Author Archive: Paul Fischer

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.

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Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

| June 26, 2012

The proverbial romantic comedy or rom-com has become an increasingly difficult and cliched genre to pull off, but somehow actors/writers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have hit all the right notes with Celeste and Jesse Forever, a winning and beautifully told film that is both refreshingly honest and delightfully funny. Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse […]

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Crazy & Thief

Crazy & Thief

| June 22, 2012

In his introduction to his second feature film, Crazy & Thief, director Cory McAbee referred to his film as some kind of a love letter to audiences but it is unclear what audience he was referring to, because it was not the audience in attendance at the LA Film Festival screening. Perhaps he was referring to […]

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The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

The Bravery of Kelly McDonald

| June 22, 2012

Scottish actress Kelly McDonald laughs when I suggest she’s the go to woman for Scottish heroines. “I dont know where you heard that nasty rumor”. Nor did she feel any pressure about starring as Pixar’s first female heroine in Brave. “Attention to detail is not my strong point and it didn’t occur to me that […]

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

| June 21, 2012

We live in cynical times and it would be easy to dismiss writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s debut feature, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as just another hokey romantic comedy. But it is far from that. It has depth and passion, and exquisite performances. Steve Carell plays Dodge, an insurance salesman who is […]

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LA Film Festival Pt. 1

LA Film Festival Pt. 1

| June 19, 2012

Highlights of the 2012 The Los Angeles Film Festival PART 1 By Paul Fischer in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Film Festival, put together by Film Independent, is shaping up as one of the country’s most popular film festivals. Based in the now happening LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles, the festival highlights the best […]

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Woody Allen Interview

Woody Allen Interview

| June 19, 2012

A CONVERSATION WITH WOODY ALLEN To Rome with Love/Woody Allen Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles. As press conferences go, most are riddled with chaos and trying to navigate through that chaos for any reporter is challenging. Then there is Woody Allen. As witty and elegantly funny as ever, Allen has always shied away […]

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Take This Waltz

Take This Waltz

| June 6, 2012

When Margot, (Michelle Williams) 28, meets Daniel, (Luke Kirby) their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou , (Seth Rogen) a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal […]

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TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL REPORT

TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL REPORT

| April 17, 2012

By Paul Fischer and Calhoun Kersten Hollywood boulevard is a bustling sea of energy. Even more than usual. Not just because tourists are busily photographing the Hollywood stars but avid move lovers are gathering en masse for the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival. There are lots of film festivals but none that celebrate Hollywood’s golden […]

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Whit Stillman Interview

Whit Stillman Interview

| April 7, 2012

THE RETURN OF WHIT STILLMAN EXCLUSIVE Whit Stillman/Damsels in Distress Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles. It’s been a long time since cerebral iconoclastic filmmaker Whit Stillman brought us his latest film, The Last Days of Disco. The now 60 year old writer/director, is relaxed at the end of a long day of interviews […]

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Interview with Gareth Evans, Director of The Raid: Redemption

Interview with Gareth Evans, Director of The Raid: Redemption

| March 24, 2012

WELSH DIRECTOR RAIDS INDONESIAN INDUSTRY EXCLUSIVE Gareth Evans/The Raid: Redemption Interview by Paul Fischer in Los Angeles. The last person you would think could get away with directing an Indonesian action film is Gareth Evans. The accent on the other end of the phone is Welsh, and yet this unknown Welshman has ended up making […]

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