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Hitchcock Interviewed by Cavett, from Childhood Trauma and 'The Lodger,' to 'Psycho,' 'The Birds' and Beyond

As HBO prepares to debut "The Girl," which is set during the filming of "The Birds," and Fox Searchlight is about to open "Hitchcock," set during "Psycho," herewith (thanks to @mikewhite) Dick Cavett's five-part interview with Alfred Hitchcock, taped on June 8, 1972.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 12, 2012 3:35 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Writer Vanessa Taylor Talks Streep Drama 'Hope Springs'

Vanessa Taylor is enough of a TV whiz--her writing credits include "Alias," "Everwood" and "Tell Me You Love Me"--to land a co-executive producer spot on Seasons Two and Three of "Game of Thrones." But that was after she went off on her own, trying to combat writer's block, to write an original spec screenplay, "Hope Springs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 12:14 PM
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Video: George R.R. Martin Interview on 'Game of Thrones'

In this fascinating video interview, Hollywood screenwriter George R.R. Martin, born in Bayonne, New Jersey, talks about how he came to write the "Game of Thrones" books.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2012 4:21 PM
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Sorkin Talks Upcoming HBO Series 'The Newsroom,' False 'Barton Fink' Experience, Cliffhanger Pressure, Pedi-Conferencing, Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

Aaron Sorkin's terrific in-depth interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, which has been published incrementally on the Times' Arts Beat blog, had its final installment today. Sorkin talks "the writer's enemy is fatigue," stressing the cliche of the cliffhanger, and the two on-air shows he's "evangelical" about. Excerpts from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 8, 2012 6:12 PM
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EL James Does 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Promo Tour (Video)

Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a promo tour as her three Vintage books have sold 3 million digital and print copies in less than a month and top the New York Times bestseller list. They are also bestsellers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Translated books are about to hit other countries too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 12, 2012 2:36 PM
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