Hollywood Unscripted

A show for film lovers by film lovers. Hollywood Unscripted delves into illuminating and unique conversations with top professionals in the entertainment industry. Hear stories and lessons from behind the scenes of the biggest blockbusters and most-admired features in film history. Featuring candid conversations with Hollywood legends, moguls, auteurs and other industry insiders, host Jenny Curtis goes far beyond the standard celebrity interview to take listeners inside the creative process. Listen each week to find out how the most creative minds in film and television do what they do and what their work ultimately means to them. From CurtCo Media.

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episode 47: 47 - Chris Columbus (The Christmas Chronicles 2)


Prolific writer/director/producer Chris Columbus joins host Jenny Curtis in a conversation about his career path, incredible collaborators, experiences working with children, behind the scenes stories and his newest holiday adventure, THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2. Through the conversation they discuss: 

1:08 - His experience in this holiday season and not watching many holiday films. 

1:52 - When Chris knew he was going to be a filmmaker, his path to NYU and his first screenplay written on the nightshift of his summer job. 

5:22 - The luck of Steven Spielberg reading GREMLINS, the call Chris got that brought him to LA, and working at the Amblin office. 

8:08 - A lesson learned by getting fired from INDIANA JONES. 

10:20 - Connecting to John Hughes and turning down NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION after not connecting with Chevy Chase, and getting the script for HOME ALONE.

12:15 - Being new to stunts for HOME ALONE and being nervous for the stuntmen. 

13:55 - His unique approach to working with children on HOME ALONE and HARRY POTTER. 

16:25 - The magic of working on HARRY POTTER

17:19 - How Chris is drawn to films that take place over Christmas

18:38 - Putting his own family in his films

19:16 - Why Chris decided to write/direct CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES 2

20:28 - Working with Kurt Russell and the strong woman Goldie Hawn played in Mrs. Claus.

23:45 - Creating the language of Elvish working with Darby Camp. 

25:16 - Traveling back in time in the film. 

26:03 - Stealing from himself in his films

27:09 - Why he made RENT in the way he did. 

28:53 - Listening to film criticism and having critical response differ from audience response. 

30:55 - Having mixed reviews on MRS. DOUBTFIRE while having successful test screenings. 

31:57 - Working with Robin Williams and MRS. DOUBTFIRE and his cameo in NINE MONTHS

34:21 - His company with his daughter Eleanor, Maiden Voyage

35:49 - Supporting Robert Eggers in sticking to his guns on THE LIGHTHOUSE. 

37:28 - Loving to shoot musical numbers and the days on set that are joyful. 

37:55 - Being ready to quit and being pulled back. 

38:30 - His life in storytelling. 

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 2020-12-14  40m