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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 18, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Up close with Tony Gilroy

If you’ve got time to read a longish article today, here’s a good one: The New Yorker has a profile this week of Tony Gilroy, writer/director of “Michael Clayton” and “Duplicity.” I enjoyed the piece for its peek into the process of moviemaking (you’ll feel like you’re right there during a “Duplicity” shoot in Rome), its meticulous analysis of the art of screenwriting, and for its details about Gilroy’s career (his experiences writing the “Bourne” movies were so prickly, he agreed to write the third movie only if he didn’t have to speak to director Paul Greengrass). It took Gilroy — who was already an acclaimed screenwriter — five years to get “Michael Clayton” off the ground; now, its many Academy Award nominations helped greenlight “Duplicity,” a very different kind of movie that nonetheless shares “Michael Clayton’s” time-shifting smartness. ” ‘Michael Clayton’ could have been a novel,” Gilroy says. ” ‘Duplicity’ could only exist as a movie.”

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