Chris Weitz
American film director, screenwriter, producer
Chris Weitz
Christopher John "Chris" Weitz is an American producer, writer, director and actor. He is best known for his work with his brother, Paul Weitz, on the comedy films American Pie and About a Boy, as well as directing the film adaptation of the novel The Golden Compass and the film adaptation of New Moon from the series of Twilight books. His most recent film is A Better Life.
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‘Absolutely No Truth’ To Rumor Of Anti-Trump Scenes In ‘Rogue One,’ Disney Says
Huffington Post - 3 months
On Thursday morning, Twitter user Jack Posobiec sent out a series of tweets calling for Americans to boycott the upcoming “Star Wars” film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” under the hashtag #DumpStarWars. It started trending on Twitter, though some of the tweets were criticisms of the hashtag. Posobiec, a conservative with 58,000 Twitter followers who has also pushed the conspiracy theory that the “Comet Pizza” gunman was an actor, appears to have been the first one to use the hashtag #DumpStarWars, although he was not the first one to call for a boycott of the film. That push started in earnest following Donald Trump’s election last month, when “Rogue One” screenwriter Chris Weitz tweeted, “Please note that the Empire is a white supremacist (human) organization,” to which fellow “Rogue One” screenwriter Gary Whitta replied, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women.” Both those tweets have since been deleted, but another from Nov. 11 remains — in which Weitz st ...
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How Modern Cinderella Adaptations Have Given The Tale's Outdated Feminism A Makeover
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Even with Egyptian and European roots, Cinderella is one of American culture's most famous folktales. Decades after Mary Pickford portrayed the hapless scullery maid in 1914's silent film and Disney popularized the story in 1950's celebrated singalong, the latest adaptation topped the box office last weekend, collecting a fancy $70.1 million across North America. But in the years since "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" became a rite of passage for 4-year-olds everywhere, stories based on the Cinderella archetype have had to determine whether to redraft the fairytale for an increasingly feminist audience. The new movie, "Cinderella," written by Chris Weitz ("About a Boy," "The Golden Compass") and directed by Kenneth Branagh ("Hamlet," "Thor"), borrows a note that certain other adaptations have played: the prince (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark on "Game of Thrones") first encounters Cinderella (Lily James, aka Rose on "Downton Abbey") in everyday garb before the ball has even been announced. “She ...
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'Philomena' Composer Alexandre Desplat Probably Wrote One Of Your Favorite Film Scores
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Composer Alexandre Desplat may not have the same name recognition to mainstream audiences as Hans Zimmer, but his body of work speaks for itself. The French born Desplat, a five-time Oscar nominee, has contributed scores to dozens of movies over the last decade, including "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "The King's Speech," "The Queen," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Argo," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Tree of Life," "Julie & Julia" and many more. His latest composition is "Philomena," Stephen Frears' true-life drama about an elderly woman (Dame Judi Dench) who, along with a disgraced journalist (film co-writer Steve Coogan), searches for the son who was taken from her and put up for adoption by a group of Catholic nuns in 1952. Desplat's score, a mix of haunting waltzes and carnival melodies, is as understated as Frears' film, and never forces emotions onto the audience. "We tried to keep it res ...
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Canadian businesses still searching for silver lining in cloud: IDC-Telus report
Financial Post - over 3 years
Canadian businesses and IT leaders are still looking for the silver lining in cloud computing. While 73% of cloud-reliant businesses reported improved ability in their IT strategy as a direct result of cloud computing, organizations are continuing to scratch their heads about the benefits of cloud computing, according to a recent study that suggests nearly two-thirds (63%) of non-public cloud users simply don’t know enough about the cloud. The joint IDC Canada and Telus Corp. Enterprise Cloud Study released Tuesday showed an improvement from the previous year’s survey, in which 71% of IT managers dismissed alternative IT delivery models. Related Google’s Threat Analysis Group says the cloud makes our data safer Amazon brings Cloud Drive online storage service to Canada Cloud storage service Dropbox preparing for IPO later this year, report says However, respondents seemed to indicate a general lack of knowledge around nebulous terms such as “cloud,” which encompasses So ...
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Stephenie Meyer Recalls Seeing Edward And Bella For The First Time
MTV News - over 4 years
Our walk down "Twilight" memory lane continues, this time with the woman who started it all: Stephenie Meyer. The authoress stopped by our recent MTV First: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" during which Josh Horowitz asked her to recall the first time she saw Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as her beloved Edward and Bella. "The first time I saw these two in character was on camera, and that was really fun," Stephenie said. "I think the first scene I saw was in the forest with the 'How old are you?' [scene]. That was the first thing I saw. It was pretty amazing." In fact, Stephenie (who served as a producer for the franchise's latter films) didn't even watch a screen test until the series' second installment. "I didn't get to see the screen tests with any of them except for Taylor for 'New Moon,' and I do remember that, because it was really good," she recalled. "[Director] Chris Weitz sent it to me, and I thought, 'Oh, Taylor, wow!' You were pretty good ...
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Tribeca: Oscar Nominee Demián Bichir Takes Flight in The Runway
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Fresh from his Oscar-nominated performance in 2011’s A Better Life, the charming Demián Bichir talks about working with director Ian Power, filming in West Cork, and checking things off his professional bucket list. Now on VOD, The Runway is a family summer treat. By Karen Kemmerle Photo courtesy Tribeca Film Searching for the perfect summer family movie? Look no further than The Runway. This charming Irish comedy from first-time director Ian Power is based on the true story of a South American pilot who crash-landed in a small town in Ireland in the 1980s. Demián Bichir stars as Ernesto, the unlucky pilot who finds himself stranded in West Cork with precious cargo in hand. Unable to speak any English, Ernesto is at the mercy of Paco (TFF 2012 Whole Lotta Sole’s Jamie Kierans), a precious 9-year-old boy whose overactive imagination and minimal knowledge of Spanish allow him to view Ernesto as a hero. Eager to help the marooned pilot after hearing Paco’s inflated acco ...
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Annette Bourdeau: Why Robert Pattinson Has Staying Power
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Robert Pattinson clearly isn't just another flavor of the week. He may be a teen idol, but it's looking increasingly less likely that he's going to fade into obscurity like the many hunky actors before him who just couldn't transition into more serious roles. Just look at his track record. At 26 years old, he's already appeared in two of the highest-grossing movie franchises of the past decade (Twilight and Harry Potter). He's been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, and he's even made the prestigious Forbes Celebrity 100 list. And now this week he has two movies coming out on the same day: David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis and the historical drama Bel Ami, co-starring Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas. So what makes RPattz different from other heartthrobs? Sure, he has legions of devoted female fans. But so did a lot of hunky actors who are now washed up (cough, cough, Devon Sawa, Luke Perry and Jared Leto, cough, cough). There ...
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'Catching Fire': Can changing directors work?
LATimes - almost 5 years
The decision by Gary Ross and Lionsgate to part ways on "Catching Fire" has caused a stir on the Internet, as fans worry how the new "Hunger Games" film will fare without the original helmer. But for all the rapid breathing, Rossgate actually is just the latest example in a long tradition of studios switching horses on a sequel. How have previous franchises turned out? Some well; many others, not so well. Here are six instructive comparisons. "Twilight." Perhaps the most famous of all modern cases, and the one to which "Catching Fire" is now most often being compared. In late 2008, after studio Summit and "Twilight" helmer Catherine Hardwicke haggled over issues large and small, Summit hit the reset button and hired Chris Weitz to direct the second film. The new movie was fabulously successful at the box office, though the reviews were tepid. Adding to the similarities: Lionsgate is now run by the same executives who ran Summit at the time. "Aliens." Maybe the archetype for how to ...
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ArtsBeat: Chris Weitz to Write Young-Adult Novels
NYTimes - almost 5 years
Chris Weitz plans a trilogy aimed at teenagers.
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NYTimes article
‘Twilight’ director Chris Weitz to publish young adult trilogy
Entertainment Weekly - almost 5 years
Chris Weitz, director, writer, and producer of films like The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Golden Compass, and About a
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Chris Weitz to Write the Screenplay for Mark Romanek’s Live-Action CINDERELLA Movie
Collider - almost 5 years
Normally, I would have no interest in live-action Cinderella re-imagining, but attaching Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) as the direct made it a must-follow project.  THR now reports that <a class="fplink fp-48703" href="/Chris+Weitz+1">Chris Weitz</a> (A Better Life) has signed on to write the screenplay.  Details on the tone and plot are currently being kept under wraps, but Weitz turned in a great screenplay for About a Boy with his brother Paul.  Weitz' solo effort, The Golden Compass (which he also directed), turned out less-than-great.  It did, however, have polar bear wrasslin'. It's tough to say how Weitz will fare with Cinderella, especially since we don't know what Disney and Romanek are going for.  But again, with Romanek at the helm, I'm interested to see what they're planning.
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Broadway Director Alex Timbers to Helm Adaptation of HECK; Chris Weitz Rewriting Screenplay
Collider - about 5 years
MGM is making moves. After lingering in financial troubles for quite a while (putting projects like Red Dawn, Cabin in the Woods, and the Bond franchise in jeopardy), the studio is now moving full-speed ahead. Earlier today we reported on the studio’s remake of Carrie, and now comes some news concerning their adaptation of the children’s book Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go. Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) was previously attached to helm the pic, but word now comes that Tony-nominated writer/director Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) is in final negotiations to man the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more. Vulture reports that Timbers is thisclose to inking a deal to direct the adaptation. The director has been working on Broadway for years, and notably helmed the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and last year’s The Pee Wee Herman Show. The story of Heck centers on a good kid who dies with his shoplifting sister in a freak ac ...
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The Year's Best Case for Immigration Reform May Have Been at the Movies
The Atlantic - about 5 years
A Better Life and Miss Bala show why workers come to America—and why they leave Mexico Summit This past year was heavy on "issue movies," from the 9/11 reminiscences of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to the class-war metaphors of In Time. But while foreign policy and the economy lead national headlines and the box office, immigration policy stayed confined to bitter local fights in states like Alabama and South Carolina—and inspired two of the better, and most tragically ignored, movies of the year. A Better Life, Chris Weitz’s tender, sad look at a few days in the life of a gardener in Los Angeles, went largely unnoticed in theaters but was boosted when star Demián Bichir got a well-deserved Screen Actors Guild best actor nomination. And Miss Bala, which will be Mexico’s entrant in the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film category, chronicles the life of a beauty-pageant contestant after she becomes the terrified pawn of a cartel leader. Seen together, the two movies ...
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Tough life challenges for immigrants - Independent Online
Google News - over 5 years
Chris Weitz shows his ability to make the transition between all genres of films, from blockbuster features (Twilight: New Moon) to this art-house film. A Better Life delves into the lives of a father and son. It&#39;s the universal story
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'A Better Life' Announced for Blu-ray - High-Def Digest
Google News - over 5 years
The drama from Chris Weitz (&#39;About a Boy&#39;) is in the works for Blu-ray this October. In an early retailer announcement, Summit Entertainment will release &#39;A Better Life&#39; on Blu-ray on October 18. The movie tells the tale of a gardener in East LA who
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Weitz
  • 2016
    Age 46
    Weitz has a production company with his brother Paul Weitz and producer Andrew Miano called Depth of Field. In March 2016, Weitz and his brother signed a two-year first look deal with Amazon Studios.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    Weitz wrote a young adult novel trilogy series that began with The Young World, in 2014, and The New Order, in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Weitz said that he used the concept of natural intelligence theories called Society of Mind created by Marvin Minsky to create the stories that were loosely autobiographical about growing up in New York City. Weitz is married to Mercedes Martinez, who is Cuban Mexican, and with whom he has one son, Sebastian Weitz. Weitz said he met Martinez at the Burning Man festival. In 2004, Weitz was a co-investor with Paul Devitt in the Japanese restaurant and club called Tokio on N. Cahuenga in Los Angeles.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In 2012, he worked with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on a series of four documentary shorts directed by Weitz called Is This Alabama?, about the effects of the state of Alabama's anti-immigration legislation, 2011's Alabama HB 56.
    More Details Hide Details The project was a collaboration between Weitz, Vargas, the Center for American Progress think-tank, America's Voice Education Fund, and Vargas' Define American campaign, with Vargas doing the interviews. Weitz wrote the screenplay for Disney's 2015 live-action adaptation of Cinderella, which was released in theaters on March 13, 2015. Weitz said he went back to the many different versions of the story (Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, as well as the 1950 animated Disney original) as well as his own vision. Weitz was hired to script the first Star Wars stand-alone film, replacing Gary Whitta, titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In June 2011, Summit Entertainment released his film A Better Life, written by Eric Eason about a Hispanic gardener and his son in Los Angeles searching for their stolen truck.
    More Details Hide Details This film is unusual among Hollywood productions in that it is set in a Hispanic community and features an almost entirely Hispanic cast. Weitz said that working on the film allowed him to explore his Hispanic heritage -- his grandmother is from Mexico -- and learn Spanish. The film was nominated for an Oscar.
  • 2009
    Age 39
    The Twilight Saga: New Moon opened in November 2009, one year after the first movie was released.
    More Details Hide Details New Moon set records as the biggest midnight opening in domestic box office history, grossing an estimated $26.3 million in 3,514 theatres, previously held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The film grossed $72.7 million on its opening day domestically, becoming the biggest single-day opening in domestic history, beating the $67.2 million tally of The Dark Knight.. This opening strongly contributed to another record: the first time that the top ten films at the domestic box office had a combined gross of over $100 million in a single day. The opening weekend of New Moon was the third-highest opening weekend in US domestic history with $142,839,137, and the sixth-highest worldwide opening weekend with $274.9 million total. With an estimated budget of just under $50 million, New Moon is the least expensive movie to ever open to more than $200 million worldwide. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the film grossed $42.5 million, and including Wednesday and Thursday ticket sales it grossed $66 million. It earned $230.7 million in its first ten days, $38 million more than the previous installment grossed in its entire theatrical run. Internationally, the film grossed roughly $85 million over Thanksgiving weekend, adding up to a total worldwide gross of $473.7 million in ten days. Weitz decided not to continue to direct the next film in the franchise.
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In December 2008, Weitz was announced as the director of the sequel to Twilight, the film adaptation of the novel New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.
    More Details Hide Details Weitz said he felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to live up to the expectations of the passionate fan base.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    Tucker left the project in 2006 over creative differences with New Line, and Weitz returned to the director's chair after receiving a letter from Pullman asking him to reconsider.
    More Details Hide Details During post-production, New Line had Weitz's editor replaced, and the studio made the final cut with severe differences from Weitz's vision, trimming the originally unhappy ending and watering down the religious theme. Weitz declared that The film was released in 2007 and was met with mixed reviews. Its U.S. grosses have been described as disappointing in relation to film's $180 million USD budget, although it was a "stellar performer" outside the U.S. with a "stunning" box office likely to hit $250 million. When questioned about a possible sequel, New Line studio co-head Michael Lynne said that "The jury is still very much out on the movie " The second and third screenplays have been written, but because of economic recession and protests from religious groups it appears that subsequent production for the series is at a standstill. Its worldwide box office gross stands at $372,234,864.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    In 2005, Weitz announced his departure from the film, citing the enormous technical challenges involved, and the fear of being denounced by both the book's fans and detractors; he was subsequently replaced by British director Anand Tucker.
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  • 2003
    Age 33
    In 2003, Weitz was hired to direct New Line Cinema's adaptation of the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, The Golden Compass, after approaching the studio with an unsolicited 40-page treatment.
    More Details Hide Details He was subsequently invited by director Peter Jackson to visit the set of King Kong, in order to gain insight into directing a big-budget film and advice on how to deal with New Line.
  • 2001
    Age 31
    In 2001, along with his brother, he co-directed his second film, the Chris Rock comedy Down To Earth.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, the Weitz brothers co-wrote and co-directed About a Boy, the Hugh Grant film based on the book by Nick Hornby. The film was originally set up at New Line Cinema with Robert De Niro producing, and the main character as an American. The brothers felt that it was important that the character is British. Inspiration came from the 1960 film The Apartment. They were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Weitz has produced a number of films including In Good Company and American Dreamz, both of which were directed by his brother, Paul.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    Weitz will be writing the screen adaption of 21 Years to Midnight, a movie about same-sex marriage documented in the legal case Obergefell v. Hodges, as well as Mountain Between Us for Fox 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2016, Weitz' name was attached to an MGM movie based on Mossad and Shin Bet teams that captured Adolf Eichmann. Weitz has also occasionally worked as an actor, playing the lead role in the 2000 comedy film Chuck & Buck and a bland suburbanite in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
  • 1999
    Age 29
    In 1999, he and Paul directed and produced American Pie, which was written by Adam Herz, and became a major box office success.
    More Details Hide Details Weitz returned as executive producer on the film's two theatrical sequels.
  • 1998
    Age 28
    He followed this with work on various sitcoms such as Off Centre and the 1998 revival of Fantasy Island.
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    Weitz began his film career as a co-writer on the 1998 animated film Antz.
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  • 1969
    Born on November 30, 1969.
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