15 years ago, Paul Haggis was laughed out of one meeting after the next when he pitched "Crash" to television executives. He wrote it as a movie...

Going Clear: Why Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman Had to Part

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The film goes far to show Scientology as instrumental in breaking up Tom Cruise's marriage to Nicole Kidman, her children turned against her. This particular detail was new to Lawrence Wright, who learned the truth about the tabloid breakup in the making of the film, well after he had researched his book, on which the film is based.

Boyhood Opens BAMCinemaFest and Other Summer Movies: Third Person and Begin Again

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Wisdom has it, summer is for action thrillers, rom-coms, and other popcorn movies, but this season is particularly rich. Last week's opening night for...

Oscar-Winning Director Speaks Out On 'Chilling' Bullying By Scientologists

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.20.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Years after leaving the Church of Scientology, Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis is still as disturbed as ever about the way those who lea...

Paul Haggis Wrote 'Crash' To 'Bust Liberals'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 06.19.2014 | Entertainment

Paul Haggis had a clear motive in mind when he wrote his Oscar-winning drama "Crash." "I wanted to write that movie and bust liberals. It's too eas...

Paul Haggis Speaks in Third Person

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Third Person, which stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody and Mila Kunis, among others, is yet another attempt by writer-director Haggis to subvert the expectations of the people who come to see his films.

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

ONE ON ONE: Paul Haggis On Artists For Peace And Justice

Katherine Keating | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

Paul first went to Haiti in 2008, long before the devastating earthquake of 2010. A true storyteller, Paul had gone to the country to try and find a man he had heard about who had been working in Haiti's slums for over 20 years. "It sounded like myth more than fact, what he'd been able to do, and so I frankly didn't believe it," says Paul. After finding the man and observing his work, Paul saw he was able "to do so much with so little." The experience compelled him to start Artists for Peace and Justice, a charity organization that supports communities in Haiti through programs in education. "We decided that we weren't going to solve Haiti's problems, the Haitians were," he says.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Watch Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson Feeling Everything

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Entertainment

Life gets raw in the trailer for Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis' latest film, "Third Person." Set in New York, Rome and Paris, the film features a...

Screenwriter/Director Paul Haggis Gives Masterclass at Beaune Festival: "Reach Inside the Soul and Twist"

Karin Badt | Posted 06.05.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Writer/director Paul Haggis sat before us at the Beaune International Thriller Festival, casually dressed in black, and explained with ease his view that confronting one's soul is a part of the writing process.

Caroling with Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Christmas came early this year. First there was the gift of the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," now shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. Th...

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Monday, Sept. 9

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Secrets and lies carried the day in most of the five films I saw Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then, aren't the most interesting movies built around them? It's so obvious that Mike Leigh used the idea as the title of one of his finest efforts.

Paul Haggis Writes Letter Of Support For Leah Remini After Scientology Departure

Posted 07.31.2013 | Celebrity

Before Leah Remini, Paul Haggis was one of the highest-profile celebrities in Hollywood to defect from and outspokenly condemn the Church of Scientolo...

Celebrities Who Left Scientology

Posted 07.12.2013 | Celebrity

Leah Remini has confirmed that she's left the Church of Scientology, and with that she joins a growing list of celebrities who have said goodbye to th...

Scientology: Scary or Sacred

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.14.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.

Erika Christensen Defends Scientology

Posted 01.17.2013 | Celebrity

Scientology is making headlines again with the release of Lawrence Wright's new book "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief," ...

Scientology Bends Rules For Tom Cruise By Letting Him See Suri

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 01.17.2013 | Celebrity

Just weeks ago came reports that Tom Cruise hadn't seen his 6-year-old daughter, Suri, in over a month, prompting Cruise's lawyer to assure the public...

Scientology's Power In Hollywood Is Waning, Says Former Church Official

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 01.17.2013 | Entertainment

For decades, the Church of Scientology has held powerful sway in Hollywood, but the release and success of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" has som...