Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

Seth Abramovitch, Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

Born in Montreal, Seth has been based in LA since 2001 and has 20 years of experience working in print, web and television.

In 2012, he joined The Hollywood Reporter as the deputy editor of its website, and was promoted to senior writer at the magazine the following year.

During his time at THR, he has tracked down Oscar's infamous Snow White, conducted a prison interview with boy band svengali Lou Pearlman and written cover profiles of Ellen Page and Elizabeth Banks.

Seth Abramovitch

Los Angeles-based journalist and screenwriter

INTERVIEW

The Hollywood Reporter

How to Succeed in Show Business by Really, Really, Really Trying

A profile of Elizabeth Banks, director and producer of the blockbuster smash, Pitch Perfect 2.

2015-05-08

2015-05-08
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INTERVIEW

The Hollywood Reporter

How To Write For Hollywood Without Ever Leaving New York

Seth gathers East Coast playwright legends for a lively discussion about working for Hollywood.

2015-04-24

2015-04-24
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INTERVIEW

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

For the Hollywood Reporter's 168-page Oscars 2015 issue, Seth also interviewed Mo'nique, 2010's best supporting actress Oscar winner, who held nothing back as she revealed that director Lee Daniels told her she'd been "blackballed from Hollywood." The story was picked up by every major media outlet and was read on THR.com by over 300,000 people.

Mo'Nique: I Was "Blackballed" After Winning My Oscar

2015-02-19

2015-02-19
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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

At the 2010 Academy Awards, Mo'Nique wore white gardenias in her hair — just as Hattie McDaniel had in 1940 when she became the first African-American actress to win an Oscar. The Precious star later thanked McDaniel in her best supporting actress acceptance speech "for enduring all that she had to, so that I would not have to." As The Hollywood Reporter recognizes the 75th anniversary of McDaniel's historic win, we speak at length with Mo'Nique about her debt to her movie-star idol, her memories of her own Oscar night and the dramatic turn her career has taken in the five years since. As director Lee Daniels put it to her in a recent phone call, "Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed."

How do you respond to those who criticize Hattie McDaniel for only taking maid roles?

If they knew who this woman really was, they would say, "Let me shut my mouth." If they really understood the fights behind the scenes, the conversations we'll never have the opportunity to hear. And then you say to those people, "Well, tell me what other roles were available." Because what she was was an actress — and at that time, she wasn't getting the roles that her white counterparts were getting. She was saying, "I'm an actress. When you say 'cut,' I'm not [a maid anymore]." So I say to those people: know that woman in full before you judge.

INTERVIEW

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

In the same issue, Seth tracked down the elusive and famously media-averse Michael Cimino, Oscar-winner for 1978's The Deer Hunter, for his first major interview in over 13 years.

'Deer Hunter' Director's First Interview in 13 Years: Michael Cimino Touts Clint Eastwood for President, Blasts Rumors He's Becoming a Woman

2015-02-19

2015-02-19
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This story first appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

From genius auteur to Hollywood pariah in the space of two films: That is director Michael Cimino's legacy to bear. Born in New York City in 1939 to a music-publisher father and costume-designer mother, the writer and Oscar-winning director and producer of the groundbreaking 1978 Vietnam War feature The Deer Hunter first made a name for himself on Madison Avenue, directing visually striking TV spots for the likes of Kodak, Pepsi and United Airlines. Cimino moved to Los Angeles in 1971, finding early success as a screenwriter with 1973's Magnum Force, the sequel to Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry. Impressed by the 33-year-old writer, Eastwood, then 41, agreed to produce and appear in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, a heist script by Cimino that also would serve as his first directing gig. Thunderbolt was a hit, followed by Deer Hunter, with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken playing soldiers captured by the North Vietnamese. The film took home five Oscars.

From left: Jon Voight, Jane Fonda and Cimino at the 1979 Oscars, when Fonda's 'Coming Home' lost best picture to 'The Deer Hunter.' [Corbis]

United Artists gave Cimino free rein on his next film, a sprawling Western set in 19th century Wyoming titled Heaven's Gate. That 1980 feature would go down in infamy, ultimately bankrupting the studio with its ballooning $44 million budget, endless production delays (according to legend, Cimino shot more than 1 million feet of film), critical thrashing and stillborn reception at the box office. As film projects dried up (his last nonbomb was in 1985, with the Oliver Stone-penned Chinatown crime drama Year of the Dragon), Cimino withdrew, with rare public appearances suggesting he'd taken steps to alter his appearance, fueling rumors that he had become a woman. Cimino, now 76, has not granted a major interview since 2002. A two-hour call with THR from his home in Los Angeles touched on everything from his profound admiration for Eastwood's American Sniper ("Cancel the awards and give all the gold to Clint") to his misunderstood politics ("In the first film, I was homophobic. Second film, I was a right-wing fascist. Third film, I was a left-wing Marxist, and fourth film, I was a racist") to whispers about his personal life (unmarried, he has posited himself as a ladies' man).

INTERVIEW

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Seth sits down with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden and director Rob Marshall for a Hollywood Reporter cover story on the making of Disney's Into the Woods.

The Dark Path to Disney's 'Into the Woods'

2014-11-06

2014-11-06
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INTERVIEW

PRET-A-REPORTER

A profile of Oscar-winner Jared Leto for THR Watches.

JARED LETO

2014-11-29

2014-11-29
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INTERVIEW

The Hollywood Reporter

The Pain and Gain of Ellen Page

2014-05-07

2014-05-07
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INTERVIEW

The Hollywood Reporter

Anderson Cooper

2013-04-11

2013-04-11
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RuPaul

2013-04-03

2013-04-03
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Sarah Silverman

2012-11-27

2012-11-27
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Lana Wachowski

2012-10-24

2012-10-24
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