Weitz, Paul 1966-
WEITZ, Paul 1966-
Born 1966, in New York, NY; son of John Weitz (a fashion designer and writer) and Susan Kohner (an actress); married Patricia Brown, December 15, 2001. Education: Graduated from Wesleyan University (film).
Office—Depth of Field Productions, c/o Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608.
Screenwriter, director, producer, and actor. Depth of Field Productions (film production company), Los Angeles, CA, co-creator, 2002—. Executive producer of films, including American Pie 2, Universal Pictures, 2001; Dylan's Run, Squeak Pictures, 2002; and American Wedding, Universal Pictures, 2003. Executive producer of television series, including Off Centre, Warner Bros. Television, 2001-03, and Cracking Up, 2004. Co-director of films, including American Pie, Universal Pictures, 1999; Down to Earth, Paramount Pictures Corporation, 2001; About a Boy, Universal Pictures, 2002; and Meet the Fokkers, 2004. Actor in films, including (as Sam) Chuck and Buck, Artisan Entertainment, 2000; and (as assistant director) The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Sony Pictures, 2000.
Academy Award nomination, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Writers Guild of America nomination, both for best adapted screenplay, 2003, for About a Boy.
SCREENPLAYS; WITH CHRIS WEITZ
(With Todd Alcott and Chris Miller) Antz, Dream-Works SKG, 1998.
(With others) The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Universal Pictures, 2000.
(And codirector with Chris Weitz) About a Boy, Universal Pictures, 2002.
(With James Herzfeld; and codirector with Chris Weitz) Meet the Fokkers, 2004.
Also author, codirector, and co-executive producer (with Chris Weitz) of telelplays for Off Centre, Warner Bros. Television, 2001-2003.
For sidelights, please see entry on Chris Weitz.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Boston Globe, May 17, 2002, Renee Graham, "Hugh Grant's Shallow Lout Almost Saves 'About a Boy': 'Boy' Gets Lost in Sentimental Ending," section C, p. 1.
Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2002, Lisa Leigh Parney, "Brothers Move Past 'Pie' to Grown-up Film."
Entertainment Weekly, October 9, 1998, Lisa Schwarzbaum, "In the Charming 'Antz,' Woody Allen and Sharon Stone Give Voice to a Pair of Rebellious Bugs," p. 54.
Hollywood Reporter, March 26, 2002, Mark Adams, "'Boy' a Real Antidote to Big Summer Films: Hugh Grant Is in Excellent Form as Stylish Slacker Learning about Love," p. 64.
Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2002, Kenneth Turan, "Enthusiastic, Not Mad, About the Boy," section F, p. 1.
Newsweek, May 20, 2002, Devin Gordon, "Bye-Bye, 'American Pie': With 'About a Boy,' the Weitz Brothers Graduate from Gross-out School and Try Their Hand at Brit Wit," p. 62.
San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 2003, Mick LaSalle, "Growing up Is Hard to Do: A Boy and a Man Face World with Wit," section D, p. 10.
Variety, September 21, 1998, Todd McCarthy, review of Antz, p. 104; June 17, 2002, Jonathan Bing, "Sibs Hang Shingle at U.: Chris and Paul Weitz Create Own Production Company and Ink Deal with Universal," p. 1; February 24-March 2, 2003, Michael Ventre, "Eye on the Oscars: Adapted Screenplay—Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz [About a Boy]," section A, p. 18.
Washington Post, May 17, 2002, Ann Hornaday, "'About a Boy': A Rake's Amusingly Slow Progress," section C, p. 1.
CNN.com,http://www.cnn.com/ (July 26, 2000), interview with Chris and Paul Weitz.
Movie Chicks Web site,http://www.themoviechicks.com/ (May 1, 2002), interview with Chris and Paul Weitz.
PopMatters.com,http://www.popmatters.com/ (September 3, 2003), interview with Chris and Paul Weitz.*