There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.
Warner Bros. has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously in China because piracy is so huge there. It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats; in five years, everything will.
I'm sure some people will say, 'Why do this?' And my response is, 'Why wouldn't you?' The film business in general is using a model that is outdated and, worse than that, inefficient.
I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films.
The key is, if you're not monkeying around with the script, then everything usually goes pretty well.
I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens, and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine Queens is that it was a performance piece, and that's the most fun.
Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage of the mobility that digital provides.
A movie that costs only $1.6 million doesn't have to be a cultural event to turn a profit.
Another thing that really excites me: I'd like to do multiple versions of the same film.
But my sense in talking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses.
To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it, literally.
I'm in the process of working out an arrangement to make some very, very, very small films in the midst of all these films and maybe that will help. But you get tired of talking. You just want to do it.
Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction.
When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy.
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