Author Archive: Paul Fischer
I've been an entertainment writer going on for three decades. Born in Australia, I began writing for Australian papers and was the first Australian journalist ever to interview both Woody Allen and Mel Gibson. I moved to Los Angeles at the end of 1999, and apart from my teaching career, have written for Film Monthly and Dark Horizons.
Hollywood Power Couple’s Change of Pace: EXCLUSIVE Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald/He Named me Malala Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles.
Walter Parkes and Laurie McDonald in many ways typify the old fashioned Hollywood producer. Over the years they’ve produced some of the biggest films from the Men in Black films to Spielberg’s Catch me if you Can and The Terminal to Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. So it came as something of a surprise to learn of […]
Acclaimed Oscar winning director Jean Jacques Annaud was born in Draveil, south of Paris, France, Annaud attended the prestigious L’Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques. He graduated at the age of 20 and quickly achieved success directing commercials. Two years later he was sent to the French Cameroons as an Army Film Director by the National Service. […]
It would be fair to say that iconic director, author and some time actor Peter Bogdanovich is nothing if not a Hollywood survivor. An enfant terrible from Hollywood’s independent landscape of the 70s and 80s, the acclaimed director of such classics as The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon and What’s up Doc? continues to defy […]
Marjane Satrapi is an Iranian born French author, graphic novelist, director, and illustrator. As a child, she attended the Lycée Français in Tehran where her family was involved with communist and leftist political groups partly responsible for the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Her graphic novel, Persepolis, is a memoir of her childhood growing up during the […]
It was well over a decade ago that I was introduced to a young actor called Joel Edgerton at the Sundance Film Festival. He was unknown, had barely any credits and was at the festival supporting a friend’s film. At the time I loved hanging around Australians, and Joel was one of those guys you […]
During the French Revolution Marie Antoinette only lost her head for allegedly decrying: Let them eat cake, and by being oblivious to the reality of the world she lived in. In director Lauren Greenfield’s somewhat disturbingly allegorical documentary, Queen of Versailles, a contemporary Parisian royal couple, this time Floridians David and Jackie Siegel are billionaires […]
No matter how many times one meets the luminous Michelle Pfeiffer, one continues to marvel at her agelessness. Never looking like her 54 years, the still striking actress is modest when it comes to her appearance and scoffs when I suggest she hasn’t changed all much over the years. “No I don’t. Look at those […]
In a corner of the Marriot Hotel that is part of the bustling LA Live and home to the increasingly popular Los Angeles Film Festival, young, first time writer/director Jared Moshe is trying to soak in the success that he is attaining. His directorial début, the Western drama Dead Man’s Burden has proven so popular […]
One of the highlights of this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival was not seeing a film per se, but an advance look at the new HBO series, The Newsroom, which premiered this past Sunday night. Audiences were shown the 75 minute pilot followed by a panel discussion that included the brilliant creator and writer of […]