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Reporters Share Tips on Celebrity Interviewing

A German correspondent once stood up in a Beverly Hills hotel conference room and asked Sean Connery, on satellite from Marbella, Spain, for an assistant job. A freelancer kicked off a roundtable discussion with actor Peter Sarsgaard by tying his name to the SARS epidemic.

There are just two examples of poor celebrity interviewing FBLA has witnessed first-hand over the years. Another line that is often crossed by entertainment journalists is the one involving personal autograph requests. But freelance Las Vegas journalist Vincent Schilling, one of a number of experts interviewed by Kristen Fischer for her January 3rd mediabistro.com piece Under Pressure: Nailing the Celebrity Interview, thinks it’s OK to tactfully express admiration for an interview subject.

“Why not?” asks Schilling. When he interviewed Wayne Newton, he let the singer know that he was a fan of Mr. Las Vegas. “Sure, there is a gray line between idol worship and professional, but my job is fun. Being a stick in the mud stinks.” He says saying something pleasant or joking a bit in a lighthearted manner helps break down some walls, which can lead to a great discussion.

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A Few Sundance Titles Might Include…

sundancepic2.jpgSundance Film Festival is still almost two months away, but already the blogging universe is making its predictions about the line-up.

Who knows where they got their info, but regardless, a few possibilities include:

“Paper Hearts” – First up is a film that almost no one has heard about until now. The feature filmmaking debut of Nicholas Jasenovec, the film is an unconventional comedy which is being described as “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” about Michael Cera’s real-life relationship with Charlyne Yi (“Knocked Up”). Not much else is known about the film, but indie insiders are already predicting that it will be this year’s Sundance break out hit ala “Napoleon Dynamite.”

An Education – “Italian For Beginners” director Lone Scherfig‘ helms the first screenplay by About a Boy/High Fidelity novelist Nick Hornby. Adapted from a memoir by Lynn Barber, published in literary magazine Granta, the film tells a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, who has her life turned inside out after she meets a 35-year-old sportscar-driving Brit. The film stars Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Peter Sarsgaard, Dominic Cooper, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams and Sally Hawkins.

“Brooklyn’s Finest” – Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s cop tale about three unconnected Brooklyn cops who wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. The film stars Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke, <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/Wesley-Snipes-profile.html”>Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Jesse Williams and Lili Taylor.

“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Steve Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris’ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain”. The screenplay was written by the team who did “Bad Santa.”