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Stephen Saito

SXSW 2008: Daryl Wein and Richard Berkowitz on “Sex Positive”

By Stephen Saito When Richard Berkowitz’s mother is asked why she thought her son’s book wasn’t successful, she replies, “sex sells” and frankly, his book wasn’t very sexy — even though it was titled “Stayin’ Alive: The Invention of Safe Sex.” Berkowitz had heard that before, even if his past as a gay hustler in […]

SXSW 2008: Richard Jenkins on “The Visitor”

By Stephen Saito There’s an everyman quality to Richard Jenkins, but not every man (or actor) has had the chops that have led Jenkins to become one of cinema’s great scene-stealers. Though his career has spanned over 30 years, Jenkins first broke through with a turn as a gay FBI agent on acid in David […]

SXSW 2008: Going Cuckoo for Cannabis

By Stephen Saito With 4/20 only a little more than a month away, SXSW kicked off an all-encompassing celebration of marijuana on Friday with the regional premiere of the Doug Benson doc “Super High Me” at the Paramount Theatre, shortly before other comedies about the herb made their premieres (officially: “Humboldt County”; unofficially: Jonathan Levine’s […]

Reaching the End of the New Line

By Stephen Saito Less than five months ago, New Line Cinema co-chairmen Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the company that Shaye founded out of an apartment on East 14th Street in New York at the New York Film Festival. Needless to say, four decades in the movie business deserved […]

Fake Names, Real Oscars: Five Nominees Who Didn’t Really Exist

By Stephen Saito For all the talk of triviality that annually accompanies Oscar season, sometimes there really is much ado about nothing… or rather, no one. With this year’s nomination of Roderick Jaynes for best editing of the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” the Academy added to an exclusive but enduring club of […]

Forgotten, But Not Gone: 10 Directors Overshadowed By Their Collaborators

By Stephen Saito IFC News [Photo: Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams on the set of “Cloverfield,” Paramount Pictures, 2008] The next film Matt Reeves is planning to direct is called “The Invisible Woman,” but if he wanted to make it autobiographical, it could be called “The Invisible Director.” Following years of anonymity as a director […]

Disappearing Acts: 15 Big Screen Characters Who Didn’t Make Final Cut (photo)

Disappearing Acts: 15 Big Screen Characters Who Didn’t Make Final Cut

After beating out throngs of big name actors for the part and filming for four months in Queensland, Australia with 6am call times every day, Adrien Brody thought he was sitting pretty when he attended a press screening for Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” in 1998. But 170 minutes later, Brody felt more like […]

John Sayles on “Honeydripper”

By Stephen Saito IFC News [Photos: Left, John Sayles on the set; below, Gary Clark Jr., Danny Glover in “Honeydripper,” Emerging Pictures, 2007] Two notable introductions to American culture in 1950: in the South, the solid-body electric guitar found a following, and the North witnessed the birth of John Sayles. 57 years later, the two […]