Kurt Cobain

Nine Rock & Roll Suicides of the 1990s

Although he wrote a song about it, David Bowie never committed rock & roll suicide. But many famous musicians did check out this decade, all by their own hand. It's a distressing signal to be seeing so many of them: before the '90s, rock's only noteworthy suicides were Joy Division's Ian Curtis (in 1980) and the Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious… read more!

The Innocents

Nine Black and White Chillers from the ’50s and ’60s

Whether or not you accept this as an actual genre, I greatly enjoy every one of these strange and often disturbing little movies, and recommend them to all. The Innocents (Jack Clayton, 1961). Based on Henry James' Turn of the Screw, this film stars Deborah Kerr as a Victorian-era governess whose young wards may or may not be possessed by… read more!

Sonja Henie

Nine Notable Norwegians

May 17 is Norwegian Constitution Day, the biggest national holiday in Norway. In celebration, I thought I would pay tribute to nine Norwegians who have left their respective marks in world history and culture. This list isn't as random as it may seem - one of the main characters in Foreign Correspondents is Norwegian, and in fact a good deal… read more!

Break the law (like we did when we got this shot)

Nine Things I Learned About Hollywood Over the Past Year

April 28 marks the one-year anniversary of my Foreign Correspondents producer Julia Stemock sitting down with me and saying, "I will produce your film." It's also the one-year anniversary of the film's budget going sky-high. In the 365 days since then, we all went through the joys and terrors of casting, hiring, begging for money, filming, editing, and begging for… read more!

The Foreign Correspondents crew

Nine Obscure Film Crew Positions Defined

Some positions on film crews have funny titles - so funny that their obscurity has become a running gag among casual filmgoers. Everybody has heard the terms "best boy" and "gaffer", yet few people know what they do. Well, I'm here to set you straight. Please note that each position's definition varies a good deal, depending on the individual as… read more!

Both played Emma Thompson’s sister

Nine Strange Coincidences Between Kate Winslet and Helena Bonham Carter

In honor of these two recently Oscar-nominated English actresses, I thought I'd take a little time out from talking about my movie Foreign Correspondents to have some fun with the List of 9. Both actresses made their big screen debuts as historical characters. (KW as Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures, HBC as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane) Both have… read more!

The Double Life of Veronique

Nine Single-Director, Multi-Story Films

It's been both blessing and curse that my first feature Foreign Correspondents consists of two separate stories. Many people got involved in the film because of its unusual structure; others shied away, fearing that it wasn't "commercially viable" enough. Actually, it's no better or worse than a single-story movie. It's just different. Still, it isn't the first of its kind.… read more!