Shane Salerno
American film director
Shane Salerno
Shane Salerno is an American screenwriter, producer and director. He has written or co-written several blockbuster films including Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and is also one of the writer-producers of the CBS drama series Hawaii Five-0. He is the co-screenwriter and executive producer of Savages, directed by Oliver Stone, screenwriter of Fantastic Voyage produced by James Cameron and director of the forthcoming documentary Salinger about reclusive author J. D. Salinger.
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<i>Salinger</i>: The Documentary on PBS
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's fitting that the 200th episode of American Masters on PBS features writer J. D. Salinger, an author so influential it is hard to imagine the course of 20th century American literature without his imprint of lost innocence in the novel The Catcher in the Rye. Not only are at least three assassination attempts attributed to this book, but much in the arts bear its stamp. Just look in the Museum of Modern Arts' Education Center's display of a facsimile of the first edition, an act of appropriation by Richard Prince, and thereby an appreciation. Featuring interviews with notables: John Guare, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A. Scott Berg, Phoebe Hoban and many others, this copiously researched documentary also has Joyce Maynard and the "Esme" girl, Jean Miller, telling their side of seduction and betrayal by Salinger. Back in September, when the film first screened at MoMA, Simon &amp; Schuster published a valuable accompanying volume compiled by David Shields and Salinger's fil ...
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PBS' 'Salinger' has more on war, teen relationship
Yahoo News - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — After making headlines with his book and movie about J.D. Salinger, Shane Salerno is ready for his final stop: the director's cut on PBS.
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Previously Unpublished J.D. Salinger Stories Leaked
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Three stories written by the famously reclusive J.D. Salinger were leaked online yesterday, according to BuzzFeed. The stories originally appeared online in an eBay auction - PDF scans of the originals, packaged as an illegally published collection titled Three Stories. The auction was then noticed and disseminated by Reddit user throwaway___3849. The three stories include "Paula," "Birthday Boy," and "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls." The latter is a precursor to Salinger's most lauded book, The Catcher in the Rye, and centers around the death of Holden Caulfield's brother, named Kenneth in the story, and Allie in the finished novel. It was originally slated to appear in Harper's Bazaar, but Salinger chose not to publish it. It is housed at the Princeton library, where a limited number of scholars were allowed access to it. Two such scholars confirmed that the leaked stories were, in fact, written by Salinger. Kenneth Slawenski, author of Salinger: A Life, wrote in an e-mail to ...
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Shane Salerno on chasing the Salinger mystique - over 3 years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" is about as well-known as an American novel gets. More than 60 years after its publication, the book is ubiquitous in high schools and...
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'Avatar' Sequels Will Shoot Next Year, Says Sam Worthington
Huffington Post - over 3 years
News from the "Avatar" front: According to star Sam Worthington, "Avatar 2" is set to begin production at this time next year, with the idea to film the second, third and fourth installments of James Cameron's global blockbuster franchise in a simultaneous fashion. Worthington revealed this bit of information in an interview with Australian radio station Nova 96.9. "I'll be grateful if it finishes," Worthington joked. He also said that Cameron was "building the ship to Pandora," the planet at the center of the "Avatar" universe. (Cameron is apparently not content with merely being the king of this world.) "Avatar 2" is set for release in December of 2016. It will be followed by the third and fourth films in, respectively, 2017 and 2018. As reported by Variety back in August, Cameron will collaborate with Josh Friedman ("War of the Worlds"), Rick Jaffa &amp; Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planets of the Apes"), and Shane Salerno ("Savages") on the screenplays for "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3" ...
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Book Review: 'Salinger' by David Shields and Shane Salerno
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Whatever you think of J.D. Salinger's writing, his worst literary sin may be that he inspired such a terrible book.
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Salinger would have hated “Salinger” - over 3 years
I.  What Salinger Would Have Thought THE MOST UNEQUIVOCAL THING you can say about both the film documentary Salinger, directed by Shane Salerno, and the “official book of the acclaimed documentary film” Salinger, compiled and edited by Salerno and David Shields, is that J.D. Salinger would have hated every single word and frame in both of them. Hated them, felt enraged, betrayed, flayed by them. That will either matter to you or it won’t. It’ll matter if you believe, as Salinger did, that people — even a writer whose most famous novel has sold over 65,000,000 copies — have the right to their privacy, and that stitching together a biography of a man who strenuously guarded that privacy once The Catcher in the Rye made him a household name — who instructed those close to him to keep absolutely mum about him to reporters, paparazzi, academic moochers, obsessed fans; who in a myriad of direct ways pleaded with those who invaded his life to leave him alone — necessarily results in a disto ...
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8 Coming-of-Age Stories for Our Generation
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A staple in the literary and film community, the coming-of-age story especially appeals to young adults of a particular brand: the lost, the confused, the English or theater majors.  Unlike our well-adjusted friends, we dread the day we must leave our nice little college bubble and become real people with real jobs.  The end goal is not very clear, and throughout all the opportunities and setbacks that take us there, we are very aware of the process of growing up.   We are the ones who felt exactly like Holden Caulfield when we read The Catcher and the Rye in high school.  He wasn't a selfish, anti-social mess to us.  He was us. Shane Salerno recently created a documentary, Salinger, about JD Salinger's life, and, according to this film, five posthumous Salinger novels will be published by 2015.  In the spirit of this news about the prized coming-of-age-author, I have compiled a small list of movies and books about becoming an adult and facing the challenges along the way. My gener ...
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J.D Salinger Movie Now In Development By Weinstein Company
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein is developing a feature film about J.D. Salinger to follow a recently released documentary. The Weinstein Co. said Wednesday the biopic will focus on the author's life between his World War II service and the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye" in 1951 and will examine "the effects war can have on an artist." The film will be written by Shane Salerno, whose documentary "Salinger" opened in limited release Sept. 6. Salerno spent years researching the reclusive author for the documentary and a recently published 700-page book, co-authored with David Shields. But Salerno's growing Salinger cottage industry has received poor reviews, with critics calling the fame-obsessed "Salinger" documentary the kind of prying the author detested. The documentary expands to 62 cities Friday. Salinger lived in Cornish, N.H. He died in 2010 at age 91.
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The phony war Financial Times Blogs - over 3 years
Even in death, JD Salinger’s battle with his biographers continues to rage. A review of ‘Salinger’, by David Shields and Shane Salerno
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“Salinger”: The reclusive author’s story, thrillingly told - over 3 years
Last week’s publication of “Salinger,” an oral biography of J.D. Salinger compiled by David Shields and Shane Salerno, was treated less like a book release and more like a tabloid media event. This was no surprise, because the book is full of revelations ranging from the tawdry (Salinger’s undescended second testicle) to the long-hoped-for (a cache of unpublished Salinger books, including new tales of the Caulfield and Glass families, to be released between 2015 and 2020). The early “Salinger” reviews have been long on criticism of the accompanying film, on moral considerations of Salinger’s mostly epistolary serial relationships with teenage girls, on speculation about the relationship between Salinger’s embrace of the Vedanta religion and his withdrawal from public life, and on the book’s newsworthy hypothesis that “The Catcher in the Rye” is a veiled expression of the post-traumatic stress disorder Salinger brought back with him from World War II. But very little has been said abo ...
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Salinger Documentary
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK - J. D. Salinger was the second man I ever loved. The first was my father, Fred, who couldn't -- or wouldn't -- love me enough. And so, depressed in the 1970s, I went twice on pilgrimages to the rugged New Hampshire woods to seek out Salinger, controversial author my favorite novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," and the one man I thought understood my sensitivity to the world. My adventure and the advice Salinger gave me, are documented in producer Shane Salerno's gripping documentary "Salinger," now playing in theatres. And yet, it wasn't until I saw the film last week at a screening here at The Museum of Modern Art that I realized the damage that World War II had done to Salinger and my father and, perhaps, to many of their generation. Salinger's combat in Europe and seeing the horrors of Nazi death camps broke him as a man yet developed him as a writer, according to Salerno and writer David Shields, who co-authored the companion book to the documentary - "Salinger" (Sim ...
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'Salinger' strong, 'Winnie Mandela' soft in debuts
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Todd Cunningham LOS ANGELES ( - "Salinger," Shane Salerno's long-awaited documentary about reclusive author J.D. Salinger, got off to a strong start at the specialty box office. The Weinstein Company opened it in two theaters in New York and two in Los Angeles, and it brought in $90,969 for a $22,742 per-theater average. That was the best opening among a slew of small films that were released seeking to capitalize as Hollywood's summer blockbusters faded, and TWC plans to expand it into around 175 theaters in 60 markets next weekend. ...
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'Salinger,' by David Shields and Shane Salerno
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Unlike fanboy Kenneth Slawenski's 2011 effort, "Salinger" actually holds your attention, even when you feel as if you're rubbernecking at an accident, as you are treated, once again, to accounts of the author's peculiar attraction to, and poor treatment of, much younger women and read ill-informed speculation about his alleged anatomical abnormalities. Many served, and many suffered, but no other World War II vet could have written "Catcher," a book clearly and uniquely the product of the author's furiously alienated prep school experiences. [...] it's equally possible to see his sometimes dogged spiritual pursuits as the outlet of a blocked writer, long removed from the rewards of family life or literary companionship. The author's infatuation with Eugene O'Neill's debutante daughter Oona, who later married Charlie Chaplin, to Salinger's great displeasure, is chronicled in convincing detail as the template of his later romantic obsessions, before he ultimately settled down with a f ...
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'Salinger,' a Documentary by Shane Salerno - New York Times
Google News - over 3 years
New York Times 'Salinger,' a Documentary by Shane Salerno New York Times “Salinger,” the doorstop-thick new biography by David Shields and Shane Salerno, announces itself on the dust jacket as “the official book of the acclaimed documentary film” of the same title. (The film itself credits Paul Alexander's biography of Salinger as its ... Documentary 'Salinger' explores author's life, long hidden from viewReuters Shane Salerno's decade-long obsession with JD SalingerLos Angeles Times 'Salinger' draws back author's thick veil of secrecyUSA TODAY New York Daily News -Sydney Morning Herald all 115 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shane Salerno
  • 2010
    Age 37
    With crime novelist Don Winslow, he created the TV series UC: Undercover, for which he was executive producer, head writer, and music supervisor. From 2010-2011 he wrote three episodes of Hawaii Five-0.
    More Details Hide Details When he was 23, he worked with director Steven Spielberg to adapt the World War II submarine thriller Thunder Below, based on the book by Eugene B. Fluckey.
  • 2000
    Age 27
    With director John Singleton and writer Richard Price he wrote the screenplay for the 2000 movie Shaft.
    More Details Hide Details With director Paul W. S. Anderson he adapted the screenplay for Alien vs. Predator. Salerno wrote the screenplay for the sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Salerno co-wrote and produced Oliver Stone's movie Savages, based on the novel by Don Winslow. He also wrote screenplays for Ron Howard (The Bay of Pigs), William Friedkin (Night Train/Sonny Liston Story), Michael Mann (The Border), and for producers Michael Douglas and Irwin Winkler. Director James Cameron chose Salerno to write one of the sequels to Avatar, one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Salerno spent ten years on his documentary Salinger, a project that he researched, wrote, produced, directed, and financed. The film examined the life of author J. D. Salinger, a writer noted for protecting his privacy. The movie includes interviews with Joyce Maynard, Edward Norton, and Tom Wolfe. A director's cut appeared on the PBS series American Masters in January 2014. With author David Shields, Salerno wrote the book Salinger to accompany the film. It reached number six on The New York Times bestseller list and number one on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list.
    He wrote two films for Mann in 2000 and 2012 and dedicated his documentary film Salinger to him in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He also said The Empire Strikes Back had a significant impact on him as a child. He compared his time on NYPD Blue to film school, having apprenticed with producer and director Gregory Hoblit. His time with Steven Spielberg he called his writing school. While Salerno was a high school senior, he wrote, produced, and directed the documentary Sundown: The Future of Children and Drugs. The documentary premiered on Larry King Live. For his documentary, he was honored in ceremonies in both houses of the United States Congress.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    In 1997, director Michael Bay asked him to rewrite the screenplay for Armageddon.
    More Details Hide Details The movie became the highest-grossing film of 1998, earning more than half a billion dollars worldwide.
  • 1972
    Born on November 27, 1972.
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